Have I mentioned that I ♥ bullet lists? And…ellipses. Also — em-dashes.
Me reading Carla Kelly
- Carla Kelly
- Molly O’Keefe
- Julie James
- Meredith Duran
- Laura Kaye
- Donna Thorland
- Edith Layton
- Sarah Mayberry
- Susanna Fraser
- Laura Frantz
- Erin Knightley
- Sarina Bowen
- Amanda Quick
Did someone say FANGIRL?
Yes, really. I actually read — and liked — some New Adult.
Me listening to Susanna Kearsley
Stuff everyone else has read that I just got around to and why in the hell didn’t I read these earlier.
Still with the Book Anxiety….
The Big Fat Books….
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens — This is still a work in progress. A very…slow…work in progress.
The TBR Challenges….
The Heyer Project….
I documented Part II of the quest, in which I color-coded a spreadsheet of Heyer’s character archetypes and plot tropes.
I’ve listened to Bath Tangle and Black Sheep and Venetia three times to erase Cousin Kate from my brain.
Deconstructing For Such a Time, Parts 1-17
I know I went overboard on my continued ranting about this book and probably pissed off a lot of people, but I desperately needed to think through the depictions of my faith on the page.
I learned a lot, and what I learned will forever change the way I read inspirationals and historical fiction.
The party continues with a list that’s not so random – my recent reads about colonial, revolutionary and post-war/frontier America. I’d been hoarding most of these for years, but finally got inspired by — wait for it — Jude Devereux’s The Raider.
Most are from inspie publishers, who seem to be the only ones interested in non-Brit settings. Maybe someday Harlequin will discover early America. I would GLOM THAT SO HARD. That sounds vaguely dirty, but you know what I mean.
All the family pics are from a trip to Washington D.C., in 2008 to visit my little sis, who had an actual job actually schmoozing actual politicians. She likes that sort of thing (*~*shudder*~*).
Damn, my kids are cute.
Things 1&2 were eight and five. We spent July 4th at Mount Vernon, where it was approximately 157 degrees, with mosquitoes the size of bats and restroom lines nine miles long. It sounded like a good idea at the time.
The colonial era
The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton
The story of Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallet, a founder of Greenwich, Connecticut, and ancestor of Howard Dean, John Kerry, Amelia Earhart, Bill Gates and Johnny Depp. No, seriously. Not quite as good as Seton’s Katherine, but definitely a must-read. There’s some info-dumping when the narrative skips ahead a few months or years, but the heroine’s struggles with her Puritan community and the harshness of the early settlements are incredibly vivid and memorable. Grade: A- (HMH, 1958; purchased (I own all of Seton in paper, ebook and audio)) Continue reading
Alternate title: I Have a LOT of Good Intentions
My 2014 had a lot of comfort reading, and a lot of weekends-with-no-kids binge reading, but very little reading-to-review. I think that slow-down was partially due to my growing obsession with audiobooks; I tend to read traditional books very fast, and audiobooks force me to slow down and hear every word and immerse myself in the language. That kind of wallowing is great for Heyer and Kinsale and the Austen/Eyre/Gaskell classics, but it’s also made me rush through too many genre reads, and ignore longer books, in order to accumulate that sense of accomplishment in knocking down the TBR.
Remind me to remind myself that nobody else cares about the depth and breadth of my unreads. It’s not a competition. It simply doesn’t matter.
What matters is finding books that matter to me, and participating in discussions, and writing about why I love reading, and endeavoring to elucidate those ephemeral emotions that emerge whilst engaging in erudite entertainments.
Wow. I haven’t alliterated like that in a long time. And with vowels! Damn, I’m good.
ANYWAY. So here’s my plan that’s not an Official Plan because that would totally negate everything I bloviated about above.