Your Urban Fantasy’s 2014 To Do List!

Have you voted yet on my poll for The Most Anticipated Read of 2014? If not, make sure you do! I am going to keep this brief because if I think too much on it you will see a never-ending post! Aside from reading the new releases of my usual series I want to catch up on a few others.  My biggest goals for this blog include books and events! And they are:

BOOKS

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Book Count: 15 (oh boy!)

Many of my book friends rave about it. It won the Goodreads Choice awards in its category for 2013.  You’d have to be living under an urban fantasy rock to have not heard about them. I’ve seen them on the shelves for years. And now I shall finally take the plunge!  I can’t guarantee how many Dresden books I plan to read this year, but I hope to get through as many as possible. Like The Hollows, I hear the books get better as they go.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J. R. Ward
Book Count: 12

I left off on book 2 for this one so though there will be 12 books in all in 2014, I will be 10 behind.  I didn’t manage to make any progress on this series in 2013. I know Book 3 is a fan favorite so I will give this series a couple more chances to rope me in.  At this point I’m not loving them, though I did think the second book was better than the first one.

Allie Beckstrom Series by Devon Monk
Book Count: 9

This series comes highly recommended from my friend, Autumn Leaves. I didn’t quite manage to read it in 2013 like I planned, but I will certainly do it in 2014.

The Riley Jenson Guardian Series by Keri Arthur
Book Count: 9 

I’m showing the second book because I already read the first one. So for me I only really have to read 8. It didn’t seem like much to write home about in all honesty, but I want to give it a chance to grow on me.  I am a few books behind on her current Dark Angel series spin-off, but I feel like I want to read these first before playing catchup with those.

The Wool Series by Hugh Howey
Book Count: ??? Still not totally sure. He has omnibuses and then there are like 8 novellas or something. Either way I’m reading them. 

I met Hugh at a book event signing last year (I was primarily there for Kim Harrison) and he was really cool and had a great outlook on the future of books. All of my friends who have read this series praise it so I’ll probably get into this one pretty soon after I finish the Mistborn books.

Signs of the Zodiac Series by Vicki Petterson
Book Count: 6

I already purchased these with a really good book deal.  I couldn’t really get into her new fallen angel series, but this one seems a bit different so I’m willing to give it a try, especially since I own them already.

The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Books: 5

She has quickly become one of my favorite authors! I have made it my mission to read all of her fantasy books including those under her pen name, J. Lynn. Heck, I might even read her contemporary stuff just for the heck of it! Her writing has been consistently enjoyable.

My 2014 goal will be 100 books, much like the previous years.  So I definitely have my work cut out for me. These books alone will account for 61% of my reading goal.  I’ll have my series regulars like The Hollows, Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, Bloodlines, Lux, and Night Huntress, Night Prince (hopefully), etc. to help fill out the rest.  I might want to take a stab at more Larissa Ione books because she really stood out to me this year. Then of course there are the ARCs that will come my way.  And I can’t forget the kindle freebies that just pile on.  They have some gems every so often.  So I definitely have enough lined up to reach that goal! I just hope I can do it!

EVENTS

Kim Harrison Signing  for The Undead Pool Tour
New York City – March 3, 2014

I always have a ball at these things and I don’t think this year will be the exception. Besides, I have to get Kim to sign this very special page in person :P.

San Diego Comic Con 2014
July 24-27, 2014

More celebs! More movies! More TV shows! More Authors! More Parties! More COSTUMES!!! I. Can’t. WAIT!! I just hope SDCC approves me for a press pass ***fingers and toes are crossed***

If any of you are planning to attend either of these please drop me a line!

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