As much as I enjoy writing, reading comes a close second. Even with the fury of writing, unless I have a self-made deadline, I try and read a book a week. Most books, unfortunately, aren’t worth the time spent. Even those who are fast readers take a good 4-5 hours reading a book only to find that the story isn’t complete, or the ending is cheesy…the list is endless. Of course all of our tastes are different. And because it kills me whenever I read a bad review of my own story, I’ve decided to make a list of books I’ve enjoyed over the years. I will only list the ones I think are worthy of reading and re-reading. I won’t warn you of the not-so-great ones. I also won’t list any classics as we all know they’re great. It’s just a matter of finding the ones you like. There are copious books I could list, but my memory fails me at times and right now, it’s failing miserably. I’ll list more as I remember them or read them, so check back often.
1. Anything Jane Austen
2. Harry Potter Series (book #5 being the favorite)
3. All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness – Smart literature filled with literary greats, history, alchemy, poetry. Only two out three have been written so far – book two is even better than the first.
4. Roses by Leila Meecham – Has that Gone with the Wind feel. Beautiful writing.
5. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick – Darker than my normal reads, but so well written. I love writers who can write beyond a simple sentence.
6. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer – Read this during my Twilight-craze and though the story was good, what got me was the writing. This author writes in the most beautifully lyrical way. LOVED her writing style.
7. Lisa Kleypas (historicals only) – The amazing thing about this author and her stories is that each story is different. Even with so many in her repertoire, she follows no formula. If you’re reading her for the first time, start with Tempt Me at Twilight.
8. Julie Garwood (more historicals than modern) – Garwood’s historicals have that sweet, heart-stirring / heart-breaking feel I so love. Don’t read them all in a week as they are formulaic. Start with The Bride, but Lion’s Lady is my favorite.
9. Nora Roberts – The Witness (phenomenal!), Hidden Riches, Taming Natasha
10. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
11. Linda Howard – I’ve read every one of Linda Howard’s books and enjoyed them all. Most are quite good. The new ones are…interesting… (I am not a fan of mysticism is all I’ll say.) The Mackenzie Collection, Sarah’s Child, Almost Forever, Loving Evangeline and more… Once again, don’t read them all in one sitting as I tend to do.
Enjoyed very much!
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Might have loved if I hadn’t guessed the ending.
2. Fifty Shades by EL James – Who didn’t enjoy these?
3. The Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren – I had issues with the story toward the end, but I have to say this was one hot book!
4. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young – This book is here because of Braden Carmichael!
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series – If you can get past the first 40 pages with all the names, you’ll enjoy.
6. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown – I think I like being able to say, “Hey, I’ve been there!” I love books rich in culture and intrigue with religious/superstitious overtones.
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
8. The Other Guy’s Bride by Connie Brockway – Very much enjoyed!
9. Motorcycle Man and At Peace by Kristen Ashley – Tack and Cal is all I gotta say. Kristen Ashley is the queen of alpha male / bad boys!
10. The Seduction of an English Scoundrel by Jillian Hunter – Sweet
11. Deanna Raybourne – All of the Lady Julia Grey novels. I’m usually good at guessing who dunnit! But these, I could not figure out. It’s also a dark (at first) but sweet love story.
12. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
13. Oishinbo by Testsu Kariya – I am not Japanese but I enjoy the culture and food. These mangas are informative and enjoyable.
14. Love Irresistibly by Julie James
15. The Mating by Nicky Charles (FREE!)
16. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Just (re)Read / Reading Now / Will Read Next (I will try and update this as often as possible…)
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood / The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith / Inferno by Dan Brown