For something a little different, I’m actually making effort to force myself to have fun reading, etc, etc. So, I’m going to share my reading list with you.
I will put a * beside the books I’ve read and loved and have included in the lists so I know I’ll have SOMETHING I’ll love during the month. The Something New category was, admittedly, all books I found on Amazon that were being given away by the author. One is a reverse harem, and I will list it as (RH) next to it. I don’t normally read reverse harem, but every now and then I try something that looks interesting to see if maaayyybeee I might like it.
I am not expecting a whole lot. I just haven’t read a reverse harem I’ve liked. And that’s nothing to do with the WRITERS of the genre. I just, to date, have not enjoyed a single book of it I’ve tried. It’s just not my jam.
But the concept looked interesting, so maybe this one will become an exception.
Note: the “Something New” books were free on June 25, 2022, and I don’t know how long they’ll remain free for.
- Dead Rising – Debra Dunbar
- Witchy Reservations – Stephanie Damore
- Love Bites – Cynthia St. Aubin
- Witch Unexpected – Debbie Cassidy (RH)
- * By the Sword – Mercedes Lackey
- * Once a Princess – Sherwood Smith
- The Weight of Blood – David Dalglish
- The Price of Freedom – AC Crispin
- Cloudburst – Ryne Douglas Pearson
- Progency – RT Kaelin
If you have books you’re planning to read in July 2022, share them in the comments below! (And no self-recommendations. I read my own books all the time, but this isn’t the time nor the place to toot my horn.)
For the ‘Something Old’ category, I just went to the very end of my library and picked the first six books by different authors there, selecting one of their titles (if they had more than one) and plunking it into the TBR for July 2022.
So, what will you be reading?
At the moment I am reading Amanda M Lee’s Wicked witches of the Midwest series. Just gotta laugh at Aunt Tillie. For something old I would re-read A Brother’s Price by Wen Spencer.
I agree with the Wen Spencer!I loved “A Brother’s Price” (RH) and the first 2 tomes of her Elf home series — may finish 4 in July.
Otherwise, I’ve been stuck in cats, witches and murder. R J Blain, Sara Bourgeois, et al. I hope to read another of Penny White’s “Snail Shark” series (as I like to think of it.
Also, I like a well-written space opera, especially if humorous. Jerry Boyd, Mackey Chandler,, and book 2 of a comfortable space opera that I can’t place right now. (Old, senile, brain impaired).
Loved by the sword! Wonderful book. Let me know how you like it!
I’m rereading one of yours so instead I’ll mention two series I quite enjoy. One is Familiar Tales by Alma TC Boykin and the other is Tiger’s Eye Mysteries by Alyssa Day. For something old I would pick anything by Tamora Pierce.
I love Tamora Pierce. 🤩
I’m currently re-reading The Crucible by Arthur Miller as my something old ( I agreed to read it to help my niece through her summer reading assignment for school) For Something new I picked up the Fire and Rescue Shifter series by Zoe Chant because it seemed fun and it was on sale.
That Zoe Chant series is lots of fun! If you enjoy it, don’t forget the sequel and spin-off series: Fire & Rescue Shifters: Wildfire Crew and Fire & Rescue Shifters: Friends & Family.
For something old, I reread Patricia McKillip’s _Forgotten Beasts of Eld_ and am working on Jana DeLeon’s Miss Fortune mysteries. For something new, I’m planning on the new Katherine Addison _The Grief Of Stones_ and the _Dirty Deeds 2_ anthology.
Something new, Resolve by Jenny Schwartz, Storm Echo by Nalini Singh, Reaper by Suzanne Wright. Something old, leaning towards Deep Woods by Honor Raconteur, Royal Magic by KM Shea, Overload Flux by Carol van Natta.
Hi, I have an absolute epistle because I love books!
I’m reading Black Crown by Kelly St. Clare and Raye Wagner. It’s the last one of the series of the darkest drae which they wrote together, it’s the second time I’ve tried to finish this book, I can do the rest of the books in the series but I get so stuck on this one, I think it’s because of the themes and my own damage. But I’m determined to conquer this series this time. That way it can come off my DNF shelf.
I’m also re-listening to a series I found for my 17 yo son who has autism and lives for computer games while we wait for the new book to be released which is happening soon. It’s in the litRPG category but reads /listens like a fantasy novel apart from the power level updates which only irritated me until I got really involved in the story line and then I was waiting for them so I could see how the main character was growing. I’m on book 1 of ‘He Who Fights With Monsters: a LitRPG adventure’ by Shirtaloon. We are writing down all the stats so we can understand some of the newer developments in the further books at the moment. My son is SO excited for his new book that he just wants to listen – non stop – to all the 5 previous books. -And the writer is pretty good at making tiny things from previous books come back as something important. So, I’m looking forward to book 6 now myself. Not a genre I EVER thought I would like, but, I LOVE this particular authors work. It’s a mix of fantastically well written fantasy, awesome, laid back, tongue-in-cheek Auzzie humour and computer game interface which speaks to my son and I sort of get it because I’m not ancient.
I am going to try looking at some of the books on your list because the algorithm has left me with all the same old books that I don’t want to read being suggested.
