What I Read When I’m Not Feeling Well

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When I am under the weather or generally out of sorts,  I  want some hot tea and a book to read. Books make me feel better. And honestly, when I’m sick, the television always seems to loud and too bright. Books are just right.

The Discworld Series has always been one of my favorites. I have too many Discworld books to count and too many characters to love: Granny Weatherwax is my idol. My favorite Discworld book of all Interesting Times. I’ve read that book so often, it’s falling apart now and it kept together by a rubber band. I need to buy a new copy, I know. Other favorites…The Fifth Elephant and Going Postal. 

Long ago, when I worked in Tokyo, I had a tiny apartment and no television so I read a lot of books. This was one of the best times of my life and I should probably resume my no TV life. Which, I kind of have. I haven’t watched network shows in years. Any, I was a big fan of the Ed McBain 87th Precinct series and the Robert Parker novels. When the workday ended on a Friday, I’d get a new Ed McBain, Robert Parker, or Sue Grafton. All of those writers are gone now, and I kind of miss those days when I was single and had time to do nothing but read all weekend. 

I first became aware of  Changeling Press through the anthologies. Full disclosure: I write for them now. But back in the day, before I even had an e-reader, I used to get their paperback anthologies. They were one of the few places I knew of then that had erotic romances with aliens and what not. My go to beach reads. 

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In the realm of audiobooks I love the Blake’s 7 audio dramas put out by Big Finish. I have quite a few of their audiobooks which often includes cast members. Gareth Thomas (Blake), Jacquelin Pierce (Servalan) and Paul Darrow (Avon) are gone now, so I have to admit, listening to their voices now makes me tear up a bit. 

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15 comments

  1. I tried to read Robert Parker for a book club situation and I just couldn’t get into it. Different strokes for different folks. But I do love some Sue Grafton. Good choices!

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  2. Huge Terry Pratchett fan – and I’m with you on not getting as much reading time as I used to, and missing it. (We have recently – like, Monday – shut down all our TV intake to help the boys get acclimated to the school year again, so I may be getting more opportunities, though…)

    My list is here.

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  3. I’ve never read Terry Pratchett, but I did recently buy Good Omens. 🙂

    I hear you on the no TV life… but my husband HAS to have it on like 24/7. *sigh* Netflix is my savior when I’m making dinner or something, but when I have downtime? I’d so much rather read. 🙂

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