Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Books that Stay with You

I'm reading a new author, but I've got a feeling I'll be reading a lot more.

The book is Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur. And it's gooooooddd.... I love a good paranormal romance. Okay, I love a good romance, period. Something that's got a lot of action, a lot of emotion, a lot of romance is going to appeal to me. More often than not, though, even though I love an action packed romance, it's the emotion that I remember the most when I think about my faves.

Books like the Irish Jewels trilogy by Nora Roberts or her Chesapeake Bay series. Lover Eternal by JR Ward, the Dream series by Mary Wine or Elizabeth's Wolf by Lora Leigh. All of these books have a lot of action in them, but what I remember the most is the emotional aspects. For those who've read Lover Eternal, you'll probably know what I mean... THAT was a tear jerker. The hero from Elizabeth's Wolf was a tortured soul if I've ever seen one, and the heroine from Mary Wine's Dream Shadow .... she was intense.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Kiss an Angel, another heartbreaking book. Had moments that made me laugh out loud and then a bitter betrayal, followed by a heart melting reunion... *G* I'm terrible. I love a book that has this awful betrayal and you think for sure the heroine is just going to say bye bye. And usually does. Then the hero has to all but crawl on glass to get her back.

What are some books that have stayed with you? What keeps you glued to the page? Emotion? Drama? Sexual tension? Comedy?

Inquiring minds want to know...

Shi
http://www.shilohwalker.com/

100 comments:

Meljprincess said...

What a trip! I just posted in another blog where the topic was audio books. I wrote in the blog that I have FULL MOON RISING and I'm looking forward to listening to it. Some books that have stayed with me are: THE CATSWOLD PORTAL by Shirley Rousseau Murphy, BLACK BODY by H.C Turk, LEAVES OF GRASS by Walt Whitman, BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE by Dee Brown, and WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame. OH, and all the Nancy Drew mysteries I read.

Tara W said...

My favorite book of all times is The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I am a sucker for the tortured hero and a strong heroine.

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Shi,

good to hear that you enjoy Keri Arthur's books, because I have one of hers on my TBR pile.

Mmm books that stayed with me, oh there are quite a few.

One is a book that I have read quite recently. It's Real women don't wear size 2 by Kelley St. John. It's a September release.

Another one is Joey W. Hill's Natural Law. Or Lucy's Mercenary series & Erin McCarthy's Houston we have a problem.

There are many more

There are different reason's why they stay with me. Sometimes because they touch me emotional, because they are funny etc.

Dannyfiredragon said...

Hi Shi,

good to hear that you enjoy Keri Arthur's books, because I have one of hers on my TBR pile.

Mmm books that stayed with me, oh there are quite a few.

One is a book that I have read quite recently. It's Real women don't wear size 2 by Kelley St. John. It's a September release.

Another one is Joey W. Hill's Natural Law. Or Lucy's Mercenary series & Erin McCarthy's Houston we have a problem.

There are many more

There are different reason's why they stay with me. Sometimes because they touch me emotional, because they are funny etc.

Julie in Ohio said...

I'm a sucker for a tortured hero and a sassy heroine. Stories stay with me for various reasons. It all depends on what I'm looking for at the time.

I've really gotten into JR Ward's Brotherhood. I can't wait for Z's story.
I love the family dynamic in NR Chesapeake Bay series. I have reread those stories many times.

Veronica said...

Hello Shi, I think all of those make a good book. One of my favorite books and also one of the first romance books I ever read was FOREVER AND BEYOND by Penelope Neri. I just love this book

Rachael said...

Hello! I read a book called Suddenly by Barbra Delinsky when I was about 14 yrs old. I never forgot that book. I went out and bought it again recently and I plan to reread it. I remember crying because the story was so beautiful.

Becky said...

P. C. Cast books and any books that have emotion and sexual tension. To me a book isn't good unless it has lots of emoitions behind the actions and of course you need the sexual tension to heat things up. :)

Dannyfiredragon said...

Oh yes JR Ward's books are also on my list

Cherie Japp said...

