My Wishlist: The “You Haven’t Read That Yet??” Edition

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Greetings, fellow book lovers!

I’m coming to you today with a terrible confession. Though I’ve read hundreds of genre fiction books over the last few years, there are a few wildly successful/popular/beloved books and series that I’ve just not even touched. In such cases, when I mention to someone, “yeah, I’d really like to read that one,” I get a blank stare or disbelieving reply. “Uh…how can you not have read this yet?!”

I still can’t account for why that is. There are certain authors and series that I know I’ll love, if not from the first book, then after a few installments (such was my love affair with Anita Blake, from about book 3 to…maybe 16).

Hopefully, admitting the glaring holes in my reading resume will serve as the motivator needed to check the series out. With any luck (read: concerted effort), the following books will be read in no time.

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Rachel Morgan/ The Hollows series

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison

All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party…and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining – and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead…or undead.

Urban fantasy story based in Cincinatti, Ohio. Rock on, right? ^_^ I proceed to absolutely adore strong, intelligent, alluring UF heroines. Rachel Morgan sounds like just that–you’ve gotta be to be the bounty hunter of big baddies, right?


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Immortals After Dark

The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole

The Warlord
Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his Bride, the one woman who can “blood” him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his Bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body—and soul.

The Seductress
Famed throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, Myst has devoted her life to protecting a magical jewel and to fighting the vampires. Wroth provides her with the perfect opportunity to torment her sworn enemy—for with his new heartbeat comes a consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her. Denying him, she flees, struggling to forget his searing, possessive kiss.

The Hunt is on…
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen her enchanted jewel, giving him absolute power over her. Now that she’s his for the taking, he intends to make her experience first-hand the agonizing, unending lust she subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Nikolai realizes he wants far more than vengeance from Myst and frees her, will she come back to him?

My bad, Ms. Cole. I think it was the excitement surrounding your latest release, Lothaire, that really drove home the fact that you are a must-read in paranormal romance. Since the first short story(!!!) in the series has been offered at reduced price a few times (even free once, if I recall correctly), there’s very little excuse for a PNR fan to not have read at least one book in this series yet.


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J.D. Robb’s In Death series

Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb

It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.

I am in awe of the fact that this series, which I understand features the same protagonist, is well into the thirties of its release sequence. Thirty-four installments (and counting) of sci-fi mystery featuring Eve Dallas (is that right, that she’s the protag every time?) and her Roarke; something must be going very well.


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…anything by Gena Showalter.

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) by Gena Showalter

His powers–Inhuman…
His passion–Beyond immortal…

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member–a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments…and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction–and a soul-shattering test of love…
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive–and unimaginably powerful…

That’s right. I’m totally ashamed to say it, but I’ve yet to read a single Gena Showalter book. It’s not for lack of desire to do so, of course…her various series–Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress, Atlantis (and Teen version) , Intertwined, Tales of an Extraordinary Girl–all look extremely engaging, and each series seems to have a different take on the paranormal. But where the heck to start???


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The Virgin River books

Virgin River (Virgin River #1) by Robyn Carr

“Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against the backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.”

When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.

But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans…and a former marine cements them into place.

Melinda Monroe may have come to Virgin River looking for escape, but instead she finds her home.

The Virgin River (and spinoff Promise Canyon)  books seem to be a be a mainstay of contemporary romance. What book is the series on now… 5034, right? Seems like that sometimes. But these books seem like very sweet, heartwarming reads, the perfect way to spend a lazy day off.


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Anything Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Granted, I don’t read tons of YA, but I do love the kinds of themes and settings that seem to be central to Clare’s series. For one, her Infernal Devices books appear to have a definite steampunk edge to them. There’s all this talk about film adaptations and the like. That’s when you know you’ve got to get on the train before a horrible movie version throws you off of the series forever. Heh…


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Sadly, the list goes on from there. My apologies to the likes of Diana Gabaldon, Stacia Kane, and Keri Arthur for missing out on their greatest hits. Someday. Someday soon. ^_^


Are there any books or series that you haven’t read yet, to the surprise and dismay of your bookish buddies (and more importantly–yourself)???

About Alisha

Alisha, the bespectacled and ever nerdy California girl, simply won't leave home without a book in hand. She loves language learnin' and is working toward becoming a bonafide grammar ninja. On any given day you'll find her haunting local libraries or baking scores of cupcakes and sweet treats.

