Top Ten Tuesday: List of Shame

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 25: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

I think the challenge of this week’s list is going to be limiting it to just ten titles… I’m going go down my most read author’s list and select some releases from their lists that I have not read yet but really should have.

Ten books by some of my favorite authors that I haven’t read yet.

  1. Dragon Storm (Dragon Falls, #2) I was gifted the first two books in this series. I read the first one and then struggled through a third of the second book before DNFing.  I already own this and the next book so I hope that my mood shifts and am able to give this trilogy another shot.
  2. Dragon Soul (Dragon Falls, #3) The last book in the trilogy that I bought without trying the first books… I am determined to finish this someday.
  3. The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16)  Another book that I own yet haven’t read yet.  This one isn’t as shameful as it came out this year.  I might hold off on reading this title until the next book is released and read them back to back.
  4. Born of Vengeance (The League, #10) This is a tough one.  I love Ms. Kenyon but her latest books haven’t worked as well for me in this series.  I wanted to read it but didn’t want to be disappointed.  This series doesn’t work well for me to read back to back because she has a tendency lately to repeat so much that it is almost like reading the same story twice.  I kind of wanted to wait long enough so I forgot what happened in the last book…
  5. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter, #28) Again a case of not wanting to be disappointed.  I might even have a book to read before this one.  I’m just not sure when I will feel like returning to this series.
  6. Stygian (Dark-Hunter, #29) All of that being said I still picked up the latest release by Ms. Kenyon.  I really need to stop doing that… Now I feel even more pressure to read the others I’m avoiding.
  7. Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5) I was turned down for this ARC that’s ok.  I bought it anyway and proceeded to not read it.
  8. The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire (Half-Moon Hollow, #3)   I was so sure I was done with this series.  I love her paranormal books so much that I kind of want to try again.  Maybe I will have to inter-library loan these books.
  9. The Single Undead Moms Club (Half-Moon Hollow, #4) What I said for number eight applies to this one.
  10. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) This is a case of I waited so long for the next of series that I simply gave up.  Now all the books are out and I’ve forgotten so much that I really need to go back and read the first three books again.  Maybe I can listen to them in audiobook format.  The problem is that they are so popular still it is difficult to get your hands on them through the library.  Maybe I will make the effort this winter.

Another week another list!  What books have you not been reading by your favorite authors? Share in the comments or link to your own list!


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Authors!

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


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

April 21: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

My spin on this week’s list is that I am going to share with you my favorites from each genre I read, kinda a top ten of all #1’s.  Paranormal is going to be broken down into three spots because it is the bulk of what I read.  There is also the potential for a lot of crossover in my selections, but it is my list so I am going to put them where I feel they fit best.  All author’s names are linked to their Goodread’s profile page.

Ten of my favorite authors for each of the genres I read.

  1. Paranormal (Vamps): Jeaniene FrostMost know for her Night Huntress series, Ms Frost is an excellent world builder.  Her books could also fall under the Urban Fantasy and Romance genre too.   So far I’ve enjoyed all of her series that I’ve tried.  If you aren’t sick of vamps yet, give this author a try.
  2. Paranormal (Shifters): Patricia Briggs – Author of the Mercy Thompson series and its spin-off Alpha & Omega series.  Not into vamps, how about shape-shifters or werewolves.  This author’s books could also crossover into Urban Fantasy with a bit of romance kicked in.  This author has some great characters and a complex world to get lost in.
  3. Paranormal (Angels): Darynda Jones– Author of the Charley Davidson series.  This is one seriously talented writer, expertly blending humor, drama, steamy romance and an epic good vs evil plot. Ms. Jones also gave us Reyes Farrow and we are eternally grateful for her contribution to book boyfriends everywhere. 
  4. Urban Fantasy: Sherrilyn Kenyon – Probably best know for her Dark-Hunter world, she also writes sci-fi, YA paranormal, historical romance and contemporary fiction.  If I had to pick one author on my list as my absolute favorite, Ms. Kenyon is it.  I’ve read more than 50 of her books and I can count on one hand the number of books that didn’t work for me.  Give her Dark Hunter world a try, I bet you become hooked!
  5. Fantasy: George R.R. Martin – Okay, so I’ve only read three of his books, but out of all the high-fantasy book’s I’ve read his are my favorite.  He sold me on the genre and I find myself looking for other authors to try. There is a reason his books are so popular, don’t let the page count intimidate you, give them a try they are worth the effort.
  6. Indie author: Jacqueline Rhoades – I wanted to give special recognition to indie authors on the list.  Ms. Rhoades could have easily made this list in any of the paranormal or romance genres, but she deserves recognition for all her hard work as an author without a publishing house to back her up. It is not easy to write, edit and market a book by yourself and I so admire what Ms. Rhoades has accomplished.  She is such a talented storyteller and I hope you give one of her paranormal or contemporary books a try.  She is working on her first sci-fi book and I can’t wait to see what she does with that genre!
  7. Dystiopian: M.D. Waters Author of the Archetype series.  Okay,  I’ve only read a few books by this author, but loved what I read so far.  I hope we have many more excellent reads from this new author.
  8. Sci-Fi: Andy Weir – Yes, the love-fest of The Martian continues… I’ve read some of his self-published/posted short stories and this man is seriously talented.  I can’t wait to see what he writes next.
  9. Romance: Molly Harper – Best know for her Jane Jameson series and Half-Moon Hollow spin-off series this is a fun paranormal romance author. Her humor and outrageous situations are a hoot, and they are the perfect books to get lost in when you need something to make you happy.
  10. YA: Sarah J. Maas – This is the Throne of Glass series author, and while I’ve only read one book and a handful of novellas she has quickly become my favorite author of YA level fiction.  Such a great read!

