Georgette Heyer Reading Challenge

I don’t know whether it’s the time of year, summer drawing to a close and the promise of autumn in the air, but I feel in need of a change. Autumn always makes me think of doing new things anyway so when I read about the Georgette Heyer Reading Challenge it seemed just the time to read a new (to me) author.

The challenge is a perpetual challenge, hosted by Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews. There is no time limit to this challenge. The aim is simply to read as many of Georgette Heyer’s books as you would like – all or just a few.

Heyer wrote historical fiction, Regency romances most set before 1800 and also mystery thrillers.  I first came across Georgette Heyer’s books years ago when I started working in a library. Her books were amongst the most frequently borrowed books and maybe that’s why I never read any of them – they were always out on loan. Other popular books were the Jalna series of books by Mazo de la Roche. I have been meaning to read some of these books for years and it seems that now is as good a time as any to begin. I haven’t got any of Heyer’s or De la Roche’s books so I’ll borrow them from the library to see if I like them.

On Geranium Cat’s recommendation I’m starting with Friday’s Child, in which the wild Lord Sheringham who, having been rejected by Miss Milborne, vows to marry the first woman he meets. I haven’t read anything like this for years. I’ve also borrowed The Private World of Georgette Heyer by Jane Aiken Hodge, to get an idea of what Heyer’s life was like. She was born in August 1902 in Wimbledon, into a very different world. I’m tempted to start with the biography, although it may be better to some of Heyer’s books first. What do you think?

6 thoughts on “Georgette Heyer Reading Challenge”

  1. I think I would sample a few of the books and then read the biography. I still haven’t read that but must some day. I’ve probably read most, if not all, of her Regencies, my favourites being Sylvester, Venetia, Lady of Quality, Black Sheep, Frederica and Arabella. But they’re *all* great fun and beautifully written.

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  2. Thank you for introducing to me Georgette Heyer. That might just be what I need right now. As for Mazo de la Roche, I believe that I lived in Jalna for few years… I read the whole serie of her Jalna books when I was a teenager. It took me a while but I have very fond memories of those books. I would probably read one of Heyer’s book first then go on to read a biography, but then again some things in the books might be enhance by knowing of who she was. A good question for sure. I am interested to know what you will end up doing.

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  3. I have been intending to participate along w/ Becky, but can’t seem to get through the few books I need to finish for other projects right now. Regencies are always so much fun. I think reading a few of her books and then the bio would probably be best. However, I’m the person who always reads the Afterword before the book to help me understand things better!

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  4. I like the sound of this challenge. I had not ever read anything by Heyer before last year. I’ve read three of her novels so far and have been collecting the new ones as they are published here in the US. I’ve also bought the same biography and would love to read that sometime soon, too! So far I’ve found her books to be very enjoyable!

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  5. I’m just catching up with some of your recent posts – I wonder how you are getting on with Heyer? I hope you decided that you’d read one first, before going on to the biography, because that’s what I would do, but it’s an easy read as biographies go, I think, and quite enjoyable.
    I loved the Jalna books when I was in my teens, as my mother read them all in hers. I was pleased to find some in the basement of our local bookshop a while ago, and to re-read. They are pretty dated now, but I still enjoyed them. I may grow up to be a matriarch, I think!

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