Top Ten Tuesday: Often Overlooked

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

September 11: Hidden Gems

I was going to put a twist on this week’s list but I’ve been battling brain fog most of the day so I’m simply going to go through my Goodreads list and see what books I enjoyed that I feel might not have been as widely known as others.  Mainly going to select lesser-known authors this week.

Ten books that I consider hidden gems.

  1. Dead Trees Give No Shelter  Wil Wheaton has written a self-published book that I discovered through his blog posts.  I decided to buy a copy, only available through his website and found it quite good.  I hear he is working on another book and I’m excited to see what it is all about.
  2. Tomorrow's Kin (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #1) Nancy Kress is an author that I feel is not as well-known.  I have really enjoyed about 75% of what I’ve read by her.  This is one of the winners.
  3. After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall If you are interested in trying this author but don’t want a full-length book this is an interesting short story/novella that she also wrote.
  4. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) Robin Sloan was an author I found through my library’s overdrive system.  It was quite interesting in a plot-twisty sort of way.  Science fiction/Fantasy.
  5. Dying Bites (The Bloodhound Files, #1) D.D. Barant again was discovered through my library’s overdrive account.  Enjoyed this one so much I bought all the books used on eBay.  The series fizzled out midway but I haven’t given up on them completely and will try again someday.
  6. The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) John Twelve Hawks is a great pick for those looking for a political/conspiracy theory read that is anti-government.
  7. The Fold Peter Clines wrote this super interesting science fiction/fantasy novel that kept me turning the page.
  8. Angel Kin (Angel Assassins, #2) Tricia Skinner seems to have let this series die which makes me so sad as it was awesome!  If you like stories about bad-ass angels then give this one a try.
  9. Archetype M.D. Waters is another author that wrote two great books, a duology that I wished she had expanded to other books.  Kind of a science fiction/fantasy/dystopian read.
  10. The Gargoyle The last book is a one hit wonder.  It took the author ten years to write it I read so that might be why he never wrote another.  This book, however, is fantastic!  A beautiful story of love that is both dark and intricate.

Blog/Reading Update:  I had my eye appt. yesterday and I’m happy to report that my eyes are healthy!  My two very expensive glasses are on order and in about 10 days I should be able to read again.  My second pair is prescription reading glasses because I’m one of those people who can’t simply go buy a pair off the shelf and my husband loves his.  To those that enjoy my posts and reviews, I hope to return to posting content soon.

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Month in Review: February 2015

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Read:   8 Books,  2008  Pages

Year to Date:  13 Books,  5182 Pages

Goal for year: 104 books

Challenges Crossed Off: 23/74

Last Month’s Theme: February Romance Reads

This Month’s Theme: Reads for Review

Welcome to another month in review.  Last month I decided to go with the theme of Romance books. I tried to read a variety, didn’t get as many different types as I had hoped, but I did venture out and try a variety.  I managed to get in some paranormal, contemporary, and even a classic title.  I missed out on adding in an erotic novel or a YA selection, but that’s alright.   There is a difference in the different styles of romance books.  I tend to enjoy the paranormal romances better,  they have tougher female leads who don’t sit around and wait for a man to marry or save them.  The come off as better examples of strong female leads in my opinion.  It was a nice change of pace to read my romances a more analytically then I normally do.  I believe I will make February Romance Reads a recurring theme here at the blog and welcome you all to join in on the fun if you want.

Now we begin the third month of the year with no signs of spring anywhere on the horizon…  I was going to have March’s theme be Sci-fi, rather fitting with the recent loss of Leonard Nimoy, but I have noticed that I have way to many books for review piling up so I am going with that theme instead.  I am still going to look into reading something as a tribute to my beloved Spock, perhaps the novel RedShirts by John Scalzi or even one of the Star Trek books that I have up on my to-read bookcase upstairs.    As it stands though I have eight books I’ve agreed to read for review, although a couple of them don’t release until later in the year, and it is going to be a busy month of reading as it is.

In April I’ve teamed up with the blog Caught Read Handed to co-host  Reading My Library challenge and I am supper excited about that. There will be more information coming around mid month, so be sure to keep an eye out.  I have also joined the Bloggers’ Book Club and their selection for March is  The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons.  I’m not sure I will be able to participate this month though.  The book is a new release and is not available at any of my libraries.  I am also still under my self-imposed book buying ban so I might have to wait until next month’s read to join in the fun.  I did add the book to my library’s buy list, a small perk of being a librarian, but I am not the person who orders books so I still might not get it in time.

Well I hope you all have a great month of reading.  I have a bunch of great books for review coming up, or at least they looked good when I agreed to read them.  I look forward to seeing what all you read this month and lets all cross our fingers that spring gets here soon.  Happy reading!