Top Ten Tuesday: List of Shame

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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!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Still Waiting…

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 February 6: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

 

This list should be easy, all I am going to do is head over to Goodreads and see which books have been on my want-to-read list longest.

Ten books that have been on my To-Read List the longest.

  1. If Angels Burn (Darkyn #1) Added 10/25/11: I know I picked this up used years ago apparently.  I am not sure I own it anymore as I’ve been weeding my to-read bookcase at home.  Frankly, I should probably remove this title as I don’t think I will ever get around to reading it…
  2. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian #1) Added 12/20/11:  I actually have the first few books in this series and have been meaning to try them soon.  I think I saw a review somewhere that renewed my interest.  Might not be this year but I will get to these eventually. To try at least.
  3. Dark Thirst (The Brethren, #1) Added 12/20/11: Another title that I will probably give up on and weed from my shelves at home.
  4. Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Added 2/12/12:  I did read the first book in this series but simply never picked up the second book.  I will probably need to reread number one, or maybe I can borrow the audiobook.  I will hold on to this book as I do want to give this series another chance.
  5. Crave (Fallen Angels, #2) Added 3/21/12:  While I enjoy the Blackdagger Brotherhood series and its spin-off I was not crazy about the Fallen Angels series.  I don’t think I will ever get around to reading book two.
  6. Demons Not Included (Night Tracker, #1) Added 3/13/12:  I had meant to read this book earlier it even sat on my nightstand for almost a year before I put it back on the shelves.  I’m not sure why I never got around to it but I will be keeping it around and hopefully feel like picking it up sometime.
  7. Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1) Added 11/19/12:  I’m torn about this series.  I have most if not all of the titles in the series but find myself not interested in romance books filled with sex and little plot anymore.  I know it has to do with shifting hormones now that I am in menopause.  I’m making assumptions here but a series about succubuses is bound to have tons of sex in it and I would hate to miss half the book as I tend to now skip those parts. Let me know if I’m wrong and this book is more plot than sex.
  8. Blood of the Wicked (Dark Mission, #1) Added 11/19/12: I think the reason that I haven’t gotten around to this book sooner as it is about witches and I am generally not a fan.  I tend to stick with my shifters and vampires.
  9. Skye's Trail (The Angelini, #1) Added 1/9/13:  I’m sure this book made in on my list when I was reading much racier titles.  Since I don’t own this one I will probably pull it from my Goodreads shelves.
  10. Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Added 1/31/13:  Another erotic novel that is going to be weeded from my shelves…  If it crosses my path maybe I will read it but I have a feeling that my taste has simply changed too much.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What books have you avoided reading the longest?

Top Ten Tuesday: Meant to read…

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January 9: Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)

I’m not much of a planner when it comes to reading the past couple years preferring to read whatever I’m in the mood for.  Still, there are always some titles that we mean to pick up over the course of a reading year.  Here are some titles that I either meant to read or thought I might try but didn’t pick up for some reason.

Ten books that I didn’t read in 2017

  1. Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #7)  This one I started before coming down with the plague in early December but didn’t get very far into it.  I hope to give it a better chance this January.
  2. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter, #28) This is a case of I bought the book when it came out and needed to read the one before then wasn’t too impressed with that book and decided to put off this title…
  3. Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross, #1)  I was so excited about a new series by my favorite author but when I got my hands on it I learned that it was a historical and I have been hesitant to actually start it fearing bitter disappointment.
  4. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15) This series is one I still enjoy despite the fact that I never get around to reading the latest release the year it comes out.  I should really stop buying them release week and wait until I’m ready to read them and picking them up secondhand or discounted.
  5. Born of Vengeance (The League, #10) See number 2 for the reason why I’ve not read this book yet…
  6. Dead Eye (Tiger's Eye Mystery, #1) This is a review book I picked up on Net Galley.  I had wanted to read it before Christmas but again I got sick and didn’t get much reading done.
  7. Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour, #1) This is a free download that I was offered in a newsletter.  It looked interesting and I did try to start it but quickly lost interest.  This one I might not get around to anytime soon.
  8. The End of All Things (Old Man's War, #6) This series was one I read around the time of my hysterectomy last year.  Got to this book and needed a break.  Haven’t gotten around to finishing the last two books.
  9. The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy I requested this book through Blogging for Books and couldn’t get into it.  I still want to give it try but seem to be in no hurry.
  10. Black Night (Black Wings, #2) I read the first book in this series in hope that I would find a new series to enjoy.  while the first book was okay it just didn’t grab me.  I do have the others and hope to get to them eventually.

Another week, another list.  What books did you mean to read last year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR 2018

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November 28: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

The current reading phase I continue to be in does not gel well with planning long-term.  I continue to be a mood reader and have no idea what I might read over the winter.  I’m actually listening to more books than reading lately and the book I have access to is dependent upon what is available at my library.  Going through my Goodreads list not much caught my eye for titles I have to read right away.  So I’m going to select some titles in series I need to catch up on and a few new releases I have my eye on.  To be honest, though I have no idea what books I might or might not pick up this winter.

Ten books that I might read this winter.

  1. Baby, I'm Howling for You  I have an ARC of this book and hope to start it after I finish my current NF read.
  2. Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy, #3) I almost enjoy this Black Dagger Brotherhood spin-off series more than the main BDB series itself.  Looking forward to the third book in the Black Dagger Legacy series.
  3. The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2) This is perhaps the book I am most excited to read currently.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the first book, The Queen of the Tearling.
  4. Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #7) This book came out in September and I hope to get to this one after I review the title in spot #1.
  5. Resilient: 12 Tools for Transforming Everyday Experiences Into Lasting Happiness Almost forgot about this NF title that I requested through Net Galley.  I thought this might be a great book to read when taking into consideration the current state of my mental health.
  6. Six Wakes I needed to add a book to an Amazon order recently to get free shipping.  Don’t know much about this one beyond it was the right price and a science fiction title that looked interesting.
  7. Envy of Angels (Sin du Jour, #1)  This title was a free download in one of the newsletters that I subscribe to and has been sitting in my reading app looking interesting for a couple of months.
  8. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter, #28) This is from series that I need to catch up on.  This one gives me pause because I am afraid it will have similar problems as her last book and be mainly old plotlines.
  9. Insurrection (Nevermore, #1) This title caught my attention as it is a new series by my favorite author.  Unsure if it is a completely new idea or a spin-off from one of her other series.  Going to have to buy it to find out.
  10. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #15) Another book from a series I need to catch up on.  Most likely what will happen is the next book will release, I’ll buy it, and then I will read this one.

 

Well, there is my list for the week.  What titles are you looking forward to this winter?

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: I’ll get to it eventually…

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January 10: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

Like many readers. there are tons of books you mean to read but for various reasons haven’t gotten around to yet.  Last year was another reading slump year for me due to stress but I’m surprised that there weren’t that many books that I didn’t get to but planned to read.  Below you will find ten of them, some are more likely than others to be read in 2017 I’ll point those out.

Ten books that didn’t get to in 2016

  1. Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2) 2017 for sure: Picked this one up the week it was released and then was promptly diagnosed with cancer, so yeah I didn’t get to it.  Plan to read this one during my hysterectomy recovery.
  2. Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter, #9)Might read in 2017:  Started this series and then hit some stress with replacing a car and decided to put off continuing the series until my head was in a better spot.
  3. IQ No Plan:  I picked this one up on a whim at BEA.  The author’s signing line wasn’t very long and the book has a beautiful cover.  It is this author’s first book and he was so sweet and excited to be there.  It actually sounds pretty good so I will be reading it eventually, sometime when I’m in the mood for a stand alone.
  4. A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) No Plan:  Another title I picked up at BEA.  I actually made a plan to find this one as it was one of the few books actually in my reading genre offered at BEA.  The second book is already out and I still am not sure when I will get around t0 this one.
  5. Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter, #26; Dragons Rising, #1; Lords of Avalon, #5) 2017 for sure: Some of the reviews were not kind for this book by my favorite author and that made me put off reading the next book in the Dark Hunter series.  I know I’ll read it but wanted to wait for a time when my mood was better and that it would bother me less if I didn’t love it.
  6. Born of Legend (The League, #9) 2017 for sure: The last time I read this series by my favorite author is was two books back to back.  Worked well so I thought I might try it again. Yep, that is what happen, not a reading slump at all.  Conscious decision to wait to read this book.  Totally….
  7. Pasta Wars Unknown:  This was a random BEA pick up that looked interesting.  The synopsis still sounds promising for a light-hearted fun chick-lit read and I will probably pick this up sometime I’m in the mood for that type of book.
  8. Dark Matter Maybe 2017: I have mixed feelings about this one.  I had a bad experience at BEA with the publishing house about this book.  Got yelled at for picking it up to read the inside cover, not trying to take a copy, just looking at it.  They tried to give me a chapter sampler (something I never read and don’t see the point of) and I put my hands up and walked away.  I had no plans to read it at all after that but a friend whose taste in books I respect enjoyed it so I might give it a try.  Probably will dock a star for the way the publisher made me feel, though.  Petty I know but that interaction has already influenced how I feel about the book.
  9. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Unknown:  This is one of the few YA series that I still have positive feelings about.  I will catch up eventually but am almost afraid to now that I have such a prejudice about YA books.  I don’t want my rejection of the age range of this book to influence my opinion of it so I keep putting them off.
  10. Defy the Dawn (Midnight Breed, #14) Unknown:  This will probably be my last attempt at this series.  I used to enjoy it quite a bit but with my evolving taste in genres, it might be time to move on and simply have fond memories.

