November 2013 wish list

>> Thursday, October 31, 2013

A relatively modest month, but I'm very excited about a couple. November 5th looks like a particularly good day!

Books I'm definitely planning to get

Royal Airs, by Sharon Shinn (Nov 5)

I loved Troubled Waters, the first in the series. I especially loved the world Shinn had created, and felt very disappointed when it looked like it was going to be used for just the one book. Well, we’re back to Welce here, and I’m looking forward to visiting again.

The Luckiest Lady in London, by Sherry Thomas (Nov 5)

Thomas is an autobuy author for me, and this one has one of my favourite romance plots, the marriage of convenience. It sounds like a particularly interesting example of it, too.

Through The Evil Days, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Nov 5)

I’m a bit behind with this mystery (but with strong romantic elements) series, but I loved the first books enough that I’ll just stockpile the later books. It’s one I’m confident I’ll catch up with.

Books that interest me and I'll keep an eye on

Don’t Want To Miss a Thing, by Jill Mansell (Nov 5)

I read one book by Mansell a while ago and liked it. It was gentle and comfortable, and that’s exactly what I want sometimes. I’ve been meaning to read her again.

Roman Holiday 1: Chained, by Ruthie Knox (Nov 11)

Ruthie Knox seems to be trying out some very novel formats in her latest books. Well, novel formats for romance, because the serialised novel has a long history. She’s previously done a serial on something called Wattpad, and Roman Holiday goes back to the format, only the different episodes will just be regular ebooks. It will apparently be 10 parts, each published a week apart (there are a couple more in November). Except, that is, that there will be a gap of “a few months” between the first 5 episodes and the last. I’ll be honest, although I’m interested in the story, but have no interest in reading it in serial form, especially with that long gap in the middle. I might buy now and wait till all bits are out, or just wait until (hopefully) the whole thing is published in one piece.

Yours To Keep, by Serena Bell (Nov 11)

The heroine is an undocumented immigrant, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in romance, and the author blogs at Wonkomance, which is always a good sign.


Frannie,  31 October 2013 at 13:35  

I'm looking forward to all of these as well, particularly the one by Julia Spencer-Fleming. I believe it was your reviews of her books that started me reading her (actually I listened to them as audiobooks, the narrator is amazing!) and I thank you for that. There's an English mystery series by Elly Griffiths with a similar feel that I highly recommend (also fabulous on audiobook).

I agree with you about Ruthie Knox's serialization. I did follow her book, Truly, on wattpad, but didn't like the experience at all. Too bad, because the book was great, but reading it in weekly installments was deeply unsatisfying. I really don't understand some of these publishing decisions which seem to make it harder for readers to access and author's work, rather than easier. (Oops, sorry for rant). I'm also looking forward to new books by Thea Harrison and Rachel Bach this November.

Barb in Maryland 31 October 2013 at 19:25  

Hi, Well, I've already ordered the Shinn and the Thomas and have the Julia Spencer-Flemming on reserve at the library. So I'm 3 for 3 with you there. I also have the latest book by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller on order. Nov 5 has proven to be a very expensive release day for me.
Like Frannie, I'm also looking forward to Thea Harrison's new one and the one by new author Rachel Bach (space opera with female lead--looks good).

Rosario 1 November 2013 at 07:06  

Frannie: I'm very glad they worked for you! Hmm, I might try the audiobooks for that. I think I've actually listened to the first book of the Elly Griffiths series (we're talking about the Ruth Galloway one, aren't we?). I had a few little issues with it, but liked it very much on the whole. Yet another I need to go back to! I clearly get too distracted by the new and shiny!

Re: serialisations: I suppose the attraction is that even if you charge a small amount per 'episode', the total will be more than you can charge for a whole book. (I do know in this case it was free). But that's an attraction for authors; I don't understand what readers would get out of it!

Barb: I should probably try Sharon Lee and Steve Miller again. I tried to read Local Custom a long while ago and DNF'd it, but too many people whose tastes I normally share love those, so another try might be warranted!

And both of you, thanks for the mention of Rachel Bach. I don't know why I hadn't heard of that book at all. I'd love to hear what you think of it when you read it. It sounds really good, but there were some mentions on goodreads about it being "Kate Daniels in space", which kind of gave me pause, as urban fantasy almost never works for me (the Kate Daniels series didn't).

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