Confessions of a Book Maniac

BookIt’s true. I’m a book maniac. I’m constantly reading.

And I’ve been that way for a long, long time. Books have always been a major part of my life. Many times, way into the wee hours of the night my nose will be stuck deep in a page turner. I’ve always got a book tucked into my purse, and you’d probably find a paperback in the glove compartment of my car. There’s probably even a good chance that one got lost somewhere under the seat.

Whether with a night light on while in bed, or wrapped up in an afghan on the couch, I can most often be found curled up with a good book. The best time for my kids to get a “Yes” out of me is when they see that I’m at the very end of a mystery…about to find out who the murderer is. That’s the best time for them to come up softly beside me and ask, “Mom, can I open the box of chocolate chip cookies in the cupboard?” Transfixed by the momentum of the author’s prose, as I frantically turn pages to learn who dun it, I’m most likely to go something like, “Uhn Hunh,” or “Ahh Uh Huh.” Which they take immediately for a resounding, unqualified “YES!”

My passion is murder mysteries or thrillers, usually something in the Christian suspense fiction genre. I’m also bonkers for cookbooks, especially Christmas cookbooks. I love the ones that have color pictures of the finished dish set beautifully on a holiday table.

Some of the authors in the Christian mystery/suspense genre I just can’t get enough of are: Gayle Roper, Margaret Daley, Lyn Cote, Hannah Alexander, Rene Gutteridge and Terri Blackstock. I comb the Steeple Hill sight and Amazon to see when these authors are coming out with new books.

Two non-mystery books that just gripped me and totally affected me are: “The Holy Spirit, Activating God’s Power in Your Life” by Billy Graham and “Simple Faith” by Charles R. Swindoll. I’d recommend those two to just about anyone.