Well there you have my list what books did you not get around to reading last year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Coming in 2017

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December 13:  Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017

Normally I’m not crazy about these looking ahead at upcoming release TTT lists.  I’m so far behind in most of my series and my to-read case is simply growing and never shrinking that when I look ahead at all I want to read coming out soon that I instantly feel guilty about all that I’ve not read yet.  Also, I tend to not look that far ahead, for the reason I just mentioned, that I am not even aware of what might be coming out soon.  This time, however, I was able to find quite a few books that I am looking forward to reading coming out next year.  So many that I had to even leave some off the list. So here are some of the titles releasing next year that I can’t wait to read.

Ten books that I can’t wait to read in 2017

  1. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11) Releasing 1/24/17: This is one of my favorite series and I am keeping a keen eye out for this title over on Net Galley.  Regardless of if I score a review copy or not this one will definitely be popping up on the blog sometime early next year.
  2. The Turn (The Hollows #0.1) Releasing 1/26/17:  OMG!!! A revisit to the Hollow series!  Yes, please.  I have a feeling that this will be a short book, and it is billed as a prequel, but I don’t care.  I would love to visit this world again even for a short story.  So excited!
  3. Born of Vengeance (The League, #10) Releasing 2/7/17:  Here we have the perfect reason I don’t pay that close of attention to what is coming up release wise.  I have yet to read the last book in this series.  Oh well, I will buy this one set it on my self and read the two books back to back.  I’ve done that before…
  4. Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4) Releasing 2/28/17:  The release date of this last book in its series was pushed back due to personal issues for the author.  Not a big deal to me, I just hope things get better for Ms. Frost.  I’m sure I will enjoy this book no matter when it comes out and look forward to reading it and adding it to my home library.
  5. Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) Releasing 3/7/17: Now I did not love the last release in this series.  Not a big deal, some books work, some don’t.  That doesn’t mean I won’t give the next book a try, however.  It will take several didn’t work for me titles before I give up on this series.
  6. How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days (The Embraced, #1) Releasing 3/7/17:  Learned of this title for the first time today on social media. I enjoyed this author’s vampire series and am up to giving her new paranormal series a try too.
  7. The Collapsing Empire Releasing 3/21/17:  My current author crush is Mr. Scalzi and I am also on a science fiction kick so I this book looks right up my alley.  Yep, it will be mine.
  8. The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15) Releasing 4/4/17: Now this book centers on characters that I’m not really into.  But. Last time I said that I ended up loving the book so I will not be skipping it for sure.  After all Ms. Ward tends to have multiple story threads going at a time so there are bound to be characters I am excited to follow.
  9. Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13) Releasing 4/25/17:  They say all good things must end and this is the last book in the Chicagoland Vampire series and while I am sad to see this world end I am eagerly awaiting to see how we say good-bye.
  10. Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross, #1) Releasing 5/9/17: OMG, OMG, A NEW SERIES BY MY FAVORITE AUTHOR!!!  I am all over this.  I don’t even know what it is about or anything but it will be mine.  Oh yes, it will be.

 

Well there you have it a few of the books I am looking forward to next year.  How about you?

Top Ten Tuesday: That looks good.

 

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November 8: Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

This week should be a quick list, which is great because I’m blogging when I should be.  I have been trying to work on reading more of the books on my to-read list/shelf rather than adding to it lately.  There are still a handful of titles that caught my eye recently, thanks, Goodreads Choice Awards…  Anyway,  here are the last ten books that I added to my long list of I’ll read it eventually. (Please note that this list is filtered a bit.  I didn’t want all of the books to be by one author.  I’ve been picking up some cheap books while thrifting recently.)

