First, join me in two weeks, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, when Preternatura Book Club will be back! We’ll be reading two chapters a week of the first book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Moon Called. I hope you’ll join in the read.
It’s the end of the year, so that means it’s time to look back. I think 2011 for me was kind of like a train. It started out really slow…nothing going on…then page proofs for Royal Street came in, then the cover, then more proofs, then more proofs, then ARCs. Revisions on River Road, book two in the Sentinels series. Drafting Elysian Fields, book three in the series. Full-time day job. Yikes!
There were also a couple of extra-secret surprises, which you can find out in mid-to-late January if you want to sign up to receive my newsletter and haven’t already done so. Just click HERE and tell me you want it–I promise not to bombard your email inbox.
On a reading level, because I’m kind of obsessive about these things, I can tell you I read 92 novels this year–this is novels I actually finished. That doesn’t count a half-dozen writing books and at least five or six reference books. So…can I pick my top 10? Nope, and here’s why: In the interest of reviewing books for the blog as they came in my mailbox or Netgalley account, I neglected some of my favorite all-time series so I think a “top five” list would be skewed.
Instead, here’s my five all-time favorite authors and/or series. And since I like to share my reads here on this blog, tell me which series you haven’t read that you’d like to start….and I’ll send you the first book in the series. How’s that?
So, in absolutely no order:
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series
This series is smart, has very understated humor, and was the first urban fantasy series that ever made me cry. Just a really solid UF series.
JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series
Le sigh. Nobody, and I mean nobody, writes deep point of view like J.R. Ward, and this dark paranormal romance series makes my all-time fave list despite having a glossary in the front and strhange spellings.
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series
Everytime I think this series just has to fizzle out, Jim Butcher throws in a monkey wrench and sends the series spinning in a new direction. A book from this series is the first UF I remember making me put the book down because I was laughing too hard to read. The scene involved Walmart and marbles.
Kim Harrison’s Hollows series
Kim, Kim, Kim. I’m putting you here despite the Kisten episode. You know what I’m talking about. I still haven’t gotten over it all these years later, so I guess you probably did the right thing from a storytelling standpoint. But still…the best ensemble cast in urban fantasy, although Ivy annoys me on occasion.
Simon R. Green’s Nightside series
This series stumbles now and then, but I love it for the sheer fact that John Taylor and his companions in the Nightside–an alternative version of London–continually blow my mind. Green’s mix of elements from sci fi, mythology, and sheer weirdness, plus his snarky British humor, are never, ever boring.
Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series
I debated on this one because the last book or two have gotten a little weird for me, but I still love Sookie and Eric and Pam and the gang…and, no, “True Blood” doesn’t follow the books except in a VERY nominal sense.
Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series
You guys are the ones who introduced me to Cat and Bones, and even though I’m not yet up to date on this series, I will be soon. It could well move up into my top group by this time next year. I’m excited about attending the Authors After Dark con next August, so I can go all fangirl with JF.
So, there you have it! Want to try a book in one of these seven series? Just tell me YOUR favorite book or series, and which one you’d like to try. As always +1 entry for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet.
I’ll be taking off for the holiday again, but will be back on Monday, Jan. 2, with a HUGE Reader’s Choice list. Y’all be good, now!