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Literacy List: Authors To Catch Up On – Part Two

For the whole of January I’ve decided to do something a little different with my ‘literacy list’ feature. Rather than one post a month I’ll have one per week mentioning ten of the authors who I most want to catch up on. Some of them are new to me; some I’ve read books by in the past. All have several novels or series that are pretty high priority to me. It was originally going to be a two part feature but, as you can probably tell, I got a little carried away…

Kelley Armstrong:

Read: 6

Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising

Kelley Armstrong has written a lot of books and I honestly think that I want to read all of them… I’m pretty sure that’ll take quite some time. As I already have the first books in the Rockton & Cainsville series I’ll probably start by reading one of those two. Also high on my TBR list when it comes to this author though is the Nadia Stafford series and The Women Of The Underworld. There are also a couple of her novels that I’m desperate to get read but, as I’ve already got 4 different series listed here I’ll pick just one to mention now and that’s her latest: Wherever She Goes.

Out This Year:
Alone In The Wild
Out On: 04/02/2020

As I said above Rockton is one of the series that I’m hoping to read first so this one’s definitely on my TBR. This is one series that I’m adamant to catch up on this year!

Wolf’s Curse
Out On: 31/03/2020

I’m pretty sure this is a spin off/sequel series to The Women Of The Otherworld. So hopefully I’ll enjoy that series and start on this one sometime too BUT it will probably take quite some time to get that far.

The Gryphon’s Lair

Cover To Come

Out On: 02/06/2020

This is book two in a Middle Grade series that I only learnt about whilst writing this list. It sounds like it could be interesting though so if I love the rest, I’ll probably check this out eventually too.

Libba Bray:

Read: 0

I’ve wanted to read the Gemma Doyle series and The Diviners for years. I even brought some secondhand copies of the former a few years back to push me to read them yet they’re still unread. This year I fully intend to get both read. They both sound so, so amazing after all. I do hope to check out some of her novels too but it’s these two series that are easily my highest priority right now.

Out This Year:
The King Of Crows
Out On: 04/02/2020

As the finale is out in February I’m now very tempted to pick up The Diviners first and try to get it read by then. I’m very much a mood reader so I’ll see what happens though. Either way I’m definitely planning to have read both by the end of the year.

Rachel Caine:

Read: 28

Stillhouse Lake (just book #1)
The Morganville Vampires & Weather Warden
Red Letter Days & Prince Of Shadows

Wow have I really read that many books by Rachel Caine? Lately I constantly feel so far behind that I don’t even feel like a reader but here’s the proof that at one point I definitely have been! This year I seriously want to stop falling into slumps and get my reading back up to what it used to be. But anyway onto my list:

My main priorities are to carry on the Stillhouse Lake series as I really enjoyed the first one and am pretty curious to see where the rest will take me. I’d also love to read Midnight Bites as I’ve never read that short story collection linked to the Morganville series although I may have read some of the content as I have read short stories linked to the series elsewhere, including on the author’s website.. And I really want to start The Great Library series. There are definitely other books by Rachel Caine on my TBR though.

Out This Year:
Bitter Falls
Out On: 21/01/2020

As stated above this is one series that I really want to catch up & carry on with. I love the different point of view that this novel was written from and honestly it was just fascinating.

Honor Lost
Out On: 11/02/2020

This series is written along with Ann Aguirre and although I didn’t mention it above it’s definitely still on my TBR and I’d love to get the series read this year if possible. A petty criminal gets recruited into the Honors – a race of sentient alien ships – and discovers a dark, ominous truth. Doesn’t that sound intriguing?

Red Hot Rain
Out In: Spring 2020

According to Goodreads this is out this year but I’m not entirely certain. At some point I’ll have to refresh my memory of the series with a re-read in preparation for this. I’m certainly curious about it though.

Tricia Levenseller:

Read: 0

I basically want to read everything that this author has written. I’m not entirely sure what book I’ll start with – although it may even be her new one as it’s out fairly early in the year. Her books so far are the Daughter Of The Pirate King series and Warrior Of The Wild; both of which sound amazing.

Out This Year:
The Shadows Between Us
Out On: 25/02/2020

OMG, this one sounds absolutely amazing and I can not wait for it to come out! I’ll definitely have to treat myself to this one. It’s about Alessandra’s plan to gain power by wooing the Shadow King so that, once he marries her, she can kill him and take the kingdom for herself. If that doesn’t sound amazing enough she then finds herself having to fight both to keep him alive, long enough for him to marry her, and her own growing feelings for him… I NEED THIS!!

