When all else fails, read.
Truly. Nothing cure’s a bumpy life like a great book. Couple life with traveling, or a segment of potentially boring or unpleasant time (waiting in an airport, waiting in a doctor’s office, waiting for a root canal) a book is a virtual lifesaver.
Friday morning at the Seattle airport just moments before I boarded my Horizon flight to Fresno, I grabbed a Mary Balogh historical romance from the bookstore. I’ve never read her before although fellow authors who know me and my taste have said, Read Her. The Hudson News had nearly a dozen of her titles and I wasn’t sure where to start, so I picked the Slightly Married book. I liked the premise, loved the red cover, and adored the title as it set up the book’s premise perfectly.
The time to Fresno passed too quickly as I was devouring Slightly Married. I couldn’t wait to return to reading on the flight home again. And then I stayed up late Friday night to finish it, despite being beyond exhausted.
I loved the book. I felt so safe reading. I felt so happy reading. I didn’t want it to end, and when it did, I just wanted more.
Today Megan Crane called and we talked about writing and life and books. I told her how I finally read my first Mary Balogh romance and she said she loved Balogh. I said I wanted to read all of Balogh’s and it’s true. If I didn’t need to be doing a lot of writing right now, I’d just dive head first into a stack of her novels. Once I like an author, I must read it all–the new and the old,–and it becomes an addiction, only a happy one.
In life, there are bumps and snags and twisty paths and what a comfort it is to know that sometimes all we need is a couple hours alone and a great romance novel.
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Ah, Jane, I just adore Mary Balogh! I’m old enough to have read her original traditional Signet Regencies as each came out in the 1980s…and her single titles, what bliss! You’re in for such a wonderful delicious treat!
I’m so so sorry about your gandmother’s stroke. Hugs and prayers for you, your family, and your grandmother.
Jane, next holiday season you must read the Mary Balogh compilation they put out (I’ve seen it on the shelves for the last two years, so I imagine it will come back.) So wonderful. She is really something.
Love this entry! I am exactly like that! Once I find an author that I like, I become obsessed to find everything they have written… that is what happened with you!! ha! Can’t wait to check out this author and I’m glad you are writing again… to feed my obsession!
I am so glad to find out that I am not the only one with the obsession of reading all of an author once I find one that I like!! It’s also a great thing that you have a lot of writing to do since I crave your books too!
It must be the time to try new writers. I just started reading my first Julie Garwood.
I agree, Jane. There’s nothing like losing oneself in a book to make the world go away for awhile. It’s such a wonderful way to relax!