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My AAR ballot

After much frustration, here’s my ballot.




1. Persuasion Austen, Jane


Shards of Honor/Cordelia’s Honor Bujold, Lois McMaster
3. The Blue Castle Montgomery, L.M.
4. Naked in Death Robb, JD
5. Welcome to Temptation Crusie, Jennifer
6. Over the Edge Brockmann, Suzanne
7. Bad for Each Other Hathaway, Kate
8. One Good Turn Kelly, Carla
9. Bitten Armstrong, Kelley
10. Montana Sky Roberts, Nora
11. With This Ring Kelly, Carla
12. Innocent in Death Robb, JD
13. My Lady Notorious Beverley, Jo
14. A Civil Campaign Bujold, Lois McMaster
15. Remembering Blue Fowler, Connie May
16. Born in Fire Roberts, Nora
17. Wolf in Waiting Flanders, Rebecca
18. The Truth About Forever Dessen, Sarah
19. Beguilement Bujold, Lois McMaster
20. Bet Me Crusie, Jennifer
21. Harvard’s Education Brockmann, Suzanne
22. Demon Moon Brook, Meljean
23. Reforming Lord Ragsdale Kelly, Carla
24. My Best Friend’s Girl Koomson, Dorothy
25. The Far Pavilions Kaye, M.M.
26. Truly Madly Yours Gibson, Rachel
27. Off the Record Haldemann-Time, Matthew
28. Marian’s Christmas Wish Kelly, Carla
29. Born Confused Hidier, Tanuja Desai
30. Finding Laura Hooper, Kay
31. Son of the Morning Howard, Linda
32. Imaginary Men Banerjee, Anjali
33. The Accidental Duchess Benson, Jessica
34. Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married Keyes, Marian
35. Hazard Beverley, Jo
36. A Summer to Remember Balogh, Mary
37. Anyone But You Crusie, Jennifer
38. The Cubicle Next Door Mitchell, Siri L.
39. To Love and to Cherish Gaffney, Patricia
40. The Lady’s Companion Kelly, Carla
41. When Venus Fell Smith, Deborah
42. Here’s to the Ladies Kelly, Carla
43. Sushi for Beginners Keyes, Marian
44. Anne of the Island Montgomery, L.M.
45. Shattered Rainbows Putney, Mary Jo
46. Courting Miss Hattie Morsi, Pamela
47. Sloppy Firsts & Second Helpings McCafferty, Megan
48. If Andy Warhol Had A Girlfriend Pace, Allison
49. It Had to Be You Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
50. Thunder & Roses Putney, Mary Jo
51. Rising Tides Roberts, Nora
52. Midnight Bayou Roberts, Nora
53. Angel Rogue Putney, Mary Jo
54. The Viscount Who Loved Me Quinn, Julia
55. Northern Lights Roberts, Nora
56. A Place to Call Home Smith, Deborah
57. Vows Spencer, Lavyrle
58. A Promising Man Young, Elizabeth
59. Blood & Chocolate Krause, Annette Curtis
60. A Knight in Shining Armor Deveraux, Jude
61. The Gamble Spencer, Lavyrle
62. Garters Morsi, Pamela
63. Devil’s Bride Laurens, Stephanie

I started out with ~70 books, then the list grew to about 90.  I ended up trimming a lot of books off because, although I love them, I love pieces of them, rather than the whole.  For example, Brockmann’s Force of Nature and Hot Target were on my original list…because of Jules & Robin; the whole books were good but not DIK’s otherwise (for me).  Same with several Nora Roberts books — I love Cam in Chesapeake Blue, but thought that was the weakest book of the series otherwise, and I didn’t really *love* Sea Swept the way I loved Rising Tides…so it came off, too.  I treated Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings as a single entry because I can’t separate the two.

I wonder, too, if proximity didn’t make a difference.  I was wowwed by Mitchell’s The Cubicle Next Door relatively recently and it is fresh in my memory, so it made the list.  I’m not sure if it would if the poll occurred later.

Let’s see, what trends do I see?  Clearly I’m a fan of Nora Roberts/JD Robb (7) and Carla Kelly (6).  Bujold, Crusie and Putney ring in with 3 books each; the Bujold and Crusie weren’t a surprise to me, but the Putney was, because I haven’t read any of her recent stuff or been tempted to try it.  Jo Beverley, Suzanne Brockmann, Marian Keyes, and L.M. Montgomery each only have two books on my list, which is surprising given how much shelf space they take up.  Morsi’s Americana books were autobuys for me (hence two votes) but I haven’t read her contemporaries; same with Deborah Smith’s southern set books — the last few have been ~meh~ for me.  The Spencer books I like are not the ones that most readers adore — frankly, Morning Glory is my least favorite book by her, but everyone raves about it.   Only one Linda Howard on there, one Rachel Gibson, one Julia Quinn, one Stephanie Laurens.  No Julie Garwood, no Diana Gabaldon, no Loretta Chase.  A couple of werewolf books, but not a single vampire on the listETA:  I take that back!  Colin in Demon Moon is a vampire, so there is one on my list.  More historicals than I anticipated, some YA and chicklit.



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Alternate names

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The Alternate Name Meme.

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AAR’s Top 100

Check out the interim list! Most of them are not among my favorites. In fact, there are only 21 on that list (out of 100) that I am tentatively including on mine. I’ve managed to compile a list of 71 books that are keepers, but I’m having a hard time ranking them.

SPOILER for the interim results!


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Desktop meme

Cindy tagged me last week for the desktop meme, but I forgot. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

Photo behind the cut.


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Book meme

Stolen from riley_merrick :

These are the top one-hundred-six books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing‚Äôs users. Bold those you’ve read. Italicize those you started but couldn’t, didn’t or haven’t finished. Strike through those you despise. Put an asterisk next to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those in the TBR pile.

Hmm, as I check the list, there need to be some additional classifications: books that bored me to tears; overhyped books that should go out of print.

Looks like I start much more than I finish.


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The 7 x 7 music meme

I have been tagged by davidgallaher1 and jperceval:

List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.

1. Lizzie West — 19 Miles to Baghdad
2. Eric Clapton — Motherless Child
3. Three Doors Down — It’s Not Me
4. George Strait — Need I Say More
5. Jimmy Buffett — Come Monday
6. Melissa Etheridge — If I Wanted To
7. Dixie Chicks — I Hope

Who to tag?
and anyone else who wants to participate…


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Memememe, Youyouyouyou

Jennie has created an experimental meme: The Little-Known Favorites Meme.

Rules: List and describe three of your favorite books that other people might not be familiar with. Then tag five people. See, easy!

I had a very hard time thinking of three favorite books that other people might not be familiar with. I suppose it says something about my taste (mainstream? plebian?) that I had a hard time a first thinking of any. But then, once I got started, I kept thinking of more and it was hard to narrow the list to three. There were a surprising number of chick lit books on the list, too, given how small a percentage of my reading they make.

In no particular order:


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Shakespeare meme

Picked up at Sarahf‘s: when you see this on your f-list, quote some Shakespeare.

I couldn’t decide between my favorites, so:

Sonnet 130


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Thursday Thirteen: acronyms

Thirteen Things about JMC
13 Acronyms I Love

Mostly net-based, but some not.


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Thursday Thirteen: Books on the Wishlist

Thirteen Things about JMC
13 Books on My PBS Wishlist

Books I’m waiting for, patiently and not so patiently. Chosen at random, in alphabetical order.


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