I wholly admit that I’m stuck with the post-Fifty Shades of Grey syndrome (because I’m a girl), not because it’s the book trilogy that everyone talked about for almost a year, but because my love for a good chick-lit was completely ruined by the Christian-Anastasia romp. Frankly, I’ve read hundreds of titles more moving than Fifty and I’m trying really hard to re-ignite the spark, but it seems that I’m stuck, finding myself desperately scrounging bookstores online and in-store for the next best thrill.
I’m crossing my fingers that I will encounter that elusive title this year. I hope, because I love books and they’ve been my boon companions through fun and sad times. I don’t want that love to go away.
Without a doubt, it’s the year of mature-themed/erotica romance, a residual effect of last years’ tremendously successful reception to the formerly taboo genre that I secretly indulge in from time to time even before I hit my mid-twenties. It’s been a guilty secret that none in my immediate family knows about until recently. It’s like . . . now that’s in the open, I can publicly confess that I read dirty-lit without the usual mouth-gaping reaction, snarky looks and snotty remarks I would have gotten if I outed myself a decade ago. Thanks to E L James and the wonderful women of adult literature, I can hold my head high and declare, “I read libido-raising books and I don’t care about your opinion about it.”
Therefore, this year’s list will comprise mostly of erotic titles, general fiction and urban fantasy/paranormal romances from favorite authors and new ones I’m told, and based on online reviews, are good.
You can click on the titles to read a snippet or synopsis if you like.
General Fiction Genre
Inferno by Dan Brown (highly anticipated)
The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry
3. The King’s Deception by Steve Berry
3. The Balkan Escape by Steve Berry (novella)
The Devil’s Gold by Steve Berry (novella)
The Admiral’s Mark by Steve Berry (novella)
6. The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
- The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin (highly anticipated)
- Wolfbreed by SA Swann
- Wolf’s Cross by SA Swann
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices 1) by Cassandra Clare
- Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices 2) by Cassandra Clare
- Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices 3) by Cassandra Clare
Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost Twice Temptedby Jeaniene Frost Wild About Youby Kerrelyn Sparks
- The Vampire With The Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks
Darker After Midnightby Lara Adrian
- Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian
Time Untimeby Sherrilyn Kenyon Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Dark Bites by Sherrilyn Kenyon (rumored)
Immortal Ever Afterby Lynsay Sands One Lucky Vampire by Lynsay Sands Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole Lover Rebornby J.R. Ward Lover At Lastby J.R. Ward Heart of Atlantisby Alyssa Day
1. Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon
2. Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon
4. The Curse by Sherrilyn Kenyon
5. The Rise of the Gryphon by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Contemporary and Historical Romance
Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood
- Hotshot by Julie Garwood
When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey
- One Heart To Win by Johanna Lindsey
Entwined With You (Crossfire Book 3) by Sylvia Day Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes (series) Destined To Play by Indigo Bloome Destined To Feel by Indigo Bloome Destined To Fly by Indigo Bloome Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard Gabriel’s Rapture by Sylvain Reynard
- Fire After Dark by Sadie Matthews
- Secrets After Dark by Sadie Matthews
- Promises After Dark by Sadie Matthews
The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst The Marriage Mistake by Jennifer Probst Come Away With Me by Kristen Proby Fight With Me by Kristen Proby Play With Me by Kristen Proby
- The Ninety Days of Genevieve by Lucinda Carrington
That’s all I’m looking forward to finish reading this year.
And yes – all of them are works of fiction because that’s what I’m really into. I might add some titles at a later date. Who knows? But for now, I have to contend with this list and try to finish everything before December 31st – at most.
It’s not something of a struggle since I’m a fast reader. It is something that people who personally know me can attest to. So, if one wonders how the hell am I going to finish all of these? There’s no need to wonder. Fact is, I can finish roughly around 3-4 books in a week. I’m that fast (or maybe someone out there is faster), and no, I don’t skip pages or chapters unlike several people I know. If I don’t like what the story is leading me to, I stop reading altogether and forget about it.
I’ll write my own opinion about what I read and share it to the world when I find time to do so, but for now, I’m going to find ways in getting myself out of my Fifty Shades hangover (which, if I might add, has been going on since July 2012). That, my friends is what I call a monster literary hangover.