Friday, April 30, 2010

Take Me Away by Kimberly Fisk

Recently, I received an email from a reader named Cindy. Like so many of us, Cindy is facing some life challenges. In her email, she explained how reading romances provided her with a couple hours of escapism. How books helped to “take her away.”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this exact same thing. How, when life gets hard, I reach for a romance novel knowing the characters and story will take me somewhere else. Take me to a place where good always triumphs over evil. Where love really does conquer all. And a happily ever after is guaranteed (after a bit of work on our hero & heroine’s part, of course!!)

::sigh: It doesn’t get any better than that.

But it’s not only when life throws me a curveball that I reach for a romance novel. Quite the opposite, in fact. I read all the time. When life is good…bad…and anywhere in between. I love discovering new authors, reading current releases from established favorites, and revisiting those treasured books that hold a special place on my Keeper Shelf. For me, romances are not only timeless…they are for all times.

How about you? Are you a voracious reader like me? Someone who reads through all of life’s highs and lows? Or, are you like Cindy? Someone who has a stack of romances waiting for them when they need that “take me away” read? What books have you read lately that you really enjoyed? Or, is there a special romance sitting on your nightstand, waiting for you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!! And for those of you who leave a comment, you will be entered to win an autographed copy of my debut release, Lake Magic, and a bookstore gift card. But wait, that’s not your only chance to win! If you visit my website (www.KimberlyFisk.com) and sign up for my newsletter, you will be entered in a drawing for an autographed copy of Lake Magic and a $20.00 Starbucks gift card.

Warmly,
~Kimberly



98 comments:

Melanie said...

Hope you are having fun at the conference, this has been very enjoyable for those of us who are stuck at home.
I read all the time, there does not have to be any particular reason I just have to have a good romance with me no matter where I go. I can't read quite as fast as I used to, 7-10 books a week plus work and school, not sure how I managed that, but I get through the stacks. Right now I am reading books from all the authors attending RomCon, but have a whole list of new authors that I need to try and yours will be joining that pile.

Leni said...

Last year I got into the habit of reading just about every chance I got. Everything from romance, mystery, thrillers, and erotic romance. I've slowed down a bit and have books from these genres waiting to be read. The last book I read was yesterday, A Bit Of Rough by Laura Baumbach. Reading is something I enjoy and always make time to do.

lenikaye@yahoo.com

Armenia said...

My reading has become a habit with me. So much, that if I don't at least get some downtime in a day, I get grumpy. I make sure I have a book in my purse and anywhere I go. I even listen to audio CDs in the car which drives my kids crazy. I just have to make sure they to turn it off before the steamy parts.*chuckle* So you can say I have 2-3 books going at the same time.

Katy M said...

I definitely try to read a little every day, even now when I'm studying for finals. Once school is out, I plan on reading Lover Mine by J R Ward straight through. I don't think I've done that with a book since I started Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series over Christmas break.

I checked out the excerpt for Lake Magic on your site and I'm intrigued. I'll be adding it to my wish list :)

Thanks for your post - the last of this very fun at home conference! Looking forward to next year...

Lucy Monroe said...

Hi, Kimberly...great post! :) Thanks so much for taking the time to guest with us at the RAH Conf! Me? I read through everything. I love my books and eReader!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Melanie!! You sound exactly like me--I reach for a book all the time. Wow, 7 to 10 books a week?! I thought I was a fast reader. You put me to shame! Thank you so very much for adding Lake Magic to your TBR pile. I hope you enjoy it! And thank you for joining me here tonight!

runner10 said...

I like to read a variety of books from romance to mystery.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Leni!! I have books stashed all over the place: every purse, the car, in my bedroom, the TV room. I've never read Laura Baumbach--thank you so much for mentioning her. I always love to find new authors. I think that is one of the best things about readers: we can never have too many authors we love to read. Thank you so much for joining in the discussion!!

Kammie said...

I started out just like Cindy and reached for books to get me through some bad times and allow me to escape away. Now, I read all the time and carry a book with me where ever I go.

