Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wednesday Chit Chat

Awkward situations are kind of like the photo at the right. They required delicate balancing and steady nerves. Quite frankly, I'm not very good at maintaining the balancing act for very long. My usual modus operandi is to jump down and um, run away.

However, I'm trying to pretend that I'm a big girl now with the ability to manage all sorts of difficulties so I'll work on the balancing for a while longer. But if you hear a crash, that was me, falling out of the tree.

I am on a current reading jag--re-reading all my Jayne Ann Krentz novels. Since I have most of them, either in hard cover or in e-pub, I've been happily occupied for several days. I believe the thing I most enjoy about her books are her guys. They're such...guys. For instance in the current one, the hero is an ex-marine with traumatic stress syndrome. He's managing a very run-down resort with ten little cabins. When he bought the resort he was under the mistaken impression that he would have peace and quiet to write a book. Naturally, things are not quite working out that way.

In one hilarious scene, a very young groom tries to rent a cabin for his wedding night. After barking orders at the gawky young husband Luke, the hero declares that check out time is twelve hundred. Of course the groom has no idea what he's talking about. So he swallows his pride and asks "Twelve hundred what?"

"Hours. High noon."

Then Luke started rattling off the "regs", confusing the young groom again. After they get that straightened out, he redeems himself by informing the young couple that they have the honeymoon suite. This of course impresses the young bride no end though it briefly alarms the young groom as he doesn't have the money to pay for the honeymoon suite.

When the heroine queries him later about the non-existent honeymoon suit, he gravely replies that "the management takes the view that if you spend your honeymoon in one of our cabins, said cabin is, by definition, the honeymoon suite." ~~ All Night Long by Jayne Ann Krentz


I really enjoyed the book. Frankly, I've enjoyed everything of hers that I've read and I look forward to her new paperback coming out. I believe I'll be able to download it to my e-reader. That will entertain me at the laundromat!

No telling how long this current reading jag will last. Sometimes it goes on until I've read every single book by that author that I own. Sometimes just a few books will do the trick and I'll saunter off on another direction. I'm thinking that I might haul down some of the Georgette Heyer's and have a few of them for a snack. Then there's Louis L'Amour and Alistair MacLean... so many books. It's a good thing that I'm a very fast reader.

What about you? Do you read a variety or do you gorge on one author at a time? Tell me about it. Who does it for you?



  1. Sadly I don't give myself much time to read any more and I should do that instead of rushing to do other things

  2. Hmm, I read a variety. Even though I have several books by the same author(s), I usually scatter them along my TBR pile.

  3. That's what I do too, James. If I've bought, say, Winter Hearts one week, I'll wait a month or so before buying Daffodil. I'll scatter the titles around so I can get everyone in! With my new list, I can put the titles on as they are released. But being six months or so behind (and falling further as we speak, er, type) at least I'm guranteed reading material for a loooooong time! Which is good...I'm on my final box of old books in the basement.

  4. I'm on a necessity imposed historical jag at the moment. I've read three in the last two weeks and am currently on number four. I tend to do that though, even when not a necessity. I'll hit a genre or theme and read several books in that line.

  5. Julia Quinn, older Jude Devereaux, and lately Bronwyn Green.

    Excellent post!

  6. Ah, man. I'm late responding to this. I'll grab an old one and begin from the beginning reading EVERTHING she's written, usually in order. Is that anal or what??? Like you I have everything Jayne Ann Krentz ever wrote along with every Amanda Quick historical. I'll start and not look up until I've finished them all. I'll do the same with Elizabeth Lowell.