I’m writing today from beautiful Wisconsin Dells, WI, indoor waterpark capital of – well, Wisconsin, if not the world. 



If Dante Alleghieri were writing poems today, he’d probably’ve thunk up an extra circle of Hell that looked a lot like an indoor waterpark.  Thoroughly modern, he’d understand why having to don a swimsuit in mid-winter after sitting in front of a computer for years on end calls wicked b.s. on Purgatorio’s claim to never-ending hellaciousness any day of eternity.

But as I understand it, parents occasionally are supposed to engage with their children in “fun for the whole family” activities – or simply in activities involving eye contact not impeded by laptops or paperbacks.  So off to the Dells we hied.

Truthfully, the Dells rock; the big wave pool we spent the day in yesterday was worth the swimsuit-induced mortification.  And although I understand from brochures that the Dells could be the “New French Riviera” – you know, just, without French people, the sun, an ocean or balmy weather – I’d say it’s an awesome place to be to reconnect with kids and squeeze after months of work-a-day, and just before our particular mad-rush holidays.

Yet displaying pasty flesh to unsuspecting strangers doesn’t leave a lot of time for what usually passes for my idea of R and R: reading romance books.   Even so, I brought along a couple to wind down with at the end of the day. But I never got to them! 


I want you to know I’m doing OK not having read romance for about 24 hours.  A little shaky, but it’s not like I haven’t not read romance before. Once, just after I began reading it, I got a little concerned that I was addicted, so I literally tried to stop cold turkey. I lasted a day and a half.

Fortunately I found a way to make money off my addiction, but I think it’s pretty contained. I mean, it’s not like I’m hooking anybody else, urging them to spend the grocery cash on New Release Tuesday, or anything.

What about you? Have you ever wondered whether you’re addicted to romance novels? What’s the longest you’ve gone w/out reading them and why?  And if you bring reads on family vacations, what kinds do you bring, new or old faves?

by 1AnneB on ‎12-23-2009 05:44 PM

Hi Michelle - AnneB here - Addicted ?? What  !! Who !!! Me ????? I begin to twitch after 24 hours of not reading - I must say that now and then I do deviate from romance to romantic mystery and romantic thrillers, but after all, what is life without a little variation (Psst...I've also been known to read the occasional biography *Gasp*) When I go on vacation, the very first thing I pack is my books - one for each day, two in my airline carry-on (if flying) and 3 extras, just in case. After I carefully choose the books, if I have any room left, I pack clothes. Now that our kids are grown, it's usually just the two of us on vacation, or once in a while (drum roll please) I go alone ! When that happens, I double the number of books, my idea of heaven !!!! Anyway, as much as reading is a part of my life, it is also part of my vacations - I have a feeling that all of us readers feel that way. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, safe journeys if traveling - see you all on the other side....




by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-23-2009 05:47 PM

I think the fact that I brought 25 books with me on a two week vacation may speak for itself.

by Lisa_Kroener on ‎12-24-2009 04:13 AM

Oh Michelle, I know I've brought shame on myself but I haven't read a romance novel (as in, really read it, a new one, not re-reading parts of one I already know by heart) in almost two months, I think. At the moment, I generally don't feel much like reading - that might be because first I was very ill, then I wrote two exams every week for about five weeks and now I have to work on my Facharbeit - you know, that arts-thing where I have to paint the seven deadly sins, which is fun, btw, but also very exhausting.


And with that shameful comment I say goodbye because here Christmas is celebrated today and I don't think I'll be online in the near future. A wonderful Christmas to all of you!



by Moderator dhaupt on ‎12-24-2009 09:13 AM

Michelle, great article.

I've never really looked into my addiction of needing to read romance. I just sort of take my hits as needed and thank God that it's an addiction that is somewhat cerebral and not so much a physical addiction. Of course reading Hot Sizzling romance novels have lead to a more well physical side effect of the addiction of which my hubby greatly appreciates.

I have to read at least one romance a week, usually though it's more. I guess the longest I've gone without reading one is one week.

I rarely re-read whole novels, but there are a few that I've bookmarked to my favorite um parts.

Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!!


by Author MonicaBurns on ‎12-24-2009 10:51 AM

Ok, I'm totally envious of the waterpark, but know it wouldn't work for me, because I've not dared to put on a suit in years. I hope you and the family are having a blast. I love waterparks, but amusement parks more. Give me a rollercoaster.


I've been addicted to romance for years. While I read other works, it's the predominant read. I always have a book around, but there are few romances that I've actually sat down and just powered through, couldn't put down until I was done. The most recent was Your Scandalous Ways. I loved that book. Just loved it!


Have a wonderful Holiday Michelle. Everyone else enjoy the moment and your 2010 be wonderful as well.



by MalePerspectiveGuy on ‎12-24-2009 10:41 PM

I just wanted to chime in and say how much I enjoyed the Dells with Michelle and the kids.  There is something a little weird about indoor wave pools, but they are fun.



by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-25-2009 03:45 PM

I like the sound of indoor wave pools, but I'm unlikely to experience one since I've sort of permanently misplaced my swimming suit!:smileyhappy:

by 1lovealways on ‎12-29-2009 01:47 AM

Hi Michelle!


Sounds like fun!  I've also permanently misplaced my suit as well.  Thank you for that Becke!  Loved the way you said it.  I've never been any good with amusement parks, so it's useless for me to even go to one for myself.  I have lots of kid cousins who'd absolutely love it.  They'd run themselves ragged in enjoyment.  I know they'd love the waterpark!


I'm never without a book to read.  Specifically a romance.  For me to read another genre, it has to be something that was highly recommended or something that seems interesting to me.  If not, I all romance, all the time.  It's like drinking water.  As soon as I've finished I start another one.  I order at least 5 at a time.  If money permits, I'd order more.  This last time I ordered 7.  I don't want to be without anything to read.  I've been in that boat and it's no fun.  I always wanted more time to read and now I have it, so I take advantage of it.


It doesn't matter if their old or new books to take on vacation.  This year I took Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione to read when everyone had settled down for their winter night.  My old favorite is Gambler's Love by Amii Lorin.  I love that book.  I guess because it takes place during the holiday season.  It's a old fav that I seem to pull out every year.  I wish you all Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2010!   :smileyhappy:


by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-29-2009 02:00 AM

Ami Lorin - I remember her! I'm sure I have some of her books in my keeper pile. Some of my old, old faves are by Charlotte Lamb, Janet Dailey, Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, and a whole lot more.


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