This Week's Topic:
Top Ten Books & Authors
My best friend convinced me to read Sugar Daddy when I was becoming a serious reader and when I finally found out about Blue-Eyed Devil a year later, I read it and never looked back. Hello, favorite author! I've read about 20 books by Lisa Kleypas and I thoroughly loved every single one of them. There is a special place in my heart with the words LISA KLEYPAS carved. She introduced me to contemporary romance and my reading life has changed ever since.
02. Sarah Dessen
I bet Sarah Dessen is a gateway author for a ton of readers and that makes her even more amazing. The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby are some of the first YA books that I read and they also indirectly led me to blogging!
03. Confessions From an Arranged Marriage by Miranda Neville
My first historical romance book! and I LOVED it!! And now I cannot stop reading historical romance. I literally have to stop myself otherwise, I would read nothing but historical romance but I can't ignore contemporary YA!
04. Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
One of the first non-MG books that I read while learning English. It was a beautiful book when I only understood half of the words, it's a beautiful book 8 years later.
05. Kimberley Reeves
Kimberley Reeves put her contemporary romance stories online to read for free and I read ALL of them. Multiple times. When I say *ALL* I don't mean 3-4 books, I mean 10+ books and whenever I was bored, I would reread my favorites. I've memorized some of them, no joke.
02. Carolyn Jewel. Scandal was my very first historical romance book! Though it was Lisa Kleypas who ultimately hooked me a couple books later, I did love this book! And it opened a whole new world for me. I've never looked back. ♥
03. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I read Jane Eyre when I was 12, and it was my very first "grown up" classic! Thankfully, I loved it. I cannot even tell you the amazing reads I would've missed out on if I had been biased against exploring the classics.
04. Sarah Mayberry. When I first started reading romances (again), I found myself harboring a bias against Harlequin/Silhouette authors, mainly because I'd been less than impressed with a couple of them. Sarah Mayberry (who only wrote for the Blaze line at the time) showed me that there were talented serial authors, too! I shouldn't just brush them all aside. This is still something I struggle with sometimes, but I am a lot more open now than I was once upon a time.
05. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost. This was my first foray into world of adult paranormal/urban fantasy. Though it's not my favorite subgenre and probably never will be, it can be crazy awesome when I'm in the mood for it! (Plus, Bones! ♥)