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Top 100 Romance Novels

It's the time of year we all start seeing those "best of 2010" reading lists. All About Romance does this with a twist. Every year they poll their readers to find the top 100 romance books ever written. Check it out and see if you agree with their selections.

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

A Few Romance Faves!

Whether you are a diehard reader of romances or never had the desire to pick one up in your life, you might find a good read on the following list of romantic books. Science fiction, nonfiction, fantasy and more: we've got something romantic for everyone.

Singled out by Trisha Ashley — Humorous women's fiction with unconventional characters

Hens dancing by Raffaella Barker — Women's fiction with a touch of that sly British humor.

Paranormal Romance

If you enjoy paranormal romances like those written by Shayla Black, give these authors a try!

Historical Romance

If you enjoy historical romances by Bertrice Small or Sabrina Jeffries, try these authors:

New Romances for October

Each month I compile a list of the new romances received the previous month by the library. (You can find paper copies of this list at the end of the romance shelf.) Every time I do this bibliography, a few titles catch my eye. Here are the October romance purchases which got my attention.

Sinful in satin by Madeline Hunter

Something wicked by Michelle Rowen

Christmas in September?

I don't want to rush things, but romance anthologies and novels for the 2010 holiday season are on order now.

Vampire Romances

Happy hour at Casa Dracula by Acosta, Marta

Touch of evil by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp

Kiss of midnight by Lara Adrian

Night bites by Nina Bangs

Comic Contemporary Romances

Skintight by Susan Andersen

Body & soul by Jennifer Archer

Born to be wild by Patti Berg

Just like a man by Elizabeth Bevarly

Drama And Romance

Do you like deliciously dramatic novels like those of Jodi Picoult? Does a touch of romance a la Danielle Steel or Nora Roberts make it just that much better? If so, dig into these authors.Want more? Try the books in Barbara Taylor Bradford and Nora Roberts readalikes or If you like Nora Roberts and Julie Garwood

Fine Romance

We have a fabulous Romance Collection at the Canton Public Library, even if I do say so myself. I've purchased our Romance books for over a dozen years, and I can still always find something exciting and new.

Post Apocalyptic Romance?

Michigan author Joss Ware has created an unusual setting for her new romance series — a dark, post apocalyptic world. If you like zombies mixed up in your romance, this series is for you. The first book is Beyond the Night followed by Embrace the Night Eternal and Abandon the Night.

Ware is a pen name for Colleen Gleason, author of The Gardella Vampire Chronicles.

A Selection of New Romances

If you're looking for the latest romances, here are some books we just received in January 2010!

"Love means never having to say you're sorry." Erich Segal

Author Erich Segal died last week (January 17) at the age of 72. He was teaching Greek and Roman literature at Yale University, when his collaboration with the Beatles in 1968 on their movie Yellow Submarine and the production of a screenplay he wrote about the doomed romance of a Radcliffe scholarship girl and a Harvard old-money boy entitled Love Story brought Segal fame. Released in 1970, "Love Story" was a huge box-office hit. "Love Story", when released in paperback, had the largest print order in publishing history at the time, with 4,325,000 copies. Reaction to the book was strong and surprisingly controversial.

Busy Moms Book Club

Please join us on Thursday, February 18th, for a fun book discussion in the Children's Library in the Purple Room. Our selection is Foul Play by Janet Evanovich. When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can't resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn't mind Jake's charming sincerity. Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence. But will Jake be able to prove to Amy that love, too, is a mystery worth solving?

Emergency Supplies

As the snow falls, this mom has but one thought. Do I have enough books if tomorrow is declared a snow day? Not for the children, silly. For me. A snow day means no alarm clock and a morning in jammies for the kids and me, so I need to stock up on new romances. Perhaps Shades of midnight by Lara Adrian: set in frozen Alaska, it would make our little snow seem like nothing. Maybe Our little secret by Starr Ambrose, which has a bit of mystery. Or a Regency like The bargain bride by Barbara Metzger. And something for the kids, too.