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V is for Vicarious Living

This post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge.

Thank goodness for well written books with descriptions that paint a picture in my mind. I live vicariously through books.

I have walked along the banks of the Yangtze as it overflowed its banks due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China.

I have fulfilled my inner detective by solving a crime in a small Colorado town — while learning some great recipes.

I have walked a lifetime in the shoes of a young woman who carefully, but oh so bravely, remained in a town and culture that placed little value on her life And she not only survived, but made life better for her family and others.

Thank goodness for vicarious living, otherwise I would be bored spitless!

By the way, yes, I did have lemon meringue pie for my birthday.

R is for Reading

This post is part of the A-to-Z Challenge.

Every night I read before going to bed. And on weekends, I often just sit around and also read, especially if there is a good book at hand.

Murder mysteries and biographies are my favorite genres. I used to read nothing but murder and true crime books. After jumping at any little sound, I decided I was getting too involved in true crime. Now I temper my fanaticism with little doses of comedy and non-crime books, especially biographies.

Robert B Parker is the author of the Spencer series, the Jesse Stone series, and the less known Sunny Randall series.


A few years ago, I and a friend went on a Spenser readfest where we read every Spenser book- 38 of them – in order! And then went into the Jesse Stone series.


Be still my heart – Tom Selleck plays Jesse in the made-for-TV movies. And the latest one will premier on May 20th!

As for biographies, David McCullough is a favorite for his Truman and John Adams biographies. I also quite enjoyed Mornings on Horseback (about Theodore Roosevelt’s early years).

Recently I read Broken by Lauren Hilldebrand. An incredible book; read it if you can. Currently I am reading The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson. True story of a boy with autism and his family’s quest to connect with him.

For lighter laugh-a-minute reading, I highly recommend Janet Evanovich, Diane Mott Davidson, or David Sedaris.

Peter Hessler has written several books about his experiences in China; they are priceless.

I could go on and on, but will stop so you can provide your recommendations.

Read ‘Em and Weep, Laugh, or Think

Reading is a huge part of my life. I have noticed in other blogs that many people provide Summer Reading Lists. Hmm… I tried but I just can’t do that; I read on a whim and always stay caught up with my favorite authors.

Genre’s of choice are mystery, true crime, and biographies. And I tend to read by author until I suck the life out of them. So here’s my list:


  • Robert B. Parker!!!  Must admit that I think the Spencer series is my fav; 39 books and luv every one. His last, SixKill, is my next read (when I finish what I am currently reading).  I also enjoy his Sunny Randall series and Jesse Stone series (which has resulted in successful made for TV movies, starring Tom Selleck. What could be better!). The characters grow through each series and characters in each series often appear in the other series. And I know them!
  • Sue Grafton.  Kinsey Millhone is my hero and such a loveable one. Starting with A is for Alibi, and waiting until November for V is for Vengeance; all weave sleuthing with interesting characters. Again, I know Kinsey and  Henry and am always waiting for what’s next.
  • Diane Mott Davidson.  Author of the Goldy Schulz culinary whodunit series (14 tasty books). Not only are the main characters hilarious, but the books contain marvelous recipes; Goldy is a caterer ya know. I just finished her latest, Crunch Time, and can’t wait to try her Crunch Time Cookie recipe.
  • Janet Evanovich.  Creator of the irreverent Stephanie Plum series, from One for the Money, to the upcoming Smokin’ Seventeen–is on my list for actual laugh-out-loud laughs. If I am ever down, I just open an Evanovich book and am immediately uplifted! Besides, I have the hots for Ranger; who doesn’t — if you know what I mean.

True Crime

  • Ann Rule. Is there anyone better than Ann Rule? I have read most everything she has written, starting with the frightening The Stranger Beside Be (about Ted Bundy) and even her only novel, Possession. I guess Stranger was too close to home; one of Bundy’s victims was a high school friend. And I then lived in Florida when he was executed and that brought a sense of relief or safety or something.
  • Dominick Dunne.  His books range from true crime to fiction, though sometimes they are intertwined, such as his novel A Season in Purgatory inspired by the 1975 murder of Martha Moxely by a Kennedy clan member. Dunne’s daughter was murdered and he brings that emotion to his books, fiction or not. Unfortunately, Dunne died in 2009 so no more of his gifted writing.


  • David McCullough.  Wow, can that man bring you into the life of his biographical subject. Who has not enjoyed John AdamsMornings on Horseback, 17 years with Theodore Roosevelt is one of my favs, along with the Harry S Truman biography,  Truman.  And a must-read (especially for Sarah Palin who can’t get her history correct) is 1776.
  • Robert MassieNicholas and Alexandria opened a great chapter of Russian history for me. And it continued with Peter the Great, His Life and World. Massie brings just life to his books, I felt as if I was there (in Russia). Massie’s son, Bob Massie, was born with hemophilia. Massie and his wife, Suzanne Massie, wrote Journey, a heartfelt book about their journey with hemophilia and health care. It was Journey that got me into Massie’s other books. Interesting enough, Bob Massie is campaigning for US Senator from Massachusetts.

So that’s my list of authors for now.  Enjoy their books; I have and still do!