Sep 24

My Love of Books by Janice Hullett

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.woodiwiss

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.

levequeSo 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.

Janice Hullett

Thank you, Janice. We authors certainly appreciate loyal readers like you.


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  1. Jacqui Nelson

    I loved “The Wolf and the Dove.” Kathleen Woodiwiss’ novels were some of the first romances I read as teenager, so they hold a special place in my heart. I haven’t read “The Wolf” but your comments about the book have me intrigued! I’ll have to check it out. I’m glad you were Anna’s guest today, Janice. It was nice getting to know you.

  2. Kathy L Wheeler

    I started out on Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Phyllis A. Whitney. I love gothic romances. The suspense, the lone heroine, etc. I didn’t start writing until 2006, but I am a reader first as I believe most authors are. Thank you for sharing, Janice.

  3. Sherry Ewing

    I also began my love for historical romances with Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Flame and the Flower when I was just a teenager. She became one of my favorite authors. Then A Knight in Shining Armor hit the stands by Jude Deveraux. I must admit, I’ve been hook on historical and time travels ever since. I will always be a reader first and a writer second but it was no surprise to me or my family when I began writing in these genre’s. Thanks for blogging a reader’s point of view. It was nice reading about you Janice!

  4. Patricia Preston

    My first one was the Flame and the Flower. Next I read the Wolf and the Dove. Plus tons of them after that. I really enjoyed the older historicals because they had so much plot and everything.

  5. Susan Macatee

    Great post! I tweeted!

    I grew up devouring Gothic romances, but later moved on to all periods of history, and loved time travels, whether they were romances or not. Lately, I’m more drawn to the Victorian era, but that interest grew out of my former hobby as a Civil War civilian reenactor.

  6. Julie Duffy

    I started reading romance when I was in my late teens and Kathleen Woodlwiss’ The Wolf and the Dove had to be one of the first romance books I read, I know at the time I read all of Ms. Woodlwiss’ novels and that particular book got me hooked on medieval romance, one of my favourite genres. Books written about that era always seem to have more mystery, action and suspense but also plenty of romantic alpha men. I enjoyed your blog Janice, and I’m glad I’m a reader and not a writer. Kudo’s to all Authors

  7. Melissa Keir

    I love the older stories everyone has mentioned. They draw me back in time! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It’s fun to connect on a love of reading!

  8. Kathryn Le Veque

    Janice, I’m so thrilled that you loved THE WOLFE. Thank you so much for the kind words about William. Personally, my first Medieval romance was The Falcon and The Flower by Virginia Henley. She’s the author who started it all for me, and I’ve always held myself up to Ms. Henley’s standard. Great author!

    Thank you again for your lovely words!


  9. Vijaya Schartz

    Great post, Janice. If you like Melusine, I have an entire series titled THE CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE, featuring her entire family, her mother Pressine, and her two sisters, Palatina and Meliora. All medieval, of course. I researched folklore and local legends in France. The first two books, PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE and PAGAN QUEEN, are set in Scotland during the Viking invasions. The first book is still 99cts in kindle for a few days, if you want to give it a try.

  10. Christine Woinich

    I enjoyed your thoughts. I started with Kathleen Woodiwiss and progressed from there. I am even attempting my own stories because of my love for historical romance.

  11. Sylvie Grayson

    Hi Janice,

    I read a lot of Kathleen Woodiwiss as well. She is a good writer and I really enjoyed those books. I’ve moved on to many authors over the years but like you I go back to what I love. Enjoy your reading,

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