Finding a happy place amidst all the chaos of living with a chronic illness is essential to successfully coping. For me getting lost in a good book has always been a very happy place, but since I’ve been sick it’s taken on new importance.
Lately, I’ve been really into mysteries. It’s so easy to get lost in a great mystery, which allows you to get go of anything troubling you and can help distract you from excruciating pain for at least a little while. I started reading Agatha Christie’s mysteries earlier this year, and I can’t get enough of them! She wrote the best characters and was a master at adding a jaw-dropping twist. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a great example of her gift for twist endings.
You also can’t beat Sherlock Holmes stories for a great way to pass some time and distract yourself. A great place to start with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s series is The Hound of the Baskervilles. It’s well known for good reason.
By now almost everyone who is interested in doing so has read Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy but on the off chance one of you haven’t, you must get these books and give them a shot. They’ve gripping, intricately woven and highly entertaining. The three-book series includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
Another good series is Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series. It’s a bit more lighthearted and lots of fun. You’ll quickly fall in love with Bradley’s main character, a precocious girl whose curiosity comes in handy when weird things happen in her little English village. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is the first book in this series.
What is your happy place? If it’s in books like it is for me, what are some of your favorites?
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