Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish discoveries in 2019

Favorite new authors, genres I don’t usually read, Kindle Unlimited, WordPress.com and Libby

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

Today I’m talking about some of the Bookish discoveries I made In 2019.

Genres I don’t usually read

Memoir
  • I read Becoming by Michelle Obama. I don’t usually read memoirs or biographies, but I enjoyed this one a lot–especially since I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Michelle Obama. So interesting to hear about her childhood, her meeting with and marriage to Barack Obama, and then her life as the First Lady in the White House.
Nonfiction

I don’t read very much nonfiction, but I read two that were completely different from each other, but I enjoyed them both a lot.

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage was about dogs used in the military both during wartime and peacetime. I loved the talk about the bonds between the dogs and their handlers and the dogs even help soldiers that aren’t their handlers. The dogs save peoples’ lives and since they are working dogs have a strong drive and love of working.

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff is a completely different type of book. I listened to the audiobook. It’s a series of letters between Helene Hanff and employees of the Marks and Company Bookshop over a 20 year period. They all become friends although they haven’t met face-to-face. I used to write long letters to friends, but these days not so much. This book shows why regular correspondence can be such a joy.

Middle Grade
  • Zero G by Dan Wells and Wish by Barbara O’Connor are both Audible Original books which were free in the program they began last fall for Audible members. Members get to choose two free audiobooks from about six books. I admit I’ve had problems some months choosing two books that interested me. Plus I quit Audible for several months because of the price. I recently rejoined when they offered a reduced price for three months. One of the types of books I enjoyed listening to are the middle grade books they’ve often had in the free program.

Favorite new authors

Lucy Dillon
  • I read both Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts and Walking Back to Happiness by Lucy Dillon.
  • I loved both of these books. There are lots of dogs in the books and some romance!
Linda Holmes
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over was such a good book. At the end of the book I felt so happy which is one of the reasons I love reading.

Apps

Libby

I get as many books as I can from the library. I’m not quite sure when I downloaded the library app Libby to my phone, but it’s so much better than library apps I’ve had in the past. I use Libby to listen to the audiobooks I check out and I really like it.

Other apps I use a lot–Audible, Kindle, goodreads–are all ones I’ve used for a long time.

Websites

WordPress.com

I discovered I could move my blog from a self-published wordpress blog to wordpress.com and keep the name of my blog plus save a lot of money and not have to figure out how to do everything on my own.

Miscellaneous

Kindle Unlimited

Amazon offered Kindle Unlimited (KU) for a reduced price for three months last fall. I’d tried it once before, but didn’t find enough books at that time to continue paying for it. This time I’ve found a lot of books that interest me. Some of the books are from favorite authors, but a lot of them are from authors I haven’t read before. I love to try new authors and KU books are often independently published. And I love finding books like that, too.

Since I’m now paying full price I’m keeping track of the KU books I read each month. I figure I need to read at least two KU books a month to get my money’s worth. (Most KU books seem to cost about $4.99 without a KU membership.)

  • I read a total of nine KU books since October (when I signed up for KU). Four of the KU books are by Katherine Pathak.
  • They’re all in the DCI Dani Bevan Mystery series. I enjoy these mysteries, but I might not have found them if they weren’t KU books since Pathak was a new author to me and one I hadn’t heard of before. And I might not have read that many books so quickly.

Did you make Bookish Discoveries last year? What were they?

Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated reads for first half of 2020

Series to continue by favorite authors set to publish in the next six months!

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week we’re talking about the books that we are most excited about for the first half of 2020. I’ve listed them by the month they’re set to publish.

I hope to read all these books. However, most of the ebooks (which is what I mostly read) are listed for $10 or more. I won’t get to read them soon unless they go on sale or are at my library since I can’t pay that much for my books.

