Monday, November 20, 2006

When and how I started reading romance books

I got my love of reading from my Aunt and my Grandma. They always had a book or something to read when they weren't doing anything else.

I have been reading romances for over 20 yrs. My younger cousin, by 1 1/2 yrs, got me hooked on romances when I was around 12 yrs old. I went over to her house to get her to do something with me and she was reading and didn't want to do anything else. I asked her what she was reading and if she had any more that I could read. The only thing I remember about it, it was a "Second Chance" romance line and I was hooked. A few yrs later we then "found" her mom's stash of "bodice ripper" romances and snuck those to read. I became addicted when I was in high school to the Harlequin Presents line and read them and other Harlequin and Silhouette lines for several years. I would save my lunch money and spend it and my allowance on books, then come home after school starving and pig out. Thank goodness I was a latch key kid (both my parents were at work when my brothers and I got home from school) or my parents would probably have put a stop to that, lol.

Then when I was in college, I had to give up reading romances. I was working 2 jobs to put myself through college and supporting myself so I didn't have time to keep up with my college reading and romance reading too. Whenever I was asked "what am I reading?" I would say "there's something more than textbooks?", lol. Then the fall after I graduated college I became sick and started reading romances again.

Just two years ago I read my first historical romance called Castles by Julie Garwood and I have been addicted to historicals every since. My favorite historical period is regency but I also like other periods for variety. So I have a lot of years of historical books to find and make up for. I also still read contemps, so now I have too many on my TBR list to keep up with, but I'm working on it. :D