Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Favorite Books of 2011

I was asked to do this for a blog posting, so I figured I'd post my list here, too. You all know that I keep a running tab of my books on the blog. Last year I read 112 books. This year, I'll be lucky to hit 100. I expect I will exceed both totals next year when I'm "only" working as a mother and author with hopefully more time to read! So here is my top 10 (okay a few more than 10) for the year, in no particular order:

1. Seven Secrets of Seduction by Anne Mallory was the first book I read in 2011, and I absolutely adored it because it had all the elements of a great historical romance, was extremely well written and just plain old good fun. In fact I may have to re-read it to end the year!

2. All They Need, One Good Reason, Her Best Friend, The Last Goodbye: Why? Sarah Mayberry. Enough said! If you're not reading her books, why not?

3. What I Did for a Duke & To Love a Thief. Julie Anne Long was a big discovery for me this year, and I loved her Pennyroyal Green Series. Some of the best historical romances I've ever read.

4. After the Fire, On the Line, Nothing More to Lose: Kathryn Shay's firefighting series was spectacular. I loved all three books.

5. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard, an oldie that I had never read until the R&O Book Club brought it to my attention. Spine-tingling suspense, heart-pounding romance and signature Linda Howard humor all in one "perfect" story. If you haven't read this one, you're missing a classic!

6.  Breaking Point by Pamela Clare (brilliant) 

7. The Search by Nora Roberts (the best Nora book in years)

8. Treachery in Death and NY to Dallas by J.D. Robb (love me some Eve and Roarke)

9. Summer of Two Wishes by Julia London (beautiful story)

10. The Many Sins of Lord Cameron and Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage by Jennifer Ashley (fantastic series). 

I also reallllllllly enjoyed my friend Bella Andre's Sullivan Family series, and not just because I'm a Sullivan! :-) I'm also really enjoying In Bed With a Highlander by Maya Banks, which I'm reading now. Looking forward to the other two books in that trilogy, and I LOVE her KGI books.

Okay must stop now. Could go on and on....

Tell me what's on your top 10 list for 2011! What books are you most anticipating in 2012?


Alison said...

Great list of books! I 100% agree with you on several of your books…Breaking Point, Mr. Perfect, To Love a Thief, the Jennifer Ashley's loved those books too!

I read tons of good books this year! Some of my faves were…
1.Jami Alden’s Beg for Mercy
2.Karen Rose’s You Belong to Me, this was my first Karen Rose book and it got me hooked on her books.
3.Jill Shalvis’ Animal Attraction and Simply Irresistible
4.Christy Reece’s Sweet Justice and Sweet Reward
5.Fatal Consequences & Fatal Justice
6.Shiloh Walker’s Fragile and Broken
7.Julie Garwood’s Ransom

I think that’s about 10, give or take. There are tons of books I’m looking forward to next year also…Pamela Clare’s Defiant, Fatal Flaw, Monica McCarty’s the Saint, Julie James About That Night, plus tons more I could list, but I'm supposed to be working :) LOL!

Virginia said...

Maya's highlander sereis is awesome, my favorite was Seduction of a Highland Lass. the second book of the series. I didn't get to read the first one.

Anonymous said...

I like some of those books!

I read a book this year that I loved so much I have read 3 times already. Woman Vs Womaniser by a JC Johnson. A mind blowing journey of youth to adult hood. The author involuntarily forces you into his world at the same tim, forcing you to question your own. A must read for all women.

Marie Force said...

Thanks for including two of mine on your list! Yay! I agree with so many of yours, too!

I LOVED the second one! Finished it at 3 am!

A Tasty Reader said...

I am posting this list today on my blog too....VERY HARD TO DO...

The "Sweet" series by Christy Reece...AWESOME

Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden... Um can you say SICK!!

My One and Only and Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins....I know, I know, not enough of the BUMP BUMP...but they are amazing.

FATAL JUSTICE, CONSEQUENCE and DESTINY..of course!! Sam and Nick are my top dogs...LOVE MY FATAL!!

Maya Bank's Pregnancy and Passion Series...LOVE IT!!

Any Man of Mine by my Girl Rachel!

Some Like It Hot by Louisa Edwards

Snapped...Laura Griffin Rocks!!

Ohhh...Changing The Game by Jaci Burton...STEAMY!!

I can go on and ON AND ON...we know this..Ill stop here!!


Kay said...

Anything by Marie Force, of course, but I really really loved the Fatal series and "The Fall". I think I picked "Line of Scrimmage" for my top book of 2010 or I'd have added that one too.

Pamela Clare's "Breaking Point" is an obvious choice. It is an awsome book, as is the entire I-Team series. There is so much reality in the situation of "Breaking Point". I work in Mexico. Trust me, it's real.

Emilie Richards' "Whiskey Island" and "The Parting Glass". She has a way of weaving stories between generations that is absolutely phenomenal. Made me want to learn the love stories of my grandparents and how they ended up together.

Lorelie James' "Cowboy Casanova: Rough Riders Book 12". The RR series is one of my favorites and one of the very few that I'll do an occasional re-read. (Too many books, not enough time to be re-reading.)

Lorelie's alter ego Lori Armstrong "Mercy Kill" (sequel to one of my 2010 favorites "No Mercy"). These are mystery, but have a tad of romance. She doesn't write the mystery books fast enough.

