Books, Family

Reading Plea…

My reading has ground to a halt. You see, earlier this month we got the news that my 14 year old daughter, who has scoliosis, needs surgery to correct her curve. She went from a 49 degree curve, to a 70 degree curve, in just 6 months. For now, everything else looks good. Her nerves are fine. Her internal organs are fine. Let unchecked however, they may not stay that way. We’ve accepted it, it’s coming very soon, we’re scared, \ and wow. Our lives are very confused right now.

And, I have been distracted ever since.

The books I was reading have been pushed to the side. I’m not even completely sure what I WAS reading. Now, I’m flitting between books, trying to find something comforting and familiar. I started A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, one of my very favorite books, in audio and I’m not even sure it is going to work. Same with Pride and Prejudice. I managed a short story in the collection, The Doll’s Alphabet by Camilla Grudova, but I haven’t exactly raced back for another one.

What do you read when you want to be distracted, but can’t seem to be? I usually turn to an old favorite, but like I said, I’m not sure it’s going to work. I’m not in a rush to get back to it. Sometimes nonfiction works. Short stories? What have you read in times of crisis for comfort?

10 thoughts on “Reading Plea…”

  1. Ugh, I am so sorry to hear about this for your daughter and your family. How scary and difficult and challenging for all of you. When I was going through a very difficult time, I turned a lot to audiobooks — young adult fantasy and celebrity memoirs. Both of those seemed to help me (at the time I was driving a TON for my new job, so I was in the car all the time).

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  2. So sorry your daughter has to go through this. Sending lots of good wishes for your daughter. I remember when my dad was ill a friend of mine would bring me tons of magazines and those were the only ones I could focus on. I read a lot about celebrity news but they helped 🙂

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  3. First off, I am sorry you and your daughter have to deal with this medical issue but I am also very glad that it can be corrected. Surgery is never fun and I know the dread that can come with it but hopefully it will all go well and this will be behind you all.

    For comfort reading I love Murakami but it’s his “everyman” alternate reality thing that makes it a comfort to me. It’s other worldly and takes me right out of my situation.

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  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter and hope the surgery goes well. I can see where reading would be incredibly difficult at this point. Short stories seem like a great choice and have you tried middle grade? You could go with classics or modern stories – there’s a lot to choose from and they’re kind of designed for an audience not known for a great attention span.

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  5. That is such a rough thing to find out but, at the same time, it must be such a relief that there’s no damage done yet. Sending tons of thoughts for strength and healing out your daughter’s way.

    It’s almost DWJ March/March Magics which means time for Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett reading! They are both authors that have gotten me through tough, distracting times. I’m also focusing on their short stories this year which might be a perfect fit for you right now.

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  6. I go with comfort reads in these situations – old favorites as re-reads, favorite authors, anything that doesn’t require much in the way of thinking because you know what to expect. Sometimes, that is all that you need to get you over your slump.

    Good luck to your daughter and to you! I know she will make it through her surgery with flying colors, and this will all be a memory soon enough!

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  7. Oh Heather, I’m so sorry!!! I can only try to imagine how difficult this must be on all of you! So grateful that there’s been no internal damage, but the thought of surgery must be so scary. *HUGE HUGS*
    I’ve no advice to give on the reading front though. Because honestly, at those times that have been that overwhelming in my life, I just never was able to keep my focused enough to read anything. No matter how much I wished I could. And I just had to accept that that was okay.

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  8. So sorry to hear about your daughter; scary time for all of you, I’m sure. When I’m having a tough time with reading for any reason, I tend to step away from everything I normally read. Perhaps something funny, maybe a bio, but definitely some mysteries.

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  9. Oh honey, oh my gosh, I’m so sorry to hear that your daughter’s going to have to have this surgery. I know it’s going to go well, but it’s so stressful in the meantime. I do recommend short stories, for what that’s worth — I’ve been reading a bunch of short SFF this year, and it’s been an absolute treat for me. Apex, Uncanny, Clarkesworld, all those have contained a ton of awesome short fiction. LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT SOME RECS.

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