January

A Longer Fall

by Charlaine Harris

Series: Gunnie Rose #2

Genre: Alternate History, Fantasy

Publication date: January 14

Stars Beyond

by S.K. Dunstall

Series: Stars Uncharted #2

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Publication date: January 21

February

Alone in the Wild

by Kelley Armstrong

Series: Casey Duncan #5

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Publication date: February 4

False Value

by Ben Aaronovitch

Series: Rivers of London #8

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Police Procedural

Publication date: February 20

March

Smoke Bitten

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #12

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publication date: March 10

April

Hid from Our Eyes

by Julia Spencer-Fleming

Series: Rev. Clare Fergusson / Russ Van Alstyne Mystery #9

Genre: Mystery

Publication date: April 7

Plan for the Worst

by Jodi Taylor

Series: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #11

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

Publication date: April 16

May

Network Effect

by Martha Wells

Series: The Murderbot Diaries #5

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication date: May 5

June

A Royal Affair

by Allison Montclair

Series: Sparks & Bainbridge Mystery #2

Genre: Historical Mystery

Publication date: June 9

The Lantern Men

by Elly Griffiths

Series: Ruth Galloway #12

Genre: Mystery

Publication date: June 16

What books are you most looking forward to in the first half of 2020?

Top Ten Tuesday: Twelve books I want to read this winter

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week we’re talking about some of the books on our Winter TBR lists. I’ve included both books that will publish during this winter and books from my TBR pile.

Books published during winter 2020

Shattered Justice

by Susan Furlong

Series:Bone Gap Travellers #3

Genre: Mystery

Publication date: December 31

A Longer Fall

by Charlaine Harris

Series: Gunnie Rose #2

Genre: Alternate History, Fantasy

Publication date: January 14

Stars Beyond

by S.K. Dunstall

Series: Stars Uncharted #2

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication date: January 21

Alone in the Wild

by Kelley Armstrong

Series: Casey Duncan #5

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Publication date: February 4

False Value

by Ben Aaronovitch

Series: Rivers of London #8

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publication date: February 20

Smoke Bitten

by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #12

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publication date: March 10

Books from my TBR pile

The Dark Angel

by Elly Griffiths

Series: Ruth Galloway #10

Genre: Mystery

The Wailing Wind

by Tony Hillerman

Series: Leaphorn & Chee #15

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

Thunder Bay

by William Kent Krueger

Series: Cork O’Connor #7

Genre: Mystery

The Long Way Home

by Louise Penny

Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #10

Genre: Mystery

Between Frames

by W.R. Gingell

Series: The City Between #4

Genre: Urban Fantasy

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

by Jodi Taylor

Series: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #6

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

Bonus Book

I had to return this book to the library before I was done with it. I’ve got it on hold again so I hope to finish it early in 2020.

The Giver of Stars

by Jojo Moyes

Series: None

Genre: Historical Fiction

Source: Audiobook, Library

Have you read any of these books? What books do you want to read this winter?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve read with numbers in the title

Numbers in titles read in last ten years and those read as a teen

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week we’re talking about books with numbers in their titles. It was fun to find these books and remember reading them!

Read in the last Ten years

The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman

The First Chill of Autumn by W.G. Gingell

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Split Second by Kasie West

The Twenty-four Days before Christmas by Madeline L’Engle

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

Teenage reads

Just for fun I made a list of books I remember reading as a teenager:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie
  • The Big Four by Agatha Christie
  • Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

Have you read any of these books? Did you do the Top Ten Tuesday topic this week?

Books I hope to read during Fall 2019

Mysteries, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Time Travel–all for this fall!

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

These are books I hope to read during the fall of 2019. I have more than ten books because some of these books are books coming out this fall and some of the books are ones I already own or that I’m getting from the library.

Most of my choices are from favorite series or authors whom I’ve already read at least one book.

Books coming out during Fall 2019

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves, Two Rivers #1 (Mystery, Police Procedural)

Christmas Cow Bells by Mollie Cox Bryan, Buttermilk Creek #1 (Cozy Mystery, Christmas)

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie, Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #18 (Mystery, Police Procedural)

Blind Search by Paula Munier, Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #2 (Mystery)

Dead Blow by Lisa Preston, Horseshoer Mystery #2 (Mystery)

False Value by Ben Aaronovitch, Rivers of London #8 (Urban Fantasy)

TBR Books

Poor Man’s Flight by Elliott Kay, Poor Man’s Flight #1 (Science Fiction, Military Science Fiction)

Last Boat to Camden Town by Paul Charles, Detective Inspector Christy Kennedy #1 (Mystery)

Please Don’t Feed the Mayor by Sue Pethick (Mystery)

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths, Ruth Galloway #9 (Mystery)

No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor, The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #5 (Science Fiction, Time Travel)

Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch, Rivers of London #7 (Urban Fantasy)

What books are you hoping to read this fall?

