Reading is Heaven

It’s Friday and a gorgeous day up here in Seattle…sunny and bright and clear.  The sun makes me feel light and happy.  And reading makes me happy and I’m hoping to wrap up work early today so I can squeeze in an hour of reading Georgette Heyer’s The Unknown Ajax before resuming mom duties.

Leaving my desk to read definitely makes me feel a little guilty, but with Ty Gurney back in Hawaii, I don’t have much time to myself and almost no time to read, and reading grounds me.  Calms me.   I can’t think of anything I like doing more than curling up with a book and disappearing into a story.  I’ve been working my way through all of Georgette Heyer’s books and am on my next to last of her romantic fiction novels…and that isn’t a good thing as it means I’ve read all of them but one.  I don’t normally reread but I’ll have to as I’m so happy when I’m lost in Heyer’s Regency world!!

Someone else I absolutely loved reading was Eva Ibbotson…her Countess Below Stairs was fantastic.  Her Madensky Square and A Company of Swans were wonderful as well.  Many people know her as a writer of YA fiction but I love her voice and recommend her highly.  Ibbotson died in 2010 and I wish I’d written her a fan letter while I could have.

I’ve written other author fan letters…Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Christine Feehan, JR Ward, Kresley Cole, and Marian Keyes.  When I love a book I’m compelled to write the author and thank her.  A great book isn’t just entertainment, its an escape, a holiday, a comfort.  When reading I forget about the things I worry about—the kids, the dangers, the bills, the deadlines.  Reading makes me feel safe and secure.  Whole.

If you had an afternoon free, what would you do?  How would you spend your time?  (And please don’t everyone say exercise…I’m feeling very guilty for not getting enough exercise..)  Share with me and a number of you will win!  I’ve got a handful of prizes that include a Barnes & Noble giftcard to give away! My blog contest runs through Sunday night and I’ll announce the winners Monday morning.

Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll check back in with you all soon!

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