Because we at Romantic Reads love romance so much, we rarely mention what books we don't like or those that fell short of our expectations.This is why I love end-of-the-year best-of lists - to see what cream rose to the top, and to make sure to add those besties to my TBR pile.


Over the course of the past weeks, the RR community has compiled a thought-provoking list of favorites. And I'm taking it upon myself to name the following books as RR's favorites of the year. These are the books that were repeatedly mentioned in the thread: Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare, An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas, and Vision in White by Nora Roberts.


There you have it! Our favorites of the year! But if you look, you'll see that there are two days left in 2009, and I would love it if you continue to let us know what romances knocked your socks off this year.


And that brings us to 2010. What books are you looking forward to in the New Year? Wondering which of your favorite authors are publishing in the coming months? Then visit our 2010 thread and add to the list of romances you're most excited for.


Our last item of 2009 business at RR is the author Lynn Kurland. We've been talking about her books and recommending them to readers who've never tried her. Head here to let us know what are your favorite Kurland books.


And with that, I wish you a Happy New Year! It's been a blast bringing the H2H readers up-to-date on the Romantic Reads happenings, and I can't wait for next week when I can share all the glorious details of our January visitors.


Have a great week, everybody! Enjoy those holiday parties!


Michelle Buonfiglio is wondering how you find time to fit reading into your busy lives at Unabashedly Bookish today.


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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-30-2009 12:44 AM

I came up with a couple of my top historical romances, but haven't been able to narrow down other subgenres. And I'd like to add more to the list I already submitted! I'm just not a good list person -- too many favorites!

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎12-30-2009 09:45 AM

Happy New Year to you too Melanie and to your family especially that sweet little girl of yours.

I have been reluctant to give my top best list on the romance club yet, I'm still thinking and selecting and believe me it's a hard choice when you only want the top three. But I'll narrow it down and have my list sometime in January.

I'll be on vacation next week and I only have dial up at home so I won't be in touch everyday like when I'm at work, but I'll be thinking of all my friends here on the boards and I'll wish everyone now a Happy New Year.


by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-30-2009 01:22 PM

Melanie - Are you still in Florida? How are you doing? I'm heading back to Cincinnati tomorrow. Luckily my husband will be driving so I get to read!

by 1lovealways on ‎12-30-2009 03:38 PM

Happy New Year To Everyone!


I read a lot of backlist books this year.  Do those qualify?  Cause I had a quite a few that I enjoyed.  If so, I can make a list of those.  :smileyhappy:  

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎12-30-2009 07:20 PM

Becke: I've been back, and have enjoyed some down time! What will you be reading?


1lovealways: Backlist counts! List away!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎12-30-2009 11:14 PM

I'm working my way through Tara Janzen's backlist. Hot cars and those hot Steele Street guys -- who can resist?

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎12-31-2009 09:30 AM

Becke, I love that when you find an author you like, you read ALL their books!

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-01-2010 11:22 PM

I've always done that. You can imagine what it was like when I got into Nora Roberts!

by Moderator Melanie_Murray on ‎01-02-2010 01:25 PM

How long do you think it took you to plow through her entire backlist, Becke?

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-02-2010 07:39 PM

I can tell you exactly. I had read a few of her early books at the time they first came out. When I was sorting out my bookshelves, going through the "keepers" I'd had for years, I realized that I had quite a few by Nora Roberts -- something I hadn't realized. (I used to subscribe, so I read them all but only kept the faves.)


While I was visiting my daughter in September of that year, I picked up a Nora Roberts duo from the new release shelf. I finished it that night and went back the next day to load up on every Nora Roberts book the Barnes & Noble on Sand Lake Road in Orlando had in stock. 


By Christmas, I had read so many my daughter bought me the Nora Roberts companion, so I could check off the ones I'd read and figure out what was left.


The Official Nora Roberts Companion by Denise Little: Book Cover


There were 200+ books and by the end of February I had read every one, including the anthologies. So six months. At that point, I had a few months to wait before her next book came out. I started picking up books by authors I thought might write like she did, and -- voila! -- I rediscovered the whole genre. And you know how that's turned out.

by Moderator becke_davis on ‎01-02-2010 07:41 PM

I've also read every Agatha Christie many times over, including her Mary Westmacott "romances." Back in the day I also read every Janet Dailey, every Charlotte Lamb, every Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Evelyn Anthony, Dorothy Eden, Helen MacInnes, Mary Stewart, and so on. When I find an author I like, I always want to read everything they've written.

by on ‎01-02-2010 10:32 PM

Did that myself with Heinlein, Howard, Lovecraft, Brust, Robinson, Anthony, Moorecock, as well as a few others. Have not run across a R author who quite tripped that trigger yet, though Sands is comming close.

by E-Reader31 on ‎01-11-2010 12:33 PM

I would have to say Julie Garwood and Nora Roberts are by far my top auths. I can honestly say that I have re-read some of there books more than once and still enjoy them as if it was the first time I pulled them off the shelf. I wonder if they have a companion guide for Julie Garwood?  


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