Top Ten Tuesday: I give up…

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July 25, 2017: Series I am giving up on. 

There comes a time when we all have to face facts, tastes change. We evolve as readers and books or series we once enjoyed might not work for us anymore.  Or perhaps too much time has past and we don’t remember what is going on anymore.  Whatever the reason sometimes we just stop turning to authors or series we once enjoyed in favor of something shiny and new.  Below are ten series that I am removing from to-read list today.  I’m not saying that I will never consider picking up the next book in these series but it is becoming more and more unlikely.  It was fun while it lasted but it is time to move on.

Ten series that I am putting out to pasture.

  1. Broken Heart Tails (Broken Heart, #10) Broken Heart Series: This was such a fun series that I enjoyed once upon a time.  The author is quite funny and the series was hilarious at times.  I was keeping up with this one and then the author didn’t publish any new books for a while and I moved on to other series.  I tried to go back but the book I attempted just didn’t work for me and so I fell even further behind.  I need to just own up that I probably won’t be returning to this world. Weeded.
  2. Tracking the Tempest (Jane True, #2) Jane True Series: Read the first book in this series and just never got around to picking up the second.  Now I don’t even remember what happen in the first book.  Time to let it go. Weeded.
  3. Defy the Dawn (Midnight Breed, #14) Midnight Breed Series: This one pains me to say goodbye to.  I really enjoyed this series and it is still the best example of a series reinventing itself that I’ve seen.  Another case of I didn’t get review book and put off requesting and Inter Library Loan to keep up and then I see that many of the next works are actually novellas inside anthologies.  I’m afraid I just don’t have the time to keep track of what book I need to request anymore.  Goodbye dear friend.  Weeded.
  4. Eternal Sin (Mark of the Vampire, #6) Mark of the Vampire Series:  I think this is a case of the author moved on without me.  She hasn’t published a book in this series in some time.  So I don’t feel too bad about letting this one go.  It was a great series while it lasted.  Weeded.
  5. Dragon Storm (Dragon Falls, #2) Dragon Falls: This one I feel a tad bit guilty over.  I was gifted the first two books in the series and then bought the third… I read the first one and attempted the second and it just didn’t work for me.  I think it might be time to break up with this author in a case of it isn’t you it is me.  I’m not into the fluffy fun paranormal romance as much as I used to be.  Only a few authors do I actually enjoy anymore.  Weeded, but not deleted from my Nook I might go back some day with this one.
  6. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3) Half-Moon Hollow Series: I’ve tried time and time again to request review books in this series and have been turned down repeatedly.  Not big deal except that it means the series doesn’t often make it into my reading priority list, top that with the need to request the books through inter library loan through my library and it means that I am now three books behind in this world.  I’m giving up.  No mater how much I enjoy the series it obviously isn’t a priority for me and I’m going to move on.  Weeded.
  7. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) Throne of Glass Series: This was a kick-ass series and so popular that I could never get my hands on it at the library.  So I waited and waited and now there are two or three books out and I don’t care anymore how it ends up.  So I’m moving on.  Maybe someday when the series is done I’ll come across them while thrifting and pick the series back up again.  Weeded.
  8. Cain's Identity (Scanguards Vampires, #9) Scanguards Vampires Series:  I DNF one of these books a long time ago and meant to pick up the next in series to see if the story still worked for me.  Didn’t happen so now its time to let this world go.  Weeded.
  9. Accidentally...Cimil? (Accidentally Yours, #4.5) Accidentally Yours Series: I think I might own at least two of the remaining three books in this series…. I’ve not made time to get to them and I don’t think I ever will.  I enjoyed this one while it lasted but it fell victim to too long of a wait between releases.  Weeded, but not deleted.
  10. Outlander (Outlander #1) Outlander Series: Several people have recommended this series to me.  I’ve not started it and I probably won’t ever get around to reading it.  Why?  I’m not a huge fan of historical romance and there are a ton of books in the series and they are all bricks.  My reading pace has slowed down considerably.  I hate to say it but a thousand some page book by an author I’ve never tried before just isn’t in the cards for me currently.  Maybe I will look into this one as an audiobook selection from my library.  Weeded before even starting.

 

There you have my list for this week.  What series have you moved on from recently?

