Decisions, decisions, decisions –
If I have to choose between twizzlers and a salad I will stuff the artificial high fructose chewy candy into my mouth every time. If there’s a pile of laundry in the basket and The Next Food Network Star is about to start, there’s no contest. I program the microwave to the “popcorn” setting, stuff my feet into my fluffy slippers and plop in front of the TV because the laundry ain’t getting up and walking away, it will be there tomorrow. These are what I call ‘life-is-short-no-brainer-decisions’. But when I have to chose my 3 favorite books for 2011 – well that takes some reflection. After reviewing the many novels I’ve read over the last 12 months I chose three that stayed with me long after I read the last page.
My first choice is for my colleague and fellow blogger Melanie. I don’t think there’s much Melanie hasn’t read, but she’s openly declared she will read more paranormals next year so I’d like to suggest that
Yours To Keep,my second choice, is a wonderful contemporary romance that will keep you smiling long after the happy ending. Author Shannon Stacey has captured the essence of what I love in a good romance – characters that leap off the page and create a world you want to be a part of.
And finally The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls is some of the best story telling I’ve read in years. It poses a provocative question and features an unusal hero – a man who’s been married 8 times before he ‘finds the one.
What were some of your favorites this year?
Maria Lokken is an avid romance reader and an award winning television producer
Join me, Melanie and Marisa on our B&N Romance Readers Facebook page - we're there every day talking about books, authors and romance. We also let you know about promotions, free books and book sales. Of course, sometimes, we just want to know what you think.
You can also talk about romance books and authors with Melanie on Romantic Reads.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS - MAY THE NEW YEAR BRING YOU HOURS OF HAPPY READING AND JOY IN YOUR LIFE.