Romance is my Valium

Fall is finally here! The mornings are a little nippier, the days less humid, and there’s a holiday buzz in the air.  I love fall. I really do. It’s my favorite season, but it’s also the one that stresses me out the most. First it’s Halloween (which I adore) but before the costumes and the fake pumpkins get put on the clearance table, they’ve already got up the Christmas trees and lights. Somewhere in between all that is Thanksgiving. It’s enough to stress you out. If you’re like me, you’re already worried about getting your Christmas cards mailed out on time.  Any other Type A’s out there?

Being an avid reader as well as a writer, naturally, I relax by doing what I love best, and that’s curling up with a good story (hence the title of this post). A few hours of blissful escape into a world that I know will provide me with a happily-ever-after ending is the best drug I know. I love reading new authors, and favorite authors with new releases, but I also love to reread my “keepers.” Those are the books that I don’t ever sell at garage sales and only lend out to my most trusted friends. Over the years, I’ve collected quite a few of those. Old favorites include some of the classics, like Pride and Prejudice and Little Women, mixed in some contemporary romance like Ain’t She Sweet? by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie and almost any historical by Madeline Hunter (I love everything she writes.)

How about you? How do you destress over the holidays and what are your “keeper” romances?


About Maria Geraci

Maria Geraci writes contemporary romance and women's fiction. Her latest release, THE BOYFRIEND OF THE MONTH CLUB is available now from Berkley, Penguin, USA. "Romance readers will revel in the Austen-perfect happy ending and the warm friendship among members of the club." —Publishers Weekly
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7 Responses to Romance is my Valium

  1. I’ve collected all of Jenny Crusie’s early books. Most of SEP’s list. There was one called “My Hero” by Marianna Jameson that I just loved and it sits on my shelf as a keeper.

    and “destress” over the holidays? No clue. I’m already dreading Christmas and the pull of family to be everywhere at the same time. Know what I mean?

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    I’m too busy this season to think much about the holidays. We do have Halloween decorations out, but only because my husband put them up. He was at a local store last week and said they already have their Halloween decorations down and Christmas up. That’s crazy!

    Lately I’ve been piling up “keeper” books by my friends. My biggest non-friend collection are books by Jayne Ann Krentz, including ones written under her Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick names.

  3. I know! The rest of the year goes by so fast! I actually stopped at the toy store today and picked up a few xmas presents. Crazy.

    I have one book, that is actually a book of short romance stories, and its all winter/xmas type stories. They’re all so good! I got it a long, long time ago and have kept it for years and always read it around Christmas.

  4. Liz Kreger says:

    There are times when I dread this time of year … but then I usually manage to trick myself into a festive mood at some point between Halloween and Thanksgiving. 😉 When you have a 12 year old daughter, the holiday mood swings into full speed around that time.

    I love re-reading my keepers, but at present I have so many on my reading list, that I can’t find the time to re-visit a few of those. Like Edie, I keep JAK on hand and will listen to the audio books by Jeaniene Frost if I’m traveling.

  5. *raising hand* Definitely Type A over here 😉 .
    You’ve already named some of my faves, Maria. P&P, of course (!!), but I love SEP and Jenny Crusie’s books. I also really find the Janet Evanovich’s fun (esp. those early Stephanie Plum novels where there’s a lot of tension in the Ranger, Joe, and Stephanie love triangle!) and I also really enjoy Barbara Freethy’s and Elizabeth Bevarly’s romances.
    Hope you have a great weekend! 😛
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Jennifer Becton’s Absolute Liability (+ giveaway!)

  6. Cynthia Eden says:

    Those holidays hit like crazy this time of the year–Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas (and in between, I’ve got half a dozen family birthdays). The best way to destress? Just like you said–books!
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …Happy Ever After (And Giveaway) with Joyce Lamb

  7. kh says:

    any wnners from syliva

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