Tag: Best of 2007

Best of 2007: The Books

Posted January 2, 2008 by Holly in Features | 5 Comments

As with all things, our Best of lists must come to an end. After much deliberation, aruging and bantering back and forth, we’ve finally made our lists of our best reads of 2007.

It’s been a good reading year for all of us here at Book Binge. We read some great new favorites, some wonderful old ones and saw some great new entries from favorite authors.

Isabel’s List:

Lord or Scoundrels by loretta chase
Virgin river by Robyn Carr
Broken by Megan Hart
Dirty by Megan Hart
Sleepless at midnight by Jaquie D’Alessandro
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Harry potter and the deathly hallows by j k rowling.

Wena’s List

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
2. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.
3. The whole Virgin River series (is that cheating?) by Robyn Carr.
4. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder.
5. Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas.

Honorable Mentions go to: Crazy Cool by Tara Janzen, Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas, Anyone but You by Jennifer Crusie and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer…oh and Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught, love that book too.

My absolute favorite read of this year goes to Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase because it had the right amount of everything and it’s one of the few stories where I loved the hero, the heroine, the secondary characters and just…everything, it had the right amount of laughs, the right amount of sad stuff and good things all mixed into it to make it the best read of 2007…for me. I effing love that book….I think a tad bit more than Twilight, even though that book comes in really,really, really close to LOS.

Casee’s List

1. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
2. Virgin River by Robyn Carr
3. On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens (I just finished this yesterday and OMG, it was awesome)
4. My Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman
5. Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair

Holly’s List:

1) Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
2) Virgin River by Robyn Carr
3) The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
4) If His Kiss is Wicked by Jo Goodman
5) Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb
6) Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
7) The Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
8) Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
9) Demon Moon by Meljean Brook
10) Wanna Play by Gail Faulkner

I know there are others that we truly enjoyed, but we tried to keep our lists at a manageable level. What about the rest of you? What were your best reads? Something that was published this year? Something that you just read for the first time, even though it was published ages ago? Something that you’ve read a hundred times but it still tops your list?

Edited to change the title of my favorite In Death book for the year. Though I enjoyed Born in Death, as Nath pointed out in the comments, it was Innocent I liked best. 🙂

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Worst Reads of 2007

Posted January 2, 2008 by Holly in Features | 4 Comments

While working on our Best Of lists for 2007, we started talking about the worst books we’d read as well. It’s not very often you see Worst of lists around, mostly it’s just the Best of this and the Best of that. But we said we’d be honest when we started this blog and honestly? There were some bad reads for us in 07.

Without further ado:

Holly’s List:

1) A Year of You by Adra Steia
2) Office Slave by JW McKenna
3) Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
4) Raintree: Sanctuary by Beverly Barton
5) What’s that book by Audra and Stella Price

Casee’s List:

  1. A Year of You by Adra Steia
  2. Office Slave by J.W. McKenna
  3. Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward
  4. Ben’s Wildflower by Carol Lynne
  5. The Suicide Club by Gayle Wilson

I have one runner up. Lawman by Diana Palmer. I don’t really feel right about saying it was one of my worst reads. She stayed true to Palmer form in Lawman. It was a train wreck for me.

Wena’s List:

  1. Sugar and Sin by Stella and Audra Price.
  2. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.
  3. Midnight Brunch by Marta Acosta.

Sugar and Sin will always leave a bad taste in my mouth and because of authors behaving badly, I’ll never read another Stella Price book again because well…BLAH! As for Eclipse, turning Jacob into a whiny baby pissed me off just as much as turning Bella into a retarded hussy did and Midnight Brunch made me yawn a lot so I never finished it…hands down these three were my worst reads of ’07.

Isabel’s List:

) eclipse by Stephanie meyer
2) Sugar and Sin by Stella Price
3) A year of You by Audra Stie
4) Shadow Heart by Laura Kinsale
5) Dreams of Destiny by May MCGoldrick

So, what about you? What were your worst reads of 2007?

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Best of 2007: Heroines

Posted December 29, 2007 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

It’s that time of the day again, for us to post our Best Of post for the day and today’s post was a lot harder than the others because, we’re girls and we’re all about the hero lovin’…we don’t pay too much attention to the heroe’s significant other because let’s face it.

