Need recommendations for funny or absorbing but not too demanding reads for a hospital stay

(51 Posts)
MrsJohnDeere Sat 23-Feb-13 15:40:45

Nothing about babies/birth or cancer or death.

Not a fan of chick lit but not really likely to be in the mood for some tricky magic realism type literature either.

Authors I love (but have read all of) include Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, Iain Banks, Bill Bryson. Have read lots of Scandi crime stuff recently too.

Authors I can't get on with include Thomas Hardy, John Irving, and I thought that The Help and One Day were absolute drivel. No sci-fi.

Bilbobagginstummy Sat 23-Feb-13 15:48:14

Can I be the first to recommend practically anything by Georgette Heyer. Very funny historical romances. Not mushy though - and very well written.

TheOneAndOnlyAlpha Sat 23-Feb-13 15:56:18

P G Wodehouse. My standby for any crappy moments in life. You can't beat Jeeves and Wooster.

happyAvocado Sat 23-Feb-13 15:59:01

Three men in a boat, even though you are going to read it in hospital smile

The Diary of a Provincial Lady is my sick-in-bed-need-the literature-equivalent-of-comfort-food remedy.

hatchypom Sat 23-Feb-13 16:02:09

damn was going to recommend bryson .... i tend to go low brow in hospital read all 3 hunger games during stay last year.

starsandunicorns Sat 23-Feb-13 16:03:28

There is a book called A short history of tractors in the Ukaine that is good. Its a ficton.

MrsJohnDeere Sat 23-Feb-13 16:43:35

All great ideas. Just the sort of thing I'm after. Keep them coming!

Have read all Jeeves but it could be time for a re-read.

Shockingly Diary of a Provincial Lady isn't available on Kindle.

Wishiwasanheiress Sat 23-Feb-13 16:47:13

I'm going to whisper this but Alan titchmarsh writes a decent enough book for holidays or this type of escapism. I've really enjoyed them all. Ill no doubt be laughed on here and I was surprised too in truth but they were really good!

MrsJohnDeere Sat 23-Feb-13 16:50:31

Any in particular you'd recommend?

TomArchersSausage Sat 23-Feb-13 16:53:44

Unreliable Memoirs by Clive James. Watch out if you have stitches though, it's v funnygrin

I just read the woman who went to bed for a year by sue Townsend. Really enjoyed it. Don't need to think too much and made me chuckle

TomArchersSausage Sat 23-Feb-13 16:56:18

Starter For Ten is hilarious esp if (like me) you were a teenager in the 80's. I can remember crying with laughter reading it.

dapplegrey Sat 23-Feb-13 16:57:57

Dear Lupin by Charlie Mortimer

DuchessofMalfi Sat 23-Feb-13 17:16:37

WishIwasanheiress - I admit to scoffing at DH for picking up an Alan Titchmarsh novel and reading it recently, but he said it was (surprisingly) rather good. He can tell a good story, apparently. If you're interested, it was called The Haunting. I might even be tempted to give it a go myself smile

hugoagogo Sat 23-Feb-13 17:38:16

How about 'Diary of a nobody' by George and William Grossmith? Very funny.

MrsJohnDeere Sat 23-Feb-13 17:42:26

Free to download on the Kindle wink . Excellent.

hugoagogo Sat 23-Feb-13 18:02:33

I thought it might be. grin

I hope you enjoy it.

hugoagogo Sat 23-Feb-13 18:05:15

PooH! it's Weedon not William, that's what I get for not checking. blush

Have you read 'an American wife' by Curtis sittenfeld? Or I absolutely loved 'Marjorie Morningstar' by Herman Wouk.

Both well worth it but don't involve too much concentrating!

timidviper Sat 23-Feb-13 18:20:47

I gave my DM A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine when she was in hospital and she got so engrossed she asked us not to visit one day so she could finish it!

bumbez Sat 23-Feb-13 18:27:34

How to be a woman Caitlin Moran . It's very funny.

MrsJohnDeere Sat 23-Feb-13 19:36:44

Have read Ukrainian Tractor book, Caitlin Moran (found irritating, sorry), Clive James and American Wife.

MrsJohnDeere Sat 23-Feb-13 19:38:01

Like the sound of the Herman Wouk one but no Kindle edition.

'Peyton place' - grace metalious?

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