Top Ten Tuesday: New (To Me) Authors 2017

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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:

 January 2: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

I was surprised at how many new authors I managed to try this year.  I just gave up all pretense of trying to venture outside of my reading comfort zone and thought I had stuck to my tried and true.  Some of these I enjoyed more than others but all of the books below are by authors I’ve never tried before.

Ten authors, I tried for the first time in 2017.

  1. Bottomland  Michelle Hoover: This author was the All Iowa Reads book for 2017 and probably the best one I’ve read in all the years our library has participated.  I don’t think I will be checking out other titles by her though, as she is still pretty far out of my typical book selection.
  2. Saturn Run John Sandford and Ctein: This was an audiobook that I downloaded from my library on a whim.  I enjoyed it and should look into what other titles either of these authors have published.
  3. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) Robin Sloan:  Another library audiobook that I liked and another one that I should check out their other work.
  4. The Space Between the Stars Anne Corlett:  This was a debut novel by this author that I absolutely loved.  Can’t wait to see what else she writes.
  5. How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say Melissa Caughey:  This was a super fun book that actually had tons of useful information.  If you have your own flock I would check it out.
  6. Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore:  A review request book by an author I’ve never tried before.  Those are getting few and far between but worked out great for this book!
  7. Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1) Anthony Ryan:  This was an audiobook that I borrowed from my library and while it took me a bit to get into I enjoyed it quite a bit by the end.  Was disappointed to see the library didn’t have the rest of the trilogy in audio format.
  8. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) Becky Chambers:  This was an author that I suggested to my library for addition to the catalog sometime in 2016.  Yep, it took me a long time to get around to reading it myself…  Such a good book though!
  9. The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1) Erika Johansen:  This was an audiobook that I recently finished and immediately put book two and three on hold.  Can’t believe I didn’t try it sooner.
  10. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neil deGrasse Tyson: Another audiobook whim where I was in the mood to try something NF for a change.  This was thoroughly enjoyable and didn’t make me feel too dumb.  Yay, science.

There is my list for the week.  What new author did you discover last year?


Top Ten Tuesday: Author Bucket List

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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:

March 28: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)

So for this week’s list I am going to do some shameless bragging.  Only a little bit though as I’ve not actually met that many authors.  So this week I am going to split the list between met and want to meet.

Five authors I’ve met and five authors I want to meet!

  1.  Sherrilyn Kenyon- Met & Want to Meet:  Yes, that is right folks I have actually met my favorite author and made a complete fool of myself… It was so cool though and she was such a nice person!  I would also love to go to another signing if she ever comes back to the area.
  2. Deborah Harkness Deborah Harkness – Want to Meet:  I loved the All Souls Trilogy.  Absolutely some of my favorite books hands down.  It would be so cool to actually get to meet her in person.

  3. John Scalzi John Scalzi – Met: No picture with this author because when I met him I had only read one of his books and was not as big of a fan as I am now…  Stupid Amy…  So I guess Mr. Scalzi should also be added to the list of authors I would like to meet again.  Such a big fan now.  Also another really nice author!
  4. J.R. Ward J.R. Ward – Want to Meet: I basically want to meet this author to hear her swear like a sailor.  It cracks me up that she uses such foul language.  Also, I love her books.
  5.  Sylvia Day – Met!: Got to meet Ms. Day at BEA last year.  She is such a sweet woman and took the time to speak with everyone in line and take pictures with them.  Truly a stand-up author!
  6. Jacqueline Rhoades Jaqueline Rhoades – Want to Meet: This is my favorite indie author and friend on Facebook.  Someday I hope to meet Jackie in person!
  7.  Justin Cronin – Met:  What an awesome man this is!  Not a great picture but I did catch him in a booth at BEA.  It was amazing to get the opportunity to meet Mr. Cronin.
  8. Darynda Jones Darynda Jones – Want to Meet:  Sigh, someday… I am friends with her on Facebook if that counts for anything and have interacted with her there.
  9. Katarina Bivald Katarina Bivald – Met:  Not a widely known author but I think I should receive bonus points as she is from Sweeden.  Another sweet woman who I met at BEA last year.  Just recently got around to reading her only book The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.
  10. Andy Weir Andy Weir – Want to Meet: How could the author of The Martian not be on my list?  I’ve pimped his book enough! I love his story as to how his book came to being published.  I also follow him online and he just seems like a cool guy.  I would love to meet him someday.

