so test-driving a new feature on Tuesdays. . .a post about me.
not that the whole damn blog isn't about me and my life and my perceptions of me and my life. . .but this is a small glance "inside the studio" of my life for you - my loyal readers.
today's inside look : my love affair with books
if you have ever been to my house, you know that one whole wall in my dining room is a hutch - and that hutch is filled with hardback books. These books are all mysteries (except for perhaps 3 "mom" fiction best-sellers) - written by female authors-about female characters. That's my niche - I'm a snob. . .I don't read much out of my niche.
Most of my books are series - some of my favorite authors are Lisa Scottoline, Patricia Cornwell and Janet Evanovich.
I learned to love reading from my mom - she has over 1000 titles on her personal shelves. She reads mysteries as well - although she is not as narrow-focused as I am and reads both male and female authors and characters. She used to take me to the library with her - and let me take out a book about Three Horrible Snaps, a funny book about 2 hedgehogs, and one about a doll and a bear.
As I got older, those books turned to Nancy Drews and teenage romances. The Nancy Drews were my favorites - I can still picture much of the cover art in my head, even though the titles are muddled. The first time I read the series - the spines were lavender. The second time, they were yellow.
There used to me a Mid-Atlantic Mystery Book Fair in Philadelphia before I became a mom - and I used to go with my mom. She would get a hotel room, and we would bring some of our books and wait in line to meet the authors and have them sign our books. I had the chance to meet Lisa Scottoline, Donna Huston-Murray and Katherine Hall Page that way.
Some of my newer authors that I really like are Cleo Coyle, Laura Childs and Kate Collins. When I start a new series, I need to start with the author's first book - and read them in the proper sequence. That's also how I shelve them, after alphabetical order by author last name.
I know many of you are readers - what is your favorite book of all time? Or the last book you read?
Just this afternoon, I finished Kate Collin's newest Flower Shop mystery: Sleeping With Anemone.
catch you soon -