Top Ten Tuesday: Patriotic Quotes

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July 4: Patriotic Quotes

The ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish are taking some much deserved time away from their Top Ten Tuesday list but that doesn’t mean we have to.  If inspiration strikes me over the next few weeks I’m going to continue to share lists here at Read What I Like.

This week since Tuesday is our Independence Day here in The United States I thought it would be fitting to share some patriotic (ish) quotes that I enjoy.  Warning I am a very left-leaning progressive liberal so these quotes are going to reflect my current thoughts about our all Republican lead government.  Not trying to start a fight but just keep in mind any right-wing readers that you bitched and moaned over every single thing Obama did for eight years so suck it up and deal with a little criticism.  Resistance was built into the constitution and is one of the most patriotic things a citizen can do besides vote.

A bonus quote for after my preachy intro there: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  ~Bernard M. Baruch

Ten patriotic quotes to inspire resistance to tyranny.

  1. “God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless” ~Chester Nimitz
  2. “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth” ~Albert Einstein
  3. “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority” ~Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.  If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” ~ William Faulkner
  5. “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people” ~ Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
  6. “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  7. “No Matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels.  Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.” ~ Barbara Ehrenreich
  8. “The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government, I can not be Silent.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
  9. “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” ~Oscar Wilde
  10. “Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.~George Orwell, 1984

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!  Happy Independence Day.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Favorites ~ So Far

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June 27: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far

Being that this is the last Top Ten Tuesday list until August I thought I should participate.  Also, it helps that this is a pretty easy list to come up with.  Below are ten books I’ve read this year that received a five-star review or stood out in some other way.

My Ten Favorite Books of 2017, so far…

  1. Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)  This book had to make the list as it is the best series finally that I have ever read.  I was so sad to see the series end but loved the way it went out!
  2. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)   There was a recent announcement that this series only has two books left before it ends…  I have no words.  This is one of my favorite series and I will be so sad to see it go.  This book was amazing BTW like so many that preceded it.
  3. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Took me forever to get to but it was such a sweet read that I’m thrilled that I got to meet the author at BEA.
  4. Born of Legend (The League, #9) I keep putting books by my favorite author on hold.  I need to remember that they are my favorite author for a reason because they constantly deliver books that I adore.
  5. Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)  Another winner from a favorite author!
  6. Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25)  I keep seeing a lot of reviews from others that they are over this series.  I can see some of their points but personally many of their reasons are why I love it.  I know what I’m getting when I read a book from this series and nine times out of ten I’m going to love it.
  7. Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10)  I was worried that this series was turning for me but the latest release in the series brought it back for me.  Loved this one!
  8. The Space Between the Stars  This book was a bit of a surprise for me.  I loved it so much I added it to our collection at work and can’t wait to introduce it to my patrons.
  9. The Turn (The Hollows, # 0.1)  Was hesitant to try this prequel but glad I did.
  10. Bottomland  This book is on the list because I was so shocked at how much I enjoyed it.  It was an All Iowa Read selection and is the first one I actually liked.

 

Well, there is my quick list that I was able to assemble before work.  Over the TTT break, I might go back and do some of the past lists that I missed out on.  Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Series yet to start.

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June 20:  Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

This week’s list seemed interesting so I am taking a break from my hiatus and posting a TTT list.  I, like many of you, have a long list of series that I want to star, and a lot of series I need to get caught up on….  So here are ten random series that I would like to try someday.

Ten book series I would like to start

  1. Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1)  I believe I picked up the second book in this series while thrifting and thought it looked interesting.  Now that I have my phone I usually check first to see if a book is a part of a series before automatically buying it.  Sometimes I set them back sometimes if it is book two I will go ahead and bring it home and borrow the first book through my library.  Of course, that usually means more planning and often those series need to wait.
  2. Kindling the Moon (Arcadia Bell, #1)  The same goes for this book, I think or this was a book series that was recommended to me.
  3. Written in Red (The Others, #1)   This series has been on my list for some time.  It might be time to give up on this series because I don’t own them and don’t seem to be making any effort to borrow them through the library either.
  4. Santa Olivia (Santa Olivia, #1)  I do believe this book’s cover caught my eye. The reviews aren’t great but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for me.
  5. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)  This book is actually being returned to the library today. I checked it out weeks ago, it has been renewed once… and never got around to starting it.  Then I was approved for a bunch of review books some that have deadlines and have decided to return this and try again at the end of summer.
  6. Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)  I have this one and the second book sitting up on my to-read bookcase waiting for their turn.  Good thing that books don’t spoil because my bedroom would be ripe with the rotten books that I took too long to get to.
  7. Afterlife (The Resurrection Chronicles, #1)  Don’t remember much about this one but it was on my to-read shelf so here it is.
  8. Flight from Death (Fly by Night, #1) I believe I have this entire series.  I picked them up at a Salvation Army in the city where we shop and haven’t gotten around to starting them yet.
  9. Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1)  I believe I wanted to try this series based on the recommendation of others.
  10. Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross, #1)  I was/am so excited about this new series by my favorite author that I pre-ordered the book months before it released without fully reading the synopsis.  My bad because now I see that it is a historical series and I’m not usually a fan of those.  I will try it though, she is my favorite author after all but if it isn’t my cup of tea then I won’t be reading more.

Well, there you have my half-hearted list for the week.  I don’t think I’m quite ready to come back from my hiatus or summer blogging vacay.  Hope to have a review for you soon.  Happy Reading.

Top Ten Tuesday: New To-Read Science Fiction

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June 6:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

I seem to be in a Science Fiction kick lately, or at least those are the books that are catching my eye.  While they are not the only books I’ve been adding to my tbr list they are the ones I’m going to be sharing in this week’s list.

Ten Science Fiction books I added to my TBR list this year.

  1. Paradox Bound This was on last week’s list or another list recently.  The Fold was quite good so finger’s crossed that this one is too.
  2. Steal Across the Sky  I’ve read two books by this author now and when I came across this title it sounded interesting too.  I have to say I’m not a fan of her covers though,  they don’t do her books justice.
  3. Artemis  This is probably my most anticipated read yet. I am keeping an eye out for the ARC listing on Net Galley for sure.
  4. The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, #1) Not really sure what this one is about but it must have sounded good for me to add it to my list.
  5. New York 2140  I recommended this brick length book to my library recently.  Decided to try another title first and checked this one out to a friend.  She gave it high marks so I will try to get around to checking this one out too.
  6. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) This book sounded like a lot of fun.  The plot reminded me a bit of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy so I recommended it and even went to so far as to check it and the next book out.
  7. A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)  This is the second book in the series or trilogy and I have it sitting on my nightstand currently waiting for me to finish three books… I might need to renew.
  8. Vulcan's Forge (Star Trek)   Picked this title up at a library book sale for cheap.  It was on my list already so it was quite the score.  LLAP.
  9. Never Let Me Go  Not so sure about this one.  It might be the only book on the list that doesn’t stay on my list.  It must have sounded good when I added it but now I’m not so sure.
  10. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)  This book made this list simply because I needed a tenth book and it sounded kind of interesting.  Bonus points because it is listed as being LGBT in its categories might bring my reading list some much-needed diversity.

Well, there you have my list for the week.  Can you tell I’m feeling a bit apathetic lately… Know of a great Science Fiction title I might like or should be on this list?  Leave it in the comments or share a link to your own list for me to check out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Coming Soon!

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May 30: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

First off I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  I also want to apologize for not posting anything yesterday or a check-in last Monday.  Spring is a busy time at our acreage and I’ve been planting and cleaning up a storm.  Not inside the house but outside.  The good news is most of the projects should be done by this afternoon and I will hopefully be able to return to reading.  Hopefully.  Today is also the start of the Summer Reading Program where I work so I’m not going to make big promises when it comes to blogging until that is over.  I will try to get a Top Ten Tuesday along with book reviews as I finish books.  Thanks for understanding.

Anyway, this week I could only find a few books by authors I read that will be releasing later this year.  So, I am going to dig through the lists over on Goodreads and pick some books that I knew nothing about before today and see if I can’t spice up my reading list with some fresh authors.

Ten books releasing yet this year that I’m excited about.

