Friday Listicles: Top 5 Literary Fixes

Being a voracious reader, I like to read book after book, with scarce a pause in between. I can be reading up to three different books at a time. When I am full of one, or overwhelmed with the thought thread in another, I only have to turn to yet another. Good books nourish the soul.Β  But there are times when I need some mindless reading, or something that is not too much effort but is good reading. I call such reads my literary fixes as they fill the gap in my reading and they are light and pleasant.

The Top 5 Literary Fixes

Re reading Classics
Classics are considered ‘heavy stuff’, with archaic language and difficult to follow plot line. Yet, there is nothing more comforting for me to turn to the familiar characters I have grown up with (I started reading classics at a very young age and had read many of them by the time I finished school) and relive their lives, struggles and emotions. I go down the familiar lanes, see the landscapes once again and wander the mansions. It is something I cannot do in real life, for people and places change every time I blink.

Western Novels
The wild, wild west attracts me like nothing else and because the uncertain, danger ridden, pistol toting, knife wielding characters always live on the edge, it is a perfect antidote to my staid lifestyle. Any time, I pick up a Louis L’Amour book and follow the protagonist across the deserts or on mountain trails, I come back rejuvenated.

Travel Literature
The Lonely Planet magazines are my best friend. They are always perched on my shelf just within reach. I pore over the articles and the magnificent photographs and sigh and dream. Well, some day….

Romance
The girl is lovely, simple, sincere and the guy is rich, arrogant and seemingly too good for her. Yet, ‘feelings’ develop and they inch towards a commitment. The key words are ‘simple’, ‘feelings’ and ‘inch’. These are the features of the romance novels I like. Yes, Barbara Cartland, Georgette Heyer…. They are old world and so am I. But, sometimes, books like Twilight seem too interesting and… delicious!

Good Housekeeping
This is the last but definitely not the least. Any time, I am fed up of the chores, the endless running about, the loooong list of things to be accomplished, I plonk down in a comfortable chair and check out the online version of Good Housekeeping magazine. The pristine houses and beauty of living spaces makes me forget my own shabby surroundings, badly in need of dusting. In my mind, I an repainting the kitchen cabinets a gorgeous red and getting the perfect floral centerpiece.

I would love to hear from you, my readers, about your literary fixes.

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  1. I would agree with your literary fixes, except I haven’t really read many Westerns,well except Pioneer Romances πŸ™‚ I do like historical novels too and inspirational reading too! Yes, l have always enjoyed Good Housekeeping tho it has changed over the years. . When I was younger I remember my sister and I reading the novels that they had in the back of the magazine! They were longer than! πŸ™‚

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    1. I would love to delve into Pioneer Romances! Inspirational reading is great, only I cannot seem to make any changes in my mindset/life even after reading them. Good Housekeeping had books at the end!! Wow! I could get hold of only foreign editions of the magazine as a child. It started publishing in India only 10-12 years back.
      Books really are fun and I cannot forget that as a child you could read on your way to surgery!

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      1. I could recommend some great Pioneer Romance books and inspirational books for you. Karen Kingsbury is one of my very favorite authors. She wrote the Baxter Family Series, awesome series! I will get the name of the first book for you. Yes, GH did have short novels at the end of the magazine. It was great! My sister and I would take turns reading them when on long trips. They didn’t have all the advertisements or recipes that are in the books now.
        Yes, they really are fun. What else could keep you so occupied on the way to surgery! LOL!! πŸ™‚

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