Alright, now some of these authors are not my favorite-favorites, but I didn’t want to put Kenyon in four different spots (and I could have). All of the names I mentioned above have written books that I would recommend to anyone that expressed interest in that genre. They wrote books I got excited about, worlds I want to revisit and characters that became my friends.  I hope you look into their work and let me know what you think!


Monday Morning Question


Is there an author you used to love but don’t read anymore?

There are probably a few authors I used to read but don’t anymore, but the one that sticks out most in my mind is Stephen King.  I have read most, well probably all of his books up until The Cell.  By then, though, they were already becoming a struggle. I just wasn’t enjoying them anymore, my tastes had changed.  I believe this was just before my discovery of paranormal books.

My first Stephen King book was The Shinning.  My mother had died that summer in a car accident and I was going through her paperbacks that were still on a bookcase in the basement.  I was looking for ways to keep her in my life and thought I would try reading something that she read.  I picked The Shinning.  Scared the crap out of me, what 13 year old wouldn’t be, but I slowly worked my way through his books.  They were perfect for a young teenager that was hurting inside, wanting to escape and was intrigued by the morbidity of his story’s themes.  I thought them cool and many of my English teachers rolled their eyes as I became yet another teen who read Stephen King, it was the late 80’s.

In high school I set out to read everything he had written up to that point and soon discovered his Dark Tower series.  I think this was probably the first series I fell for,  I loved the reoccurring adventure and started searching out his other titles that had anything to do with these characters and their saga.  That series is still my favorite work of his and I continue to have those books and a few others on my shelves.

As I became an adult either I changed or he changed, maybe both, and his later books just appealed to me less and less.  I didn’t care for the gross out factor that had become a key element in many of his books.  I am not against horror, but I can do without all the blood and guts.  The irony that I now love vampire novels is not lost on me…  I brought home Under the Dome and put it on my to-read bookcase and ignored it…and ignored it…and passed it up for yet another book. Finally I decided if I paid money for the monstrosity I better damn well read it.  So I pulled it off the shelf and got as far as a raccoon being described graphically having been sliced in half by the dome and decided perhaps it was time Mr.King and I parted ways.  I closed the book and it still sits with the others on my shelf.  I will never read it, but hate to give it away because I lost it’s dust cover.

That book wasn’t the only reason I had stopped reading Mr.King.  I also kinda think he is an ass.  (Stephen King Fans please don’t send me hate mail, I’m sure he is not losing any sleep over the fact that a small town librarian from Iowa thinks he is an ass.  I won’t be hurting his book sales anytime soon)  I’ve read several articles where he shares his opinion on other authors (that I enjoy) and was very critical, almost unkind towards them.  (Again I know I am a book reviewer, I see the irony of thinking another is an ass for sharing their opinion of an author’s books,  feel free to think me an ass too.)  I just think it ironic, gosh I’ve used that word three times now, that someone who had had a reputation himself of publishing trashy books would trash someone else’s work in such a public way.

Mr. King’s books will always be apart of me though, a part of my history and a connection to my mother.  I’m grateful for that and wish him and his fans well.  I just won’t be reading anymore of his work.  Well… perhaps someday I will reread the Dark Tower series to remember who I once was.

So I ask again; Is there an author you used to love that you fell out of love with or no longer read?