Top Ten Tuesday: Quick Reads Under 250 Pages

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March 21: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

Back when I first got my Nook I was all hot and heavy into the free books offered on B&N.  Also, the first year blogging held a Novella November in a blatant effort to cheat at my reading goals for the year. Now I’m all about quality over quantity and have been reading fewer shorter books, but they are still over on my read shelf on Goodreads.  For the purpose of this week’s lists I am going to share with you 10 short stand-alone books I’ve read under 250 pages, perfect length for an afternoon read on a rainy spring day.

Ten short stand-alone reads under 250 pages.

  1. The Egg 4 Pages (go read it here): This is a very short story and I almost didn’t include it as it should only take you a few minutes to read.  The reason it is on this week’s list, however, is because it is so good.  I’ve included the link so you can go read it for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed.
  2. The Little Prince 83 Pages: This was a sweet little story that has definitely earned its place as a classic for a reason.  It is simply charming and everyone should take the time to read this at least once in their lives.
  3. The Diary of Adam and Eve 95 Pages: My first and only time ever reading Twain.  Absolutely loved it and this week’s list reminds me that I should try to fit in more of his work.
  4. The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World 112 Pages: This is more of a coffee table book than an actual story.  Still, it is interesting and beautifully illustrated.
  5. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi 142 Pages: This was such fun!  A book of short stories by Scalzi is sure to brighten your day and maybe even open you up to a new perspective.
  6. Einstein's Dreams 144 Pages: I actually read this book after the last one on this list, also by this author.  While it didn’t hold up to the level of the later work for me, it still was a fascinating read.
  7. Genesis 150 Pages: Don’t want to give anything away on this one but there is a major twist at the end.  I read it in a couple hours and I bet you could too.  Perfect for a plane ride or car trip.
  8. Yesterday's Kin 192 Pages: I don’t remember much about this one except for it was intriguing and I quite enjoyed it.
  9. The Alchemist 197 Pages: This was only a three star for me, still I see the value in having read it.  My husband actually requested it from the library and enjoyed it so much that I read it quickly before returning it.
  10. Mr G: A Novel About The Creation 225 Pages: This was bloody brilliant in my opinion.  So much fun and I’m sure quite scandalous to those who are uptight in their religion.  Made you think though about just who God might actually be though.

 

Well, there you have my list of ten short reads.  What short stories or books do you recommend?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR 2017

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March 14: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I don’t really put much planning into what I want to read next.  I have reverted back to my mood reading ways.  Lately, I seem to be in a science fiction mood but there are a couple of my favorite paranormal authors that I would like to get caught up on as well as a couple of books I picked up at BEA that I have been meaning to read.  So for my list, you probably won’t find any new or upcoming releases but a list of books I hope to read soon.

Ten books that I hope to read this spring (or soon…)

  1. Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4) I have actually ordered this book but to get free shipping I ordered it with the next book that doesn’t come out until May… So I should get this one after May 6th.  That’s alright as I have lots of other titles I can read while I wait.
  2. Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross, #1) This book I’m pretty excited about as it is a brand new series by my favorite author.  I look forward to reading it once it shows up in my mailbox!
  3. Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25) Even though I didn’t care that much for the last book in this series I still plan on reading the next release that comes out later this month!
  4. Born of Vengeance (The League, #10) I bought this book the week it released then I had to read the mammoth one before it and decided I needed a break.  I might read this one yet this spring or I might wait until the next book is released.  Who knows with a mood reader.
  5. Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2) I had hoped to read this one while I recovered from surgery but it just didn’t happen.  Now that the next book in the BDB is going to release soon I need to make time for this one or put them both off…
  6. IQ This book has such a pretty cover.  I picked it up at BEA last May and I’ve been seeing it around the inter-webs and thought it might be a good book to read when I need something different.
  7. Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter, #26; Dragons Rising, #1; Lords of Avalon, #5) I know, I know, Ms. Kenyon is one this list three times!  What can I say I love her books but also putting off reading them too.
  8. Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1) & Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2) I have been in a Star Trek kick lately, looking for collectables, watching the old shows, etc.  I have also been picking up the books whenever they cross my path.  The first one is actually my very first Star Trek book ever read.  When I saw that the second book is considered its sequel I ordered Yesterday’s Son off Ebay and decided to read them both together.  This is the next book I plan to read.
  9. Q-Squared (Star Trek) My two favorite characters from Star Trek are Spock and Q so if I am in the mood to give my Trek book collection a go I am going to start with my favorites!
  10. Q-Space (Star Trek: The Next Generation #47; The Q Continuum, #1) & Q-Zone (Star Trek: The Next Generation #48; The Q Continuum, #2)  & Q-Strike (Star Trek: The Next Generation #49; The Q Continuum, #3) I have been looking at this trilogy sitting on my shelves for some time now and always thought I should read those.  This spring I might actually make that happen!

