I have always been a bit odd. Some might say the black sheep, the odd man out, or special. And I don't think they meant special in a good way.
What I have learned about myself over the years is that I needed to stop listening to the voices around me that tell me where I should find comfort.
Sure it's okay to try new things, like when someone says "Soaking in a hot bath and drinking a glass of wine will help you relax." That doesn't mean it will work for me. I tried this. My back started to hurt, and because my tub isn't really big enough for soaking my knees always get cold. Then I always either break the wine glass or end up with a wine/bath water combo that I'm not too excited about consuming.
That's not my kind of relaxing.
Someone else once recommended going to get a massage. Here's the thing. I am not a really touchy-feely person, and I like to keep my personal bubble intact. The very idea of someone oiling up my near naked body (who isn't my hubby) makes me break out in hives. I also get bored when I am sitting still, and don't think I could lay there without, at the very least, playing a little Sims.
Again...not my idea of relaxing.
I grew up as an only child and absolutely adore my alone time. I know what works to help me relax if I just take the time to listen to what my soul needs.
You know what my soul needs? My soul needs people getting it on in the middle of a great story told with a sense of humor.
I have a few books that I always go back to when I need some time to myself. Even though I have read these books MULTIPLE times, re-reading them is like a visit with an old friend. And now that I have met these authors, these books are even more special to me.
So if you like books with humor, great story lines, and smoking hot scenes (Warning: heat level may vary based on author and your personal kink scale)
1. Bite My Fire by Mary Hughes. (yes I know she's already on th
is blog, but I love this book so suck it up.)
Nothing gets me to smile like an impromptu drunken strip tease with a laundry day bra. And the biting...oh the biting.
2. Three to Ride by Sophie Oak.
Yes, this book is about twins. I adore their very different personalities, and how one woman completes them as a trio.
And I like it when she beats them with flowers.
3. The Ghost Shrink, The Accidental Gigolo, & Poltergeist Accountant by Vivi Andrews.
I was researching mediums in stories because I was writing one and wanted to see how it was done. This is how it is done.
A case of hilarious mistaken identity and hilarious ghosts.
Those are the books I reread to the point of obsession. And being the tech nerd I am, I will usually read them with my computer on my lap, my cell at my side and the television on. It works. Don't judge. ;p
What works for you? When you want to run away from reality, where do you run to? If you read, what are some of your favorite books?
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