There's been an awful lot of talk about preparing for swine flu - making sure that you have someone on hand to collect your groceries etc, but what about preparing to make sure you have suitable reading? After all, in a worst case scenario, the libraries and bookshops might be shut (ok, I admit this is a little unlikely), but would you trust anyone to choose your reading?! My boyfriend was very poorly yesterday with a high temperature that seemed to be the culmination of the cold that he's had for the last week or so, and as my throat started to feel sore I wondered about planning some swine-flu reading (SFR). There is always the chance that one wouldn't feel well enough to read (my boyfriend couldn't even sit up on the sofa to watch daytime tv) but I think I shall make sure I have some suitable reading.
I think the main criteria for SFR would be that the books should be easy and comforting. I wouldn't want to read anything that I would want to blog about, in order to avoid feeling pressurised, which rules out all of the VMCs that I have awaiting me, and quite a lot of my TBRBC. I think I might take the opportunity to re-read some books - Saplings by Noel Streatfeild for instance. I think I'd also like to re-visit some children's books - the Chalet School series would be good as they are easy reads, and the characters always seem to be suffering from some life-threatening illness. I've also picked up a couple of the Jill books by Ruby Ferguson recently and would like to re-read those. Another old favourite of mine are the Miss Read books; coincidentally I picked up The year at Thrush Green from the library yesterday, so should I get a temperature and have to confine myself to my flat then I think that will be first on the list.
Have any of you had SF yet? If so, what did you read? And are any of you planning SFR - just in case.
PS: Boyfriend seems to have recovered overnight from whatever it was, SF or something else. Must have been to get away from me insisting on him drinking liquids every half an hour when I got back from work and hassling him about his symptoms...
Mavis Gallant’s “A Recollection” (1983)
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