There you have my upcoming reads for Spring 2017,  what books are you planning to pick up next?

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Rules

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March 7: On hiatus so I made my own again.

Top Ten Tuesday continues to be on hiatus this week so I have decided to think up my own again this week.

Ten Reading Rules I Follow

  1. Challenges: At first challenges sounded like fun.  I found a couple that I wanted to participate in and discovered that for me they suck the fun right out of reading as I am a mood reader and need to be in the mood for what I am reading.
  2. DNF: My standard rule for did not finishing a book is 50 pages. If I am not into a story by page 50 I move on.  I have recently decided that I need a DNF rule for audio books and for that format I will give it an hour to catch me.
  3. Audio: I have decided that I will use audio books to explore books outside my usual reading taste.  I have also decided to listen to audio books when I exercise and do chores instead of music.
  4. Shelving: There is only one way to properly shelve books.  Pay attention.  Left to right, top to bottom, alphabetized by author’s last name keeping series in reading order.  Don’t make me come and reorganize your stacks.
  5. Environment: I am easily distracted so I need silence when reading.  I have banished ticking clocks, noisy animals, and have been known to wear ear plugs when my husband is home to shut the world out so I can read.
  6. Buying: If a book is under a dollar then I will pick it up guilt free, most of the books on my to-read case at home are cheap books I picked up while thrifting or at library book sales.  I do make the effort to buy the latest releases from my favorite authors, however, even if I don’t always read them until the next year’s release…
  7. Rereading: In effort to justify my full price book purchases I make and keep I have the rule to reread a book or series each year.
  8. Weeding: Every once in a while we need to reevaluate the books in our home libraries.  Sometimes a series finishes or our taste change or we simply move on.  When that happens we need to weed those books from our shelves to make room for new titles we love.
  9. ARCS: When I started this blog I went a little ARC crazy over at Net Galley and requested way more than I should have.  I have a feeling this is something every new blogger does.  After a while, like point one with challenges, it sucked all the fun out of reading and I decided to make some rules.  I try to keep my ARC requests to authors I already read or those few titles that are simply too hard to resist.
  10. Current Read: Some people can read multiple books at once.  I am not one of those people.  I don’t like to start a new story when I am reading another.  The only exception I make is for audio books or NF titles.  Otherwise I stick to one book at a time.

There you have some of my reading rules.  What rules or habits do you have when it comes to reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: Not a Fan

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February 21: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time)

First off sorry I didn’t get a post out yesterday.  We left for town to get the car alignment done early and I just didn’t get around to it in the afternoon.  This week I am going to not select single books but paranormal series/authors that I just didn’t click with.  I tried to stick to major names that have wide fan bases and not just obscure authors few have heard of.  So shall we see who I’m just not a fan of?

