Saturday, December 31, 2011
Want to take my book poll and see how many of the books I read this year you've read too? You don't have to have read them this year, just tick off the one's you're read ever!
*Updated: Ack! Looks like only LiveJournal members can take the poll! Darn! Well, at least you can see the books I've read if you can't take the poll.
Julie's 2011 Poll
2011 was a great reading year for me. I read some fabulous books and discovered new to me authors who became favorites such as Ciji Ware and Suzanne Enoch. I finished up some series, such as the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and read the whole Swanlea Spinsters Series this year by Sabrina Jeffries. I also finished the last book in the Mistress of the Art of Death series and discovered some new historical mystery series by Kate Ross and C.S. Harris. I started a few more promising romance series, such as the Knight Miscellany by Gaelen Foley and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. All of Judith McNaught's books were great, and I finished up all her historicals (sniff, sniff) I'll be reading her contemporaries this coming year in 2012.
Some of my favorite books of the year were surprisingly on audio, such stand outs were, Replay by Ken Grimwood and 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Both time travel books set in the 60's which were great. Katherine by Anya Seton, a book I'd heard about for years, everyone telling me I should read it - and it was good! Bossypants was hilarious and made me appreciate Tina Fey (I'm now a 30 Rock fan, catching the reruns on TV). Linda Howard's Dream Man was fabulous, I loved it too!
Some of my absolute favorite reads this year in addition to the audiobooks mentioned above were Island of the Swans and A Race to Splendor, both by Ciji Ware. Diana Gabaldon's The Scottish Prisoner -one word: Jamie. In The Proposition by Judith Ivory I discovered a new hero I love - Mick! Another favorite was Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth. What a great story, it was so moving it brought me to tears. Another surprise hit was She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell, labeled as Christian Fiction - it wasn't preachy or religious at all! I don't know why it has that label. Whatever it is - I loved, loved, loved it!
I loved The Winter Rose and The Wild Rose, great finish to Jennifer Donnelly's Tea Rose Series - I ate them up! A few surprises in the romances, I adored A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Susan Donovan and Celeste Bradley. Supposedly they are coming out with a sequel (Swan's story) but I haven't seen any news about when. An oldie but goodie was a charming book, Daddy Long Legs (it's free on kindle) by Jean Baker - great! I've loved Julie Garwood's medievals, but she totally bowled me over with The Lion's Lady, it was just marvelous and so different for a Regency too! Elizabeth Hoyt has become an auto-buy for me, she is firmly entrenched in my favorite romance authors list - every book she's written has been terrific! Finished up her Four Soldiers series this year which I loved, particularly the Beauty and Beast themed, To Beguile a Beast and started her new Maiden Lane series - quite intriguing!
Have a Happy New Year everyone and I hope 2012 is another great reading year for us all!