We’re imagining ourselves in their place but there were a few heroines that stood out from the rest of the heroines and we’ve each listed our favorites. I think it’s safe to assume that here at Book Binge, you won’t find those headstrong heroines who can’t sit back and let the hero shine for a bit on our Favorite lists, in fact, those are the heroines that we call….TSTL, or To Stupid To Live and those are the heroines that would make it on our Worst Of lists should we decide to do one but since we’re looking at the good sides of heroines, here’s our list of this year’s Best Heroines of 2007 for…us.

Rowena’s picks:

1. Melanie Monroe from Virgin River by Robyn Carr.
2. Rosie Dunne from Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern.
3. Bella Swan but ONLY from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
4. Jessica Trent from Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.
5. Heather Wells from The Heather Wells series by Meg Cabot.

There were plenty of books on my book log that I was like, oh heck yes I remember that hero and yeah he was hot stuff, I had more than 5 heroes to add to my list of faves but for the heroines, I had a hard time remember who was who and all that but the ones that really stuck out with me are the five that I’ve listed on my list. I liked each of these women for different reasons and I think they’re a great bunch of heroines, even though the older Bella got, the stupider she got but hey, we’re all dumb sometimes so I guess I’ll forgive Bella for Eclipse since I really liked her in Twilight and most of New Moon, so yeah she made my list.

Honorable Mentions go out to: Regan Madison from Julie Garwood’s Murder List, Gina Vitagliano from Suz Brockmann’s Breaking Point and Amelia Hathaway from Lisa Kleypas’ Mine til Midnight. These were some awesome heroines as well.

Holly’s picks:

Do I have any favorites? LOL

Ok, let’s see:

1) Brie from Shadow Mountain by Robyn Carr.
2) Eve Dallas from the In Death Series by J.D. Robb.
3) Jasmina Carson from Wanna Play by Gail Faulkner.
4) Lucy Craddock-Hayes from The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt.
5) Jessica Trent from Lord of Scoundrel’s by Loretta Chase.

This was really hard for me, because I generally love to hate heroines. Luckily, there were a few great ones that came out this year (or that I re-read this year). Hopefully I’ll have just as much luck next year. 🙂

Isabel’s Picks:

1. Jessica Trent from Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.
2. Sadie from Broken by Megan Hart.
3. Esmeralda Fine from Nobody’s Darling by Teresa Medeiros.
4. Elle from Dirty by Megan Hart.
5. Melanie Monroe from Virgin River by Robyn Carr.

The heroines didn’t really stand out for me, I guess I was too wrapped up in the heroes.

Casee’s Picks:

1. Mel Monroe from Virgin River by Robyn Carr.
2. Emma Hathaway from If His Kiss is Wicked by Jo Goodman.
3. Scheme Tallant from Tanner’s Scheme by Lora Leigh.
4. Phoebe MacNamera from High Noon by Nora Roberts.
5. Riley Dawson from Atlantis Rising by Alyssa Day.

I have to give a few honorable mentions. First one is Brenna Kincaid in Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh. Second honorable mention is Hannah Drake in Safe Harbor by Christine Feehan. Third (and final) honorable mention is Lacey Sebastian in Darkness Reborn by Alexis Morgan. It’s so hard to pick, but all of these heroines were really worthy of mentioning.

So there you have it, dear readers, who were your favorite heroines of 2007?

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Best Of 2007: Authors.

Posted December 28, 2007 by Rowena in Features | 10 Comments

In keeping with yesterday’s our Best Heroes of 2007 post, today we’re going to be posting about our favorite authors of 2007.

With the many authors that are coming out each year, we’ve read our fair share of new authors, new to us authors and then we’ve also read our tried and true authors in which we absolutely love. In 2007 alone, many authors have had new books that we’ve read and our lists for today consists of the authors that we absolutely loved this year.

And now on with the lists…

Rowena’s List:

1. Stephenie Meyer.
2. Robyn Carr.
3. Loretta Chase.
4. Cecelia Ahern.
5. Tara Janzen.

I didn’t read too many new to me authors this year, I’m gonna have to change that next year because I read a lot of these authors back in 2006 so come 2008, I’m gonna try to branch out more and read more new to me authors, of the authors that I gave a go this year, my favorite of the bunch would have to be, hmmm probably a tie between Stephenie Meyer and Robyn Carr, their two series had me all in love with their characters, Robyn Carr did a fantastic job of keeping me in love with her characters and her storylines, where as Stephenie Meyer had me wanting to strangle Bella by Eclipse but I can’t hate SM for Eclipse because I love her too much for Twilight and New Moon. Great, GREAT Authors!