A recent story that I really enjoyed was True Confessions by Rachel Gibson. I have It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas on my night stand.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Armenia!! I get grumpy, too, if I don't get some downtime--though downtime is becoming increasingly rare. :( Whenever we take a family road trip, I always get books on tape for the trip. One of our favorites was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe series. The whole family enjoyed it so much, no one wanted to stop in it. Fast food take out that whole trip! LOL Thanks so much for stopping by tonigh!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Katy. I have heard so many wonderful things about the JR Ward books but haven't had a chance to read them. More books I need to add to my TBR pile. :) Finals. UGH. :) I hope they go really well for you.

I'm so glad you liked the excerpt for Lake Magic. I went back and forth about putting it up on the Web site. When I asked people if I should excerpt or not, I got such a wide range of opinions. From NO!! to absolutely. I would love to hear what everyone has to say about them.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog tonight!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Lucy;
Thank you again for organizing this FUN!! event. I know it was a lot of work but I know I speak for all of us when I say THANK YOU!!

Hope you're feeling better!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, runner10. I used to read only one certain kind of book. But my husband and kids have really widened my reading tastes--everything from YA to thrillers. Just this year I discovered Harlan Coben. I will definitely be reading more of his books!!

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Kammie!! What would we do without our books?! My daughter has been in the hospital for most of April and we went through a lot of books!! True Confessions is one of my favorite RG books. And I LOVE Lisa Kleypas. The last book of hers that I read was Smooth Talking Stranger. LOVED IT!!!!

I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by tonight!

amy said...

I have been reading for my own enjoyment since I was about 13 or 14 years old. I started out reading Dean Koontz but somewhere along the way I picked up a romance novel and was hooked. I often read 3 or 4 books a week and sometimes even more. I read through all my moods but if I am having a really blue day I will usually pick a favorite from my keeper shelf. There's just something really comforting to me in those old favorites and I wouldn't trade them for anything :)

Valerie said...

Voracious!! I read at least 1 book a day if not more than that. I don't have as much free time as I like, but then again if I did, all I would do is read! I love reading. Luckily, or hmm...maybe not so luckily, I also read fast. I love to reread the really good ones. This past Tuesday we had so many new books out I think I read 4 new books in 24 hrs. Plus a couple of short stories online. It's definitely a passion. In fact, I just finished rereading Shelly Laurenston's The Mane Squeeze this afternoon and in a few hours I'll be starting Nora Roberts new bride quartet book. So, if you don't see my online I'm most likely reading. ;)

Kimberly Fisk said...

Amy, I feel the exact same way about my Keeper Shelf. Can I ask who is on your Keeper Shelf? (I'm always on the lookout for new to me authors). For me, I reach for Judith McNaught's Paradise and A Kingdom of Dreams at least once a year. Two of my all-time favorites. I also have several Susan Elizabeth Phillips and...way too many more books to list. LOL

Thank you so much for joining us tonight!!

Jan said...

I learned to read when I was 4 and that was the beginning of a wonderful relationship! I read all the time and I read anything I can get my hands on. depending on the time of year (school year, I teach severe/profound special ed) I can read 2 to 10 books a week.

Do I have a favorite? No, unless you count whatever I'm reading at the time.

Kimberly Fisk said...

A book a day, Valerie?!? And four books this past Tuesday?! WOW!!! I am impressed!! I absolutely love the covers on Nora Robert's Bride series. Sooooo pretty!! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Jan!! "Wonderful Relationship." That is the perfect way to describe reading!! I used to think I read a lot but you girls are putting me to shame! (10 books a week, WOW!) I'm so glad you stopped by the blog tonight!!

LM's Drama Queen said...

For me, I read whenever I have a new book and time to read it:) As for Mom, I know she has tons of books in her TBR pile and I always catch her with her eReader when she's not writing or working. Great post Kimberly, and awesome comments, everyone!

XOX
~*DQ*~

Tamsyn said...

I read almost everyday, even if it is only a page! Got into the habit when I was young and Mills & Boon introduced me to romance. Although I still read SF, mystery and thrillers, my favourite now is romance.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Drama Queen--LOVE the nickname. Though Miss Sparklepants holds a special place. :) DQ, I can only imagine how many books your mom has--I bet you've found many good reads in her pile. Thank you so much for stopping by tonight!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Tamsyn, I have a cute story about Mills & Boon. My mother-in-law always swore she never read romance. But I knew differently and each Christmas, as I would stuff her stocking, I'd stick in two or three romances. After she passed away, I was cleaning out her house and under her bed I found over 200 HQ Presents. I LOVE Presents and those wonderful books are now in my house!