There are so many books I have read that have stayed with me. As a child I remember reading The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I loved it so much I kept my copy to pass on to my kids. Another book is A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson which I read after losing my grandmother unexpectedly. The story was so touching at what was a very difficult time that I will never forget it. Christine Feehan's Game series also have touched. I love a good, sexy paranormal whose characters touch my heart. There are so many more I could name but it would take forever so i gave you some examples.

Lyric said...

Nora Roberts In Death series. I absolutely love Eve and Roarke. It was so hard for her to admit that she loved him in the beginning. And living through what her father had done to her made her such a tortured soul.

AmberPackard said...

Isle of Lies by Donna Fletcher is an awesome book I have read it Three times it has the emotion, drama, and is pacted full of sexual tension . I love anything that Sari Robins writes her What to wear to a seduction and all men are rogues. Reading these books was like being pulled in to the story like you knew the characters all your life.

CrystalG said...

I think sexual tension is the main thing that keeps me glued to the page.

Bonnie Ferguson said...

The Wallflower Series by Lisa Kleypas. Secrets of a Summer Night, It Happened One Autumn, The Devil In Winter, and (Scandal in Spring comes out in August).

The emotion, drama, and sexual tension in these books is fantastic.

readingissomuchfun said...

Hello Shi,

Thanxs for coming here to blog with us:) Great Topic :)

The book that has stayed with me is Motherless Daughters By: Hope Edelman Here is why:

My mom passed away in 2002. My best friend got me this book. I am very happy she did. Here is why: I felt the book was very helpful because I had all kinds of feeling and thoughts and the book helped answer most of them.

It has been very helpful to hear the stories that are in this book. I do still read them once in a while as I am always thinking about my mother and how much I really miss her. I hope this book will help many other motherless daughters as well.

Linda.H.

Amme said...

I enjoyed Full Moon Rising which was something of a surprise because I wasn't really sure if I would or not reading the copy cover for it.


Intense emotion makes books stick with me. JR Ward's books definitely fit this bill. Elizabeth Lowell's stories usually do as well.

The characters have to live and breath on the pages so we get caught up in their pov and feel everything they feel. Those are the books that stick with me most.

lidia said...

A book that has stayed wtih me for years is Loretta Chase's "Lord of Scoundrels." I read it years ago and have probably re-read it more than five times.

More recently, some of Lucy Monroe's books made big impacts on me as well as some of Michelle Reid's.

Maureen said...

There are so many wonderful books. Some of my favorites are Suzanne Brockmann's SEALS and Troubleshooters, Judith Ivory's THE BEAST, Julia London's BEAUTY QUEEN, Linda Howard's OPEN SEASON and many of Nora Robert's books.

Amy S. said...

Kay Hooper's psychic series.
Beachcomber by Karen Robards
Christina Skye's Code Name series.
Men of August Series by Lora Leigh
Dream Series by Mary Wine

I love your Hunter series. I still need to read a couple more books in this series, but I loved the ones that I have read. What keeps me interested in a book is a good story, the interaction between the characters. I love series. I get to revisit all my favorite characters.

Darla said...

Dara Joy, Knight of a Trillion Stars

JR Ward, Dark Lover, Lover Eternal

Jean Auel, All of her Books


I believe its a combination of everything for me. Sometimes there is too much sex, action, not enough story.

Lis said...

I think there's 2 books that have always stayed with me, PALOMINO by Danielle Steel, I think it was the first book to ever really make me cry and A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR by Jude Deveraux, just because of how wonderful the characters are.

Lucy Monroe said...

You know, I'm a really picky reader, but I still find a TON of books to read and many of them stay with me. Authors that consistently do that are a long list with Theresa Madeiros, Lora Leigh, Christine Feehan, and most recently JJ Massa at the top. A couple of recent books I found myself re-reading as soon as I finished (like I had time...sigh..) were Lora Leigh's "Harmony's Way" (coming out in Dec) and JJ Massa's "Knights & Cookies" (out now). It is always the emotion for me, but I find that I like the emotion best when it is expressed fully in sensuality as well as inner conflict. Hope that makes sense. :)

Silvia Violet said...

Usually books with tortured heroes stick with me. Meg who've had terrible things happen in the past and need a good heroine to heal them. Some that come to mind are Victorious Star by Morgan Hawke, Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney, and Flowers From the Storm and Seize the Fire by Laura Kinsale.

