My Favorite Reads

Please welcome guest author Kristin Knight to the Cafe!

Judy Blume quoteI saw this quote by Judy Blume recently and it struck me…that one of the greatest gifts my parents ever gave me was a love of books.

Growing up I classified myself a middle class, but looking back we were probably more like lower-middle class. Not that that matters, really. We had plenty of food to eat, clothes to wear and a home to live in. My siblings and I argued, our parents argued. It was a normal upbringing. I have favorite memories with each of my siblings, but my most vibrant memories are of sitting in our parlor (we lived in an old Victorian house in the country) in an over-stuffed chair with a velveteen finish. Legs slung over one arm, back resting against the other and a book in my hand.

The books changed over the years. One of the first books I remember reading alone is In a People House. I graduated from single-sentence books fairly quickly and moved on to chapter books like Ramona Quimby, Age 8 or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I loved those books. I liked the adventures that kids were having and I couldn’t help wondering if I would have more adventures if we lived in a huge city like New York or Chicago instead of our small town in Missouri.

Because my brother was reading it, I decided to try out The Chronicles of Narnia when I was about 9. I hated it. I didn’t understand a lot of what the books were about (I got the adventure, but the sub-text was lost on me), but I diligently sat in my reading chair and struggled through books 1-3 before giving up. I would take aim at them later on and love them. Still do.

Dear Mr. Henshaw coverAnd then, around age 10, I discovered Dear Mr. Henshaw. Oh, how I loved that book. I think I checked it out of the school library about six times when I was in 4th grade. It was (also) a little above my reading level, but I didn’t care. I liked how this boy would write to his favorite author and his favorite author would (sometimes) write back.

I wondered if I should write to my favorite author, which brought on about a week of debating the merits of Beverly Cleary vs. Judy Blume. In the end I decided I couldn’t choose and I wrote two incredibly over the top letters to both of the authors about how they’d changed my life. At the age of 9. I’m positive they were impressed with my devotion to them and my wielding of the literary pen.

I’ve tried out every genre since those childhood days in my favorite chair and I can say that I love them all. But romance is the genre of my choice, both as a reader and as a writer and I think those early reading days are part of the reason. Because whether I was reading about a kid who hated his younger brother or living through the trials of school bullying, I was also finding a happy ending. Not always the love-kisses-sex happy endings of romance novels, but a sense of completion and acceptance that I equate with happiness.

And I’m also grateful to my parents who put limits on how much television we watched (of course, we found ways around their rules) and encouraged us to adventure through books…

Did you have a favorite author/book as a child?

~   ~   ~

What the Bachelor Gets

What the Bachelor Gets coverThe Billionaire Cowboys trilogy by best-selling author Kristina Knight kicks off with a seductive story of long-simmering feelings and hot Vegas nights.

When Vegas Nightly names local property developer Gage Reeves as its sexiest bachelor, he’s barraged with a stream of showgirls, local socialites, and entertainers who all expect something from him. But all Gage wants is to make a success of his new luxury shopping development.

Enter Callie Holliday. Callie dreams of having the hottest day spa in Vegas, but she’s saddled with a bad location and an account balance full of zeroes. When she walks into a last-chance meeting with an angel investor and finds herself face to face with Gage, the childhood friend on whom she had a huge crush, she’s not sure his reputation is the right match for her business. But then he offers her a storefront in his new high-end retail complex, and she has to admit it’s a thoroughly tempting proposition. But feelings she thought were long buried threaten to turn their deal from strictly professional to decidedly personal.

It’s risky business gambling on love . . .

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Buy Links:

Crimson Romance:

~   ~   ~

Kristi Knight author photoOnce upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

Author Links:







Amazon Author Page:


My Favorite Reads — 3 Comments

  1. When I was a kid, I never met a book I didn’t like. My favorite part of school was the monthly book order forms. I always ordered a stack of books, and my parents never said it was too much money. Summers meant a weekly trip to the library and more stacks of books. I was so lucky.

    • I was the same way! And with bebe, she’s always got a long list – we just filled out her monthly book order form this week…I’m not sure where she’s going to put them, but more books are on the way!

  2. I’m with Sam–I liked them all, and it seemed to me everyone liked the same books. Later, I would be shocked (along about junior high) when tastes started to diverge and it became, “Really? You don’t like Trixie Belden?”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *