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Emotion, Books, and Reading

  • Published: 06/17/2015


I’m an emotional reader, picking up a book based on what I’m feeling at that exact moment. I typically read as many as seven books at a time, both fiction and non-fiction. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this habit and that there’s a lot of concurrent reading going on in the world.

On a dreary day when I’ve done all my chores and need a distraction from the writing I should be doing, there’s nothing better than a cozy mystery. In the morning when I’m getting ready for work and don’t want to tune into the horrible news of the day, I listen to something from Audible (Right now it’s Top Dog, the moving story about the life of a “soldier dog” serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.) When I’m traveling I treat myself to something from the airport bookstore. Last time was The Girl on the Train and I don’t have to tell you, it was riveting. By the time I landed I had read the whole thing, and went to to find something else to read by Paula Hawkins.

And now, having just moved halfway across the country to Minnesota, I think I’m even more of an emotional reader as I navigate my new life. I’m nesting with books! Here’s a little taste of what’s on my nightstand and kindle:


Tamie Dearen’s Her Best Match: A Romantic Comedy (The Best Girls Book 1)
Can I just say that I love, love, love Anne Best. She’s fresh, unassuming, and hysterical, but also feisty and in control (even if she doesn’t think she is!) And she’s sweet, constantly thinking of others, working her matchmaking talent and making friends wherever she goes. That is an enviable trait! When Anne moves to New York City from a small Texas town, after an unexpected job offer, she hits the ground running, which I love about her. And as a forty-something myself, I can relate to her because she’s my age. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out, especially since this is the first in a series. More romance and comedy to come!


Lauren Carr’s It’s Murder My Son (A Mac Faraday Mystery Book 1)
I think this is considered a cozy mystery in most circles. As far as I’m concerned, any mystery with an animal has gotta be a cozy! Mac Faraday is a no-nonsense retired police detective whose life changes on a dime following the death of his birth mother. I am enjoying reading about Gnarly’s (the dog) contributions to the plot—very clever, by the way. Carr does a great job with Mac’s character development as we see him tackle his own demons while embracing a new life.


Aileen Fish’s Christmas in White Oak (Small Town Sweethearts Book 3)
Who doesn’t love a Christmas story? At my library back home there is a whole section devoted to musings of the holiday season. I typically start hitting that genre in November. There’s something so fun about matching my reading with the time of year. In Christmas in White Oak, two former friends find themselves face-to-face after years of misunderstandings and bad feelings. I’m enjoying getting into the season early (I hear in Minnesota it starts to snow in September!) and getting to know Nick and Sofia. I know Nick is a teddy bear under all that mysterious angst!


Oswald Wynd’s The Ginger Tree
This historical novel, which opens in 1906, chronicles the life of a young British woman who sails to Japan to marry and settle down. Mary Mackenzie finds that she doesn’t necessarily fit in with her European counterparts, and she yearns to see the world that lies beyond the little bubble that has become her life. Beautifully written, this is one of those bittersweet stories you don’t want to put down. Except in my case, I do…to go to another book. But I’ll come back. I always do!

Happy reading everyone!




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