Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Best Of...

Finally!!! I know I'm very late with this, a couple weeks at least. In choosing the top ten, I selected not necessarily the books with the highest grades but the ones that stood out and stuck with me. These are the books I can see myself re-reading or the ones that made the biggest impact, eliciting the strongest emotions. So, in case anyone is interested in my favorite books published in 2010, here you go in no particular order.

Now, I said all the books on the list were published in 2010. That was purely for selfish reasons, to make it easier on me to pick a top ten. But, rules are made to be broken and I'm breaking that rule. The first book on the list was technically published 29 December 2009. Close enough, I say.

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh

The story of a forced marriage gets the Balogh treatment with a delicious spin. The romance of Annabelle and Reginald was a lovely treat to read. The flashbacks were well written and didn't annoy me in the least.

My review for A Matter of Class.

Silver Borne By Patricia Briggs

Mercy and Adam finally solidify their relationship and Mercy's place in the pack. Sam goes a little wild and gets saved from someone from his past. Briggs writes one of the best, well-developed UF series out there and I have no doubt I'll continue reading her as long as she is writing.

My review for Silver Borne.

Roadkill by Rob Thurman

Oh boy, do I love this series! I love Cal. I love Niko. I love Goodfellow. Yep, lots of love for this series. And Roadkill was another joy ride of an addition. The brothers, Cal & Niko, are such a dynamic duo with their snarky brotherly love.

My buddy review with Nath & Hils for Roadkill.

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt

The beginning of a new series by Hoyt is always something to get excited about. Wicked Intentions is no exception. Not only do we get an exciting romance, we also get the story-within-the-story and some wonderful secondary characters that are crying out for their stories to be told.

My review of Wicked Intentions.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

The second book in Stiefvater's Young Adult trilogy has Grace and Sam trying to build a relationship while nature is determined to pull them apart. With well developed secondary characters and a major cliff-hanger ending, made me wish I had Forever ready and waiting.

My review of Linger.

My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

This is another Young Adult series that has completely captivated me. It's not only the world in which Kaylee, Nash and the Scooby gang live but the Netherworld - the mirror image of ours with its distorted imagines and beings.

My review for My Soul to Keep

Chimera by Rob Thurman

This isn't related to her Cal Leandros series but it still had that close knit brother relationship that I so enjoy. Stefan and Michael go on a road trip, getting to know each other while being chased by the evil monster that wants Michael back.

My buddy review with Nath for Chimera.

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

I read so many good YAs last year. I think I could have easily come up with a top 10 YA list. If I did, this would be at the top. The adventure Meghan Chase finds in Faery with Ash and Rob kept me spellbound.

My review for The Iron Daughter

A Wild Light by Marjorie M. Liu

This is such a unique UF series. The tattoos that come alive. Heroine and hero whose goals, at times, seem at odds with each other. And the world building that pulls me in and doesn't let go.

My review of A Wild Light.

Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis

Three sisters with little in common, forced to work together. Add in a sexy man with a tool belt and that Shalvis humor that I love and you've got a winner.

My review for Simply Irresistible.

So that's it! It wasn't easy to pick ten, I certainly could have made a longer list. How many on my list made it on your list? Are there any on your TBR pile? I always love seeing books on my TBR pile make someone's best of list. It just reinforces my choice in picking it up.


  1. Leslie, great mix of books.

    I see you have a few UF and YA books in there! Sigh... A Matter of Class was also a favorite of mine, but it was one of those books that fell through the cracks for me because of that pesky late release! That one and Mayberry's, A Secret Fling were two books I loved and didn't include in my 2009 or 2010 lists. :( That was a great idea!

    I loved Roadkill and Wicked Intentions too! :) And, I still have Simply Irresistible in my TBB list.

  2. I never get tired of reading people's Best of lists! So glad you posted. :)

    I loved SILVER BORNE too. I don't know why I didn't list it. I think sometimes when I become such a HUGE fan of a series, I'm no longer objective and just fangirl. LOL!

    Omgosh that ending to LINGER. Maggie Steifvater is MEAN! LOL j/k

    I really need to read some of those others on your list... which are on my must read list already! I am having a hard time finding MY SOUL TO KEEP at any of my nearby libraries, which is driving me nuts. I have to hunt harder. The next one is coming out soon, right?

  3. Hils ~ I'm hoping for more contemps and RS for this year.

    Christine ~ Linger had such an ending that was crying out for the next book now!

    I hope you find My Soul to Keep soon because My Soul to Steal just came out on the 4th. :)

  4. Ahhh, none of our choices match, Les! :( The Rob Thurman came really, really, really close to make my top 3 for UF/Fantasy/Sci-Fi though. I thought Silver Borne was good, but I didn't like Sam's storyline :(

    I agree with Hils too, you have a great selection of books there :)

    I really liked A Matter of Class. I liked the twist in the story ;) However, I read a lot of good historicals this year, so it didn't make the cut ^_^;

    I read 6 out 10 books of your top 10. Not bad, right? :)

  5. Nath ~ 6 out of 10 is really good! But you read a lot last year.

    Rob Thurman is like Patty Briggs, I many not love every aspect of the story but I love their writing and the worlds they've created.