Sarah Dessen:

Read: 2

This Lullaby & Along For The Ride

I’ve been meaning to read some of these forever! Top of my TBR, when it comes to Sarah Dessen, is Once And For All which I absolutely adore the sound of. Then it’s kind of a tie between The Rest Of The Story, Saint Anything & Dreamland. As the pictures shows I also really want to get on with Just Listen and Lock & Key. But I think I probably have all of her books on my TBR. It’s definitely time that I got picking up more contemporary novels.

Sarra Manning:

Read: 13

Diary Of A Crush and Fashionistas
Guitar Girl and Pretty Things
Let’s Get Lost and Nobody’s Girl
Unsticky and The House Of Secrets

When I was younger I fell in love with Sarra Manning’s books and would always be on the lookout for them. Over the years, after first reading them from the library, I built up quite a collection of her books but then I fell behind and I now majorly need to catch up. I wouldn’t be surprised if I read The Rise & Fall Of Becky Sharp first as I couldn’t resist buying it when I found it in the supermarket when it first came out and I’d love to get it read. Then it’ll probably be Nine Uses For An Ex Boyfriend and You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me as I have copies of those as well. From there it’ll probably be either It Felt Like A Kiss or After The Last Dance as I adore the sounds of each for different reasons. Then it’s back to a YA book by her as I’m pretty tempted by the blurb of The Worst Girlfriend In The World. I do, yet again, have other books by her on my TBR but there are the ones I’m most desperate to get on with.

Susan Dennard:

Read: 0

The Witchlands series and Something Strange And Deadly have both been on my TBR for quite some time. One sounds like it’s set in a fascinating fantasy world with some rather interesting witches. And the other I think is a steampunk zombie novel that, from the few pages that I’ve looked at, sounds amazing. So I’m definitely hoping to read these two series this year.

Out This Year:

The Witchlands #4

Cover To Come.

Out In: 2020

As I said above I definitely want to get reading this series soon. Maybe, as there’s no name or date for this one yet, I’ll even get it done before the next in the series comes out. Fingers crossed anyway.

Sally Green:

Read: 0

The Half Bad trilogy has been on my TBR for ages now; I can’t remember if I saw it compared to Harry Potter or if the blurb just gave me similar vibes but it’s definitely one series that I’m desperate to check out. And then The Smoke Thieves sounds like it could be a pretty epic fantasy series to me. I already love the sound of the characters from the blurb and need to know more!

Out This Year:
The Burning Kingdom

Cover To Come.

Out On: 27/08/2020

Once again this book doesn’t have a title or definite date yet so hopefully I can catch up on this series before the next book comes out. It’s definitely one that I’m itching to sink my teeth into.

Maureen Johnson:

Read: 3

Truly Devious & The Name Of The Star

The main series that I want to finish by Maureen Johnson is the Truly Devious one; I loved book one and seriously can not believe that I haven’t picked up book two yet! I didn’t get quite as hooked by the Shades Of London series as I expected to but I do want to re-read the first book some time and finish the series. I’m kind of hoping that, at the time of reading, I just wasn’t in the mood for the book. Or that I’m mis-remembering my enjoyment level as it sounds like the sort of story that I’d generally love. And then I just adore the sound of Little Blue Envelopes; I always say that I need to read more contemporary and this sounds like a pretty awesome one to get stuck into.

Out This Year:
The Hand On The Wall
Out On: 21/01/2020

As I said above I seriously can not believe that I haven’t read book two of this series yet! Hopefully the release of the new one will push me to get on with it.

Rick Riordan:

Read: 0

I’m pretty sure that people will look at the number of books that I’ve read by this author and think to themselves ‘What? How is that even possible?’ and the truth is I honestly don’t know. I’ve seen the first Percy Jackson movie and owned the book for years but never got around to picking it up. This year I definitely want to do so. I think most of these series are linked in some way but I’ve still listed them all as Rick Riordan is certainly one author that I want to get up to date with. So I’m starting with the Percy Jackson And The Olympian series. I don’t actually know where to go from there though; there are so many books! I might go for The Heroes Of Olympus series and The Trials Of Apollo first as they’re listed as all being part of the ‘Camp Half-Blood Chronicles’ or I may mix it up with The Kane Chronicles And Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard in-between. Does anyone know what the best reading order is? All advice is greatly appreciated.

