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Summer Backlist Reading

Summer backlist reading

This summer I thought I would do something a little different. I thought I would share some of my favorite back list books from authors I enjoy but don’t review very much here. A backlist book is one that has been published for a while (however I will include some that were published earlier this year).

Going through authors backlist is the best way to discover how a series has developed over time or even how the author has progressed in their writing. For example, in my opinion, if you are going to read Lani Lynn Vale’s books I always suggest that you start at the beginning with her first book. Now you don’t have to too but with her work you will find that many of her series connect in one way or another. You will meet characters that you will later see as the parents and even grandparents of future characters. There are also plenty of times when you will meet a side character who never meant to have a book but end up with one.

Not to mention you may have an author that you discovered recently who has a large backlist of books for you to discover. Never discount what has already been published. I am notorious for reading books months or even years after all of the hype and discovering that I hated them or loved them. Don’t get me wrong new books are the bees knees but there is something to be said about a backlist book as well.

When I am in a reading slump I always hit the backlist first. If nothing there catches my fancy then I most likely end up reading an old favorite. That is why this summer is so important to me. I am going through that backlist pile of books I have to be read and some will be rereads from long ago and sharing them all with you. Don’t worry I still have plenty of new releases over the summer for y’all to devour as well.



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  1. Nora Roberts’ Blood Brothers is on my reading list along with the last 3 In Death books she wrote as JD Robb.

  2. I consume mainly manga and fanfiction these days and have been for a long time. I have a long TBR list on Goodreads that I peruse from time to time to discover older books and I look up new releases as well. I’ll have to get around to reading Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D novel series and continue Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles.

  3. Always watching for new releases from Clive Clussler. My wife has every release from Anne McCaffrey…and other similar authors. Backlist? Hmmm…Dean Koontz, Dan Brown…

  4. I don’t have anything specific on my list. I am hoping to come across some new authors to check out.

    1. I have a ton of backlist books! lol. Right now, I’m reading ARCs for reviewing. I’m really excited to read the most recent Shelly Laurenston book which I will start after I finish reading a Whitney G book.

  5. I am doing a reread of the Bridgerton series. Slowly. While still reading new releases. I also have a bookclub summer read list: June is The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary & July will be Christina Lauren’s latest! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I am reading “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood. I just finished “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

  7. i have aa whole giant list of romance , mostly steamy stuff i cant read while homeschooling!

  8. Next up on my summer reading list is “The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities Into Soulful Practices”
    by Casper ter Kuile.

  9. I want to read Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop this summer, it sounds like an interesting story.

  10. I’ve got a backlist about 400 books long. I’m determined to get through as many as I can this summer. I especially want to catch up on the J D Robb list that I’m behind on.

  11. Thank you so much for the chance to be entered in your giveaway! This Summer I really hope II get the chance to sit down and read the book the becoming by Nora Roberts. Have a great day!

  12. I so want to read Shelter in Place this summer by Nora Roberts she is my favorite author. I have read a ton of her books and they are all so good.

  13. Some backlist titles on my summer reading list are The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro, Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews, and Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs.

  14. There a few James Patterson Books that I have on my list to read. I also like Lisa Scotoline.

  15. I don’t really have a reading list.
    Except this summer, Nora Roberts, John Grisham.
    Thank you

  16. I’m about to start reading a book that was recommented to me called Blood of My Blood by Richard Gambino. also one called Vendetta, I don’t believe either book is blacklisted.

  17. I’m about to start reading a book that was recommented to me called Blood of My Blood by Richard Gambino. also one called Vendetta, I don’t believe either book is blacklisted.

  18. I’m looking for a light read, so I’m looking forward to reading The Guncle by Steven Rowley. It’s not a backlist book.

  19. I tend to be a shelf reader. I find an author I like and I’ll read the whole shelf of books. Harder to do that in the digital age, but I still go to the library.
    Thanks for the contest.

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