Into the Glom

clip-art-library-booksHow often do you find yourself in the middle of a fixation on the works of one particular author and feel, for a little while at least, that you just can’t get enough?  In other words, do you glom?

Goodness knows I do and the results run the gamut between eternal love and agonizing avoidance.  For me these gloms always start out simple enough; I’ll pick up a book by an author (usually one I’ve never read), don’t want the experience to end, and try to recapture it with the next book in the series or try to find that same spark in another of their works.  If I’m lucky, my gloms come when I’m out of school so I have time to savor the storytelling.  If I’m not so lucky, I find myself cramming in bouts of reading in between grading papers, planning lessons planning, waiting in parking lots, and so many other stolen moments.

I can even remember my very first glom (probably because I actually had to wait for the books to come through the mail).  It started way back when with Gaelen Foley’s The Duke, which to this day ranks among my most favorite romances.  My local library only had The Pirate Prince so I went online and ordered the entire Knight Miscellany series from Amazon.  I gobbled the first few up but sadly the fire began to die before I finished reading the series and eventually I only picked up only one of The Spice Trilogy and DNFed My Wicked Marquess.  For a very short time I loved Gaelen Foley, but it ended before my glom was out completely.

Recent gloms with positive results include Linda Howard, Pamela Clare, and more seriously, J.R. Ward.  With Linda Howard, I stopped after six books because I noticed patterns and I didn’t want to loose the fascination.  And while I’m on it, Mr. Perfect really should be made available for Kindle – just a minor quibble.  I also discovered I like Pamela Clare’s historical romances much more than her romantic suspense.  She’s one of those authors I wish would write faster and I really want Lord Wentworth to have his story.  I made it through J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series during Christmas break and while I’m still enamored of the series, I’m not quite willing to spend $12.99 on the Kindle version.

While I know the name of my next glom (Kresley Cole) and plan to embark on it soon, I’d like to know your thoughts in the meantime.  Do you glom and if you catch yourself doing it, when is it most likely to take place?  Who have you glommed?  What were the results?

- Heather AAR

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64 Responses to “Into the Glom”

  1. Pat Henshaw says:

    Glomming is the way I read! LOL. My recent gloms have been Lee Greenwood, Maggie Osbourne, and Alexis Herrington. And don’t you just hate it when you get to the end of the glom and find out the writer is retired or no longer with us? Why can’t they just send back another book or two through the cracks of time, religion, whatever?

  2. Cindy G says:

    I took a 10 year break from reading while working and having 3 kids, but about 5 years ago I started again and haven’t looked back. Some of the most memorable gloms I did then were Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, Barbara Metzger, Carla Kelly, Liz Carlyle and Diana Gabaldon.

    Thank goodness for libraries!

    Some recent gloms were Paulina Simmons, Phillipa Gregory and the Bourne books by Ludlow and Van Lustbader (what a name!). This summer I’m going to delve into James Michener in between the new romance releases. I can’t wait!!!!

  3. maeb says:

    I love finding wonderful older works from writers like Patricia Veryan (have all but the really expensive on the OP market) and going on the hunt for all their books. Love Juliet Dymoke’s Plantagenet series. Historicals by Katherine Deauxville. And I started but never finished the family saga Eden books by Marilyn Harris–I cried for days after reading The Prince of Eden (the 2nd of the series.) I spend months finding all of their books. G. Heyer, Fiona Harrowe, early Roberta Gellis.
    Current writers I glom (at least their earliest books) are Madelyn Hunter, Claudia Dain, Elizabeth Chadwick’s (the British writer) historicals. Helen Hollick–another Brit.–and her Helen Pendragon series. Pamela Clare, Sara Donati’s wilderness series,
    A long way from my first gloms of Nancy Drew (yeah, me, too) and the Bobbsey Twins.

  4. Renee says:

    I have glommed Rex Stout too. I love Nero Wolfe as well. In addition, I have glommed JD Robb, Mary Stewart’s gothics, Georgette Heyer, Mary Jo Putney, Suzanne Brockmann, and Judith McNaught (Paradise is still to me one of the best romances ever written).

  5. Tracy says:

    I’ve always been an avid reader but for the past few years I’ve focused on romance, regency & historical, and love them. (In this world I need a happy ending) But anyway, like I said I love romance and one day I happened upon ‘My Folly’ by Laura Kinsale at my local library and OMG! I started searching for anything Kinsale, I didn’t know anything about PBS so I found a Kinsale set on Ebay for twenty bucks and I had my own happily ever after… :)

  6. xina says:

    I have fond memories of glomming in my early days of reading romance. I glommed Catherine Coulter, Julie Garwood, Karen Robards, Katherine Kingsley, Penelope Williamson just to name a few. I would go to the library and take out 10 or more books and settle into a nice glom. Those were the days where I would read a book a day. Not time for that nowadays, but those times set me on a track of knowing what kinds of romance I really enjoyed. I don’t glom much anymore because I keep up with most of my favorite authors.

  7. Ida R says:

    Even though I am in my late 20′s, I have been reading romance since I started high school, and I have been reading the major authors since then, so it is hard for me to find a new author that I can glom. But there definitely are some out there! I am really surprised no one has mentioned Nalini Singh. I try not to buy too many books brand new, relying on used bookstores where I live, but I did not hesitate on buying her whole series from B&N. Also I have glomed Kristin Higgins, Patricia Briggs, and Pamela Clare. I personally love Pamela Clare’s contemporary so much more than her historicals. She writes romantic suspense that is intense but not skimping on the romance.

  8. Nikki H says:

    I glommed the childhood classics (Nancy Drew, The Bobsey Twins, Cherry Ames, The Hardy Boys) but I certainly didn’t know I was glomming. But my romance glomming started with Linda Howard with her early series novels, and then I hit the jackpot with quite a few older Mary Balogh regencies. I still treasure them and reread them every so often.

  9. Pamela says:

    Like others my first glom was probably in middle school or junior high. Lois Duncan or Diana Wynne Jones, maybe?

    I did a Gaelen Foley glom a couple years ago too from the USB. If you’re ever in the mood for her again, I highly recommend reading the last book of the Knight Miscellany sereis, His Wicked Kiss (Jack’s story). I ended reading everything of her’s except for a couple pirate ones I couldn’t find and I DNF’d My Wicked Marquess too but I still think His Wicked Kiss was the high point of all her work and a nice end cap to the series. Just to tempt you, it opens in tropical Brazil.

  10. Helen says:

    My first glom was Jude Deveraux. I was 14 and went through like 20 of her books. 2nd was Judith McNaught. More recently Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, Kresley Cole, Julia Quinn, Sabrina Jeffries and Lisa Kleypas and much much more! Whoa, I forgot about Nora Roberts/JD Robb.

  11. Vonetta says:

    My very first glom was Jude Deveraux, Sweet Liar. I was in middle school and had no business reading romances at that time, but I was hooked! I quickly went through her Montgomery/Taggert series. Next up was my Linda Howard phase. My copy of Loving Evangeline was completely worn to pieces before I finished her backlist. Recently, I have been soaking up everything Lisa Kleypas has ever written. What sold me: A Devil in Winter.
    A book that is on every romance readers top 10 list. My other less notable gloms are Nora Roberts, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Emma Holly. One question for all you gals out there: Does anyone remember Jan Freed?!! She wrote Harlequin Super Romances. I loved her!!!! Bring her back!!!