A Million Guilty Pleasures
Second the Vorkosigan books by Bujold. I often get much more pleasure out of rereading a favorite than even discovering a great new book. That is a fantastic list. Anytime I feel down, a few chapters with the characters in that book perk me right up. Lots of death, intrigue and plot twists, including the main character dying in the first book! I reread Anansi Boys the other day, and Sandman is pretty much my go-to.
Not somewhere you go. So much love no matter how many times I read them. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Also Terry Pratchett novels generally hit the spot. I like to re-read this book over and over again as a reminder of the power of imagination.
Any- and everything by Jane Austen. Ditto by Dick Francis. And mystery! And so much more, but I must shut up before I blather you to death. Anything by Rosamund Pilcher because her books are akin to curling up by the fireplace with a nice hot cup of tea. Out on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine and similar books about people on a search for something larger than themselves to give me perspective. The Discworld books have been my go-to, particularly the ones dealing with the witches and the Night Watch.
The books are a bit tough to get through because of the vernacular until I found the audiobooks by Patrick Tull. He was a great narrator with a rich voice and he made it much easier to follow the stories.
I need help, from anyone here. Several years ago, and not because social media took over my brain, I stopped being able to read. Oh, I can read the words. Maybe tips on how to NOT be distracted from reading? I really think reading is vital. I was a voracious reader before! The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman. Read it. One of the Sarahs recently posted Depression and Bacon. I listen to Terry Pratchett books at work.
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Every day. While I work away, shuffling paper, there is a part of my brain that gets bored. Entertaining that part with audiobooks makes me happy and helps the day fly by! My go to book is always The Phantom Tollbooth. I love getting lost with Milo when I feel lost — especially love The Doldrums. The Count of Monte Cristo.
Pretty much anything by any of these guys will pick me up, and they are the few authors that I tend to re-read. Anne of Green Gables. This sturdy heroine, Anne Shirley, and her outlook often lifts me up. Returning to those books is wonderful and comforting. My people! Anansi Boys especially the audiobook narrated by Lenny Henry and most of the Discworld series never fail to entertain me.
As is the Harry Potter series. And as a surprise to nobody given my Twitter handle any wrestler autobiographies are favorites of mine, but especially the ones by Mick Foley and Eddie Guerrero. Seconding Terry Pratchett and the Discworld. Particularly the ones in the Witches series. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, especially the Fellowship of the Ring. Read it the first time in high school in the 70s. Have re-read it many times since. So hopeful and hopeless at the same time.
Middle Earth is where my mind goes when it needs a break from this Earth. Even better than the rest of his books. It has ALL the witches in it, and it would be wonderful to give to girls because the protagonist is realistic and amazing. Did you see that there is a new collection of posthumously published essays from Shirley Jackson? Lisa W. This happens to me from time to time. I just persist until I get it back. Right now my problem IS social media, and being overwhelmed by things.
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I suspect being overwhelmed is due to social media as well. I am stuck in this rut. As far as books go, as a librarian, I have many books at hand at any time. I will not share how many I own, how many I have yet to read, how many I have checked out from the library or how many I have on hold at the library. I have read Gulp and Stiff by Roach and loved them. I have to belong to Goodreads in order to remember what I read, and what I liked, and what I want to read that I had to return to the library. My kitchen table is covered with books, as is every other surface in the house.
I do not know if I could read the same ones you read, but I will look them up to see if they will do for me. If dark, I usually cannot handle it. I agree about Mary Roach. For some reason I also like the Mrs. Rift by Liza Cody is also fabulous if you can get your hands on a copy. Janet Coburn recently posted Christmas Comes Creeping. David Sedaris has several great books that are collections of essays.
Sarcastic, touching, and very relatable. Maybe treat reading like a new meditation practice? Just try for a page a day and be loving to yourself. Or even go to children and young adults books. Less intimidation and pressure to finish? Finally someone who has actually read Geek Love! Maybe you have to be a bit left of center to enjoy it? However there were two books that did come to mind as perfect escapismns. How can you not love Ignatious Reilly?
His Dark Tower series had much the same effect. I also like her re-telling of various fairy tales. Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley. Jitterbug Perfume — Tom Robbins. Anything by Patricia Highsmith or Raymond Chandler. But their both dead, so I take my time working my way through them. Highsmith is very psychological.
She wrote Strangers on a Train and the Talented Mr. Chandler wrote detective crime noir novels — The Big Sleep. Plus anything Jane Austin or in-the-tone-of Jane Austin. Plus more recently, the Outlander series.