Anything by Josh Lanyon, which is GLBT if M/M doesn't bother you. Awsome stories, amazing characters with mystery, suspense, and romance. His Adrien English series is fabulous, as is the Dangerous Ground series. He also has fabulous shorts, amazing how he can pack so much into shorter works.

Jessica Scott's "Because of You". OMG! Absolutely fabulous! So real and so powerful, wounded soldiers coming to grips with their new life and limitations.

Joann Ross's "One Summer". She's another author you can't go wrong with. Everything she writes is fantastic.

E.L. James' Fifty Shades series. While it took me a bit to get into the first story "Fifty Shades of Grey", once I was in I couldn't escape it. The 2nd book "Fifty Shades Darker" was the better of the two but you have to read them in order, they're not stand-alone books. I can't wait for Jan 19th release of the 3rd book. I gotta know how this story ends.

Suzanne Brockmann's "Breaking the Rules". Love those Troubleshooters. But I think that was the last one of the series. sniff sniff.

Debra said...

Thanks for the reccomendations! Marie Force's books are my favorite; I went to Cabo over Christmas and read the Treading Water trilogy. I loved all three. Problem is, I have run out of Marie Force books. I am a nursing student who loves to read when on break; I have two more weeks of break. I also like Pamela Clare (her comtemporary works) and Lori Foster. I appreciate the recommendations and will give some of them a try...until the next Marie Force novel becomes available (Feb?). Thanks for all the great reads...beats the textbook! :)

Marie Force said...

Thanks for all the great input! Debra, new McCarthy book coming Jan. 17!

Linhie said...

What a coincident, I too am a nursing student! But unlike you, my restraint is pretty much nonexistent once it comes to reading or rather 'devouring' these wonderful romance novels. I still read about 3+ books a week; apparently I find reading much more appealing than sleeping! *sheepish grin* It is way past 3 a.m. here on the east coast and I literally just finished re-reading “Maid for Love” for the nth time. Just prepping for next week! *grin unashamedly*

You’ve spoiled me! But please, keep on spoiling… I’m one of 7 (dead middle), what can I say? I’m deprived!! After almost 23 years of deprivation, it’s about time I get spoiled. *sending Marie my best puppy-face, doe-eyed look*

Without further ado, here’s my “My Favorite Books Read in 2011”
(Listed in no particular order since each is uniquely charming and incomparable to the others)

EVERYTHING by Marie Force
Well, I’m late hopping onto the bandwagon *shamefaced* but I picked up my first Force, “Maid for Love”, on September 15 (beginning of my first clinical rotation – which, BTW, was a hit) and have since bought and read every single available Force on Amazon. My love affair with the site has since increased thousand-folds; I’d marry Amazon if I can – or perhaps, its owner? – but only if a man like Mac and/or Nick doesn’t sweep me off my feet first. *dreamy sigh* AGAIN… Marie, you spoil me and I love you IRREVOCABLY for that!

“Unveiled” by Courtney Milan
There is absolutely nothing a guy could do that make me surrender my heart more completely and gladly than if he loves his family the way Ash loves his. Milan’s voice is absolutely breathtaking. Without a doubt this book is my favorite historical romance this year!

Sebastian St. Cry Mysteries Series by C.S. Harris
I read the entire series in a week… And you guessed it; I read it right in the middle of the semester. Seriously, who needs sleep?! *wink* I have since converted myself to the mystery and suspense genre.

Blood Rose Series and Runaway Brides Series by Kaki Warner
Warner, who debuted in 2010, is quickly becoming my favorite Western romance novelist. Her works are up to par with my old favorites, Lorraine Heath (well, at least her older Western romances) and Maggie Osborne (who hasn’t released a new book in several years). Warner’s books are a tad graphic, but the depiction is nevertheless accurate and her story simply, beautiful!

Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh
Singh is the Harris to my paranormal frenzied. Before 2011, I was solely a historical romance junkie (and to a lesser extent, a contemporary romance reader). Singh and Harris’ works has brought me away from my comfort zone and now I am willing to read basically everything and anything.
SIDE NOTE: I’ve read and liked her Psy/Changeling Series, but IMO, it doesn’t hold a candle to the magical world stock-FULL of yummalicious ANGELS! I mean, seriously ladies, THEY ARE ANGELS. In essence, they are every deprived girl’s dream come true! *drools*

Last but not LEAST…
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Ok, I confuse, I have read these books more than 4 summers ago, but I have yet to go through a summer without rereading and falling a little bit more in love with the characters every summer since then. I’m a fool in love and I’m not a least bit ashamed. I’ll probably (stretch that, I WILL) ask to be buried with them. *bashful grin*

I’ve read over a 100 novels this year and may are great, but those listed above are by far my very favorites and will most probably remain my favorites for a lifetime. And mind you, I plan to live a long long long loooooooong ROMANCE-FULL life!

*END WITH A BOW and… The ever present A CHEEKY GRIN*

After checking out your “Favorites” list in December, I’ve picked up Shay’s work and WOW was I impressed. The entire “America’s Bravest” series was phenomenal. I’ll be sure to pick up several more by this author.

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much for your post and for all your kind words about my books. I was cracking up at how you are reading when you are supposed to be studying. As a mom, I should chastise you, but I'd be doing the same thing! Good luck with your studies and thanks for sharing your Best of 2011 list with us!