Thursday, November 12, 2009
What Are You Reading Thursday - Luxury
Reading time is a luxury for me and all too rare. And that time-drought doesn’t seem to be showing signs of letting up yet either sadly!
Truthfully, having kids has made me have to use a bookmark. I am forced to put a story down when I have to do those necessary things like cook them dinner. But honestly, when I begin a book I’d really like to have however many hours ahead of me to be able to finish it in one sitting. Like a movie. I love to get totally sucked into the world and stay there until the story is resolved.
Back in August I went to the Romance Writers of New Zealand annual conference. For the first time in three years I was away from the children, I had no laundry, no cooking, no cleaning to do. My time was my own. I could go and be a writer and talk writing, surrounded by other writers as passionate about writing romance as me.
But do you know what I did?
It was heaven. I devoured all the Nalini Singh’s I could get my hands on (not enough) and continued the paranormal bender and also read all the categories that found their way into my conference bag (and that of my room buddy). It was so fabulous – like a holiday and was just as much of a boost to my writer’s ‘well’ as the conference itself.
Already I’m looking forward to next year’s event and the ‘reader’s retreat’ it now is for me. If I could choose I’d have Nalini’s entire Psy/Changling series to read in one big go! Lovely new books from the stall Barbara’s Books has set up, the ink drying on where the fabulous author has just signed it for me… bliss.
What about you? If you had the luxury of spending a few days in a hotel with no cooking/cleaning/childcare duties and could just read anything, what books would you choose? Let me know your number one and be in to win a copy of Christmas with the Boss!