Day 203 of the "What are you reading, and why?" project, and I got to chat tonight with Sue, a retired teacher, which, right there, is the answer to the "Why?" question. She's been reading a lot ever since she retired, because she can! Because she has time! Because she's retired!
Right now she's on the third book of the Stieg Larsson series. OK, this doesn't count (only for my purposes) because she's reading it on Kindle. She had a cross country trip to Seattle and thought she'd try out the Kindle her kids gave her for Christmas back when she wasn't retired, and didn't have time 1) to figure out how to use it and 2) to read.
She's read 4 of the Harry Potter books, because she never read them before, when she was relentlessly preparing classes, grading papers, and supervising the school newspaper.
She's read The Postmistress, a World War II novel by Sarah Blake, about, well, yes, a postmistress, but also two other women, and she's read The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, which she liked a lot, even more than The Postmistress, about which she sounded sort of lukewarm. But Kathryn Stockett liked The Postmistress, I see, in an interview with Blake posted at Amazon.com.
And in between reading these books, she picks up David Sedaris. She and her husband read him constantly, cracking each other up with snippets they read aloud.
So, yes, she'd happily married, and not anybody's mistress.