Welcome to another week of Yakkety Yak…Let’s Chat
Yakkety Yak … Let’s Chat is Delighted Reader feature where we discuss anything and everything about books, reading, rants, raves and everything in between. We won’t be caged in what we discuss…so let’s open it up!
Valentine’s Day is past us, but after almost 18 years of marriage to my husband and 21 years together, I am glancing back in time to when we were young and what our first Valentine’s Day was like. It isn’t a pretty picture really. My then boyfriend of six months had to bring me supper in bed. No, not naughty supper guys. I was so sick with a cold that was called the CRUD and it was cruddy! He brought me a stuffed animal, chocolates and supper after work to make me feel better. This man is so sweet to me even when I am not at my best.
But I was also looking back to what I was reading at the time. Romances of course and I worked at a library so I was bringing them home left and right. What books was I bringing home to read….let’s look back….way back…
Julie Garwood was my ultimate secret thrill. She wrote sweet romances I couldn’t put down. Dashing heros and innocent maidens. Now I would probably snort at them, but when I was 21, these were the romances I turned to all the time! Until recently, Julie Garwood was on my auto-buy list. With her turn to contemporary suspense, I just haven’t been able to get into them as much.
Johanna Lindsey was one of my first authors when I started reading romance. I re-read one of her early ones recently and can’t figure out why I thought it was so sexy and wonderful to be raped by a pirate. Oh, well. I bought each and everyone of her books on release day until last year. The stories started to feel recycled and unimaginative.
Jude Deveraux and her Montgomery/Taggart series! I swooned as each book came out and scratched my head at a few of them too. Some are set in the past and some current times. I lost touch with Jude Deveraux’s books a few years ago and regret not keeping up. She had a wonderful writing style that kept me engaged.
I found Janelle Taylor when she was writing an American Indian love story. It was brutal at times, but I kept coming back to find out what happens to these lovers. It wasn’t easy and the story moved on to their children as well. As I was looking up her books, I never realized just how many books came out in the Gray Eagle series. Unfortunately, I didn’t continue to keep up to date on Janelle Taylor’s writing through the years.
What books were you reading 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago?
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