There's never enough time in a day, right? It's early in the month, and already my hours are straining at the seems, trying to contain all life's tasks in one manageable to-do list. Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation, lazy loafing, and socializing. Not to mention reading.
In lieu of actually being able to dedicate a month or season or year to books and nothing but, this week at Romantic Reads I'm compiling a compendium of a wish list: what I would read if I could, if I had nothing to do but curl up and ignore the "real world."
At the top of my list is Amy Elizabeth Smith's All Roads Lead to Austen. Ms. Smith accomplished my dream: she travelled the world with a trunk full of Austen novels, translasted into Spanish and used as an entree into the communities she visited. I don't think I'll be dusting off my passport any time soon. I don't even know when I'm going to get to this book! But I'm stockpiling my favorite-looking titles for the sheer kick of it. Do you guys keep a wish list of reads you might not get to right away? Do you buy books you know you won't be able to pick up for a while? If yes, visit us at Romantic Reads and share your experience.
There are other discussions going on this week, too. What titles do you suggest to a person looking for a good young adult story? To somebody searching for a novelist to fill the void left when one has read and re-read Diana Gabaldon? Do you ever "give up" on a favorite writer? And what do you make of Eloisa James' June romance recommendations?
We want to hear from you! And while you're visiting us don't forget to take a gander at our celebration of Brenda Jackson. And until next week, happy reading!
What books are on your summer wish list?
Melanie Murray is a writer and editor, and the moderator of Romantic Reads, BN.com's all-romance, all-the-time community forum. You can follow her on Twitter at @Melanie_Murray and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.