Sharing My Favorite Book Giveaway Hop

Sharing My Favorite Read Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Reading Romances!

I never can pick just one.

As part of the Share My Favorite Read Giveaway Hop, I was supposed to pick my favorite book, and share it.

My one and only? That’s my husband’s place in my life.

When it comes to books, not remotely possible to choose.

Favorites of different types, absolutely!

After all, I love steak and I love chocolate. But is one better than the other? Is one better than the other for what? There is nothing in the universe like chocolate. Maybe sex.

But chocolate does not take the place of an excellent filet mignon. It’s what you have after an excellent filet mignon. Or after a perfectly grilled hamburger. It depends on what I’m in the mood for.

So for flavors of favorites, let’s see what Marlene has in her stacks of books. This blog hop is organized by my friend Nat at Reading Romances, so the requirement was that all the books be romances.

No problem! There are plenty of flavors of romances. I did sneak one in where the opinion varies. I think of it as having a romantic undertone. Your mileage may vary.

(I want a drumroll in here. Consider it understood)

My favorite time-travel romance, of course, is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. If you are looking for the explanation, read my Lovestruck post.

Science fiction romance has always been a favorite, since the first dragon flew over Pern. But when it comes to authors that I recommend to people now for SFR, Two names come to mind. Well, three really, because two of them write together.

Linnea Sinclair’s Games of Command is still one of my favorite single-title SFR books. Either that or her Accidental Goddess. Everything is there, space travel, other worlds, kick-ass heroine, cyborgs, rebel alliance, evil empire. love story, the works.


If you like space opera sagas with mercantile empires and yummy love stories, you can’t go wrong with Sharon Lee and Steve Miller’s Liaden Universe. Start with either Local Custom or Agent of Change. I started with Local Custom, and it really brought the SFR elements to the fore.

And my sneaker. By now, readers have figured out that I’m a sucker for Sherlock Holmes books. If the current number of  Holmes projects is any indication, I’m not the only one. Not only is Robert Downey, Jr. playing the great detective on the big screen (not his best role, I much prefer him as Iron Man), but there are not one, but two 21st century adaptations. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have captured the essentials of Holmes and Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock, and CBS is about to bring out Elementary, with Holmes and Dr. Joan Watson in modern-day Los Angeles.

Laurie R. King re-imagined Sherlock Holmes an entirely different way. In 1915, retired at 54, on the Sussex Downs, keeping bees, bored and suicidal. With Sherlock Holmes, bored and suicidal tended to go hand in hand. Or needle in arm. But in Ms. King’s version, someone tripped over Holmes with her nose in a copy of Virgil. A 15-year-old girl in need of rescuing. A female version of himself, born with the century. Mary Russell becomes his apprentice. She gives him a reason not to be bored. Eventually, very, very eventually, she becomes his wife. The first book, the story of her apprenticeship, is fittingly titled The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.

This giveaway hop is all about Sharing Favorite Books, so this is how I’m going to share my favorite books with you. There’s a Rafflecopter below here. In it there’s a question. The question asks you to share your favorite book.

The lucky winner of the giveaway here at Reading Reality will get to choose from my favorite books. Any one of the books listed above, or any title I’ve given an A, A- or A+ Rating (under $10) since I started blogging. I want to share a book or ebook with you, so this is a US/International giveaway, as long as you can receive from Amazon or Book Depository or Baen Ebooks in the case of the Liaden Universe books)

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51 thoughts on “Sharing My Favorite Book Giveaway Hop

  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen! I loved the story and the characters. Thank you for the international giveaway 🙂

  2. Dark Prince is my favorite romance because Mikhail and Raven are so alone in the world and have heavy responsibilities. When they meet, their chemistry together is precious and hot!

  3. It would have to be OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, because it has a bit of everything – adventure, history, time travel.

  4. My favourite romance is more of my favourite romance series as I can’t pick just one out of them, it’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. They are just amazing and addictive. They have everything you could want in a PNR read.
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  5. I love Linnea Sinclair’s books, Sharon and Steve Miller’s books and another favorite in the SFR group is Susan Grant’s How to Lose an Extraterrestrial in 10 Days. It is part of a series and is not the first one but I think it is the best. I just requested the latest Mary Russel/Sherlock Holmes book from Amazon. It will be the first on I have read in that series.
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  6. Thanks for a fun post and giveaway! I don’t really have an absolute favorite book, but I did really like and recommend Wedding of the Season: Abandoned at the Altar by Laura Lee Guhrke.

  7. I absolutely love DIVERSION by Eden Winters…it’s effective as a thriller, a buddy comedy, and a hot m/m romance. Lucky is so unlike most m/m romantic leads (not very handsome, smartalecky, deeply flawed), and yet you root for him and find him sexy as the book goes on.

  8. Lots of recent books have pleased me, but one I have read and reread is Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. Close second would be Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase.

  9. My favorite romance is The Paper Marriage by Bronwyn Williams because it is the first romance I ever read. I also liked that the love between the 2 main characters was very gradual and was not “insta-love.”

  10. There’s so many to pick from, but I will say I really enjoyed Nora Roberts Bride Quartet – looking forward to here new Boonesboro Inn trilogy.

  11. I love all romance books for the most part because I am all about the happy ending :O) But I guess the one that started my love of romance books has to be Jane Erye

  12. One of my recent favorites is Soulless by Gail Carriger. It was just very witty and unique. I absolutely loved it!

  13. My favorite romances are the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon.

    Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.

  14. the hob bargain by patricia briggs because it make me dream, laugh and cry when i found it impossible

  15. One of my favorite romances is Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It was sweet and very heartwarming. The characters resonated with me.

  16. I’d say the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, because I dream of Jamie Fraser!

  17. Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh. I love the worldbuilding, the main characters and the journey they go through to be together.

  18. I loved Kresley Cole book Lothaire from her Immortals After Dark series. Wonderful story telling ability. She was able to take a character that’s “evil” and give him a story where you are rooting for him! Great series!!!
    Thanks for the contest.

  19. Thank you so much for the great contest. My favorite book right now is a book called Who We Are by TJ Klune. It is the second book to one of my favorite books Bear, Otter and the Kid. I can’t wait to read the next installment!

  20. My favorite romance books are all books by Julie James! She is amazing! Her characters are funny, witty and extremely hot!!!

  21. I can’t pick just one! I love Persuasion because I loved the main character and totally identified with her, and because it was really sweet and romantic (and a classic!).

  22. I like you can not narrow it down to just one book. One of my favorite series is the BDB from JR Ward but I can’t even tell you my favorite book in that series. They are all just too good!

  23. My favorite romance was Vanza series by Amanda Quick. I really love character in this series:)

  24. Favorite romance: I have to narrow it down to categories from there 🙂

    Historical: Gentle Rogue, Johanna Lindsey
    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal: Angels’ Blood, Nalini Singh
    Seize the Night, Sherrilyn Kenyon

  25. My favorite romance book is hands down… Shelly Laurenston’s “Beast Behaving Badly” It has one of my favorite characters; Blayne Thorpe. She is unique to shifters in that she is a hybrid, but has such a personality that everyone loves her. And Bo who is her beau is her complete opposite but he does the things she asks him to do because he fell in love with her and didn’t realize it. All of Shelly’s books have characters you can really like, HOT sex and a HEA. that does it for me. This is a book I go back to time and time again to read. I’ve probably read it about 20 times since it first came out. I have all her other books and read them, but I always come back to this one if I want humor, sex and love.

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win!

  26. I’m gonna go with Twilight because I love the story and because those books are why I love to read now. Didn’t like reading before, so the books mean a lot to me.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
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  27. My favorite romance book is Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon because he is able to feel love for his family, friends especially for Tory (his lady) even though he suffered throughout his human life.


  28. i love PRIDE &PREJUDICE and EMMA by jane austen..
    thx u sharing and giveaway 🙂

  29. My fave romance is All Julie James book… ^^ … It’s full of Intrigue.. Full the sense of Humour.. and of course.. full of romance.. xD

    Thank’s for the Giveaway…

  30. My favorite is Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka, because it’s set in 19th century Japan and I love reading about that period.

  31. Pride and prejudice. It was one of the first I read and fell in love immediatly

  32. I would normally say any of the BDB books are my favorites, but there is another romance that I’ve been thinking a lot about. It’s called Olivia and Jai. I read it 20 years ago and I still can’t get it out of my head. It is now out of print so I can’t even reread it.
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  33. My favorite romance is A Stroke of Midnight by Laurel K Hamilton because it came into my life at a very difficult time, and was a complete distraction. Her world is so well developed, that I was completely immersed.

  34. Memoirs of a Geisha. The story is so beautiful, fascinating and the characters have a lot of chemistry together. It’s such a great book!
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  35. I love all Johanna Lindsey’s books. Maybe it’s her writing or the male characters that keeps me wanting for more, intrigue about the story. The hot scenes.. 🙂

  36. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward. I prefer the paranormal romance genre, and I love those bad boys with hearts of gold!

  37. The Thorn Birds, it was my very first romance book and I read it when I was 15. I was into a lot of Dean Koontz and Stephen King and this book opened up the world of romance to me

  38. Any of the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane — I LOVE Chess & Terrible!

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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  39. I love the In Death series of J.D. Robb.
    I like Eve Dallas, her character is strong and resilient.
    I also liked the character of Roarke, who are very protective of his wife, he is also tough and mysterious.
    And most importantly, he’s Irish! xD

    thanks for the giveaway !!

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