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  • Karoline April 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Does Twilight count? XD

    Haven’t read the Kim Harrison books either. I have the first one somewhere in the pile of books… 🙂

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Ooh! Plans to read it soon? I hope you like it. It seems like the Rachel Morgan books are one of those mainstays in UF. Like Anita Blake was for a long time.

  • aurian April 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    O Alisha, don’t feel bad about this! There are so many many great books and authors out there, too many to be able to read them all! After all, you have to work, eat and sleep, and be sociable from time to time. If it will make you feel better, I have a list of authors I need to start reading:
    Jenna Black
    Holly Black
    Richelle Mead
    Faith Hunter
    Juliet Blackwell – If walls could talk
    Jaye Wells
    Maria V. Snyder
    Heather Graham – The Keepers
    Heather Webber
    Lavene – A timely vision
    Alexandra Sokoloff
    Deborah LeBlanc – The Keepers series
    Janni Nell
    Mary Stanton
    Mary Abshire
    p.r. frost
    Kasey MacKenzie
    Nancy Haddock
    Deborah Cook boeken bijlezen, deel 6 is al weer uit!
    Karen E. Olson – leuke cozy about a tattoo shop
    C.E. Murphy
    Anthony Francis – uF
    Addison Fox
    Shannon K. Butcher – Sentinel wars
    Dyanne Sylvan
    Janni Nell
    J.A. Saare
    Sharon Ashwood
    Sydney Ayers
    D. B. Reynolds
    Monica Burns
    D.D. Barant
    Jennifer Turner
    Christina Henry
    Stephanie Rowe
    Lydia Dare
    Leigh Michaels – One season in London
    Louisa Edwards
    Liz Fichera – Craving perfect
    Dee Tenorio
    Deanna Raybourn
    Dakota Cassidy – Burning down the spouse
    Mia Marlowe
    Kelly Gay – cliffhangers! Lezen als serie af is.
    Erica Hayes?
    Maggie Robinson
    Tera Lynn Childs – Sweet Venom
    Cherie Priest – fun paranormals
    Jenn Bennett – Kindling the moon
    Pamela Palmer – Ferals series.
    Lexi George
    Stephanie Dray – Song of the Nile
    Maureen O. Betita
    Seanan McGuire
    Judi Fennell
    Keri Arthur – Darkness Unbound
    Cara Elliot – Too wicked to wed
    Lucienne Diver – Bad blood
    Sandy Williams – the shadow reader
    Anita Clenney
    Felicity Heaton – Heart of Darkness
    Janet Lee Carey
    Nancy A. Collins
    Diana Pharaoh Francis
    Stacia Kane
    Lucy Burdette – an appetite for murder
    Rochelle Staab – cozy with voodoo
    Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Sable Grace – Ascension
    Lucy March – a little night magic
    Virna DePaul
    Hildy McQueen
    M.L. Buchman – the night is mine
    Christy Reece
    The Riddles of Hillgate by Zoey and Claire Kane – GEWONNEN!
    Dutch Me Deadly by Maddy Hunter
    Lisa Lutch
    Sibel Hodge
    Cindy Spencer Pape – Moter Coty series.
    Cherie Priest
    DAKOTA CASSIDY – TROPHY WIVES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sara Humphreys

    How is that ?

    • Susan April 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Yep, so many books, so little time. I’ve read some of the books/series on everyone’s lists here, but definitely share others in my TBR pile. Still waiting for the day when I can figure out a way to get paid to stay home and read. Or win the lottery!

      • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:45 pm

        Heheh, Susan I totally concur. if only we could all be independently wealthy and able to have huge personal libraries to retreat to every day. ::daydream:: ah. ^_^

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      Giiiiiiiiirl! ::copies list:;

      Yer right. That statement, “So many books, so little time” is nothing to scoff at.

  • Stephanie K. April 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I still need to read the Kate Daniels series, the Immortals After Dark series, and the Harry Dresden series, to name a few. I love Eve and Roarke!

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Ah, Kate Daniels! Yeah, that’s definitely one of those “I can’t believe you haven’t read it!” deals. Same with Dresden. Unfortunately, both seem to have some of the “first book syndrome” weaknesses, imo. In Kate, the world building is overwhelming in book one. In Harry, it’s a bit slower than one might expect. But both pay off in spades, for sure.

