We love books about nursing and nurses. But sometimes reading should be all about taking a brief vacation from the realities of your world. These five books will transport you to different times and places. But all will make you smile and restore your sense of goodness in the world.
1. “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery
“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
“Look at that sea, girls — all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”
Anne has the most optimistic, refreshing, expressive way of looking at the world. She reminds us that we are perfectly imperfect and there is beauty everywhere, if we choose to see it.
2. “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” (the series) by Alexander McCall Smith
“I am just a tiny person in Africa, but there is a place for me, and for everybody, to sit down on this earth and touch it and call it their own.”
“There was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe — the only lady private detective in Botwana — brewed tea. And three mugs —one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need?”
Precious Ramotswe and her comical sid-kick, Grace Makutsi are the only female detectives in all of Botswana. They approach each client with compassionate care, and operate on the simple premise that there is nothing a cup of tea can’t solve. There are now 15 books in the series, all of which are a breeze to read and provide a brief escape into the beauty of the Botswana landscape.
3. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains — a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone — just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.”
A beautiful book about a young girl, Francie, growing up in poverty as the daughter of Irish immigrants at the turn of the century. It is a quietly inspiring story of finding small moments of happiness and persevering under difficult circumstances.
4. “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
Pooh bear is as wise as he is sweet. His story is a reminder of the simple pleasures in life, namely friendship and honey.
5. “Harry Potter” (the series) by J.K. Rowling
“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
Magic, bravery and a game or two of Quidditch is enough to lift you away from your worldly nurse problems. The Harry Potter series is one you won’t be able to put down and great for re-reading if you’ve already enjoyed them before.
Do you have a book that has provided you with solace, warmed your heart, or let you escape your troubles for a while? Share it with us here.