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Spring Reading

Ever since I went to the PLA (Public Library Association) conference in Portland, I’ve been back to my old habit of reading like a madwoman. It isn’t that I wasn’t reading before I went, but after several days spent talking books with librarians–and believe me, there is no one who loves books more passionately than a librarian–I came home with a suitcase of new treasures and have been digging in like a woman starved.

And I really didn’t notice this change in habits (I mean, I’ve been putting down my knitting to read more) until I was on the Historical Panel at the Romance Extravaganza and my fellow panelist and friend, Julia Quinn chided me for not mentioning more romance authors when I was asked who I like to read.

Because I’d gone down the list of books I’d been reading over the last few months, at least the ones that stood out, including William Deitrich’s Napoleon’s Pyramids, Georgette Heyer’s Black Sheep, Phillipa Gregory’s The Virgin’s Lover, Margaret Frazier’s The Widow’s Tale, and Anne Perry’s The Cater Street Hangman. A mix of old and new stories, but all good reads nonetheless.

That doesn’t even include the non-fiction books I’ve been reading–including the wonderful and beautiful The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Yummy. And less yummy but really interesting, The Time Traveler’s Guide Medieval England.

And I realized I wasn’t reading any romance. Well, the Heyer is romance, but not any romance published in the last year or so. So help me out. The TBR is getting down (Okay, I still have the Betsy-Tacy books I snagged at PLA and I’ve been dying to read The Mysterious Benedict Society) but what then?

Now it is your turn to chide me. What romances have you read in the last month that you think, no, insist I read?

13 comments to “Spring Reading”

  1. Carrie Austin
    May 21st, 2010 at 6:36 am · Link

    I would recommend anything by Jacquie D’Alessandro, but especially any of the four books in the “Mayhem in Mayfair” series.

    I would also recommend Stephanie Laurens’ “The Bastion Club” series, starting with “Captain Jack’s Woman” and continuing thru to “Mastered by Love”, the last book in the series.

    There is also Lorraine Heath’s “Scoundrels of St. James”, with the best of these being “Between the Devil and Desire” (in my humble opinion).

    I am currently rereading your Bachelor Chronicles. I have already reread “Something about Emmeline” and “This Rake of Mine”, and will continue thru until I get to “How I Met My Countess”, which I just bought yesterday. I believe I have all your books save one, and my favorites are “His Mistress by Morning” and “Tempted by the Night”. I thought Hermione was so funny and clever. I can’t wait for the next Marlowe installment.

    Hope these suggestions inspire you, though I don’t see how you have time to read, what with writing your own books, taking care of your family, and all your events. You are amazing!

    • Elizabeth
      May 22nd, 2010 at 7:11 am · Link

      I’ve read all of Laurens–they are wonderful and Lorraine Heath is awesome!

  2. Keira Soleore
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:14 am · Link

    Oho, Elizbo! You’re being very brave asking for recs. Be prepared for your modest TBR to grow to rival St. Helens.

    If there’s a Laura Kinsale or Jo Beverley, you haven’t read, there’re all musts in my opinion. I’ve been re-reading the entire backlists lately and am transported over the quality of the writing and the characterization.

    In fact, I’m doing a giveaway of four new re-releases of Kinsales at the end of the month on my blog.

    I’ve also been catching up on Linda Lael Miller’s and Jodi Thomas’s westerns.

    • Elizabeth
      May 22nd, 2010 at 7:12 am · Link

      Always loved Kinsale and Jo’s books. Not a big western fan, but have enjoyed Linda Lael Miller’s books.

  3. Keira Soleore
    May 21st, 2010 at 11:15 am · Link

    PS: We’re partway through co-reading the first Betsy-Tacy book. I’m reliving the excitement of the stories through fresh, young eyes.

  4. Sarah
    May 23rd, 2010 at 8:47 am · Link

    I haven’t been reading any historical romances lately (well, since the beginning of the month, it is now the end of the month, they are the first things I read every month – the other books in my TBR pile grow larger, but my romances are finished as fast as I can get through them). My favorite authors all seem to publish around the same time… Eloisa James, Olivia Parker, Sara Lindsey,the ones that have been mentioned, Sabrina Jeffries and Victoria Alexander (in particular the books that deal with the Effingtons).

  5. Maya Rodale
    May 24th, 2010 at 11:26 am · Link

    Just read Miranda Neville’s The Wild Marquis. It’s about bibliophilia (how fitting!) and I loved it!

  6. Diane O.
    May 27th, 2010 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Rainwater by Sandra Brown is a departure for her, but very very good.

    Have you read Julie James? Something About You and Just the Sexiest Man Alive. She is new to me and I just love her and loved my Kindle because I could buy them right away and not have to wait for the mail!

    I also really enjoyed Remember Me by Laura Moore.

  7. Quilt Lady
    May 28th, 2010 at 7:32 am · Link

    You sould really try Kaki Warner’s Blood Rose series! Awesome read! Pieces of Sky and Open Country, both great books!

  8. alyssa greenvald
    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:50 am · Link

    hi elizabeth you should try melody thomas’ donnally family series LOVED THEM and adele ashworth is really great too enjoy! read all of yours and cant wait for another

  9. Rebekah
    June 4th, 2010 at 3:58 pm · Link

    So I was reading everyone’s comments and I was wondering if you could help me out. I’m one of those peope who reads books at the bookstore and then comes back after payday to buy them and now I’ve forgotten the title/author of one I really like. Since you ladies have been reading romance recently I was wondering if I could post what I remember of the plot and see if any of you know which book it is. I really liked it and would recommend it if I could only remember the name.

  10. Beth
    April 10th, 2011 at 10:09 am · Link

    Some books that are great are Lisa Kleypas’ wallflower series and also her contempory series. Any books by Gaelen Foley, they are great and several different series of Sabrina Jeffries.

  11. Solo
    September 22nd, 2011 at 9:54 am · Link

    grossartiger demiko mit praten und gucke gemeition, sehr kropoch und bleistei. dahre schon dellen hat kisch, dersung und aubkambuk mit parbemen.

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