There you have this week’s list.  How about you?  What authors have you met or would like to meet?

Bookish Thoughts: Author Bucketlist

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Hey everyone!  I’m sorry that I missed this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.  I was serving my county and running a local polling place for a special election.  Since I was in charge I was busy for three days (picking up, election day, and drop off), so I did have a good excuse.  I also need to start getting ready for Chicago #BEA16, not to mention a laundry list of items that I need to get done at work before my vacation.  Still I wanted to post something else this week because I might not get a book review out to you this or next week.  So I thought it might be fun to come up with an author bucket list.  I’m sure I most likely posted something like this on another TTT or some other post, but this is a list that can change and should be updated over time.

What do I mean by Author Bucket List?  For me it means authors I hope to meet in-person some time in my life.  Fairly topical being I am going to attend BEA next week in Chicago.  Shall we begin. (in no particular order beyond one and two).

Author Bucket List

  1. Sherrilyn Kenyon: Had to include my favorite author even if I’ve already met her, because quite frankly I plan on seeing this author in person when ever possible.
  2. Darynda Jones:  This author is just so cool and great about interacting with her fans through social media.  I would love to meet her someday.
  3. Katie MacAlister:  Another cool author to follow online.  Her books are always so much fun.
  4. Jacqueline Rhoades:  I’m delighted to be able to call this author friend, even though we’ve not met in real life.  Someday…
  5. J.R. Ward:  Another fun author to follow online, also I gotta hear her speak just to see if the rumors about her swearing are true.  Based upon her writing how could they not be.
  6. D.B. Reynolds:  Love this author’s series and would like to tell her in person.
  7. Jeaniene Frost: I do have signed books from this author, but to get a picture with her would be grand.
  8. Lynsay Sands:  Another one that I’ve interacted with on social media!
  9. Alexandra Ivy:  This author usually sets her books in the Mid-West which I love! Hope to cross her path someday.
  10. Andy Weir:  I know he has only written one book, but I LOVED it so much.
  11. Dianne Duvall:  She is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
  12. Sylvia Day: This author is a real possibility as she will be signing at BEA this year.  Fingers crossed!
  13. Deborah Harkness:  To thank her for moving me beyond Twilight.
  14. Tricia Skinner: Another fun author to interact with online. Very cool person.
  15. Justin Cronin: Going to be at BEA 2016, fingers crossed!
  16. Dan Brown: I really enjoy his books and don’t care what you think.  There are people who are dying to meet James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks too…
  17. Sarah J. Maas:  This author is going to be at Book Con which I will not be attending…
  18.  Molly Harper: Got to see if she is as funny in person.
  19. Chloe Neill: I would actually love a guided tour of Chicago by this author to see all the Chicagoland Vampire hot spots, but I will settle for just telling her how much I lover her series.
  20. John Scalzi:  This author will be at a ticket ($) event at BEA  I’m hoping to run into him somewhere on the floor.

Alright I figure 20 is good enough.  What authors are on your bucket list?

Update notice.  I was able to cross three of these off my list after attending BEA 16 in Chicago.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Facebook Follows

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

April 5: Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook — you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!