Ten books recently added to my to-read shelf

  1. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) Added this one this morning while voting on the Goodreads Choice Awards.  Book two is up for Science fiction but I have a rule about only adding first in series to the to-read shelf and not entire series.  I am also getting better about not picking up later series books if I have not already read at least one in the series already.  I might pick up a book two or three, but that is it… unless there are like a bunch in the series also for sale and I can pick them up all at once.
  2. Vampire Girl (Vampire Girl, #1) This was another book nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards.  Like I need another vampire book to add to my list…
  3. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) Same as the last two except for this one is a dystopian read.  Looked interesting.
  4. A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1) This was my latest request from Blogging for Books.  Hope I to have this one in my hot little hand soon.  Isn’t the cover pretty.
  5. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi This is another ARC that I requested through Net Galley.  Doesn’t come out until Dec 31 but I can read it now.  In fact, I just might.  Book of short and really short stories by Scalzi, what’s not to love.
  6. Claiming the Highlander (Brotherhood of the Sword #2/MacAllister, #1) This one falls out of my normal reading taste but it one of the several books by the same author (who is really Sherrilyn Kenyon, AKA my favorite author).  I’m not sure if I will ever read them but they are nice to have for my Kenyon shrine in the home library.
  7. Blood Wyne (Otherworld / Sisters of the Moon, #9) Scored like all but two books in this series recently while thrifting.  What a find!  An established series and to have most of the books already on hand so I can zip right through them.  Just hope they are good.
  8. The Vampire's Seduction (Savannah Vampire, #1) Another thrift store find.  Can’t remember what it’s about but it might have looked good at the time.
  9. Vengeance Be Mine (Vengeance Demons #1) Just picked this one up on Net Galley.  Thought it was a request but it was listed as a read now so if it looks interesting to you and you have an account go grab yourself a review copy.
  10. Scatterbrain I’ve been enjoying this author’s audiobooks set in the Disk World so I picked up this book of short stories to add to my shelf.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What books have caught your eye recently?

Top Ten Tuesday: Let it go…

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August 23: Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet

This is kind of a fun topic for the week.  All those books are all so tempting and ever so easy to add to a to-read shelf.  Then life happens or a shiny new book catches our attention and they pile up. Fast.  And we never seem to get to them all.  We are ALL guilty of this and that’s okay.  So perhaps this is a good opportunity to take a look at our shelves and simply let them go.  Tastes change, time is short and we will never read all the books we want to read because the freaking publishing world doesn’t stop putting new work out there that we want to read instead.  If a title is important you will make time for it, if not, then maybe it wasn’t meant to be.  I’ve only been blogging for two years so I am going to go to my Goodreads shelf and pick the ten books that have on my to-read shelf the longest.  Shall we begin.

Ten books that have been on my to-read shelf for far too long

  1. If Angels Burn (Darkyn #1) Added 10/25/2011: This is the very first book on my to-read shelf.  I’m not going to say it was the first one I added to my Goodreads account because I might have weeded or read some other title. I had to go back and reread what the book is about to see if I am even still interested.  I am.  It has good reviews by people I follow and I own a physical copy of this.  So I’m holding on to this one.
  2. Bound by Night (Bound, #1) Added 10/25/2011: Ugh.  This one doesn’t even sound appealing anymore.  I know I have book two on my physical to-read bookcase so maybe I’ll keep it on the shelf, but if I ever get ambitious about weeding this list it just might go. Stay for now.
  3. Wicked Nights (Castle of Dark Dreams #1) Added 10/28/2011:  This one looks awful too.  Barely a description and a lot of negative reviews.  Letting this one go.  Weeded
  4. Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Added 11/2/2011: Lots of good ratings from people I respect with this one.  I have it on my to-read bookcase at home perhaps it is time to move this one up in priority because it looks like I might be missing out.  Holding on to this one. Update: After writing up this post two weeks ago I was looking for a book to read and picked this one (perhaps from writing this very post).  I posted the review last night if you are interested.
  5. Acquainted With the Night (Acquainted With the Night, #1) Added 12/7/2011:  I have absolutely no memory of ever being interested in this book.  I don’t own it so weeding this one right now.  Letting this one go.
  6. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian #1) Added 12/20/2011: This series still looks good to me and it looks like it has tons of positive ratings. I also own a paper copy of this title.  Going to hang on to this one for a bit.
  7. Dark Thirst (The Brethren, #1) Added 12/20/2011:  I’m on the fence with this one.  Since I still own a copy I think I will keep it on the list a bit longer.
  8. Any Way You Want It (New Orleans Vampires, #1) Added 1/28/2012:  Alright this one just doesn’t sound like my cup-of-tea anymore so this title I will be letting go.  Weeded.
  9. Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Added 2/13/2012: It has been forever since I read the first book in this series.  I did enjoy it but obviously not enough to dive into the second book.  I still read good things about the series and my library does have them all available through overdrive.  So even though I might have to go back and reread the first one in the series I will keep this one on my list.
  10. Crave (Fallen Angels, #2) Added 3/21/2012:  Oy I just need to let this one go.  I do have this and the next book in the series but I was not a fan of this spin-off world by Ms. Ward.  I know they get better, but I just don’t think I want to wade through two or three books waiting for that to happen.  The brothers just don’t show up often enough to keep my attention.  On the fence about this one so for now it stays…

