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With eleven days to go in 2012, it’s entirely likely this list may change or at least grow before the end of the year. But I got thinking today about some of the best books I read this year.

I’m extremely lucky to have a number of good friends who are writers and who are generous enough to share their not-yet-published works with me, and some of those were my most memorable reads of the year so far, but for this post, I’m including only published books.

I glanced at my bookshelves before I sat down to write this post in case I was overlooking anything great. But in the end, I decided to stick with the handful that came to mind first. It’s a good sign that I remembered them off the top of my head, I think.

I have a TBR pile that includes books that are years old that I’ve only recently discovered, new books, books I’ve been meaning to read but have never quite been in the right mood for and ones I buy because I have to read them Right Now, so often what I read is not newly in print, and that is certainly true of some of this year’s favourites.

last letter from your lover I talked about this one in the summer, and all these months later, it’s the first book that comes to mind when I think about recent reads. Lovely, lovely book, beautifully written.

 

 

 

 

the rose garden This is the third Susanna Kearsley book to feature on my blog. ’nuff said.

 

 

 

 


my husbands sweethearts This book’s unusual premise caught my interest. In it, a wife whose husband is dying figures she shared her husband’s good years with other women, so they can bloody well take a turn at his deathbed, too. It had the potential to be vindictive or perhaps voyeuristic on her part, but it’s neither of those. It’s about finding support and creating a family out of unlikely circumstances, and I enjoyed it.

 

 

renegade This is the second in Jack Whyte’s Guardians trilogy, (The Forest Laird is the first) and focusses on the young life of Robert the Bruce. I feel like I know young Robert after reading this book, and am looking forward to the next installment.

What were some of your favourite reads this year?

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I don’t expect my husband to do anything for me for Valentine’s Day. And not in that “I say I don’t expect it but really I’m lying” way of which women are sometimes accused, but for real. And he knows full well that when I said “Happy Valentine’s Day” this morning, that was the extent of the effort I put into the holiday for him. We’re on the same page where today is concerned. There are other days that are much more important to us and lots of everyday days where I’d rather be treated to something special than on a day dictated by societal pressure.

That being said, I am a romantic, and I write about love and romance and all that good stuff, and I do like all the romance-related stuff that turns up around this time of year, so I thought I’d share some of the romance-related things I’ve encountered recently. In some cases, I’ve no idea where I first saw the link, so apologies if I miss mentioning you.

Susanna Kearsley gives us some of her favourite romantic reads here. I haven’t read Random Harvest, but I’m a sucker for Goodbye, Mr. Chips by the same author, so will have to give it a try.

How Hollywood says I love you (thanks to Wendy Hartley for retweeting the link from… someone else, whoever you are.)

Looking for a good romance read? Joanna Bourne is one of the best, so no surprise her latest did so well in the All About Romance readers’ poll. http://jobourne.blogspot.com/2012/02/hoo-boy-black-hawk-is-best-romance-at.html

One take on the top 10 kisses in literature here. Some of them I wouldn’t have picked, but it’s an interesting list. (Via Nephele Tempest, I think.)

And finally, I’ll leave you with a song.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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