Having just turned in my next book (hooray!) I took a few days to reward myself by diving into my TBR pile. This past year has been a whirlwind of writing deadlines and I cannot begin to count the books stacked around my office waiting to be read. I figure with all the words that pour out of my mind, reading isn’t just a joy–it’s a necessity. Having been at least seven months since my last reading binge, I was ready to turn off the internal editor, unwind and let go. When I’m in the binge zone, there’s no pulling me back—it’s a few days of blissful, obsessive-compulsive, book-after-book reading.
I started my book binge with our own Geralyn Dawson’s historical, HER OUTLAW. What a fun read and intriguing plot twist with the hero—I’ve loved the whole Bad Luck Bride series and had read HER SCOUNDRAL and HER BODYGUARD during my last binge.
Next was a contemporary romantic suspense, TRACELESS by Debra Webb—first book I’ve read by this author. I don’t like anything too heavy in a romantic suspense (CSI creeps me out sometimes) and this book fit my reading preference—fast-paced, action-packed and a wonderfully tortured bad-boy-with-a-good-heart hero.
Linda Lael Miller’s new historical western THE MAN FROM STONE CREEK was a great change of pace. I loved the rich western dialogue in this book. While her historicals always have wonderful western flair, the hero’s way with words really stood out and rang true to me and added an additional colorful element to the story.
Elizabeth Lane’s THE STRANGER was another treat for my western cravings. I do love strong tortured heroes and Caleb’s heart is on tenterhooks throughout this story. So was I, as his past started to creep up on him, creating a powerful and touching reckoning for him and his heroine.
Elizabeth Lowell’s RECKLESS LOVE was one of the books in my very first romance novel binge about seven years ago. When I saw it as a reprint in February, I had to buy it—I never owned the first one, it was simply in the giant box of books my mom dropped off after I called her up and said, “Hey, I think I’m trying to write a love story—can you bring me some of those books you read?” (boy was that a life-changing moment—and the start of a month-long binge *g*) Still one of my favorite westerns—full of gripping dusty adventure and steamy emotion.
Maureen McKade is another first-time read for me. A REASON TO LIVE and A REASON TO BELIEVE have me looking forward to A REASON TO SIN. I love series books, getting to visit with old friends while meeting new ones, and when that series is a western—I’m there!
The last book on this binge was a paranormal/fantasy romance, LORD OF THE FADING LANDS, first book in the Tairen Soul series by debut author C.L. Wilson. Beautiful world building, a touch of magic and a wonderful blend of intrigue, emotion and humor—I have to say, this is one of the most romantic books I’ve ever read.
Eight books didn’t put much of a dent in my TBR pile, but I did manage to get a slight mix of genres, though hopelessly outnumbered by westerns 🙂 I’m hoping to fit another binge in before buckling down with the next deadline. I have to carefully time my reading sessions due to my no-self-control reading tendencies. I’ve always been a binge reader. When I open a book it’s like turning on a movie—I can’t stop in the middle—I have to finish it.
Anyone else here with teetering stacks of TBR’s? What’s in your pile? Are you a book binger or do you savor books by reading bits at a time?