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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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