In no particular order, these are my favorite books of 2010:
No Souvenirs by K.A. Mitchell — contemporary romance
Marrying the Royal Marine by Carla Kelly — Napoleonic-set romance
The Search by Nora Roberts — romantic suspense
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews — fantasy romance
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook — steampunk romance
Fair Game by Josh Lanyon — romantic suspense
Not Knowing Jack by K.A. Mitchell — contemporary romance
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs — urban fantasy
The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo — mystery
Hell Fire by Ann Aguirre — urban fantasy
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews — urban fantasy
No Mercy by Lori Armstrong — mystery
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold — science fiction, the most recent installment of her Vorkosigan space opera series
If you made me narrow the list to three books: No Souvenirs, Cryoburn, and The Iron Duke.
The new annotated edition of Persuasion gets an honorable mention, as does Critic’s Choice by Josh Lanyon and Roadkill by Rob Thurman.
Looking at my best of list, it’s striking that few European historicals (the bedrock of genre romance) are on my list, and also how much my reading is veering away from standard genre romance to less mainstream areas and to science fiction and fantasy.
Biggest reading disappointments of the year:
Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik — this wasn’t a bad book, but it needed better editing through the middle, which was slow as molasses during a hard freeze in January.
Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann — it had all the usual elements to make a good Brockmann-style book, but somehow it just didn’t work. Reviewed here.
(Best of portion originally posted at Readers Gab last week.)