Sunday, January 1, 2012

Favorite Books of 2011...

It's that time of year again. A fresh start with a new year. But before I start on the great books waiting for my in 2012, I want to recap my favorites of 2011. It wasn't easy to get the list down to the proverbial 10 so I decide to go for 20 and even that wasn't easy. The books that made the list are the ones I not only enjoyed but left a lasting impression on me. Links are to my reviews.

Favorites of 2011 in No Particular Order ~

1. The Greyfriar by Susan and Clay Griffiths ~ The Griffiths are new authors who blew me away with their steampunk vampire novel. Yes, steampunk vampires.

2. You Belong to Me by Karen Rose ~ Ms. Rose is one of my favorite authors (thanks Nath!) and she can always be counted on to deliver a well written romantic suspense.

3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater ~ Different from her Wolves trilogy but so very, very good. No matter what she writes, Stiefvater delivers strong emotions and well developed characters.

4. Snapped by Laura Griffin ~ Love, love, love this romantic suspense series from Ms. Griffin. It continues to get better with each book.

5. The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa ~ Simply amazing young adult fantasy series. This installment took a different turn with the POV of the hero but it still delivered all the action, adventure and emotional punch Kagawa is becoming known for.

6. A Lot Like Love by Julie James ~ I've said before, I'm not fond of lawyer protagonists except for Ms. James' lawyers. This time, no lawyers but a hero and heroine I couldn't help but cheer on. Can't wait for About That Night!

7. Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis ~ If you know me, you know I love Jill Shalvis. Will even admit to being a fangirl. (Not something I do very often.) I read 6 books by Ms. Shalvis in 2011 with Head Over Heels my favorite.

8. Tempted by Elisabeth Naughton ~ Favorite hero and heroine in this series! A wild adventure with equally wild and emotional love scenes.

9. Heartbreak Creek by Kaki Warner ~ Mail order bride and Kaki Warner for the win! Warner worked her magic again with this new series.

10. Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews ~ This series continues to grow and get better and better. If you love UF, this is one of the best!

11. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James ~ What a lovely, funny romance! Completely enjoyed Ms. James take on one of my favorite fairy tales.

12. Breaking Point by Pamela Clare ~ Ms. Clare is a wonder. She writes romantic suspense and historical romances with exceptional talent.

13. One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming ~ Oh, if you haven't started this series, please do! Love this small town mystery series with the very unique lead characters - Reverend Clare Fergusson and Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne.

14. Notorious Pleasures by Elizabeth Hoyt ~ Ms. Hoyt is one of my favorite authors for a reason - I can count on her to tell me a wonderful story.

15. Blackout by Rob Thurman ~ Hands down one of the best Urban Fantasy series. Love Cal, Niko and Rob. These guys never fail to keep me coming back for more.

16. Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman by Lorraine Heath ~ Such strong emotions in this beautifully written romance. Still can't believe how much I ended up loving the hero!

17. Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole ~ I shifted away from this series for a while. Getting back into it I discover one of my favorite heroes - Malkom Slaine!

18. Hot Zone by Catherine Mann ~ This book took me on an adventure so unexpected I couldn't help but enjoy the ride. I need to explore Ms. Mann's back list for more gems!

19. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare ~ So happy to have finally read something from this author. And the first time was a hit! Definitely a historical romance series I would recommend.

20. Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt ~ Do pirates ever go out of style? Not if Ms. Hoyt is writing about them!

And there's the top 20 of 2011. There were plenty of other fabulous reads last year, I could easily list a top 50. Here's hoping 2012 turns out to be just as amazing!


  1. Many of your favorites are on my TBR list (and Kindle). Hoping to read them soon. Happy New Year!

  2. There are a couple on your list that I have but haven't read - I need to work on that. There are also a bunch I read and agree with completely. How can you go wrong with a Hoyt novel? You can't!

    The James and the Heath were also really good as well.

    Happy New Year!

  3. This is a really great list, Leslie!! Woohoo for Ms Rose making your list! :) I'm so happy! She's such a great author!

    Magic Slays! You're right, this series is just getting better and better :)

    I definitively need to read The Greyfriar...

    And LOL, I'll try to post our review of Blackout!!! Better late than never, that's what they say right? ^_^;

  4. Oh and I'm glad Pleasures of a Notorious Gentleman made your list as well :) I really loved that book too :)

  5. Happy New Year All!

    Mary ~ I love seeing books from my TBR pile on bloggers favorite lists. It justifies keeping so many of the books. :)

    Tracy ~ I don't read as many historicals as I use to but the ones I do read are usually wonderful!

    Nath ~ Yes, read The Greyfriar! I've got the 2nd book that I really need to get to. Ha - I kept forgetting about that buddy review. I could always put it together if you want. :)

    ah, the Heath. Such a pleasant surprise!

  6. Interesting list! I'm always curious about what other readers consider good, better, best.

  7. Hey, great list! Hoyt, Shalvis Heath, James. Two of those authors made it to my list. *g*

    You read some great books last year. I still have some of those books in my TBR, though. :D

    Wishing an even greater reading year in 2012.

  8. I love your list, Leslie!
    The Greyfriar made it to my top list, too (although I didn't post it yet. yikes!).. and I see quite a few books on your list that are on my TBR pile, so that's always promising!

    Hope 2012 brings you many more wonderful reads!