Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MY FAVORITE TREAT by Kathryne Kennedy

A special treat for me (and my family) is to go to the bookstore, find a special book, and curl up and read for the rest of the day. It makes for a very quiet house. :} It’s even more special when I can find a new release by one of my favorite authors, and I feel like I’ve struck gold if I find more than one! There are just some authors whose style resonates with me, and I know I won’t be able to put the book down, regardless of the story. (For example, I don’t look for horror stories, but put a Stephen King book in my hand, and his small-town setting and characters are so engrossing that I can’t put it down.) I know I have hours of entertainment ahead of me, and all for less than ten bucks.

There’s something magical about entering through the double-doors of the bookstore and having a sea of books spread out before you. So many different worlds to enter, and adventures to experience, and characters to fall in love with. It’s often the way I reward myself when I finish writing one of my own books. It’s fun to let someone else do the work, and be able to enjoy the twists and turns of another author’s imagination.

My husband’s tastes and mine will often overlap, so I get the bonus of reading his books when he’s done with them. But as you know, writing is subjective, and try as I might, I just haven’t been able to get into the books he chooses which involve battles and war strategies. Thank heavens for the varied tastes of writers and readers!

I hope my favorite way to treat myself is also one of yours, and I hope that many of you will do us the honor of discovering some of your favorite authors here at Casablanca.

Wishing you my magical best,
And many days of ‘treating’ yourself,
Kathryne

26 comments:

  1. Hi Kathryne,

    There are few Fridays where you won't find my hubby and I at the bookstore. We go to dinner, and then browse the shelves. Even though I don't get in much reading time anymore, there are even fewer Fridays that I don't bring a couple books home.

    It's a calming way to end a busy week.

    Tracey

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  2. You make a wonderful point, Kathryne: I no longer go to candy stores and press my pudgy little nose to the glass, trying to decide between turtles and dark chocolate almonds. I go to the bookstore and wander the shelves, cruising for new keepers. Better than turtles, and as good as a dark chocolate almonds.

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  3. I love book stores! Don't ever have enough time to get to one, but I love them!

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  4. Reading is one of my favorite ways to indulge myself. I've often said that my idea of a perfect vacation would be a box of books and a quiet spot off to myself.

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  5. Good morning, Kathryne,
    There's just something calming and yet exciting about a book store. The quietness, the smell of new books and the lure of old ones. Nothing quite like it...loved the post and the reminder.

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  6. Oh, it does sound wonderful the way you wrote about it--double doors and all. But I fear most of my books these days come in the mail from Amazon, B&N or Borders. I try to share the business around and order from them all.
    Amelia

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  7. Hi Terry! Libraries are just as yummy! :}

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  8. Hi Amelia! One of the things I enjoy about shopping on-line is the 'similar items' list. It really helps me discover new authors.

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  9. Kathryne, I agree! I love bookstores so much I've worked in them all my life. But it's rough these days - if you love bookstores, be sure to support them! It's tempting to save money by buying online, but bookstores are really struggling and need loyal customers.

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  10. Hi Joanne! I used to buy used books on-line, until I realized that it did not support the authors that I want more books from. So I buy all new books, cause I want my fav authors to have the sales so they can continue to write the stories I love to read.

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  11. Well, for one you happen to be my new author that I discovered last year :) I'm looking forward to your second book in the Elven series! Reading has been my obsession since a child and trips to the library. Now it's the book store. Unfortunately my husband isn't much of a reader but he indulges me when it comes to books! My biggest problem is finding the time to read all the books I keep buying lol.

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  12. That sounds heavenly! My husband doesn't really like to read, but I'm trying to get my daughter started early. I envision many trips to the bookstore and quiet afternoons reading in our future!

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  13. I love browsing the bookstore. My CP and I meet at Barnes & Noble, and it never fails that I walk out of there with a bag of books - most of them new authors that it can be challenging to discover in any other way.

    Books and coffee. What a smell. What an experience!

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  14. What an honor to be one of your fav authors, catslady! Thank you so much for the kind comment. :}

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  15. A wonderful goal, Shana! Great to hear from you.

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  16. Hi Tamara! Yes, although I don't drink coffee anymore, the smell is heavenly!

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  17. Oh, Kathryne! You just made me want to run to the bookstore on my way home from work! That sounded like heaven. :) ~ Jodie

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  18. Bookstores are wonderful. I wish there was a large one closer to where I live. I'd go more often! The last book I bought was from Walmart. sad... But it was last week. happy!!!

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  19. Going to the bookstore is one of my favorite things to do. I remember for a special treat before we would go on vacation my mom would take us kids to pick out several books from the bookstore. What fun!

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  20. Hi Olivia! Walmart is always good for a quick fix. ;}

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  21. Hi Amanda! We did the same, only it was the library. We were in the AF, and couldn't afford to buy books...but I always felt rich leaving that library. :}

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