Ever since I started writing my own books, I don’t read as often as I used to. It’s an odd phenomenon reported by lots of writers… too many hours spent crafting words robs some of the pleasure of reading them. It’s a cruel and ironic side effect of the job since we all started writing because we love to read!
But after over a decade as a writer, I’ve read more romance this year than I’ve read in a long time. What a treat! Part of it is because of all the lovely freebie reads offered by authors now. If there’s a new-to-me author I’m curious about, I’ll try out a freebie. If I love it, I’ll download backlist books like crazy! It’s fun to find new authors this way.
Another part of my new reading obsession is that I’m loving all the Christmas romances. I just started the Magnolia Bay series, starting with Holiday at Magnolia Bay by Tracy Solheim. I’ve got Jennifer Snow’s The Mistletoe Melody pre-ordered for quick delivery next month and I’m excited for Tawny Weber’s Christmas with a SEAL. I think that reading holiday books help me start thinking about baking and decorating, family and seasonal traditions. It’s a fun way to spend a dark, cold evening.
I also like reading Christmas books because it’s a way to enjoy the season without overindulging on decadent treats (I need to read about more of them than I personally consume) or spending too much money shopping. I try to celebrate the holidays simply and meaningfully, but who doesn’t occasionally get swept away with the urge to purchase super cute holiday china or over-buy for the kids on their list? At the end of the day I’ll feel better if I sent the extra cash to a local kids’ charity and read about someone else’s fun and festive Christmas ;-). In the end, it only adds to my own.
So today, I’d like to know, who are your favorite holiday authors? Or what have been your favorite holiday stories? I’m a fan of Mary Balogh for a Christmas novella, I will admit! What about you? I’ve got a copy of UNDERCOVER FESTIVITIES my holiday Blaze 2-in-1 with Tawny Weber to give to one random poster!