This week is a fun change of pace from picking books.  I’m going to go with Facebook because quite frankly that is the only social media site I truly have figured out. I usually follow these people on their other accounts as well and might even have interacted with them more on other networks, but these links will be to their Facebook pages (and Twitter accounts, I decided to add later).  Like most of you I tend to follow a lot of blogs, authors, publisher, etc, so for this list I’m going to stick to authors that I have actually interacted with through social media.  Authors are busy people, writing and publicizing take up a lot of time, so for an author to take the time to comment or like something I posted on their page makes me go all fangirl and this little TTT dedication is my way of saying thanks for making my day!

My Ten Favorite Author Follows on Facebook

  1. Alexandra Ivy Twiter & Laura Wright Twitter: These two made the list together because they have such a cute author crush going on with each other.  Watching these two gush all over each other, have contests and competitions is why if you follow one you need to follow the other, otherwise you are just missing out.
  2. Lynsay Sands Twitter: This is one of my favorite chick-lit paranormal romance authors.  She will also respond to comments on her page occasionally and keep you up to date on the upcoming releases.
  3. Darynda Jones TwitterThis is one of the few authors that I follow that has not only followed me back but accepted a friend request.  She also make me go major fangirl when she responds to tags and posts.  Love her!
  4. Deborah Harkness Twitter: Less interaction with this author, but she does have a day job as a college professor after all.  I picked her because she maintains FB profiles for the two lead characters of her Discover of Witches series, Matthew Clairmont & Diana Bishop, and will occasionally post as them, or have someone post as them…  I also have saved to PM from each character that I continue to brag about to this day.
  5. Dianne Duvall Twitter: This is a super sweet author that holds great contest and giveaways on her Facebook page.
  6. Jacqueline Rhoades Twitter:Here is another author I love that has become a good friend! I hold out hope that someday we will meet in real life.
  7. J.R. Ward Twitter: Ms. Ward is so much fun to follow online.  She will host different contest and online parties, share tons of pictures of her dogs.  Also she is a hoot to follow because she swears like a sailor and occasionally that slips out onto social media.
  8. Jeaniene Frost Twitter: Another super sweet author that posts a lot of updates for her upcoming releases through social media.  She also holds great giveaways!
  9. Katie MacAlister Twitter: This author recently made my day when she started following me on Twitter.  So freaking cool!  She also interacts with people quite a bit on Facebook and is currently holding a question of the day post.
  10. Michele Bardsley Twitter: Another author that has friended me on Facebook.  Ms. Bardsley also posts a lot of fun and often steamy posts on her account.

There you have my list this week, I think only one of them has not interacted with me personally (J.R. Ward), but regardless they are all fun to follow and spice up my Newsfeed daily.  Who are some of your favorite authors or bookish people to follow?  Leave a comment.


Bookish Thoughts: Bully Authors



Well I’ve done something that swore I would never do.  I redacted a review.  Not because I wanted to, but because an unhappy author sent an email to my place of employment in what I can only assume was an attempt to have me fired.  After responding back, which I shouldn’t have, with the comments that I am one small opinion, authors should not contact reviewers it is unprofessional, and that all reviews help sell books even the negative ones.  I decided to pull my reviews and lower the star rating to one and add the reason for redacting my review.  I was bullied, the author attempted to make me feel guilty for my review, which I don’t, but since she knows where I work and has already contacted me there I felt I had no other choice but to pull the review.  I can’t afford to lose my job right now.

I have taken the following steps to help ensure my safety in the future.  I have removed all remaining connections between my job and my reviews through my user profiles.  I have reported the author to their publisher and Amazon.  I have blocked all emails from this author.  I will be taking the same steps in future cases of harassment from authors.  I am also considering no longer posting my reviews to Amazon at all for any author.  They should not have been able to contact me at work!  Authors should not be able to read personal information, like locations, of those reviewing their books.

Needless to say I am feeling pretty angry and frustrated and scared.  The review wasn’t even that awful, and I pointed out what worked for me and what didn’t.  It was a fair expression of my opinion of their book.  I’m not ready to give up reviewing yet, but if this starts happening regularly I will give it up.   This was very unprofessional behavior by an author writing with a major publishing house and that has won awards.  Has her book never been criticized?

