Reading Remedies (Part I)

I finished rereading A.S. Byatt’s The Children’s Book. Last time I read it I wrote myself a hangover cure: visit the V&A museum, take up pottery, frolic in the English countryside, read Peter Pan, drink tea, sleep.

So, behold, a collection of cures for that book that made you suffer: the best of the reading remedies from this original post.

The Goldfinch Remedy: read its dark and brooding older sibling – The Secret History, obsess over the elusiveness of Donna Tartt, go antique shopping, visit The Goldfinch (currently at the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague), buy expensive clothes, drink black coffee.

Jane Eyre Remedy: paint birds in watercolour, stand on a windy moor until you freeze, tell arrogant men they are not handsome, learn French, listen to the rain.

Anna Karenina Remedy: don’t talk to anyone, dress up in opulent ball gowns, drink vodka, make bets at the racecourse, avoid all trains, overuse ellipses in all your writing…

A Little Life Remedy: trawl the instagram dedicated to this book, call all your friends and tell them you love them, have an internet rant about how this book should have won the booker, cry, question the meaning of life.

The Waves Remedy: listen to Max Richter’s Three Worlds, go for a swim, start a diary, marvel over the power of words, read Olivia Liang’s To The River, see a production of The Tempest.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Remedy: eat spaghetti, get a cat, sit at the bottom of a well, read every other Murakami novel, watch trains go by, listen to jazz, drink whiskey.

The Secret History Remedy: get drunk, stay up all night, only wear silk wool or linen, read The Wasteland, learn Greek, don’t trust anybody.

The Essex Serpent Remedy: pick flowers that are almost dead, play gothic bingo, get the hem of your skirt muddy, visit the museum of natural history, have sex in a forest.

Call Me By Your Name Remedy: eat peaches, go to Italy, sunbathe, go for a bike ride, read How to be Both, go to a museum, look at Monet paintings, trawl @cmbynmonet

Too Much and Not The Mood Remedy: smell cinnamon, read message threads between you and your best friend, lie on the floor in the dark listening to Lorde’s Melodrama, live alone, eat a pear, go to the cinema in the middle of the day, wear navy.

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