Books Making Me Sick!

Made you look, didn’t I?

I still love books. This is a fun meme started by SarawithnH, but I saw it at Anna’s Pocket Full of Books. It’s all about books coinciding with illnesses, which sounds weird but is actually really cute. I’m tired and this is the most medical thing I can muster at the moment.

1. Diabetes: A book too sweet, like really sweet

I’m a sweet tooth in general – I can eat the things that make others feel nauseous. That doesn’t extend to books though; I have an aversion to books that are too sweet. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins was really sweet and tasty though, so much so that I recently started reading Lola and the Boy Next Door.

2. Chicken Pox: A book you’ve read once, and will never pick up again

Although there is always the possibility of losing immunity against a disease, I have never ever reread a book, unless you consider things like PostSecret books. Most recent disappointments were 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and Steve Jobs’ Biography by Walter Isaacson, books that were painfully long-winded and unenjoyable.

3. Influenza: a contagious book that spreads like a virus

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I was worried about picking this book up because the blurb didn’t sound that great, but I’m so glad I read it! This is a book that should be more contagious!

4. The Cycle: a book you read every year, every month or often

Colourful books with timeless content, like PostSecret books (Frank Warren) and Life and Soul by Karina Turok. I never get tired of opening these books to random pages and reading them. I don’t reread anything else, whether regularly or irregularly. Do I have a problem?

5. Insomnia: a book that kept you up all night

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness was an absolute breath of fresh air. It kept me guessing and thinking and philosophising such that I could barely think of anything else!

6. Amnesia: a book that’s been forgotten and failed to leave a powerful impression on your memory

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer was a book I read for its shiny cover and everybody loved it… but I didn’t really. I honestly don’t remember anything about the book except that there was somebody who wore a tinfoil cap to prevent people from reading his mind. It just didn’t impress me at all, so I never read any of the sequels.

7. Asthma: a book that took your breath away

The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne was a wonderful balance of Russian history, rags-to-riches and romance. It was wonderfully crafted.

8. Malnutrition: a book that lacked food for thought

Fallen by Lauren Kate tries so hard to be deep and dark and it fails miserably. It basically turns into a gothic version of chick-lit.

9. Travel Sickness: a book that took you on a journey through time or space or to a specific location on the map

The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani takes you to 17th century Iran and is simply wonderful. It colourfully and expertly crafted the time and place. It’s been a long time since I could immerse myself so much in a time and place.

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