How Is a Girl to Choose?

Three days ago I decided to really embrace the coming of the new year.  What better time is there to organize, clean, and really get my books in order and ready to read?   This needed to be done for I have  set myself two monumental challenges for 2013:

1) I will read 100 books and;

2) I will write 75 reviews

What the Holy Hell (this is a title I discovered on my iPad while organizing, BTW!) was I thinking? So, here we are three days later and I have one ridiculously long list of random book titles and notes about various series I have wanted to check out in the past.  Which leads me to the following: How in the world is a girl to choose where she should begin reading?  Answer: Ask the blog ‘o sphere.  So, dear reader, I have randomly chosen 15 (I am embarrassed to tell you the real total) of the series  I have made notes about and am asking you for your thoughts and opinions.  Are any of these series worth it?  Is there one or two or even more among the group you just couldn’t put down?  Do any of these suck so hard they hang on?  I am begging you, please advise.  The list is in alphabetical order by author and I have included the cover of the first book in each series for your viewing pleasure.  🙂

Format: Paperback, 354 pagesPublished: February 25th 2012 by Evolved Publishing ISBN:  1469998165 (ISBN13: 9781469998169)Edition language: EnglishSeries: Valkyrie #1
Format: Paperback, 354 pages
Published: February 25th 2012 by Evolved Publishing
ISBN: 1469998165 (ISBN13: 9781469998169)
Edition language: English
Series: Valkyrie #1
Format: Paperback, 216 pagesPublished: August 8th 2009 by Midnight Ink ISBN:  0738714801 (ISBN13: 9780738714806)Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: Pretty is as Pretty Dies: A Myrtle Clover MysterySeries: A Myrtle Clover Mystery #1
Format: Paperback, 216 pages
Published: August 8th 2009 by Midnight Ink
ISBN: 0738714801 (ISBN13: 9780738714806)
Edition language: English
Original title: Pretty is as Pretty Dies: A Myrtle Clover Mystery
Series: A Myrtle Clover Mystery #1

  Although garden gnomes kind of freak me out I am able to ignore the little bastards because of the awesomeness of the title and the other titles in the series.  Yes, I will totally judge a book by its title!!  Stop judging, you do it too 🙂

Format: Paperback, 378 pagesPublished: October 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN:  1402244428 (ISBN13: 9781402244421)Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour, #1)Series: Sinners on Tour #1
Format: Paperback, 378 pages
Published: October 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402244428 (ISBN13: 9781402244421)
Edition language: English
Original title: Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour, #1)
Series: Sinners on Tour #1

The Sinners on Tour series first pinged my book radar when I read Autumn’s review at The Autumn Review.  (Yes, I just shamelessly name-dropped with a hyperlink yet again 🙂 )  Since reading Autumn’s review I have seen many more excellent raves and reviews.  I hear there are some very good naughty bits in this series.  I like the naughty bits.

Format: Kindle Edition, 30 pagesPublished:  July 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation ASIN: B00564ON7GEdition language: EnglishSeries: Mythos Academy #0.5
Format: Kindle Edition, 30 pages
Published: July 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
ASIN: B00564ON7G
Edition language: English
Series: Mythos Academy #0.5
Format: Paperback, 198 pagesPublished: January 7th 2011 by The Edge ISBN:  1597489727 (ISBN13: 9781597489720)Series: The Alchemists Academy #1
Format: Paperback, 198 pages
Published: January 7th 2011 by The Edge
ISBN: 1597489727 (ISBN13: 9781597489720)
Series: The Alchemists Academy #1

I really want this one to be good so someone please tell me this is a solid read and not all kinds of angsty.  I don’t do angst 😦

Format: ebookPublished: October 25th 2010 by Gemma Halliday (first published July 1st 2006) ISBN13: 9780984857401Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: Spying in High Heels (High Heels, #1)URL: http://www.gemmahalliday.com/books_adult/Spying.htmlSeries: A High Heels Mystery #1Literary awards: Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, National Readers Choice Award, Judge a Book by its Cover (JABBIC), Anne-Bonney Readers' Choice Award finalist, Booksellers' Best Award finalist
Format: ebook
Published: October 25th 2010 by Gemma Halliday (first published July 1st 2006)
ISBN13: 9780984857401
Edition language: English
Original title: Spying in High Heels (High Heels, #1)
Series: A High Heels Mystery #1
Literary awards: Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, National Readers Choice Award, Judge a Book by its Cover (JABBIC), Anne-Bonney Readers’ Choice Award finalist, Booksellers’ Best Award finalist

This series has won a crap-load of awards plus it has a fun title!!  Can you really go wrong with an award winner?

Format: Hardcover, 403 pagesPublished: January 11th 2011 by Sterling ISBN:  1402784031 (ISBN13: 9781402784033)Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: Tiger's CurseURL: http://www.tigerscursebook.com/Series: The Tiger Saga #1.Literary awards: Next Generation Indie Book Award Nominee for Young Adult (2010)
Format: Hardcover, 403 pages
Published: January 11th 2011 by Sterling
ISBN: 1402784031 (ISBN13: 9781402784033)
Edition language: English
Original title: Tiger’s Curse
Series: The Tiger Saga #1
Literary awards: Next Generation Indie Book Award Nominee for Young Adult (2010)

I have had this trilogy sitting on my shelf for well over a year now and just haven’t talked myself into picking it up.  I can’t believe I have let this gorgeous cover sit for so long.

