Filling My Library by Anna Randol
In my new novella, A Most Naked Solution, my heroine, Sophia, has the opportunity to select books to fill her empty library. She’s in the process of rebuilding her life, and this is the first time she gets to make her own decisions. She struggles with what to pick, uncertain who she is and who she wants to be.
This got me to thinking—What books would I choose to fill a library? (Of course, I picture mine as one of those cavernous rooms with dark wood, roaring fireplace, and shelves so high you need a sliding ladder to reach the top.) Thankfully we’re all friends on this blog, and I don’t have to impress you with naming all those classics I haven’t read since high school. I can get straight to good stuff.
- Romance-I was a reader before I was a writer and I’ve always loved romances. I love the strong heroines and the sexy, noble heroes. And I’ll confess, I only read books with happy endings. Romance always delivers. Whether it’s handsome dukes, fierce werewolves, or Navy SEALs, I love them all.
- YA fiction- I know I’m not exactly in the target demographic anymore, but I love these books. Over the past decade or so, they’ve grown increasingly complex and there’s not a subject or storyline they don’t address. But there’s also an honesty and freshness that comes from having a young protagonist experiencing things for the first time.
- Travel- The big coffee table type with glossy pictures. I may not have the funds to travel to many exotic places, but I can imagine them. I especially love old cities with old cities, ruins, and strong native culture.
- Language- I’ve always been fascinated with languages. In college, I spoke Spanish, German, Russian, and Welsh. Unfortunately, most of those except for Spanish are rusty now, but if I had an unlimited amount of time in my day (I can wish, right?), I would love to pick up a dozen more. Arabic. Chinese. So much fun.
Another one of my quirks? The books in my library would all be new. I’ve never been one to re-read the same book over and over no matter how much I love it.
So what about you? Which books would you choose? Old favorites? Classics? Sci-fi? Romance? Is there one book you couldn’t live without? What do you think your choices might say about you?
One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of my e-novella, A Most Naked Solution. Void where prohibited. Giveaway ends 6/30/12.
Sometimes the best solution is found in bed . . .
Lady Sophia Harding: beautiful, blond, and . . .capable of murder? That's what Lord Camden Grey intends to find out. It is
duty to uphold the laws of the land. His neighbor's pale beauty and winsome
grace don't make her the most likely suspect, but is the innocent and
altogether beguiling look in her eyes the truth, or is she secretly a scheming
Lord Camden Grey is entirely too distracting and too smart. Sophia knows that to keep her family's secrets, she must avoid any entanglements with the powerful and brutally handsome man. But the pull of their mutual desire is all-consuming. Can Sophia trust
with the truth when she knows it might kill the love that has grown between
Anna Randol writes sultry, adventurous Regency romances for
Her first novel, A Secret in Her Kiss,
earned a starred review and Top Pick in Romance from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it a “...masterful debut…[that]
spins a tale replete with mystery, espionage, and memorable romance.” When
she’s not plotting fun, sexy storylines, Anna’s usually eating dark chocolate,
having wild dance parties with her kids in the living room, or remodeling her
house one ill-planned project at a time.