5 books to read when you’re sick in bed

I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes by Jaclyn MoriartyThe cold weather has kicked in, and I’m sick. Besides sleeping and drinking lots of tea, reading is my favorite get-well activity. Here are 10 books guaranteed to make you feel better faster … or at least get you in good spirits.

1. I Have a Bed Made of Buttermilk Pancakes by Jaclyn Moriarty

The thought alone of a bed made of buttermilk pancakes is enough to put you in a happy mood, but this book is filled with creative observations on life through the eyes of a second-grade teacher. There’s no better time to reflect than when you’re spending all day in bed.

Leaves of Grass: The "Death-Bed" Edition by Walt Whitman2. Leaves of Grass: The “Death-Bed” Edition by Walt Whitman

This one should give you a little perspective: As lousy as you feel, you’re not dying. Stop moping and enjoy some poetry from one of the greats. The “Death-Bed” edition contains everything Whitman wrote in final form, along with commissioned notes.

The Bed Book by Sylvia Plath and Emily Arnold McCully3. The Bed Book by Sylvia Plath and Emily Arnold McCully (illustrator)

Just because you’re stuck in the same bed all day doesn’t mean you can’t dream of others — like an elephant bed, for example. I’m not sure how much sleep you’d get in that one, though.

Calvin and Hobbes: Something Under the Bed Is Drooling by Bill Watterson4. Calvin and Hobbes: Something Under the Bed is Drooling by Bill Watterson

Reading in Bed by Sue GeeSome cartoons are just read best in bed. And speaking of that …

5. Reading in Bed by Sue Gee

A domestic drama about two friends who thought life would consist of books and carefree days.

What are your favorite books to read in bed?