Saturday, September 09, 2006

Top 20! Err, I mean Top 15!

A while ago, Kristie and Cindy came up with this idea of everyone posting their top 20 romances (top 20 by 20 different authors). I didn't think I could do this at first because I haven't been a hard-core romance reader all that long, but I decided to try. And as of now I've only got 15. And it took me a month to finally getting around to posting them. But finally, here they are.

Now some purists may argue that a few of these are not romances. But in my opinion they are--they all have HEAs and I would say that the love story is the most essential part of the plot.

Top 15
  1. The Blue Castle, L.M. Montgomery
  2. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  3. This Rough Magic, Mary Stewart
  4. Faking It, Jennifer Crusie
  5. Born in Fire, Nora Roberts
  6. Lord of Scoundrels, Loretta Chase
  7. The Nonesuch, Georgette Heyer
  8. The Far Pavilions, M.M. Kaye
  9. Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
  10. Into the Wilderness, Sara Donati
  11. Kathryn in the Court of Six Queens, Anne Merton Abbey
  12. Ain't She Sweet, Susan Elizabeth Philips
  13. A Summer to Remember, Mary Balogh
  14. A Civil Campaign, Lois McMaster Bujold
  15. To Sir Philip, With Love, Julia Quinn

I'm sure this list will change lots in the future. Some will stay (those top three ain't goin' nowhere, that's for sure), and others will fall off. But for now, I'm pretty happy with it.


CindyS said...

Okay, I didn't recognize 1, 3, 8 and 11 but I went and looked them up. The rest I've either read or have in the TBR pile. Mostly in the TBR pile ;)

Not easy to come up with the list is it. Mine has already changed - J.R. Ward's title is now Lover Awakened - I knew it was going to change ;)


Jennie said...

It is really hard! Especially choosing only one by a favorite author. I hemmed and hawed a lot over some of those. :)

I have to try J.R. Ward. All the hype is getting to me.

Dylan said...

Hey, I never did this because I don't think I've read 20 different authors, I may be wrong now that I think about it, so maybe I will try this.

How long have you been reading romances?

Jennie said...

I guess I started reading them in college, but I didn't have much time back then (having to read all that boring school work!) I'd say the last 3 or 4 years is when I've read the most romance.

And that's nothing compared to some people out there who have been reading romances for decades!