Friday, May 9, 2008

Can I haz, plz?

Today is a monumental day. A day ripe with importance and deep meaning. It is a day during which you should stop and ask yourself.... oh, wait, nevermind. It's just my birthday.

So on this day I am asking for a gift that only you all can give me: recommendations.

On my birthday tell me please, what are the top 3-5 books that you think I should read during the next year of my life?


Holly said...


I'd love to offer some recs, but my mind is blank this morning..not enough coffee. :)

I'll get back to you on that.

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday, Shannon!!

I think you should read Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole, Ilona Andrew, Simon R. Green, Rachel Gibson and tons more! :)

Hope you have a fabulous day.

Nicola O. said...

Happy Birthday!

1. Spymaster's Lady (Joanne Bourne)
2. A Gentle Rain (Deborah Smith)
3. Something by Loretta Chase
4. Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey if you haven't read it; if you have, then you're probably waiting for Kushiel's Mercy.
5. Something by Jennifer Crusie.

Sarai said...

Alright since katie hasn't beaten me here 3 I would check out are:
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
and last but not least Nalini Singh? Slave to Sensation and the rest if you love alphas!
Oh and if you think about it or want to try Josh Lanyon's Just b/c I love me some Jake and Try Rejar by Dara Joy (Gerrr Babby)

Marg said...

Happy Birthday!

It's a bit early in the morning for me to come up with three recs, but for the first one I would definitely say The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons, and then any of Elizabeth Hoyts books.

Kristie (J) said...

Happy Birthday!!! Did I ever tell you the story of when I worked in a grocery store and they needed someone to write on a cake? Well I had never done it before so I was a bit nervous. It showed after when I looked down at the cake to see I'd written:
Happy Birtday!
They laughed and took the cake anyways - thank goodness as I wasn't really sure what to do to fix it. And I never wrote on another cake either - odd that!

So - on to your question - top 3 to 5 books. Well the first one is obvious if you haven't read it. The crowd behind me can probably yell it out. Suffice to say it was my top book pick and my top hero pick. Linda Howard wrote some fab books - I'd say Mr. Perfect is just about perfect.
Then maybe for something a bit older - but equally wonderful, In the Midnight Rain by Ruth Wind.

Thea said...

Happy Birthday Shannon! :)

Hmm book recs you say? I second the Kushiel's Dart rec! Also, if you've never read them, Rachel Caine's Weather Warden books (starting with "Ill Wind") are awesome, and well worth a read. OH and I believe you haven't read Twilight, right??? You need to get on board :)

Kate said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky

Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson

Katie(babs) said...

Happy Birthday to yoooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu....

books you must read this year:

1. Seduce Me at Sunrise- Lisa Kleypas

2. Breaking Dawn- Stephanie Meyer

3. King of Sword and Sky- CL Wilson

4. Demon Bound- Meljean Brook

5. Hostage to Pleasure- Nalini Singh

Need any more recs? :D

Shannon said...

Yay! Such a great b-day gift. Recs, recs, and more recs. I feel so woefully behind on my reading. I think all but one of these is new to me.

Thank god I have summers off. I can catch up on all those books I have missed out on. :)

Sarai said...

So idiot me forgot the most important thing...


Geez I would lose my head if it wasn't attached.

Rowena said...

Happy Belated Birthday sweetie!

Hmmm, my brain isn't working all that well right now but off the top of my head, if you haven't read any KMM books then you should definitely read those, JQ is great for historicals and ummm, yeah I'm outta ideas...haha.

Nicola O. said...

Oooh, Sarai, Sugar Daddy was really good! AFAIK it's Kleypas's first contemporary and it was just as good as her historicals.

Shannon said...

Rowena- I think my brain is still fuzzy. KMM? I am completely drawing a blank. Who is that?

Carolyn Jean said...


I hope you had a great B-day.

I'm going to go with Nicola on recommending Spymaster's Lady. It is a MUST MUST MUST read. It is 100% delightful. Also, Kushiel's Dart is excellent. Have you read that Lord of Scoundrels? Everybody seems to. I just smiled all the way through it. MelJean Brook is a great rec, too. Start anywhere.

Christine said...

Happy (belated) Birthday! ... although I do believe I greeted you a bit early on Lisabea's DIK day. ;)

KMM = Karen Marie Moning. I've got all her Highlander books on my wish list. I've read Dark Fever (her new Fae series), but am waiting for the sequel to come out in paperback.

My recommendations would be:
1. TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer
2. SUGAR DADDY by Lisa Kleypas
3. BLUE EYED DEVIL by Lisa Kleypas
4. The Black Dagger Brotherhood books by JR Ward. Yes, all of them!
5. The Guardians series by Meljean Brook. Yes, all of them!

Bridget Locke said...

Ohhh...recs, huh? That's always a ton of fun. :)

I like the Enchanted, Inc. series by Shanna Swendson. Girl lit & stuff, but Owen? *sigh* Yummy!

The House of Night series by PC & Kristin Cast. Young Adult vampire series that it totally rockin'.

Pride & Prejudice. Finished it last night. What an awesome book. :)

The Dirk & Steele series by Marjorie M. Liu is awesome. Tiger Eye is the first. Phew! Hotness! :)

And The Goddess Summoning series by PC Cast. There's something about that woman's writing that just sings to me.

Enjoy! :)

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday!! (Again ;)

My recs...

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop (that counts as 3!)
Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost.