Last year, my reading record sucked majorly. I read 60 books, but the vast majority of them were either re-reads or series that I’m really invested in (Rachel Morgan or Mercy Thompson for example). Of those 62, only 8 of those books were new-to-me authors/series. That just seems unacceptable to me. There are so many coming out, that at least a third of what I read should be new to me.
I’ve accepted the fact that I’ve been really out of it for the past year. I’ve been reading, but books I knew I was going to enjoy from series I’ve been a part of for awhile. But I also haven’t been reviewing what I’ve read because I’ve been with those series for so long. I mean, how often can I say that Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires are exceptional or Nalini Singh just rocks when it comes to angels or shifters? I need to get back out there and trying all those fabulous authors whose stories I keep hearing about.
On top of that, there are so many series that I’ve let slipped that have continued to evolved into phenomenal pieces of fantasy (or so I keep hearing). And that makes me sad as well. I loved Larissa Ione’s Demonica trilogy; but then it wasn’t a trilogy and there have been seven books released since then. Seven! Yeah, I clearly need to find out what all the fuss is about Reaver. Not to mention, I loved Anita Blake, but I haven’t visited St. Louis since Bullet, which means I have at least three books there to catch up with (although that doesn’t seem as bad).
Needless to say, I need to get my reading groove back and branching out again with my reading. So that’s what I’m going to do for February. I’m challenging myself to read at least 6-12 new authors and/or to rediscover some of the fabulous series I’ve read in the past. I’m slowly making a list of what titles those should be, but I could use some help. I’ve been so out of it, that I’m not sure where to start. This is what I have so far:
- Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole (A Hunger Like No Other)
- Lords of Deliverance by Larissa Ione (Eternal Rider)
- Colbana Files by JC Daniels (Night Blade)
- Written in Red by Anne Bishop
- Endgame by Ann Aguirre
- Iron Druid by Kevin Hearne (Hounded)
- Jessica McClain by Amanda Carlson (Full Blooded)
- Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill (The Vampire Queen’s Servant)
- Black London by Caitlin Kittredge (Street Magic)
I know this list is far from being complete of all the fabulous series I’ve missed out on, so I would like to ask – what authors/series should I read if I’m out of date? Are you out of date as well? When was the last time you picked up a new-to-you author? In fact, I CHALLENGE YOU to read 2 new authors this month. Can you do it?