For me, it’s time to read. Kick back, toes in the sand, sun on my too white legs, and my nose stuck in a book. Even as a kid, a weekly trip to town for library books never lasted a full week. I started judging books not only by the back cover copy, but also by the weight. I loved Gone with the Wind because the story was so long. I guess it’s hard to fit an entire civil war in a paperback.
As I grew, so did my books. As a band geek, freshman year in high school, I was required to read the entire Tolkien saga, from the Hobbit to The Return of the King. Required by my group of friends, not an actual class. I remember sitting in the hallway, eating chips and a candy bar with a soda to wash it down, again, with my nose stuck in a book.
After college, my tastes turned to horror and I became a Stephen King groupie. I re-read The Stand too many summers to count, wondering how my survival skills would be in a world culled down to a few thousand people.
Now, besides reading and editing my own stories, I do a lot of reading in the car during my commute. Bless the inventor of audiobooks. Stalled traffic is just a way of getting to listen to a few more pages of the story. Sometimes it’s catch as catch can in choices, but there’s always a story I haven’t read available, even in my small town library’s collection.
But the most important piece to a book I enjoy? A satisfying ending. It doesn’t have to be a happy ever after, but don’t leave me knowing the killer is still out there and no one who fought him is still alive. Or the Final Destination ending where fate gets everyone in the end.
Yes, I am a Pollyanna in my reading habits, that you very much.
What books do you most like taking on vacation? Or do you find a little store like Coffee, Books, and More and buy when you get there?
Guidebook to Murder – A Tourist Trap Mystery
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store–Coffee, Books, and More–open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?
When Jill’s elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily’s gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill–along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit–especially if it gets her closer to South Cove’s finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she’s on the case–and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .
Lynn Cahoon’s a multi-published author. An Idaho native, her stories focus around the depth and experience of small town life and love. Lynn’s published in Chicken Soup anthologies, explored controversial stories for the confessional magazines, short stories in Women’s World, and contemporary romantic fiction. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.