Tomorrow I get a new hip. I like to think it’s on account of many years of sports abuse, particularly those elusively troubling jump sidekicks that I’ve had to practice over and over in the martial arts. The truth is much simpler and far less fun: arthritis + an annoying injury (not from sidekicks).
Still, it will be nice to regain some physical mobility, although probably the flying sidekicks will remain elusive.
I’m completely inexperienced at anything surgical, but in my age group, everyone seems to be doing these hip replacements. My sis just had hers done, and she tells me it’s an “easy” procedure.
Then she told me that while she was laid up, resting for a couple of weeks, she got to read five books.
Five books?? Somehow, this doesn’t sound so bad anymore.
Usually my book choices are ruled by book clubs, research, and staying as current as I can with my community. Choosing five “wild card” books overwhelms me with giddy delight, but also uncertainty. I can’t just grab the first five off the TBR pile. I have to plan this carefully. Which should I choose first?
I started organizing the possibilities by categories, such as books that make me laugh, classics that I’ve missed, books that are old comfortable friends, whimsical books, comfy cozies, filling in unread books from a beloved series, suspense books that will keep me turning pages, books about places I plan to visit, bestsellers, and so on. In no time at all, the books on my list were soaring well beyond thirty in number. I’m not going to be laid up long enough to read all of them!
Ruthlessly, I narrowed down my list to ten. Some of them are doorstoppers that could be dangerous to hold in bed. I know I’m missing a lot of other compelling choices, but here they are:
The Far Pavilions, by M.M. Kaye
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Fer-de-lance, by Rex Stout
The Chill, by Ross MacDonald
Wicked Autumn, by G.M. Malliet
The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder, by Holly McQueen
The Winter Rose, by Jennifer Donnelly
The Return, by Victoria Hislop
The English Spy, by Daniel Silva
Origin, by Dan Brown
Help! Any votes for one choice over another? Anything else that I should consider adding to my list?