Top Ten Tuesdays: New-to-Me Authors of 2014

Trying to get back into the swing of blogging, here’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, as hosted by The Broke & The Bookish, the top ten new-to-me authors I read in 2014 (in alphabetical order, because I just can’t pick favorites).

1. A. C. Gaughen: Even as a huge Robin Hood nerd, I did not expect to like this novel too much, but the characters, plot, and the author’s treatment of Scarlet (and her relationships) have bumped Gaughen up to my ‘buy in hardcover’ list.

2. Elizabeth George: Gritty, honest murder mysteries that don’t romanticize their protagonists’ lives but let you see them as humans. I’ll definitely be reading the rest of this series.

3. Kevin Hearne: Ridiculous but fun urban fantasy, heavy on the Celtic myth. Although Hearne’s female characters leave something to be desired, he’s definitely on my tbr list.

4. Elliott James: Fun snark, plenty of action, and a love interest who is, in fact, a Valkyrie. The Pax Arcana is plenty of fun, so far.

5. Heather Rose Jones: Fantasy set in an alternate 1800s Europe featuring lesbians? You had me at hello.

6. Aimee Kaufman & Megan Spooner: A cool science fiction world with two protagonists

7. Mary Robinette Kowal: Jane Austen with magic? Yes, please.

8. Camilla Lackberg: Scandinavian murder mysteries that sit comfortably between cozy and gritty.

9. Sarah J. Mass: If you read book blogs on a regular basis and haven’t heard of the Throne of Glass novels, get thee to a bookstore.

10. Andy Weir: The Martian is probably the best science fiction novel I’ve read in five years, and his short stories aren’t bad either.

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Bookish Challenge Day Two

Here’s my answer to the bookish challenge for day two of the Trees of Reverie Readathon (I missed day one, but I’ll probably go back and post it up later).

What’s on your book wishlist for the holidays?

The covers of Heir of Fire, Torn, The Witch's Daughter, and Day of the Triffids

Heir of Fire-Sarah J. Maas, Torn-Amanda Hocking, The Witch’s Daughter-Paula Brackston, The Day of the Triffids-John Wyndham

I don’t really expect any books this year, so I’ll probably buy them sometime next year.

Assorted Link Roundup

Hello again! Sorry I’ve been away from the blog; I had some health problems crop up unexpectedly and was unable to post last week. I’m glad to be back :).

In lieu of last week’s rec post, have some links!

1. Here’s a giveaway hosted by Of Spectacles & Books to bring awareness a kickstarter for the North Texas Teen Book Festival. Take a look and consider donating, if it pricks your interest :).

2. I’d never heard of Traitor’s Blade before this weekend, but this review makes it sound fab. I’m a sucker for a take on the musketeers, but this sounds interesting even without my bias. It releases in the US on July 15.

3. Not a full-length rec, but if you like Jane Austen profic I can heartily recommend Darcy and Anne, which follows Anne de Bourgh after Darcy and Elizabeth have settled down. It’s entertaining and features an excellent characterization of Anne, although part of the ending (what Lady Catherine does near the end) seemed a bit unlikely.

Top Ten Tuesdays : Top 10 Summer TBR Picks

Top Ten Tuesdays is a set of top ten posts hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List.

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Birthday Book Buy!

It was my birthday this weekend, and I got a couple of gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Thriftbooks. Together with a judicious application of coupons, these netted me a grand total of twelve books (five new, seven used)!

Books (and why I’m so excited to finally have/order them) behind the cut!

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On YA and #PromoteaYAInstead

I’m still kind of a newb at the whole YA fandom thing. I know about the most popular titles and could give you plot summaries of the biggest series, but I’ve only a small percentage of these YA titles since I got into the genre late last year.

One thing I can tell you about YA, though, is why I like reading it so much and why, though I’m nearer thirty than twenty, I don’t feel even remotely embarrassed to admit it. Simply put, I started reading YA for the women.

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