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It all went wrong on a Thursday afternoon when my girl Chelsea asked, 'author recs? People you read, regardless of fandom? PS: Thanks for being my human fic database.'

Admittedly, I am a good person to ask. I have a habit of picking up new fandoms by following authors, but I'm also a dangerous person to ask. For the same reason, obviously. Here's a rundown of excellent fic writers I've followed between fandoms. Note that I'm listing the fandoms I've read; most of them have written in others. (PS If any of you are reading this THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT READS.)

hahaha this list is RIDICULOUSLY LONG )
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2016 is a massively ridiculous year. My older sister had her baby just after Christmas, so I’ve been spending a lot of time with my adorable nephew and helped them move house. My little sister’s getting married in the fall (this is surely impossible, as they are so young OHMYGOD). I've flown up to Idaho twice, once for a wedding and once for a funeral. I’m still chugging my way through school and I’ll be graduating roughly around the heat death of the universe. Day job is closing for renovation next week, so I’m being shifted to another location (and also looking for something better and closer to home, because no thank you). I’ve joined the teams over at Panels and Book Riot and I’m continuing to tame the slush as a submissions editor for Uncanny Magazine.

Somewhere in there I found a little bit of time to read. A few of my favorite 2016 books aren’t actually out yet, so know that there are definitely going to be some fall/winter releases on my end of year list.

Top Five Books Published in 2016

1. Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger
2. Bloodline by Claudia Gray
3. Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond
4. Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson
5. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Top 15 Books Not Published in 2016 (includes rereads, obviously)

1. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
3. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
5. Persuasion by Jane Austen
6. Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
7. Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson
8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
9. The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig
10. Feed by Mira Grant
11. The Storied Life of AJ Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin
12. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
13. A Trifle Dead by Livia Day
14. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
15. Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond
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Today I'm over at Book Riot talking about the first books in three very different series. They're all great places for new (and experienced) romance readers to dive into the genre or just a great series.

We've got a law enforcement/lawyer story where our hero and heroine didn't start off on the right foot.

still holding a grudge

A historical where our heroine is a bit of a wallflower and our hero is, well, sort of emotionally incompetent.

ballroom

And a historical where our heroine is the eldest daughter of a very large family.
 
is this a kissing book?

You can check out the full post on Book Riot!

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Today's Friday Reads I'm pointing you in the direction of my first post over on Panels. (Yes, I'm officially a Panelteer and I'm pretty excited about it!) I put together a list of comics/graphic novel recs for the characters of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You can check out my recommendations here.
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Title: Lois Lane: Fallout
Author: Gwenda Bond
Genre: Media Tie-In, Science Fiction, Superhero, YA
Hardcover: 304 pages
Stand alone or series: first in a series
Book source: purchased
Format: E-book
Why did I read this book: I'm a big Lois Lane fan and I like novels set in comic book universes.
Publisher: Switch Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
Cover Copy:
Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.


The Good

Lois Lane: Fallout

Oh, Fallout. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Lois Lane is the absolute best )
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Title: Aftermath (Star Wars: Aftermath #1, part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

Author: Chuck Wendig

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Media Tie In

Hardcover: 366 pages

Stand alone or series: first in a trilogy (second book expected July 2016, third book in 2017)

Book source: originally borrowed from my library, then bought my own copy

Format: e-book from library, hardcover when I purchased my own (currently available as e-book, hardcover, and audiobook)

Why did I read this book: It was recced by a number of people with compatible taste and I was ready to devour any/all Star Wars media after seeing The Force Awakens. I’ve also been meaning to read something by Chuck Wendig and it seemed like a good place to begin.

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Publication Date: September 4, 2015

Cover Copy:


Journey to The Force Awakens.

 

The second Death Star has been destroyed, the Emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down--devastating blows against the Empire, and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over.

 


Trapped on an isolated world, a disparate group of rebels is all that stands between the galaxy’s freedom and the Empire’s fury.


 

My Thoughts:

pew! pew! pew! )

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