Thank you so much for stopping by tonight!!

robynl said...

I do the 'escape' thing also by reading. It works. Thank goodness for authors like you whose books do this for us.

yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Robynl. I don't know what I'd do without books. I heard recently that during these tough economical times, books sales (especially romances) have increased. Are any of us surprised?! :) We romance readers know there is nothing better than a good love story to give us a lift. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog!!

Ashley said...

I am always reading, no matter what. I read on average 200 books a year lol I can't not be reading something. At the moment I have 8 books that I have started, and I switch depending on my mood.

Refhater said...

I average about a book and a half a day. I read on my lunch hour to escape the busy office. There's nothing better than reading while in a bubble bath.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Refhater--ahhh, bubble bath and reading. Two of my favorite things!! That is what first turned me on to category romances, actually. I wanted a book I could finish in one "bubble bath" sitting. :)

Thank you so very much for stopping by!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Wow, eight books at once?! You have a much better memory than I do, Ashley! :) And I'm still trying to figure out how many books a month you have to read to reach 200 a year. LOL Thank you so much for stopping by the blog tonight!!

Cathy M said...

All I read are romance stories, though I might reach for a lighter storyline with more humor if I am feeling particularly low.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Cathy!! We can never go wrong with picking up a romance, can we?! A few years back, Avon had a whole line-up of romantic comedies. I was so sorry to see them go. But I have been seeing more of them on the shelves lately so I know they are making a comeback! YEAH!!!

Thank you so much for joining in the discussion tonight!!

Nancy G said...

Reading is my ticket to travel and escape the pressures of my daily working life. I deal with really difficult situations daily, and am exhausted when I get home. A good romance, especially if it is fantasy or paranormal, helps me to forget for a while.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Nancy. I'm so sorry your day job is so stressful but so glad reading lets you forget for a while. Reading is my travel ticket, too. Maybe one day--after the kids are grown and our life slows down a bit--I hope to actually see some of the places I dream of/read about. But until then, a book fits the bill!

Thank you so much for stopping by tonight!!

erahime said...

I used to be a voracious reader when I was young. Now, it depends on my mood. There are years where I read voraciously; then there are years where I just don't.

I read whenever I have time. It really doesn't matter if it was a good or bad day, I just read. Sometimes I set goals to how many pages I want to read that day so that I can finish the book and move on to another book. I do have a book on my night stand, but I had sorta stalled and probably will take a break. BUT I will eventually finish reading it. Eventually.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, erahime. I go through reading bouts, too. As to my nightstand--I can't even see it anymore there are so many books stacked on and around it. My husband gives me a hard time, but all I have to do is point to the stack of books on his side of the bed. :) Thank you so much for stopping by tonight! I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Toni said...

I always have a book with me and read anytime I can. I will be glad to get your newletter. I just signed up.

krisgils33 said...

I read as much as possible. For the escapism, for the pleasure of it. I read during my 2 hour daily commute, when I travel, and after the fam goes to bed at night. I love the comfort of my favorite authors, but also get a thrill in giving a "newbie" a chance and finding I like their work. Christie Craig is a new one for me...her books are so funny. I just finished the second and third books in Nora Robert's bride quartet. Those were sweet.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Toni. All of us are so alike, aren't we? At least one book with us at all times! :) Thank you so much for signing up for my newsletter--I promise to send out a note only once in a blue moon!! And thank you, too, for stopping by tonight and leaving a comment!!

Deb830 said...

Hi Kimberly -

My mom is a voracious reader like you. Me, I'm lucky to finish a book in a week. The time I have to read is usually before bed and sometimes on the weekend. I love to read romance books and usually lean towards the paranormal romance. I love to read b/c it helps me wind down and to escape from reality. Right now I'm reading C.L. Wilson "Queen of Song and Souls". I have an on going TBR list and at this rate I don't think I'll ever catch up. At least I won't run out esp. with all the new authors and stories being released.

Thanks for your blog!
deb ;0)

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, krisgils33. A commute is the perfect time to read!! Years ago, I was on jury duty for three months(yes you read that correctly). THREE months. The trial took place in Seattle and I had to take the ferry daily. LOTS of reading time. :) I've heard great things about Chritie's books and have two of her "Divorced" books just waiting for me.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!!

