Before I get into the topic I am going to talk about - today is a snow day!!! Woooo! Yeaahhhh! I'm faking the enthusiasm a bit. See, I'm the person at work who lets the media know if we have a late start or a day off due to weather. That means I get a call at 5 or 5:30 and I begin my work. Today we had a 2 hour late start. Since I was up at 5 looking at the snow level, anticipating whether or not I'd get the call, I figured it was pointless to try for more sleep. Luckily it was pretty outside!
Now back to our regularly scheduled blog...
The season I'm referring to in the title is not the holidays "season." I'm talking about the season for new book releases. I don't know about you, but it seems that the beginning of 2008 is full of new books I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on. Ok, my hands aren't grubby or little.
My excitement began weeks ago when I was adding anthropology books to my Amazon wishlist (so I can monitor the used prices and keep track of books I want). Then I noticed the recommendations feature. Have you ever used it? It's amazing. The recommendations are pretty darn good. I began adding some of my favorite romance novels to my "already own" list, so I could get some romance recommendations.
It would recommend books I already own, and love. That's what gave me confidence in this system. You can just check a box that says you own a book, then you can refresh your recommendations. One of my favorite book series is the Argeneau vampire novels by Lynsay Sands. Amazon showed three upcoming releases in the series! I couldn't believe it. No really, I couldn't believe it. They were back to back like a Nora Roberts trilogy. I didn't think the dates were right. I mean, how many authors have monthly releases in their single title series? The most I've commonly seen is one every six months. This series is usually yearly or six months I believe.
I went to her Web site and sure enough, Amazon was right! OMG! Three new Argeneau books! I recently picked up the first one. Devoured it, LOVED it. I laughed the whole way through it - Accidental Vampire is one of the best in the series. The next one comes out tomorrow, Vampires Are Forever, then one in a month, Vampire, Interrupted.
Amazon also told me that a new Kerrilyn Sparks book is coming out, The Undead Next Door. I like her series as well. A bit of a wait, but Michelle Rowen (love her!) has Lady & The Vamp coming out on April 1. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has the paperback version of Natural Born Charmer coming out on February 1. The depressing part is - that's all that's listed for her! No upcoming releases! Gasp! I need me some SEP!
When it comes to book buying, my biggest problem is remembering to check and see when my favorite authors have books coming out. I bought a little notebook from Borders (it has books on the cover, hehe) and I've written in it books I want to buy when they come out and favorite authors to watch out for. I've also created a spreadsheet that lists all of the books I own. Many have said I'm crazy, Eli, *cough cough.* But this list has saved me from buying duplicate books. It's hard to keep track!
So, tell me, what books are you looking forward to? I always love recommendations!