by my TBR pile. SO MANY BOOKS TO READ. But this is a good problem to have, right? Since November I’ve been doing a lot of comfort reading–for obvious reasons. First I binge-read Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels. I haven’t finished, but I did manage quite a few before I decided I needed a break from Almack’s and kid gloves. Then I moved on to rereading Mary Stewart’s suspense novels–SO, so good–and M. M. Kaye. (Only the suspense from M. M. Kaye. I’ve also read her memoirs but haven’t made it to her historicals yet.)
Little wonder my TBR stack is out of control. I was asked to count the books in it for an interview and I stopped at 150. (That’s also not counting the books I’ve bought for my Kindle and haven’t started yet…) Plus, the library just got a fresh stock of loveliness and I brought home a pile of things that had been on my wish list. Oy!
Anyway, this is a long way of saying there are loads of delicious things to read and I’m about to make it worse for you. Here are books you might like:
*WAGES OF SIN by Kaite Welsh. Victorian, ghoulish, gripping. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this and it was wonderful.
*AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION by Alyssa Cole. Alright, I’ll come clean. I really, really don’t like the Civil War era. I was THISCLOSE to not accepting this ARC to read because of my antipathy for the time period. But I was so intrigued by the description I asked them to send it to me and then I read it in one sitting. It is just marvelous. MARVELOUS, did you hear me?
*A MOST EXTRAORDINARY PURSUIT by Juliana Gray. If you don’t already know, Gray is Beatriz Williams’ nom de historical and she writes just as engaging and enjoyable Edwardian mystery as she does mid-century saga! This is another one I got to blurb and I was MOST HAPPY.
And here are some things from my bookshelf that are not new but are thoroughly enjoyable:
*Sarah Ban Breathnach’s ROMANCING THE ORDINARY. If you enjoyed SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, this one will delight. Structured around months of the year, this collection of essays encourages women to get in touch with their senses and offers inspiration, practical tips, and a little poetry to boot.
*APHRODITE: A MEMOIR OF THE SENSES. I am a bigger fan of Isabel Allende’s nonfiction than her novels and this is my favorite. It’s luscious, luxurious, and a little saucy–perfect for reading in spring when things are just beginning to wake up after a slumbrous winter.