It's how many pages I have read this summer as I have been consumed with my new favorite series. Discovered in a discussion group on Amazon.com entitled "What should I read after Twilight?", the "Outlander" series by Diana Gabaldon first came to my attention in 2009.
Like other readers still riding on the high provided by the famed Stephenie Meyer series, I was searching for another novel that told the tale of an epic romance. The posters of this discussion group were all in agreement that this was the series to read.
I kept the recommendation in the back of my mind, and one day in the spring of 2010, when I was poking around on Swap.com, I saw it listed and decided to finally get it. So I made the trade, received a used copy of "Outlander", put it on my bedside bookshelf, and promptly forgot about it.
This past spring, I was in search of something good to read and saw the abandoned copy of "Outlander" on my bookshelf. Recalling the glowing recommendations, I blew off the dust and began reading. At this juncture, I will (sadly) confess that the first 100 pages or so were good but had not gripped me in the way I would have liked, so, while normally a fast reader, I dawdled over the book for several weeks, actually reading a few other books in between it. Still, I kept at it and, finally, the story took a turn - I was hooked!
Much to my husband's chagrin, reminding him of the my obsessive reading of "Twilight", I have been so lost in the books that I have stayed up late at night, parked on our couch at any time I can catch a few minutes to read, and dragged the books around with me wherever I go.
So far, I have read "Outlander", "Dragonfly in Amber", "Voyager", "Drums of Autumn", and "The Outlandish Companion" (a readers guide to the first four books of the series). I am poised to read the fifth book, "The Fiery Cross" but decided to share my marvelous find now that I have come up for a breath. (My kids and husband alike have been clamoring for my attention so I thought it would be a good idea to take a break before they give me up as a lost cause!)
Do yourself a favor and scoop up this series. It is a wonderful combination of romance, history, and fantasy/sci-fi that is so well-written it brings a tear to my eye! It is so darned good that I have not written a single word all summer of my own as I have obsessively read these books.