After starting and stopping what feels like several thousand books, I’m pleased to report that I’ve happily settled into one. I’m reading Second Honeymoon by Joanna Trollope. Have any of you read her novels? I’ll just say right now that she’s probably more of a women’s read (and oh, more on that later – some recent blog posts have my mind reeling), so her subject matter might not appeal to guys so much, but if you haven’t read her books you’re truly missing out. Her books take place in England, usually in a small town – but they have a homey yet sophisticated feel. She takes on everything from infidelity to sibling rivalry. Second Honeymoon is about a mom whose last kid has flown the coop, and she’s freaking. Her books are funny, smart and utterly charming. She’s also written seventeen of them (last I counted), so it’s great to know there’s always another one on the shelf for you to read.
I realized today that Joanna Trollope has become one of my “comfort reads.” One of those authors you turn to in either times of turmoil – when you need a book to take you away from whatever is going on in real life, or on the flip side, when all is just swell but you’re not connecting with anything. I open up one of her novels, sit back and am instantly absorbed – don’t even try to talk to me. So thank you Joanna Trollope! I have a few authors and books that are on my list of “comfort books,” but I’d certainly like to add more:
- Joanna Trollope
- Laurie Colwin
- Mary Cantwell
- Carol Goodman
- Cheryl Mendelsohn
- The Great Gatsby
Do you have books or authors you re-read when things are rough? I’d love to know! Like I said, I’m always anxious to add to that list of mine. It’s a little bit shorter than I’d like it to be.