Good morning, y’all! Welcome to this week’s WWBC hosted by LASR. I am so excited about this week’s topic! Because…
I am an avid reader. Not to chastise, but writers who say they don’t read worry me a little bit. I just can’t imagine having writing running in my blood without reading running alongside it. It’s something I just simply have a hard time wrapping my head around. Each to his or her own, but that notion just confuses the heck out of me. That being said, my avid habit amounts to, normally, in excess of a hundred titles a year, give or take a few dozen. Okay give. Give a few dozen. That being said, I do in fact have a folder on my Kindle titled “Read Again.” While those are pretty current titles, going back only a few years at best, I have a mental read again list of titles dating back until I can remember learning to read.
My very first read again title was The Little Red Hen. I actually wore a copy out between having others read it to me and reading it to myself. I absolutely loved that book. It was by far my very first favorite book. I loved that the Red Hen was such a strong girl. She didn’t take crap off nobody and I just loved that. When my husband found out this was one of my childhood favorites, he ran to ground a Little Golden copy. It’s traveled through several moves with us and is displayed in our office to this day.
Did y’all know Nancy Drew turned 90 this week? Oh, my gravy, y’all! Who else loved this gal sleuth as much as I did? What wasn’t to love? Again, strong female character kicks bad guy butt. And she was so dang smart! Gah! I wanted to be Nancy Drew when I grew up. I wonder now thinking about this, if she doesn’t have some influence on my female leads in my romance suspense today? Nancy was a total bad ass. Again, when hubby discovered my love of Nancy, he ensured I have a boxed set of her most popular titles sitting on my shelf in the office. And yes, I do reread them from time to time.
Little Women…Anyone detecting a trend here? Strong women! I used to reread this one pretty regularly and haven’t in I don’t know when, but with the new movie adaptation, I have the March sisters on my mind again. I’ll probably be running an original copy to ground at some point to sit with the other favorites around my desk.
As a teen and adult, my tastes wandered into the realm of romance. But I still love a strong female heroine to match the strong heroes they encounter. The series that comes to mind right away is Robyn Carr’s Virgin River. Every woman in those books is strong in her own right. She knows what she wants and goes after it with gusto, but she’s soft enough to take a helping hand when necessary. She’s also not afraid to lean on the hero for a bit of strength if she needs it. Although these are a permanent fixture in my “Read Again” folder, I have to admit, the Netflix series just isn’t my cup of tea. I won’t go into detail here, but I got to episode three and stopped. While I won’t go back to that particular well, I will read the Virgin River series again and again.
A series I have on my Kindle but have never reread, yet, is Jennifer Bernard’s Jupiter Point firefighter series. Sexy firefighters, determined women, and a bit of comedy thrown in. Love, love, love these books! I haven’t touched them in about a year, so sometime this year, I will go back to them.
Be sure to go by Long and Short where you’ll find the list of participating bloggers this week. Drop in on some of them. Tell them Dixie sent you. 😊