  1. Artemis  This is perhaps the book that I am most excited about on this list.  I have been waiting for Andy Weir’s second book since The Martian came out.  About. Damn. Time.   If anyone wants to give me an ARC of this book I would love you forever!
  2. The Space Between the Stars This book on the list feels like a cheat as I’ve already read it.  I received an e-arc and loved it!  I ordered a copy for my library and can’t wait to introduce it to patrons.
  3. Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26)  Some have given up on this series but I am not one of them.  I will most likely hand on to this series to the bitter end.  They still make me smile, most of the time…
  4. Talon of God This is my only review book at the moment.  It sounded interesting and I thought it might be worth a try for curiosity sake if nothing else.  It comes out in July so I should think about reading it pretty soon.
  5. Paradox Bound This book was a surprise find on Goodreads.  I received a review copy of this author’s book The Fold and quite enjoyed it.  This one sounds promising too.
  6. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12) Well Duh.  Of course Charley Davidson is going to make my list of anticipated reads.
  7. Intensity (Chronicles of Nick, #8) This one I’m torn over.  Love the author, love the main character but not excited about how many more books there will be before Nick gets his own adult book and a HEA.  Still, I’ll read it… Probably one of the only YA books I’ll read this year.
  8. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter, #28)  While I am looking forward to this book I seriously need to read the one before it first.  It has been sitting on my nook patiently waiting for me to get around to it…
  9. Kato (Stone Warriors, #2) This book I am pretty excited about too.  I have been keeping an eye out for a review copy but plan to read it regardless.  This spin-off series is just as great as the main Vampires of America series.
  10. Barbary Station (Shieldrunner Pirates, #1) This is the wild card of the list.  I searched and searched for a last book and was having a tough time finding something that sounded good.  This one looks interesting so why not.

Well there you have my list this week.  I feel like I am slacking when it comes to reading and blogging.  Just too many things to do when the weather is nice.  Don’t give up on me I don’t plan to quite blogging any time soon.  If ever actually, even if it comes to just reviews being posted and nothing else.

Top Ten Tuesday: Road Trip

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May 23: Summer Reads Freebie

I’ve done the beach reads and most of the books wouldn’t have changed from that list so this year I’m going to do a different type of summer reads TTT list.  Being a fairly recent convert to audiobooks I’m going to pick ten audiobooks that I’ve listened to to suggest for your next road trip!  Warning, some of these might not be child-friendly.

Ten audiobooks for your next road trip.

  1. The Martian 10 Hours 59 Minutes:  One of my favorite books makes it back on the list.  Haven’t seen this one in a while.  I actually listened to this on my trip to BEA last year and it was great!  Lots of swear words so maybe not for pre-teen listeners.
  2. The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) 15 Hours 43 Minutes: This was a fun thriller/government conspiracy story that will provide some entertainment and conversation for those who already believe the government has too much power and is too involved in our lives.
  3. The Long Earth (The Long Earth, #1) 11 Hours 31 Minutes: Great science fiction book about multiple earths and the consequences of what happens to society when people are no longer owned by their government.
  4. Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1) 8 Hours 28 Minutes: Another science fiction listen that works better as an audiobook than it did in print for me.  Multiple narrators and written as a series of released government documents.
  5. By Blood 14 Hours 4 minutes: A kind of creepy tale about a gentleman eavesdropping on a therapist session and becoming overly involved in the patient’s life.
  6. War of the Worlds: Invasion from Mars 1 Hour 2 Minutes: A short classic story narrated by Star Trek actors.  Lots of fun!
  7. A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper, #1) 11 Hours 47 Minutes: Quite a bit of swearing in this one too but lots of humor as well.
  8. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)7 Hours 41 Minutes: This was an interesting story with a paranormal twist.  Reminded me a bit of The Da Vinci Code with lots of puzzles and secret society.
  9. Saturn Run 16 Hours 35 Minutes: Another Science Fiction, a space opera this time.  This was a great adventure piece that did not give me hope that the human race will change its stripes anytime soon.
  10. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions6 Hours 36 Minutes: One non-fiction book for the list.  This book is full of crazy circumstances that the author works our the logic for what would happen.  For example: What if there was no moon?  What if everyone on the planet jumped up at once?  This book is probably the most kid friendly on the list and would provide great conversation starters when it is time to stop and eat.

