My husband is always
complaining saying that I have books in every room of our home…and he’s right. I even have them in the kitchen and if anyone knows me, they know I’m not talking about cookbooks.
Now, my iPad and I are best friends (meaning we are rarely more than a few feet away from each other) but there are times…and places…when an electronic device just doesn’t work. Or gets forgotten because, well, you didn’t think you’d be in that place for very long.
Now, the dear hubby isn’t much of a reader, but he does like his “man” magazines, so one shelf has been designated for issues of American Cowboy (yes, I like that one too!), Family Handyman, Horse & Rider and the latest catalog from Cabela’s (a retailer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor recreations).
Me? I like to a variety of reading material available. Just in case.
Here is my shelf.
Now, I can’t say how or why these books have ended up in family bathroom (yes, we only have one. Believe me, at the top of the “must-have” list for our next place is two bathrooms. Minimum.) At one point, I must’ve been right in the middle of reading one of them when nature called, and for whatever reason they’ve never made it back to one of the many bookshelves in other rooms.
The largest book to the left is what I call my guilty pleasure, ROCK STAR, by Jackie Collins. It came out twenty-five years ago and it’s still one of favorites. The next book, the thin paperback that is barely visible, is MORE THAN PETTICOATS, REMARKABLE MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN by Lura Rogers Seavey. I believe this is from a report my daughter had to do while in high school, but I was fasinated by the remarkable women highlighted, including one of my personal heroes, Deborah Samson, who disguised as a man so she could serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. The other hardback book is WHAT TO WEAR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE by Kim Johnson Gross. I’m sure I bought this when I was still working full-time out of the house and had to dress in something more than pajamas for my work day. Still, an interesting read for when I have to dress up…say for my local RWA meetings and to attend conferences. Or grocery shopping. The last four paperbacks are romances. Big surprise, huh? The two are the far right are Barbara Freethy’s SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER and Sherryl Woods’ ABOUT THAT MAN. Both much loved and read several times over.
The other two somehow made it off my keeper shelves and after writing this post, they have found their way back to their rightful homes as they are books I cherish. I’ve always been a big fan of the holiday anthologies, as you can probably guess from the book on the left, SILHOUETTE CHRISTMAS STORIES 1989, which has four books by four great authors. Brittany Young’s “Silent Night” is an amazing story set in Salzburg, Austria and every time I read it I’m inspired to try to write an entire love story in five chapters and an epilogue! The other book is by an all-time favorite author and one of my inspirations for my own writing career, Catherine Mann. Her “Wingman Warriors” series for Silhouette Intimate Moments are terrific and JOINT FORCES is my most beloved of all of her books.
So, how about you? Do you keep reading material in your bathroom?
Share your favorites that might not get picked up other than during those moments of quiet solitude. I’ll choose one name to win a $15 Amazon.com gift card and an advanced copy of my October release, FLIRTING WITH DESTINY, book #6 in my “Welcome to Destiny” series!