Silvia

Cherie said...

Little women it was the first book I remember ever really reading and still have it.
Also the dairy of Anne frank.

~Cherie K~

Barb V. in NY said...

I have to agree with you on the SEP books. I still love that cereal killer line from Nobody's Baby But Mine. I adore the whole Chicago Stars series. Another SEP fave is Lady Be Good, with H/H Kenny Traveler and Lady Emma. I think that these books stay with me because that have all of the elements you mention -- emotion, drama, sexual tension, and comedy. The same with many of Nora's books. The Quinn Brothers are my all-time favorite Nora characters. Also, I especially enjoy books that are part of an ongoing series, like In Death, or Stephanie Plum. I think that over the course of many books the author has the opportunity to really delve into the characters -- add lots of layers -- and this makes for a richer, more memorable reading experience.

Shiloh Walker said...

A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR by Jude Deveraux

that's another one that stuck with me. I think I'm on my second copy now... I read the first one to pieces.

Amy S. thank you! :-)

Cherie, I remember reading some of Shel Silverstein's stuff when I was little. The books I remember the most from when I was a kid, though, are the Bunnicula books, Little House and the Boxcar Children. And gee... it's no surprise I've already bought them for my daughter. She's all of seven and I'm trying to get her into vampires and mystery. ;o)

Thanks for chiming in, everybody. I love hearing about what appeals to other readers

Shiloh Walker said...

OH!!!

I still love that cereal killer line from Nobody's Baby But Mine

that's one of my fave lines from a book period. I laugh everything I read it.

LISA WILLIAMS said...

Absolutely loved Lora Leigh's book Elizabeth's Wolf.

Joyce said...

Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood. When the heroine warms the hero's feet on her stomach.

Deborah Chan said...

Linda Howard's book called Sarah's Child is a touching book I will remember always.

Shuck Ying said...

Most of Diana Palmers earlier books are my keepers and favourite.

Tempest Knight said...

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series is one my favorites. Linda Lael Miller's old vampire romance novels are pretty much close to my heart. I can't forget Nancy Gideon's vampire romance Midnight series.

kim said...

i love all of beverly barton's book and sherrilyn kenyon book fantasy lover. also leslie kelly's books so good.

Minna said...

Sharon Sala: Gentle Persuation
Karen Whiddon: One Eye Closed
Nora Roberts: Three Fates

I like books which have drama, comedy, fantasy, crimes...

Niny said...

One of my favorites is one of yours Shi, the first book I read from you, "her best friend Lover" Its got all the ingredients I like in a book. Another favourites are Jude's Law by Lory Foster, Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy and The Real Deal by Lucy Monroe, just to mention a few. There is a lot more keepers in my shelfs but I I get started it will take a loooonnnggg time to finish! LOL

Laurie D. said...

My favorite book is CRY WOLF by Tami Hoag - an older romantic suspense set in the smoldering south. Another series that I'm currently re-reading for the third time is the Deadly series by Jaycee Clark. I love those protective heroes!

catslady said...

The Earth Series by Jean Auel (6 books so far and one more to come). Ayla's story just totally gets to me.

Lynne said...

I like books where there are funny moments interspersed like little jewels among all the action and emotion. For example, Linda Howard's TO DIE FOR, about the cheerleader. Just hysterical! I took it out so many times from the library that I finally bought my own copy.

Also the great banter among Jayne Ann Krentz's characters, no matter what name she's writing under. Too many favorites there to list.

And Linnea Sinclair's fantastic science-fiction romances (she's up for two RITAs right now!). AN ACCIDENTAL GODDESS, GABRIEL'S GHOST, and FINDERS KEEPERS are all on my best-loved-books shelf.

Lots more - too many to list - but those are the absolute must-have's.

AudreyB said...

Annie Rogers has a series with A Dream Across Time,and Circle of Dreams is the new one, it's a wonderful book set in St. Lucia, you'll really get hooked and want to visit the island.

