As we ease back into fall, there’s no one blockbuster book that has everyone buzzing around here for September, though more than a few of us are looking forward to Jeannie Lin’s newest historical. It’s more of a grab bag of things – everything from paranormal to category romance to suspense to more historical (and boy, do I wish there were a greater choice of historicals coming out in September!). What do you want to read this fall?
It looks like August will be a promising month for historical fans. We’re excited about a new (non-Regency!) Carla Kelly, as well as new releases from Jo Beverley, Lauren Willig, Grace Burrowes, Kaki Warner, Caroline Linden and several others. As with every new month, I keep hoping that this one will bring more happy reading discoveries and hopefully not disappointments. Hope your summer of reading is going well!
Looking for something good to read this summer? We went over the list of July releases to see what all of us here at AAR were looking forward to reading. The most popular picks were upcoming historical releases from Cecilia Grant and Julie Anne Long, as well as the latest in Laura Griffin’s Tracers series. I’m looking forward to having some good reading time this summer. How about you?
I’ve noticed that time slip books have been having a moment (hopefully it will be a long one), and one of the masters has a book out this June. Quite a few of us here at AAR have been eagerly awaiting Susanna Kearsley’s latest release for months on end now, and the big day is almost here! We have some romantic suspense fans here, too, and we’re all anticipating Jill Sorenson’s latest release. And, given that we all have varied tastes, there are books on everyone’s lists that span most subgenres of romance. June is looking to be a busy reading month!
There are very few book series that have had me anticipating the release date of the next book with tremendous excitement. The Harry Potter books, George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Ice series, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series have all made me want to pack my bags, throw in the extra toothbrush and move in with the characters for the duration. Three years ago, another series made my list: Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries. Sookie Stackhouse had me at, “I’m a waitress.” I actually watched the first two seasons of True Blood back to back before picking up the first book in the series. Of course then my bank account took a small hit as I ordered all of the books then in print – in hardback. My husband and two daughters have been just as enthralled with Sookie and the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana as I have, so when the 13th and final book in the series, Dead Ever After, hits the stands on May 7, we may have to draw straws to see who gets to read it first. I plan on rigging that game. Continue reading →
Looking over the list of books on sale in April, I think it’s fair to say that we’re thrilled to see the new Julie James and Lauren Willig releases on the list. In addition, we’ve had several new reviewers join us over the past month and this is their first time turning in their reading picks. Hopefully, you’ll be able to start following their reading choices and get some ideas. We have reviewers who read across a wide variety of subgenres, so chances are at least one of us has reading tastes similar to yours! What are you looking forward to reading in April?
There’s something so hopeful about spring. The holiday craziness is past, and the reading lists are starting to fall into a promising shape (one hopes). All of us here at AAR found books on the March list that we are eagerly awaiting. Actually, after devouring Simone St. James’ fabulous The Haunting of Maddy Clare last year, I now have one book on this month’s list that I’m downright impatiently awaiting. What do you want to read as we head into spring?
It looks like 2013 will be one of the best years yet for historical romance listening with many popular print books finally scheduled for audio release.
It starts this month with the release of Julie Garwood’s The Secret, a book that has made every AAR Top 100 Romances Poll since it started in 1998. It’s classic Julie Garwood and one many recall from their early days of romance reading with its original 1992 publication date. And it is being narrated by one of my favorites for historical romance – Susan Duerden.
Brilliance has scheduled the majority of Garwood’s backlist (that is not already in audio format) for release in 2013. A month ago, we saw the release of Prince Charming (Rosalyn Landor) with projected release dates for: Continue reading →
Some months I’m struck by how in sync our reading tastes seem to be here at AAR, and then other months, I’m reminded of how diverse our interests can be. November seems to be one of the latter sorts of months. Quite a few of us are Sarah Mayberry fans, but beyond that, our picks seem to be all over the map this month. I’m almost getting new reading ideas just putting the list together! So, what do you want to read next month?
Sometimes, instead of one long blog post, I find myself with lots of smaller things I want to share. Today is one of those days.
- Earlier this week, I read an interesting piece in Forbes comparing Harlequin with Harvard Business Publishing. What could they have in common? Well, according to Nick Morgan, both have put lots of time and effort into community building. There are folks that just buy the occasional book here and there, but the most dedicated readers I know love to talk about books, so I’m all for having communities where we can do that. Reader-oriented sites and publisher sites obviously offer different things, but I know I’ve visited both and I suspect many readers have as well. Personally, I first discovered the online book world just as I was emerging from the free time-less fog known as law school and I’ve so enjoyed the people and ideas I’ve encountered there. Things have evolved a lot, particularly in the past few years, and I’ll be curious to see where publishers go in their community building. I think Harlequin has a headstart on most, but I see others getting into it as well, with blogs, Facebook pages and sites such as Heroes and Heartbreakers. Continue reading →