Sunday, March 6, 2016

Reading Tips for Spoonies

Continuing to engage in your hobbies is imperative when facing illness of any kind. Refusing, within reason, to cease what brings joy in your life is a way to ensure that you do not lose sight of yourself. Reading just so happens to be a personal hobby. Here are my helpful hints to read through the dreaded "brain fog," as well as my top recent book suggestions!

Understandably so, every condition impacts patients in varying ways. Most of us do experience moments of cognitive difficulties. Hence, the term "brain fog." It translates to the state of confusion or lack of clarity. This may be the result of medication, fatigue, or chronic illness in general.

Depending on the day, it can and does interfere with hobbies such as reading.

Top 3 Tips: 

1. Invest in a Kindle. Okay, so I know what you are thinking. Nothing compares to the feel of having a physical copy of a book in hand. I swore I would never become on of "those" people, allowing technology to take the place of reading. Reading on a Kindle or tablet is beneficial for those extra sick days because of the many options it offers. Cannot recall the definition of a word? The kindle can translate it. Is it one of those days where you read the same sentence umpteen times only to miss the plot of the story due to the fog? The Kindle has a wide arrangement of audiobooks that can read for you. Let's just say I am now "those" people.

2. Only take on what you feel you can handle. I cannot count the number of moments where I begin a classic novel only to switch to a lighter title a few pages in. Sometimes this is absolutely necessary. Reading is a good distraction on super sick days, but we all are aware there are moments we are more articulate than others. 

3. Do not give up. This may sound kind of silly, but it is entirely true! We all deplore the days where the dreaded cloud hazing our thoughts. Allotting time each day to read is extremely helpful in the sense that it provides a sense of purpose. Completing a novel on the bad days feels like quite the accomplishment, regardless of the days where the pain takes over or there is an absence of full mental clarity.

After being inpatient for over 4 months consecutively, I have had plenty of time to read.

Top Recently Read Book Suggestions (in no particular order):

My Name is Thank-You by Kaizen Love

This novel brought tears to my eyes upon reading. And no, I am usually not an excessively emotional person. It tells of the story of overcoming adversity from multiple points of view. One from a young, bi-racial girl and the other from a wealthy African American woman. Seemingly from opposite worlds, these two females eventually find out that they are not so different after all. If you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, it is free.

Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life by Sandra Beasley

Coming from the girl who survives off of a literal 24/7 Continuous Diphenhydramine Infusion, this memoir is compelling. It is not a difficult read in the least. It induced many laughing sessions because of the relatability. The author humorously relates her struggles with severe food allergies in an eloquent manner. Her tales exemplify her persistence not to give up after her life-threatening run-ins with the offenders on her mile long allergy list.

The Woman in White by Wilke Collins

Collins's novel is definitely a favorite of mine. The plot consists of determining the crimes amongst the characters while retelling the love story of Laura Fairlie and Walter Hartright. I thoroughly enjoy classics. It is over 500 pages of Gothic Horror/Mystery written in the 1800's. If it is not your thing, I totally understand. Kindle Unlimited also offers this book for free.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

A nurse suggested this Christian novel to my mother and I during a hospital admission. Set in the 1800s, Rivers uses her characters to tell the Biblical story of Hosea. I did purchase this one through the Kindle store, but it was worth every penny! Any brief review I could give would not serve it justice.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This novel is a VERY light read. I enjoyed the relaxing nature of the language. Yoon does feature elements of the cliche "cheesy teenage romance YA novel." However, the synopsis intrigued me - describing a girl who is unable to leave her house because she faces a rare disease that her to become allergic to literally everything. The ending shocked me.

Broken Grace by E.C. Diskin

Broken Grace grew increasingly entertaining as I read on. Grace, who is recovering from a brain injury, takes up residence with her sister. Together they uncover various mysteries while Grace relearns her rocky past after her memory loss. It is a great distraction read.This is free on Kindle Unlimited, too.

What are your current favorite reads? I would love to read about your suggestions! Feel free to add my Goodreads account.