Bessie Makris


I am an OCD librarian which means that I have kept a list of everything that I have read since 1971 (7.732 as of May 2016).. I do the same thing with movies that I have seen in a theater. That list dates back to 1972. I read both fiction and nonfiction and move from genre to genre. Right now, I am reading more mystery and science fiction/fantasy than romance. I really like genre crossovers (hard boiled detective stories in an urban fantasy setting, for example).

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Currently Reading

Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart (out in September)

Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine (out in July)


Favorite Romance

Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

Uncommon Vows by Mary Jo Putney

Silk and Secrets by Mary Jo Putney

Dearly Beloved by Mary Jo Putney

Favorite Non-Romance

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Restoree by Anne McCaffrey

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Busman's Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers

What I Love in a Romance

Georgette Heyer was the first Romance author that I read extensively (summer of 1972) and I started reading her because I liked historical novels.  I liked her humorous romances the best.  Those books lead to other Regencies (Mary Jo Putney, Mary Balogh, Edith Layton, Jo Beverley, Loretta Chase and Elizabeth Mansfield.)

What I Hate in a Romance

I hate a powerless heroine - particularly if her wishes are being ignored and she is being thwarted (especially by the hero.)

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