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Have you ever participated in a read-a-thon before? I know I haven’t (I’m lazy). But that’s all about to change, since I’ve been asked to participate in one now. The Once Upon a Read-a-thon is occurring next Monday, July 12, and will last until Wednesday July 14th. Which means I'm giving you all fair warning that, aside from Cover Wars!, Monday, Tuesday the 13th and Wednesday the 14th will have one post each day dedicated towards my read-a-thon status. On Wednesday, I'll also be hosting one activity on my blog, so even if you decide to read for one day during this event, come and participate!
This post is here to not only provide a list of book suggestions, but also to shamelessly promote for the event (because holy crap, if you knew how many authors have contributed prizes, and how much stuff they’ve got, I think you would be set for a year or two book-reading-wise [If you got all the books. Maybe even longer])
So first thing’s first: what’s your goal for this?
A) Read as many books as you can within x-amount of hours?
B) Stay up for x-amount of hours and read, read, read?
C) Get through a decent amount of your TBR pile & review?
D) Read new books you otherwise would not read?
If you answered:
A) I don’t have any guaranteed strategies for doing this successfully, but if you’re going for quantity, you’ll probably want to read novellas. Unfortunately, I’m not a huge novella person. I will, however, suggest some books I either own (yet have not read), or know about:
1. Into the Dark by Gena Showalter.
Three short stories in one—how can you resist? If you’re unsure of this one, check out my reviews:
2. Deep Kiss of Winter Kresley Cole & Gena Showalter
Two wonderful authors. Would suggest reading Kresley’s story if you are familiar with her IAD series. If you’re unsure of this one, check out my reviews:
3. The Bodyguard Anthology
It comes out June 29th. Will be reading this one also if I manage to buy it before the read-a-thon date (read: if i have $$ to buy it)
4. The Crescent by Jordan Deen
Haven’t read this yet. It’s got werewolves in it, and the cover is pretty… how could you resist? I will be reading this book at one point during the read-a-thon.
B) If you want to stay up for 24 hours or so, you’ll need COFFEE (which I will be chugging throughout one of these days (probably the one when I have nothing to do the next day [to the point where I guarantee you I’ll end up having a panic attack when I overload my system with caffeine]), sugary products, air conditioning (if it’s hot, the heat will suck away all your energy), and ice showers.
Maybe I’m overreacting with that list. Books I’d suggest:
Anything you know will have action in them. You don’t want to read anything boring, otherwise you might end up falling asleep! Will abstain from listing books, simply because what I deem heart-thumping action scenes might not necessarily work for you.
C) Well this just depends on what’s in your TBR pile. If you’ve managed to score any of these ARCs (they may or may not be released yet), and you haven’t read them, I would suggest:
1. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
This one’s not out for a while, but I’ve heard amazing things about it. (refraining from reading until closer to release date, or until I get an e-reader)
2. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Werewolves. This is one paranormal-YA that I believe everyone will be fighting to read. (Hell, I was before I got my copy at BEA).
3. Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus
Another YA book. It comes out on July 13th, so you can always run to the bookstore for a quick break to pick up a copy :) (would probably be smart to reserve a copy before the read-a-thon)
4. Anything by Moira Rogers.
Each cover listed above = the first book in that series.
5. Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines
A wonderful Urban Fantasy with a new approach towards “Others”. If you’re unsure about this one, check out my review.
6. Insatiable by Meg Cabot
This is a wonderful beach read. It’s hilarious, and will keep you glued to the pages until the very end. If you’re unsure about this one, check out my review.
7. The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna R Hieber
A wonderful paranormal romance/historical fantasy set in England. The writing is beautiful, and well worth the read. Check out my review if you’re unsure. I also suggest checking out the second book in the series also.
8. Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
There’s vampires. There’s witches. There’s a strange young Native American woman who shares her body with Beast. Lots of action, there’s a bit of seduction. Loved this book, and the second book in the series. Check out my review.
9. The Demonica Series by Larissa Ione
This is the first book in the series. It’s a wonderful paranormal romance series—5 books total—that I guarantee you’ll enjoy. Each and every character is well developed and unique. Not sure about this series? Check out my Pleasure Unbound review.
D) Please refer to all the other books I've suggested, or check out my Thirsting for Thursday post to see month releases.