#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Nook Frenzy

It’s just too easy to order books electronically these days.  :)  One just leads to another and before I know it, there I am, up half the night, reading until my eyes won’t focus.

Here’s what I’m into now: “The Inn at Rose Harbor” by Debbie Macomber–classic, funny, heart-touching story–in short, the kind of exceptional quality my good friend always delivers.  I’m reading this on the Nook.

I’m listening to a great book on my iPod: “Happy at Home” by Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project”.  I’m here to tell you, I almost never buy the audio and printed versions of a book, but I did with this one.  It’s full of great advice–I was out of bed and stumbling around in the dark for a pen and paper because there were so many things I wanted to remember.  Hence, I also have the Nook version now, so I can consult it.  Most memorable note so far: “Act the way you want to feel.”

What’s in the to-be-read pile: “The Strangers on Montagu Street”, by Karen White, “Trail of Crumbs” by Kim Sunee (a memoir), “Welcome to the Departure Lounge: Adventures in Mothering Mother”, by Meg Federico–another memoir and it sounds like a hoot, though of course it has it’s serious side.  What sold me?  A single quote from the book itself–“I demand an autopsy!”   Who could resist a line like that???

Reading is such a joy to me, such a gift.  In the old days, when I couldn’t afford to buy books very often, I lived at the library.  Oh, those stacks of new stories, each one a magic carpet ride to another life or another time.  When there was a new Phyllis A. Whitney, Dorothy Eden, Elizabeth Ogilvie, or any one of numerous others, I would sign up for the waiting list first chance I got.  When the library called to say it was my turn, I kicked up little puffs of smoke hot-footing it over to pick up my treasure.  I brought home stacks of books by Janet Holt Giles, Alys McKay (“They Came to a River” and “The Women at Pine Creek”), Taylor Caldwell, Victoria Holt–not to mention every copy of the magazine, “The Writer”, I could get my hands on.

Where did I get my great love for books, and my dream of being a writer?

From my mother, the world’s most dedicated reader.

Thanks, Mom.


23 comments to “Nook Frenzy”

  1. Kathleen O
      · September 5th, 2012 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I got my love of reading from my Mom too.. It was one of the things we coudl share in…

  2. Sharon S.
      · September 5th, 2012 at 2:07 pm · Link

    I was the same…loved Phyllis A. Whitney and Victoria Holt. They were my dream team before I found Kathleen Woodiwiss, God rest her soul. And then you! I’m in suspense waiting for each new book. Am just finishing Hutch & Kenra’s story and already looking forward to the next.

    Thank you, Linda, for the reminder of so many wonderful writers from our past.

  3. marie
      · September 5th, 2012 at 3:07 pm · Link

    hi Linda, happy almost autumn. I do not own a nook or kindle but maybe in the future. but I read like crazy 3-4 books a week. am now reading Toni Blake books and enjoying. also Lori Foster and my Christian fiction. but if you like memoirs and that is all I used to read, you should the ones Reeve Lindbergh wrote about her childhood and her wonderful mother Ann Morrow Lindbgerg. very touching. of course I have all of Ann M>L books from many yrs ago. just giving you some ideas. keep up the wonderful stories. marie

    • linda
        · September 6th, 2012 at 1:01 pm · Link

      Thank you for the recommendation–I’m on it. Love books about the Lindbergs…

  4. Michele
      · September 5th, 2012 at 3:20 pm · Link

    I wasn’t much of a reader when I was younger. I found my passion for diving on that magic carpet ride when I couldn’t control my anxiety attacks anymore and found myself in the hospital. LOL! It’s funny now but not back then. My first real serious book was Diana Palmer’s “Lawless”. I read most of her books then I found Kat Martin and now LINDA!!! I find myself waiting for the next book or the next author to appear. It sure has helped me. A LOT! Thanks for taking me on reading trips!

    • Hilda
        · September 5th, 2012 at 5:47 pm · Link

      Hi, Lois. Did you like Diana Palmer’s book? I read two of hers a few years ago but they weren’t my cup of tea. Innocent, virgin young women and hard-hearted, world-weary older men are her thing, right? I think when I read them they reminded me of the old school Harlequins from the early 70s that I used to read. Maybe not all of Diana’s books are like that? Just curious.

      • Hilda
          · September 7th, 2012 at 2:01 pm · Link

        Where did I get “Lois”? Sorry about that, Michele!

  5. Anne
      · September 5th, 2012 at 3:40 pm · Link

    I can remember being teased by other kids because I was forever reading, weird huh? I mean why would you tease someone for wanting to read? My first book was “Heidi” Loved it. We never had a whole lot of money growing up so gifts were rare so I treasured it until it fell apart. My favorite quote was from Author Edna Lee in Web Of Days. “If I told you, you could never read again I expect I would see you in hiding in a corner reading a book.” I used this same line on my Sons during the Homework wars. It worked. If I told them that the book was to grown up for them they would swipe it and read it. Mean trick, yes. But, now they too love books.

