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Reading Year in Review

Finally got to sit down and tally all the books I read from 2007.

Year in Review

How many books did you read in 2007?

226 books for 2007.

Up from previous years….

2002 — 288 books (Pre-Diva days *G*)
2003 — 152 books
2004 — 122 books
2005 — 178 books
2006 — 129 books

How many in each genre:

Contemporary romance — 54

Historical romance — 25

Romantic Suspense — 5

Paranormal Romance — 28

Urban Fantasy — 0

Fantasy & Sci-Fi — 0

E-books — 51

Anthologies — 4

Young Adult — 0

Category Romance —

Harlequin Presents — 18
Harlequin Romance — 17
Silhouette Desires — 17
Harlequin Historicals — 4
Spice — 2
Silhouette Special Edition — 2
Harlequin Norturne — 1
Loveswept — 1
Superromance — 1

Audio Books — 0

Women’s Fiction — 0

Mysteries — 2

Fiction (suspense, thrillers, non romance) — 1

How many books did you start and not finish because you didn’t like the story?

I think it was just one but don’t recall the title right now.

How many of the books you read were 2007 releases?

127 were 2007 releases

Did your reading tastes change during this past year? Are you making any reading resolutions for 2008?

I read more e-Books this year than I did in 2006. Also read a lot more paranormals. Goal for 2008 is to try for 250 books.

Now it is time for your book awards for the year. (If you can, give us some feedback regarding your choices)

Best 10 Reads of the Year:

COLTERS’ WOMAN by Maya Banks
VIRGIN RIVER by Robyn Carr
MAKING CHASE by Lauren Dane
YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY by HelenKay Dimon
THE MANE EVENT by Shelly Laurenston
THE RETURN OF PATRICK O’ROURKE by N.J. Walters
STEFAN’S SALVATION by N.J. Walters
SMART AND SEXY by Jill Shalvis
DIVORCED, DESPERATE AND DELICIOUS by Christie Craig
THE BRAZILIAN’s BLACKMAIL BARGAIN by Abby Green

Favorite Romance Author of the Year: NJ Walters, Lauren Dane, Maya Banks, Beth Williamson, Jory Strong, Jaci Burton

Favorite Regency Romance: THE RAVEN PRINCE by Elizabeth Hoyt

Favorite Historical Romance: THE SECRET PASSION OF SIMON BLACKWELL by Samantha James

Best Contemporary Romance: MAKING CHASE by Lauren Dane

Best Contemporary Novel: VIRGIN RIVER by Robyn Carr

Best Contemporary Romantic Suspense: OBSESSION by Karen Robards

Favorite Erotica Book/E-book:

COLTERS’ WOMAN by Maya Banks
ANCHOR AND STORM by Kate Poole
FORBIDDEN PLEASURE by Lora Leigh
BLACKMAILED by Annmarie McKenna
DECADENT by Shayla Black
A TALL DARK COWBOY by Mackenzie McKade

Favorite Humorous Book:

THE MANE EVENT by Shelly Laurenston
YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY by HelenKay Dimon
DIVORCED, DESPERATE AND DELICIOUS by Christie Craig

Best Category Romance:

THE BEAST WITHIN by Lisa Renee Jones
THE BRAZILIAN’s BLACKMAIL BARGAIN by Abby Green

Best Paranormal Romance: WITCH FIRE by Anya Bast

Favorite Anthology: THE PERFECT GIFT by Maya Banks, Kate Davies, Mackenzie McKade, Annmarie McKenna, Stacia Wolf

Favorite Other Genre:

Most Hanky Read: MAKING CHASE by Lauren Dane

Most Luscious Love Story: TEST ME by Dee Tenorio

Most Tortured Hero: Adam “AJ” Riley from ASK ADAM by Jess Dee

Favorite Couple: Matt Chase & Tate Murphy from MAKING CHASE by Lauren Dane

Most Annoying Hero and/or Heroine: I can’t think of one…could they have been so annoying I blocked them from my mind? LOL

Favorite Family:

Lauren Dane’s Chase Brothers
NJ Walters’ Dalakis Brothers
NJ Walters’ Jamesville series
Dee Tenorio’s Midnight Trilogy
Beth Williamson’s Malloy series

Best Villain: Michael from ASCENSION by Lauren Dane

Book(s) with the Best Tension/Chemistry:

THE LILY BRAND by Sandra Schwab
MIDNIGHT TEMPTATION by Dee Tenorio
YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY by HelenKay Dimon

Best “New to Me” Author:

Lauren Dane
NJ Walters
Jory Strong
Maya Banks
Beth Williamson
Shayla Black/Shelley Bradley
Abby Green
Maxine Sullivan

Your Biggest Glom: Lauren Dane, NJ Walters, Jory Strong, Beth Williamson

Author others Love that you Don’t: Janet Evanovich and JD Robb (although I can read her as Roberts, I just can’t get into her books as Robb)

Biggest Disappointment of the Year: LOVE, ROSIE by Cecelia Ahern. Just found it so depressing that it took the characters so long to finally get together.

Worst read(s) of the Year: THE FUTURE KING’s PREGNANT MISTRESS by Penny Jordan….just did not like the hero in this one at all.

Did you give up on any Authors this Year? Why?

Not that I can remember.  *G*

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