I finished Stone of Tears over the weekend and I was not disappointed. I have now officially become obsessed with getting my hands on these books and devouring them post haste.
I know I am obsessed because after finishing the second book, I went into mourning that it was over. I did not have the next book, Blood of the Fold (there is a waiting list at the library), so I could not immediately continue the adventures of Richard and company. I sort of moped about the house and Mr. Rochester laughed at me, though he is, by now, used to me being silly books.
I have been in a funk about it since Saturday. Happily, my back up book was Voyager by Diana Gabaldon and that has kept me reasonably content. I have read Voyager many times and I never fail to cry through the first quarter of it. I am currently reworking my way through the entire series, instead of endlessly rereading the first installment. Outlander is still my favorite book, hands down, and that is admitting a lot about myself and my secret reading loves.
What is the lesson, dear readers? Always have a back up book, or two, or three. Never travel with one book lest you should finish it and be bereft or lest you find your current read is ridiculous and unworthy of your time. If you know you are in a reading funk (i.e. nothing but your current series/genre will do), make sure one of your backups is an old stand by that will please you in any mood. For me, old friends that are my backups include:
Jane Austen, often Pride and Prejudice, just thinking about the dialog makes me giggle.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
A decent romance novel or one that is bad enough to make me laugh. Nothing says this romance is going to be hilarious like a play on words (and a fairy tale) which makes it into all key scenes. And I do mean all. key. scenes. I recommend it for a laugh.
- Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, but only the first 10, you know they are really hard core porn after Cerulean Sins.
Looking over that list, I realize that when I am finicky, I only read stuff with some combination of romance, history, fantasy, and wit. Interesting.
–Jane, not ashamed of her reading habits