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?