Call it a mental health day. Sometimes you get so lost in the world of your book, you just can’t get yourself out of the house. You barely remember to eat or sleep. You might even call in sick to work.
I know just what that’s like. I remember a time when a book (books, actually) captured me to the point where I couldn’t stop reading – literally could not stop reading – for days.
I had all kinds of things planned for my week off work. None of it happened. I spent days cocooned in my apartment, reading. When I finally emerged, I was dazed. Raw. Unfit for society.
“A Life Apart is a story of a forbidden love that culminated with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and spanned World War II through the Civil Rights movement to present day,” explains author L.Y. Marlow.
“It was truly a labor of love to craft the untethered devotion between Morris (a white sailor) and Beatrice (a young black woman) and do it against the backdrop of a raging and terrible war. The words came easy, from deep within the most sacred and sensitive places of my heart. I understood what Morris and Beatrice must have felt, despite my resistance to utter anything that would dishonor such a delicate and daunting time.”
“If you’re thinking about what you’re going to do post-graduation now (before you walk across the stage), you’re definitely on the right track,” says author Katherine Schwarzenegger.
“That motivation will be very useful when it comes to finding and developing your future career, so great job! But rather than worry about the future or stress over how you’re going to succeed and what you’re going to do, try to apply that energy towards positive thoughts and determination. It’s so useful during a time like this!”
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“No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as [Debbie] Macomber,” says the Chicago Tribune. Readers love Macomber’s books for their warmth, romance, honorable characters, and sweet settings. Her novels are uplifting – perfect for a quiet winter’s day.
Aside from Henry VIII’s wives, until the 20th century divorce was not a real possibility for women in bad marriages.
“While 19th century novels of adultery lent themselves to tragedy, the 20th/ 21st century novels of divorce lent themselves to comedy,” observes Susan Rieger, author of the debut romantic comedy The Divorce Papers.
“As a reader, I love both. As a writer, I’m firmly in comedy’s camp: sadness, anger, worry, sleeplessness, they’re all acceptable, but no rat poison, no throwing yourself under a train. Here are some of my favorite literary works on divorce.”