What do you read?
(Any bets on how quickly somebody says the Bible or some other religious text? A good choice, to be sure, but to be honest, I was thinking more along the lines of fiction…. Unless I laid it on a little strong in the string of catastrophes? Maybe I should have just stuck to catching a cold on a rainy day….)
If I'm feeling really miserable there is nothing that I could read that would make me feel better. I just wouldn't be able to concentrate on reading; if it was a cheerful or funny book that would make me feel worse and if it was a sad, tragic book that would just pile on the agony.
If it was just a rainy day and I feel a cold coming on that would be different. But I wouldn't go for "comfort reading". I'd want a book to interest me and take me out of myself, something I hadn't read before. There aren't many books that I actually do re-read as there are so many other books and life is too short to read all the books that catch my eye. I looked through the lists of books I've read in the last few years and there are some that I've marked "re-read" but only a few that have made it and those were ones that I hadn't read for some years and it was like reading new books, although I knew where they were going and it was the details of getting there that I'd forgotten. This means that I could more slowly and actually enjoy the writing.