This week, I desperately wanted to go live in Georgette Heyer’s Regency world for a bit, but didn’t feel like revisiting any of my old favorites, some of which I can practically recite line for line. So, instead, I’ve been reading through my collection of Heyers I Don’t Read As Often and finding it wildly rewarding.
Of course, when I do this sort of thing, sometimes books migrate from the “rarely read” category to the “frequently re-read” category, like The Unknown Ajax and The Toll-Gate, which were among my lesser Heyers until a fit of Heyer reading last year and then became standards (and far too familiar, and then need to be put back on the shelf for a while).
This week’s Heyers Less Traveled were Black Sheep, in which a woman of quality, attempting to foil her niece’s imprudent attachment, falls in love with the bounder’s uncle. (I last read this book a very long time ago. I had vaguely remembered the heroine being middle-aged. In fact, she’s twenty-eight.) I’m regretting having left this one on the shelf so long. The hero and heroine are utterly convincing and the side characters are beautifully comic.
Right now, I’m revisiting Cotillion, which is another one I read once upon a time and then completely forgot.
Do you have authors whose books you cycle through? I also do this with my Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters books, going through phases where some are great favorites and others neglected, and then swapping them out.
What have you been reading this week?