“Now I've finally caught up with the television versions, but I prefer reading the books. There seems to be a lot more violence in the television versions and a lot more details. I like to picture in my mind what's happening and then let it go.
“I just bought two books. One is 'The Empty Mansion,' by Bill Dedman (and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.). It's about a woman who owned 104 mansions. Her father was a senator and a very rich man. This is a true story. She lived in hospitals but spent thousands to keep her mansions up. One in New York she had in which she thought she would be safe if trouble erupted. I thought it would be an interesting book.
“The other one I just bought is 'The Secret Rooms.' It's about a haunted castle in England, and the publicity said if you like “Downton Abbey,” you'll enjoy this, and I love “Downton Abbey.” It's also a true story, written by Catherine Bailey.
“I like historical fiction. Sometimes you need to learn something of value but it's also good to be entertained. We can go off to la-la land; it's nice to dream sometimes. The news is not always uplifting! It's good to forget what's going on, and historical fiction teaches and entertains.
“When I was growing up, I read Nancy Drew — all (the books about her) As my three kids are growing up, I have done the mothering bit, reading to them. I sat in the hall reading aloud into their bedrooms.
As for my own reading, I especially like Leon Uris and his books, like the one about Ireland, 'Trinity,' and the one about Israel, 'Exodus.' I really enjoy his historical fiction.”