Once again, I read a whole mess of books this year, and since Books Are My Business, I am sharing with you my faves. As you may remember, I use a zero-to-two star rating system. This year I didn’t have that many two stars (which means LOVE), so I might just, like, include the ones that have stuck with me. Because that is my fave kind of book. The sticky kind.
Is that what I meant?
Anyway, in no particular order:
What Angels Fear by C. S. Harris. Sebastian St. Cyr is accused of murder, but he’s all righteous and good and seeks justice for the dead woman! And there’s love angst with a prostitute and some great secondary characters and I haven’t read any more in this series yet but I will. Oh, I will.
True to the Law by Jo Goodman. There’s something about Jo Goodman’s books that just sort of sneak up on you. I would read a convo between the hero and heroine and I’d have to go back and read it again, it was so perfect. This is a follow-up to The Last Renegade, but the main thing the two books have in common is the setting and the awesomeness. Rabbit and Finn were back, causing and solving problems, but read it for Cobb and Tru and their path to realizing how daggun perfect they are for each other. Now I want to read it again. Dang.
Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun. Did everyone love this book? I think everyone loved it. The heroine was a virgin ex-cult member, but the real transformation came to the alphahole cop. Love an alphahole transformation.
All of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries by Deanna Raybourn. For reals, I am too lazy to ever read a whole series (see C. S. Harris above), but I just finished the fifth and, so far, final book in this series this morning and I am SAD ABOUT THAT. Why are there no more, Deanna Raybourn? Why are you writing other things besides sharp danger-magnet Julia Grey and her super-hot, super-emo Nicholas Brisbane? Write them! PLEASE!
Never Go Back by Lee Child. I mean, I just love Jack Reacher, even if I have to look away when he breaks someone’s arms. Which he does, a lot. As per usual with me and series, I have not read these in order, and so far it has not been a problem. Because I love Jack Reacher. There was a smidge of bait-and-switch with a secondary character, but as long as we see her again, I won’t be mad at you, Lee Child.
Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy. Because I love military dudes who are not bound by the limits of heteronormativity. I liked it better than Hotter than Ever, although I was also super into that one.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, although probably don’t bother watching the movie.
Sailor Twain: Or, the Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel. Beautiful graphic novel that is realistic and fanciful at the same time.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Had everyone read this book but me? No? Read it.
Sex and the Single Fireman by Jennifer Bernard. Hot firemen, and I only accosted the author a little at RT.
On the Island by Tracy Garvis Graves. Soap opera conceit, but so good and tear-jerk-y.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Book Group Gold! Of course, I am prejudiced toward any book set in Italy.
Conduct Unbecoming by L. A. Witt. I really felt like I was on Okinawa, and which is impressive considering the huge distraction of watching two Navy dudes fall in love.
This seems like too many Honorable Mentions instead of Faves. Maybe I need to adjust my rating system. Three stars? So there can be middle ground? Or just read more?
Yes. Read more.
What did you all read in 2013 that you loved? Besides my books, of course. La!