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Three Books to Read When You’re Sick as a Dog


You know that awful feeling when you wake up and know you are coming down with something? Your head is pounding, your throat is on fire, and your nose is running like a leaky faucet. I hate being sick. It’s the worst feeling in the world. And, unfortunately, you’ve caught me on a sick day. Yep, I’m sick as a dog. So, it got me started thinking about what I like to do to try and alleviate that awful feeling of being sunk into the bottom of my sheets like I’ll never crawl out of them again. And you know what I came up with? That’s right, a good book.

Reading is one of the only things that can bring me out of the doldrums when I’m sick in bed. It allows you to escape to a world where everyone is up and about, and more importantly, out of bed. So, I thought I would list my top bed buster novels. The ones that have been there for me through countless illnesses and mind numbing colds and flues. So, get your box of tissues, your glass of orange juice, and prepare to be transported away from your sickbed into a world of limitless possibilities.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

#1. Ella Enchanted

This book has gotten me through so many sick days I can’t even count them all. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. I love the gutsiness of Ella and her diehard spirit. She really can pull you out of whatever doldrum you might be in. My favorite scene is when she escapes from the ogres in the enchanted forest. Her wit and her ability to turn a situation around always lifts my spirits and inspires me to feel like I can change any situation for the better. Whatever you might be sick with, this book can get you up and feeling good again.


The Secret of Dragonhome
By John Peel

#2. The Secret of Dragonhome

This little known book has been my bedside companion for many a sick day. It revolves around a girl who can speak to animals. She travels across the country after her family has been killed by the reigning power and eventually finds herself at a mysterious castle inhabited by a brooding TDK (tall, dark, and handsome). This book has a great element of romance as well as adventure. Who is this handsome man hiding in his dark castle? What is the secret of Dragonhome? All are questions answered through the reading of this fantastic novel. One thing that sets it apart for me is the girl’s animal friends who help her along the way. They always make me dream that just maybe, when my back is turned, my own pets can talk.


Sabriel By Garth Nix
By Garth Nix

#3. Sabriel

If you haven’t read Sabriel, go out and do so now, whether you’re sick or not. It is truly an amazing book. It has action, adventure, and just a dash of romance. Imagine that a magical land full of dark magicians and fantastical forces of light and dark magic exists today. Only, it’s sequestered behind a great big wall that protects our world from it’s magic. Sabrielle lives in this world, but is a member of both lands. She is the daughter of the highest necromancer, the Abhorsen, and must learn to wield his great power to save her land from the forces of darkness after her father dies suddenly. Thus ensues a great adventure across the wall to save that land and ours from the forces of evil that want to invade and control mankind. How can one possibly pay attention to some little cold when stakes of this nature are playing out in front of you? This book is sure to transport you away from your bed and into this magical world.    

What books help lift your spirits when you are sick? Sound off below…



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By on February 4th, 2014

About Rebecca Lane

Rebecca Lane grew up in the hot desert landscape of Tucson, Arizona where she decided early on she wanted to write, if only to mentally escape her blistering surroundings. She has always been enamored of the arts and literature. As a child she often wrote short stories, and rewrote the endings of novels that she simply could not abide. She received her Undergraduate degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was lucky enough to also spend a year studying at Oxford University. While she began her journey dreaming of the day she would sing opera in a large Manhattan theater, she found in the end she could not stand waitressing and simply could not give up books and her hopes of someday writing them. She is currently working as a freelance writer/editor and earning her Masters in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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