Happy holidays and happy almost-new-year, folks! Candy and I are going to be away at separate times so you’ll get our answers at different times, but I’m looking for your replies to our year-end survey. I don’t care who had the most brutal celebrity break-up or who was best or worst dressed.
2005 will certainly be remembered for a variety of reasons, not the least of which as the year of the birth of this here web site, and the year in which my awareness of good romance authors expanded to include some great writers, both current and backlist.
But what are your memorable books and reads of the year? Let’s hear it:
Best author you discovered this year (Ok, you can name up to 3)
Best new book you read this year (again, top 3)
Book you wish you’d skipped over and spent that $9 on a pair of Payless shoes instead.
Book off your keeper shelf most likely to be read in 2006
What book coming out in 2006 are you most looking forward to? (Feel free to -gasp!- pimp your own, but please don’t link as the HTML often wonks the comments)
Here are a few of my answers:
Best author I discovered
Lani Diane Rich and PC Cast PC Cast is gifted beyond my ability to gush in reworking detailed mythology into hot romance. And Lani Diane Rich writes phrases that stick with me, like how family has the ability to juggle knives over your heart like no other people on earth.
Emma Holly Rwor! Romantic erotica and mythological retelling! Whoo damn!
Scott & Scott’s Romentics – gay romance that is hot, happy, and sexy!
Worst book I read this year
While I picked her as one of the best authors I discovered, I was not at all taken with Emma Holly’s steampunk Yama series, particularly The Demon’s Daughter, which, of course, Candy thought was rather great.
But we both agree: Linda Howard books are to be avoided. Especially when the novel in question features a hero who puts on the condom abou 45 minutes before the action starts. Because they are so comfortable, you know.
Best new books I read
Time Off for Good Behavior and Brighid’s Quest are among best books I’ve read in 2005. No question. Both stuck with me and I could describe the details of each story, and the secondary characters months after I read them – and if I pick them up I start reading them again without skimming.
And if I read the ending of Goddess of Spring again I’ll cry some more.
More coming soon, between diaper changes and naps!