Thursday, August 29, 2013

So much time, and so few books!

I love books. I can finish a novel in a single day, given enough free time to do it. Usually I can get through it in 2-4 days if I have less time on my hands, or I only read after I get in bed.

I've always been a HUGE fan of Dean Koontz. I have a goal to read and own a copy of every book he's written. Yeah, I love his books that much. But while Koontz is amazing, sometimes I need a break. A change of pace. Even a change in species.

Hubs likes the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. When I was buying the set for him for Christmas, I snagged a few of books from her Merry Gentry series. I'm a sucker for faeries, so the Merry Gentry series wasn't something I would turn down. I read the entire series in a couple of weeks.

But what was I to do after finishing those novels? Well, a neighbor solved that problem for me and introduced me to Anne Bishop and the Black Jewels Trilogy. Oh Em Gee. Suspenseful, thrilling, intriguing, novels that I couldn't help but get sucked into. I bought a few of the continuing series.

And then I was done. I had read that series and needed something new. I started searching for more books by Anne Bishop, and found the Ephemera series, starting with Sebastian. Loved it. Magic, hope, evil, love, and destiny all wrapped into one novel.

But this is where my problems began. I didn't want to continue buying tons of books because I don't have the space for them yet. I need a house with a dedicated library or something. So until then, I've decided to use the local library. Of course, they are missing books in the series. They always do. I hate reading novels out of order, because the story line gets really jumbled. so I had to pause the Ephemera series and find something else. And the all-knowing Google has helped. I've found Gena Showalter and her Lords of the Underworld series. Immortal warriors, cursed to carry demons from Pandora's box. Plagued to fight internal battles, along with Hunters that want to kill them. And intermixed are beautiful love stories, overcoming all obstacles. I'm addicted.

But I knew that the Lords of the Underworld series would eventually end - and someone else was reading the same series I am, so we are switching out copies at the library in an effort to read them in order. While I'm waiting, I looked for another author. I found www.fictionvixen.com, which had a post about authors like Anne Bishop. That introduced me to the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson. It's about a King finding his soul mate in a peasant girl, and their fight to save the world. I'm in love, and I haven't finished the first chapter. Thankfully the library had the entire series, so I checked them all out.

I took my mom with me to the library one day, and she questioned my reading choices. "Since when do you read romance novels?" hahahah I thought it was funny, because I think the 'Romance' classification is a little off. That category makes me think of trashy books like 50 Shades of Grey, which I have no interest in reading. But then again, the love stories in these books are beautiful, and what woman wouldn't want to read them? I've always loved books because I have a vivid imagination. I can play the book as a movie in my head. I can feel the love, happiness, pain, despair, excitement when I'm reading. And as long as I can continue to find books, I'll keep reading them. And I'll ignore the classifications.

It's taking every ounce of willpower not to buy all of these books off eBay or find them on clearance at Half Price Books. So I'll continue with the library books for as long as I can. And FictionVixen will be one of my new favorite sites to look for more authors.

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