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Lazaraspaste’s Best of 2011

This year was a bit of a crap year for me. I actually haven’t read all that much—at least in so far as romance is concerned. Between the final semester of school, exams, work and the most severe case of reading burnout I have ever had in my life, I honestly wondered if there would be anything on this list! A few of these are re-releases of older books, mostly in ebook format.  But for the most part, these books were published in 2011. I’m surprised that the list numbers the fingers on my hand.

  • A Lady’s Lesson In Scandal by Meredith Duran (review)
  • One Night is Never Enough by Anne Mallory (review)
  • The Wild Marquis by Miranda Neville (actually, all three of the books in this series, including The Dangerous Viscount and The Amorous Seduction of Celia Seaton) (review)
  • The Famous Heroine by Mary Balogh (review)
  • The Charm School by Susan Wiggs (review)


Lazaraspaste came to the romance genre at the belated age of twenty-six. While she prefers historicals, she's really up for anything . . . much like her view of food! Some of her favorite authors include Jo Beverley, Anne Stuart, Lisa Kleypas and Joan Smith. Once a YA librarian, she is now working towards an advanced degree in literature with the mad idea of becoming a critic and teacher. Though she loves romance, fantasy has always been her first love. She hates never-ending series and believes the ending is the most important part.


  1. Darlynne
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 16:54:40

    What about something completely different as an antidote to burnout? The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente is one of my favorites from this year. So, so clever, inventive and fun.

    Or, when all else fails me, I turn to these without hesitation:

    In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
    Handling Sin by Michael Malone
    Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

    We’ve got nuns, a runaway and likely-demented father in a gold Cadillac, and Death, in that order. Take two of these and call me in the morning.

  2. cleo
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 17:07:48

    Thanks for reminding me about Charm School – I read it ages ago and really liked it. (Which is why I keep picking up Wiggs’ contemporary happy small town books – they’re not to my taste, but I apparently am still hoping to find another Charm School.)

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