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August 9: National Book Lovers Day

In honor of National Book Lovers Day we thought we’d give you a peek into our assortment of reading treasure.  We highly recommend giving your friends and family who are going through cancer treatment, the gift of beautiful books.

The Upside:  After a cancer diagnosis and throughout treatment many patients find themselves with a lot of down time on their hands and this is a wonderful way to pass the time, find inspiration, prepare themselves, escape reality or discover new worlds.

The Downside:  Chemo induced “chemo brain” can frustrate the lover of books because of its tendency to induce problems with short term memory and other effects like inability to focus and concentrate or comprehend.


The Underbelly Staff Picks

Melissa…

I love essays and true life stories.  Give me anything that tells the story of women reclaiming what was lost, forgotten, stolen or surrendered and I’ll be happy.

  1. Favorite: The Chronology of WaterLidia Yuknavitch
  2. Recently Read: Milk & HoneyRupi Kaur
  3. Can’t Wait to Read: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life – Samantha Irby

Susan…

I always loved to read even from a young age. Books were my way to escape and get lost in whatever story I chose that day. My favorite books were Mystery, Thriller, Suspense novels. Some of my favorite authors were James Sanford & Jonathan Kellerman. Unfortunately, due to Cancer, I don’t have the same appetite for books. My attention span just isn’t there. I’m better suited for watching movies now but if I read in very small chunks, I can do it. It just takes me much longer.

  1. Favorite: Rules of PreyJames Sandford
  2. Recently Read: In-Between DaysTeva Harrison
  3. Can’t Wait to Read: Cancer Was Not a Gift & It Didn’t Make Me a Better Person: A memoir about cancer as I know itNancy Stordahl

 

Melanie…

I’m that nerd who loves empowering self-help books. I’m usually reading 6-10 books at any given time and I usually finish one, then immediately pick up the next. I love to learn how to work on myself and become the person I want to see in the world.

  1. Favorite: When Things Fall ApartPema Chodron
  2. Recently Read: White Hot TruthDanielle LaPorte
  3. Can’t Wait to Read: No Is Not EnoughNaomi Klein

April…

I am a self-professed book nerd.  Typically, I will have multiple books going at the same time, usually a self-help or inspirational book, a non-fiction or historical book, and something purely for fun and escapism.  There is nothing better than to find yourself lost in a world so alien from your own.  For that reason, my favorites tend to be the classic English literature tomes that most trudge through in school. I am also easily sucked into post-apocalyptic fiction as the idea of rebuilding society, improving upon our past mistakes, and the relationships within humanity is so interesting to me.

  1. Favorite: Wuthering HeightsEmily Bronte
  2. Recently Read: Swan SongRobert McCammon
  3. Can’t Wait to Read: The Desire MapDanielle LaPorte

Rebecca…

My favorite genre is historical non-fiction. I know many people find it a snooze fest, but when written in the right way, it can be very entertaining. Getting lost in the past helps brings history to life for me by a putting a new twist on places of I have been to or heard about. Plus I enjoy learning about what the world was like before I entered it!

  1. Favorite: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is BurningJonathan Mahler
  2. Recently Read: Sin in the Second CityKaren Abbott
  3. Can’t Wait to Read: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the LusitaniaErik Larson
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