Just for future referenced I will not back down from a review again.  EVER.  I will also be contacting your publisher to report bad behavior.

Have you ever been contacted negatively over a review?  What did you do about it?


Update 10/25/15:  I can see this post is starting to make the rounds and striking a chord with many people, good and bad.  I have completely pulled my redacted review from everywhere because I do not wish for backlash against any author.  Yes, her behavior was unprofessional and wrong, but two wrongs do not make a right.  So I will continue to protect the identity of the author, or start now…  so they do not fall victim to bullying themselves.

I would also like to defend my reviews a bit.  I write honest personal opinions of what I read.  I have always strive to do that as nicely as possible, but anyone can take offence for anything in this world and when it is something you pour your heart and soul into it can be painful when others reject it.  I have reread the original review several times and still stand by it.  It was a fair opinion of this authors work.  Sometimes thought honesty is not what people want to hear.  I had the right to critique her book how I saw fit to share with my peers and she had the right to not like it.  She did not have the right to contact me at my place of employment though.  That is where she is wrong.

Top Ten Tuesday: Tag-Team Author Pair-Ups

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together (aka my (Jamie’s) world would explode if Gayle Forman and Jandy Nelson wrote a book together) — might be hard to come up with 10 but still would be fun! Bonus points if you tell us what kind of book you’d like them to write!

I’m predicting this is going to be one hard ass list to come up with.  I have no freaking clue which authors I would like to see pair up to co-author a book together.  Mainly because I tend to not care for the collaborative works that I’ve read so far, especially if I am not familiar with one of the authors but the other is one of my favs.  When I haven’t read either author before it isn’t such a big deal, but most of the time I find the book just feels off.  BUT I’m going to give this week the old college try to see what I can come up with.  Maybe I’ll just focus on finding some crazy combos for fun.

Ten Co-Author books I’d love to see happen…and maybe even read.

  1. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1) & A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) Kerrelyn Sparks/Lynsay Sands: When I think of the chick-lit fluffy side of the paranormal romance these two authors come to mind.  I love their books because they are funny, don’t take themselves too seriously and I know the couples are going to walk off into the sunset together.  I would love to see a crossover book where their two worlds meet up.
  2. Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #1) & Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1) Sherrilyn Kenyon/Dianne Duvall: Couldn’t have a list without my favorite author!  I’ve mentioned before how these two authors have a very familiar feel to their style of writing.  I could see them collaborating on a new world and it would kick-ass!
  3. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) & Eternal Hunger (Mark of the Vampire, #1) J.R. Ward /Laura Wright:  This is a fun pair-up.  One author has mastered the art of dropping the f-bomb and the other twisted steamy sex!  Now guess which remark applies to which author.  Their book would be so steamy and filled with shit-kicker clad alpha males that it might need a warning label.
  4. Twilight (Twilight, #1) & Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Stephenie Meyer/E.L. James: Okay this is my first pairing for shits and giggles.  Most of you know Fifty Shades started out as Twilight fan fiction  Both authors have also been criticized for their weak writing ability and equally weak heroine it might be fun…or a train-wreak we couldn’t turn away from…to see what they could produce together.  Maybe.  Oh common you know you’d read it.
  5. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) & Outlander (Outlander, #1)   Deborah Harkness/Diana Gabaldon:  Now I’ve only read Harkness in this match up, but Gabaldon is on my to-read list.  I think they might be a good match.  Both use history and time-travel in their stories it might just co-author a book that would blow our minds!  Side note, did you see that Harkness is going to release more books in the All Soul’s world!!!  Can. Not. Wait.
  6. The Martian & The Road Andy Weir/Cormac McCarthy:  This is another interesting pairing to me.  Both are survivalist stories, one funny and inspiring the other dark depressing. What kind of story would we get if these two wrote a story together?  I wonder which would win out the dark or the light.
  7. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) & Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) George R.R. Martin/Sarah J. Maas:  Okay this is another pairing up that I meant for fun.  Then I starting thinking about it and I do believe they could write a kick-ass book together, of course it is going to be like 1500 pages long…
  8. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) & Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Darynda Jones/Jeaniene Frost: I put these two together just because I love them both and wanted them on the list.  I think though we might end up with a romantic hero that will be the be-all end-all for perfect male lead characters in romance ever.  None will ever measure up to what these two could create.
  9. You Slay Me (Aisling Grey: Guardian, #1) & Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) Katie MacAlister/Molly Harper:  These two both write excellent female clicks and have you in stitches with their humor.  I think a pairing up of them might just be more than my poor sides could handle.
  10. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) & Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Kim Harrison/Patricia Briggs:  These two have both created complex fantasy worlds filled with supernatural, paranormal, and mythical creatures.  They also feature kick-ass (my word of the day) heroines that step up and do what needs to be done often to become targets in their worlds.  I would love to see what they would come up with together.


