As I sit here in my den, I am surrounded by them – novels and dictionaries, romances and mysteries, cookbooks and children’s books.
For a moment I am struck by just how diverse my reading tastes are, ranging from Native American philosophy to Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series.
My love for mysteries is obviously an addiction. The shelves are full of them, including a complete set of Agatha Chrisite’s mysteries – each edged in gilt and leather bound.
Georgette Heyer’s mysteries and romances fill another shelf, and Dorothy Sayers is a favorite. Cyril Hare and Josephine Tey also fall in line.
Don’t get me wrong, I love many contemporary mystery writers as well, but my roots are firmly placed within the British Golden Age.
Out of the books on these shelves have come holiday meals, bedtime stories, and snowy afternoons wrapped in an afghan before a roaring fire.
And who has not reached for a book on a rainy day?
Books have taught me so many things through the years – way more than the knowledge one can find between their covers, although that would certainly be sufficient for me to reach for them.
They have allowed me to fill time in so many places – on the beach, in a doctor’s office, or at a bus stop.
My family certainly ate better, healthier, and more seasonally because of the cookbooks on my shelves.
I have books that were passed down, books given to me as gifts, and books no one else wanted that I now cherish.
From here I can see books I have read once, twice, three times and more.
Some of my books are like family – Jane Austen’s complete works, a collection of Mark Twain, and a shelf full of Dickens to name a few.
The Jane Austen is actually a new edition, so what did I do with the one I purchased with my food money when I first went off to college? I passed it on to a young girl in my church, thinking I might inspire within her a new tradition.
Today my latest release, A Tired Older Woman: Loses Weight and Keeps It Off!, has been uploaded onto Amazon.
Between its covers, I detail a very personal journey, as I fought to lose the excess weight that had accumulated on my person over a number of years.
Within its pages I outline the process that allowed me to lose over 50 pounds and keep them off for over 5 years.
My hope is that by sharing my own methods and experiences I may help others to achieve a similar weight loss success in their lives, for that’s another thing books have been known to do. They can save lives.
Please let me know if you believe that this one has saved your life or the life of someone you love. I would love to hear from you!
May my weight loss and maintenance methods help you to be healthier, lose weight, and feel better, too!!!