Reviewer Faves 2005 By Hilary Williamson, November 2005
Last year, I started polling other BookLoons reviewers on personal favorites across the genres they read. The column was popular, so here's the 2005 version. Since my own tastes are well represented in our annual Recommended Reads, they're not covered here. These are the books that everyone else at BookLoons found most memorable this year.
Martina's choices reflect her tastes for paranormal romance, horror, and thrillers. The Companion and The Hunger are the first two episodes in a riveting new Regency vampire series by Susan Squires, while Susan Carroll's The Courtesan reveals dark magic in Renaissance France. Martina calls Douglas Clegg's The Priest of Blooda superb marriage of medieval history and myth. Her favorite thrillers were Tess Gerritsen's shockingly timelyVanish, and Kevin Guilfoile's chilling look at cloning technology in Cast of Shadows.
Josephine, our resident book hugger, reads widely - young adult books to thrillers, literary fiction, and non-fiction. Her top picks for adults are Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet by Xinran Xue who, Josephine tells us, touched her heart, mind, and spirit, and Gen LaGreca's Noble Vision, which features a neurosurgeon with a strong conscience. For teen readers, Josephine recommends Grace Tiffany's Ariel (a lyrical Tempest retelling), David Stahler, Jr.'s poignantA Gathering of Shades, and Juan Felipe Herrera's shot of adrenaline in Cinnamon Girl.
Theresa's tastes run mainly to fantasy & SF, and cozy mysteries (go figure). She's a longstanding David Weber fan, and particularly recommends his March and War-God, as well as his military SF, series. Amongst other genres, Shannon reads contemporaries, and picked Carter Coleman's southern epic Cage's Bend, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's profoundly movingThe Effects of Light, Anita Shreve's powerfulA Wedding in December, and a startling collection of short stories by Joyce Carol Oates, I Am No One You Know.
Kim sticks mainly to romance and chick lit. She recommends Rocki St. Claire's spellbindingHit Reply and Eileen Rendahl's Balancing in High Heels (whose heroine is in anger management). She's also a big fan of Emilie Richards' Shenandoah Album series, the latest of which is Endless Chain. Marie's choices vary widely from Stephanie Lessing's intelligently funnyShe's Got Issues to Lisa Selin Davis's darkly humorous Belly (Marie likes the modern day Archie Bunker character). She was also taken with the uniqueness of Bitter Milk by John McManus, and the futuristic satire in Kris Saknussemm's Zanesville.
Finally, Ayesha has picked out her favorite inspirational reads. She especially liked Malika Chopra's loving100 Promises to My Baby. She found Who Are You? by Stedman Graham motivating, and Cynthia Kersey's Unstoppable Womenempowering. And she considers Sonia Choquette's intuitive Trust your Vibes at Worka true gem. We all enjoy different books for varying reasons. I hope you'll find a match for your own tastes somewhere in this eclectic list of BookLoons reviewers' favorites, selected from the large set of excellent books that we reviewed in 2005.
Happy Holidays & Happy Reading to you and yours from all of us!!
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