Thursday, August 14, 2008

Abusing the TBR Pile

Earlier this month, Mai wrote a post about the end of summer being a time for reflection and goal setting. That's always been true for me! Between the end of the busy season, a birthday, and the beginning of the school year, I usually have a lot to brood about.

As I filtered through September's releases, I've discovered that lots of authors whose debut books are languishing on my ever-growing TBR shelf have new installments coming out soon. My reading goal for fall, then, is to take on these series starters. I'm sure I'll find more than a few gems!

I'm particularly looking forward to starting Anne Aguirre's series. Grimspace is the first and Wanderlust comes out next month.

I have heard nothing but raves from the blogosphere and my patrons about Chelsea Cain. I have Heartsick in my locker, waiting for break time. Sweetheart is her new release.

Caitlin Kitteridge is a new member at the League of Reluctant Adults, and I've been chomping at the bit to start the Nocturne City series! The first is Night Life, and Pure Blood comes out next month.

I guess C.E. Murphy's Negotiator series doesn't count, as I've read, and enjoyed, Heart of Stone. House of Cards is #2 in the series, and Hands of Flame is the new release. Good stuff there!

Yesterday we got to celebrate Savanna's release day for When a Good Angel Falls. (Woot!) And next month, we'll squee with Trish when her Harlequin American, A Firefighter in the Family, comes out! Ladies, welcome to my TBR pile!

So what are you guys reading? What's in your TBR pile or on your to-buy list? Talk to me in comments before 10 a.m. central tomorrow, and you'll be in the drawing to win a book of your choice!*

*The book must be in print or available in e-format. In the case of e-books, a distributor or publisher gift cert will be awarded.


Savanna Kougar said...

Mel, cool! And thanks for mentioning When a Good Angel Falls.

Curious, what's the last book you read?
And what did you think? How much did you enjoy?

How about our Trish! Hopefully, she can blog soon about all her success.

Mel Hiers said...

The last one I finished was T is for Trespass. I'm a Sue Grafton addict! This one was a bit different because she usually writes strictly from Kinsey Millhone's 1st person viewpoint, but this one we got some perspective from the antagonist. Some fans didn't like it, but I did. :-)

Have you read any good books lately? I know you're super busy writing books of your own!

Savanna Kougar said...

Hey, Mel, I wish. But right now I'm doing some revisions on Black Cat Beauty.
I guess, there was too much 'cat talk' in it.
Personally, I think that it takes some of the fun out of the story -- but, maybe for readers that's not true.

I remember reading -- was it RT? -- Sue Grafton talking about how she'd included the antogonist POV this time.
Hey, as a writer, ya gotta stretch those creative muscles sometimes, even if some readers aren't going to like it.

Terry Odell said...

My next two books are the first two in Brenda Novak's new trilogy: Trust Me, and Stop Me. I also have a Lee Child on tap, and a Suzanne Brockman and the first in Roxanne St. Claire's current trilogy, but I want to wait until I have all 3.

And who could resist posting when the verification word is slunfuxz

Savanna Kougar said...

slunfuxz...Terry, that's too funny!

Terry Odell said...

Hey, I just type what I see.

Mel Hiers said...

Slunfuxz. The word's even funnier late at night!

Hi, Terry! Brockmann and Child are both on my wanna read list. The thing just keeps getting longer!

Sav, I think the POV switch added some depth and tension because the plot was a bit more close to home for Kinsey. We could see what was coming before she could and it was sort of like watching a train wreck.

Anitra Lynn McLeod said...

Happy belated birthday Mel! I haven't added any new books to my TBR pile since I haven't started on any of the ones I mentioned last time. Sigh. I really can't wait for winter so I will have more time to read. :)