Saturday, January 1, 2011

Books That Knocked My Socks Off in 2010

Everybody's compiling their best of 2010 reads. I had mine almost done, when I dropped into Smart Bitches and found Sarah had anticipated me. I swear to God, her list is almost exactly the same as mine. So you can just go over there and read it. ;-)

Oh very well, since you twisted my arm, I'll list them here too, lol.

The book that had the most impact on me was Meljean Brook's The Iron Duke. I can't say TID was my first steampunk - that was Souless by Gail Carriger - but it was the first time I really understood steampunk. I don't think I'd like it without romance, but that's just me. For sure TID had lots of romance and despite the discussions of this, that and the other on the web, I consider it just about perfect.

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews. Oh, *le sigh*. Kate and Curran finally come together (boy do they ever!). Who cares about the rest of the plot? I was happy reading about the love between these two. Every girl needs her own personal psycho, lol.

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs. Mercy Thompson, Adam, Samuel - need I say more?

Near the end of the year, I discovered Lisa Kleypas. Don't even remember what made me check her out, but lord, am I glad I did. It's hard to pick a favorite. So far I've acquired her Wallflower series and the Hathaway series (my Christmas present to myself). I guess I have to go with The Devil in Winter (because I ♥ Sebastian) with Married by Morning a close second (because I ♥ Leo too). And I really ♥ that they fell for heroines that aren't perfect. Evie has as stutter when she's upset and Catherine is practically blind without her glasses. When Leo took her to an optomistrist and bought her a lovely pair of glasses, my heart just melted.

Okay, what else?

What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss. Can't remember if I acquired this in 2009 or 2010. Doesn't matter, cause I just reread it not all that long ago. And I woke up this morning and her newest, Here Comes the Groom, downloaded into my Kindle PC. Oh happy days! *grin*

I also discovered Deanna Raybourn this year via her Lady Julia Gray bundle. You remember her first book, Silent in the Grave and that mindboggling opening paragraph! God, I wish I'd written that!

I also ventured into Ilona Andrew's new Edge series with On the Edge and Bayou Moon. I liked them well enough and Bayou Moon most of all, but much prefer the Magic series.

Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon. Loved this book and the next three or four, but my interest lessened after that.

I also rounded out my Elizabeth Vaughan collection with Destiny's Star. It was great to read Bethral's story and to revisit the plains. I really like the world building she's done in these books.

Looking over my list, I have to say 2010 appears to have been a very good reading year for me.

Oh, I just love it when a plan comes together!!

Happy New Year, y'all.

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