Monday, July 10, 2006

The Joy of a Rainy Summer Day

I have to confess that as much as I enjoy the bright summer sunshine, I love a rainy summer day. Why? Because I can stay inside and read without guilt.

When you love to read, well, you're going to read, come rain or come shine. But if it's raining, I can stay inside, put my feet up and indulge guilt-free. Walking into a library gives me the same sort of thrill. It's almost primal, because it takes me right back to when reading was pure pleasure.

What did I read when I was growing up? Trixie Belden. Oh, I adored those books! I'd read them over and over. Ditto The Chrionicles of Narnia. And then there was the summer I discovered Reader's Digest Condensed Books. A Coke, an O'Henry (both rare treats when I was young), a new book and I tell ya, I was in a state of bliss.

So this afternoon, I'll be sitting in my chair with my feet up, Coke (C2 to be precise), an O'Henry and a book. On the recommendation of my daughter, I'm reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin right now. It's like Narnia for grown-ups! A really complex kind of Narnia, with sex and violence.

Would I ever write something like this? Not now. I love my own genre too much. If I got to the point where I couldn't sell a historical romance, I'd certainly consider giving it a try. For the time being, however, I'm content to don my reader's hat and lose myself in another author's world on this rainy summer day.


CherylStJ said...

Oh, yes! Trixie and her friend Honey. I was a huge fan. There was a young man, as well - can't remember his name. You know, even as a young girl I wished for more between characters, though I didn't know what was missing. When I grew to adulthood I became a huge horror and true crime fan. Yes, it's true.

And then...I still remember the first time I picked up a Catherine Cookson book and there was a relationship! Whoo hoo! Yes! Thhat's when I realized that what my mom had been reading all those years had been romances inside a sleeve which hid the cover. I actually went shopping for romances after that - found keepers - and I was a goner. Head over heels. Now it's tough for me to read something without a romantic relationship.

We have rain in Nebraska this week, too. Overcast with humidity that makes if difficult to breathe. There's nowhere else to be but indoors with the air conditioning set at 72.

Margaret Moore said...

I believe you're thinking of Jim Frayne. That's the runaway she meets in the first book. I wanted to know more about her older brother, the one who wanted to be a doctor who you just knew was going to marry Honey. I think if you're into romance, you either look for it, or put it in yourself!