The Shape of Books to Come–and Those That Came Already

All this week on Risky Regencies we’re going to discuss books we’ve read in the past year and books we plan to read in 2010.

It’s been a great year of “must-reads” for the Riskies, book-wise, Amanda’s and my (and Deb Marlowe’s) Diamonds of Welbourne Manor, Amanda’s High Seas Stowaway, Spirited Brides, The Winter Queen, The Maid’s Lover, my Gallant Officer, Forbidden Lady, The Unlacing of Miss Leigh; Janet’s A Most Lamentable Comedy, Carolyn’s Scandal, Indiscreet and her paranormal, My Forbidden Desire.

Even more exciting, this was the year I got my Kindle! As you might have heard me say, I LOVE MY KINDLE! I can take my Kindle anywhere. (Colleen Gleason aka Joss Ware even takes hers into the bathtub–in a ziplock bag)

Regency Historicals I’ve read on my Kindle include:
Lavinia Kent’s A Talent for Sin (nominated for Best First Historical by RTBook Reviews)
Mary Blayney’s Stranger’s Kiss (nominated for Best Innovative Historical by RTBook Reviews) – Way to go, Lavinia and Mary!

NonFiction books about the Regency that I’ve read on my Kindle include:
Regency England by John Plowright – a history about the life an times of Lord Liverpool.
Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore by Wendy Moore – a fascinating story of a woman tricked into marriage and how she got out of it, pre-Regency, actually.
Waterloo Days by Charlotte Anne Waldie Eaton – a memoir that’s been very helpful in writing my Soldier books.

I’ve also been on a self-help kick. My Kindle Self-Help books include:
Finally Thin! How I Lost Over 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off–and How You Can, Too by Kim Benson – I love an inspirational weight-loss story
Breaking Murphy’s Law by Suzanne C Segerstrom PhD – a book about Optimism. I was sure it wouldn’t be good, but it was!
The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn – a 1925 book foreshadowing The Law of Attraction.

For Christmas my sisters and I buy each other Gift Cards and I asked for Amazon.com gift cards. So now I have a tidy sum of $$ to purchase some 2010 books!

I’ve downloaded some samples to consider:
Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy by Peter S Canellos – a departure from my usual sort of book
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History by Linda Colley – I think Janet (or Amanda? maybe Megan…) recommended this one, about a woman who lived in the 1700s
Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling – about Mary Anning, who found the first ever dinosaur skeleton in 1811.

I’m just scratching the surface of possible books to buy. I’ll save some of the money for Romance books, more self-help (because I need a lot of it), and, of course, nonfiction, research books relating to the Regency.

I’m open to suggestions!

What books did you get for Christmas? If you got gift cards, what books are you planning to buy? And, most important, what books should I buy???

Come to my website. I’m about to pick a grand prize winner in my contest. There’s still time to enter!

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12 years ago

Books I received for Christmas: Histories of Middle-earth by JRR Tolkien volumes 6, 7, 8, and 9. Only three more, and I’ll have the entire set. Those from my oldest brother, as I was his person this year. Walking with Frodo by Sarah Arthur, “a devotional journey through LOTR.” This from one of my dear friends that I met because of LOTR. And Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher. Also from one of my dear friends that I met through LOTR. This is a self-help book about doing everything you love. I’m looking forward to all of them. I’m also tackling Body Clutter by FlyLady, The GIft of Fear by Gavin de Becker, Door of Hope by Jan Frank, and Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul T. Mason and Randi Kreger, a group of books I’m reading as a Christmas gift to myself. As to what you should buy, Diane, I’m going to selfishly say that I’d rather have you writing than reading. < w >

Stephanie J
12 years ago

My dad got a Kindle for Christmas (mum already had one) and now I’m getting the pressure to go out and buy one right now. I think I will before January is out! You make me want one even more. Everyone seems to love their own.

I got the Domino Book of Decorating and Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann for Christmas. Add to that a B&N gift card! I plan to print out the list of books coming out in 2010 so I can keep track of release dates and purchases.

I agree with Judy’s sentiments — more writing!

Jane Austen
12 years ago

I received a subscription to Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine which is exciting enough for me. I also ordered some books with money I got, but I do have bad or perhaps complicated news for you Diane. According to Jake at Amazon.com you cannot actually use gift cards to buy Kindle books if you use one click. What you would need to do is order the book on your credit card or whatever is your one click solution and then before 30 minutes pass go in and change your payment to the gift card. I have not figured out how to do this yet as it’s a little difficult. Instead I bought the DVD Casanova starring David Tenant and Inkheart on DVD as well. (I just found out my firrst edition Inkheart book is worth $250).

Books I ordered:
More Than Love Letters by Rosy Thornton
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
To End All Wars by Gail McEwan
Betwixt Two Equal ARmies by Gail McEwan
The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
Friendship and Folly
Suite Scarlett
Murder Takes the Cake
Stupid and Contagious
Shooting an Albatross
Oscar Wilde and the Death of No Importance
The War Against Miss Winter
The Blackstone Key
Strange Pages From Family Papers

And that’s it. Hope everyone had a great holiday.

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Judy, this sounds like a wonderful Christmas for you! Lots and lots of LOTR!!
I’m going to look intoRefuse to Choose because I love self-help books!

Stephanie, sounds like your parents might like their Kindles just as much as I do! One bad thing, that Barnes and Noble gift card just won’t work for Kindle books, but I’m sure you’ll find a good use for it.

Thanks, both of you for encouraging me to WRITE.

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Jane, I hope you are wrong about my gift cards!! I’ve entered their numbers into my account and now I have a balance of XX dollars. Hopefully this is the kind of gift card that will work for Kindle. If not, I will be bereft!

You have an impressive list of books!!!! And I think you will love Jane Austen’s Regency World. I keep meaning to re-subscribe.

Amanda McCabe
12 years ago

I’ll have my best books of ’09 up tomorrow, but one book on my “wish list” is Amanda Vickery’s “Behnd Closed Doors” 🙂

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Oh, good one, Amanda!
It doesn’t come out in a Kindle version though.

Jane Holland
12 years ago

I always buy my own books for Christmas or ask for gift cards, as no one can ever second-guess my taste – or what I’ve already bought!

This Christmas I helped myself to a half-dozen Harlequin Historical Undones, as I’m writing one myself and needed to do the research! They’re enovellas (did I just coin that term?!) but the quick read element is part of the fun. I also bought some new collections of poetry, which is my other writing ‘life’. Who knows when I’ll have time to sit down and read those though …

Glad to find this blog. I’ll add it to my own blog straight away.

Happy New Year!

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Jane, I tend to buy myself stuff for Christmas too…..

What great news that you are writing an Undone! I think it is a good way to break in to HH. You can always read Amanda’s and my Undones. She’s written two and I’ve written one.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon
12 years ago

Diane if you liked Wedlocked than you might like Lady Worsley’s Whim by Hallie Rubenhold.

Jane Holland
12 years ago

Thanks for those recommendations, Diane. I already have a number of Undones on my hard drive, including Amanda McCabe’s SHIPWRECKED AND SEDUCED, but haven’t spotted yours yet – though I’ve been mainly sticking to Regencies. Is yours a non-Regency?

I shall count my pennies and look out for yours in the New Year!

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

My Undone is a Regency, Jane. “The Unlacing of Miss Leigh”

You can google it, or go to eHarlequin or to my website


12 years ago

I now have a list of books I really want to read. Several of the ones you listed sounded very interesting.
Hope you have a Wonderful 2010!

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Elizabeth! thank you for the recommendations. Lady Worsley’s Whim does sound like a good read!

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