When I reviewed a book a week or more, I would speed read through the entire book. If they were particularly good, I slowed down. Now that I have a process to limit the number of books I read for review, I have time to read other books for fun.
It also means I can be fussy, and I can be very fussy. I finish maybe half the books I start reading for fun. I thought I’d start a page to list those books. It’s no gold medal, but it is an accomplishment.
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The Tethered World by Heather L.L. Fitzgerald What if all the legends were true, only they lived underground? We follow four siblings as they journey into the Tethered World to rescue their parents.
Alora: The Wander Jewel by Tami Dearen Here’s a new twist on the portal story. Alora discovers she can move herself and others between worlds, but there are evil people who want her and her power.
Halayda by Sarah Delane White A bit of a different take on the Fae and their lands. Great characters and conflict.
Elevated by Daniel Solomon Kaplan A world where everyone has a hidden superpower, or useless power, or even dangerous. The only way to find out is to get zapped. Unless you accidentally get zapped. An interesting fun world with strong characters.
Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite by Ryan Drake Another book with a bold and crass narrator, but Ryan makes it work and keeps you reading.
Leandra and the Enchanted Flute by Katy Huth Jones Recovering from cancer is as much mental as physical. We’re taken to a magic land of talking birds and magic flutes.
Gift, and Two of a Kind by Celesta Thiessen Fun short reads about super heroes and faith. Not preachy.
Dead Man by Domino Finn A rocky start with too much self talk, but really interesting urban fantasy magic system and a hero who becomes more human makes it a keeper.
Vampire’s Shade by Vivienne Neas Bit of a slow start with typical brash talking character, but quickly shifts to more interesting plot which is hard to put down.
Uneven Exchange by S.K. Derban A woman is recruited to play the part of a killer’s sister.
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson What I think of as literary science fiction – a complex and fascinating book with a unique concept.
Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett A wonderful read taking us into a world of trolls, elves and magic living beside the modern world.
Black Blood by John Hennessy A different take on Vampires.
Ravensblood by Shawna Reppert How does a black magician convince the world he’s changed?
Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum A very clever story with a wonderfully vulnerable and mouthy heroine.
Magicless in Nevermore by Violet Merryweather The only thing worse than not having magic in Nevermore, may be having it and not knowing what it does.
Fabled by Kara Jaynes A fun story spinning off old fairy tales.
A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe The first book I’ve paid for in ages. Great blurb, better story set in Japan using their mythos.
Coyotes Daughter by Corie J. Weaver Young adult set in south west Native mythology. Great read.
Children of a Broken Sky by Adam J. Nicolai A truly interesting book set in a unique world. Very good read.
Fantastic Creatures Anthology A selection of tales putting a different spin on mythical creatures.
Concrete Chaos by Michael Scott-Earle Adventure set in near future urban world, with motorcycles. Great fun.
Fire Mages by Pauline Ross Terrific story with a truly unique magic system.
Broken Aro by Jen Wylie Aro’s city is overrun and only she escapes of all her family. Strong interesting story.
Heart of Gold by J. A. Cipriano, J.B. Garner A guy with a swelled head gets a gold heart and begins to become what he thinks he is.
Incubation by Laura DiSilverio A dystopian tale, strong female lead.
A Fairy’s Guide to Disaster by A. W. Hartoin A partly deaf fairy has to babysit through disaster. Really fun read.