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Best Reads of 2012

One of my favorite things to do at the end of every year is to read everyone’s best and worst lists.   This year, I thought I would join in with my own list of the best romances of 2012. As to the worst in romance, well, the less said the better.  Because I read so many older titles, this list is not limited to those published in this calendar year, but includes books written in any year that I read during 2012.  What was your favorite romance of 2012?

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What Should I Read Next?

Woman with computerWondering what to read next?  Sign up for HCPL’s email newsletter service!  A monthly romance newsletter is available through our new NextReads service.  Featuring new and recently released titles in historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance, this is a great service for those looking for the latest and greatest in romance. You can even check the library catalog from the newsletter!  And, as always, for more personalized recommendations, try our BookHunter service.

 

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Looking For a New Author? Try Rachel Gibson!

True ConfessionsEvery once in a while I become completely obsessed with a certain author’s books and must read all of them.  Recently this author has been Rachel Gibson, especially her Chinooks hockey series.    I love her quirky, charming heroines, bad boy heroes and great settings, from small towns in Texas and Idaho to the city of Seattle.  Most books are parts of series, but they are loosely connected and can be read in any order.  If you haven’t read one of her novels, try one today!


My Favorite Rachel Gibson Novels:

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That's Inspired!

Deep in the Heart of TroubleThe popularity of inspirational romance is booming as many romance readers are turning to books that have a wholesome and religious tone.  Not just stories of the Amish anymore, (although they are still extremely popular) inspirational romance has branched out into many major romance categories such as romantic suspense and chick-lit. Harlequin© has even become a publisher of inspirational fiction with their Love Inspired line.  No matter what you love, if you are looking for a clean and spiritual romance, try one of the authors below!...

2012 RITA Winners Announced

RITA awardsLast month the winners of romance’s biggest award, the RITA©, were announced.  The award recipients in these 12 categories, taken from more than one hundred finalists, represent the best of published romance for the year 2011.  I look forward to reading the winning novels, as they include several authors I have not read before as well as some of my old favorites.  Did any of your favorites win?

 

 

2012 RITA© Award Winners:

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What Are You Reading Next?

Pile of BooksEvery reader has a TBR (To Be Read) list, even if they don’t call it that.  From new titles to titles you missed when they were new, it is a list of books you fully intend to read at some point, whether now or two years from now.  Priority on the list can change when the mood strikes, leading you to read all of the books by a certain author or every historical romance set in New England you can get your hands on.    I find that no matter how many books I read, the list of titles I want to read just keeps growing.  Check out these titles from my own TBR list, and leave a comment with titles from your own!


From Jennifer’s TBR List:

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Team Peeta or Team Gale: More YA Books for Romance Readers

Anna and the French KissThe popularity of young adult novels continues to grow with adult readers.  Since I last wrote on this topic, many novels of interest to adult romance readers have been released, including some of my own personal favorites.  Although many are not strictly romances, they (like the novel The Hunger Games mentioned in the title) feature romantic entanglements along with the action, adventure or fantasy elements.  If you love teen romances, check one out today!

 

YA Reads:

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Have You Heard About OneClickDigital?

headphonesGreat news for eAudio listeners! Items in HCPL’s new eAudio collection, OneClickDigital, are now available for checkout.  A quick glance at the catalog shows 289 romance titles by popular historical, contemporary and paranormal romance authors.  Some of my favorites available in the catalog include Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, The Pursuit of Marriage by Victoria Alexander...

Has Romance, but Not a Romance

Silent in the GraveI read many genres, and I find that even when I am not reading a romance novel I appreciate a romantic subplot in a book.  Many novels in the mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and women’s fiction genres do include elements of romance, although the romance is not the focus of the plot.  The Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards even include a category for this: Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements.  Although these novels lack the typical plotlines (and covers) of a romance novel, they should please romance readers looking for something a little different without branching out too far.  Request one today!

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RITA Nominees

Love on the LineEvery year, I write a blog about the nominees for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA© Awards, and it’s that time again.  For those that are unfamiliar, these awards are given in 12 different categories (historical, inspirational, paranormal, etc.)  to the best of romance published in 2011.  Some of my favorite authors are nominated this year, and it will be interesting to see who takes home the prize.  Awards will be given out on July 28th; be sure to check back here for the complete list of winners.

The full list of nominees can be found here, but here are some of my favorites:

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