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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: The Assignment

I’ve been in a very musical mood lately, so when I got my early assignment from Columbia to make a list of my favorite books, I put on my Julie Andrews hat and busted a move–a skip, hop, jump dance move–and started to sing: “WHEN THE DOG BITES, WHEN THE BEE STING, WHEN I’M FEELING SA-A-A-A-DDDDD!”  Obviously, by my use of caps, you can tell that

  1. I was not singing it well
  2. I was singing it loud

But the point is I was so in a Sound of Music mood.  I was Maria…minus the nun thing and that nanny thing and well the boy haircut thing.  But who cares.  The hills were alive (and no they did not have eyes) and I was off making my list of favorite books!

Now, I am sure other people in the program have very deep and significant lists (note: other Columbia Pub Courser Simple Little Bookworm‘s list was quite lovely like mine…no offense to her taste?) that include so many interesting and nice things, but my list was uniquely me and was a Romance List Extraordinaire.  Cause I’m cool like that.


So dearest friends, when your dog accidentally mistakes your foot for a chew toy, you decide that honey is worth the danger, and when you watch anything related to freakin Nicholas Sparks, take a peak at one of my favorite things and then it won’t be so bad…

  1. Crusie, Jennifer. Faking It
    • Fresh, smart, funny, and sexy, Faking It is not about a perfect romance but a crazy, convoluted relationship between two imperfect people.
  2. Gabaldon. Diana. Outlander.
    • As my biffle Amanda said once, “It’s really realistic. It’s about a nurse who goes back in time…” But basically the best example of an epic historical romance.  Plus, I love Scottish romances…
  3. Garwood, Julie. Ransom.
    • A smart and engaging historical romance, this book epitomizes the genre with it’s bold, relatable characters, sharp dialogue, and passionate storyline. Plus…it’s Scottish…I’m seeing a trend here…
  4. Howard, Linda. Mr. Perfect.
    • Along with a well-developed romance, this romantic suspense shines with humor and sarcasm. Jaine is a bitch and I love her for it! Plus, the hero is a cop and I may be in love with cop heroes.
  5. Johansen, Iris. The Ugly Duckling
    • The sizzling chemistry between the characters combined with cleverly crafted intrigue in this book make it a compelling and unpredictable romantic suspense.
  6. Mitchell, Margaret. Gone with the Wind
    • The first book that I could literally not put down. Scarlet is a flawed, selfish, and strong character that is irresistible and completely human. Plus…it’s about us Southern Girls!
  7. Nix, Garth. Sabriel
    • Instead of a heroine who needs saving, Sabriel is a powerful woman who saves her prince and provides a strong role model for young women.  A great YA. Plus, she also has a talking cat which is cool.
  8. Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. Natural Born Charmer
    • This contemporary romance is well-written with quirky characters, passion, and humor, but is different as it deals with family and second chances. It starts off with the heroine (a woman named Blue) walking down a road in a beaver suite only to meet our super hott professional football bad-boy hero!
  9. Rinaldi, Ann. Break with Charity
    • The first book that actually interested me growing up. A combination of history, romance, and a strong female character showed me that books could be fun.
  10. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • Don’t mess with me on this.  This is my favorite Harry Potter book, and I seriously re-read this book every week for a year.  I love the danger, the darkness, the violence, and the mild romance.

So there is my list of favorite things! What would your list look like?


June 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm 2 comments

Steaming Up Spring Break: Some Suggestions!

I am faced with a lovely 13 hour drive in the car tomorrow about to embark on my last spring break. EVER.  Well, probably for a long time unless I end up working in education.  I think adults call “spring break” vacation or something odd like that.  But anyway, in honor of my final foray into irresponsible, youthful vacays, I am dedicating this post to spring break reads…and some spring break romance suggestions.  I’ve got my kindle all packed–with wonderful romances that is–and don’t you want to know what made the cut? As I said before, I love me some lists.  So here it goes:

Whatcha Readin? Lizzie’s Epic Plans for Poolside Reads:

Damanding title no?

1. Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  Finally, after waiting for months, I have the time to pick up SEP’s newest release.  For those of you who are SEP fans, Call Me is Teddy Beaudine and Meg Koranda’s story.  Those names sound familiar?Think back…coming to you yet? If you said, “Wait, aren’t Ted and Meg the children some of our former SEP favorite characters?!?” Yes! They are.  Let’s see if their story is as good as their respective parents’ 🙂

2. The Perfect Mistress by Victoria Alexander.  This spring break, I am taking chances on some new authors for me and stories. A spicy Regency period historical, this book sounds charming, funny, a little spooky, and undeniably sexy, as it follows Lady Julia Winterset and Harrison Landingham, Earl of Mountdale.  Come on–who doesn’t want a little historical seduction to go along with their spring break?

3. His Heir, Her Honor by Catherine Mann.  I am not typically a HUGE fan of category/series books that deal with the whole “having a baby” theme.  I don’t know.  They don’t usually apply to my life or where I am right now.  Goodness.  College student + babies +pregnancy = scary as shit.  But I LOVE the title. Plus, maybe I need to expand my horizons and all that…

Past Readings? Lizzie’s Epic Former Poolside Reads:

1. Anything by Jennifer Crusie.  I know, I know.  Y’all are tired of me going on and on about Crusie.  But…I first discovered her on spring break, so I cannot not suggest her as a spring break read.  Plus.  Her books are so funny and sunny and the perfect reads for a lazy afternoon by the pool.  Go with a class like Welcome to Temptation or her newest Maybe This Time. You’ll fall in love–assuming you are not a robot.

Fairytales never mentioned the dangers of becoming a swan


2. Iris Johansen.  Another great spring break read.  Her romantic suspense stories are spooky, edge of your seat, and completely engaging.  Just what you need on a relaxed vacation.  A little spice and danger.  I really love The Ugly Duckling and The Face of Deception.  Only bit of advice–before starting one of the Eve Duncan stories–like her newest release–pick up Face of Deception.  It gives you the background and really will make the whole experience so much clearer.

3. Ransom by Julie Garwood.  A clear, fun, passionate, and suspenseful medieval romance.  Two things make Garwood’s book epic–in my opinion at least–the dialogue, which is witty, clever, and very realistic, and the characters who are more than one-sided stereotypes.  Sure the hero is a hunky, warrior, laird Alpha male who is a little cynical, but he is also protective, understanding, and too sexy for words.  Plus, Gillian the heroine is not TSTL (Too Stupid to Live), which is always really nice in my books.

4. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh.  A clever, sexy urban fantasy, this book is wonderfully written and really the hero Raphael?  He is simply angelic–note: he is actually an angel.  The first book in Singh’s Guild Hunter series, the book takes place in a world where angels and vampires are out in the open.  Some danger, some hott sex, some good reads.  Perfect for the beach–cause you just might need the ocean to cool off after this one 😉

So there you go my dearest friends.  Some books I hope turn out to be great, and some books that I personally think are worth multiple reads.  Trust me dearest friend, if you are looking for something to spice up your spring break and really get you warm, take a look at some of these books and bon voyage!

March 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

Call Me List-Queen!

Kick the Bucket

Damn You #6!

There’s nothing I love more than a good list.  So organized, so clean, so concise.  I make lists for everything.  Lists for shopping, deadlines, plans.  Recently, I made the most epic Senior Year Bucket List for all of my friends, just so they would know what was happening.  For the rest of the year.  Why waste another minute–as Rascal Flatts sang.  When a friend comes to me with a problem–usually about a boy–my solution? Make a list.  Today I made five lists: a packing list, a to-do-before I leave for Spring Break list, a things I forgot to bring on break list, a list of things I need to complete for monday, and a list of things I have to buy before I am prepared to spend a week down where the temperature gets over 50.

If I were a superhero, I would be ListerWoman, or the List-Queen, or just the Lister. Dun dun dun.  I make some pretty damn good lists if I do say so myself.  Sure sometimes, I have problems with that pesky number 6–seriously–why does it always have to follow 5? But for the most part my lists are the stuff of legends. Legends I say!

Want to dump that boy but not sure how to do it? There’s a list for that.  Not sure if this relationship is going anywhere? There’s a list for that to.  Overwhelmed by everything you have to do before you graduate? Yup, a list for that as well.  Really, you can make a list for anything.

Now, dearest friends, I can almost hear your brains a whirling. “Wow, you are completely insane.”  You are also wondering, “How does this connect to romance novels?” Trust me, as with everything in my life, there is some obscure connection to my favorite genre of books.  Are you ready for it? Drum roll please….

Yes, one of my absolute favorite contemporary romances–remember it is contemporary romance week on my suggestion list–is about a hunky, sexy, Alpha male looking for his perfect wife. And he has a list. I think he may just be my soulmate…love at first list.

She's a ginger, I'm a ginger. She's kooky, I'm kooky. She loves a man who loves lists....see where this is going?

In Susan Elizabeth Phillips‘ (SEP for us lazy people) Match Me if You Can, heroine Annabelle Granger is trying to make her matchmaking business a success, and when she manages to snare super-hunky and rich sports agent Heath Champion, she is determined to find him his perfect trophy wife–according to all of his very picky stipulations.  Heath knows what he wants in a wife.  His list includes such admirable characteristics as athleticism, sophistication, beauty, and intelligence.  With such specific requirements, it shouldn’t be hard to find this dream girl. Right?  Wrong.  In this wacky, sexy, funny, and almost squeal-worthy-it’s-so-cute book, Heath finds that what he is looking for may just be right under his nose….

“He grinned, and right then it occurred to him that he hadn’t enjoyed himself so much with a woman in a very long time. If Annabelle Granger were a few inches taller, a hell of a lot more sophisticated, better organized, less bossy, and more inclined to worship at his feet, she’d have made a perfect wife.”

Lists are completely useful.  I love them. And while Heath’s list may have been a bit misguided–turns out Annabelle really fit every point in her own off-the-wall way. Sigh.  I just love a happy ending.

What do you think?  Are lists worth the paper they are doodled on? I personally think so, and with that my dear friends, it is now officially SPRING BREAK.  Grab your beach towel, Heath and Annabelle sexy story, and go forth and make your own lists! The Liz-lister out!

March 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm 5 comments

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