Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Revised 100 Favorite Books

It's that time again to go through and list all my favorite books. Of course, most are romance. This is me after all.

Disclaimer: Although I am pretty sure that Lord of Scoundrels is my all time favorite, this list is not in order.

Top 100 Favorite Books of All Time (2007 Edition)

1. Seek Only Passion by Deana James
2. Heartless by Mary Balogh
3. A Heart So Wild by Johanna Lindsey
4. Savage Thunder by Johanna Lindsey
5. Fallen by Celeste Bradley
6. Perils of the Heart by Jennifer Ashley
7. Fate by Pamela Leigh Starr
8. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
9. All Through the Night by Connie Brockway
10. A Dangerous Man by Connie Brockway
11. Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas
12. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
13. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
14. Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
15. Lady Gallant by Suzanne Robinson
16. A Rose at Midnight by Anne Stuart
17. Ritual Sins by Anne Stuart
18. Lord of Danger by Anne Stuart
19. Special Gifts by Anne Stuart
20. The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
21. Seize the Night by Laura Kinsale
22. Night Fever by Susan Kyle
23. Night Shadow by Laura Renken
24. Bittersweet Passion by Lynne Graham
25. The Awakening by Jude Deveraux
26. The Princess by Jude Deveraux
27. Sweet Liar by Jude Deveraux
28. Iguana Bay by Theresa Weir
29. The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale
30. Glass Houses by Anne Stuart
31. A Well-Pleasured Lady by Christina Dodd
32. Rules of Engagement by Christina Dodd
33. Some Enchanted Evening by Christina Dodd
34. Lover Awakened by JR Ward
35. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
36. Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor
37. The Soldier and the Baby by Anne Stuart
38. Lazarus Rising by Anne Stuart
39. Reckless Conduct by Susan Napier
40. Mistress of the Groom by Susan Napier
41. Outsider by Sara Craven
42. Man of Stone by Frances Roding
43. Taken Over by Penny Jordan
44. Enamored by Diana Palmer
45. Lawless by Diana Palmer
46. The Rawhide Man by Diana Palmer
47. My Darling Caroline by Adele Ashworth
48. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
49. The Texan’s Wager by Jodi Thomas
50. Tallie’s Knight by Anne Gracie
51. Forbidden by Jo Beverley
52. The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
53. Veils of Silk by Mary Jo Putney
54. The Arrangement by Lyn Stone
55. The Wicked Truth by Lyn Stone
56. Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas
57. Never Love a Cowboy by Lorraine Heath
58. Rules of Surrender by Christina Adair
59. The Mercenary by Cherry Adair
60. Velvet Angel by Jude Deveraux
61. Only in My Dreams by Eve Byron
62. Love Me Forever by Johanna Lindsey
63. The Raider by Jude Deveraux
64. Dark Torment by Karen Robards
65. Shadow Play by Katherine Sutcliffe
66. Vows Made in Wine by Susan Wiggs
67. Angels Wings by Anne Stuart
68. The Price of Innocence by Susan Sizemore
69. Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
70. The Baby Bargain by Dallas Shulze
71. Navy Baby by Debbie Macomber
72. For the Roses by Julie Garwood
73. Delaney’s Desert Sheik by Brenda Jackson
74. The Proposition by Judith Ivory
75. Indecent Deception by Lynne Graham
76. Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson
77. Baby Love by Catherine Anderson
78. One Secret Too Many by Vanessa Grant
79. Some Sort of Spell by Frances Roding
80. The Winter Heart by Lillian Cheatham
81. Some Girls Do by Leanne Banks
82. No Commitment Required by Seressia Glass
83. The Last Mercenary by Diana Palmer
84. Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard
85. The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner
86. Dance With the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
87. Kiss An Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
88. Connal by Diana Palmer
89. Best Man to Wed? by Penny Jordan
90. Touched by Fire by Kathleen O’Reilly
91. If You Dare by Kresley Cole
92. If You Deceive by Kresley Cole
93. Hester Warring’s Marriage by Paula Marshall
94. Gifford’s Lady by Claire Thornton
95. Beloved by Diana Palmer
96. Cullen’s Bride by Fiona Bride
97. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
98. Be My Wife by Marcy Gray
99. Indiscretion by Jillian Hunter
100. Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell

I must tell you this was not easy to do. I had a lot of old favorites but added more than a few new reads. My list reflects my new interest in paranormal, but also shows that I like the books with the strong angsty element, reluctant, if not antiheroes, virgin heroes, warrior or spy heroes or cowboys, tortured heroes, and often scarred physically and mentally characters who have suffered much in life, but have found the person they were meant to be with. It also shows I like pregnancy storylines, marriage books, and also like atypical storylines as well. There are a few fallen heroines thrown in because these women really showed the strength and integrity that I look for in my heroines. The likes are heavily reflective of Victorian, Western, and Regency settings, with a large dose of exotic thrown in.

In short, it is clear that although my tastes have expanded, I still look for the same basic qualities in my reading, books that I can remember and smile about years after reading them. And if I have the time, are eager to pick up and reread just for the fun of it.

These books are the ones that I would probably give up a finger than part with. Certainly if given a choice, they are the ones that will accompany me to a desert island. So I definitely feel like I owe the authors of the above books my profound gratitude for the joy their books have brought to my life.