Dreadfully Good

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Some people call them desert island reads, mine are the ones I MUST HAVE in hard-copy as “insurance against the apocalypse”. After reading Susan Beth Pfeffer‘s Life As We Knew It my sense of disquiet was not centered on rational things like how to survive in the event of a global catastrophe. No, no. My first thought was, I couldn’t possibly rely on my e-reader because how would I charge it (I know what you are thinking, what about a solar charger, dummy? But my only defense is that I was in a state, so I  was left with no choice other than to ensure that I had a complete library to rely on in the event that the four horsemen were coming.

This is my “short” list, they are not all great works of literature but they all have resonated with me in some way and they are works that I have returned to again and again and imagine I will continue to for the rest of my life. Hopefully, it will provide fodder for your own TBR lists and serve a greater purpose beyond my somewhat flimsy justification for spending exorbitant amounts on hardcover versions for durability’s sake. My husband mocks me saying that I am destined to become Burgess Meredith’s character from this iconic and frankly terrifying in my opinion episode from The Twilight Zone. I can’t help but worry that he might be right…

In no particular order:

  1. Rebecca – Daphne DuMaurier
  2. A Town Like Alice – Neville Shute
  3. Bitten – Kelley Armstrong
  4. Mariana – Susanna Kearsley
  5. The Shadowy Horses – Susanna Kearsley
  6. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness
  7. Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton
  8. Different Seasons – Stephen King
  9. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  10. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris
  11. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  12. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the BeastRobin McKinley
  13. Half Magic – Edward Eager
  14. Educating Caroline – Meg Cabot (Patricia Cabot)
  15. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir – R.A. Dick 
  16. Undead and Unwed – Maryjanice Davidson
  17. One for the Money – Janet Evanovich
  18. Silent in the Grave – Deanna Raybourn
  19. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  20. Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead
  21. Goddess by Mistake – P.C. Cast
  22. Kindred – Octavia Butler
  23. Shadowland – Meg Cabot
  24. A Much Younger Man – Dianne Highbridge
  25. We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  26. If I Stay – Gayle Foreman
  27. Flat Out Love & Flat Out Matt – Jessica Park
  28. The Raven Prince – Elizabeth Hoyt
  29. Tempting the Bride – Sherry Thomas
  30. Going Too Far – Jennifer Echols
  31. The Secret Pearl – Mary Balogh
  32. The Ghost and the GothStacey Kade
  33. Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma
  34. Darkfever – Karen Marie Moning
  35. Working for the Devil – Lilith Saintcrow
  36. Finding Laura – Kay Hooper
  37. Haunting Rachel – Kay Hooper
  38. The Shadow Wife – Diane Chamberlain
  39. Games of Command – Linnea Sinclair
  40. Gabriel’s Ghost – Linnea Sinclair
  41. Blue Willow – Deborah Smith
  42. An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman – Pamela Aidan
  43. On Bear Mountain – Deborah Smith
  44. Royally Jacked – Niki Burnham
  45. Halfway To The Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  46. When He Was Wicked – Julia Quinn
  47. Stranger In My Arms – Lisa Kleypas
  48. Sugar Daddy – Lisa Kleypas
  49. Dying Bites: The Bloodhound Files – D.D. Barrant
  50. Dark of Night – Suzanne Brockmann
  51. Mr. Perfect – Linda Howard
  52. Shades of Twilight – Linda Howard
  53. Incognito – Suzanne Allain
  54. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  55. Caressed by Ice – Nalini Singh
  56. The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot
  57. Midwives – Chris Bohjalian
  58. The Valley of Horses – Jean M. Auel
  59. Envy – Sandra Brown
  60. The Host – Stephenie Meyer
  61. Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall 1783-1787 – Winston Graham
  62. Sunshine – Robin McKinley
  63. Shadow Prince – Terri Lynn Wilhelm
  64. Yours Until Dawn – Teresa Medeiros
  65. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  66. The Boundless Deep – Kate Brailler
  67. Flowers From the Storm – Laura Kinsale 
  68. Intensity – Dean Koontz
  69. Staying Dead – Laura Anne Gilman 
  70. Ill Wind – Rachel Caine
  71. Midnight Rain – Holly Lisle
  72. Alice, I Think – Susan Juby
  73. Shadow Lover – Anne Stuart
  74. No More Lies – Susan Squires
  75. Body Electric – Susan Squires
  76. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  77. Jenna Starborn – Sharon Shinn
  78. Summers at Castle Auburn – Sharon Shinn
  79. A Knight in Shining Armor – Jude Deveraux
  80. The Bride Finder: A Novel – Susan Carroll
  81. Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
  82. The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy –  Douglas Adams
  83. Flowers In the Attic – V.C. Andrews
  84. Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
  85. Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer
  86. Lover Awakened – J. R. Ward
  87. Green Darkness – Anya Seaton
  88. Naked in Death – J.D. Robb
  89. The Ugly Duckling – Iris Johansen
  90. Into the Wilderness – Sara Donati
  91. The Nightingale’s Song – Kathleen Eschenberg
  92. The Loop – Nicholas Evans
  93. Son of the Morning – Linda Howard
  94. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas – James Patterson
  95. Anne of the Island – L.M. Montgomery
  96. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  97. Trumpet of the Swan – E.B. White
  98. Enchanting Pleasures – Eloisa James
  99. A Cottage by the Sea – Ciji Ware
  100. Single White Vampire – Lynsay Sands
  101. Isabelle – Kelly Gregson Plante
  102. Someone to Watch Over Me – Judith McNaught
  103. The House on the Strand – Daphne Du Maurier
  104. The Last Victim – Karen Robards
  105. Ghost Planet – Sharon Lynn Fisher
  106. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter – Cassandra Rose Clarke
  107. Archetype – M.D. Waters

2 thoughts on “Dreadfully Good”

  1. I think you’ve covered 90% of my favorite books and most readers never mention Anya Seton’s Green Darkness. My favorite is Katherine by her though 🙂 Now I’m going to add the few I don’t have to my TBR pile and I shouldn’t thank you but I do!

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