Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Compulsively Collectible Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today we're talking about authors we own the most books by and I'm honestly kinda shocked by which mine were. 

Note: This may not be totally accurate. I can't physically check and browsing every Goodreads shelves of books I own in various forms would take forever, so I cheated by seeing which authors I read the most of on my Goodreads shelf overall, then checked to see where I had the most books.

1. Meg Cabot - 23 Books: This surprised me a lot. I know I've had a long term love of Meg Cabot, but I certainly didn't think it was THIS intense. Probably has a lot to do with being able to find a lot of her backlist super cheap at the used bookstore near where we vacationed for ~5 years in Wildwood. Even more shocking? This DOESN'T include the Princess Diaries books. I read most of them, but I don't think I still own them. This is mostly her adult books, but a couple of her YA series. I also counted the one romance novel I have under her pseudonym, Patricia Cabot. 

2. Richelle Mead - 11 Books: This shouldn't have surprised me, really. I eagerly devoured her 6 book Vampire Academy series, have 2 books in her spin off Bloodlines series, and marathoned the VA graphic novel series - which she technically wrote - earlier this year.

2. Sarah Dessen - 11 Books: I mean, obviously. I own all of her books (even if I still haven't read 3 of them). And she's been at this shizz for a while so...only makes sense, yeah? [True Story: I somehow got on her ARC list and I'm not sure if I'm more shocked that I've gotten two of her ARCs or that they still MAKE ARCs for her.]

2. Sophie Jordan - 11 Books: Another surprise that shouldn't be one. I LOVED Firelight, so when she was her on tour I bought the rest of the series, I've got both of her New Adult books so far, and I LOVE her romances, so I've got a lot of those in my collection. Yet I still didn't expect this. Hmm.

3. Eloisa James - 10 Books: This shocked me a bit too, but it does also include some novellas. And since nearly half my collection is as ebooks, it's easy to forget just how many there are. She's one of my favorite romance novelists though, especially her fairy tale romance series. I have all of them (except possibly a novella or two).

3. J.K. Rowling - 10 Books: I kind of expected this one. I mean, the Harry Potter series alone is 7 books. Then I have multiple editions of the books. The first four of my original collection, I technically share with my mom, so I recently got the fancy new box set. Plus the additional Harry Potter world content and my precious, signed copy of The Casual Vacancy. So, technically 10, but if we factor in duplicates (and we say 50% ownership of 4 of the books counts), it's actually 17.

3. Melissa de la Cruz - 10 Books: So, this one's debatable. I do have ARCs of both of her new series I've been meaning to read but heard iffy things on. And I also have all the Blue Bloods books 1-6 including some novellas because they were my crack series...but it maybe 1-5. Goodreads says I got the sixth book as a finished copy for review, which I have NO memory of and I couldn't verify if this is true. So I'm not 100% sure if I do own book 6, but I'm assuming I do? I feel like I probably do, but if that's really how I got it is questionable.

3. Julie Kagawa - 10 Books: I'm HORRIBLY behind on my Julie Kagawa. I haven't started the spin-off series. I haven't read the Blood of Eden sequels. And I had to put aside Talon ages ago and haven't picked it back up. But I HAVE all of them, largely thanks to Harlequin cocktail parties/special events I've been invited to by them. Because they're amazeballs.

4. Scott Westerfeld - 9 Books: This shocked me more than it should have. Pre-blogging, I read two of his trilogies (one which became a...quadrology?), I own Leviathan, and I grabbed Afterworlds at BEA.  Man's written a lotta books, you know? P.S. I'd recommend starting with Midnighters. Screw everyone else who says Uglies, Midnights is STELLAR and such an awesome premise.

Somewhere in this Top 10.  Jane Austen: So, my Goodreads shelf is screwy and added a bunch of authors who...aren't Jane Austen. BUT, I do own at least one copy of 8 of her books (including some of the incomplete/finished by other editions). And as I own 4 copies of Pride and Prejudice (soon to be 5) and at least two copies of two other editions, she should definitely be on this list. I just don't know where she falls since my collection is spread out between my parents' and my apartment. But, I have approximately 13 of her books.

You'll notice this technically stops at 9 since Jane isn't "officially" on the list. Well, that's because when I get to authors I have 8 books by, there are another 4 authors and I'd rather not talk about another 4 authors and go definitively over 10. 

So, authors who have written 8 books that I own: Julia QuinnJodi Picoult, Christina Lauren, and Sarah MacLean.

A lot more adult/romance authors on this list then I would've thought, but it makes sense. I regularly burn out on YA series because I have to remember so many details and with the volume of books I read a year, that's just not feasible. Plus, by time the sequel's out, I just don't love the book as much. AND, I don't review sequels on the blog unless I get ARCs of them (which isn't super common) so they get pushed back further and I just don't bother buying many anymore. With all these romances I read, they might be in series, but I can read them in any order. I don't need to read the previous books at all. It gives me a lot more freedom, a lot less fatigue. Jodi Picoult doesn't even write series, I just went through a phase. 

