Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading

Posted November 19, 2019 by Rowena in Books, Features | 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday started over at The Broke and the Bookish back in 2010 but has moved over to That Artsy Girl. Each week, a topic is chosen and participants share their top ten lists on their blogs or if you don’t have a blog, you can leave your lists in the comment section of your favorite book blogs.

This week’s topic is:

Changes In My Reading Life (Maybe you like different genres or topics, maybe you read faster than you used to, maybe you only like standalones now)

So this week’s topic is the topic mentioned above but that was too hard. I couldn’t think of 10 things that changed for me over the years, in my reading life. So I changed the topic to meet my needs. Ha. Instead of sharing 10 things that have changed over the years for me, I’m going to list 10 books that I never would have read back in the day. When I first started reading romance, I read a lot of historicals. I’d say that for the first year or so, all I read were historicals and the contemporaries that Judith McNaught had released back then. I read everything by Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey. It wasn’t until the next couple of years that I started to really get into contemporary romances. Once I started reading and enjoying contemporary romances, for me, I never went back. Contemporary romance remains my favorite genre of romance to read. But back then? I wouldn’t have touched a paranormal romance. Urban Fantasy? Yeah right, that would have never happened. Steampunk? Hahaha, yeah..no. It took Holly years to get me to read most of the books on this list but that is the biggest change in my reading life…I now read a lot more paranormal and urban fantasy books. I enjoy them and don’t see that changing any time soon.

Here are the books that made my top ten this week. Check it out:

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1) by Ilona Andrews
Released on October 28, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins, Avon
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 406
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin #1) by G.A. Aiken
Released on September 1, 2008
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

It’s not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear – a lot – or else salute. It’s true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother’s soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe – a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle. With her days spent fighting a man who fill her with fierce, heady desire, and her nights spent in the company of a magical creature who could smite a village just by exhaling, Annwyl is sure life couldn’t get any stranger. She’s wrong…

On the Edge (The Edge #1) by Ilona Andrews
Released on October 1, 2009
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 309
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.
Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.

Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power).

But when a terrible danger invades the Edge from the Weird, a flood of creatures hungry for magic, Declan and Rose must work together to destroy them—or they’ll devour the Edge and everyone in it.

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews
Released on March 27, 2007
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 261
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs
Released on May 7, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter.

And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
Released on March 5, 2013
Publisher: Penguin, Roc
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 433
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

s a “cassandra sangue,” or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut–a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard–a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

The Iron Duke (The Iron Seas #1) by Meljean Brook
Released on November 1, 2011
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power – and fear – of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

American Witch (American Witch #1) by Thea Harris
Released on April 29, 2019
Publisher: Self Published
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 420
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison comes the first in a new spellbinding trilogy…

Power can change a person…

For months Molly Sullivan endures the inexplicable: electrical surges, car breakdowns, visions. She even wonders if she might be the cause… and wonders if she might be crazy. Then she discovers her husband has cheated on her. Again. Now Molly realizes she is a newly awakening witch and a woman pushed over the edge.

Revenge can shape a person…

Josiah Mason is a Powerful witch and the leader of a secret coven with a shared goal: to destroy an ancient enemy who has ruined many lives. Josiah lost years to this man, and his sole focus is revenge. He’s prepared for every contingency—except encountering a beautiful new witch who understands nothing of the immense Power building within her or the attraction she wields over him.

Danger can bring them together…

When divorcing her husband, Molly uncovers a dangerous secret he’s willing to kill to protect. She turns to Josiah for help, and they discover a connection between Molly’s husband and Josiah’s enemy.

As they work together, a spark ignites between them that threatens to become an inferno. But Molly is done compromising herself for any man, and Josiah’s mission is his top priority. And the enemy is cunning, cruel, and drawing ever closer.

As the danger escalates, so does the tension between them. Is a lasting relationship possible? Will either of them live long enough to try?

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
Releases on December 3, 2019
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh pivots in a new direction with her first mainstream thriller that will be sure to keep readers on their toes.

Anahera Rawiri left New Zealand at twenty-one, fleeing small-town poverty and the ghosts of her childhood with no plans to look back. But eight years later, she returns, seeking familiarity as respite from the shattered remains of her new life. And despite the changes brought on by a bump in tourism–the shiny new welcome sign at the town line and a decidedly less shiny new police presence–Golden Cove appears much as it ever was: a small settlement on the savage West Coast of the South Island, populated by all the remembered faces and set against a backdrop of lush greenery, jagged cliffs, and crashing waves.

Detective Will Gallagher knows all about ghosts; his own chased him out of a promising career in Christchurch, landing him as the sole cop in a quaint town where his most pressing concerns are petty theft and the occasional drunk. When Golden Cove resident Miri Hinewai goes out for a run and fails to return, Will finds himself heading up a missing person’s search that rapidly escalates into an official investigation after this case is connected with similar ones from the past. As an outsider, Will begins to rely on Anahera’s knowledge of the area and its residents to help him delve into Golden Cove’s secrets, and to determine whether it shelters something far more dangerous than just an unforgiving landscape.

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changelings #1) by Nalini Singh
Released on September 5, 2006
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley Sensation
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 334
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

What about you? Are there any books that you would have never read before but because your reading tastes have changed, you’ve read them now? What does your list look like? I’d love to read all about it in the comments so please share with the class!


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2 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading

  1. Yay for changing a TTT theme to work for you. It seems like you were all about the Js when you were getting into romance weren’t you? Reckon they was a requirement to have your name begun with J? I think it’s great your reading tastes have changed as you’ve continued reading romance. When I started I wouldn’t look twice at historical romance, I’d decided that was totally not for me. Now I love it!

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