On the Shelf: April

In honor of it being a new month (almost), I’m taking stock of my bookshelf and stepping back to see what I’m looking forward to reading in April.

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose” by Lauren Wilig

This is the fourth book in the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig.  I’ve loved these books since my sister convinced me to read my first one over the Christmas break when I was stuck in New York and away from my family.  Willig’s books are a great blend of chick lit and historical romance with an impressive attention to detail.

I’m told “The Seduction of the Crimson Rose” focuses on two of the series’ anti-heroes so I’m doubly intrigued by how Willig pulls that off.

The Wildest Heart” by Rosemary Rogers

I started reading romances in the mid 90’s, so I missed much of the pre 1980s canon in romance.  I picked up “The Wildest Heart” the other day at the bookstore, and I’m very curious to see how I enjoy this book from 1974.  After reading the Smart Bitches’s book Beyond Heaving Bosoms I’m a little wary about books written during this time but I’m game.  Speaking of Beyond Heaving Bosoms, if you see a copy definitely pick it up.  Candy and Sarah have a deliciously snarky way with words, a love of the genre, and a willingness to skewer the books that are just so bad that even the most ardent romance reader can admit that they’re just not all that good.  They also have a great breakdown of genres, characters, and plot clichés.

When Seducing a Duke” by Kathryn Smith

I saw Kathryn Smith read at Lady Jane’s Salon a couple of months ago, and I really enjoyed her excerpt from this book.  A quick trip to Borders later and it’s sitting on the shelf waiting for me.

Born in Shame” by Nora Roberts

This is the third in Nora Robert’s “Born In” trilogy.  I’m guilty of a serious weakness for all things Nora.  I’ve read “Born in Fire” and “Born in Ice” already, and I’m eager to finish up the series.

I should add that there is one book that I’m currently in the middle of.  I figure that I should just throw it on here because I’ll be reading it in April as well.

An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England” by Venetia Murray

Okay, this isn’t a romance, but it might as well be one!  This books is a great reference for writers and readers of Regency-based fiction.  Murray’s attention to detail is incredible, and she weaves all of the historical information together skillfully with an engaging style.  It’s worth it just to read her first two chapters on the dandy and Almacks.

What books are you planning to read?  Do you stack up books, make lists, or just grab whatever is convenient on your shelf? Are you strict with yourself and only buy one book at a time or do you collect books until you can get around to reading them?