  6. Hilda
      · September 5th, 2012 at 4:02 pm · Link

    I was a teenage bookworm, then stopped reading for probably 30 years, then I think when I realized I was never going to meet “Mr. Perfect-for-Me” I decided to look for him in books! I’ve met so many great people that way! Thanks, Linda, for adding to my stable of wonderfully flawed men – I enjoy them with my heart intact! :O) Hilda

  7. Lois Rotella
      · September 5th, 2012 at 4:51 pm · Link

    Both my parents loved to read. I got the bug from them. I always loved to read. The only thing I can’t get into is science fiction. I also enjoyed Phyllis Whitney and Kathleen Woodiwiss and Victoria Holt. I enjoy Nora Roberts and Kat Martin. I share my book but certain ones I like back so I can reread them. I now have a nook but I still like books in my hands. Keep writing and I will keep reading. Thanks for all the writers out there. :-P

  8. Gloria
      · September 5th, 2012 at 7:04 pm · Link

    I’ve enjoyed ALMOST everything I ever read, I just don’t remember all the authors by name. I am reading a Discard from the local Library right now. It is about a lot of authors and the name of it is…Love’s Leading Ladies. It is by Kathryn Falk. A very interesting read. If still living, some of the ladies would be over a 100 years old.

    The book was printed February 1982.

    The book gives the reader a litle bit of information on each, and their lives, and a small black and white photo. Linda, I’m glad to say that you’re not old enough to be in this book, which means we’ll have you around a long, long, time…God willing.

    I do know that Barbara Cartland is dead, but will have to look up the rest of them.

    Hilda, the most perfect man you’ll ever meet is the one in a good book. And, some of them, I could smack for thinking only they know what is good for the lady.

    I like Linda’s table-clearing, dish-washing men. In fact, I could use one of them right this minute. :wink:

    • Hilda
        · September 7th, 2012 at 2:02 pm · Link

      Gloria, you got that right! LOL

  9. Nana
      · September 5th, 2012 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Oh, my!! Such memories!!! The first book I remember borrowing from the library was the “Black Stallion”…waaaay back when! That I would ever own one of those beautiful Arabian horses was a dream beyond compare!! But I ended up owning several. The dreams created by the books we read can come true! I just keep reading. :)

    There is a problem with series books…they don’t come fast enough!! Write, Linda, write!! :)

  10. Nana
      · September 5th, 2012 at 7:33 pm · Link

    What better introduction to the world of romances than Barbara Cartland and Harlequin?! I would stay up late and read like mad! :wink:

  11. Crystal
      · September 5th, 2012 at 10:09 pm · Link

    Haha Linda!! Now u get a dose of your own medicine! Its normally people like me up all night reading your amazing books and I literally have to make myself go to bed when my eyes are about to completely close!! Lol but not complaining one bit u are an AMAZING writer so a big THANKS to your mom for being such a wonderful example! Our mothers… We all hold them close to our heart and know there isn’t another woman who will ever amount to what our mothers are to us!! Love ya mama!!

  12. Sal
      · September 5th, 2012 at 11:58 pm · Link

    Funny that you mention The Happiness Project, as I got part way through it, I knew that I’d want to share it. I bought 2 more copies and held them, knowing I would find the ones who need them. My youngest daughter came home, saw the copy and said someone at her work suggested everyone read it. :) Mom just happened to have a spare copy :)

    • linda
        · September 6th, 2012 at 12:58 pm · Link

      Great minds think alike, Sister Dear. “Happy at Home” is even better.

  13. Joan
      · September 6th, 2012 at 12:00 am · Link

    Do you have freebooksy? Has free books for the Nook and Kindle and maybe other readers. Lot of first books, but some popular authors.

    • linda
        · September 6th, 2012 at 12:57 pm · Link

      Hadn’t heard of that, but I’ll look into it! Thanks!

  14. Nana
      · September 6th, 2012 at 2:40 am · Link

    Well, I just have to leave another message here! Linda, I was just looking at your Twitter pictures. Those Creed brothers on that belt buckle is just too much! Oh, my!!! :wink:

    • linda
        · September 6th, 2012 at 12:57 pm · Link

      Amen to that, Sister! :)

  15. Marie Jones
      · September 6th, 2012 at 9:47 am · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I just finished The Inn at Rose Harbor. I loved it! But I’m such an emotional reader. I was reading and a friend knocked on the door. There I was, tears running down my face when I answered. She asked if I was okay. I told her yes, I was just reading. I swear she looked at me like a monkey doing a math quiz, nodded and said ‘well, um, okay.’ :roll:

    • linda
        · September 6th, 2012 at 12:56 pm · Link

      That’s a great image! Sounds like me. I cry over TV commercials–especially the ones with animals.

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