Great question/thread! Reading is such a wonderful escape & diversion---really absorbing, puts the pain on the back burner for awhile...
When doc gave me the 6-9 month recovery timeline from my PLIF, I saw it as the Golden Opportunity to finaly read "War & Peace"--&found a "new" translation that is so alive, vibrant and compelling....I started in Februrary (once I could concentrate again, sort-of) and have been savoring each page (1258 ppp + footnotes & end notes) and am totally smitten with it. At then end of my projected "recovery" (!) I should be done, but intend to begin again, the next time finding things I missed this time & just re-living the vast-ness of it all. There is an excellent BBC series, made in the 70's, of 6 episodes (whole book) that is also excellent, should you not want to try to balance a 2# book on your tummy....I am watching the episodes as the book progresses---right no Natasha is pining for her fiancee, Andrei, who has promised to return & marry her w/in the year...but I fear this may not be the case....Napoleon is marshalling his forces to overtake the Russians & things look grim, as winter is approaching....but the dialogue! And the lofty-yet-timeless thoughts Tolstoy envokes....ohhhh! Really, give it a try! You'll be one of the few people on earth who can finally say "I read War & Peace"---one positive side-effect of this long & laborious recovery period!
Other than that monumental tome, I also enjoy most non-fiction and love magazines, for those days when you just wanna be entertained & not have to "think" much at all.
Enjoy! Reading is my sanity-saver!