Authors I Lose Track Of

Why isn’t there a unified “new book release” or “new release by author” tracking system? This is the future! We can print food! I just want to know when my favorites release new books and can have the instant gratification of clicking “buy” and having it on my Nook. But alas, even the great behemoth Amazon hasn’t developed this system, let alone the lowly EPUB format providers. As such, I find I drop in and out of my obsession with various authors, though they remain spectacular, and as soon as I do learn about their newest books I snap them up.

Some of those authors include:

N.K. Jemisin
Malinda Lo
Mira Grant (aka the horror genre alter ego of Seanan McGuire – I had NO idea until I looked Mira Grant up for this post)
Kate Elliott
Jacqueline Carey (though I was very lukewarm on the first book in her urban fantasy series – more thoughts on that later)
Laini Taylor
Kristin Cashore
Lauren Beukes
John Scalzi
Patrick Ness
Scott Westerfeld

Read This Week: Professional Badasses and Starting Halloween Early

Read this week: Saints Astray by Jacqueline Carey
Up next: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

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Jacqueline Carey’s Santa Olivia and Saints Astray get a super strong recommend from me. If you are missing a diverse cast of awesome lady characters in your life, pick these books up immediately. Santa Olivia comes with a trigger warning for a subplot involving sexual assault, but if anyone has earned my trust to write about the subject it’s Ms. Carey. These books are a duology, so you can read them now and not be left in suspense.

I picked up NOS4A2 when it came out last year, but as the Halloween decorations start to hit stores I’m only now getting in the spooky spirit to read it. I’m going in completely unaware of the plot, actually. Haunted cars, right?

March Reading List

Finished:

Lips Touch: Three Times, by Laini Taylor

There’s not a lot of point in my telling you how amazing Laini Taylor’s writing is. Describing her writing would be a sad imitation of the writing itself. So seriously, just go read her stuff. I turned to Lips Touch, a collection of three short stories, after finishing Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight. Loathe as I am to start a series before it’s finished, Laini herself makes a compelling case for a) picking up a series before it’s done and b) BUYING (not “acquiring” with shifty quotes) BOOKS.

I know the cool thing to do these days is to pirate stuff, especially if you have an ebook reader, but I think Laini makes a compelling case for your purchase literally determining whether or not you get to continue reading the things you want to read.

To Read:

Kushiel’s Legacy series, starting with Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey

If the internet tells me right, there are six books (two trilogies) in this series, so it should keep me busy for a while. This series is complete, so none of this languishing in my desperate need to know what happens next. I’m about a hundred pages in and so far the universe is very compelling. I love me some royal intrigue and high society drama.

What are you reading this month? Any good books you just finished?