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TagsCategory Romance (618), HQ Romance (230), Gothic (210), Mystery (201), HQ Presents (183), Regency (176), Fiction (161), Read Prior to 1970 (159), Contemporary Romance (77), Historical Romance (75) — see all tags

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About meLike everyone here, visitor or member, I've been an avid reader since I was in diapers (well, my folks read to me) so I was doomed to be a bookaholic from an early age. I was weaned on my mother's historical novels in the 1950s (Slaughter, Yerby, van Wyck Mason, etc), read my way above my grade levels at the local library so my parents gave the library permission to let me browse through the "adult" section when I was barely in high school. There was never a time when I didn't have a book in being-read mode, though I have gone through dry spells, as well as times when I just could not stop reading. I would rather read than eat, housework takes second place to reading, and books are an addiction, reading is a passion.

About my libraryThis is a work in progress of the 4,000+ books I've read since September 1964. I started out just listing title & author, graduated to rating my reads, then the anal side of me took over and I started logging the date & month the book was read, that's why some books show dates and ratings and others don't. The list was logged in spiral notebooks until I bought my first computer in July 1997, then I entered the books I've read into an Approach database.

The bulk of my collection is in the romance genre, but there are also lots of mysteries, some SFF, a sprinkling of classics (Austen); for other genres I tend to read library or borrowed books.

I recently found out about LibraryThing and I think I'm going to have fun working on my database here - maybe, or maybe not, I'll think about doing a catalog of my book collection. Yikes - to date that contains roughly 6,800 titles with hundreds to be added. But you know, there's hardly anything more fun than messin' around with books (except maybe reading them).

GroupsBookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill

Favorite authorsLoretta Chase, Kristin Hannah, Carol Marinelli, Margaret Moore, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Sherryl Woods (Shared favorites)

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I just came across your review of one of Joanne Fluke's mysteries. It's good to know that I was not the only one disappointed by Hannah's grating immaturity. She has two boyfriends but is too "pure" to have sex with either of them. She does not come across as a well-rounded woman. Maybe the author belongs to some religious group, which frowns on pre-marital sex. I apologize for focusing on this aspect of Hannah's behavior. In truth, I don't like sex scenes. But what I do expect is that Hannah should be portrayed as a normal woman of thirty, rather than a twelve year old.
Regarding your latest review: the last two Presents Extra books that come out each month are not normal Presents books. In the UK, those books are labeled as Modern Heat (but they're getting their own series next year), and they have a totally different voice--I agree, it's a bit like chick lit--than the classic Presents/Modern novel. I don't like how Harlequin don't label them differently, however, all the authors who write Modern Heat books can be found at this website if you wish to avoid them in the future.
I agree with you that Joanna Fluke's stories are simplistic, and the mysteries aren't always really mysterious. And the "who-will-she-choose" deal with her two boyfriends gets really old really fast. But I do have to say that your complaints about word choice gives me a real sense of place. Minnesota people do say "parka coat." Fluke wasn't being patronizing. And they do say "You're right." A lot. It's just a speech pattern that fits the locale.

I don't blame you for being annoyed by word choices that aren't explained. But, really, Fluke isn't stupid, and she doesn't think her readers are stupid. She's just Minnesotan!! :-)
No, I was reviewing the Freya North novel, PILLOW TALK, and according to my review page, that's where the review was filed. I'm not quite sure why my review is showing up under Hailey North. *confused*
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