Alright perhaps that list wasn’t as difficult as I feared it would be.  I’m still not a huge fan of author collaborations, but sometimes it might lead to an interesting read.   What authors would you like to see team up to write a book together?


Top Ten Tuesday: Most Read

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday!  This week they ask us to share lists on:

August 11: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From (for some reason I thought we did this already but appears that we just did authors we OWN the most books from)

Thanks to the handy dandy tools over at Goodreads this list’s picks took me the length of time to logon and click a button.  Yay.  I did notice there were several ties and because these are all authors I love, obviously, I’m going to share all the ties for their designated number.  I’ve even taken a screen shot of the list so you know I’m not cheating, cause I would really like to just remove #2 from my reading history altogether.  Yep I’m bitter.

My Ten Most Read Authors

  1. Sherrilyn Kenyon 48 books:  Surprise surprise! Well not really if you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know this is my favorite author.  My new goal, after having meet her, is to now read everything she has written.  Challenge accepted!
  2. Stephen King 35 Books: Can we just remove him from my reading history.  Please.  No, I already read the bleeping books. Fine.  I still don’t like him anymore.  I think he is kind of an ass when it comes to criticize other author’s work.  How pompous of him when he writes pop-culture horror stories that tend to be juvenile in their gross gory descriptions.  I mean common, pot calling the kettle black anyone.
  3. Katie MacAlister 27 Books:  It always surprises me that I’ve read so many by this author.  While I obviously enjoy her work, it’s the fun and funny chick-lit side of paranormal that makes for great escapes, I tend to not think of her as one of my favorites.  Although I do have a sizable collection of her books on my bookcase upstairs.  Maybe I need reconsider my thoughts on her status…
  4. Lynsay Sands 23Books: This one doesn’t surprise me.  I started reading Ms. Sands before Ms. MacAlister and have always considered her my favorite for the chick-lit side of paranormal romance.
  5. Alexandra Ivy & Kerrelyn Sparks 18 books each: My first tie.  This is going to change soon as I am currently reading one of Ms. Ivy’s books.  Both have recently finished long run paranormal series that I enjoyed.  Ms. Ivy has another series that I follow so I expect her tally to continue to grow, but Ms. Sparks other books tend to be historical of which I’m not a fan.
  6. J.R. Ward & Lara Adrian 15 books each: These two author’s tend to be a bit similar in style of story telling, so I recommend the other if you are already a fan of one of  them.  I am sitting on a Ward book right now, The Shadows, it’s a brick and about some characters I’m not all that excited about…
  7. Charlaine Harris & Kim Harrison & Jacqueline Rhoades 14 books each: In this three-way tie we have one author I’ve broken up with (Harris), one author who recently finished a long run series (Harrison), and our first indie author of the list (Rhoades).
  8. Patricia Briggs & Jeaniene Frost 13 books each: What can I say I like both of their works.  Both are urban fantasy side of paranormal, not heavy on the romance, well Briggs anyway Frost has more steam.
  9. Chloe Neill & Sara Paretsky 12 books each:  I’ve not read Paretsky in a long time.  I find it funny that both of this authors write series set in Chicago, one paranormal one not and both of them feature tough heroines.  Neill has a new series that just started set in New Orleans and I wasn’t a fan, but I’ve seen it has some garnered some good review I’m going to stick to her Chicago Vamps though.
  10. D.B. Reynolds & Darynda Jones & J.R. Rain 11 books each: Ms. Reynolds I found through Net Galley and I’ve enjoyed reading and reviewing her book through there. Jones I wish was higher on the list because I would put her either second or third in my list of favorite authors.  Rain is another author that I have broken up with due to his choice to become exclusive to Amazon.