Pamk said...

love kiss of heat by Lora Leigh that one was a real tear jerker and Sarah Mccarthy's Promises series. That woman' writes very emotional books. For action Sherri King's horde wars. lol In those books I skipped over some of the sexy scenes to get to the action. then had to reread them to get the full book. I love robin owens guardian series books very good fantasy. Great way to escape with her books. Darn it there are so many authors that are must read Gena Showalter, Shiloh walker, JR Ward, Diana Palmer and lots more. I have different reasons for reading them but the all touch me on some level. And they stay on my keeper shelf.

Judy F said...

Hi Shi..

Jude Deveuaux Sweet Liar is a favorite. Linda Howards Mackenzie Mountain books.

Stacy Dawn said...

I've always loved Maggie Shayne's Twighlight series.

Angela James said...

You know what's funny? I just pulled Full Moon Rising off my TBR pile this morning and started reading it. Huh.

Books that have stayed with me? Hmm...recently it would be Lilith Saintcrow's Working for the Devil and Dead Man Rising, and all three of JR Ward's books, but most specifically Z's book, Lover Awakened. Both authors deliver emotional punch that I adore and have had me sobbing like a loon ;)

In a longer period of time, My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult had a huge emotional impact on me, Naked in Death by JD Robb is a comfort read that I pull out a couple times a year and I still remember Nancy Drew as well as a book called The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews fondly from my childhood.

Marcy said...

I'm always a sucker for a brooding H who believes he's unlovable. *sigh*

I also love Suzanne Brockmann's "Tall, Dark and Dangerous" series, Terri Brisbin's Historicals like, "TAMING OF THE HIGHLANDER" and of course Lucy's "Royal Brides" series. :-)

ShelMel said...

I fall for EMOTION every time. If a book can make me really cry, or laugh out loud, get me angry... something, any type of emtion... as long a I really feel it.

Shirley Jump makes me laugh. Nicholas Sparks makes me cry.

Debbie E said...

I love making these comments because my head is full of great authors and some of them are very different from each other. It all depends on my mood at the time of reading.

Shi you are an autobuy author for me. I just wish I had time for autoread!! grin

Lora Leigh is the queen of sexual tension. OMG! I'm about ready to beg for the action in her books. Love them.

Sarah McCarty's Promise Series for me is the All Time Favorite. Her characters you will never forget and you will want to refresh your memory and reread the books over and over again.

Lacey Alexander's Hot In The City Series will convert a good girl to be proud out loud turning bad. And bad is really tempting. BG

Joey W Hill bdsm books "Nature Of Desire" series is like no other I have ever read. I have read Ice Queen and then read it again when part 2 was coming out. Mirror Of My Soul is unbelievable if you like bdsm. Very emotional.

Shi - I'm going to get to meet you in Michigan with your new baby in September. I can't wait. And Congrats on your new bundle of joy.

Jen in WA said...

I'm gonna go with "Catching a Countess" by Patricia Grasso as the book that has really stayed with me. I swear I cried thru the whole 2nd half of the book.

Others that I really enjoy are Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and Nora Roberts Chesapeake series. I'm slowing working thru Karen Marie Moning's Highlander and are really loving them!

Jenn said...

I can't really say what it is that I like most about a book that makes it stay with me. I remember when I finishe MATCH ME IF YOU CAN by Susan Elizabeth Philips I thought wow I really loved that book. JUDE'S LAW by Lori Foster, and Lucy's Mercenary books are also keeps of mine. I've recently went back and reread FAKING IT by Jenny Crusie because I read through it so fast the first time and really enjoyed taking my time with it this time.

Catherine Spangler said...

This is a great discussion. There are a *lot* of books that have stayed with me over the years. Tara, I'm with you on The Wolf and The Dove. Don't know how many times I've read that book! Two others are To Kill a Mockingbirdby Harper Lee and Morning Glory by Lyvryle Spencer. SEP and Linda Howard have written books I re-read over and over. J.R Ward's books will also be that way, and there are quite a few more.

A book that stays with me will always have strong emotion and the characters will be so well-drawn they seem real. As a writer, I tend to be critical of books I read, and very aware of the actual writing. But I've found that if the author is a good enough story teller, I can forgive mediocre writing. We're really more story tellers than writers, IMO.

Linda H., hugs on the loss of your mom. Mine passed away in 2000, and I miss her so much. Fortunately, over time, the surges of grief come less often, and the good memories become stronger. Hang in there.

~ Catherine

Kelley said...

And Able by Lucy Monroe
Sarah's Child by Linda Howard
Hell on Wheels by Karen Kelly touched a special place in my heart due to some things in my past that related to her heroine's past.

Ali said...

Hi, Shi ;-)
I loved Lora Leigh's Elizabeth's Wolf, too.
Most of the books that have stayed with me are the ones dramatic ones, the ones filled with emotion and tension between the hero and heroine. While I do love comedies, I don't re-read them as much as I would one filled with more emotion. Oooh, and yes, I do love sexual tension :-))

robynl said...

Each one of the above keep me glued to the book depending on what kind of story it is.
I love the tension, emotion and the humor.

Erin the Innocent said...

I agree with Cherie. The giving tree is one of the best books ever. I actually love all of Shel Silversteins books. I also loved Palimino by Danielle Steel, A Time to Kill by John Grisham, The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and then there is always Back From Hell by Shiloh :)

All of those books are ones that I've gone back to a number of times.

Stephanie said...

Anything that can leave in suspense and wanting to know more like Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters series and Michelle M. Pillow's Dragon Lords to the touching and emotional like Sarah McCarty's Promise series and Julia Quinns' ending Bridgerton series. Anything that can leave me feeling something always has a place in my heart!

Stephanie

Kathleen said...

I liked Jude Deveraeux's(sp?) "Sweet Liar" as well!

Anne McAllister said...

I'll always remember The Rainbow Season by Lisa Gregory. Great hero. And talk about tortured! They don't make them any more tortured than Luke. Also Curtiss Ann Matlock's The Loves of Ruby Dee -- great family dynamics, wonderful characters. Loved it!

Also, I'm back from Seattle, so will be posting to the "real" part of the blog tomorrow -- once I figure out (I hope) what I'm doing!

KimW said...

I think the books that stay in my memory the longest are the ones where the dialog is really good between the hero and heroine and they keep you guessing whether or not they will end up together.

Bianca D'Arc said...

The ones that really stuck with me over the years are Suzanne Brockman's SEALs - particularly "Forever Blue," and "The Admiral's Bride." The tortured hero is a great device. Merline Lovelace uses it so well in some of her early Conard County books. They will forever remain on my keeper shelf. And Diana Palmer's "Once in Paris" was good for that too. More recently, Lora Leigh's series have been outstanding. Definite keepers. All the way.

Jodi said...

Books that stick with me are Lucy's books and Debbie Macomber's. I think it's mainly because of the emotions that these books put me through.

flip said...

I don't think that there is a simple answer to your question. A lifelong reader, I have so many memorable books. The Little House in the Big Woods stays in my mind. I loved feisty Laura and her life sounded so exotic and unusual to a 20th century girl. The next big book was Little Women. In both books, I fell in love with the characters.

Then in middle school, I read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In that book, I loved the adventure and the formidable quest of the stalwart companions.

When I started reading romances, I loved Georgette Heyer. I loved the dialoque, the characters, the romance and the plots.

I quess in the end, a memorable book is one in which the characters, setting, and plot come together to create a great story.

Rita R. said...

I like a book with a good plot. I am not into a book that is only sex. I want a relationship between the hero & heroine. I keep going back to Linda Howard's Dream Man & Now you see her.

Kiki said...

I read a lot of books, but I can remember very few in a month's time, even if I enjoyed them.
The one thing that will keep books in my mind (at the time or afterwards) are characters I enjoy. For me, that means they need to have attitude without being bitchy.
If the dialogue is slow or unremarkable, the whole book falls down for me, too.
I'm also a sucker for a distinct voice, so I'm usuallymore a fan of authors than of individual books.

Drama is definitely something I can take or leave, as is tension. I'm a very impatient reader ina lot of ways, and drawn-out suspense scenes have me skimming so I can get to the end and figure out whodunnit/whydunnit so I can get on with my life.

Annie West said...

Shi, what a dangerous question to ask a bunch of readers! There are so MANY unforgettable books.

I still remember vividly many of the books I first read as a child or teenager. That's one of the great things about reading - if it's a great book you carry it around with you for years later.

In romance I love the strong emotional and sensual tension, which is one of the reasons I got hooked on Presents years ago. Some of ones that have stayed with me are by Susan Napier, Anne McAllister, Lucy, Miranda Lee, Kate Walker, Trish Morey, Robyn Donald ...(and many more!).

When it comes to historicals, I'm with Lidia - Loretta Chase's 'Lord of Scoundrels' is terrific - so intense. And her 'Mr Impossible' is just as good, but it has a lot more of her wonderful humour. Then there are stories by Anne Gracie (love the wit with the emotional intensity) and Georgette Heyer.

Thanks for posing this question, Shi, I'm sitting here daydreaming about some of the wonderful books I've read!

cyngreen said...

Stephen King's Pet Sematary...shiver.

Pam P. said...

I have that Keri Arthur in my TBR, too. I've read three other series by her previously - all great books.

One story that stayed with was Mary Jo Putney's The Rake (or The Rake and the Reformer). Hero was villain of sorts in a previous book, now given chance to redeem himself by his cousin, struggles with alcoholism, and with attraction to the heroine, very emotional - excellent story.

Brandy said...

Linda Howards OPEN SEASON, DREAM MAN and TO DIE FOR. Jennifer Crusie'FAST WOMEN, BET ME and FAKING IT. Lucy Monroe's READY, WILLING, and ABLE. Kay Hooper and all of the Bishop Books.....I feel I have been so lucky to discover many new (to me) authors that are Fantastic!

Annmarie said...

There are certain books that have to stay with you no matter what. For me it is Dark Lover by J.R. Ward, Dark Prince by Christine Feehan and all of Sherrilyn Kenyons. Shiloh, your series with Voyeur really struck a cord with me. I love to read series so that I can follow the same characters. Tara Janzen's Crazy series is awesome and Cherry Adair's new Edge series looks like it will be really good. I just like to keep reading, the hard part is keeping up with everyone.

Kris said...

I loved Full Moon Rising as well.
A book that has stuck with me for a while is beautiful Dreamer by Elizabeth Lowell and that is wierd because my genre of choice is paranormal, but that one really pulled my heartstrings.

Melissa said...

Most recently Lucy's The Scorsolini Marriage Bargain just really gripped my emotions tight and wouldn't let go until the end. I swear my chest felt tight through the whole book.

I'm a big Jane Austen fan and although Pride and Prejudice will always be my first love, in recent years I've really grown to love Persuasion and the conflict/romance between Anne and Captain Wentworth even more.

Last summer I discovered Elizabeth Gaskell's North & South on BBCA with the absolutely yummy Richard Armitage! Have since picked up the book and read it. Lots of brooding passion to capture your emotions and imagination.

Jana J. Hanson said...

I love angst in my books -- Gone With the Wind is probably my all-time favorite. I also like a good cry now and again -- The Time Traveler's Wife can always help me out. JR Ward's books are awesome, as are Gena Showalter's. My To Be Read and/or To Be Purchased list grows every day!

Amy said...

I would have to say alot of books have stayed with me. I will be working and scenes from books I read years ago will pop in my head. Diana Palmer, Lucy Monroe, Nanali Singh,Catherine Anderson, Kate Walker, Sharon Sala and Christine Feehan are just a few authors who's books and story lines keep with me. I am constantly re-reading their books.

Danielle said...

Some books that have stayed with me -- Heiress For Hire by Erin McCarty, especially everytime I walk into a Walmart and I pass the costimics.

Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss I loved Rourek.

That's all I can think of right now.

Lucy Monroe said...

Can I just {{{hug}}} everyone who mentioned my books here? I don't know if you all realize just how much that means for an author to hear, but for me it is absolutely the biggest gift. Thanks!

Chantal said...

Oh this is hard. SO many books are stuck in my mind. Luckily I love to re read my books over and over again, so I get to live with the characters as much I want. Lucy's 'The Greek's Christmas baby' has been stuck in my mind since I read it the first time. The emotion's that book evoked from me is unreal. I felt like I actually was the heroine and I literally cried tears while my nose was in that book.

Another one is 'Hatchet' by Gary Paulsen. I first read it in grade school, and have re read it several times. My 8 yr old has also read it, and he loves it.

Sandra08081998 said...

Some of my favorite books that have made lasting impressions are:
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts andEarly Leaving by Judy Goldman.

Jennifer L. said...

I've found that romance books that make me laugh are the most memorable! Of couse sexual tension is a give, but finding a way to make the readers laugh from time to time during all the sexin' is probably very hard to do.

All of Erin McCarthy's books and Mary Janice Davidson's books crack me up. Its a toss up as to if enjoy the comedy or the romance more.

Chantal said...

Oh Lucy, I want to hug you for giving us all these wonderful books to enjoy!!

Thank you for replying to my blog. What a treat that was for me to see today :)

Michelle B said...

I have so many favorites I can't list them all! Emotion is usually what keeps me glued to a book. I get really involved when I actually feel the emotion along with the characters. It's also the thing that makes me want to re-read books over and over again. I want to feel those ups and downs which I know will end in a good way:)

I like other aspects and variety in the books I read, but emotion is probably my biggest draw.

Judy F said...

ok more with it now.

Lucy's The Real Deal is my all time favorite. Simon sigh....

Lori Fosters Visitation Series is yummy. Though my fav book of hers is Luring Lucy.

So many favorites.....

Lori said...

Hi Shi~

I love books that have a lot of emotion and I love sexual tension. Some books that have stuck with me through my years of reading are Jude Deveraux's Wishes, the Texax! Triliogy by Sandra Brown, and I absolutely the your Hunters. This is not me trying to be a kiss-up, but I stumbled across Hunters: The Beginning when I was looking for a great paranormal book and I was hooked from the moment I saw the cover and I had to have it special ordered. Once I read it I was HOOKED!!
I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips books and Jennifer Crusie is another favorite that stays with me.
I am a book junky!
Lori

Tempest Knight said...

I forgot to mention Jaye Roycraft's Image series (Afterimage, Shadow Image, Immortal Image, and Double Image) and Keri Arthur's Dancing with the Devil. *g*

Jennifer Y. said...

WOW! Y'all partied a lot today!

A book that stayed with me is Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson...it was very touching.

Emotion keeps me glued to the pages. It has to touch something in me.

Cryna said...

There are so many books that I read and a lot of them stay with me. I find I can read a book and months down the road I will all of a sudden think of something about the book.

I like a lot of different authors. I have all of Beverly Barton's books, I like the seal series from Suzanne Brockman, Lindsay McKenna's series. I also like Karen Whiddon's Pack series. Recently I read Baptism In Fire by Elizabeth Sinclair (an August SIM) and it made an impression on me.

The thing that can keep me glued to the story is the suspense, emotions, and being able to associate with the characters in the books.

Mark St. Claire said...

Well Shi, all books actually stay with. I may not remember anything about a book off hand if I'm trying to remember for myself, but if somebody asks me about it then I will remember it easily. Everything keeps me glued: Action has me gripping the book and reading fast, Emotion get's me all teary eyed and I'm sure they're isn't a lot of men out there that get emtional about things like that, Sexual Tension I'm not sure about that one all I know it whatever book that I read with Sexual Tension it's usually pretty well written, Drama gotta love it won't be a book without some drama unfolding into it and Comedy gets me everytime sometimes I find myself busting out laughing or trying to bite back a laugh or just grinning. I love books, they seem to take me to a whole new reality when I'm reading them.

lidia said...

Lucy your books are very special. You should not be surprised that so many readers love them!

Kay Sturm said...

I loved Full Moon Rising. Any idea when the next book will be?

Dark Lover and Lover Eternal were both marvelous - can't wait for Lover Awakened in September.

Dara Joy's Matrix of Destiny books are the ones I read over and over.

Kay in Columbus

mammakim said...

Hmm my favorites are Susan Elizabeth Phillips Chicago stars series, Nora Robert in the Garden trilogy, Emilie Richards, the wedding ring, Debbie Macomber, just between friends,Susan Mallery Delicious and Irrisitible... I could go on and on.. LOL

Estella said...

I really liked Nora Roberts Irish Jewels trilogy.

Shiloh Walker said...

wow... talk about a good response...

:P it is NOT a dangerous question. A dangerous question would be...

if you were going away to some secluded location, indefinitely, and could talk ONE and ONLY one book... what would it be....

that would be dangerous.

Thanks so much to everybody that participated. Some of the books mentioned are ones I've loved as well.

y'all have great taste. :)

Ali said...

lol..yes, Shi, that would be a very dangerous question, he he...hmm, now you've got me thinking :-)

Pat said...

Yes, Kiss An Angel - one of my favorites of all time. You must read it if you have not. The scene at the dinner table was hot! And what a man will do for love. And a little deception thrown in to boot.

Heather said...

What are some books that have stayed with you?

Oh my, there are so many I don't dare name them all, but there are two very early books that coem to mind. One is Mandy by Julie [Andrews] Edwards. The emotion is so intense that no matter how many times you've read it, your heart breaks all over again for Mandy's loneliness and longing to belong.

The other was the first I ever read with a bit of a romance, and I read it many times when I was in middle school: Witch of the Glens by Sally Watson. Would do almost anything to get my hands on a copy of that again.

What keeps you glued to the page? Emotion? Drama? Sexual tension? Comedy?

Definitely a combination of emotion and suspense. Gotta love a book that draws you in so that you feel the character's pain and can't stop turning the pages to see what happens next.

Pam P. said...

Tempest, I have all of Jaye Roycraft's books, too, and Nancy Gideon's Midnight series. Searching for vampire books got me to Imajinn where I found both of them, and Keri Arthur, and in a roundabout way searching for Gideon got me to ebooks.

Juliet said...

There are many books that have stayed with me. I can't mention them all, but some are: Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi, Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth, The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone, Lord of Scoundrels, The Devil You Know by Liz Carlyle, The Real Deal and The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress by our Lucy, One Summer by Karen Robards, See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson, Dancing with Clara and Lord Carew's Bride by Mary Balogh, Lover Eternal by J.R.Ward.,Angel Fall by Kristin Hannah, Morning Side of Dawn by Justine Davis, Over the Edge and Out of Control by Suz Brockmann and I could continue with a long list.

I think that what they all have in common is emotion. My list is so eclectic that some have great sexual tension and/or great sex, others have a lot of drama, some have great humor, some a paranormal aspect, etc., but all have great full-fleshed characters, and great emotional power, and they stay with me after I close the book and for a while, I can't stop thinking about them.

Kate Davies said...

Hi Shiloh!

I'm way behind in posting, but wanted to put in my .02. There's one book series that I can read over and over and not get sick of them -- Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter's series. I love the characters, the story arcs over multiple books, the WWII subplots, the angst...

Sigh!

Kelli in Kentucky said...

Books that have stayed with me:

Mouth to Mouth By Erin Mcarthy (Funny!)

Fantasy Lover By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning (Yum!)

My Favorite Bride by Christina Dood

The Lady is Tempted by Kathy Maxwell

Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas (Hot! Hot! Hot!)

Intensity by Dean Koontz (had to sleep with the lights on for awhile after this one) Read the book do not watch the movie!!!

Sexual tension and comedy keep me glued.

Teoh said...

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series with Dance with the Devil as the best, Kayelle Allen's For Women Only, Robin D Owen's Heart series, JD Robb's In Death Series, Katie MacAllister's Aisling Grey series and Kerrylyn Sparks How To Marry a Millionaire Wampire.

Definitely love tortured heros and heroines but think that for me, a keeper is the depth of emotion in the shown in the book. Drama, comedy, suspense and even sexual tension doesn't read as good the second time around but great emotional scenes stays the same.

Nicola Marsh said...

One of my all-time faves is Linda Howard's Cry No More.
Absolutely heart-wrenching ending, one of very few books that have made me cry.

bamabelle said...

Oh wow, there are so many but here are a few:

Anything by Erin McCarthy makes me laugh.

I was captivated by Lucy's Mercenaries Trilogy.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips "Ain't She Sweet?"

Wally Lamb "She's Come Undone"

NoForeverPromises said...

My favorite read is FANTASY LOVER by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Not only is it hot, hot, wow-oh-wow-are-those-pages-sizzling, but it's all about the ultimate sacrifice. Who wouldn't want a man willing to walk through the fires of hell? The sexual tension may keep my eyes riveted to the page, but it's the real heroism that both the hero and heroine show that make me read this book over and over.