In 2011 I wasn’t as prolific of a reader as I’ve been in the past due to a family emergency that took me away from my books. But I did manage to get some books read and I’m pretty impressed that I managed what I did. As always, some spoke to me more than others and some I couldn’t finish at all. Good or bad, here’s my list:
Favorite newly-discovered-by-me author: Laura Griffin. I have finally found a romantic suspense author who “gets” police officers. I can so tell she’s done her homework. I didn’t have to throw one book against the wall because she put a safety on a Glock or had her characters say “perp” (a term police officers don’t use). Come to think of it, I think she did use that term once or twice, but I forgave her for it because all of her other research was spot on. If you like romantic suspense, definitely pick up a Laura Griffin.
Favorite non-romance: The Help. ‘Nuff said.
Favorite historical romance: Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen. Loved the interaction between the two main characters and loved how strong, yet how vulnerable they both were.
Favorite contemporary romance: Cover Me by Catherine Mann. Another good story with two strong characters.
Favorite non-fiction: In an Instant by Lee Woodruff. The story of Bob and Lee Woodruff and how as a couple they overcame Bob’s traumatic brain injury. It was a story I needed to read since I was going through the same ordeal with my husband. Very inspiring book that made me realize I wasn’t alone on this long journey.
What book spoke to you in 2011? What book didn’t? What favorite author did you discover? Inquiring minds want to know.
|City of Thieves||David Benioff|
|The Final Detail||Harlan Coben|
|The Girl Who Played with Fire||Stieg Larrson|
|A Knight’s Enchantment||Lindsey Townsend|
|Rebellious Desire||Julie Garwood|
|Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage||Jennifer Ashley|
|The Countess||Lynsay Sands|
|The Secret Duke||Jo Beverley|
|Bending the Rules||Susan Andersen|
|In Bed with the Duke||Christina Dodd|
|Mad About the Duke||Elizabeth Boyle|
|Memoirs of a Scandalous Red Dress||Elizabeth Boyle|
|A Knight to Remember||Christina Dodd|
|Sinful in Satin||Madeline Hunter|
|My Fair Temptress||Christina Dodd|
|The Making of a Duchess||Shana Galen|
|The Making of a Gentleman||Shana Galen|
|Captive of Sin||Anna Campbell|
|Blackthorne’s Bride||Shana Galen|
|The Serpent Prince||Elizabeth Hoyt|
|The Seducer||Madeline Hunter|
|In An Instant||Lee Woodruff|
|Sizzling Sixteen||Janet Evanovich|
|The Soldier’s Wife||Margaret Leroy|
|The Help||Katheryn Stockett|
|Iron Lace||Emilie Richards|
|Letters From Home||Kristina McMorris|
|Heart of a Knight||Barbara Samuel|
|Lord and Lady Spy||Shana Galen|
|When You Dare||Lori Foster|
|Cover Me||Catherine Mann|
|Thread of Fear||Laura Griffin|
|Once Upon a Winter’s Eve||Tessa Dare|