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Jennie's Best of 2010 List

From Jennie, a list of favorite books in 2010.

has been an avid if often frustrated romance reader for the past 15 years. In that time she's read a lot of good romances, a few great ones, and, unfortunately, a whole lot of dreck. Many of her favorite authors (Ivory, Kinsale, Gaffney, Williamson, Ibbotson) have moved onto other genres or produce new books only rarely, so she's had to expand her horizons a bit. Newer authors she enjoys include Julie Ann Long, Megan Hart and J.R. Ward, and she eagerly anticipates each new Sookie Stackhouse novel. Strong prose and characterization go a long way with her, though if they are combined with an unusual plot or setting, all the better. When she's not reading romance she can usually be found reading historical non-fiction.


  1. Janine
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 15:23:41

    Nice list! It doesn’t say so, but Mockingjay is one of three books that was on my list as well.

    The Time Weaver, Shana Abe, A-

    Your review said a high B+. Did your grade go up with time? Sometimes that happens to me.

    The Time Weaver came thisclose to making my list as well. I enjoyed it a lot, just wished there had been more of Sandu and Honor/Rez in it, and maybe a little less Zane and Lia? Although I love Zane and Lia. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was a good book.

    The Forbidden Rose, Joanna Bourne, B+

    Improper Relations, Janet Mullany, A-

    I really wanted to read The Forbidden Rose and Improper Relations but didn’t get to them this year.

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  3. Jorrie Spencer
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 16:21:56

    This reminds me that I must read Queen of Dragons. I am so enjoying Abe’s books and that’s next in my queue.

  4. Jennie
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 19:41:16

    @Janine: Yeah, in retrospect it stayed with me and was worthy of the A- grade.

  5. Bella F.
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 01:04:21

    I know that a lot of people didnt like Dead in the Family, but I also really liked it.

  6. Jennie
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 17:42:20

    @Bella F. – it’s hard for me to imagine giving a Sookie Stackhouse book less than a B+ at the lowest, because I am so invested in the world Harris has created, and I really like her prose. So that just leaves plot, which is generally less important to me that characterization and prose. It’s a little different in a long series like this; *because* of my investment in the characters, I do care more about plot points. But over all it’s not going to bring down my grade that much.

  7. Dana S
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 18:07:18

    I really want to read Improper Relations by Janet Mullany, but I can’t find an ebook version. I guess that publisher doesn’t do ebooks.

    I also loved Shana Abe’s The Time Weaver, and I hope that it isn’t the end of the series.

  8. Janet Mullany
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 18:26:45

    Thanks, Jennie, for including Improper Relations. And sorry, no e-version, only processed dead trees.

  9. Dana S
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 20:47:23

    @Janet Mullany: Aw, that sucks. I guess I’ll be asking Santa for this one. :)

  10. Janine
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 10:46:49

    @Dana S:

    Aw, that sucks. I guess I'll be asking Santa for this one. :)

    If you live in the US, it might be good to hint to Santa to get it from or another UK bookstore, since I don’t think it’s available in the US. Bookdepository ships free of charge and the books arrive fast, too.

  11. Dana S
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 14:34:34

    @Janine: Thanks for the tip. I’ll just give a little hint to Santa. (I might have just emailed this blog post to Santa, cause I’m subtle like that.)

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