I have never been just a one genre reader. If you follow my blog, you know I read almost anything, historical fiction, romance, literary fiction, biographies, mystery, suspense,chick lit, just to name a few. I just love to read!!
One of my projects as an XOXpert this month is to do a favorite romance roundup. As I was contemplating this post, I thought, this is impossible. There is no way I can narrow this down to just one post!! But then I realized, there are a few novels which stand out in my mind. I can even remember the title and author. And a lot of these….I remember where I was as I was reading them.
So…..here goes!! And these are in no particular order….
Who doesn’t have a Danielle Steel book in their romance library. She has been an icon in the romance world FOREVER! She was a mainstay for me all through my high school years. Sometimes a book hits you just right…right time, right place, right story. This is one of the few books (and I can name them all, and there are only a few!) I stayed awake all night to read. I have actually had a quick thought to re-read this novel and I never, ever re-read….too many good books I have not read yet!
Julie Garwood is another mainstay….to say I loved this novel is an understatement. This was the first book I ever read by this author. This started me on a quest to read all of her books. Julie Garwood is one of the few romance authors whose books I purchase on release day!
ALASKA!! This was the first novel about Alaska I ever read and it made a huge impact. Plus, the characters are amazing! I loved the Sheriff!! Then, it was made into a lifetime movie….sort of good,sort of not!
Who could have a romance post without this book. An amazing read to say the least. This started me on my Henry VIII kick. He is such a unique historical character. After I finished this novel, I started to devour any books written in this time period. I even read several non fiction books.
Last, but not least. Ancient Rome!! I learned so much in this read. Just like all of Barbara Wood’s books, she touches on different civilizations and their unique idiosyncrasies. Not only is this an amazing romance, it is an amazing historical fiction novel.
As I was writing this post, I have had a million and one books and authors float through my mind. Kathleen Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Diana Gabaldon and of course, Margaret Mitchell’s ultimate Gone With The Wind, among many others, need to be included. There is so much talent in the genre.