And of the YA authors who CAN use series to explain why they're on my list? I read at least part of all those series pre-blogging or in the very early stages of blogging. My ability to read YA sequels has suffered a LOT from blogging, partly because of ARCs. It may also be because I'm more up on newer releases, so I DO have to wait a year+ between books and can't just binge read the series, as I did with a lot pre-blogging. 

Interesting little exercise. Definitely didn't expect these kinds of results!

How bout everyone else who did it? Any major surprises? Any overlaps?

--Julie

Monday, 28 July 2014

Gennifer Albin on Book Boyfriend Qualities





Today, we have Gennifer Albin on the blog to celebrate the release of her newest New Adult title, TEACHING ROMAN. What's TEACHING ROMAN about, you may ask? WELL


 Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.


Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.


Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.


But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.

 What is it about teacher/student romances? I dunno, but they do it for me.

So, today, Gennifer's going to tell us about all the qualities a good book boyfriend should have!


He should provide valuable services. Okay, get your mind out of the gutter! Nonconjugal services. For instance, I love food. I hate to cook. Give me a book boyfriend who can whip up some amazing breakfast. Or since I cant play an instrument, a guitar player would be hot.

I want him to be ripped without wasting too much time at the gym. This is a fantasy, right? I dont want my boy getting sweaty on the weight bench, when he could be getting sweaty doing other things. Okay, now my mind is in the gutter.

RESPECT! Ill admit that I get a little flustered when a book boyfriend swoops in to save the day, but I dont need him to boss me around or go 100% alpha male. I only want to be barefoot in the kitchen while he makes me breakfast.

The cliche is true. I want a guy who makes me laugh. Life is serious enough, my book boyfriend needs to be able to break the tension.

And book boyfriends should always put their dirty clothes in the hamper. Every womans fantasy.

Yeah, I can definitely agree with all of these, ESPECIALLY the laughter. It's one of the swooniest traits a guy can have, in my opinion.

For more about Gennifer and her books, you can check out these links:
Author Links: 
Website:  http://www.genniferalbin.com/ 
Facebook Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/genniferalbinbooks 
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/GenniferAlbin 
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4906436.Gennifer_Albin 


And if you're already sold on TEACHING ROMAN, it's available now!

Buy Links 
Amazon  http://amzn.to/1iR1hG1
B&N - http://bit.ly/1p1ra2L 


--Julie

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Weekly Wrap Up (3)

On the Blog

Monday: Lanna reviewed her first Sophia Kinsella, I've Got Your Number
Tuesday: Lanna also finally read A Great and Terrible Beauty
Wednesday: Julie cheers for insecure heroines in Brazen
Saturday: Lanna was kind of underwhelmed by Nineteen Minutes

Julie

Book Haul


Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick (ebook from library)
Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson (finished copy from publisher)
Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith (egalley from author)
Blind by Rachel DeWoskin (egalley from publisher)

Books Read

Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin 

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
 
Upcoming Reads

 
Well, I've got some egalleys that will be expiring this week plus some library books that need to get returned soon, so I'll be working on those! 

 
American Blonde by Jennifer Niven
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
Dearest by Alethea Kontis 
Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick


Lanna:
I'm not going to include the books I've read, because I'm pretty sure I've reviewed all the ones I've read recently. I will say though that the booktube-a-thon was an epic fail for me--I think I only read 2 books and half of 2 others out of the 7 I was aiming for (although I'm not totally disappointed by that because I spent the weekend in Dundee with my best friends and that was totally worth missing a few reading days for).

Moving on... Book Haul:

These are all the ones I've gotten in the past few weeks.

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
The Elite and The One by Kiera Cass (funny thing is, I don't remember liking the first one that much and I'm sick of dystopians, but I've had such an urge to read the rest of the series recently)

Emma by Jane Austen
Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
A Rose Among Thorns by Rosie Goodwin
The Scandalous Duchess by Anne O'Brien (e-book...purely because it was only 99p)
Undertaking Love by Kat French (another e-book, that I didn't even realise I'd bought until I looked at my Amazon orders)

I pre-ordered Isla and the Happily Ever After because of reasons. Reasons like, that series is awesome and you should go read it now if you haven't already and I'm desperate to read the third one. 

And I pre-ordered the reprint of the Labyrinth novelization (!!! I've been wanting to read that for ages, but it's been out of print for so long and I just checked again today and they're releasing the new one on the 1st of August).

Upcoming/Current Reads:

I'm reading Amy and Roger's Epic Detour right now and I love it so far, I've put it down for a while though because I wanted something light and fun and that one has a lot more going on than I expected (like lots of grief and guilt and all that not so good stuff). 

Later.

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