My favorite books with dog characters

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week is a freebie so I chose to write about My favorite books with dog characters.

All the books have links to either Goodreads or to my review if I’ve reviewed the book.

Mysteries

Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong

This is the second book in the Bone Gap Travelers series. Both books are very good. They take place in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, but the main character and her dog are both military veterans. Both she and her K-9 partner were injured by an IED and both have PTSD. I like the way the author doesn’t sugarcoat the difficulties they both have from their military service.

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

This is the first book in the Timber Creek K-9 Mystery series about a young police officer in a small town in the Colorado Rockies. She’s partnered with a K-9 police dog named Robo and is still learning to trust that Robo knows what he’s doing. He’s trained as a search-and-rescue dog as well as a drug sniffing dog and he’s very capable. I like seeing the growth of trust between the two partners as the series continues.

Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless

Another book with ties to the military. Both Sydney and Clyde were stationed in Iraq, but Clyde’s handler (who was also Sydney’s boyfriend) was killed in Iraq. Sydney was able to bring Clyde back to the U.S. and adopt him. Sydney is now a railroad cop and Clyde is her K-9 partner.

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn

I really liked this book and wish that Spencer Quinn would write another one about LeAnne Hogan. She’s another military veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Half her face is badly scarred and she lost an eye. She’s struggling to find a reason to live when a stray dog adopts her. When she discover’s a dead friend’s daughter is missing she needs to help find her.

Young Adult

Doggirl by Robin Brande

I loved this book about a high schooler who is more at home with animals than with people. Animals seem to know that she understands them, too. She was laughed at and bullied at her last school and so at her new school she hasn’t wanted to make friends. However, when she sees an advertisement that the school theater department needs a dog for a play she has to bring one of her dogs to show them what she and her dog can do. It’s great to see the acceptance she finally finds among the theater kids.

Women’s Fiction/Romance

What the Dog Ate by Jakie Bouchard

This was poignant at times, but also laugh-out-loud funny! And there’s some romance.

Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie

I read this book about 15 years ago. It’s about a high school teacher who has always done the “right” thing and is bored with her life. She suddenly breaks free from that mold when she adopts a stray dog which all her friends and family think is a mistake. I’ve read just about everything Jennifer Crusie wrote and lots of her books have funny, quirky dogs in them. Unfortunately, she’s not writing much anymore.

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

I loved this book. I read it earlier this year and reading about all the dogs in the book put a smile on my face–plus there’s a really nice romance!

Science Fiction/Post Apocalyptic

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

In some ways this is a heartbreaking story, but in other ways it’s a story of the trust and love we’ve had ever since the first dogs trusted people to protect them–and vice versa. It’s the story of a boy who will do nearly anything to get his dog back.

Nonfiction

Soldier Dogs by Marie Goodavage

I’m in awe of the working dogs that save soldier and civilian lives by finding IEDs. In the military dogs have been used to find weapons, drugs, explosives and do a myriad of other things through the years. In Iraq and Afghanistan dogs are mostly used to find IEDs and search houses for explosives. But they also help boost the morale of the unit and there’s a great bond between the dog and handler. These dogs are heroes and should have more recognition.

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Did you write something this week for Top Ten Tuesday? What did you write? Do you like books about dogs or about other animals? Do you have favorites?

My favorite audiobook narrators

Top Ten Tuesday

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week we have an audiobook freebie. I’m talking about my favorite audiobook narrators. It really helps me follow the story when the narrator has a clear, strong voice. These narrators all show that. They use their voices to bring the author’s characters to life.

I only have seven narrators listed here. These are just the narrators whom I remember long after I finish the book. I know there are many more great narrators out there. These are just my favorites based on the books I’ve listened to so far. And I like many more narrators, but I picked these for today! And I know it’s completely subjective…lol.

