Put your books down!
The 2009 Books Alive Reading Challenge finished yesterday (or today if you’re behind the date line). Stop reading and start writing your lists! Include a link to your challenge results in the comments below, so we can check out what you read. I’ll post a round-up post next week, so you have until Sunday to get those reviews done!
If you don’t have a blog, feel free to list your books in the comments below, or let me know if you’d like to do a guest post here on Book Thingo.
Books Alive Quickie Challenge
Here’s a list of the top 10 books I’ve read this year so far.
1. My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne – If you think romance writers can’t write beautiful prose, you need to read this book.
2. Addition by Toni Jordan – For maths nerds, people who count their steps, and lovers of base 10. You know who you are.
3. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – An old man signs up for the intergalactic army. In exchange for a new, youthful body, he has to face some of Earth’s most vicious enemies. At its core, the story explores the human condition.
4. Affection: A Memoir of Love, Sex and Intimacy by Krissy Kneen – Raw, beautiful, disturbing. I’ve had all sorts of difficulty writing a review for this book. Reading it was a very personal experience.
5. The Switch by Lynsay Sands – One of the funniest romances I’ve ever read.
6. Disco Boy by Dominic Knight – The authentic 20-something, post-uni experience for people with some ambition and not much motivation.
7. Courting Disaster by Kathleen O’Reilly – One of my favourite contemporary heroes, and a virgin heroine who didn’t get on my nerves.
Hot Under Pressure by Kathleen O’Reilly – The ultimate airplane fling story. O’Reilly is great at concocting realistic conflicts. I think she’s one of the best contemporary romance authors today.
8. Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh – Rawr! The sexiest book in the Psy-Changeling series.
9. The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke – One of the most original fantasy worlds I’ve read.
10. Dark Country by Bronwyn Parry – More suspense than romance, this book captures the spirit of small outback communities. It’s rare for me to find outback books appealing, but Parry is 2 for 2.
What were your favourite reads this year? And if you took the Books Alive Challenge, don’t forget to include a link to your challenge results!