I've been in a reading slump lately. I bought some books for my kindle and none of them are doing it for me. Which gives me buyers remorse because I COULD have bought some other books I've already read that are just sitting on my wish list.
To get out of my funk I scoured my bookshelves for some of my old favorites I could sink into a beanbag with. What's that you say? I should have been writing? Probably. But it's been a very draining week and I needed some reading rejuvenation.
I thought I'd share some of my favorites that I always go back to.
The Julia Grey Series by Deanna Raybourn. The first book in the series, SILENT IN THE GRAVE has one of the best opening paragraphs ever written. And Nicholas Brisbane is one of my favorite male characters. He's swoon worthy. And I don't swoon for much.
MRS. MIKE. What could be better than reading about a 16 year old girl from Boston who marries a Canadian Mountie and goes to live in the frozen north. Plus it's based on a true story. I just found out there were sequels to this and I'm anxiously awaiting them at the library.
Anything by Thomas Costain. Even his historicals are fascinating.
I have a great love of Russian literature so ANNA KARENINA, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH, CHEKHOV, they're all good.
The Nell Sweeney Mysteries by P.B. Ryan. The first one STILL LIFE WITH MURDER I bought on a whim. It was .99 at Amazon on kindle. I finished it in less than a day and quickly bought the rest. I Loved the characters and stories.
The OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon. These books aren't for the faint of heart. There's lots of swearing and violence and sex, but there are also some of the best characters, dialogue and story ever written.
There are others of course, but these came to mind. Do you have favorite books to get you out of a reading funk?