This is way late I know and I still need to finish my best of 2010. In some ways 2010 was an awesome reading year, there were some great new authors, I managed to complete two of my reading challenges, one whipped my butt - I'm looking at you 1010 challenge, ( I managed a dismal 62, I blame the books, they kept sidetracking me dammit).
Here's my December books list, which took my total to 144 books read for 2010. Not all of them have reviews, cause I wanted to finish posting this on LibraryThing - that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
115. Call me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
I thought I’d start December off with some Christmas spirit and my first Debbie Macomber. As expected this is light fluff, enjoyable, but a rather predictable, by the numbers book. It’s the sequel to Mrs. Miracle, both of which have been made into movies. Even though it’s nothing new this is an easy read, perfect for some Christmas reading. I’ve been meaning to try Macomber before this and I’ll end up reading some of the Blossom Street stories, but to be honest I’m not going to be running out because I have to read it ‘right now’.
116. That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey
This is the 10th in the Malory series, set in Regency England. Julia and Richard are the reluctant lovers, who’ve been betrothed to each other since early childhood. The problem being – they detest each other and at their last meeting 9 years ago they both vowed that if they ever saw each other again, they’d kill each other. So it’s no surprise that on their next meeting there’s fisticuffs and just a little bit of seduction, as you do. This was a fun read, I don’t read a lot of regency romance, but I did enjoy Johanna Lindsey’s writing and her characters, obviously explored more in the other Malory novels.
117. Private by James Patterson
Mike as a character is not particularly likeable, sure he’s dealing with shit from his past, but he doesn’t treat the ladies in his life very nicely. Over all, I did enjoy the story, it was a fast paced, if slightly predictable, thriller. And what up with all the James Patterson AND ……. I don’t really get the new phenomenon of authors writing with other authors, it can get kinda meh, and at least they’re not related. Don’t get me started on offspring who write. *hulk*
118. Family Ties by Danielle Steel
Ugh. Here's what I learnt from this book:
1. A woman must sacrifice everything for children, you can't have a career AND children - it's too hard.
2. Relationships between different cultures don't work, (the one in this was between a non- practicing Christian and Muslim) - they're just TOO hard.
3. All people who have tattoos and piercing are bad bad people who spread AIDS and Hepatitis.
4. It's ok to be an indiviual and go your own way, as long as you learn your lesson and realise that you have to be the same as everyone else by the end of the book.
Harsh I know, but I was really pissed off by the end of this and don't get me started on the repetative, descriptive paragraphs. Enough said, moving along. And swearing to never read DS again.
119. Burning Up by Susan Anderson
OMG! How awesome was this!! Way awesome I tell you. This was lots of fun to read and my first book by Susan Anderson, but it definitely won’t be my last. I think fire fighters are the new vampire/werewolves. This is the third series I know about featuring fire fighters hot enough to scorch the words right of the page. It features one very bad girl, one super hot fire fighter, a hunky Irish rocker and a not so good primary school teacher *gasp*, with lots of steamy situations, flirting, and fried chicken (very tasty – I made it for tea on the weekend).
120. Obsession by Karen Robards
121. The Ugly Duckling by Martin Powell
122. Don’t Blink by James Patterson
123. Angel: After the Fall by Joss Whedon, Brian Lynch & Franco Urru
124. Dreaming of Dior by Charlotte Smith & Grant Cowan
Beautiful vintage dresses, the downside – I wish the illustrations, beautiful as they are, were photos. I would’ve loved to have seen more detail.
125. Classic Tales of Horror by Various
This was a collection of 19 stories. Some were quite dry, not very scary and a bit meh. I did enjoy The Brazilian Cat by Arthur Conan Doyle – Cousin tries to kill his cuj to inherit the families wealth. The Corpse Light by Dick Donovan – ghost wanting to get his body discovered. The Lame Priest by S. Carleton – warewolves. The Eyes of the panther by Ambrose Bierce.
126. Worst Case by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
127. Mackenzie’s Mountain by Linda Howard
128. Alpha by Rachel Vincent
129. The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
This was fang-tastic and a nice move away from all the vampire novels of late (although I now think 'Angels' are the in thing). It features a group of vampires, trying to survive, aided by two humans.
130. Irresistible by Karen Robards
131. The Other 51 Weeks by Lee Welch
132. Fundamentals of children's services by Michael Sullivan
133. Spellbound by Nora Roberts
134. Orchard Valley Grooms by Debbie Macomber
135. Crazy For Love by Victoria Dahl
This was lots of fun, although the male lead was kinda annoying sometimes (he has a need to take care of everyone), which can get annoying sometimes. But this is full of sext sassy writing, just what I've come to love from Dahl. I also enjoyed the side story between the main characters bestie and brother.
136. No Place To Run by Maya Banks
This was brilliant and I gobbled it up, the second in the KGI series, it's a romantic suspense, rather thatn the usual eotica that I read from Maya, but it still has her trademark Southern charm and alpha male hero's. I'm really looking forward to the other brothers stories (there'll be at least 6 books in the series & if we get lucky, we might get some of the side characters from KGI get theri own story). Well written, fast paced and lots of fun.
137. Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard
This wasnt quite what I expected it to be. It tells the story of Elizabeth, Amarican girl, navigating her way around Paris with her French husband Gwendal. How she adapts to life. I wasn't 100% about this when I started it, it's seemed to move quite slowly, but as I kept on reading I got more and more into the story. I love the relationship food played in the book, bringing the characters together despite language barriers, plus there's the added bonus of the recipes at the end of each chapter. This was our last book club book for 2010 and we had a French night for our breakup. One lady made the mini almond meal and raspberry cakes - devine!
138. Trailer Park Zombies by Jason H. Jones
This was one of the better written zombie novels of the year - but not for the faint of heart, it's quite voilent and graphic in it's description of zombie mayhem. So if gore isn't your thing I suggest you stay away, but I thought this was a well written novel and I like the twist in the zombie ethos.
139. One Hundred Great Books in Haiku by David Bader
And with this - finally - I've started my Popular Penguin category for my 1010. This was a lot of fun and amazingly correct descriptions for some of the books.
140. Poems of John Keats by John Keats
What is more lovlier than Keats, ok so I'm being romantic, there are other fantastic poets out there, but Keats is a delight.
141. Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak by writers famous and obscure
An interesting concept, that works suprisingly well.
142. Secrets of a Proper Lady Victoria Alexander
Regency romance, that had me laughing out loud, I'm going to be tracking they others in the series dwon in 2011, perfect fodder for my 11 in 11 challenge!
143. The Bad Widow by Barbara Elsborg
144. Better Late than Never by Savannah Stuart