Ten Paranormal Series I Didn’t Like

  1. Dark Prince (Dark, #1)  Christine Feehan: Took me several books before I realized that this author’s writing style and I didn’t gel.  It has been a while so I can’t remember exactly why she didn’t work for me just that I didn’t care for her series and decided to pursue greener pastures.
  2. A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) Kresley Cole: Another series where I read several books into the series before abandoning.  Also, another series that I attempted so long ago that I forgot why.  Thank goodness for Goodreads otherwise, I would be picking up work by these authors that I don’t care for all the time…
  3. The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) Gena Showalter: I so wanted to enjoy this author’s work that I attempted two different series by her.  Neither one clicked for me so now I know better than to pick up a tempting book by Ms. Showalter.  Pretty covers, though.
  4. Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, #1) Michelle Rowen: Read like three books in this series.  It was enough.
  5. I Burn for You (Primes, #1) Susan Sizemore: Ditto.
  6. Betrayed (House of Night, #2) P.C. Cast: Picked up this series shortly after my Twilight phase.  Just didn’t care for it.  Too much poetry and too imature.
  7. Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1) MaryJanice Davidson: I tried with this world.  The main character ended up doing me in and I just couldn’t continue after like five books.  Not a fan.
  8. Kiss of Pride (Deadly Angels, #1) Sandra Hill: Just couldn’t get into the second book in this series.  I do own the next two books however so this one is the only series on the list that I will be making another attempt at someday…
  9. Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) Laurell K. Hamilton: This author and the next are so popular that I am almost ashamed to put them on the list.  I had to though because in the end I didn’t like either of these series one I managed to get like five books into before abandoning the other I dumped halfway through the second book.
  10. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) Jim Butcher: See above.  Dumped halfway through book two.  Sorry but I could not stand his characters.

 

Well, I hope that I have not offended too many of you this week’s selections.  Just remember that just because something didn’t work for me doesn’t mean you won’t love it so go give these a try to make up your own mind whether they are good or not.  What authors haven’t worked for you?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples

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February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) insta-love romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite star-crossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

First off Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I know this is a made-up holiday and many people hate this day as much as I hate Mother’s Day.  Personally, I don’t really celebrate the holiday beyond using it as an excuse to go out for lunch and justifying a new book purchase.  For this week’s list I decided to share my favorite couples from the series I read.

My Ten Favorite Couples

  1. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Bones and Cat: I also enjoy the couple in the spin-off Night Prince series almost as much as the original but wanted to limit each author to one spot on this list.  This will become more difficult in future picks as you will see. This series, however, was a great example of a strong female paired with a strong male.  This series isn’t so much about Cat as it is about the bond and chemistry between her and Bones.  They make this world.
  2. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Reyes: How could this couple not be on this list.  The dynamics between Charley and Reyes is off the chart!  I love watching these two work at couplehood.  They are such strong contrasts that can almost seem to flip in an instant.  Just when you think you have these two figured out they shift or trade persona and it has your head spinning.   Love these two!
  3. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana & Matthew: Sigh.  I so miss these two.
  4. Night Play (Dark-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #1) Bride & Vane: This was a difficult series to pick just one couple from.  If you know the series it might surprise you that I picked these two.  Sure there were lots of great books but when I considered who to select I wanted to go with a couple I enjoyed together not just a book where I had a crush on the male lead.  This is probably the earliest case where that happen in the series.
  5. Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Anna & Charles:  What?   Why didn’t I pick Mercy and Adam?  Because while I love Mercy’s series I often feel that the chemistry between her and Adam falls flat. Anna and Charles have a richer dynamic that I love.
  6. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Sookie & Eric: Spoiler alert! But Sookie doesn’t end up with Eric… I know and that is why Ms. Harris is dead to me forever and I will not read another of her books.  I LOVED Sookie and Eric together and felt the entire series was about these two coming together only for the author to tear them apart in the last few books to pair Sookie up with the equivalent to a brother.  No fire at all between them.  Yes, I’m holding a grudge.  
  7. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit & Ethan: As I’ve said before it took me four books to root for these two but when I finally jumped on board these two because one of my favorites.  I will miss them.
  8. Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) Raphael & Cyn: These two are hot and fortunately even though the series has moved its focus off of this couple we still get to check in with them every now and again in novellas.
  9. Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)  Zsadist & Bella: This is another series where there were so many great couples to choose from I had a difficult time remembering who I enjoyed most.  I went with these two because their story is just so phenomenal.
  10. The Time Traveler's Wife Clare & Henry: The story of these two’s love just breaks my heart.  If you want a heart-wrenching bitter-sweet love affair then this is the book for you.  That last chapter, that last page man had me wiped out.  Such a beautiful story.

