Monday, December 27, 2010
Overall, I'd say my TBR list this year was a bit of a disappointment. My average rating for the entire list wound up being a middling 3.5 stars.
Below are all the books I read for my challenge. All are reviewed, you can check the tags to find it. I'm definitely doing this challenge again for 2011, and I'll post the books later this week that I'll choose for the challenge.
My List of Completed TBR Books for 2010
1. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton - on audio, I adored this story that takes place in a grand house during the Edwardian Era and 1920's. Flashhbacks of a young servant's life, great book! 4.5/5
2. The Scottish Thistle by Cindy Vallar - Dull. Scottish highlander tale leading up to the Battle of Culloden. Nothing like Outlander, big disappointment. One of those books that had been on my TBR list forever! 2.5/5
3. If You Dare by Kresley Cole - first in her Scottish brothers historical series. Not bad, not great. Nothing like her Immortals After Dark Series, which is much better. 4/5
4. Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman - this was a slog to get through, although I love this type of historical fiction. I adored her previous book on Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Time and Chance, but this final book in her Henry/Eleanor trilogy was sad and depressing. It came across as rather choppy as well. All the mistakes made by everyone made it an overall downer of a book, as much as I love this author. 4/5
5. The Stone Maiden by Susan King - dullish Scottish highlander romance, forgettable. 3.5/5
6. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - Vampire inspired novel of search for the real Dracula in Eastern Europe. Way too long, but glad I finally got to it. On audio. 2.5/5
7. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney - not a page turner, but evocative of the wintry Canadian setting of the 1860's. 3.5/5
8. Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati - overall a disappointment. I couldn't help but compare it to Outlander, to it's detriment. Now at least I've read it and I will not be reading the sequels. On audio. 3.5/5
9. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas - loved this, one of my favorites of the year! Historical romance of author swept off her feet by wealthy publisher that won't take no for an answer. They embark upon an affair to remember. Jack Devlin is a memorable hero. La sigh. 4.5/5
10. Stolen Charms by Adele Ashworth - loved, loved, loved this historical! My favorite on my TBR list. Crazy, unbelievable plot, but set that aside and this was an adorable story. Entertaining plot line, emotional and thoughtful - and poignant. By the time they declare their love for one another, I was nearly in tears. Great, great! 5/5
11. On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens - loved it, not so much for the romance of the story but more about the action and how it opened my eyes up to how the Vikings raided the Scottish isles during medieval times and the aftermath. 4.5/5
12. Intimate Enemies by Shana Abe - So so Scottish medieval romance. Another one about Vikings invading a Scottish isle, but this one just didn't keep my interest, despite the Romeo and Juliet romance. 3/5