I love books

Yesterday I got an e-mail from Patty, a friend of mine who recently became a Danielle Steel fan.  She said Steele’s books left her feeling happy and was enjoying turning pages on a new volume.  My mother was also a Steele reader and years ago she had video taped Steele’s TV movies.  Mother’s gone now, but I have her tapes so I offered Patty the Steele VCRs.

My friend thanked me, but declined my offer, adding she preferred reading books to “watching” them.  Guess I am not so particular are how I get my stories. I just plain like to read and in order to absorb the most pages during  each day, I have a plan.

During the daylight hours, I read non-fiction “reference” books like Thomas Moore’s newest, A LIFE AT WORK.  I carry the book around with me to appointments and read as I can when I take housework breaks.  Before bedtime, I turn to biography and memoir, such as Helen Luke’s SUCH THINGS AS DREAMS ARE MADE ON.

That leaves my taste for fiction unsatisfied, so I listen to books on tape and CDs in my car as I drive around running errands and– of course– on long drives.  Mostly, I listen to mysteries– perhaps because I cut my pre-teen teeth on Nancy Drew back in the 50s.  Presently I am enjoying one of Martha Grime’s Richard Jury mystery, OLD WINE SHADES.

On Monday nights, I sit with my writers’ critique group, and listen to fiction and memoir as the tales unfold  chapter by chapter. In turn, they also listen to my first book effort, BUS RIDE — A Spiritual Journey of Perseverance.

Of course, this plan still leaves me wanting to know more, so I pick up book catalogs and reviews  to digest in order to attempt to stay up to date on new offerings as well as to whet my appetite for something out of the ordinary.

If you are a BOOK LOVER too, watch this space. During February 2009, at least twice a week I will tell what I books I am reading or new title I heard of.

Hey!  Leave me a comment – tell me what YOU are reading, too!

3 comments to I love books

  • MARTHA GRIMES = English Pub Mysteries

    I bent my head to look at titles on the stack of five books my friend Laura had just checked out. I straightened and said, “That’s a lot of reading. How often do you come to the library?”
    “Every week, usually. I read a lot– after everyone’s in bed. I don’t really get sleepy until about 2:00AM so I finish at least one book every week.”

    By now we had reached the small café in the library’s lower floor. We plopped our books on an empty table and stepped up to buy coffee. Before long, we both held steaming dark brew. Sitting down, I nodded at her mysteries and said, “Most fiction I read is mystery… I like Sue Grafton, and Janet Evanovich. Though my son got me into John Sandford for a while, his books can be so dark.”
    Laura nodded, “I read a lot of mysteries, too. One author you might like is Martha Grimes.”
    I pulled out my notebook and wrote down the name. Laura went on, “Her early ones and best. Some of the newer books — well — stick with the first ones.”

    When I returned to Florida that year, my daily life raced. I found the only way I could read all I wanted was to listen some — especially novels — on tape and CD. It was easy. As a kid I had listened to 78rpm story records: “Sparky’s Magic Piano,” “Rusty in Orchestra-ville” and “Bozo at the Circus.” Later, I graduated to 331/3 plastic disk of “Alice in Wonderland.”

    Martha Grimes’ most successful and popular stories are in the Richard Jury Series according to her website http://www.marthagrimes.com It took me a while to understand the strange titles, but later realized The Grave Maurice and The Blue Last are names of English pubs as is Old Wine Shades. Grimes’ titles do not reflect the story, but the pub where the story emerged.

    Recently I found that Laura was right about Grimes’ stories. The Last Richard Jury mystery, Old Wine Shades was not a typical mystery at all. But, since I was about eight books into the Jury character, I enjoyed reading about the Superintendent himself. The next book I got from the library was Grimes’ newest, Dakota. This story is NOT a mystery and, unless you are into animal rights’ details, skip this one.

    Like Laura, I’d aim mystery readers to Martha Grimes early Richard Jury novels. I read John Sandford’s Prey thrillers in order and got to know Lucas, the cop- hero and “follow” his life a bit through several books and cases. Though I think reading in order is best with a series, I couldn’t do it with Jury. The books were not all available in audio format. Richard Jury is an interesting deep kind of guy and someday, I’d like to go back and read him in earlier form.

  • Tror

    Hey Frances! You’re commenting again! Good for you!
    Now you have your own blog though, you can post like crazy and leave the commenting to our Ninepatch friends… hint hint Ninepatchers ; )

  • Linda

    I thought I’d give this blog thing a try and see how it goes! Right now, I am reading “The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes”, by Bryan Burroughs. I heard about the book as I was listening to a National Public Radio station. I like history and the subject matter sounded fascinating. I visited Texas for the first time a few years ago and enjoyed it enormously. I find myself picking up all manner of books about Texas since that visit.

    This book answered some questions for me about the impact that 20th century conservatives (and certain wealthy Texans in particular) have made on this country and why they became so powerful.


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