Five Books Everyone Should Read, at the Book Binge

26 Jul

Update, April 2021: With the exception of Nalini Singh and Courtney Milan, all of the authors mentioned are white, and all of the books and series are hetero-centric. I apologize for this appalling lack of diversity.


The lovely ladies of The Book Binge have been running a weekly feature this year, inviting readers, bloggers, authors, and publishing professionals, to share five titles that have touched them and stayed with them throughout the years.

I was quite honored to have been invited to participate. You can find my list of recommendations here.

Thank you, Holly and Rowena!

Edited to add links to my reviews of some of the books I listed there.

Morning Glory, by LaVyrle Spencer

Lord of Scoundrels, by Loretta Chase

Over the Edge, by Suzanne Brockmann

Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers

Unnatural Death, by Dorothy L Sayers

Strong Poison, by Dorothy L Sayers

Have His Carcase, by Dorothy L Sayers

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L Sayers

Busman’s Honeymoon, by Dorothy L Sayers

HeartMate, by Robin D Owens

Heart Thief, by Robin D Owens

Heart Fate, by Robin D Owens

Heart Change, by Robin D Owens

Heart Search, by Robin D Owens

The Kraken King, by Meljean Brook

Slave to Sensation, by Nalini Singh

Visions of Heat, by Nalini Singh

Caressed by Ice, by Nalini Singh

Mine to Possess, by Nalini Singh

Hostage to Pleasure, by Nalini Singh

Branded by Fire, by Nalini Singh

Blaze of Memory, by Nalini Singh

Bonds of Justice, by Nalini Singh

Play of Passion, by Nalini Singh

Kiss of Snow, by Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need, by Nalini Singh

Heart of Obsidian, by Nalini Singh

Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh

Shards of Hope, by Nalini Singh

Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre

Wanderlust, by Ann Aguirre (joint review)

Undercover, by Lauren Dane

Relentless, by Lauren Dane

Captivated, by Lauren Dane

The Year We Fell Down, by Sarina Bowen

Trade Me, by Courtney Milan

The Witness, by Nora Roberts

2 Responses to “Five Books Everyone Should Read, at the Book Binge”

  1. kristiej 03/08/2015 at 10:25 AM #

    You have 2 books I would pick too – Morning Glory and Lord of Scoundrels. To me they are both classics of the modern day romance novel for different reasons.

    • azteclady 03/08/2015 at 11:15 AM #

      I saw both of them listed in NPR’s Summer of Love 100 romances list–and was surprised to see comments to the effect that LoS should not be included in these lists, because “it’s too old,” or some such.

      I sat here with my mouth hanging open. It’s a bit like saying “don’t read the classics, they are too old,” when talking about those 100 “books to read before you die” lists.

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