      I hope you enjoy both!

  • erinf1 April 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    @aurian – You have got to bump Seanan Mcguire/Mira Grant to the top of your list. She’s awesome!!! And she has 3 series out that are sooo completely different, and shows her amazing range as an author…

    Ummm… I have a TBR *mountain* that has both print and electronic books and a lot of these popular authors I actually have, just haven’t gotten to reading… Laurell K. Hamilton, Rachel Vincent, Jeanine Frost, Jeanne C. Stein, Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher… just to name a few… siiiigh. It’s great to discover an author with an ongoing series/backlist but then it’s daunting if you have to read a lot of books to catch up. that’ s the main reason why I haven’t read some of the most popular series cuz I just don’t have the time…

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Hey Erin, that’s funny you mention that re: Seanan mcGuire. I just started her book Discount Armageddon today. So far, so freaaaaking awesome. Went to her book signing a few weeks back, and she’s got obvious talent just oozing from her. Rock on.

  • LSUReader April 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I understand, totally. There’s just so much great stuff out there and so few hours in the day for reading. I haven’t yet read Diana Gabaldon. But I will,one of these days! Good luck on your list.

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Thanks, milady! Same to you. It’s sometimes tough to decide whether to go for the new, promising releases or the popular, beloved mainstays in genre fiction. So what to do, in such cases where it all looks awesome? Gah!

  • Celine April 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I have yet to read a Gena Showalter book too. Which is pretty awful as I have a signed edition of one of her books, and have yet to read it. I have read the Rachel Morgan books and Clockwork Angel, so I’m feeling pretty good about myself now 😀

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      hehe, that’s cool. Are you going to read said signed copy, or is part of the delay caused by its being a de facto collector’s item?

  • Arianne April 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I have Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince but I have yet to read them as well. I have too many books that I have yet to read. eek.

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Cool! Have you read the Mortal Instruments series? I hear that the Infernal Devices books are like, background or spinoff….of some such.

  • blodeuedd April 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Lol, Aurian’s list 😀 I fear I am with her, my list is huge too

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      …and ever growing, too. Gah!

  • Susi April 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Why did I never make a list? O_o Everytime I’m trying to decide how to feed the addiction I’m clueless and well such a list would be awesome. *sigh* But I’m Queen Lazypants.

    @Alisha Yes Eve and Roarke are always the leads- well I’m on book 6 or 7 but I’m pretty sure it will stay that way. Awesome in audio btw. I’m addicted to those.
    And you HAVE to read IAD. MUST!! Great series.

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Man. I’m in awe of the In Death series. If it’s followed the same protagonist for 34 books, and yet is still popular and well loved, then there’s got to be something maaajorly special there. Cannot wait to try it out.

  • Sheree April 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    There are LOTS of books I haven’t read yet but I don’t have the time to read them all anyway.

    • Alisha April 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      …sometimes, it feels like there will never, ever be enough time to read em all. ^_^

  • sienny April 6, 2012 at 9:58 am

    that’s okay, i also haven’t read most of your list 🙂 and i have no idea when i’ll manage to read any one of the :p

    i’m so agree with Susan, so many books and so little time to read

  • draconismoi April 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I don’t know about a wishlist – but I still haven’t read The Two Towers or The Return of the King. Because The Fellowship of the Ring was so freaking boring.

    I still get crap for that. “Oh the books get so much better! So much happens in the last one!” Etc etc. There are too many good books out there to waste my time slogging through a trilogy that doesn’t get interesting until the last book.

    Other than that – well my TBR pile is as massive as ever. All this working is really cutting into my reading time. I’m sure I’ll die someday with a list of series I never got a chance to finish.

  • Menina.iscrazy April 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve read all of them but, Cassandra Clare and I might eventually but, I remember her from the HP fandom and the way that all went down still has a bitter taste. So, I might pick them up eventually but, it might be while. Meh …

    The other series are excellent though. 🙂

  • Mel S April 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I think I’m in the same position – I haven’t ready any of those authors you’ve highlighted – despite having the forst Rachel Morgan book and Mortal Instruments. So many books and I like the fact that if I do start these series there are plenty of them in the series to read before I get up to date!

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