One of the perks of winning honorable mention in the WOW! Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest is that the honor also comes with a $20 Amazon Gift Certificate, which I received earlier this week. Woo hoo! Now I am super excited about the prospect of new books (who wouldn't be!) but as I tend to be pretty self-indulgent when it comes to books, when one comes out that I am dying to read, I buy it. So, my "to buy" list remains pretty short, especially since obtaining a Kindle. (Oh, how I love you, Instant Gratification!) What I would really like is to use my my gift certificate to discover something new.
Soooooooooooooo. . . I am opening myself up for suggestions! Turn me on to something new and exciting! This where you are probably asking yourself, but what in the world does this woman actually like to read? Excellent question! To give you an idea of my varied reading tastes, I am currently dividing my time right now between Margaret Atwood's Blind Assassin, Richelle Mead's Iron Crowned, and Matt Bell's How They Were Found. I am currently loving them all to the point where I am neglecting my writing/crusading/day job that pays my bills/household chores. I also love Jim Butcher's writing to an obsessive point and have a huge soft spot for YA literature. I am a sucker for a great series.
My only request is, please, no more vampire fiction. I have overdosed on something I was never really that crazy about to begin with. The only vampires I plan to read about in the near future are Richelle Mead's when her new series comes out later this year. Though feel free to try and change my mind if you have read or written something really amazing that centers around vampires. I may be stubborn, but not to the point where I will sacrifice an excellent reading experience. :)
Okay, that's it. Please leave reading suggestions as a comment, and you will totally make my day. Crusaders with books out -- I would especially love to read your novel or short story collection so don't be afraid to indulge in some blatant self-promotion.
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