There you have some of my favorite couples this Valentine’s Day.  Who are some of your favorite couples?

Top Ten Tuesday: Never Ending Story…

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February 7:  Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them

I searched all morning for a theme to fill in for X in this week’s list.  Some of the ideas I had were: Better Pacing, Less Sex, Fewer Flashbacks, Different Ending, Less Politics, More Action.  All great ideas in my opinion but I could never find more than one or two books to fit the criteria.  So I scrapped them all and decided to go with ‘Stories I wished had never ended’.   Sorry if it doesn’t exactly fit the theme…

Ten Stories I Wish Had Never Ended

  1. My Name Is Memory This is a stand-alone book that was so good that I wish it could have been a series.  The author could have also taken this theme and followed other characters that went through the same drama of being reincarnated over and over again.  The history and exotic location along with that reincarnation theme made this a book where I wish there was more.
  2. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) They say all good things come to an end and it might be that I am about 80 pages from finishing the last book in this series that earned the Chicagoland Vampires series a spot on this list.  It took me about three or four books to fall for Merit and Ethan but to know we won’t be a part of their lives anymore makes me sad…
  3. High Stakes (Vegas Vampires, #1) This is a fun quartet of books set in Vegas.  It appears that the author tends to write a set of four books and then moves on to something new.  Not a big deal but I kind of liked this world and wish we could have explored it longer.
  4. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) Loved this series and I was so sad to see it end.  Again, I understand all good things must end but I felt some of the characters still had potential.  Fortunately, we do have a brand new prequel, The Turn (released today go check out my review), which gives us another taste from this series so who knows maybe there will be more to come.
  5. Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) This was a sweet little YA duology of books that felt like there should have been so much more.  There were a set of sisters, I can no longer remember how many, and only two of them got their own stories.  I was hoping that we would get to see all of them find a H.E.A.
  6. Archetype Another duology of books that I wished was a longer series.  This one had so much potential and the author’s writing was amazing.  I haven’t seen anything by her afterward but I do see on social media that she is working on something new.
  7. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Loved this trilogy so much that I reread all the books each time a new one was released.  I have heard rumors that there will be some prequels to come.  Fingers crossed.
  8. Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) Awesome kick-ass urban fantasy series are never long enough in my opinion. Of course, some people feel that they can go stale but if I am digging a world and love the characters I simply never want to say good-bye.
  9. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1) A YA duology that could have been so much more…  I also feel like this is a lesser known set of books so please go check these books out!
  10. Redshirts A stand-alone title that works quite well as a stand-alone, actually.  In this instance, I wish we would have had some stories set in the crazy world before they figured out what was happening.  I guess if one want that, however, one can simply watch Star Trek and experience the same campy fun. Excellent read.

Well there you have my doesn’t-really-fit-the-theme list for this week.  I almost just skipped it but decided since I promised a list in yesterday’s post I should deliver…. Feel free to share links to your lists in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: So Graphic

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January 31: All about the visuals: Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comics or Ten Comics on My TBR or Top Ten Favorite Picture Books

Hmm, this week’s list isn’t quite one I’m prepared for…  I’m not a graphic novel or comic reader and picture books aren’t really my thing so I’m not exactly sure how to approach this week’s list.  I can count the number of graphic novels I’ve actually read on one hand.  So.  I think this is what we are going to do.  I am going to go browsing over at Goodreads and see what graphic novels catch my eye.

Ten Graphic Novels that I would totally give a chance if they crossed my path.