Ashley said...

my tbr is never ending as well, its around 1500 right now, seriously. That's just print books too, I have a bunch of ebooks as well that I have gotten over the years...waiting til I got an ereader, which I just did lol

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Deb. I think a book a week is FANTASTIC! Was anyone else as shocked as I was when so many people admitted to Oprah they hadn't read a book in ten...twenty years?! Unbelievable! I won't ever catch up with my TBR pile either! Soooooo many great books...so little time!! Thank you so much for the C.L. Wilson recommendation. I'll definitely check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Ashley, I'm in serious book envy. 1500?!?! WAY TO GO. I haven't gone to an eReader yet. Love my printed books too much. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight!!

flchen1 said...

Thanks for posting, Kimberly! I read all the time--my TBR's gigantic and growing all the time despite my best efforts ;) I mostly read romance, as I love the hope and joy those tend to bring. How fast I read depends on the book and the week :) I think I tend to go through two to three hundred a year, so I'm in no danger of running out, even if I never buy another book. (HA! As if that'll happen!)

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, flchen1. I love reading how all of you have overflowing TBR piles. Next time the hubby says my book habit is overtaking the house, I'll point him to all of your posts! :) I love reading romances for the exact same reason you do--I love the hope and joy they bring. When I pick up a romance, I know I will feel better after reading it.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and joining the fun!!

Sherry said...

I read all of the time I don't have to have any special reason. I have a big bunch of books to read. I also read a lot of ebooks.

sstrode@scrtc.com

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Sherry. I'm so glad you stopped by the blog tonight. I love how all of us are so similar with towering TBR piles and our constant reading. Romance sisters!! :)

donnas said...

Congrats on the release!

I do read all the time. But when things are really bad or I feel really down a good book is one of the few things that will make me feel better. I read to relax and to escape when needed.

s7anna said...

I'm a voracious reader...I read whenever possible which pretty much means like everyday...I'd go crazy if I didn't read...it's the thing that keeps me grounded and able to cope with whatever struggle comes my way. I love to read all sub-genre of romance...my only requirement...a guaranteed HEA...I've kinda been on a romantic suspense kick and I'm always in the mood for a great m/m romance.

hugs,
Anna

Jane said...

Congrats on your debut release, Kimberly. I like to think I'm a voracious reader, but sometimes I have to wait till the weekend to start or finish a book.

etirv said...

Always have a romance novel in my bag! Presently reading Sarah MacLean's excellent Nine Rules to Bresk When Rimancing a Rake!

Natasha A. said...

I am ALWAYS reading! I don't just read for a pick me up. 99% of the time I have at least one book on the go.

Sometimes this is bad, as I look around my place.....

lindseye said...

Reading has always been an escape and makes me feel good. Do not read as many books but always have two or three going at the same time.

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Juliet said...

I love reading and like you I read all the time. And usually when I am going through difficult times I reread one of my confort reads.

Maria said...

Thanks for blogging with us today- I am a voracious reader. I have a personal goal of reading one book a day, don't always make it but I've averaged about 22 books a month for a while now. I usually carry several books in a book bag with me and I always have my Kindle with me in my purse. As for books I've enjoyed recently- I really liked Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs.

Sabrina said...

I am very much like you. I am constantly reading. The book I choose depends on my mood. I'll grab one that I know will make me laugh if I'm feeling blue, a paranormal if I want to adventure to another reality, suspense if I feel like a good scare, you get the idea. If a book is really good, I'll also buy the audiobook if it is available so that I can listen to it when I'm too busy to read. I have most of the J.D. Robb "in Death" books in both formats as they are my favorite books and the audiobook reader does an excellent job with the different character voices.

Carol L. said...

I read to take me away from any crisis. As well as loving to read. I always have books stacked nearby.
Congrats on your debut novel.I never tire of reading.
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Helen Scott Taylor said...

Sometimes romance novels save my sanity. When I'm under stress or have issues to deal with, losing myself in a novel is the best medicine. It doesn't only make me feel better while I'm reading, it lifts my mood in general.

Margay said...

