New Book Flu: An Illustration by Vicky Scott

Time for another illustration from Vicky Scott, a fine, fine artist, about book and reading terms that are familiar to us all.

First, we did “Abibliophobia:” 

 Abibliophobia: the fear of running out of books - an illustration of a woman pushing books into a tent in her library with a panicked look on her face


And then, “Comfort Reading”

Comfort Reading  books so soothing you could make a blanket out of them illustrated with the same woman from the first illustration with a blanket made of books on her lap


And now:

New Book Flu: our character is sitting on the phone at 9am, calling in sick with a new book on her lap. There's tea, toast and jam, and her cat - who is winking at us



Have you ever had New Book Flu, and taken a day off to read a new book you were so excited about? Which book? (We won't tell anyone! Promise!) 


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  1. Algae says:

    Well, I know I wasn’t the only one, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was mine. My husband and I actually got 2 copies of the book so we didn’t need to wait on the other person, too.

  2. I love these! Is it okay to pin the “Comfort Books” image on Pinterest? (NO worries if not – I won’t be offended.)

  3. laj says:

    I love Vicky’s art! Thanks for sharing. The I heart SB is really sweet.

  4. Amanda says:

    I’ve only had a case of book flu once in my life, when Tana French’s Broken Harbor came out. I may be coming down with another bout of it in September, when her next book is released.

  5. LauraL says:

    Had the worst case of book flu this week! Three books arrived on my porch from Amazon Monday evening: The Escape by Mary Balogh, Then Came You by Jill Shalvis, and On Sunset Beach by Mariah Stewart. I had to go in to the office on Tuesday for meetings, but was so tempted to call in sick, or “work from home” and read.

  6. Ova says:

    I’ve done something like this before. My car broke down and needed a new clutch. I could have called someone for a ride to work, but I had Lois McMaster Bujold’s A Civil Campaign all brand new and waiting at home, so I called in instead. That was a very enjoyable day of sitting on the couch.

  7. Vic says:

    The last time I called in with the book flu was Karen Marie Moning’s SHADOWFEVER. I actually had the book delivered to work by Amazon, left ‘sick’ as soon as it arrived, and called in the next day to finish the book.

  8. DonnaMarie says:

    How did I never think of this!?  Curse you J/C work ethic! Of course, now that I have a manager I despise…. hmmm… How to School Your Scoundrel is sitting at the top of the tbr pile. Cough… cough… can you say “four day weekend”?

  9. Persnickety says:

    Another Harry potter story- it was released at 9 am on a Saturday on the east coast of Australia ( time different win!) and I went on a date the night before.  He asked me to go out on the Saturday, driving somewhere and I said ” but HP and the deathly gallows comes out tomorrow! I have plans”. When he failed to appreciate this, and tried to convince me to go anyway- well, that relationship wasn’t going any further.  My husband shares and enables my reading, I have never had to explain to him why reading is more important than going somewhere.

  10. Kara says:

    Add me to the Harry Potter group too. For the last two books, I made sure I had a free weekend to devour the books. I don’t remember doing it for any other book series.

  11. Erin Burns says:

    I just tell my boss I’m talking a personal day to read a book. I tend to do it every year for Nalini Singh’s Psy Channeling series.

  12. roserita says:

      It sounds like someone should do a study of how many work hours were lost because of Deathly hallows.  I saved it for my very last chemo session, so I was off work anyway that day.  Everybody knows about Monday/Friday absenteeism; I wonder where Tuesdays rank?

  13. SB Sarah says:


    Of course you may! Pin away as much as you like!


    I think there were a LOT of hours lost due to Deathly Hallows. I’m glad you’re post-chemo, too!

  14. Janhavi says:

    Oh these are all wonderful! really wonderful. Fantastic work.

    heh- I have my own schedule so its not quite the book flu, its more rearranging work, but I definitely do this. Most recently for Nalini Singh’s latest Psy changeling book.

  15. Angie says:

    Well, count me among those who haven’t realized that book flu was a thing!  I’ve never even considering skipping work just to read, no matter how much I might be itching to dive into a new book.

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