  1. V for Vendetta Came across this one first in my Goodreads search and felt it fairly fitting for the political climate we find ourselves in currently in America.  I also enjoyed the movie based on this series.  I would give this GN a chance.
  2. Watchmen This one kept coming up in the GN searches on Goodreads so it seems to be a standard as far as GN go.  Who am I buck tradition in a genre I know little about.  I would also try this one.
  3. Habibi This was the first GN suggestion that looked truly intriguing it is based in the Islamic world and from the few pictures I found in review posts this GN looks beautiful.
  4. Star Trek: Ongoing, Volume 1 Had to have my Star Trek on this list somewhere.  I enjoy the new dogma developed by J.J. Abrams so why not start there but in all actuality I would read any Star Trek GN that crossed my path.
  5. Lucifer, Book One (Lucifer, #1) From my understanding, the hit show Lucifer on Fox is loosely based upon this spin-off GN series.  Sure why not I do enjoy the show after all.
  6. The Dark-Hunters, Vol. 1 (Dark-Hunter Manga, #1) I have known for some time now that Ms. Kenyon had partnered with an artist to bring her Dark Hunter world to the world of Magna.  While I haven’t actively sought them out I think it would be cool to take a look at a visual representation of the characters and world that I enjoy.
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Legacy Okay, this is simply on this list because I enjoyed the movie.
  8. Murder Mysteries This one looked so interesting it actually made it to my to-read list.  The story line sound really good.
  9. 6881206 I’m a fan of The Time Traveller’s Wife and while I’ve not read anything else by the author this sounds fascinating. A bookmobile that carries every book a reader has read!  Yes, please, imagine what you could learn about yourself.
  10. Cairo Another GN set in a Muslim society.  Sounds like something that would interest me.  Looks beautiful as well.

Well, there you have my list of potential TBR graphic novels that I wouldn’t pass by.  What other ones could you recommend to someone who isn’t familiar with the format?

Top Ten Tuesday: Reread List

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January 24:  FREEBIE — that super specific list you want to make?? All yours to tackle this week!

Every year I try to pick one book or series to reread.  It is my way to justify keeping some of the physical books and series I enjoy.  A book/series gets a permanent place on my stacks if I will eventually, someday, in the future reread the title.  With my recent cancer scare, hey fun fact I am probably in surgery as you are reading this, I have gone through and weeded my home shelves and reevaluated the books I was holding onto.  Some of them I decided to let go because I probably wouldn’t be reading them again.  Life is short and if a book/series doesn’t elicit a strong emotion or memory then I am going to let it go.  So below you will find my list of books that I loved and hope to recapture the magic I once felt by reading them again.

Ten books that hope to read again some day.

  1. The Time Traveler's Wife I loved this book but oh man did it make me cry.  Big ugly tears for the last third of the book.  I will reread this title some day but maybe when I’m not battling a major disease like Cancer…  Beautiful story, though.
  2. The Gargoyle Another tear jerker here and another beautiful story about love as well. This book can be rather graphic at times but it is so worth the effort.  This book will forever have a place on my shelves. Again will probably wait until I am not sick myself to reread this one.
  3. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) I have almost all the books in the Mercy Thompson series and its spin-off Alpha and Omega series.  I hope to reread this world some day but hopefully, I won’t fall out of love with this world before that happens.
  4. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) I used to reread the Twilight series each year up until I read this book.  Haven’t read Twilight since. This is an amazing trilogy and I hope to reread the entire series someday, perhaps right before the author’s promised spin-off prequel book/series
  5. Redshirts This was the book that made me fall in love with John Scalzi.  If you are a fan of Star Trek then you will not want to miss this book. If not then this is still a great read and so much more than a parody of Trek.  So good.
  6. Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunterverse #1) I’ve read this series twice already and hope to read it again even though it took me three months last time.  With more than 30 books, closer to 40 I think, with all the short stories that it is a massive undertaking.  So worth it.
  7. A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) This is another long series but a bit lighter than the last one.  This is probably my favorite, still active, fluffy chick-lit paranormal romance series.  I have all but one or two of the titles and sometime when I simply need to escape and laugh I will reread this series.
  8. The Martian Why yes, I have read this book three times already. I will read it again too, most likely it will be a few years, though.  This is probably my favorite book of all time.
  9. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) Another paranormal series that I enjoy.  I meant to reread it before now but simply haven’t made time for it.  If there was one series on the list that I might not get to this one would probably be it.  I love this world but my taste are changing and maybe fond memories and the current release will be enough with this world.
  10. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Love, love, love this series!  I would have to say it is my current favorite and I WILL reread this series!  I have heard rumors that it might end in a book or two so waiting to reread this series right before reading the last book sounds like the perfect way to say goodbye to this world.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What books do you plan to reread in your life?

