You know you’ve read a good book when you’ve turned the last page and feel a little disoriented, maybe at a loss because you want more, or maybe you’re not ready for the story to end. I mostly read books of intrigue, no matter what my mood is. But if I’m hyper—nervous, jumpy— sometimes I’ll turn to one of many Agatha Christie books on my shelf. I don’t have to concentrate to enjoy them. Like music, books give me a sense of well-being. I don’t have to purchase expensive anti-depressant medications to feel better.
But when I’m in a nostalgic mood, I’ll reread one of Philip Craig’s books, known for his Martha’s Vineyard mysteries. I have maybe a dozen of his books. His protagonist, J. W. Jackson, enjoys the simple things of life: freshly caught seafood, cooking, good friends, and family. And, of course, I can reminisce about my vacations on the island. Anne Rivers Siddons is another author for when you’re in a nostalgic mood. One doesn’t just read her books, one dwells in them. Her books include Nora, Up Island, and Peachtree Road. She writes stories set mostly in the south. They’re mesmerizing and totally unforgettable.
If I’m clueless, paranoid, disgruntled, or confused, which I’m likely to be at times, and I can’t find something to read from here,
then I’ll head to our local library.