Isabel’s List:

1. Stephenie Meyer.
2. Robyn Carr.
3. Megan Hart.
4. Loretta Chase.
5. ???

I chose Stephenie Meyer even though Eclipse sucked!

Casee’s List:

1. Robyn Carr.
2. Jo Goodman.
3. Linnea Sinclair.
4. Alyssa Day.
5. Lara Adrian.

and finally…

Holly’s List:

1. Elizabeth Hoyt.
2. Jo Goodman.
3. Meg Cabot.
4. Nalini Singh.
5. Robyn Carr.

Honorable Mentions: Gail Faulkner, Deborah Smith and Meljean Brook. Each of these authors didn’t make my Top 5 list because I’ve only read one book by each (with the exception of MB, but I think I read her first book in ’06).

Alright readers, who are your favorite new to you authors of 2007?

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Best of 2007: The Heroes

Posted December 27, 2007 by Holly in Features | 13 Comments

With only one week left of 2007, it’s about that time for us book lovers to break out our book journals and analyze the reading we did this year. It’s about that time where we decide which books were our favorites, what heroes we liked best and what heroines we only wanted to choke a little bit. With so many things to analyze, we’ve decided that here at Book Binge, we’ll be listing our favorites of the year. Until the end of the year, we’ll be listing our favorite heroes, heroines, secondary characters, genres and all that good stuff here at your neighborhood friendly Book Binge.

To kick things off, we decided that today we’ll be posting about our favorite Heroes. With the amount of reading that we did this year, this was no easy task. There were so many different heroes to choose from, with Dashing Dukes and Sexy SEALs and then Hottie Cowboys, how can you choose just one?

We didn’t.

Because we’re suckers for a great hero, we decided that we would list our Top 5 Heroes of 2007. Now, this didn’t mean we’re only ranking our favorite heroes that came out in 2007, oh no…we’re ranking our top 5 heroes that we met for the first time this year as well as the ones that came out this year. So here’s what we came up with.

Rowena’s Picks:

1) Jack Sheridan from Virgin River by Robyn Carr.
2) Sebastian Dain from Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.
3) Mick Hennessey from Tangled Up In You by Rachel Gibson.
4) Alex Stewart from Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern.
5) Mitch Wyatt from Every Breath You Take by Judith McNaught.

Honorable Mentions: Dean Roubillard from Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Alec Buchanan from Murder List by Julie Garwood and Christian Hawkins and Kid Chronolopolous from Crazy Cool and Crazy Kisses by Tara Janzen.

It’s hard to choose my absolute favorite hero because look at my list? How can you choose just one of those guys as your favorite of ’07? If I absolutely had to, I think I’d choose Jack Sheridan because he embodies everything I want in a man…and I’d only choose him if I absolutely had to, like they were going to cut off my arm or one of my legs if I didn’t…if I didn’t have to choose just ONE hero to be my favorite, then all of them are my favorites, one for each day of the week! LOL.

Holly’s Picks:

In no particular order:

1) Restell Gardner from If His Kiss is Wicked by Jo Goodman
2) Viscount Simon Iddesleigh from The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
3) Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death Series
4) Judd Lauren from Nalini Singh’s Caressed by Ice
5) Colin Ames-Beaumont from Meljean Brook’s Demon Moon

I know there are tons of other ones I read about, and picking 5 was so hard for me, but I’m pretty confident in my choices…for now. Who knows what my picks will be next week. 🙂

Isabel’s Picks:

1) Edward from Twilight
2) Sebastian from Lord of Scoundrels
3) Harry Potter from The Deathly Hallows
4) Dan from Dirty
5) Jack from Virgin River

Honorable mention: I have to list Connor from The Wedding. He didn’t earn the top 5 spot since this was a reread.

Casee’s Picks:

1) Judd Lauren from Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh
2) Jack Sheridan from Virgin River by Robyn Carr
3) Colin Thorne from My Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman
4) Branden Kel Paten from Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair
5) Tegan from Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian

Man but 2007 was a good year of the heroes, now that we’ve listed ours…who was YOUR favorite hero of 2007? Can you choose just one or are you a slutty hussies like us and had to choose 5? Let us know, we’re nosy like that.

Happy Reading Ya’ll!

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