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Weekly Reading Round-Up

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?

6 Comments

  1. Jan Siler on September 20, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve also been living in Georgette Heyer world this last week: finished Frederica and just started re-reading Black Sheep – which I love! All of this started after finishing the Pinks during vacation. I also read The Dressmaker’s Gift, My Name is Eva, and Beneath a Golden Veil – because it was vacation!

  2. Kristen A. on September 20, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I read The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North and Hallow Point by Ari Marmell, about a fairy working as a P.I. in Depression era Chicago.

  3. Jane on September 20, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    TBR books are the latest in the Entangled Inheritance series An Unwelcome Suitor and then on to another series Where the Light Enters by Sarah Donati. I am currently reading through the Lady Darby mysteries by Anna Lee Huber and loving them.

  4. Dianna on September 20, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    I love all three authors you love… currently re-living the adventures of Amelia Peabody Emerson up to the second to the last book in audiobooks when I walk… then I think I will re-read the Vicki Bliss books….unless you have convinced me to go back to the lovely Georgette Heyer books!!! thank for the reminder. Just finished the “Chronicles of St. Mary’s” 10 book plus 2 short story collections…loved every minute and would never had found them without these weekly recommendations… (and of course every book you have ever written!!!)

  5. Tara on September 21, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Yes! I cycle through the late, great Bertrice Small’s historical romances, modern romances, and sci-fantasy romances. The historical ones are my absolute favorites, but year by year, I vacillate between loving the Scottish ones, the Eastern ones, or the English ones the most 🙂

  6. Julie on September 21, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    The books I cycle through like that are mostly the malt shop genre books that I’ve been able to hunt down and procure, mostly thanks to Image Cascade Publishing. Since the Tobey and Midge books were still in my public library when I was a kid in the 80s when I read and reread them, the Rosamund du Jardin books I prefer now are the Pam and Penny or the Marcy Rhodes books. Same dynamics with the Beany Malone vs the Katie Rose and Stacy books by Lenora Mattingly Weber.

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