‘Patiently’ Reading

When trying to come up with ideas for topics, this one popped into my mind:
What would you read to an adult friend who was ill?

I don’t believe any one book or story popped into my mind at the time.

Almost everyone else brought up judging the taste and sex of the sick person, well, of course those need to be taken into account, but I know that all of us know a lot of books. I was hoping this would be a change of pace, but it seemed to have become a chore.

I would think that soothing, uplifting and possibly funny works would be good ideas, depending on the person, and the degree of their health. The patient wouldn’t have to be incapable of reading for themselves for this to be beneficial. I think some give and take, opinions voiced, just social interaction during a long recovery might be nice and take the person’s mind off of what has gone wrong…and what could.

Several of us came up with classic children’s stories; I would add some new, amusing ones, some of which I have mentioned a week or so ago, to catch them off-guard:
Click, Clack, Cows Who Type,
Dear Mrs. LaRue, and others.

In that vein I might also go for Tomie DePaola’s books, especially his autobiographical ones.

C. S. Lewis’ short stories would be good, or his less familiar stories, such as The Magician’s Nephew, (how Narnia began).

If the person was feeling stronger, I would go for chapter books. Patty mentioned Harry Potter. If the friend only knew the movies, there is so much more in the books that they could get out of them.

Then we have YA books. A female friend might hear the Ghost Girl Trilogy, which is about overcoming pettiness and becoming better; anyone might get the first of the Percy Jackson series and enjoy them.

If we read the best of the children’s books or the person was stronger or simply not so inclined, The Puzzle Lady books have some mystery and are thoroughly amusing. They never lost their edge, unlike so many other series.

Most of the books by Liane Moriarty are fantastic and all of them are about secrets coming to light and characters becoming better people, and it is amazing how she ties all of her characters together. (I was not as fond of her latest, Nine Perfect Strangers; I would pick What Alice Forgot if I could only choose one, The Hypnotist’s Love Story for a second, The Last Anniversary for another.)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series would be good for either sex, depending on the person’s sense of humor. Despite Doug Adam’s insistence that he is an atheist, I find spirituality in them, meaning of life, spiritual development and just doing the right thing to be a common thread throughout.

I might choose several, but not all, of Cecelia Ahern’s works, especially Rosie Dunne, (Where the Rainbow Ends), If You Could See Me Now and There’s No Place Like Here. Rosie Dunne would be liked more by women I would think, but the other two, especially No Place, would be liked by men.
And we can hope that the friend would be better after just a chapter book or two, instead of a whole, long series.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (no relation), might be a comfort to anyone who is seriously ill. Gauging what would be spiritually helpful depends on how unwell the person might be. That is something of a judgment call for the individual: Do you keep it light, or do you help them prepare and put their lives in order? Do you think that you can help if they have a chance of recovering and becoming a better person because of their suffering, or do you go deeper if they need to prepare to meet their Maker?

Poetry can be in all of those categories and would be a nice break, or good for when they are not feeling up to a long visit.

Jeff brought up the Chicken Soup books, and I would think that any anthology would be a good idea, again, depending on the taste of the patient.

I could go on, since it is no secret that I LOVE books. There are many good works published by the Hound and our Foxes here which would be very good choices to keep a patient from dwelling on their illness and problems, and sometimes, to give them a good laugh.

Despite all my ideas, I sincerely hope that none of you ever need me in the capacity as above.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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9 Responses to ‘Patiently’ Reading

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Quite an eclectic list you’ve compiled here. Many of those authors / titles are NOT familiar to me. Not sure if that’s because I’ve been out of the library biz for these 15+ years… or if I just wasn’t paying attention previously.
    Oh well.
    As I believe the Monday Fox said, I don’t really enjoy the “reading” experience aurally. I’m a visual person and I can read a page in about 1/3 the time it takes a person to read it to me. So I get impatient.
    But when I was an actual patient — in those 5 days / 4 nights in the hospital with CoVid in early August — I would have loved to have a person read to me. Unfortunately, the hospital at that time allowed NO visitors of any relationship for even a single minute.

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    • This ‘no visitors’ deal is very bad for patients. I know that my brother has gone down cognitively without visitors; when he was hospitalized and then in quarantine, it was worse. We have had other family members hospitalized and it was stressful for all of us; it certainly did not help the healing process.
      I would rather not be read to, as I am also a fast reader, but I would like the company and to discuss books and ideas as well, instead of making small talk. I could see myself more of a reader than a listener, even though I utilize audiobooks to no end anymore while I am doing manual jobs.


  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Thanks for all the reading suggestions! Like the hound, I’m unfamiliar with most of them. As for not being able to visit, we’ve been fortunate that all our family was able to connect online – even my 88 year old mom is able to connect with us visually with her iPad, and when my husband was in the hospital he was allowed to have his phone with him so communication was always available. I asked hubby if he would have liked to have someone read to him while he was there, and he said that he’d rather listen to a recording of a show such as the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

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    • To each his own,Patty. Myy sister just put me on to a comedian that I have been listening to on YouTube, so I understand. My brother has been having trouble with the phones, let alone streaming. It is unfortunate.
      I found most of the authors when I was volunteering at my grandkids’ schools, through them , through my grown niece or through my library. Liane Moriarty I never would’ve read had I not picked up a plain-covered book one Valentine’s Day for a “Blind Date With a Book”, and she became possibly my favorite modern author. I also found Rachel Joyce’s book when I used to do the Summer Reading Programs there. One challenge was to read a book by an author with our last name. I had read, but not necessarily liked, James and I found Rachel on the shelves . “Harold” is a very good book.(And as you can imagine, finding a book on the shelves by a “Skube” would be just about impossible.)

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  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Nice suggestions! I’ve got to try some of them. Thanks!

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  4. trishafaye says:

    In answer to the question – I have no idea which books I would choose. But reading through your post has certainly added a lot to my TBR list! (Gee, THANKS Tonette! That list wasn’t long enough on its own 5 minutes ago LOL)
    I think first one up are the Puzzle Lady books. I already pulled those up to take a peek. Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions!

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  5. Ann Kilter says:

    My husband would rather watch TV. Mostly old shows that he’s watched over and over. He is quite fatigued most of the time, so he often falls asleep. He says he likes the old shows because he can wake up and still know what happened. Perhaps a Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew book would be good for him. He read them when growing up. Also, if for some reason he couldn’t watch TV and also could not hold his phone, he might enjoy having messages read to him from his kids.

    Another question might be, how long could you yourself do the reading? My voice kind of gives out after a while. Would you interject or ask questions at certain points in the reading? Just to have a response from them and/or give your voice a rest?


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