Reading Cures


My family has long claimed that watching the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice (with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle) is a great cure for whatever illness puts you on the sofa for a week or more. It used to be sold in VHS format on six cassettes, so one episode a day was the prescription, and it made being sick a bit less miserable.


Nowadays, we can just stream the whole series at once, and can also watch our other favorite version — the one with Kiera Knightly as Elizabeth Bennett — and although not in the one-a-day format, they also help one feel slightly less miserable while fighting a miserable cold.

And audio books also are a great prescription for one who is fighting a nasty cold. It’s particularly soothing to listen to something out of the ordinary and quite humorous such as Paul Gallico’s view of our human species as seen through the eyes of the cat world, in The Silent Miaow. And there’s nothing better than listening to another book in a captivating mystery series by Deborah Crombie.

But the best medicine of all, for someone who hasn’t been sick in years and years, is all the well-wishes from friends and family. I want to thank you all for your kind wishes and sympathy as I fought this really mean modern viral form of a nasty cold!

Stay healthy, my friends!

10 thoughts on “Reading Cures

  1. Kay

    Glad you are feeling better, Robin. Yes, I like to watch old favorites as a soothing pursuit when I am sick. I usually don’t read too much as that always seems like a lot of work. We’re just trying to avoid sickness here. So many of our friends and family have been ill.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Kay. This has been a mean January around here, too. Lots of flu and colds. I got hit really hard with this one, and it is lingering forever. (complain, complain!)

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  2. Nan

    I keep hearing this is a bad year for cold/flu – whatever one calls it; being sick is my choice. You know I have never watched any P and P, nor have I read the book. When I was sick, my recreation of choice was reading the kindle in bed. I would read a while, nap, read some more, repeat.

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  3. iliana

    Oh I agree the Colin Firth version is definitely a great cure. Glad to hear you are doing better, Robin. I am coming off of a cold myself. Unfortunately when sick it’s hard to read but thank goodness for audiobooks and good films.

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