On a side note.  I am currently in Iowa City today to have my hysterectomy and hopefully, removing all of my cancer.  It has been a longer wait than I wanted but much shorter than some women have.  I hope everything goes smoothly with no complications.  I would greatly appreciate any positive energy you could send my and my husband’s way. I am only 42 so please if you are a woman and experience anything abnormal about your monthly cycle please see a doctor. Your life very well could depend on it. If you want to follow my journey with cancer, hysterectomy surgery and recovery feel free to visit my other blog, What I’m Dealing With.

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Reads

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January 17:  Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

Since I did not read nearly as many books as I had hoped to last year I have a smaller pool of books to pick from for this list than I might like.  Because I was not reading as much last year many of the books I did read were more popular titles so I am going to have to define what underrated means for this list.  Okay, so for my selection I am going to pick books with under 10,000 ratings on Goodreads that I gave a four or five-star review.

Ten books that I feel more people should try.

  1. Tor (Women of Earth, #2) 135 Ratings: This happens to be my favorite indie author and it is so difficult for independent authors to publicise their books and often they simply don’t get the attention they deserve.  This is the second book in this author’s science fiction series and is even better than the first!  Go check it out.
  2. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi 331 Ratings: Now this is quite a popular author and this book just came out on December 31 so the reason it might have so few ratings is that it is simply too new.  It also might have something to do with the fact that it is a book of short stories which sometimes are not as popular as full length stories.
  3. Damian (Stone Warriors, #1) 467 Ratings: This was a new spin-off series from the popular Vampires of America series and was an amazing read.  Again not an indie author per se but one from a smaller publishing house that does not have the resources to put into as large a publicizing campaign as one of the bigger publishing houses.  Excellent author I highly recommend checking her out.
  4. Blood Lust (The Sentinels, #3) 474 Ratings: This a fairly well known romance author I believe but her supernatural series just doesn’t seem to get the loving it deserves.  In my opinion this series is even better than her vampire one.
  5. The Draco Tavern1,762 Ratings: Another short story collection by an established science fiction author, I think. I listened to this book in audio format and found it quite entertaining.
  6. Heart of Stone (Gargoyles, #1) 1,958 Ratings: Ms. Warren is what I consider a popular romance author.  I was surprised to see that this book had so few ratings.  I quite enjoyed this first book of the series but decided to not continue after DNF the third title.  The first one is worth a shot, though, especially if you are a fan of her other work
  7. Dying Bites (Bloodhound Files, #1) 5,881 Ratings: This book was truly a hidden gem waiting for me at my library.  I decided to borrow it on a whim and absolutely loved it! I have recently acquired all the remaining books in the series and plan to binge read them sometime this year.
  8. The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson, #10) 6,827 Ratings: What!?!  How can it be that Ms. Jones’s latest book only has that many ratings?  I am blown away by that as I thought this was a much more popular series.  It could be that paranormal books are going out of fashion or some of the readers are getting series fatigue but if you had previously given up on this world I would recommend giving it another shot as some of the magic from earlier books has returned to recent releases.
  9. Secondhand Souls (Grim Reaper, #2) 8,479 Ratings: This is the second book in the Dirty Job series (?) an I found it just as entertaining as the first.  If you enjoyed book one then I hope you decide to give this one a try too.
  10. The Traveler (Fourth Realm, #1) 9,117 Ratings: If you are into political conspiracies and just a tad anti-establishment that you won’t want to miss this series, or at least the first book…  This one is just under my requirement for this list but I think with the current political environment we find ourselves in it might be time for this trilogy to make a comeback.

 

Well there you have my list for the week of books I consider underrated.  I hope that you give some of them a try and feel free to share what books you think didn’t get the attention they deserved in the comments.

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: I’ll get to it eventually…

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:

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?