I have a deep love of reading. It is the ultimate escape. When I read I go to a different place and it’s like I’m watching a movie in my head. When I stop and return to reality I feel like I’ve been on some kind of trip to another land and everything is surreal for a little bit.
Some people love non-fiction or the classics. Me? I prefer the romance novels. Specifically the urban fantasy romance novels. My favorite series in the whole wide world is the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. Her heroine is hilarious. She brings a smile to my face to just think about her shenanigans. And I can’t imagine any one not wanting an SO like Reyes or a BFF like Cookie. Much like when Charley thinks to herself that she should’ve worn her WWSD (what would sherlock do?) bracelet sometimes I think to myself WWCDD, What would Charley Davidson do?
I was driving to a friends house the other day and it was in the boonies and I turn into what I think is her driveway and there are these big gates that are rusted and left open. As I drive down it, and it’s long driveway, there are trees on either side. Oh I should also mention that it was getting dark. I thought to myself, what would Charley think about this? And I realized that I hadn’t moisturizer my face that day so hopefully the guy with the chainsaw wouldn’t want to wear it.
As we can all tell, I am not as funny as I’d like to be or as Miss Jones is.
Anywho, I’ll get back to the point.
When I’m depressed or mad or I’ve had a bad day I can open up a book and escape into it. I can scheme with my best friend to get my uncle to pay attention to her and watch as it goes horribly awry. I can solve a crime as a kick ass P.I./grim reaper extraordinaire/consultant for the APD. I can become infatuated with a delicious bad boy who I love despite the fact that I’ve always been afraid of him.
Reading has gotten me through some pretty bleak stuff in my life. When I was in junior high and I was first diagnosed with depression I’d escape to Hogwarts and learn how to make Polyjuice potion. In high school, when I was dealing with a breakup, I’d fall in love with a sparkly vampire who likes to drive fast cars. This is where my love for urban fantasy lays. Reading about our world but with a supernatural spin is amazing. It makes me feel like the guy at the grocery store could be nefilim or the lady at the doctors office is actually a demon summoner (which isn’t actually evil in the book, I should add).
Reading has always made my day brighter. I hope you’ll share with me your favorite ways to escape in the comments.
My favorite books (in no particular order except Charley)
Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
Kara Gillian series by Diana Rowland
Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
Anything by Dorothea Benton Frank, Sherryl Woods (I have over 40 of her novels on my kindle alone), Nora Roberts (over 20 of hers on my kindle and bookshelf), Mary Kay Andrews. I love southern romance novels!
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
Black Wings series by Christina Henry
50 Shades series by E.L. James
Rylee Adamson series by Shannon Mayer
Enchanted Inc. series by Shanna Swendson
Tradd Street series by Karen White (another southern romance series but with a supernatural spin 🙂
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