Thursday, October 28, 2010

Book Skeletons

In honor of Halloween this weekend: What reading skeletons do you have in you closet/  Books you'd be ashamed to let people know you love?  Addiction the the worst kind of (fill in cheesy genre here)?  Your old collection of Bobbsey Twin Mysteries lovingly stored behind you "grown-up" books?  You get the picture...come on, confess!
took this from the Island of Voices Blog and it got me to thinking.  She mainly talked about books from her childhood, but my hidden skeletons are of a different sort.  In an earlier blog I talked about the genres of books I read and I said that I don't read romances, and  well,  that's not strictly true, one of my skeletons is Regency Romances, in particular Georgette Heyer's.  I discovered her when I was in my 20's and have read nearly all of her books, regency romances, historical novels, and mysteries.  I own quite a few of her books, mainly the regencies and the mysteries.  Though it would be  hard to say which of her books iis my favorite perhaps The Foundling comes very close, though Sprig Muslin, The Reluctant Widow and Cotillion also rank very highly on my list.  I know Regency Romances are fairy tales but I so enjoy their convuluted, though predictable  story lines.  Ms Heyer's in  particular are well written, often humorous and just darn fun.  Oh Lord, went to Amazon to look something up about one of her books and I ended up ordering 2!

And in the strictly romance department I'm addicted to Diana Galbaldon's Outlander series.  I know what I said about romance novels,  about Scotsmen, time travelers, et al. but I've been into this series since the beginning and I guess I'll be with Claire and Jamie to the end.  Along the way I've learned a bit about Scotish history (Culloden) and American history--the pre-revolutionary skirmishes, as well as enjoying a good love story.
So those are my skeletons, what are yours?


  1. I read a Georgette Heyer novel that I enjoyed.

  2. Love this post! Not only we do we share a delight in Elizabeth Goudge, but we're slightly abashed fans of Diana Gabaldon!
    Seriously, although I sometimes get exasperated with certain aspects of the plots [how many times can Brianna tangle with Stephen Bonnet, etc] Diana Gabaldon's vocabulary is impressive, I think she does good historical research for her backgrounds and she surely has the nuances of a long marriage down pat! Some of the conjugal scenes have gotten a wee bit raunchy in the last two books as have the grisly medical details, but I'm hooked.


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