Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday - Books I Would Recommend for Readers Who Don't Read Romance

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

The topic today is: Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Someone Who Doesn't Read _______
(fill in the blank with any genre)

Today's topic was too fun to pass up, so I'm joining in with other bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish to make up my list of books for non-romance readers.

I read quite a large number of great books that fall more into the romance category, particularly the historical romance genre, that are very well-written and enjoyable. Here's my Top 10 list of great books and authors for the non-romance readers with a link to my review:

l. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (She's a top favorite of mine.)

2. Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught (She has a great list - try any one of them!)

3. She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell

4. My Love, My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas

5. Zemindar by Valerie Fitzgerald

6. Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware

7. Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

8. The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

9. Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise

10. Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman

All are wonderful books with a romance at the heart of the story with an equally compelling plot. I hope one of these titles will tempt you to give something in the historical romance genre a try!


Audra said...

Fantastic list! Only a few of these authors are familiar to me (like Susanna Kearsley or Ciji Ware) so I'm thrilled to have new authors/books to add to my TBR. I've got Wildflower Hill at home -- I need to read it, soon!

Anjuli said...

Great lists- I always love your recommendations.

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

Love your list, Joanne! I'm not a romance reader but many of your selections I will definitely be checking out simply because you recommend them :-) I have a couple on my shelf already, and a few I've already read.

Harvee, Book Dilettante said...

I enjoy historical romances but am sorry to say I haven't read any on your list. I love the titles and will have to add them to my list of books to read this year.

Yvette said...

I recognize a couple of the names on this list, Joanne. But I'm an old romance reader from way back.

Staci said...

I've read 4 of them and adding the rest to my list!!

Mystica said...

I've not read a single one of them and the one I want to read most is your first - The Winter Sea.

Marg said...

It's interesting reading this list. Whilst the ones I have read on here have romantic themes, I wouldn't call them genre romances as such! I do thoroughly recommend The Winter Sea and Wildflower Hill in particular. I also liked Mischief of the Mistletoe but wouldn't recommend starting there in the series!

Joanne said...

Hey Marg - That's why I would recommend them to people who don't read romances. I think they are a great love story (not necessarily "romancey").

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