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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Kilgannon Review and A Romance Question

In what I hope turns out to be a good omen for the summer reading season, I finished Kilgannon this afternoon, my first "official" book I've finished since getting out of school on Friday. I'd picked it up last week to jumpstart my reading, particularly in light of the fact that I was struggling a bit with the Sean Astin book. I'm not sure why I had this book in Mt. TBR in the first place, other than it'd received good reviews and someone I know must've recommended it. It didn't disappoint; it wasn't the very best romance I've ever read (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon wins that one, hands down--come to think of it, it's one of the best books of all types I've read), but the book was good, and realistic in many ways. No steamy sex (darn! LOL), but a wonderful emotional bonding set against a backdrop of the era of Queen Anne of England and the beginnings of the Jacobite uprising. If you are interested, here is the link to my amazon review:

All of this has me thinking, too; why do I feel the need to defend my reading whenever I mention that I've read (and heaven forbid, enjoyed) a romance? Why do people look down on romance as though it's some sort of sub-genre only those who aren't erudite will enjoy? The fact is, I've read romance for years, beginning with Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss way back in junior high. Of course I read it for the emotional connection; why else would I pick up a book that is slightly formulaic and filled with sexual energy? Almost all the romances I've read in recent years have been of the historical variety, though I do enjoy contemporary at times, particulary those of Jennifer Crusie, but honestly, it doesn't matter. I'm here to say now what I know several people feel but won't express due to the expected derision: I like reading romance novels! As long as they are well-written and mostly believable, I'll continue to read them and enjoy them, and I will no longer feel like less of an academic reader simply because I enjoy the brain candy at times. So there. :)


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