Favorite Narrators

R.C. Bray

 

R.C. Bray is the perfect voice for The Martian by Andy Weir. Mark Watney is a scientist and Bray does a great matter-of-fact portrayal of Watney and helps bring him to life for me. This is a thriller of the best kind for me–intelligent, human and smart–and Bray shows that Watney has what it takes to courageously face Mars alone and do everything he can to survive. He’s a scientist and a problem-solver and that comes through in Bray’s narration.

Simon Prebble

I’ve listened to two Dick Francis books–10 lb. Penalty and Proof. The books are not about the same characters, but I didn’t get mixed up at all. He’s got such a great voice and I feel his characters’ emotions when I listen to his narratives.

David Chandler

I’ve listened to six of the books in the Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Kreuger. David Chandler does such a great job narrating these books. He has a strong, clear voice and is the perfect narrator for this mystery series.

George Guidall

I’ve listened to nine of Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series narrated by George Guidall. I can hear some of the easygoing, relaxed western drawl in Guidall’s portrayal of Longmire.

Kathleen Gati

The lyrical language of the The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden shows so well in Kathleen Gati’s narration. Ms. Gati brings me into the fairytale world.

Richard Armitage

I love Richard Armitage’s voice! He’s also one of my favorite actors (watch North and South if you haven’t already!)

Classic Love Poems (William Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning) was a free Audible audiobook a few years ago. I think they gave it away on Valentine’s Day. It’s only 19 minutes long, but if I’d had Armitage to listen to when I was trying to understand poetry in school I would have understood some of the poets a lot better!

Katherine Kellgren

Rhys Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness is narrated by Katherine Kellgren. She does such a great job with all the voices in these books. I also listened to The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. It’s definitely the same voice as Rhys Bowen’s series, but I was immediately immersed in The Firebird and not distracted by listening to the same voice as one of my favorite series.

Rosalyn Landor

The Winter Sea–another book by Susanna Kearsley–is narrated by Rosalyn Landor. I loved her narration. The narration really contributed to making this one of my very favorite books.

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Do you like audiobooks? Do you have favorite narrators? Do you think listening to audiobooks can create more enjoyment than reading a print book?

Books on my spring 2019 TBR list

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

These are books I hope to read in spring 2019. I have more than ten books because some of these books are books coming out this spring (seven of them) and some of these books are ones I already own or that I’m getting from the library.

New books from this spring

Mystery

Ambush by Barbara Nickless

Sydney Rose Parnell #3

Mystery, Police Procedural

Publication date: March 19

The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Bequets

Unknown

Mystery

Publication date: March 5

Fantasy

Wild Country by Anne Bishop

The World of the Others #2

Urban Fantasy

Publication date: March 5

A Parliament of Bodies by Marshall Ryan Maresca

The Maradaine Constabulary #3

Fantasy, Mystery

Publication date: March 26

Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson #11

Urban Fantasy

Publication date: May 7

Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

Sixth World #2

Urban Fantasy

Publication date: April 23

Science Fiction

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

Unknown

Science Fiction

Publication date: March 19

 

Books from my TBR

Mystery

The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman

Leaphorn and Chee #13

Mystery, Police Procedural

Copyright: 1998

Thunder Bay by William Kent Kreuger

Cork O’Connor #7

Mystery

Copyright: 2007

The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths

Ruth Galloway #9

Mystery

Copyright: 2017

Death Distilled by Melinda Mullett

Whiskey Business Mystery #2

Mystery, Cozy

Copyright: 2017

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Lady Sherlock #1

Historical Mystery

Copyright: 2016

The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #8

Mystery, Police Procedural

Copyright: 2012

Fantasy

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London #6

Urban Fantasy

Copyright: 2016

Science Fiction

Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik

Consortium Rebellion #1

Science Fiction

Copyright: February 2019

Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall

Stars Uncharted #1

Science Fiction, Space Opera

Copyright: 2018

 

What are you planning to read this spring?

Books I loved with fewer than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

These are books I read in 2018 that are favorites and have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads. Links are either to a review on my blog or to Goodreads if I haven’t reviewed the book.

