I took a break from unpacking (recently moved) and reading for reviews and chose several books from my personal stash to read this weekend. Most of these fall into the romance genre, with one possibly being considered romantic suspense and another paranormal romance. A few were short stories or novellas and the others were full-length novels. I enjoyed all of my reads but some stories just felt predictable, in that I knew how it would be resolved before I was finished reading half the story. Others just had a been there, read that feel, especially those from authors I've read in the past.
Now I could be getting jaded in my middle-age or perhaps its just that some books, especially those from authors that have written a number of books, contain many of the same elements to the point that all new books read like past books. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying these authors (or any author) should stop writing even if this is the case. I applaud each and every author that publishes and/or gets published. Writing is hard work and the creativity involved in coming up with different plots, characters, sequences, etc. is mind-boggling to say the least, not to mention the amount of research involved in setting up believable character backgrounds, scenarios and locations. The problem seems to be finding something new to say and an interesting way to say it so readers stay involved.
Like I said earlier, I enjoyed all of these stories. Some of these I received as free reads through the Barnes and Noble Nook store (btw, I'm loving my new NookColor!), others I had received free or purchased through the Sony Reader Store (for use with my PRS-600 Touch Reader). Please check out my GoodReads.com link to read my brief reviews on these stories.
Weekend reading list: Almost Home by Mariah Stewart, Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts, Famous Last Words by Regan Black, Heart of the Witch by Alicia Dean, Sheltering Hearts by Robyn Carr, and Deadlier Than the Male by Sharon Sala and Colleen Thompson.
What was on your weekend reading list?
Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading
"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor
“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde
"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller