The AAR Top 100 Romance Novels Meme

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I was surprised by the results. Thought I'd get about 25, but I've read 33 titles out of the 100, with another 31 stuck in the to-be-read pile. Who knew?
Bold = read
** = TBR pile

1. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
2. **Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale
3. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
4. **As You Desire by Connie Brockway
5. **Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
6. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
8. Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann
9. **All Through the Night by Connie Brockway
10. Sea Swept by Nora Roberts
11. **It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
12. **A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh
13. **Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer
14. **The Proposition by Judith Ivory
15. **A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
16. Ravished by Amanda Quick
17. **Frederica by Georgette Heyer
18. Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly
19. **MacKenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard
20. Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
21. **The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
22. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
23. The Bride by Julie Garwood
24. **Devil's Bride by Stephanie Laurens
25. To Have and to Hold by Patricia Gaffney
26. Born in Fire by Nora Roberts
27. Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth
28. Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann
29. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
30. Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
31. **My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway
32. In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel
33. The Windflower by Laura London
34. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
35. Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
36. **Nobody's Baby but Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
37. **A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
38. Paradise by Judith McNaught
39. **The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
40. Dream Man by Linda Howard
41. Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann
42. Silk and Shadows by Mary Jo Putney
43. See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson
44. Shattered Rainbows by Mary Jo Putney
45. Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney
46. **The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
47. Heart Throb by Suzanne Brockmann
48. **For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale
49. Honor's Splendor by Julie Garwood
50. Lord Carew's Bride by Mary Balogh
51. Untie my Heart by Judith Ivory
52. **Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
53. The Secret by Julie Garwood
54. This is All I Ask by Lynn Kurland
55. Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh
56. One Perfect Rose by Mary Jo Putney
57. **To Love and to Cherish by Patricia Gaffney
58. **Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
59. **Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
60. **Venetia by Georgette Heyer
61. **Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant
62. The Prize by Julie Garwood
63. Reforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly
64. Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann
65. The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh
66. Heartless by Mary Balogh
67. **Son of the Morning by Linda Howard
68. Sleeping Beauty by Judith Ivory
69. Where Dreams Begin by Lisa Kleypas
70. **The Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
71. **The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
72. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegar
73. With This Ring by Carla Kelly
74. The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood
75. The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
76. Fallen from Grace by Laura Leone
77. Always to Remember by Lorraine Heath
78. Castles by Julie Garwood
79. One Good Turn by Carla Kelly
80. Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts
81. By Arrangement by Madeline Hunter
82. Perfect by Judith McNaught
83. My Darling Caroline by Adele Ashworth
84. The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
85. The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
86. Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke
87. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
88. Kill and Tell by Linda Howard
89. After the Night by Linda Howard
90. More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh
91. **Born in Ice by Nora Roberts
92. Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase
93. The Charm School by Susan Wiggs
94. Scoundrel by Elizabeth Elliott
95. How to Marry a Marquis by Julia Quinn
96. Angel Rogue by Mary Jo Putney
97. Trust Me by Jayne Ann Krentz
98. Dancing on the Wind by Mary Jo Putney
99. **Once and Always by Judith McNaught
100. **This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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raine said...

Okay...I'm done and undone...

Pride and Prejudice is #22??!

Jane Eyre is way down in #87?!!

C'mon, folks--read some of the classics, for goodness sake! Romance novels didn't just pop up 25 years ago, and these books didn't survive all these decades for no reason!

Julie Leto said...

And the historical died...when? ::insert sarcasm here::

I've never believed in the death of the historical and this list proves it is alive and well.

Anyway, I think I've read 6 or 7. Isn't that sad? And P&P and JE were two of them. The rest were all by Suzanne Brockmann and one SEP. Oh, and the JDRobb.

I don't spend much time reading "the classics" of the genre. I like reading up and comers. I think I actually may have read a few more of these many moons ago, but I don't remember.

Interesting list, though!

Jaye said...

Raine - Shows you how clueless I am. It didn't click that they were listed in order of popularity. lol. While I love many of the books, I can't say that they would make *my* personal list in that order, of even make it at all.... ahem.

I read Wild Sarcasso Sea--enjoyable--but I've never read Jane Eyre. :-/

Julie, that's one thing that struck me as I went through the list, the amount of historicals on it. I think that's why I had such a high result. On the other hand I was surprised at how few contemps made it and/or I haven't read. I was also surprised that I've managed to collect just about every single book SEP's written and not read a one. lol. Also surprising... that Jen Cruisie didn't have a stronger showing.

I think this list is a few years old. It'd be interesting to see what would make the list now.

raine said...

Jaye, you must, MUST, read Jane Eyre.

Jaye said...

Yes ma'am! :-P

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