Oh it's hot and I do not like the heat. It makes me sluggish and lethargic at work when I need to be busy and efficient. It also makes me impatient of questions which is unfortunate as it's really my job to answer questions, even silly ones, and to maintain an air of calm interest when I'm penned against a wall by elderly men determined to tell me how the company should be run. To be fair the elderly party in question wasn't without insight because half way through his 20 minute harangue about what was wrong with the cafe in John Lewis (absolutely NOTHING to do with me or my job) he said 'I know I'm boring you'...
My preferred reading for the summer is normally something Victorian suitable for use as a doorstop when it's not being read but I'm to hot to concentrate on what's going on or to have the patience with Trollope style repetition - basically it's time to break out something undemanding but absorbing enough to hold my attention. It might have been Georgette Heyer (or J K Rowling, Harry Potter books suit me very well in this mood) but in fact I found myself back from holiday and at the bus stop on a Monday morning having forgotten to pick up a book on my way out. Panic, burying myself in a book over lunch and on the bus is how I keep sane for a whole day at a time.
Happily there is a charity shop by the bus stop, it's not really a booky one but it was an emergency and in it I found a pile of M C Beaton's Regency romances, they looked like my best bet so I bought one. I've heard of Beaton's Agatha Raisin books and enjoyed Hamish Macbeth when it was Sunday night television years ago though I hadn't realized it was the same person at all until I saw the long, long, list of all the things Beaton has written and can't knock these romances because I've read 8 of them in a week.
They're not as good as Georgette Heyer - the research isn't there and there's a slapdash approach to the way inheritance laws worked - none of that really matters, these books aren't keepers but they have been fun and at 50p a hit a feel I can afford this slightly guilty pleasure.