I‘ve been lucky enough to have some of my readers share with us why they love to read what they do. Janice Hullett is the third in the series. Welcome, Janice.
Thanks for inviting me, Anna.
My love of books started when I was in my late teens and the beginning of my twenties. My favorites include medieval and Scottish historical. I started out reading Victoria Holt and progressed to other authors. My first medieval was Kathleen Woodweiss, The Wolf and the Dove. This book began a long and interesting love of the history of the conquest of William the Conqueror.
I love this period, and find this it fascinating. To me, if I could live anytime other than now it would be then; hence I love the thought of time travel. My only pet-peeve in the thought that things would have to come out right! When I read a book, I’ve a quirk; I always go to the end chapter and read it, saves me the trouble of throwing the book in the trash. (oh yes I’ve done that before lol!)
I consider a happy ending a must. Another consideration I have is the hero must be strong and loyal and honest. Their past is their own. I figure no one is perfect. One of my personal favorite books is, The Wolfe by Kathryn Le Veque. The opening chapter stunned me and I set the book back on the shelf for a while and wouldn’t read it, but found myself wondering about it all the time until I couldn’t stand it.
So I tried again and I found it was a great book. The name alone (William de Wolf) denotes strength and of course he’s one big knight who makes my heart throb. I’m very partial to big, dark haired knights and the overall book was very interesting but I still go back to the historical facts of any book, the era is one that I’d love to live in.
Another period that fascinates me is the War of the Roses, the fight over the succession to the throne in the books by Philippa Gregory. I was fascinated by the one that had ties to the witch Melusine. Every book that she wrote kept me tied to the chair. Another series, that I read is Diane Gabaldon’s Outlander, I think I got to #5 before I grew away from them but she had two strong people that stayed with me.
But in the end I always return to the period I’m in love with, the medieval. I find that it takes a truly gifted author to write a great medieval book, the research alone must be very tiring and to write more than one is extremely amazing. Castles, clothes, weapons, horses etc. it boggles the mind!
Let me give a big thank you to every author, no matter the category you write ,your truly amazing people and the amount of joy, sadness, thrills your books bring to us the readers, I thank you.
Thank you, Janice. We authors certainly appreciate loyal readers like you.