This is where I have a terrible confession. Not to being a bookaholic with a TBR bookcase rather than a pile (because I think that one might be quite common)… but I read more than one book at a time. And I, um, have different books on the go in different rooms in the house.
So what am I reading?
On my desk, I have a carrot for working. I’m trying to swear off the internet until I’ve done my daily quota (is anyone else addicted to wordgames?), but after an emotional scene I need a break to clear my head. I daren’t read fiction at my desk because I know I’ll get sidetracked and not do my quota, but nonfic is another matter. So I’m reading Kevin McCloud’s Grand Tour. It’s the book of the TV series – basically Kevin touring Europe (mainly Italy) and viewing the buildings that had a huge effect on architecture in Britain during the age of the ‘Grand Tour’. Visually stunning (and I like the way he writes, too).
I also have a break at lunchtime (on the grounds that working straight through lunch is not good for you – reforming from the days of a sandwich at my desk). This means sharing my chicken salad with the dog and reading in the kitchen… and it’s natural that I’d be reading a foodie book in the kitchen. My best friend bought me a fabulous book on ice creams for Christmas (David Lebovitz’s ‘The Perfect Scoop’), and DH bought me Nigel Slater’s newest, 'Tender', so I’m a very happy bunny indeed with those two. (I could claim that this is work, as I am sort of planning a gelaterie book. But that is in several books' time - I have three Medical romances and my Venetian Modern Heat to write first.)
And then there’s my ‘wind down for the night’ read. (That’s where my TBR bookcase comes in.) I read an absolute beauty over the holidays – The Lost Recipe for Happiness, by Barbara Samuel. It was recommended to me by lovely Liz Fielding (whose duo pre-Christmas were an absolute treat). As she put it, it’s a romance and it has a gorgeous dog and recipes: right up your street. How right she was. There were lots of layers to the story, the heroine was very complex (read: rounded), I really liked the hero (clever men always do it for me), and I just loved the dog.
And the doggy theme has continued – when I saw the RNA longlist, I couldn’t resist ordering some of the ones I hadn’t yet read. Am enjoying Lucy Dillon’s Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts (though it’s already put a lump in my throat – I was banned from watching Lassie films as a child because they made me cry, and I haven’t been able to read Marley and Me (or watch the film) because I read an excerpt in the Sainsbury’s magazine and I was sobbing my eyes out). I’m hoping this has a happy ending, being a romance, so if anyone’s already read it and I’m going to need more than one box of tissues, do let me know…
Do you have more than one book on the go at a time? And what would you choose to read as a carrot for work, a lunchtime browse, and a bedtime wind-down?
In the UK, you can still get hold of Kate’s book Falling for the Playboy Millionaire from the Mills and Boon website – it’s also on the shelves this month in Australia. Temporary Boss, Permanent Mistress is on the shelves in US and is already on the Waldies list (thank you very much to everyone who put it there) and Kate is thrilled to report that it got 4.5 stars from Romantic Times.
You can find out more about these books, and Kate, on her website (http://www.katehardy.com/) and her blog (http://katehardy.blogspot.com/)