There you have my list for the week.  What audiobooks do you think would make great road trip listens?  Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Recommend to my Mom

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May 16:  Mother’s Day related Freebie: favorite moms in literature, books about motherhood, best mother/daughter or son relationships, books to buy your mom, worst moms in literature, etc. etc.

Okay, I was totally going to do this Anti-Mother’s Day rant.  All about how I HATE this holiday from the standpoint of someone who lost her mother at a young age and as someone who has chosen a Child-Free life.  Then I started looking at my book lists and tried to figure out what defines an anti-Mother’s Day book.  Sigh… I relented and changed my mind.  Enough.  I don’t need to get preachy just because I don’t like the faux holiday.  Instead, I am going to go through my books and pick out ten books I would recommend to my mother if she were still alive.  I am going to pick out ten titles she could read that would help her truly grasp who I am.

Ten books that would help my departed mother know who I became.

  1. The Martian Let’s start with probably my favorite book overall.  Or at least the one I recommend the most.  Through this book, my mother might learn of my love of science fiction and of being a smart-ass.  Also get a glimpse into my swearing habit.  Also, it is just a phenomenal read and I would hope she likes it.
  2. Redshirts I believe I’ve mentioned before that part of my love of all things Trek has to do with my memories of watching Star Trek with my Mom as a child.  So, of course, I’m going to recommend she read this great parody of the beloved series.  Also another great read.
  3. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) I thought about recommending Twilight, which is the book I credit with introducing me to paranormal fiction.  This is a better read, however, and I would recommend this book for her to glean insight into my love of Vampires and Shifters and Magic oh, my!
  4. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) While this is also a paranormal read I thought this was a great way to introduce my mother to my love of quick-wit and romance.  Also, I love this series and would hope that she would love it too.
  5. The Time Traveler's Wife Okay, taking a turn here.  This book left me ruined.  I still can’t think of the ending of this book without breaking into tears.  I. Just. Got. It.  I would recommend this title to my mother so she could better understand what I went through losing her and how you put your life on hold waiting for someone to return.  Not that is possible in my case, but one still waits for those moments where a lost loved one could have been a part of your life.  A moment they should have been there for, or something you both went through.  It is about connections and having a way to hold on to them is any way possible.
  6. Crack in the Curtain I would also recommend the book my husband wrote to my mother.  It is a work of fiction, I know, but it would be a way to better understand the man I married.
  7. Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints Hand in hand with #6 is this book on Traveling to Turkey.  Unfortunately, the current political world means we might never be able to return but I love Turkey and this book might help my mother understand my love of traveling there.
  8.  Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice I am childless by choice, also sometimes referred to as Child-free.  I would hope that reading this would help my mother understand my reasoning for not reproducing.
  9. Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born I do not believe in organized religion. At all.  I do believe in something more, though.  This book would help explain these beliefs and why I know my mother does not wait in “heaven”  She has moved onto her next life and someday our paths will cross again.  If not in this existence than in the next.
  10. Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn I love living in the country, growing food, having critters, having space.  I would recommend this book to my mother so she might understand this aspect of my life.

 

This week’s list wasn’t what I had originally planned but I think it worked out pretty good.  I didn’t resent the topic as much as I thought I would.  I also found it interesting to search my read list for titles that represented me.

Top Ten Tuesday: I Wish.

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May 9: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist

This week’s list is fairly appropriate for me as I am once again longing for a great new series to dive into.  So this week I am simply going to share ten aspects of a story that I think will scratch my reading itch.

Ten book characteristics I want in my next great read.