Fav authors



There you have my most read authors, who have you read the most book by?  



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Monday Morning Check-In: We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming…


Good Monday morning fellow readers!  I am happy to announce that I survived Fair Week.  It is always so nice to see everyone each year, but it is such a busy week!  I was into town every day, once twice, and taking care of cats and working and yard work… well maybe not so much the yard work,  I may need a machete to get through the lawn if I don’t mow today.  So how many books did I get read while babysitting projects at the fair?   Zero, but I did almost finish a lovely scarf that I plan on entering next year for the knitting class.  I am still have about 20 pages left of the little Star Trek serial I started last week.  I am going to finish it today…or rather tonight, and get the review posted for you all soon.  After that I am going to switch back to some review books that I am excited to start.

Now that the fair is over I can obsess and pester everyone about the Kenyon book signing I am going to in less than two weeks. Cue fan-girl screaming.  I am definitely going now, husband joining me is still up in the air, but I ordered my copy of the book and booked a hotel room at the hotel hosting the signing.  Because you can’t accidentally run into authors at breakfast or in the elevator if you aren’t staying in the same hotel!  That and then I don’t have to mess with Chicago traffic and trying to get to and from my hotel for the event.  Now I need to study the directions and street maps like I am cramming for a physics exam in a class I skipped all semester.  This is going to also be my first time driving to Chicago by myself, the main source of trepidation for both me and my husband.  It should be fine though,  I do know the area as we have stayed there before and I am the better of the two of us with directions.  After all I’m the one that can navigate Istanbul each time we visit from memory…

I’ve also been struck with a cold sweat over what do I want to say to Ms. Kenyon during my brief moment with her.  How do I sum up the amount of appreciation and admiration I have and convey the tremendous amount of joy her books have brought me without making her uncomfortable and signaling security to have me removed or fainting.  No seriously this could be an issue, I need to make sure I eat just enough not to pass out,  but not so much I want to puke which could be another real possibility.   It is a good thing I have two weeks to sort this all out, sum up my thoughts, plan an outfit, etc.  I’m either going to chill out over the whole thing or work myself up into a fan-girl mess.

So this week I thought I would ask all of you for advice, especially to those of you that have met your favorite author or some other celebrity you admire.  What tip do you have for me?  What should I not forget, besides a camera?  Was there anything you forgot to say or wish you had said?  Tips from authors would be great too!  What bugs you about over-excited fans?  How do you wish we would act when meeting you?

Have a great week reading everyone!

Top Ten Tuesday: Meet and Greet

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular weekly blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us:

May 12: Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet

To be honest I almost skipped this week’s topic.  I did a Monday Morning Question post on this almost a year ago and the answer hasn’t really changed.  But since I have been kind of lagging in my book reviews, I blame Netflix, I thought I should probably post something.  Since my first four picks haven’t changed I am just going to copy and past those into this post and come up with my next six authors I’d love to meet and/or hear speak.

Ten Authors I’d Love to Meet!

1-4 taken from Monday Morning Question: Author’s you would like to meet?