I’m waiting on a few new releases, while I do that, I always go back through my copies of your books and Kristen Painters Nocturne Falls series AND Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series and all her catalog that has been available in Australia (darn those publishers for not allowing us to read some of the books here!) and Quinn Loftis Grey wolves series and the companion series that go with it. Aaannnd Julie Wetzel’s Ancient fire series (the only vampire series other than yours that doesn’t annoy me)
thanks for sharing! It’s cool to see what other people are trying. I’m not a fan of reverse harems either. I’ve read a few but they aren’t my thing and always seem to never focus as much on the story line as bodies. That kinda annoys me. There was one I liked the first 1 and a half books but it was not clear to me that it was reverse harem until then. (I might be a little slower than some ) Nora Jacobs series book 1 don’t rush me.
Be aware that if a book makes me uncomfortable I may skip a page or 2 so please don’t judge my choices of book and think my mind is in the gutter. Because I don’t read bedroom scenes. They aren’t my jam. I would rather experience the real thing with my husband than read about or watch someone else experience it. 😮💨 personal preferences.
Reading is knowledge, Knowledge is Life. Have an awesome weekend
No judgment from me on anyone else’s choices either. Just saying. 😊
The Nocturne Falls series is excellent! There’s a new one out, _The Vampire’s Sunny Sweetheart_. The Jayne Frost books are also set in Nocturne Falls, likewise _Nocturne Falls Short Story Collection #1_. For Nocturne Falls stories not by Painter, look under “Nocturne Falls Universe.” I especially the ones by Alethea Kontis; I’ve not read all the others yet.
I’ve read most of the nocturne falls universe. Ms. Blain, Ms. Briggs, Ms. Painter and Ms. Wetzel are the only ones I like who do vampires any good. Some of the nocturne falls universe aren’t my thing but I love the idea of it and most have stuck close to Ms. Painters original ideas.
I’m hanging out for more Lowrance vampires 🧛♀️ Which is really funny because before I started reading the series I refused to read any of the others with vampires in it except Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series. That was because they are decidedly bad guys for the most part in her books.😁
By the Sword is amazing! I love Kero.
Have you read Tarma and Kethry’s stories? If not you may want to skip their first short story found in an early Sword & Sorceress. It’s a great read, but there is a brutal rape.
The Sneaky Kitty Critic
I have read them all. I started reading Lackey early in life. By the Sword is an old favorite.
A little different… anything Terry Pratchett and Lamb by Christopher Moore. Much like your books, I can read them over and over.
Right now I’m finishing Jesse Alexander #2. That will bring my June TBR to a close, I’m gonna get a jumpstart on July by starting my reread of the Zodiac Academy series (new book out in December). For some variety during that I was thinking of reading the Dragon Riders of Pern trilogy by Anne McCaffrey. And I also grabbed a handful of ebooks from bookbub that I’m going to try,
Dragon Ward-Fatima Fayez, West Side Love Story-Priscilla Oliveras, There Will be Dragons-John Ringo, and the first 3 Skinwalkers books by Faith Hunter.
I am going to be reading Dana Marie Bell’s Viking PNR series. I have had it in my TBR pile for a long time. Normally I read Dana Marie Bell’s books as soon as I get them, but I tend to be cautious when it comes to books featuring vikings. (Warning: Contains violence toward women that might be triggering)
I am also pondering about rereading some Lazette Gifford books. I recommend her Summerfield books. They are over the top UF’s set in Omaha, I also like her Devlin team’s books which is SF mysteries.
Just re-read all 19 of the Magical Rom Com books and Hypnos, both Vigilante Librarians, Outfoxed, Karma… I also just finished Dirty Deeds 2 last week, which introduced me to the Elemental Assassin (Jennifer Estep) series of which I am on book 4. All within June .I’m retired and spend most of my time reading, something I love and never had enough time for while I was working. One of our whole family’s favorites is Heinlein’s The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. I love all the Anne McCaffrey books, especially the Pern series and the Brain/Brawn books, like The Ship Who Sang. I recently re-read a bunch of Spider Robinson’s Callahan books. I highly recommend Melissa Olson’s Old World books, and B R Kingsolvers books. I just got my wife hooked on Mercy Thompson series (which she finished). She is reading the Jane Yellowrock books by Faith Hunter faster than I can buy them. She just delightfully finished The Princess Bride book. WOW!!!
I like anthologies because they I introduce me to new authors. I will probably re-read some Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher this summer. Fabulous series. I can always recommend the Harry Potter series, too. Also love Steve McHugh and for a fun diversion, Barbra Annino. Wow, so much to enjoy. Can’t list them all here.
Lest I forget,Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. Gordon Dicksons books, any and all of them.Alan Dean Fosters Pip and Flinx series.
Waiting for Resolve by Jenny Schwartz.
Just finished Imperial Gambit by Evan Currie. So enjoy the the Odyssey series.
Plan to re-read the Herald Mage series by Mercedes Lackey.
Mage’s Influence series by Melanie Cellier: Seeds of Glory and Ruin.
Just starting to read: Ascension the complete trilogy by Justin Depaoli.
Love Mercedes Lackey! Plan to read The Hills Have Spies.