Thursday, April 24, 2008

13 of Gwen's April Reads

I'm betting that more than a few people I know will relate to this. I actually have four 'book lists': to research, to be bought, to be read (the list), to be read (the pile).

Here's a glimpse at April's pile for me.

Gwen's April/May TBR Pile

1. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova - recommended and loaned by my father in law.

2. Fiction Writing Workshop, Josip Novakovich - for my workshop with Cat on the WR Board.

3. An anthology of thriller short stories, to get my feet wet in that genre.

4. The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon - this is the fifth book in the Outlander series, which I absolutely love. Looking forward to snuggling up with this one over my coming business trip.

5. Moon's Fury, CT Adams and Cathy Clamp - I try to spread my paranormal/urban fantasy genre reading around various publishers. This is Tor/Forge.

6. Kushiel's Scion, Jacqueline Carey - This is the fourth book in a series. I loved the original trilogy and the friends I've recommended it to have gone on to read the later books and recommended them to me, so I'm looking forward to this one too.

7. Dime Store Magic, Kelley Armstrong - A new name in paranormal for me, recommended by a friend who doesn't normally read paranormals. This Canadian author is published in the US through Bantam Books.


8. Industrial Magic, Kelley Armstrong - I was instructed to read both books. =)

9. Demon Night, Meljean Brook - I went on to the girls a while back how Meljean was my new hero. I hadn't read anything of hers yet, now I have, and I re-certify: she's my hero. Obvioulsy, I cheated and read this one already. Review will be coming.

10. Dream Chaser, Sherrilyn Kenyon - I have been meaning to read something of hers forever. I'm looking forward to checking out this very successful author, published through St. Martin's.

11. Dark of the Moon, Susan Krinard - I am hitting Harlequin titles hard over the next couple of months, this was my first toe in the pond. I read this one too. Review to come.

12. I picked up a pocket version of the Oxford Essential Guide to Writing. I do actually plan to read it. Bits and pieces at a time.

13. Swimming Without a Net, MaryJanice Davidson - I read a story of hers in a recent anthology, and really liked it, so when I spotted this on a fellow bookworm's shelf, I snatched it up. Now, don't go thinking I'm just a clepto who takes books out of people's houses. I traded it for some lasagna.

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Paige Tyler said...

Love Kelley Armstrong! Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic are both excellent! Have you read her werewolf books? Elena and Clay are my favorites! I'm actually reading her book No Humans Involved right now!


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Chloe Devlin said...

OMG, Gwen, I can totally relate to the different lists of books. I have a list of my TBR pile, the TBR pile itself, a TBB list, plus a list of those I've bought on eBay, a list of audio books I've listened to and those I want to listen to, plus I also use 3x5 cards to keep track of what I've read by each author and I also use BYRON.

Anyway, love your list.


Shelley Munro said...

You're in for a good month of reading. Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of my favorites.

Eaton Bennett said...

Your intermissions are captivating!! And your books pile is awesome, frighteningly so....but your intermission is the BEST :)

Kathleen Oxley said...

Good luck with that list!!

Let me know what you think of the Historian - I've heard it's good.

I'm about halfway through the Fiery Cross - I put it down a while ago and just haven't had time to pick it back up again. (But I do LOVE that series!)

Great intermission this week!!

Debbie Mumford said...

I LOVE Diana Gabaldon's books! Enjoy!

Peter said...

Gwen you're ravenous with your reading! - but what a great array of novels you're going through. I picked up Dime Store Magic recently and it's now on my next pile (though I don't get through them nearly as fast as you!) Look forward to reading what you think of it.

I love suspense novels and will be keeping an eye out for some of those titles above. I've just finished reading Mary Martin's "The Osgoode Trilogy" and found it a great suspenseful thrill ride through engaging, believable characters, devilish villains and an emotionally charged storyline that builds to a gripping climax! Worth checking out.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Crap. I went to comment last night and Blogger was down and now I can't remember the wonderfully brilliant thing I was going to say...

Gwen said...

Well, it sounds like everyone is confirming that I'm in for a month of good reading ~ that's always good news. Thanks!

Susan - you get credit anyway. I would expect nothing less than brilliance. =P

Gina Ardito said...

Hmm...with a pile like that, I can't imagine you'll have time for anything but reading! I loved the first Outlander book, but lost patience with the rest of the series and stopped after the third one.
Good luck with all of those books!

Evey Brown said...

Agree with the Dime Store Magic series as well Gwen. All of them are excellent and a completely different spin on the paranormal romance. As for that pile you have there, it's intimidating. If you count my Artist's Way book I only have 5 on my desk. :)

Heather said...

Yes, I can relate. I have an entire little notebook listing books to-be-bought - as if I didn't already have enough on the TBR mountain. The Fiery Cross is among those in the sprawling mountain. Must catch up on that series!