After you are put into a medical walking boot, you’ve got some time on your hands to catch up on reading!
After foot surgery, ankle surgery, toe surgery, or even (as in my case) knee surgery, you find yourself being forced to slow down, take it easy, and find things to do sitting down. A lot. As a busy mom and work-at-home self-employed employee, lately I rarely have time to sit and enjoy a good book without feeling terribly guilty. Reading a good book should not make us feel guilty. I just need to turn off the t.v. more.
I realize there are as many different tastes in books as there are people. My personal taste in books runs from Agatha Christie mysteries (which I’ve read over and over as soon as I forgot who did it) to Jane Austen novels, to books that usually involve time travel or reconnecting with lost loved ones. I am not what you’d call an “avid reader.” I love specific genres of books. I don’t care for books with violence, sex, bad language, scary things, or tales of child abuse or slavery. I like books that make me cry – but in a good way. I like books that transport me to another place and time. Being an anglophile, I tend to favor books set in small towns or in England. I love books about books and book lovers.
Here are a few books that I have enjoyed and highly recommend. They may not be new, but if you’re like me, you don’t have time to keep up on the latest releases. I don’t like summaries that give too many secrets away, so I’ll keep my summaries brief. If you have read one of these already, you’ll probably like the others as there are similar themes. Some of my favorites include:
The Little Paris Bookshop (by Nina George) The story of a lonely man who owns a floating book store in Paris who meets someone and begins a new chapter in his life.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (by Gabrielle Zevin) A small town bookstore owner is in the dumps. He lost his wife, his book store is failing. How can he turn it around and face his past?
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows) A story of survival and friendship during Nazi occupation of the Isle of Guernsey
84 Charing Cross Road (by Helene Hanff) A story of a woman who writes an English book store for a specific book title, and begins a relationship that spans decades.
The Kingdom of Ohio (by Matthew Flaming) An interesting historical fiction account of a man living in New York City and intersects with Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, J.P. Morgan, and the possibility of time travel changing history.
The Bookman’s Tale (by Charlie Lovett) An antique book seller and restorer is searching through a pile of old books and out falls something that takes him on a journey of discovery.
Life’s Golden Ticket (by Brendon Burchard) A grieving man takes a mysterious journey that brings him face to face with his past and how he might be throwing away his future.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (by Rachel Joyce) What if you walked to the mailbox just like usual one morning….and just kept going?
The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall (by Paul Torday) A man is disconnected from his family until he receives an impressive inheritance – – Hartlepool Hall manor. Quite a windfall he thinks, that is, until he arrives.
The First Phone Call From Heaven (by Mitch Albom) An amazing book – what would you do if your phone rang and it was a relative that just died?
The House at Riverton (by Kate Morton) A elderly woman tells the story of her life and the mysterious death in her past.
Mystery Series: if you like Agatha Christie, you might like….
The Manor House Mysteries (by Kate Kingsbury) A series of books that take place in an English manor house that has been taken over by WW2 airmen. The woman who lives there must share her home, and finds mysteries to solve.
The Aunt Dimity Mysteries (by Nancy Atherton) A series involving a woman who owns a book she uses to receive letters from a ghost.
The Mrs. Jeffries Mysteries (by Emily Brightwell A series of mysteries that take place in Victorian England. Quick reads, well-written mysteries, and you may not guess who did it right off the bat.
A Royal Spyness Mysteries (by Rhys Bowen) Another mystery series set in England, but includes a minor aristocrat who runs in pretty high up circles solving mysteries.
If you like to find books that are similar to one you’ve already enjoyed, there are several websites that offer this information. I would start with your local library’s website. If you pull up the page about the book you like, you might find a link to “similar” or “if you liked this, you may like….”
Other online websites you might want to try: