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Joy Calderwood
Barbara Fielding
Sissy Jacobson
Sunnie Gill
Sally Roddom
Kerrie Smith
 
 
Joy Calderwood's Favorite Reads of 2006
Based on books read in 2006
 
Favorite Read of 2006
Favorite Fantasy, Favorite Adventure & Favorite Debut Novel
HIS MAJESTY'S DRAGON, Naomi Novik
 
Novel
Contemporary: THE MERCY OF THIN AIR, Ronlyn Domingue
Historical: THE ROAD TO CRÉCY, Daniel Hall
 
Mystery
Contemporary: BLACK FLY SEASON, Giles Blunt
Historical: THE WIDOW OF JERUSALEM, Alan Gordon
 
Science Fiction
CHILDREN OF DUNE, Frank Herbert
 
Romance
Reread: THE GRAND SOPHY, Georgette Heyer
New Read: HIS MAJESTY, THE PRINCE OF TOADS, Delle Jacobs
 
Inspirational
PRAYING WOMAN, Marsha Carter
 
Non-Fiction
GOD WILLS IT!  AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES,
  W.B. Bartlett
 
Short Story
The Bull That Thought, Rudyard Kipling
 
Youth
HORSE PASSAGES, Jennifer Macaire
 
Movies
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
WALK THE LINE
 
Series
Fantasy: Temeraire Series, Naomi Novik
  HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON
  Feast Or Famine
  THRONE OF JADE
  BLACK POWDER WAR
 
I’ve read some fabulous books this year not mentioned above, including afterlife books like Alice Sebold’s THE LOVELY BONES and Carolan Ivey’s BEAUDRY’S GHOST; and fantasies by long-time favorite Judith Tarr/Caitlin Brennan, Julian May's The Boreal Moon Tale series, and George R.R. Martin’s A FEAST FOR CROWS.  I’ve also discovered some wonderful historical mysteries, including new mystery author Jed Rubenfeld and Beverle Graves Myers’ Tito Amato series. But to my mind there’s no doubt: the best of them all is the historical fantasy series Temeraire.
 
 
Barbara Fielding's Favorites of 2006
Based on books published in 2006
 
Literature/Fiction
THE KITE RUNNER, Khaled Hosseini
 
Historical Fiction
THESE IS MY WORDS, Nancy E. Turner
 
Suspense/Mystery
THE LINCOLN LAWYER, Mike Connelly
 
Biography
MOCKINGBIRD: A PORTRAIT OF NELL LEE HARPER, Charles J. Shields
 
Inspirational Fiction
THE NOVELIST, Angela Hunt
 

Sissy Jacobson's Favorite Reads of 2006
Based on books read in 2006
 
Non-Fiction
JERUSALEM COUNTDOWN by John Hagee
 
Memoir
DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE by Anderson Cooper
NEVER AGAIN by John Ashcroft
 
Contemporary Novel
THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS by Katrina Kittle
 
Fiction
SUMMER AT WILLOW LAKE by Susan Wiggs
 
Romantic Fiction
IMMEDIATE FAMILY by Eileen Goudge
 
Historical Romance
SCANDAL IN SPRING by Lisa Kleypas
 
Series
Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
The Magic Series by Patricia Rice
 
Romantic Thriller Connected Stories
SUMMER'S CHILD by Luanne Rice
SUMMER OF ROSES by Luanne Rice
 
Romantic Western
TEXAS RAIN by Jodi Thomas
 
New-To-Me Authors Discovered This Year
  Lisa Kleypas
  Katrina Kittle
 
 
Sunnie Gill's Favorite Reads
  Tops and Bottoms of 2006
 
 
Sally Roddom's Favorite Reads of 2006
Based on books read in 2006
 
Favorite Mystery
SNOW BLIND, P.J. Tracey
 
Police Procedural
  COLD GRANITE, Stuart Macbride
  IN A DARK HOUSE, Deborah Crombie
  THE LIGHTHOUSE, P.D. James
  DEAD SIMPLE, Peter James
  RAVEN BLACK, Ann Cleves
  SILENCE OF THE GRAVE, Arnaldur Indridason
  THE TORMENT OF OTHERS, Val McDermid
 
Cosy
GO TO HELENA HANDBASKET, Donna Moore
 
Thriller
RED LEAVES, Thomas H Cook
 
Favorite Non-Mystery
THE THIRTEENTH TALE, Dianne Setterfield
 
Historical Novel
  THESE IS MY WORDS, Nancy E Turner
  SARAH'S QUILT, Nancy E Turner
  THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, Philippa Gregory
 
Historical Fantasy
  TEMERAIRE, Naomi Novik
  THRONE OF JADE, Naomi Novik
 
Fantasy
  BITTEN, Kelley Armstrong
  INDUSTRIAL MAGIC, Kelley Armstrong
 
Science Fiction
DARKOVER LANDOVER, Marion Zimmer Bradley
 
Biography
MY FORBIDDEN FACE, Latifa
 
 
Kerrie Smith's Favorite Reads of 2006
Thirteen of the best
 
Mystery
  THE BROKEN SHORE, Peter Temple
  ONE GOOD TURN, Kate Atkinson
  RED LEAVES, Thomas H Cook
  END IN TEARS, Ruth Rendall
  THE WHISPERING WALL, Patricia Carlon
 
International Mystery
TAINTED BLOOD (JAR CITY), Arnaldur Indridason
 
Cosy Mystery
BLUE SHOES AND HAPPINESS, Alexander McCall Smith
 
Police Procedural
  THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN, Maj Sjowall
  THE DEVIL'S STAR, Jo Nesbo
  LOST, Michael Robotham
  THE NAMING OF THE DEAD, Ian Rankin
  COLD GRANITE, Stuart Macbride
 
Thriller
PIG ISLAND, Mo Hayder
 
Favorite Authors
  Ann Cleeves
  Thomas H Cook
  Tess Gerritsen
  Robert Goddard
  John Harvey
  Stuart Macbride
  Henning Mankell
  Alexander McCall Smith
  Ian Rankin
  Peter Robinson
 
 
 

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