I was thinking the other day. Those simple words fill DH with dread but these thoughts are fairly benign, more questions really.
Have your reading tastes changed or expanded over the years?
Then I discovered Uncle Jimmy’s comic books, super heroes to westerns. There was magic in those bubbles and it frustrated me no end that I couldn’t decipher it.
When I did start learning to read I was bored witless by Dick and Jane. I left them behind asap and moved on to The Boxcar Children, Pippi Longstocking, and Island of the Blue Dolphins. Independence was a big thing with me.
I discovered Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. Jimmy Harris introduced me to Vampirella and Roald Dahl. Yep, Vampirella, pretty precocious.
At 11 I discovered Poe and at 13 I happened across Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers. Romance and history, I was in heaven. Mom had to write a note to the local librarian giving me permission to check out whatever I wanted, the horror! I adore Ashes in the Wind and never made it past the third chapter of Gone With the Wind. Yes, I still have several of them. Moonstruck Madness thrilled me no end. The heroine was a highwayman!
Mr.Reid, my English teacher junior year actually encouraged me to read Jacqueline Susann and Anya Seton. I’m grateful to him. Green Darkness was my first paranormal romance. Anyone else read it? Agree with the paranormal romance label, yes or no?
I moved on to Sidney Sheldon, P.N. Elrod, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Agatha Christie, Taylor Caldwell, Ellis and Elizabeth Peters, Sayers, Marsh, Heyers, Stewart, Bradshaw, Weir, Lawhead, Binchy and many others.
I was all over the place but had left historical romances behind.
Several years ago I spotted The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. I’d rediscovered historicals and while today’s historical’s rarely have the scope and range those from the 70’s had I enjoy them just as much.
So y’all tell me about your literary journeys. Is there anything you refuse to read? Have you expanded or decreased your genres?
Someone who comments will get their choice of 2 books from the list below. These are from my personal shelves so they’ve been read but they’re in great shape.
Let’s hear those stories y’all!
Here’s the goody list ******************
Wicked Fantasy & Wicked Pleasure ~Nina Bangs Castle of Dark Dreams series.
Primal Instincts ~Susan Sizemore Golden Chances ~Rebecca Hagan Lee
The Bane Affair~ Alison Kent tradepaper Black Magic Woman ~Christine Warren ~Other’s srs. HB
Hot for the Holidays Anthology ~Lora Leigh,Angela Knight,Anya Bast and Allyson James hardback
Eyes of Justice ~ Lis Wiehl A Triple Threat ~hardback
The Agreement ~Constance O’Banyon Out of the Light into the Shadows~ Lori Foster/Erin McCarthy
Cupid Cats~Katie Mac Alister Fire & Ice~ Anne Avery
Dream Shadows ~Ingrid Weaver Caught in the Act~ Lori Foster
British Bad Boys~ Nancy Warren tradepaper Bad Boys of Summer ~Lori Foster anthology tradepaper
Perfect for the Beach ~ Bad Boys to Go ~ I Brake for Bad Boys Lori Foster & others (anthologies) tradepaper
Code Name: Blondie ~Christina Skye hardcover Lick of Frost~Laurell K. Hamilton tradepaper
Blood Lite II: Overbite anthology One Night with the Wealthy Rancher ~Brenda Jackson ~ signed
The Triumph of the Sun ~ Wilbur Smith
Contest ends at midnight est July 9th. Winner announced shortly thereafter