  1. My first pick is Jacqueline Rhoades, an independent author of three series; The Wolvers, Guardians of the Race, and Hidden Mountain.  Jackie is my first pick because she has become a good friend of mine.  Most of our interaction happens over at Facebook, but I would love to meet her in person someday.  She is a great writer and I have enjoyed all the books of hers that I’ve read.  If you enjoy any of the big names in paranormal fiction I suggest you give one of Jackie’s books a try!

  2. Up next is Sherrilyn Kenyon,  I have spoken often for my love of all things Kenyon, so how cool would it be to meet her and thank her in person for all that she has written.  I know she frequents conventions and may have to make plans to attend one she will be at to fulfill this dream I have.  Of course I will go all fan girl and embarrass myself by being a fool, but it would be so worth it, especially if I score an autographed book too.  But really just being able to tell her how much I have enjoyed her work would be enough.

  3. Another author that has interacted with me, briefly, through Twitter and Facebook is Darynda Jones.  She is perhaps my latest author crush, as well as her Reyes being my latest character crush.  I would love to attend a signing of hers some day and add one of her titles to my small collection of autographed books.

  4. Last but in no means least is Deborah Harkness.  I already have an autographed copy of her second fiction book, Shadow of Night,  found it at a local bookstore.  I just think it would be amazing to get to meet her in person and again try to play it cool as I thank her profusely for writing the All Souls Trilogy.

  5. J.R.Ward:   I really enjoy this author’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, but the main reason I’d love to meet her is that I hear she swears like a sailor on shore leave.  I’d love to see if that is true!  She is also one of the authors I have a signed book from, but how fun would it be to be able to get one in person and thank her for the effing great series she writes.  Ms. Ward is a hoot to follow on Facebook too, I highly recommend.
  6. Andy Weir:  I can hear you now, enough with the love affair of this author.  He has only written one book for freaking sake.  I know, I know, he made my list again.  I would love to get my copy of The Martian autographed though and totally encourage him to continue to publish more of his writing.  Go read his short stories, he is phenomenal.
  7. Chloe Neill:  I’d love to meet this author just to pick her brain about all the background information on the Chicago houses.  My dream would be a tour of the Chicagoland Vampires locations from all the books, but would settle for an awkward handshake and me gushing over how much I love the series, even though it took me a bit to get into…
  8. Molly Harper:  This author always writes such great female friendships that she just seems like she would be a blast to hand out with for an afternoon.
  9. Brian L. Weiss:  This is one of the non-fiction authors I enjoy.  He writes upon the topic of past lives, something that I whole-heartily believe in.  I would love to meet him or hear him speak on the topic.  My absolute dream would be a regression session with him, but that seems unlikely and probably out of my price range.
  10. Wil Wheaton:  Confession time.  I’ve not read anything Mr. Wheaton has written, unless you count his website or various other social media outlets.  I just love what he stand for, being proud of what you love and not afraid to share that passion with the world.  I also think he is a talented actor and loved him on Star Trek, Eureka and his guest spots on Big Bang Theory.  Someday I will get around to reading one his books…someday.

Top Ten Tuesday: Never again!

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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday. This week they ask us to share lists on:

May 5: Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

Now my first reaction was to do a list on books I want to read, but probably never will and/or keep putting off.  Then I started going through everyone’s lists to see what they posted – something I usually don’t do, and never will again (first that is)- cause I found myself being pretty offended and ended up with some hurt feelings, some instances to the point where I wanted to unfollow blogs…  I know get over it, stop being so sensitive, everyone is entitles to their own opinion (and they are!),  but I am sensitive and can’t won’t change that about myself.  I found most of the lists were being used to bash books and authors I enjoyed, adored even, by bloggers that had never even tried the book.  One think I HATE  most in this world is a book snob.  Especially when people are overly critical about something and are forming that opinion solely upon what they’ve heard not personal reading experience.  I now feel this week’s list is just an excuse to be mean.  So I’m putting a twist on the list so that it more aligns with my own personal philosophy of not blasting something unless you’ve tried it and formed your own damn opinion.

