I have been faithfully following my plans to both whittle down my TBR pile and tackle a bunch of the series that I have only a book or two left to read to finish them off. For the most part, the series that needed to be finished off were young adult trilogies, since most of my adult series are pretty much open ended. So, I am chugging along, when it suddenly hit me that…I didn’t care. For some reason, I completely have lost my interest in most young adult books. I was forcing myself to read them because I “had to”, and forcing myself to keep buying the second and third books in the series because I already had the first one, when my brain kicked in and I realized that I really didn’t “have to”.
As I was going through my piles of YA books that still had to be read, I realized that I didn’t remember most of the characters or storylines, and I had absolutely no interest in finding out what happened next. There are still a few that I will keep up on – like the Arcana Chronicles from Kresley Cole, and the Shadowhunter books from Cassandra Clare, but for the most part I am giving them up. I can’t stomach the thought of one more angsty love triangle, I swear. It will be a case-by-case basis whether or not I read the ones I already have or if I give them away.
The funny thing is, it hit me all of a sudden – and I can’t tell you why. Within the course of about a week, my whole interest shifted and I just can’t seem to care about anything YA related. I was about 50 pages from the end of a story when I realized that I didn’t even feel the need to see how things wrapped up. Then it happened again. Then again. Maybe I finally grew up? Nah, I can’t see it. I guess there are just too many great books that I want to read to make myself take time for something I don’t.
How have your reading habits changed? Have you ever just gotten tired of a style/author/genre without warning? How have you been expanding your reading horizons?
Well, I think I managed to get all of the author pages and the main site switched over to the new format. You shouldn’t notice much difference (I hope), but I just wanted to streamline things a little bit, and move away from the grungy/splatter look to a more swirly, simple look. If you find anything that looks weird/doesn’t work, please drop me a line.
Oh, I also finished up the author page for J.D. Robb, which you can find HERE. I did limit it to J.D. Robb, too – no Nora Roberts. I actually laughed when I saw just how many series and trilogies she has written over the years. I read a couple of the Nora Roberts titles, and while I didn’t think they were bad, they really didn’t grab me. Too bad, too, because the trade paperback size books have great covers and would look beautiful all lined up on the shelf.
I still have to do the clean-up on the guide for the Kate Daniels series, plus add the info for Spider Game. And I will be adding a guide for the In Death series, but I will be uploading it one book at a time (if I wait until I have the whole series read before I start it, it will never get done). It will be a long, long term project.
Oh, and just a quick question – would you find a guide for G.A. Aiken‘s Dragon Kin series helpful? I was trying to decide between it or Lords of the Underworld, but to be honest I think the characters in the Dragon Kin series are harder to get a handle on (those damn names get me every time). If you think it should be my next goal, just let me know in the comments section (which is now reached by a link at the top of the post, not to the side).
Hey all, maybe you can help. Teri sent over an email asking if I knew of a blog or site like this one, but devoted to science fiction. Of course, I had no clue, but I thought some of you might be able to help her out with some recommendations?
Time again to see what new series are starting up this week. It looks like there is just one, and it is a young adult release from Melissa Landers called Starflight.
Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.
When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…
Well, back to work time. Ugh. Amazing how fast a month can go, honestly. I got most of what I wanted to do with the blog done, which was mostly behind the scenes organizational stuff. But then day before yesterday, I of course decided that I wanted to change things up a bit. I finally found a new theme that worked better than the previous one I used for the author pages, and decided on a bit of a re-working. Ok, so not interesting to you. Long story short, I am switching some things around, so if things look different, no worries. And if you see something that looks/acts wonky, please let me know so I can double check it. I think at this point I have from Kresley Cole to Thea Harrison done, and hopefully all working.
I also will be spending my free time for the next few days trying to organize the Kate Daniels guide, which is finally up to date (but one hell of a hot mess). Again, don’t be afraid if you check it out, hopefully I will have it better organized/streamlined in the next few days. I just kept adding info, and never changed anything. I think I had Derek as 18 at the start of his profile, 19 in the middle, and 20 at the end. Of course.
I figure there isn’t too much question about what my pick for this week is, but here goes. The Dirt on Ninth Grave, the ninth book of the Charley Davidson series from Darynda Jones, is released today. And to say that the last one ended on a cliffhanger is a bit of an understatement. Synopsis…… Continue reading Pick of the Week…
Only four covers for this post. I have been holding off waiting for some really good covers to be released in the new year, but no luck. That usually means that they will come the day after I finally do a post, but that is pretty much standard. Let’s start off with the new one… Continue reading Cover Lover – 4 New Titles
Time for a quick update. The Guild Hunter guide has been expanded and updated, leaving just two more to go until I am completely caught up (not counting the series that have new releases this month). Also, the new release pages have been updated, and there are a few I thought I would mention here…… Continue reading A Few Updates…
Just a couple of quick notes, probably won’t make much difference to the way things run for you, but I thought I would mention them anyways. I have done up an author page for Anne Bishop, which can be found HERE. As a result, for those of you who had subscribed to the guide for… Continue reading Site Updates…
Hey everyone, hope you all put in a good New Year’s. I survived, and managed to not take anyone else out, either. Beauty! Anyways, I checked back in to be completely surprised by January’s Book of the Month. I would’ve bet good money on the winner being Darynda Jones‘ The Dirt on Ninth Grave, but… Continue reading Book of the Month