I have a very puny TBR pile. It's not tottering; it can barely be called a pile. (almost changed the word 'pile' - whenever I use it I think of my mother's definition and I'm so not going there!)
In this non-tottering, non-pile are several books I've started and sort of lost interest in. Bummer, because there goes several Carolyn reviews.
But what am I do do? I find myself rereading old favorites. I just reread all three of Ilona Andrews' magic books in anticipation of the release of the fourth. I'll probably do the same with Mercy Thompson.
And then it hit me! Those half finished books, staring back at me so sorrowfully are historical romances.
Now, back in my heyday, I was an historical junkie (minus the Romance) I loved Sharon Kay Penman and Edward Rutherford and James Michener and Susan Howitch. Loved those huge generational tomes So when I gravitated to Romance, I mostly read historicals, especially Regencies (Georgette Heyer is a GODDESS!). And Flowers from the Storm just knocked my socks off; one of the best books I've ever read in any genre.
Have I OD'd on history? I find myself caught up again in pure fantasy and sf and paranormal and urban (sorry but I can't tell the latter two apart) and thus Andrews and Briggs et al. I pounced on the release of a new book in the Paksenarrion universe - it had been twenty years, for God's sake!
I don't know why this is. Even contemporaries are a struggle. (psst - I've only read the first in La Nora's Bride series; that's like sacrilege or something, isn't it?)
Does anyone else have this problem?
I'm doing a slow burn-out on contemporary romances and starting to discover some of the brilliant historicals out there. Right now I'm doing a glom of Loretta Chase. Currently I'm reading Mr. Impossible and I have three more after that.
I've even got two Jennifer Cruisie's in my TBR pile and I'm such a Cruisie fangirl, you know that's just wrong!
I do think that reading cycles though so we should cycle back into our favorite old reads sooner or later.
I do have a bunch of new-to-me authors to try. I have Arianna Skye, Shelli Stevens, Jaci Burton. Need to spend some time in the Demonica series I think but even more... I need more Chase! I'm reading what you stopped Red!