Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Trashy Romance Novel Challenge

This weekend I lay in bed with the flu, complete with drippy nose, sinus headache and a fever. Life went on around me, but I was not really part of it. There was plenty of Kleenex and tea by my bedside, but best of all, I had a novel to keep me company.

When we were on vacation in Lake Tahoe, my eldest daughter, my girlfriend and I were rummaging thru a bookshelf offering free books: they were all pulp fiction and trashy romance novels, and we challenged ourselves to find one to read. I had a tough time with that assignment, as I admit I'm usually a serious (cerebral), o.k. nerdy person, who just does not normally read these books.
But the challenge was made, and by gosh, I had to find a book! Besides, there was the LONG plane ride back to Alaska. So I did pick a murder mystery, and it sure made the flight go by faster than my knitting project alone could have.

Shortly after that, I picked up a novel at a used bookstore whose title and cover art intrigued me:




And it was a perfect book for when I was so miserable last weekend -- it was great to escape into my novel when I could not sleep but did not just want to lay there. It's about these 3 women who meet every week to knit, and their relationships with the men in their lives...

So, knitters & readers (esp. you other two of the 3 women searching the bookshelf in Tahoe): whichever one of you emails or comments on this post first, I will send you the book in the mail!

6 comments:

WSW said...

I am intrigued by the book cover also! I am so glad I found your blog, as I have a very dear friend, also a "borealkraut" transplant in coastal Alaska. I am sending her a link to your blog pronto! What a refreshing blog. I look forward to reading more.

honeypiehorse said...

Bummer - just missed being first! I was wondering if I should read this book... hope you feel better.

Naturelady said...

Dear Well-Seasoned-Woman: The book is yours! I love your blog -- thanks for visiting Borealkraut.

Dear Honeypiehorse: bummer! Often you're the first commenter on my blog -- I blog late at night, and since in Germany you're 10 hours ahead, you get on shortly after, maybe after you drop your kids off at school...

I just thought of a perfect consolation prize for you, but first I have to find it...

WSW said...

Wow, thanks!!!!! To think I won a Trashy Romance Novel Challenge... it's like my life is precisely how I imagined it - only with fabulous prizes!

RunninL8 said...

DANG! RunninL8 as usual!
And you wouldn't even have had to stick it in the mail!
Hope you're feelin better, we missed you here on Saturday!

Kitchen Sister said...

And I take the red lantern. Amy introduced me to a fabulous new book-sharing phenomenon: you tear the paperbook in half (only to be used in dire cases where there's only one book). I admit, "Arizona Embrace" is still untouched, but I did tear through two paperbacks while in Utah. "Waltzing the Cat" by Pam Houston is a great collection of short stories about one character, a kick ass adventure photographer plagued by romantic mishaps. "Tourist Season" reveals the insanity of Florida or at least the author's creative imagination all over again, and reveals how long Carl Hiaasen has been at it. The reporters didn't use computers- the book was written in 1986, the year before I was born! There's a book out there called "The Friday Night Knitting Club"- it may be worth it for us disconnected three to read it, and of course, all you other fans of my ma's blog.