Out This Year:
Camp Jupiter Classified
Out On: 07/05/2020

This is a Trials Of Apollo companion book. That’s literally all I know as I avoided the blurb in case of spoilers.

The Tower Of Nero

Cover To Come

Out On: 29/09/2020

I believe this is the last book in the Trials Of Apollo series? Maybe by some miracle I’ll be up to date by then?

So that’s it for part two of this series and I hope you’re all enjoying it. I love that this series is giving me a chance to mention some of the authors whose books most frequently appear on my TBR. Although it is pretty scary considering how many unread books I seem to be mentioning.

Are you looking forward to any of the books mentioned here? Do you love any of the authors? Has anything new caught your eye? Please do let me know in the comments as I’d love to hear from you.

Please note I’m currently on a semi-hiatus but I’ll be back sometime in January. After doing a lot of blog post planning I needed a bit of a break. But I’ll try to check in with comments a couple of times a week (probably after the first week in January as I would like a total blogging break over Christmas) and try to read other people’s posts fairly regularly so that I don’t totally fall behind.


14 thoughts on “Literacy List: Authors To Catch Up On – Part Two

  1. I loved reading this and it had some authors I hadn’t heard of on it!!
    But I do know Libba Bray but only for The Diviners series which I think I need to check out because people rave about it and I actually think I would enjoy it!!
    We have talked about Tricia Levenseller already but I would like to try some of her books out as the synopsis of a lot of her books appeal to me and the one coming out next month!! YES PLEASE!!
    Rick Riordan is an author I have never read either so I’m with you!! I would love to check out his books especially The Trials of Apollo and Magnus Chase books but I’m not sure on the order either. I know ‘Naya reads and smiles’ did a video on the books last year so if you search on YouTube you might find the video (or I can send you the link) as I thought it was useful at the time!!
    Happy Reading! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much (: ooh really, which ones were they?
      I hope we both get a chance to read it at some point this year then; it does sound incredible (:
      I know, I NEED that one!! But I like the sound of all of her books tbh.
      Yay I’m not alone 😀 it definitely feels like I am sometimes as he’s mentioned so often :L Yeah there are a lot of them so it must get confusing :L I do so want to read them though. I’m guessing Percy Jackson’s first as it was released first? But thanks for the tip, I’ll have to look before I pick them up.
      Thanks, you too ❤❤

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      1. Kelly Armstrong and Rachel Caine were new to me!! 🙂
        Hopefully, it is even better as it will be a complete series now!!
        Yes I’m interested in trying all of her books too!!
        I know he is very popular and has so many books so it can feel like you are the only one who hasn’t read him (the same with cassandra clare for me too). Yeah especially when I haven’t followed it so all the books are new. Yeah I think Percy Jackson was first the heroes of olympus then two other series after that?! But I’m not 100% or 50% haha. There are some separate ones like Red Pyramid as well I think!! You’re welcome ❤
        Thank you!!

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      2. Oh really, I find that kind of surprising. Especially with Kelley Armstrong but I’m glad I brought them both to your attention. I have so many books by both of them on my TBR still!!
        That’s true, no waiting for the final 🙂
        Yes I 100% agree with that. Although I know that you’ve started his books now at least 🙂 I still need to but I definitely hope to this year. I’ve had the first Percy Jackson book for years now :L

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      3. Yeah I don’t know why, I just haven’t come across them !! Or at least I haven’t remembered if I have !!
        yes that is nice, haha!!
        Yeah I have haha!! One of my friend was like I need to read it ASAP so I did and I enjoyed it a lot !! Ohh hopefully, it is quite a quick read I found which helps !! 🙂

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      4. I think one I probably discovered because they have a vampire series and I was pretty good at keeping up with books back during that popularity phase. And the other I brought a book by when it was on offer without realising it was a sort of sequel series 😅
        Yay that’s good to know. I’d love to know how you find the other series by him too if you end up reading them 😊

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  2. ah, I really need to read more from Libba Bray too! I can’t wait to continue with the Diviners series, especially with King of Crows coming out soon! Best of luck with reading more from all of these authors! Hope you enjoy all of these books ❤

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