Reading and Rewards

Reading has taken me to places I would never have expected. It has provided a comfort zone when stressed, ill, grieving, pleasure when feeling lazy on a rainy afternoon, and a sense of romance and adventure when both have been lacking. I’m rarely without a book, or Kindle, in my purse.

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As a youngster, I had a favorite reading place in a little gully near my house. There was an old fallen tree and I’d press my back against it and read in the sun. Fortunately, my mother had followed me one day and discovered (without my knowing) my secret space, and knew where to send one of my siblings when she needed me.

This past month, I’ve been extremely busy with getting my house in order for selling. I no longer have the energy I had even five years ago, so everything takes me twice as long, even sitting and shredding documents, or scrubbing the tile grout. I set a list of projects and try to tackle one every other day. There has to be a day off between to heal my body parts that have been stressed: a shoulder from scrubbing, my butt from sitting on hard tile floors, my lower back from excessive bending while wrapping and packing.

The way I reward myself for completing each of these chores is to spend the day off with reading. Last week I read four novels on my Kindle. Two were by author Lynne Marshall: Father for Her Newborn Baby, and Hot-Shot Doc, Secret Dad. One was a longer novel, The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman. The fourth, Falling for Her by Sandra Owens. I adored each book for totally different reasons and would highly recommend all. This morning I downloaded A Royal Temptation by Charlene Sands. I’m looking forward to reading time.

MP900402508[1]Writing has been put on the back burner, but I’m not worried. Unfinished stories will be written when my life becomes more orderly. Plus my newest story, Bachelor Island is completed, and I’ve signed off on the galley copy. Before I know it there will be cover artwork, and a release date, and I’ll be swirling around pre-order promotion and marketing.

Today, I’m heading to B&N to browse, feel, smell, and admire all of those books. Hope I find something amazing. How do you reward yourself for undertaking the boring, but necessary tasks in life? Are you a reader, movie goer, exerciser, hiker, swimmer? Or do you pour a glass of wine, or go out for a lovely dinner? I believe in rewards. Do you?


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10 Responses to Reading and Rewards

  1. cindy says:

    Robena, I am with you, reading is the best reward. I just finished Barb Han’s Texas Takedown and it completely took me away from my sort of dull life…now I’m reading The Clasp by Sloan Crosley and next up is Gretchen Rily’s new one. I’ve also always got some sort of self-help non-fiction book going. Recently read Rising Strong by Brene Brown and it was fabulous. Not worth the bother? Jonathan Franzen’s new one, Purity. Just MO of course:) Let’s hear it for women authors! Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner was also a stand out in recent weeks:))

  2. Liz Flaherty says:

    A great post, Roben. Reading is a reward for me sometimes, when I’ve been waiting…and waiting…for an auto-buy to be released. Mostly, though, it’s as necessary a part of every day as breathing. I don’t get as much read as I used to, but I can’t imagine a day without it.

  3. robena grant says:

    I love it that you’re an avid reader, Cindy. I do have Barb Han’s book on my kindle, maybe it will be next. 🙂 Love Brene Brown, and I didn’t know Gretchen had a new book out…must go investigate. Thanks.

  4. robena grant says:

    Absolutely, Liz. I read every night, but when it’s a reward it’s all day too. ha ha. Thanks for coming by.

  5. Carol B. Grosser says:

    I enjoy your books, but *your audiobooks* tide me through my many busy days!
    Right now, is offering Amazon Prime members a chance to try out Audible, by offering 3 months, 3 books free to try out a subscription. What a deal for your busy fans!

  6. Yes I believe in rewards. Some big (like going to Ireland) and some small, any of the suggestions you’ve made. It is lovely to take time out for ourselves, and I’m glad to see that you are being reasonable preparing for moving house.
    Thank you for considering reading not one but two of my books as part of your reading reward time. I feel incredibly honored. I also look forward to reading Bachelor Island.

  7. robena grant says:

    You’re welcome, Lynne. I adored both books and will review the second one in the next couple of days. I’m so glad that Ireland was everything you imagined it would be, and then some. Hope to catch up in person real soon.