Format: Hardcover, 310 pagesPublished: February 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Press ISBN:  0312662750 (ISBN13: 9780312662752)Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: First Grave on the RightSeries: Charley Davidson #1Literary awards: Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best First Book (2012), Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Best Paranormal Romance (2009)
Format: Hardcover, 310 pages
Published: February 1st 2011 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 0312662750 (ISBN13: 9780312662752)
Edition language: English
Original title: First Grave on the Right
Series: Charley Davidson #1
Literary awards: Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best First Book (2012), Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award for Best Paranormal Romance (2009)

The Charley Davidson series is another series I am hearing some very good things about.  In fact, my mom called me a week ago and told me I need to get my hands on this book and dive into it immediately!  I may be nearly 40 but I still listen to my momma, most of the time 🙂

Format: ebook, 1st Edtion, 255 pagesPublished: February 1st 2012 by Tribute Books (first published January 24th 2012) ISBN13: 9780983741855Edition language: EnglishSeries: The Angel Chronicles #1
Format: ebook, 1st Edtion, 255 pages
Published: February 1st 2012 by Tribute Books (first published January 24th 2012)
ISBN13:9780983741855
Edition language: English
Series: The Angel Chronicles #1
Format: ebookPublished: November 15th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2006) ISBN:  0446550434 (ISBN13: 9780446550437)Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, Book 1)Series: Immortality Bites #1, Sarah Dearly #1
Format: ebook
Published: November 15th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
ISBN: 0446550434 (ISBN13: 9780446550437)
Edition language: English
Original title: Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, Book 1)
Series: Immortality Bites #1, Sarah Dearly #1

This is a series I came across on Amazon one day while trolling for new reads.  I love the titles in this series and am hoping this is a funny series with lots of good dialogue and intriguing characters.  Is it too much to ask and hope for a Katie MacAlister-esque type series?

Format: ebook, 450 pagesPublished:  March 15th 2012 by Stephanie Rowe ISBN13:9780985179229Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade: Primal Heat Trilogy, #1)Series: Order of the Blade: Primal Heat Trilogy #1
Format: ebook, 450 pages
Published: March 15th 2012 by Stephanie Rowe
ISBN13:9780985179229
Edition language: English
Original title: Darkness Awakened (Order of the Blade: Primal Heat Trilogy, #1)
Series: Order of the Blade: Primal Heat Trilogy #1

Like the Sinners on Tour series, I have some seriously high hopes for this series.  The cover immediately drew me in: sword and matching tattoo, what’s not to love?

Format: Hardcover, 293 pagesPublished: August 24th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH ISBN:  1423116364 (ISBN13: 9781423116363)Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: The Candidates (Delcroix Academy #1)Series: Delcroix Academy #1
Format: Hardcover, 293 pages
Published: August 24th 2010 by Hyperion Book CH
ISBN: 1423116364 (ISBN13: 9781423116363)
Edition language: English
Original title: The Candidates (Delcroix Academy #1)
Series: Delcroix Academy #1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 411 pagesPublished: June 26th 2012 by HQN Books ISBN:  0373776985 (ISBN13: 9780373776986)Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: Wicked NightsSeries: Angels of the Dark #1
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 411 pages
Published: June 26th 2012 by HQN Books
ISBN: 0373776985 (ISBN13: 9780373776986)
Edition language: English
Original title: Wicked Nights
Series: Angels of the Dark #1

I. Love. Gena. Showalter.

I have long been a fan of Showalters’ Lords of the Underworld series and was quite delighted with her Tales of An Extraordinary Girl books.  This one looks like it will be all kinds of naughty – she says while crossing her fingers 🙂

Format: ebook, 73 pagesPublished: September 20th 2006 by Ellora's Cave ISBN: 1419907484 (ISBN13: 9781419907487)Edition language: EnglishOriginal title: BacchusSeries: Phantom Warriors #1
Format: ebook, 73 pages
Published: September 20th 2006 by Ellora’s Cave
ISBN: 1419907484 (ISBN13: 9781419907487)
Edition language: English
Original title: Bacchus
Series: Phantom Warriors #1

I have some seriously mixed feelings about this series and I am honestly not sure why.  This series could easily be scrapped unless there are some super stellar recommendations.

Format: Paperback, 296 pagesPublished: November 13th 2012 by Entangled Teen (first published October 30th 2012) ISBN:  1620611279 (ISBN13: 9781620611272)Edition language: EnglishSeries: Raven Chronicles #1
Format: Paperback, 296 pages
Published: November 13th 2012 by Entangled Teen (first published October 30th 2012)
ISBN: 1620611279 (ISBN13: 9781620611272)
Edition language: English
Series: Raven Chronicles #1

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