I am a voracious reader. If (listen to me, "if"!) I have a stack of books waiting to be read, it's not because I'm waiting for the perfect time to read them. It's because I just et.haven't gotten to them yet. A day doesn't go by that I don't read something.
Margay

nmulder81 said...

I read all the time! Ive been known however to take a yr off and then get back into it again...though that hasnt happened in awhile lol. Maybe b/c life has been hard the last few yrs. I try and keep up with all my favorite authors, but whew, sometimes I forget some and currently my TBR list is getting quite long! My favorite authors currently are Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Larissa Ione, JR Ward...and oh so many more I cant even remember at the moment

Stephanie said...

There's always a book not too far away from me. Be it ebook or print. Though it's my mood that dictates what I read when. I try to keep the genres varied so I never tire of one. But when I'm down I try to read something light and not too heavy on content to keep up my spirits.

Eva S said...

I have books everywhere and I'm reading everwhere. I read about 250 books a year, right now I'm reading Shiloh Walker's Broken. So far I love the book. And I'm eagerly waiting for J.R.Ward's Lover Mine.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

I read all the time when children and husband doesn't interupt. Books along with writing and drawing has always been an escape for me.

However, I do have certain authors set to the side when I need a "feel good" read or read something that would garantee me a laugh.

lrwirum said...

I ALWAYS have a book with me and I am always reading. No matter what. LOL

Larena

LDee said...

I'm an all the time reader. I can't remember the time I didn't have at least one book open. As you can guess I have a huge TBR pile but I think I'd stress if I didn't.

I went to your website and I have to say I was impressed with your "FACTS" where you say your favorite author is Kristin Hannah I love her stories too but I could fill up a page with favorite authors.

Lavada Dee

Rhea said...

I always have a book on me. My TBR pile is always growing and I recently started listening to audio books at work. Can never have too many books!

Virginia said...

I read every day! I travel the world in books, I just wish I could read faster! There are so many books I want to read and just can't read fast enough! My husband don't understand about books, but if he would just read one he would! I would rather read then watch TV. There is no better way to spend time then with a good book! So thank all authors out there for giving us this pleasure! Please enter me because this books sound fantastic!


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Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Donna.
I so agree, when I'm feeling down or have had a particularly rough day--a book makes me feel so much better!!

Thank you so much for the congratulations on my debut release. I still find it hard to believe that my dream of seeing a book of mine in the stores has come true! Thank you for stopping by the blog.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, s7anna. I'd go crazy if I didn't read, too. And YES! and HEA is a must!!

I love your profile picture. As I'm typing this, Oscar, my orange kitty cat, is lying on my feet. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! Hugs to you, too.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Jane. Thank you so much for the congrats on Lake Magic. I'd always wondered what it would be like to see my book on the shelves--it was pretty wonderful my mom was with me the first time we spotted it. :) And I hear you on having to wait to read until the weekend. Life can sure interrupt our reading time. :) Thanks so much for joining in on the discussion today! I so appreciate it.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, etirv. I always make sure and buy large purses so there is plenty of room for books! LOL Thank you for the book recommendation. I'll have to make sure and pick it up!! And thank you for stopping by the blog!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Natasha. I NEVER think it is a bad thing to have books all over the house. LOL

Thank you so much for joining in the discussion!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Lindseye. I never used to read more than one book at a time but the last few years, I find myself having several going at the same time. I think it's because with all of the kids's activities, I grab whatever book is in whatever purse or vehicle I'm in. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Juliet, I have many comfort reads! Nothing like a wonderful romance to get us through the tough times.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Maria. Thank you for the book recommendations. I will have to check out P. Briggs's Silver Borne. And WOW, 22 books in a month. I am impressed!

Thanks so much for joining in the discussion!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Sabrina. I think I'm the last person on earth who hasn't read Nora's "In Death" books. I love listening to audio tapes and am so glad to hear that they've done a great job with those books. Next road trip, I'll definitely have to get those.

Thanks so much for joining us here!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Carol L. I never tire of reading either. And even though I have tons and tons of books that I haven't had a chance to get to, I continue to buy. One day they'll all be read. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Helen, I couldn't agree more. You've described exactly how I feel. I always feel sorry for people who don't read--they don't know what they're missing!

