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?


Clean Slate

I’m embarrassed.

There, I said it.

I really got into writing on this blog last summer and then, sure enough, as soon as things got hectic at work I let it all slide.

Shame on me.

Well here’s One Lady’s Trash’s relaunch.  I’ve wiped the blog clean.  I’m starting from scratch.  Carte blanche.  It’s kind of an exciting thing actually.  I have a whole year of reading ahead of me since it’s only March.  That’s a good thing too since it’s been a rather dismal year for romances on my reading list so far.

Why don’t we take a look?

January 2 – “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation” by Lauren Willig

January 18 – “The Masque of the Black Tulip” by Lauren Willig

January 22 – “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel

January 26 – “The Deception of the Emerald Ring” by Lauren Willig

February 15 – “Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny and Desire” by Leslie Carroll

February 16The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin

February 21 This is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper

February 24Shutter Island” by Dennis Lehane

February 28 In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” by Michael Pollan

March 8 – “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime” by John Heilemann & Mark Halperin

Some books I loved (“Wolf Hall” and “This is Where I Leave You”) and one book in particular I hated (“The Happiness Project”).  Obviously it was a good couple of months of Lauren Willig as I rushed to read her books before she appeared at Lady Jane’s Salon at Madame X in New York City, but notice that no other romance authors managed to sneak in.  Clearly, this has to be remedied.  Quickly.

Now I’m struggling to put together a list of what I want to read because the possibilities are so endless.  Part of me is yearning to revisit “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon for the first time since I read it sneakily under my desk as a junior in high school math class.  The other angel on my shoulder says that I should probably give a new author a try.  I just got my hands on an advanced copy of Sarah MacLean’s “Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake,” and Katheryn Smith’s “When Seducing a Duke” (saw her at Lady Jane’s Salon too) has been kicking around on my shelf for awhile now.

Decisions, decisions.