The Book List

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Oh books, how I love you so.

There’s nothing quite like a bookstore.

I love everything about them- the smell, the coziness, the potential of stories as yet untold. I cannot go in one and simply “look around.” I can’t even go with a list to get one thing. I come out with a stack. It just happens.

I am a book purist. It gives me a headache to read on anything electronic. Do I like the idea of gathering up my collection and holding it all in my hand in one easy device? Sure, for about a second, until I freak out about what would happen if I lost it. Having a kindle would just be stressful.

No, I’ll take a heavy tome or two (or really, 20) any day.

I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to lately. I’ve been giving my attention to other endeavors, but boy do I miss my stories. A blogging friend of mine has been putting up her reading lists and I think that is a great idea! I’m going to start keeping a list, which I will put to the left under “About” and “What’s POTS” so that I can keep up with myself and you can keep up with me! I’ll be sure to write about the best ones as “Go out and Read this!” posts.

I used to be a little nutty about book lists. When I was in 3rd grade (4th?) I decided that over the summer, I wanted to read every book in the children’s section of my local library. I started at the top of the first shelf, and made my way to the bottom of it before the summer ended. I got myself a little card file with tiny dividers, and wrote the title, author, and a short summary of every book I read on index cards. It was quite intense for an 8-year-old, but kids will be kids, right? My dividers were kind of pointless though- having decided on the system of going shelf by shelf, and limiting myself to summer vacation to do so, I only managed to read through authors with last names starting with “A.” The school year started, and I never did make it back for B through Z.

I like having projects, goals, and other “let’s make a plan” courses of action. Currently, I’m trying to reread the books I have in my bookshelf at home, with the side task of deciding which ones to donate, as pretty soon I will have to sleep on a lumpy pile of books as they are inching ever closer to my bed.

I’ve got to throw some new material in there to mix it up, and right now I’m half way through Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Let me just say, this book is breaking my heart. First off because the writing is so detailed and well thought out, and second because the content is so mystifying. If you know nothing of this book, go look it up now (it was made into a movie this past holiday season), because it is really a masterpiece.

Another reading goal of mine is to conquer the Harvard Book List. The Top 100 is the Harvard library’s idea of the best books ever. I’ve read quite a few on the list already, but most deserve a second look. There are very few people who actually absorbed For Whom The Bell Tolls while in high school English, and I can’t say I was one of them. You can find this list here: http://www.harvard.com/shelves/top100/

Reading isn’t always easy for Chronics, as problems with eyesight, concentration, and headaches make the task a chore at best, and painful at worst.

Enter the audiobook.

I never thought I would like audiobooks because I am a more visual person, but I have changed my tune. Some of them are really fun if you find ones with good readers- try to get the author reading their own work if you can. A close second is if professional actors are the readers. My favorite is Jeremy Irons reading James and the Giant Peach (by Roald Dahl), a book I happen to dislike greatly. But I like it when Jeremy Irons reads it! Seriously, Jeremy Irons could read the dictionary and make it absorbing.

I would love to know what you are reading, Chronic friends! Drop me a comment to let me know if you have any suggestions!

*Nic Note: Booklist 2015 is up! Look to your left, you can find it under “About” and above “What’s POTS?” 

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10 thoughts on “The Book List

  1. sarcoidosissoldier says:

    Right now I am reading The Valley Of Amazement by Amy Tan. I really like it. Before that I read The Lincolns: An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage by Daniel Mark Epstein. It was good but not as good as some other Lincoln biographies I have read. I like to mix up fiction with non-fiction and I love to read about presidential and American history. I love to read but with my saroidosis, brain fog is my enemy and I tend to loss my place. It makes for a much slower process but I’m not giving up! I also prefer a REAL book to electronic reading. We enjoy audiobooks when we travel. They pass the time nicely. I can’t wait to check out your new page on your blog with your reading list. Great idea!

    • iamchronicallywell says:

      Thank you! I do enjoy a good non-fiction, also! I can’t remember the name of it right now, but on my list of “read this eventually,” I have a book that is the love letters of (2nd US president) John and Abigail Adams. In all of my reading of history, I think I was always drawn to them because they seemed to genuinely like and respect each other- John often asked Abigail’s opinion on important political decisions- a rarity in the 1700s!

  2. Breanne says:

    I still prefer paper books as well! Are you familiar with Goodreads? I kind of like to track the books I’m reading and I can make notes or rate them. Plus, you can see what your friends are reading and their ratings as well. I’ve been super slow with my reading lately (boooo!), but I’m currently reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 😉

  3. lifeinslowmotion says:

    I just finished Unbroken recently, and I absolutely loved it. I’m still deciding if I want to see the movie too, because I don’t want to ruin it. If you haven’t read about Laura Hillenbrand, it is definitely worth doing so – she has severe chronic fatigue, so she is a spoonie as well.

    • iamchronicallywell says:

      Laura Hillenbrand is #1 on my list of favorite spoonies! I love how she writes so vividly, with equal attention to small details as to the whole big picture. I hate to say “in spite of being a spoonie” but here it’s true! She is a great inspiration!
      As for the movie, I have heard that it is a bit tough to watch, but overall a good depiction.

  4. manyofus1980 says:

    I just finished I miss mummy by Cathy glass. Loved it. Cathy glass is a foster parent from the UK, she writes about her foster children. I’m about to start reading what the dog knows…forget the authors name though. I love books about dogs. Books are fun! I must say audio books are a life saver for me since I am blind. I also have my iphone where I use the kindle ap! ❤ XX

    • iamchronicallywell says:

      Another great dog book is “Inside of a Dog” by Alexandra Horowitz. It is a study of what goes on inside a dog’s mind- after reading it, I felt like I understood my dog, Suki, better! I’ll add Cathy Glass to my list of books to look up- thank you for the suggestion!

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