Reading Roundup – 27th September 2013

September 27, 2013

I hope you enjoyed last week’s guest post from Azrael, but now it’s back to regular programming.  The books I have read in the last few weeks have all been worthy of full reviews, so expect to see them in the next few weeks.  This week I started listening to Steelheart of which I have heard the first few chapters a few weeks ago when Audible released them early, free of charge.  I do enjoy Sanderson’s writing so I’m really looking forward to this one.

I’m also reading an ARC of Paul S. Kemp’s The Godborn.  Expect reviews of these two soon.  

Added to my library this week

One series I love listening to on Audible is the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.  I used an Audible credit to add book 5, Death Masks, to my library.  I’m looking forward to this, but it will likely be a few weeks before I get the chance to listen to it.

One of the books on Audible’s daily deals this week was The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.  This is a very interesting tale, and I was happy to add it to my library for the couple of dollars that it cost for the deal.

To test out my Kobo Aura I bought Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons.  I had read the sample and found it both amusing and engaging.  I look forward to reading the rest.

One book whose title I simply couldn’t resist was The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand.  I am a real chocolholic and I couldn’t pass this up for the $1.99 it cost me on Amazon.  Of course with Whispersync for Voice I was able to pick it up on Audible too, for just a few dollars more.  I’m hoping it won’t be too heavy on the romance side though.

As I have enjoyed Kiera Cass’s The Selection series I picked up the novella The Prince.

Upcoming new releases

October is an absolutely phenomenal month for new releases.  There are just so many I’m very excited about.  It’s not going to be so great for my bank balance though…

1st October 2013

Final Catcall by Sofie Kelly.  This is the next in Kelly’s Magical Cats mystery series.  I love gentle mystery series in which the cat helps to solve the crime, and this is a good one.  I’m looking forward to this.  I have preordered it in Kindle format.

8th October 2013

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier.   This is the final book in the Gem trilogy and probably the book I’m most excited about this month.  I read the German original, and I’m looking forward to the English translation by Anthea Bell which, if it’s like the first two, will be excellent.  I know many of you are looking forward to this one, too.  You should check out Tor’s sneak peak.  I have preordered this on Kindle and will pick up the Audible version as soon as it’s available, which I’m assured will be release day.

Heroes of Olympus: House of Hades by Rick Riordan.  This is the fourth book in the Heroes of Olympus and I’m really looking forward to hearing what happens to Percy and Anabeth whom we left at more than a cliffhanger, more like falling off the cliff.  I’ve preordered it in both Kindle and Audible formats.

15th October 2013

Bridget Jones – Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding.  This is the next in Fielding’s Bridget Jones series.  I’m actually a little anxious about this one.  I adored the first two in the series.  In short, I was Bridget Jones.  At the time it came out I was a single young woman in London building a social network and trying to find love.  I’m now in my forties, as I understand Bridget is, so I wonder how well that maturing process is handled.  I had preordered it on Kindle, but I noticed it is narrated by the wonderful Samantha Bond, so I have switched my preorder to Audible.

22nd October 2013

Allegiant day.  This is when the third and final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series.  I’m very excited to find out what happens to Tris and Four in this book.  Insurgent was left with some very interesting developments and I look forward to seeing them played out.  I have preordered this in Kindle format as I wasn’t particularly engaged with the Audible narrators for the first two books.

29th October 2013

Altered by Gennifer Albin.  This is the second in Albin’s Crewel World series.  I read and enjoyed the first book, Crewel, so I’m looking forward to reading the sequel.  I have preordered it from Amazon.

Sense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope.  No, not the Jane Austen version, but Trollope’s updated version.  HarperCollins is commissioning series of Jane Austen updates and this is the first.  I’m intrigued to see what she has done with the story.  I’ve picked it up from Amazon.

That’s all for this week, folks.  What new releases are you most looking forward to?  Let me know in the comments!

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