CAROLYN’S NEW YEAR’S READING RESOLUTIONS

First resolution – buy that chair!! :D

As I’m sure most of you do, I seem to create lots of New Year’s Resolutions, this year is no different. However, I’m just going to list my bookish ones here. I have so many series to catch up on and series to start. Most are already on my shelves gathering dust. This will be one of my personal challenges for 2013, to complete/get up to date and to begin all the series I have on my bookshelves.

SERIES TO FINISH

I love Nalini Singh and am a huge fan of her Guild Hunter series. I’ve only read the first two books in the Psy-Changeling series, Slave to Sensation and Visions of Heat, both of which I enjoyed. I hope to complete this series this year – it is a pretty big personal challenge as there’s another eight books to go, but as I love Singh’s writing it certainly won’t be a chore.

    

I read the first book, Darkfever, in Karen Marie Moning‘s Fever series and thought it was great. This is definitely a series I want to complete as I’ve heard it gets better and better with each book. The characters are fab and I can’t wait to find out more about Barrons… As for the Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead, I only have the one book to read to complete this series, and it’s the last one ever. I loved the first two books, Storm Born and Thorn Queen, but felt the series lost it’s way a bit in the third book, Iron Crowned. The heroine, Eugene, irritated me no end, so I’m hoping she will redeem herself during Shadow Heir, the fourth and final book in the series.

  

One of my favourite series in 2012 that I started was Patricia Briggs Mercedes Thompson series. I read the first two books, Moon Called and Blood Bound and fell in girl crush with Mercy. She’s an awesome heroine/coyote-shifter. The writing is fab and I love all the characters. Finishing this series is definitely another mission for 2013! The paranormal romance novel that stood out for me in 2012 was Dragon Bound, book one in the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison. When I finished it I wanted to read the next one straight away. Sadly, I had other books to review and so this ended up being another series that got left behind. I’m not sure why so many series that I love get put on the back burner but 2013 is definitely the year for me to finish all my beloved series.

  

I’ve also started reading a bit more contemporary romance over the last couple of weeks, in fact I’m on a bit of a contemporary romance kick right now, having read Simply Irresistible the first in the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis, which was an adorable read. I’m going to to be reading the entire series this year without fail! I also read Dirty by Megan Hart, and Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (both mentioned below). I read Laid Bare by Lauren Dane a while ago now for a double dare. As I hadn’t read much erotic romance (due to my preconceptions of it being all about sex and not well written) I was surprised to find the writing to be of amazing quality and the stories to be full of depth and emotion with fantastic storylines, suffice to say I really enjoyed it – now I’m reading more in this genre.

      

I’m also partial to historical romance too and I really need to get up to date with The Scandalous Women of the Ton and The Brides of Fortune series by Nicola Cornick and The Inferno Club by Gaelen Foley, as well as the Smythe-Smith Quartet series by Julia Quinn. All are great series.

SERIES TO START

As well as the series I have already begun, there are of course all the series I’m yet to start. All of the following (as well as numerous others) are sitting on my bookshelves or my iPad waiting patiently for me to read them. But these are the series I really want to begin in 2013.

    

I’ve heard amazing things above the three authors above. Fellow reviews Gemma, Vickie and Laura, constantly rave about the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward, so as I already have the series on my shelves it’s one I have to start in 2013 (or I may get beaten up). The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant is another I’ve heard a lot about. I’ve been told it’s one of the best zombie series written and if you love zombies then this just has to be in your zombie repertoire. Sophie Littlefield‘s Aftertime series is also about zombie’s and I was recommended this by Abigail of All Things Urban Fantasy who’s a big fan.

       

The Cut & Run series by Madeleine Urban (now retired from writing) and Abigail Roux I heard about from Mandi of Smexy Books, who absolutely adores this series. This is my go-to book blog for erotic and contemporary romance and m/m romance. They haven’t let me down yet. The others are series that I’ve seen around and look good.

ZOMBIE TITLES TO DEVOUR

As an obsessed zombie fan, I have lots and lots of zombie books too (about 70+ in fact), so I think it’s about time I started reading some of them. Below I’ve listed a select few…

    

      

NEWLY DISCOVERED AUTHORS TO READ

I started reading Megan Hart’s Post-apocalyptic zombie serial, The Resurrected, a few months back, which I’m really enjoying (I’ll review the entire serial when I’m finished). The world is just so different and original and to combine this kind of horror with erotic romance is very well done. But it was after reading Dirty a couple of weeks ago that really cemented this author as a must read. I will definitely be gobbling up all the ebooks I’ve bought.

      

I finished Wallbanger a week or so ago and I LOVED it. Such a fun contemporary romance, with great characters, witty dialogue and interesting storyline that kept me turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. I read this in record time and thought it was a fab read. As soon as I’d finished it I downloaded The Unidentified Redhead. I’m looking forward to reading it, just hope it’s as good as Wallbanger.

    

Within urban fantasy I read an e-novella, Blooded, followed by the full novel, Full Blooded, by Amanda Carlson and really enjoyed them both. A debut author that stood out for me in such a saturated market. Looking forward to reading more from this author in 2013, starting with the second book in the Jessica McClain series, Hot Blooded. One of my favourite books of 2012 was Plague Town by Dana Fredsti. It was a fab mix of urban fantasy and zombies. I loved it. So, as mentioned in my Top 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2013 post, the second book in the Ashley Parker series, Plague Nation, is at the top of my must read list.

So that’s it, some of my New Year’s reading resolutions in a nut shell. How about you – do you have any reading resolutions for 2013?

Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

8 Comments


Gemma January 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Carolyn, we would never beat you up for not reading BDB, we may withhold your membership badge! ;)

I need to put together my new years resolutions too. :)

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Carolyn January 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hehe, thought I might get punched up for not reading BDB :D This is definitely another series I need to start. So many books though, it’s hard to know where to begin…

Yes, hurry with that New Year’s post – I want to see your reading resolutions!

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Ann January 2, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Nice chair. I went through all my book shelves last year and made several trips to the Half Price Book store. I’ve decided I have too much clutter and plan on getting most of my books from the library this year.
Ann

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Carolyn January 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I’m always taking books to my local charity, it seems never ending, but I still have 1600 books in the house!! But now I’m buying more ebooks, so maybe my library will just stay as it is… but I won’t hold my breath ;)

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Melanie January 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

The chair would be perfect if it had a Kindle charger though.

I am a bit surprised as a zombie-aholic that you haven’t read the Newsflesh series. It was one of my first forays into zombie fiction and I loved it….it has everything you like – zombies, blogging, great plot.

I have yet to start the BDB series…must get on it

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Carolyn January 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Chair’s great isn’t it – not sure if it has a charger or not, but that’s a great idea!

I think with the Newsflesh books, I thought they sounded a bit too political and I’m not good with that kind of genre (as I’m not with Epic Fantasy). But I do have the series on my shelf and as I’ve heard people rave about it I will probably read it.

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Laura January 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

Like Gemma I need to do something like this!
That chair is awesome :-D
I too need to catch up on the Thorn Queen series and also want to read the Karen Marie Moning Dark spin-off ICED.
You would love the BDB books I know you would.
I also want to give the Thea Harrison books a go.
So many books!!! :-D

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Carolyn January 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I love the chair!! :D

I really do want to try the BDB series, but as I said to Gemma, there are so many series I have to finish/start I just don’t know where to begin!

Thea Harrison is great – start with Dragon Bound. I’m sure you would love these.

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