When you have to push through the day when you’re sick, reaching for the tissues every 3 minutes, exhausting your supply of hand sanitizer before lunchtime and having to excuse yourself from a meeting because your incessant sneezing, throat clearing and coughing are drowning out your boss’ presentation, getting home to curl up in bed is all you can think of. Oh, we know that feeling very well!
One of our favorite ways to unwind, disconnect and take our minds off our throbbing head and scratchy throat is to dive into a great book. We’ve found that, in particular, thrillers and mysteries of the lighter variety are some of the best for a sick day. They keep the pages turning and your attention engaged, while not hurting your throbbing head with too much emotion or gore. And if you can add a little bit of comedy, all the better!
We’ve compiled 5 of our favorites for your sick day escapism pleasure. Happy reading!
A woman considered a genius in her field but having a hard time fitting into Seattle’s tech-focused and eco-obsessed culture and private school helicopter parents suddenly disappears, leaving her husband and daughter behind to try to piece together what happened. Creatively told largely through emails, receipts and official documents, it’s a heartwarming, smart and at times hilarious satire where not everything is what it seems. It will help your sick days fly by! As a bonus, it looks like this book will be turned into a movie with Cate Blanchett soon, so it’s a good time to read it so you can claim with authority that “the book was better!”
Known largely for the heartbreaking novel-turned-movie “The Fault in Our Stars”, John Green is excellent at creating emotionally touching, highly engaging teenage characters such as those in another of his books-turned-movie “Paper Towns”. His upcoming novel follows a 16 year-old girl grappling with a mental illness who sets out to solve the mystery of a fugitive billionaire with her friends, promising another fun, insightful glimpse into adolescent lives.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)
Although this series written by J.K. Rowling is quite different and (understandably) doesn’t quite live up to the Harry Potter phenomenon, this classic modern mystery-detective novel is very entertaining. It follows Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective who is hired to solve brutal murders with the help of his assistant Robin Ellacott. In fact, this has also been turned into a BBC One mini-series! We may be sensing a pattern here….
Those used to Dan Brown’s exciting, creative mysteries will find themselves engrossed in a new novel described as “stunningly inventive”. Probably the definition of a great sick day read, Origin will keep you guessing, entertained, turning pages and your mind off your stuffy nose for hours. (And although this Dan Brown novel is not a movie…just give it time!)
Another tale exploring the darker side of suburban life, Big Little Lies follows the lives of 3 moms, Celeste, Madeline and newcomer Jane, as they navigate ex-husbands, beautiful children, expensive homes, rumors, scandals, lies and murder. An engaging, dark comedy-drama, this book has been turned into an Emmy-winning HBO mini series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. Need we say more?
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