best of 2008

December 31, 2008

years best
year's best

Everybody’s doing a “Year’s Best” — here’s mine, in completely random order:


  • best romance novel to re-read: The Windflower by Laura London (aka Tom and Sharon Curtis)
  • second-best re-read: Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer
  • best best-of list to feature a book by my favorite author (aka, me)
  • funniest YA novel: Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors (there is some big upcoming news on this book and I can’t wait for Suz to spill the beans!)
  • coolest Nora Roberts book: The Hollow
  • novel most likely to send you into therapy: Cost by Roxana Robinson
  • best sobfest: Last Kiss by Luanne Rice
  • funniest: Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
  • most inspiring fiction: Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
  • best love-your-body women’s fiction: Bikini Season by Sheila Roberts
  • best category romance novel: a tie–The Princess and the Cowboy by Lois Faye Dyer, It’s That Time of Year by Christine Wenger
  • best reissued novel for kids: Looking for Bapu by Anjali Banerjee
  • most overused device in literary fiction: a dead or missing child 🙁
  • best serial thriller: Tailspin by Catherine Coulter
  • best book you probably haven’t read but should: People of the Book
  • stranger-than-fiction nonfiction: Identical Strangers by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein
  • best photographs: Life: The Classic Collection
  • biggest slog but worth the effort: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • cutest photographs with coolest story: The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton
  • best ending: Run by Ann Patchett
  • best holiday themed novel: The Letters by Luanne Rice, tied with A Virgin River Christmas by Robyn Carr
  • best escape: Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard
  • beach read most likely to make you forget you’re at the beach: The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky
  • book that’s making all the “best-of” lists that people only pretend to have read: A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  • favorite best-of list
  • best-of list of books you probably won’t read
  • best first novel: Oxygen by Carol Cassella
  • best not-yet-published novel: Dog Days by Elsa Watson
  • best book about books: Book Lust and More Book Lust by Nancy Pearl

Categories : books
  • i love your blog! there i said it. i first picked up your work at the gorcery store because i was attracted to the cover art. beach chairs, beach grass, a dock, get me everytime. i’m thinking an author would like to know these things. keep writing, keep appreciating your world, and keep the beach settings coming! happy new year!

  • Wow, I have a lot of reading to do! I have read Hummingbird (as well as almost all – if not all – of LaVyrle Spencer’s books). I also have the Sheila Roberts book on my shelf, but I haven’t gotten there yet. The summer flew too quickly!

    Right now, I’m reading The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon for my book club. So far, I like it, but I’m always a little distracted with present tense in books. I’ll have to check out some on your best of list.

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