what to read? what to read?

As most of you know, I’m packing for the upcoming NJRW conference.  (Yes, I’ll be away for a while, but never fear—I have pre-dated some extra-fun posts here in The Dungeon to keep you occupied, as well as leaving Mistress Heidi behind to maintain law & order. :ouch )

I’ve gotten almost everything together, but since I can’t go anywhere without a book in my hand, that’s one of the last things remaining on my packing list.  I’m just finished up Out of the Light, Into the Shadows, which means the decision of what to start next—& take along with me to the conference—is wide open.

This is never good, though.  I have too many options piled up all around me, so when I’m not sure what to read next, I start to feel sort of overwhelmed & schizophrenic.  (Mostly because I want to read everything all at once!)

Suddenly, I’m in a Christmasy mood (gee, I wonder why *g*), so I dug out a few holiday titles I’m kind of eager to read.

Christmas Confessions ~ Kathleen Long

The Christmas Clue ~ Delores Fossen

Do Not Disturb Until Christmas ~ Charlene Sands

Wish List anthology ~ Lisa Kleypas, Lisa Cach, Claudia Dain, Lynsay Sands

They all look good, so I could easily jump on any one of them to start.

But I’ve also been on a bit of a Lori Foster kick & would love to read something else of hers.  Just a Hint–Clint, maybe, or the Jingle Bell Rock anthology she headlines.  (That’s Christmasy, right?)

Then there’s Iris Johansen’s Deadlock staring at me, taunting me.  I do so love her books.  And some more paranormals that I feel like I should read, since A.) Halloween is coming up, so that would be more appropriate than starting Christmas books already, & B.) I’m working on my own vampire story, so they could act as motivation.

The Weddings from Hell anthology, maybe…the Dead After Dark anthology…the next book in Gena Showalter’s “Lords of the Underworld” trilogy…  All ones I’ve been meaning to get to, that look good, that are staring at me, taunting me.

They all do that, in case you couldn’t tell.  Do your To Be Read piles taunt you?  Read me….  Read me… What are you waiting for?  Read me now…  It’s quite disturbing. :stalker

So help me out. What do you guys think I should start next & pack to take along on my trip?  (There won’t be a lot of time to read, I know, but as I said, books are my version of the American Express card—don’t leave home without them! :cantputdown )


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  1. Jennifer E says:

    I would go with Gena Showalter. My TBR pile is thirty books and no matter what I do, it won’t go down. Have a good time at the conference!

  2. Dee says:

    I’d go with the Gena Showlater or with Wish List…I actually found that one to be an amusing anthology. All of the authors blend humor and romance almost as perfectly as you, Heidi.


    • Heidi says:

      I love Lisa Kleypas, so hers is the story I most want to read. Esp. since one of her other Xmas novellas—“Surrender”—is my all-time fave novella & holiday read EVAH!!! I read it just about every year. :biggestgrin

  3. Hollie says:

    i agree with the 30 BOXES of TBRs!! i have them under the bed..in the closet…EVERYWHERE!!
    I love the Gena Showalter!! I read Heart of the Dragon and was hooked! also I recently read the Just a Hint Clint…and LOVED that one too!!You really cant go wrong with a Lori Foster book!!
    Sorry i couldnt be any help! i have 3 books going right now myself…Eloisa James..A Kiss AT Midnight…Katie MacAlister’s The Last of the Red Hot Vampires and Christina Dodd’s Rules of Surrender!!…. :cantputdown

    • Heidi says:

      You are not helping, Hollie. :hothot

      I think I’ve read Dodd’s Rules trilogy & enjoyed it very much. Usually do with her stuff, tho.

  4. Jane says:

    I loved Kathleen’s “Christmas Confessions” and think you should read that book first. :kitty :devilme

  5. Laura J. says:

    Can’t say I’m much help here. I always take WAY TOO MANY books with me anytime I go anywhere. And now that I have an iPad with not one but two apps for books I can take even more!!!

    Is that Charlene Sands an older Desire? Because I haven’t read anything by her in a looooong time and I really like her stuff.

    I’m currently reading The Naughty List with Donna Kauffman, Cynthia Eden and Susan Fox. So far so good. Ever since Bite, I’ve been in a Christmas book mood.

  6. Heidi says:

    Also just ran across Heather Graham’s Nightwalker, which is paranormal *&* set in Vegas. That works for me on all kinds of levels. :thumbsup It’s not Xmas, tho, & I am still in the mood for holiday stuff…

  7. Paula R. says:

    I will be of no help to you, Heidi. My TBR piles are actually four bookshelves. I have about 10 in my apartment. I am plugging away though. Good luck with your search.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

  8. Tara E. says:


    Hi Heidi,

    I would take 2 books. 1 anthology & 1 novel. That way if you really don’t have time to read the short stories will be great. Just enough to whet the appetite, but not too long that you start to ignore everyone because you just HAVE to finish this chapter…oh wait…just one more please! once i start something i want to finish it. makes it hard for me to concentrate on work.
    the novel will be great if you can’t sleep right away or if you wake up at 4am and can’t fall back asleep. take one christmas and one paranormal.

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