Monday, April 24, 2006

Back Link Reading Myself Well

This might sound strange to you, but when I am ill I can not read some books that I normally read (e.g. murder mysteries) because I often have the feeling that my mind and dreams, and in some indirect way, my body is influenced by the content of the books I read. OK, crazy, but true. So, I am always out for the look out for books to put on my “reading myself well” book list. These books have to fall under one of the following categories to be included on my list:

  • Funny
  • If not funny, then endearing or touching without being too heart rendering (admittedly since I am a North-American-happy-ending addict of Irish descent, married to an Italian category)
  • A none existent suspense curve
  • Something I’ve read at least twenty times (i.e. no surprises)
  • Light and frivolous
  • Wonderfully written
  • No complications (translation no tragedy)

    Here is a list of some of the books I have had on my list for many years. Some of them have been on this list since I was a child, but I still read them when I am feeling the need. I would reallyreally like new suggestions. As you can see, as in the case of “Three Men in a Boat”, many of these books have been on the list longer than I have been alive! So, take mercy and send me a comment with any book you think would fit on the list.

    The list:
  • Three Men in a boat, Jerome K. Jerome
  • Never Cry Wold, Farley Mowat
  • Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast, Bill Richardson
  • Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
  • The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Blue Castle, l.M. Montgomery
  • Precious Bane, Mary Webb
  • Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  • Dear Enemy, Jean Webster
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot
  • 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff

I was recently ill and read all the above mentioned books. It is time to branch out. Please help me extend this list.


Anonymous christine from luebeck said...

What I love to read (apart from Three Men in a Boat) is:
The Mists of Avalon by ?? Bradley
Childrens´ books by Astrid Lindgren

April 25, 2006  

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