Well there you have my list for this week.  What books have you been putting off?

Top Ten Tuesday: Turkiye

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:

July 19: Ten Books Set Outside The US (I don’t know about you but sooo much of what I read is set in the US and I love finding new recs of stuff set outside of it!)

I agree with The Broke and The bookish in that most of the books I read take place primarily in the United states.  After that I would have to say Australia, Canada, England all speakers of English.  I do occasionally read books set in other locations and even other worlds, but not often…  With the recent coup and terrorist attacks in Turkey however it has been on my mind.  Having been there eight times I always love stories set there as it is a chance to revisit this country I love.  So for this week’s list I am going to pick stories set in Turkey that I have not read yet.  Why? Because with all the recent turmoil it is looking like my husband and I might not be able to return any time soon, so I am going to pick books I want to read in order to keep Turkiye in my heart. Another caveat that I am going to include is these need to be books I actually want to read, not too far from my usual reading taste.  I am not going to pick a book just because it is set in Turkey.  In other words, sorry Orhan Pamuk, I know you are a favorite Nobel winning Turkish author but I find your books boring…

Ten books set in Turkey that I want to read.

  1. Love in Exile (Turkish Author) I’ve read Last Train to Istanbul by this author and this looks to be another enjoyable story set a few years earlier.  Some of the premise is similar, but I see the names of the characters are different.  This story is about two young Turks, one Muslim one Christian, kind of star-crossed lovers sort of story inspired by her own family’s history.
  2. Secrets of a Summer Village This looks to be an interesting coming-of-age novel set one summer in Turkey.  It would be interesting to see the Turkish culture through the eyes of someone who has never been.
  3. A Different Kind of Devil I did not realize this was a short story and limited to kindle at that…. It still looks interesting, but I will probably never get around to is as I do not buy books limited to Amazon.  Oh well.
  4. The Kiss Murder (Turkish Author)  This is the first book in the Hop-Çiki-Yaya series of which I have the second book already on my to-read bookcase at home.  My husband picked it up in an indie bookstore and thought it was okay.  I also thought it looked interesting but want to read book one first.  So guess what book five will be…
  5. The Prophet Murders (Turkish Author) This is book number two in the series and is a Turkish detective series where the protagonist is a transvestite night club owner.  These books sound like a hoot and Sel (husband) said the action was good too.
  6. Defender (Dark Ops, #1) Romantic suspense set in Turkey, sure why not…
  7. The Sultan's Seal (Kamil Pasha, #1) This one I’m on the fence about it is a historical fiction but also a mystery.  Okay reviews but quite frankly I was searching pretty far and wide to find stories set in Turkey, so if I come across this one I might pick it up.
  8. Zifir(Turkish Author)  I have a sinking suspicion this book is only available in Turkish and in Turkey.  Still if it is ever translated I will definitely be there to pick up a copy as it sounds really good.
  9. A Place Called Armageddon This was one fo the Nook Free Friday downloads back when I first got my nook.  I downloaded it because it was set in Turkey or what is now Turkey.  Looks like it could be a good read.
  10. The Dervish I love the cover of this book with all the caligraphy.  I must confess this was the last book I found that even remotely looked like one I might actually read.  Another historical fiction set around the time of the formation of Turkey.

Well there you have it some of the books I want to read that are set in Turkey.  I will include a goodreads link list after this of the titles I have already read that are set there.  If you know of any other tales set in Turkey, that have been translated…) feel free to leave the suggestion in the comments.

Already read: Last Train to Istanbul, Inferno, Anatolian Days and Nights (NF), My Name is Memory, The Oracle of Stamboul, The bastard of Istanbul