The wonderful website, All About Romance ( http://www.likesbooks.com ), has announced the results of their annual reader’s poll on the top 100 romance books. It just so happens that I’ve read all of their top 10 on the list and a total of 44 off the total list. It seems I have a long way to go to get to 100 but if these are the “best” then the journey should be rewarding.
My personal Top 10 I think would vary from there’s. You have to remember that everyone brings to their reading their own point of view. Here are AAR’s poll results for the Top 10.
1. LORD OF SCOUNDRELS by Loretta Chase
2. DEVIL IN WINTER by Lisa Kleypas
3. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen
4. THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE by Jennifer Ashley
5. OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon
6. FLOWERS FROM THE STORM by Laura Kinsale
7. SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS by Mary Balogh
8. DREAMING OF YOU by Lisa Kleypas
9. THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME by Julia Quinn
10. ROMANCING MR. BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn
I enjoyed reading every one of the books listed but there are some books that either didn’t make the 100 list at all or were way down on the list that I would put in the top 10. For example:
#61. NINE RULES TO BREAK WHEN ROMANCING A RAKE by Sarah MacLean (this one would definitely hit my top 10)
#67. CRY NO MORE by Linda Howard (my all time favorite Howard novel)
#76 UNVEILED and #87. THE GOVERNESS AFFAIR by Courtney Milan (these and the other books in the series should be up there.)
Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series books never got a mention, although her THE RAVEN PRINCE did come in at #22. My favorite Mary Balogh book, A MATTER OF CLASS, was ignored. Susanna Kearsley didn’t get a mention. Paranormal Romance was all but ignored. ( you can see all of my favorites over the life of this blog right up there in the header. Just click on “Deet’s Favorite Reads of…”)
Please go to the AAR website and take a look at the poll, they have a printable copy function so you can peruse and mark off your favorites. Then come here and tell me what books you think should be in the top ten that got left out.