Thanks so much for joining us here!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Margay. Ahhh, a fellow reader with stacks of books!! I used to think I was the only one who did this and then I joined RWA (Romance Writers of America) and learned that there were thousands of people just like me!!

Thank you so much for joining us on the blog!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, nmulder81. I haven't read a couple of your favorite authors--thank you so much for the recommendations. I, too, used to find it hard to keep up with when my favorite authors had new books released. Now, it's so easy with the internet. LOVE how I can signup to receive their newsletter. Now, I never miss a new release. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Stephanie. Besides the HEA, I think the greatest appeal of romance novels is that there is something for everyone: suspense, paranormal, fantasy, etc.

Thanks so much for joining us today!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Eva. 250 books a year?!? WOW!!! I'm impressed (and jealous! LOL) With your recommendation I'll definitely have to pick up Shiloh Walker's Broken. Someone earlier mentioned the JR Ward books--I own several and best get to them. LOL

Thanks so much for joining in on the discussion!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Raonaid, if you figure out how to keep the hubby and kids from interrupting your reading time, PLEASE let me know. LOL LOL I love romances that give me a full range of emotions: laughter, tears, those incredibly poignant ahhhhhhhh moments. Perfection!!

Thanks so much for joining us today!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Larena. Yep, I'm exactly like you. As I already said on the blog, I now make sure and buy large purses so I'll have plenty of room for my books!!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Lavada. I'm so glad you stopped by the blog!! I'd stress too if I didn't have a towering TBR pile. There is something so comforting about knowing all those books are there, waiting for me. :) Have you read Kristin's latest: WINTER GARDEN? It is...breathtaking. My favorite book EVER! And I know what you mean about it being too difficult to list all our favorite authors!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Rhea. You're so right--one can never have too many books!! And how wonderful you can listen to books while you're at work. Now that is a great job! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Virginia. I'd rather read than watch TV, too. The nice thing is when the kids want to have a movie night, the hubby and I can join them but I can be reading. I'm still with the family but doing something I love. :) When my husband I are were first married, he wasn't a big reader. He'd read maybe four books a year (tragic, I know LOL). But I kept buying different authors for him, asking friends for recommendations, and by doing that found him authors he loves. Now, he out reads me!! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and thank you for your incredibly kind words about Lake Magic. If you do get a chance to read it, I'd love to know what you think.

Amanda said...

I am a voracious reader! I read all the time whenever I possibly can!

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Am I a voracious reader? I have so many books it's crazy. I have books all over the house, in the car, my purse, work and yes they "take me away"!

sonya said...

I love to read because it is my only escape from the drama of real life. LOL I have books in the bed room, living room,basement, garage, and a few in the bathroom. you can never have too many books.

Kimberly Fisk said...

Amanda, Marilyn, & Sonya; I see we share a common addiction. LOL Books stashed everywhere--it's the only way to guarantee that no matter where we are, we always have a book on hand! Thanks so much for joining in the discussion!!

zina seawitch6464@yahoo.com said...

Hello, I'm a hungry reader too. My oldest 5 girls are just like me and we are constantly stealing.. I mean borrowing books, although most of them are mine and sometimes they steal them before I get to read them. We've even been caught fighting over the last copy at Borders. I read all the time not just to escape my 9 kids/ 2grandkids and all our assorted pets and problems. To me I am always transported into the story and it feels like I am there, in the jungle, small town, space or a man's arms. I am currently reading The Virgin River series by Robyn Carr and I love them as they are set near where I grew up and I feel like I have been able to visit home.
Zina

Kimberly Fisk said...

Hi, Zina. Wow, with nine kids and two grandkids, I don't know how you find the time to read. Pets and problems--I could use this phrase to describe my house, too. Probably a lot of us moms could. :) Have you read Robyn Carr's The House on Olive Street? It was published ten or so years ago. One of my favorite of hers.

Thanks so much for joining in on the discussion!!

Lisa F. said...

Definitely a voracious reader but also a voracious buyer of books so I always have something to read. If I stopped buying books today then I probably still wouldn't have time to read all that I have just sitting around in boxes or on shelves, or now in my ereader!

Sue A. said...

I'm an avid reader, but I'm definitely guilty of taking on more than I can handle. My TBR pile is forever growing, but it doesn't stop me from getting more to add to it.