Books I’ve Read So Far This Year, Listed By Favorites

14 Mar

This morning, I promised myself that I would get a blog post up, no matter what.

I would like to claim to have a lot of work to excuse my laziness here but sadly, I can’t. The best I can offer is that a lot of different things came up this week and it probably fried my brain because I felt like all over the place. Still do, in fact, which means this post is not all that special.

So when I saw the Friday the 13th 13 book meme at Barbara’s blog yesterday, I thought that I could do that meme, too (and have something to post). I was supposed to name 13 of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. Then I looked at my list of books I’ve read this year: 17 – with three re-reads!

Okaaay, so no book meme (and no blog post) for me on Friday.

But I liked the idea of naming favorite books, and it could come in handy at the end of the year when I think about my favorite reads, so I went with the gist of the meme.

Here is my list of books I’ve read so far this year, going from favorite to less favorite books (I read Cold As Ice twice this year so there are 16 books on the list):

1. Anne Stuart – Black Ice
2. Julie Anne Long – Like No Other Lover
3. Sandra Hill – The Love Potion (re-read)*
4. J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal (re-read)*
5. Kathleen O’Reilly – Nightcap
6. Tori Carrington – Reckless
7. Sophie Kinsella – Remember Me?
8. Larissa Ione – Pleasure Unbound
9. Sophie Kinsella – Can You Keep a Secret?
10. Connie Brockway – All Through the Night
11. Justine Davis – Backstreet Hero
12. Anne Stuart – Cold As Ice (re-read)
13. Carolyn Jewel – Scandal
14. Caroline Linden – What a Rogue Desires
15. Helen Brooks – Ruthless Tycoon, Innocent Wife
16. Shirley Kennedy – The Selfless Sister

[* These two books are re-reads and already on my list of favorite books. If not for that, they would have been placed higher than Julie Anne Long’s Like No Other Lover.]

Depending on what I focus on in ordering the novels, the list changes. Some books move up a few places, some down a few places, but there’s a line between the first eight books and the others that’s not crossed, so the overall impression of my favorite and less favorite books is accurate.

And what’s good to know at the end of the year: Black Ice is my number one read so far no matter what focus.

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4 Responses to “Books I’ve Read So Far This Year, Listed By Favorites”

  1. Jace Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Hey, you shouldn’t feel you HAVE to put up a post every few days. That’s the kind of pressure you don’t need.

    BLACK ICE is that good for you, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see if there will be another book capable of knocking it off the #1 spot. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Apart from Anne Stuart and JR Ward, I haven’t read the other authors on your list!

  2. Taja Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Jace – I know *ducks head* But I got really antsy when I saw the calendar in the sidebar.

    Black Ice is that good for me. It blew me away and now I’m afraid to read it again LOL. (I placed Hill’s and Ward’s novel lower because they already are on my list of favorite books.) I’m looking forward to finding a book this year that knocks Black Ice of the #1 spot. Then I would have two really amazing books for this year!

    Don’t worry about not having read the other authors on my list. The most interesting on the list is probably Larissa Ione’s book. It’s the first in a series (I’m sure you know this already) and the series promises to be rather edgy and dark and even though it’s another paranormal, it struck me as slightly different. I really liked that.

  3. Christine Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    I like lists. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’m on the lookout Black Ice at the library and or bookstore. I definitely want to try that one.

    So many readers having been loving Carolyn Jewel’s Scandal, I have that on my wish list as well.

    I saw the Friday the 13th post theme on Amy’s blog and thought about doing it, but didn’t even read 13 books yet this year! LOL!

  4. Taja Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 9:58 am #

    Again, if you read Black Ice, I hope you’ll like it!

    Scandal was a weird read. I loved it “in theory” (interesting story and conflict, right up my alley) but the actual reading experience left me rather underwhelmed. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I think I’m the only one around who wasn’t all that blown away by it.

    LOL! I’m not much better: Out of the 16 books I’ve read, there are only 8, maybe 10 with goodwill, books I would feel somewhat comfortable with calling favorite books. And that’s counting Hill and Ward, which are favorite re-reads.

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