Ten authors I will never read again…and why.

  1. Stephen King:  Much of my Jr and Sr High School days were spent carrying around one of this man’s books.  He was the first author I actively strived to read everything he had ever written.  Then I grew up, became more sensitive to gore and read several interviews he did and realized he is an ass.  For someone whose work has been pandered and criticized he is awfully quick to put down other popular authors he deems less than worthy.  Time to dismount that high horse Mr. King when you made your living writing about blood & guts, violence, and stories that were meant to make people sleep with the lights on.
  2. James Patterson: This one should have an asterisk by it I could read another of his books again, possibly, but probably not…  I’ve read two books by Mr. Patterson and actually didn’t hate them, they were alright, but his chapter lengths bothered me.  He broke up the action in odd places and I had trouble getting over that.  I mean walking from one room to another should not mean a break in chapters.  The book is the same length no matter if it had 24 or 94 chapters in it.  So this selection is a case of it’s not you its me.
  3. Orson Scott Card:  This author’s politics got in the way for me.  He is a stark raving mad right-winger and homophobic.  I can not respect him and will not read anything he has written ever again.  I do not believe in giving bigots a platform to spread their hatred.
  4. Charlaine Harris:  I loved the Sookie Stackhouse series up until book 10 and then it was just a slow slide downhill as she worked to destroy a character I LOVED, Eric.  I trusted you with my heart Ms. Harris and you broke it into a million tiny pieces and gave Eric the worst ever-after of any character in the entire series.  I will not be trusting you again ma’am.
  5. Laurell K. Hamilton: I had several people tell me I should read her series, that I would love it.  So I tried it and didn’t. Tried it several times and after book six I just couldn’t take it anymore.  The main character was my main issue,  I just didn’t like her very much.
  6. MaryJanice Davidson:  This author’s writing just got on my nerves.  Her lead character in the Undead series was shallow and all sorts of other annoying characteristics that made me abandon this series after three books.
  7. Wayne Gladstone:  This author contacted me through Goodreads after I read and reviewed his book.  Now normally I don’t mind that, but if you are doing so to tell the reviewer they didn’t get your book and probably will in a few days… Well, it makes me not want to read anything else you’ve read.  In that instance just don’t bother commenting, cause I would have given your next book a try before you messaged me.
  8. Melissa de la Cruz:  Loved the Blue Blood series, tried the new spin-off and had to DNF it.  I think this is a case of I just need to move on and not try to recapture what we once had.
  9. Kresley Cole:  I can’t believe I read so many of this author’s books (7), they all had like two star ratings.  Now I wouldn’t even pick up the next book after a two star review, but I think I picked up the series at a book sale and felt obliged to read them.  No more.  I still have several of her books in my house unread.  They are going on Book Mooch to be traded for something I want to read.
  10. J.R. Rain:  I broke up with this author whose Vampire for Hire series is actually really good.  I stopped reading him when he stopped offering his book for Nook reader.  First it was we had to wait 90 days and now they are not even available at all.  He sold out to Amazon, which is his right (he needs to do what works for him), but I need to do what I think is right too.  I think it is unfair to try to force readers into one platform over another and I will not review book that are only offered on Amazon.  I might read them, but no reviews…of course with as busy as I am that usually means I’m not going to read them either.

Alright there you have my list.  All are authors I’ve read but probably won’t read again.   What authors have you broken up with?

*** I would like to clarify my option from the start of this post.  It isn’t that I don’t think people should go out and read those books they know they won’t like.  There are plenty of books that I know I won’t like and never plan to read.  What got to me is everyone bashing these books on their blogs.  That upset me. As a librarian I have learned we are all different readers and have different taste and you never know when you might offend someone by being critical of an author’s work, especially when you’ve not read it.  Then again I know that these are all personal blogs and people have the right to post what ever they want, so be it. To quote Wil Wheaton: Don’t be a dick.