  1. Great Setting: I would LOVE a great setting, that I’m familiar with, for my next great read.  I love it when the location is almost like another character in the book because if I’ve been there I can totally place myself in the world so much easier.  Plus it is almost like you have a fun inside track to the world you are reading.  Locations I’m currently seeking; Chicago, Iowa, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Minnesota.
  2. Not too technical but still accurate: One thing I loved about The Martian was all the accurate science involved in telling the story.  I would love for my next science fiction read to be like that but dumbed down enough that I can get most of it.
  3. Sex but not too much sex: I am an unashamed reader of romance and I like the steamy parts.  BUT that doesn’t mean I want the characters to be constantly jumping each other’s bones.  I want a good plot too.  So I want some sex but am willing to give that up for a better plot.
  4. Witty Dialog: Some of my favorite series came with smart-ass characters that were quick with a one-liner.  So I would love my next great series to have a little sass in the dialog.
  5. Fun Sidekick: I don’t mind a story that focuses all the attention on the two key characters but when you throw in an amazing supporting cast then the book is usually even better.
  6. Alpha Male: Goes along with #3.  In books, I don’t mind a strong alpha male that has a bit of caveman mentality.  Usually, it is a great premise for hijinks as the strong female drives him up the wall.  Plus I kind of enjoy seeing them get schooled when the female shows them they are just as capable as they are.
  7. Alpha Female: Part of the reason I don’t care for historical romance is I’m not a fan of weak females.  Sorry, I know it is probably a stereotype but too often the plot in those books revolves around a woman’s role in society.  Not interested.  I want a female that is equal to her male counterparts.  I don’t mind them being physically weaker than the males but I don’t want the entire book to be about saving the female from danger.  I want her to get her hands dirty and kick some ass too.
  8. Realistic love: Now I am pretty accepting of instant romance.  I usually don’t find it annoying in paranormal or urban fantasy books where you already have to suspend reality to enjoy the plot.  That doesn’t mean I don’t want some challenges for my main couple to overcome.  They need to work for their H.E.A. too.
  9. Good Vs. Evil: I love sinking my teeth into a good battle of good vs evil.  Part of why I enjoy dystopian books when we aren’t currently living in a dystopian society…
  10. Plot Twists:  To finish off my list I would love for my next read to have some great plot twists that I don’t see coming.  Not too difficult as I usually don’t figure things out.

There you have what I am looking for in my next great read if you know of any science fiction, urban fantasy, or paranormal romance that fits the bill or comes close feel free to share in the comments!  No YA, please.

Top Ten Tuesday: Pretty in Purple

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

May 2: Cover Theme Freebie: literally anyyyything about covers…

This week’s list is pretty much carte blanche for whatever we come up with cover related.  I jumped over to my Goodreads account and started scrolling through the covers in my account and noticed a lot of half naked men…  Decided that wasn’t really the way I wanted to go I also thought about covers that don’t feature any people or places in the artwork.  Quickly grew tired of that I decided to keep it simple and just select ten covers in my favorite color.  Purple :)

Ten pretty purple covers from my Goodreads account.

  1. Gemini Space the final frontier, but not on this week’s list.  Decided to start with a cover from one of my Trek books.  I’ve become obsessed with all things Trek lately so it only seemed fitting.
  2. Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires, #8) Couldn’t leave this cover out.  Not only am I sad to be saying goodbye to this author I will also miss these great covers featuring my favorite city in North America, Chicago.
  3. Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5) One of my favorite series here and almost more pink than purple but I’ll let it slide this time.  I’ve been inspired by this series to seek out more skull bling and now one of my key chains is a rhinestone encrusted skull that my husband refuses to use.
  4. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) I do believe it has been a few week’s lists since I had one of my favorite author’s covers on the list.  Let’s rectify that right now, shall we? Styxx also happens to be my favorite book in the series which has some pretty steep competition with 40 some stories in the series and its spin-offs.
  5. Undead to the World (The Bloodhound Files, #6) I’ve not read this book yet but it fits this week’s theme nicely.  I think I only have three books to go in this world.  I should get back to it sometime.
  6. Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower, #4) This was not the cover for this book back when I read it.  Can’t say which I like better but this one is pretty cool and fits the theme.
  7. The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13) I was so hesitant about reading this book then I read it and I feel like I’m hit by a freaking sledgehammer right to my heart.  This book left me emotionally devastated.  Such a shocking twist at the end.  Just wow.
  8. Damian (Stone Warriors, #1) This was a great new series by this author and I see that the second book is going to come out soon!  So looking forward to reading it!
  9. Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) Not really into YA anymore but I still think this cover is beautiful.  It was a great trilogy too!
  10. Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2) I thought that this cover rounded out the list nicely.  I’m looking forward to returning to this spin-off series and need to check out when that might be coming out.  (2018 in case you were wondering)

Well, there is my list for this week.  Not truly the most original but wasn’t feel that inspired.  I hope you enjoyed it and if you know of any other great purple covers feel free to share in the comments.