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Best of 2008

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Best of 2008 List: Reviewer Jane

Yes, it’s Christmas Day and we could take a holiday today but not everyone celebrates Christmas. And even amongst those that do, two thirds will spend over an hour online today so we might as well put up content, right? The year end lists are kind of fun to do because they allow some reflection on one’s reading tastes. I would love to see you readers comment on the books of the year. (It will provide good inspiration for the DA BWAHA)

I confess that I think some of my A reviews were given out in some post reading euphoria. I’m going to be more stingy with A’s in this upcoming year. But this was a year of discovery of new to me authors and re-engagement with some old favorites.

I read a bunch of category books in 2008 and found that there are some who really hit me just right. I’ve a renewed appreciation for the Harlequin categories. It isn’t easy to fit in a well crafted tale with three dimensional characters within such a constrained framework and word length. One author I really enjoyed who didn’t quite make it on the list because her A books weren’t published in 2008 is Sarah Mayberry, a Blaze author. It’s our constant search for the really fabulous that keeps us buying new books even though we could probably read a new book every day and not find the bottom of the to be read pile.

The following are the books I gave As to that were published in 2008. I listed them in order according to which book I would re-read first, if I had the chance. But no matter the order, these were greats books and ones I wouldn’t hestitate to give away as recommended reads. In other words, I would buy these books for other people which is the greatest compliment I think I can give to a book.

  • THE SPYMASTER’S LADY by Joanna Bourne
  • YOUR SCANDALOUS WAYS by Loretta Chase
  • IRON KISSED by Patricia Briggs
  • PRICE OF DESIRE by Jo Goodman
  • DELICIOUS by Sherry Thomas
  • JUST ONE OF THE GUYS by Kristan Higgins
  • SHAKEN AND STIRRED by Kathleen O’Reilly
  • SCREAM FOR ME by Karen Rose
  • AFTER THE KISS by Suzanne Enoch
  • GRIMSPACE by Ann Aguirre
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Best of 2008 List: Reviewer ジェーン(Jān)

ジェーン(Jān) is probably the reader most responsible for introducing me to the fantasy and science fiction books. I actually read George RR Martin because of her!! But she also has recommended some great romances to overtime. She’s uncannily good with her recommendations, tailoring them to your tastes rather than just recommending her favorites (although sometimes those coincide). She doesn’t read a ton of romance anymore, but she’s provided us insight into that wildly popular manga/anime sub genre.

  • Love Mode – Yuki Shimizu – completed 11 vol mxm romance series
  • Sand Chronicles – Hinako Ashihara – ongoing mxf contemporary manga
  • Duke of Shadows – Meredith Duran – mxf historical novel what could possibly happen next?