Monday, June 16, 2008

Abuse the TBR Pile!

It's Abusing the TBR day! And I've changed the format! Already!

Monday morning is no time for market research. Especially when I haven't had my coffee yet. And I figured it'd be more fun to talk about the new books we're drooling over.

So, from here on out, Abusing the TBR pile will focus on all the good stuff coming out each month. I'll post the ones I plan to add to my TBR pile. You guys tell me what you're going to read. And if you comment by 11:59 central time, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a paperback book of your choice (as long as it's still in print!) or a gift certificate to Fictionwise.

My June TBR list is pretty sf/fantasy heavy. There are lots of great paranormals coming out this month!

The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey
I have been a Lackey fan since I read the Arrows of the Queen trilogy in High School and I love the Godmother series!

Horse of Whispers by Margaret Lucke
I love gothics, and this one seems like it'll have a dark, mysterious feel to it.

Walk on the Wild Side by Christine Warren
Okay, I can't resist a book that features a Tennessee librarian and werelions. I just can't.

Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward
I am a Ward fangirl. I admit it. She had me completely hooked after Zsadist. I have a HUGE thing for flawed and broken heroes, and you can't get any more flawed than the Brotherhood.

Nightkeepers by Jessica Anderson
I also have a huge thing for mythology. I've wanted to read this one since I heard her talk about research with Ward at RT.

A Curious Affair by Melanie Jackson
This one looks like a paranormal cat mystery! I really liked Jackson's goblin paranormals.

Spectre by Phaedra Weldon
I stumbled across Weldon's first book, Wraith, completely by accident. If there was buzz, I never saw it. But I loved Weldon's funny, quick tone. For that alone, I'd pick up this one!

Personal Demons by Stacia Kane
Okay, I'm cheating a bit because I already read this one. I got my paws on it at RT, and devoured the whole thing on the way home. (My lovely hubby drove the whole way so I could read!) This book holds the record for shortest time between TBR pile and keeper shelf!

Your turn! What are YOU drooling over this month? Any recommendations for me?


Anitra Lynn McLeod said...
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Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

Please forgive me--I'm having computer issues today! The deleted comment is mine. Anyway:

What a cute kitty! I just got Firefox for my browser and found a cute kitty theme. :)

All of those books look good. I'm going to get Jacqueline Carey's latest in the Kushiel series. Also, Gina Showalter has some new stuff I'd like to get.

My TBR pile is taking up a corner of my office at the moment. Sigh. That is one good thing about winter; I have more time to read!

Mel Hiers said...

Heh. Thanks. Janie's taken to hanging out on the keeper shelf. She's a little weird. :-)

I didn't know you could theme the Firefox browser! I've only been using it for a month. I'll have to experiment!

I haven't read any of the Kushiel series, but it's been recommended to me before. I've got it on the list to try. :-P My list is a lot worse than my pile!

Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

Her work is very detailed in world building and characters. Similar to M.Z. Bradley's Mists of Avalon.

If you go to the Firefox page you can find themes. I think it was Cat Green or something like that. Not green cats but the little arrows are green. ;)

Savanna Kougar said...

If kitty is hanging around the keeper shelf, it must be a message, like keep me. A little obvious, but animals have it tough communicating with us beyond food and I need to relieve myself.

Mel, you should give us a little review taste of the Tennesse librarian and werelion -- that one definitely tickles my fancy.

Truthfully, I don't have much time to both read and write. So, writing it is, for now.

Mel Hiers said...

Hey, Sav! I just discovered that the RT summary is different from the blurb on Amazon and St. Martin's page for Walk on the Wild side. The RT version mentions the TN librarian thing. I'd post it, but I'm not sure about the copyright thing since it won't be free content on the RT website for another two months. But the regular blurb is fab, too! :-P

Savanna Kougar said...

How interesting. Wonder which is true? I guess we'll have to find out. Or, maybe try the author's website.

Savanna Kougar said...

Finding out she can be a real animal has turned Kitty Sugarman’s life upside down, but nothing compares to the shock of meeting the man of her dreams and learning he has a beastly side...

Okay, this was the blurb on Christine Warren's website -- doesn't tell us much, does it?

Mel Hiers said...

Probably both are. I'm thinking that the RT blurbs are written by their reviewers and the reviewer probably picked out different elements.

Looks like it's just us chickens for the drawing. I'll probably try this one more time and if nobody bites, I'll keep the drawings to guest days. Experimenting is fun! :-P

*rolling dice*

Savanna won the dice roll. Wanna pick a book or e-book cert? :-)

Terry Odell said...

Late getting here -- I'm on the east coast, and my usual early morning blog romp means I miss some of the posts that get updated based on other time zones.

My TBR pile is never very big, because I don't like to spend money unless I'm positive I'll use it. Right now, I'm reading a Suzanne Brockmann re-release, "Body Language"

Next in line on my e-reader are a couple more J.A. Jance mysteries -- I'm catching up on the JP Beaumont series.

From the library, it's Lee Child. I started reading him after SleuthFest this year and I'm intrigued by Reacher.

Savanna Kougar said...

Hey Mel, I luv the roll of the dice, but why don't we let Terry have the book or e-book cert. ?

Mel Hiers said...

Sounds good to me! :-P Terry, feel free to e-mail me at melhiers at with your choice!

Three authors I haven't read yet! Although the Reacher novels are creeping up my wanna read list.