We are in the midst of winter and the desire to be outside freezing and damp is non-existent. And so, I read. I’ll read almost anything. Biographies, mysteries, how-to books – no book is to big or small not to be read.
That said, however, I confess that my favourite reading for diversion lies in mysteries and fantasy tales. I was a huge fan of #DianaGabaldon’s writing long before there was a TV series that increased her fame (and presumably fortunes). The Outlander series, beginning with a tome of the same name, is a semi-historical, semi-science fiction romance story about a time traveling nurse and her life in another time. I just finished the ninth and latest book in the series, “Go Tell it to the Bees that I am gone” and it’s become my favourite of them all. The talented author shows us what life was like in the late 1700s in the USA for settlers in the wilderness. Her descriptions of homely things, like meal preparation, gardening, sewing and so on takes you there.
When that book (sadly, after almost 1000 pages) came to an end, I plunged into a modern murder mystery for a complete change of pace.
What’s next? Perhaps I’ll finally finish my own book, a memoir, get it published and toss it out into the world to be read by you?