Mysteries

Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong (395 ratings)

Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern (323 ratings)

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullett (764 ratings)

A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier (405 ratings)

The Clincher by Lisa Preston (22 ratings)

Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait (406 ratings)

Fantasy

Between Jobs by W.R. Gingell (224 ratings)

Stray Magic by Kate Meding (217 ratings)

Science Fiction

Confluence by S.K. Dunstall (852 ratings)

Telepath by Janet Edwards (294 ratings)

Fiction

What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard (688 ratings)

 

Have you read any of these books?

 

Upcoming releases I’m on the fence about

That Artsy Reader Girl has hosted Top Ten Tuesday since January of 2018. This is a fun meme with specific topics each week. If you like to make lists and talk about books be sure to check it out.

This week the topic is to talk about the upcoming releases we’re on the fence about. These are the books we need help deciding if they’re worth adding to our TBR or not.

When a book catches my eye I add it to my list of books on my computer. Then I might add it to my monthly “books on my list.” These are the things I ask myself before I decide to get a book:

  • How expensive is the digital edition. (Most of the books I’ve added are expensive [$9.99 or more] and from authors or series I haven’t read before. I don’t buy expensive books.)
  • I seldom buy books from authors I haven’t read before. I try to get a book from the library first.
  • If the book sounds like one that’s really my favorite type of book–then I might buy it if it’s less that $5.00 or if the library has the digital edition.
  • If the book has lots of good ratings especially from friends who like similar books to me then I will add the author to my app that tells me when books go on sale and I will continue to see if my library gets the book.

Science Fiction

 

Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik (comes out Feb 5)

This is science fiction and romance and I love science fiction, but am wary if too much romance is put in and takes over the story. I want more science fiction and adventure than romance so I’m still trying to decide.

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear (come out Mar 5)

Science fiction and space opera–both categories I love and I’ve read Elizabeth Bear before and usually like her books, but it’s a new series and it’s over 500 pages. (I’m not enjoying long books so much at the moment). Not as expensive as some book, but still more expensive than I usually pay for a book unless I know it’s a series I love.

Mystery

A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Murder by Victoria Hamilton (comes out Feb 8)

This is a historical mystery set in Regency England and that sounds so good, but there are lots of mysteries now set in Regency or Victorian England. No one has reviewed or rated this book yet which is sad for the book and author. Makes me want to give it a try.

The Murder Book by Lissa Marie Redmond (comes out Feb 8)

This is a police procedural which I love. It’s the second book in a series so I would try to read the first book (A Cold Day in Hell) first. I will probably try to get the book from the library (though they don’t have a digital copy which means I’m less likely to actually read the library book–since I like digital versions so much.)

Murder at the Palace by Margaret Dumas (comes out Feb 12)

When I first saw the title I thought it was about a palace, but it’s an old movie theater…lol. I like books that have a little twist like that. However, the book has a ghost in it and ghosts usually aren’t a paranormal aspect I enjoy. And it’s a cozy. I don’t read too many cozy mysteries at the moment.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley (comes out Feb 12)

Some people call this a thriller as well as a mystery and I’m not a fan of too many thrills! My imagination goes wild sometimes and especially if I’m alone I don’t like that these days…lol. So if anyone has read this let me know that there aren’t too many thrills.

Death in Provence by Serena Kent (comes out Feb 19)

This takes place in Provence, France which is something that makes me want to read the book, but since it’s a new author and is expensive I need to find it at the library.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (comes out March 5)

I love Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series, but this looks like a stand-alone mystery and I want to make sure she writes more Ruth Galloway mysteries. Again, it’s expensive so I have to find it on sale or at the library.

Fantasy

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (comes out Feb 5)

This is young adult fantasy and I’m just not reading much fantasy (unless it’s urban fantasy) or many young adult books. It sounds good, but I’m tired of the young adult angst found in some books so I’ll have to think more about this one! And read more reviews!

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde (comes out Feb 12)

Again, a fantasy which I’m not reading very much. However, I haven’t read any books by Jasper Fforde and I’ve read so many good reviews of his books. This might be a good book to try since it’s a stand-alone novel.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (comes out Feb 26)

This is an adult fantasy and I love the cover. I love reading about dragons, but again it’s expensive and I’m not reading many fantasies so…..

Have you read any of these books or authors? What do you think–should I move them further up my list of  books so I will continue to look for price drops?