Which books to take to hospital?

Book Thoughts

I’m going to hospital very soon to have a baby! One of the things they recommend you take (and of course I would anyway) is books, for if you’re waiting around or trying to distract yourself. I’ve picked two books that I think will be good – but would like suggestions for a third!

In the past I’ve been in hospital once, and for some reason I decided that reading my way through early detective fiction was the way to go. I went through lots of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories, and some Sherlock Holmes. Which was all good and enjoyable, but I think I need something a bit more sustained and escapist for my next stint! I have often even on holiday set myself challenges of books that have turned out to be a bit more of a chore than an easy read… here are my choices so far!

  1. The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell

Mitchell’s Cloud Nine was both extremely well written AND very gripping and compelling, so I feel like this is going to be a winner. I’ve been wanting to read it for ages, but have managed to save it for this time. But if not…

2. The Morning Gift, Eva Ibbotson

This is one of my all time best escapist books! Ibbotson’s writing is like a fairytale, her characters are gorgeous and her amazing observation of human life is supreme. Plus it’s very romantic and easy to read. I don’t think I can go wrong here!

3. What else?

Probably two books is enough. But what if I don’t feel like reading either of them? Do you have any good suggestions?

8 thoughts on “Which books to take to hospital?

  1. Woohoo! So excited for you and Aidan! As for book suggestions, I’m a big fan of YA, as I find I can escape with it. The ones I can think of are quite depressing, so maybe I’ll leave that to you. I also love the Cazalet series, which starts with The Light Years, but that’s only if you like Downton Abbey/country house novels :)

  2. Anna! What an absolutely FANTASTIC blog- I tried a blog too, but never could sustain it like you could!
    Ah the baby is so close to coming!!! Sorry we missed you on Sunday :(
    My book suggestions are anything by Kate Morton (one of my absolute favourite authors) if you like historical fiction. Her books are often set in Cornwall, between different eras, and there’s always a mystery – my favourites are The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden. I also love The Princess Bride by William Goldman. And if you love fantasy/sci-fi, Australian author Isobelle Carmody’s Obernewtyn Chronicles are just the BEST. Also Fiona McIntosh The Lavender Keeper is a superb, easy read! Good luck for the next few days xxx

  3. !!! So exciting that the baby is coming!! Babies are always exciting. :-)

    Have you ever read the Brother Cadfael books? They are possibly my favorite mystery series of all time. Set along the Welsh border in the 1100’s (ish… I can’t remember exactly haha), they are just historically rich, the characters are wonderful, the writing fabulous – and good mysteries in the mix, too! ‘A Morbid Taste for Bones’ is the first (they have to be read in order as they really build together AND have an incredibly satisfying ending!). Everyone needs a good mystery to keep their mind off labor pains! :-D

  4. Hello! Random friend of Mem here. She mentioned that you were on the look out for books and I had ideas. 1. Congratulations! 2. What about Enchantress by James Maxwell. Magic, mystery, history and a cracking good story. Plus not so massively difficult to read that you’re liable to get lost. 2. Apothecary rose by candace robb. Brilliant historical murder mystery set in York. First in a series. 3. Simon Scarrow. Historically accurate rip roaring Roman yarns. Or if you’re into YA then how about Tamora Pierce song of the lioness? Brilliant story, strong female lead and transports you to a different place. Similar to Enchantress actually! Good luck! Robyn Xx

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