Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, January 16, 2012

Writing and Reading Sick

Monday Musings on This ‘N That

Winner from last Thursday's comments on A Wedding Invitation by Alice J. Wisler is BARBARA S. I'll email you for your mailing address and get the book to you.

We all get sick at one time or another. I’ve been sick enough so that I didn’t even feel like reading, much less writing.

Being sick seems to knock the props out from under any creative thought process. Talking about looking at a blank computer screen. Those few times I’ve attempted to write through sickness were almost futile. I did manage to get down a few words but really nothing of consequence. If you’re a writer, can you write although you are sick? How do you become determined to do so? Maybe deadlines?

I try to keep a list of my five favorite novels. Along the way I add some and take away some. But I think I could read any of the five novels while sick. In fact I carried a favorite novel to the hospital and was reading it when I had a small heart attack. I can’t blame the novel for bringing on my heart attack because it was a sweet story not a murder-suspense story.

Here, I’ll share the current list of my five favorite novels:
The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Rooms by James L. Rubart
The Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King

I’d love to hear from you readers in the comment section below what your favorite novels are.

You may have guessed, I’m sick now—bronchitis. So, I’ll stop here and lie down but I’ll be checking the comments to see if you shared your five favorite novels.

Till next time … keep on smiling. (Can't get the white text background removed. Guess I can blame it on my tired body from this bronchitis.)


  1. Jo, I am shocked that not only did I make your list in the first place, but that I've stayed on it for another year. Never feel guilty if you have to take me off--I so appreciate the honor for however long I can boast of it. :)

    1. Christina, thanks for your comment. Glad you saw the post. It will take some more book for The Familiar Stranger to be replaced on my list.