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Subject: Good books to read in the hospital?
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:08 PM ET
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Not sure if this is a good place to post this...but I may be going for a long stay (3-4 weeks) in the psych ward to help get my meds fixed and such...and I need some ideas on books to get. I normally read things they won't allow there...like eating disorder books and erotica. LOL So I need something else...but I don't know what I'd like?

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:12 PM ET
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What about reading some of the classics like, The Red Badge of Courage, Catcher In The Rye, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatspy, The Grapes of Wrath, Fahrenheit 451? I also love Louisa May Alcott's books. There is a reason that these books are read year after year and are called Classics, they are good! Hope you get to feeling better soon.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:15 PM ET
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Good idea! I have already read a few of those...and I have several classics I bought on ebay ages ago and never got around to read...they're just sitting in a box. I'll need to get those out. LOL

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:18 PM ET
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I don't know if you'd like this but every year, I re-read some childhood classics. Anne of Green Gables (the first three books in the series actually), Girl of the Limberlost, The Secret Garden. I know they are considered kids' books but they are really good and most importantly, they always make me feel good.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:20 PM ET
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I like to have short stories or essays for places like hospitals and airplanes.  I always get interupted.  And that is less of a distraction with shorter stuff.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:32 PM ET
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If you are looking for something enjoyable and not too demanding, I can recommend books by James Herriot. He is a British veterinary surgeon  who wrote about his carreer as a rural vet in the UK in the 30s and 40s. The books are very funny, also heartwarming, and are easy to put down and pick up again later.

  • All Creatures Great and Small (1972)
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful (1974)
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful (1977)
  • The Lord God Made Them All (1981)
  • I reread these myself every few years. I was thinking about these recently and decided its time to read them again!

    Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:35 PM ET
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    I love James Herriot books and the idea to reread some of the childhood stories like Anne of Green Gables and Secret garden. They are all very uplifting and fun to read.

    Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:37 PM ET
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    You guys have great ideas! Thanks so much. =]

    Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:23 PM ET
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    I'd take some cozy mysteries--you can get engrossed in them but they aren't too emotionally or intellectually demanding.  Find one that is set in a location or has a profession that you're interested in--there are so many of them out there!

    Date Posted: 3/2/2009 8:42 PM ET
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    Make sure you have a wide range.  From serious essays or poems to comfort books.  I know how much I want to focus has to do with both how I feel and how much is going on around me.  And think about audio books.

    Date Posted: 3/2/2009 10:15 PM ET
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    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" didn't make that list of classics?  (Not sure they would allow it)

    Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:28 PM ET
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    Short stories... they're easy to read and easy to catch up on if you get interrupted.  I second the James Herriot suggestion... I've always loved his books.

    Cozies are another good suggestion... (everyone beat me to posting my ideas, LOL)... they aren't too demanding, but they are entertaining.  Maybe the Maggody series by Joan Hess? 

    Oooh... forgot to add Lousia May Alcott... re-reading her books is like meeting old friends again, for me.  They're comfort books.



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    Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:31 PM ET
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    Consider going with some with humor.  I personally read a lot of sci/fi and fantasy - but there are a few who write parodies of those kind of books.  And there are authors who are genuinely funny.  Humor and laughter are very healing and very healthy.

    Ruth

    Date Posted: 3/2/2009 11:40 PM ET
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    harry potter! if you haven't already read them yet, now might be a good time to try them out. if you end up liking them, they make time go by very fast

    Date Posted: 3/3/2009 3:13 PM ET
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    I would take Susan Wiggs, easy reads, a little intrigue, easy to put down and pick up later. The Lakeshore Chronicles is a good series, there are 4 of those.

    Date Posted: 3/3/2009 4:42 PM ET
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    Cecelia Ahern's books are great!  Especially There's No Place Like Here and Rosie Dunne. 

    Date Posted: 3/3/2009 5:06 PM ET
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    I just requested "Marley and Me" I remember last time I was in the hospital, one of the girls was reading it and she loved it. =]

    Date Posted: 3/3/2009 8:58 PM ET
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    I agree with most of the previous recommdations, and I want to add Nancy Drew. I'm not sure why thaey came to mind but I think if I has to be in the hospital for that long I would enjoy reading Nancy Drew.

    Good luck with everything!!!!