TBR List: Publisher Style

So I’m not sure how many other people do this, but there are some publishers that I pay a lot of attention to. Firebird is an excellent example and a number of my favorite books have been published by Firebird. When I see a book on a shelf with the Firebird logo, I pick it up. I might not always read it, but there’s a much higher chance I will. This has actually helped me discover new authors, so this strange reading strategy has its perks!

When I was in middle and high school I used to read a lot of books published by DAW. In fact, almost all the books I read were either published by DAW or by Firebird. I haven’t really read a lot of books from any one particular publisher as of late…until I took a look at my Goodreads TBR list. The majority of books that I had recently added were from DAW.

So here’s a list of books that I’m looking forward to diving into that just so happen to come from the same publishing house.


The Serpent’s Shadow (Mercedes Lackey)

A retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by one of my favorite authors. Sign me up! While it’s not my favorite fairy-tale, I am a sucker for any fairy-tale retelling. Lackey blew me away with The Fire Rose, so I’m looking forward to seeing what new things are added to the original.


Green Rider (Kristen Britain)

While coming home from school after a fight she’ll most likely get expelled for, Karigan meets a man who is shot through with arrows. He has a “life or death” letter for the king and luckily for the dying messenger, Karigan is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Roped into delivering a message she doesn’t know the contents of, Karigain can only trust her horse. Add assassins to the mix and you have a really promising fantasy book! This is the start to a series that I’ve been wanting to read for ages. Hopefully it’ll live up to my expectations.


The Birthgrave (Tanith Lee)

I honestly have no idea why I haven’t read anything by Lee and considering what a power house she was in the sci-fi/fantasy sector I really have no excuses. But this book has such mysterious undertones. A woman wakes up in the heart of dormant volcano unaware of who or what she is. As she travels through the brutal world she fights to discover who she is as well as find the mysterious Jade…and avoid an evil god who can’t leave her alone. It’s the start of a series too so hopefully this will be a new favorite of mine and I’ll have a new series to dig into.


The Broken Crown (Michelle West)

So this series leads into a second series and strangely enough I stumbled upon the second series first. But I’ve learned that reading books in order is important, and why read one series when you can read two? This book promises magic and political intrigue which I am totally here for.

No doubt about it, looking at the publisher is a rather atypical way of finding books, but it can bring about surprising results. Are you a fan of any particular publisher or is that the last thing you notice?


Books I’m Dreading (but can’t wait to read)

This is a bit different than what I usually do, but I figured it was a fun thing to do. This is a long and somewhat image heavy post though, so heads up!

Ok, so I know I’m not the only one this happens to. But sometimes I dread reading certain books. They’re books I want to read, but because of all the hype surrounding them, and bitter disappointments from other hyped up books, I have a mild feeling of dread towards them.

I love seeing what others are dreading but wanting to read and sometimes even helping them out by giving them a gentle push in the “read” or “flee” direction. I’d love to hear your take on any of these books!

In absolutely no order:

Throne of Glass


Ok so I know the heroine is totally hardcore and there’s this really awesome witch later on in the series, not to mention realistic love situations (the heroine falls in love with more than one person and it’s natural apparently). But I’ve heard such mixed reviews about the latest book. It seems like people either loved it or hated it. The title also reminds me a lot of Game of Thrones. I haven’t read those books but, the similarity is off-putting for me. I like seeing wholly original things.  I can’t help but wonder if this is just gonna wind up being a women centric/less sex filled version of the SoIaF series. Also, more on the personal side, I read the first few pages to take a peek and the writing didn’t blow me away. I was told to read the first two books before saying if the series works for me or not, so I’m going to but….I keep putting it off.

Game of Thrones


Speaking of A Song of Ice and Fire….I love big books. The bigger the better and the more right it feels for me. I love high fantasy. I especially love my political driven high fantasy. This series seems to have it all. And there’s dragons! Buuuut the show has put me off of it a bit. There’s apparently a lot of sex and rape. I’m not cool with that. Sex is fine, I’m ok with it when it’s well done and it’s not done for shock value, but from what I’ve heard while there’s less sex in the books, it’s still more for shock value. It’s certainly that way in the show. Also while the show has a lot of really hardcore ladies, I’m not sure how much of that is actually in the books. I’m hoping it’s in there and inspired that in the show, but there’s no telling. Besides, I already know how the series ends. Everyone dies. Right? I mean that is how it’s going to end right? Everyone dies and the throne just sits there empty and laughs. At this point, that seems to kind of be the thing of the show and books. Kill of the favorites for shock value and a bit of plot, and that just becomes less shocking the more it’s done. I want to read this book/series so badly but I also really don’t want to be disappointed. And it just looks like it’s loaded with disappointments.

The Winner’s Curse


I’ve had some booklr friends swear by this series. They say that it’s perfect for fantasy lovers, especially those who like a twist of romance and need that political element. So pretty much it’s the perfect book for me. But it seems pretty romance heavy, not to mention that some have said that it romanticizes slavery. Also if I like it the only way I’ll get matching covers is to buy all the books in hardback (ugh, honestly publishers what were you thinking?). I think this is one of those books I’m going to have to try. It sounds like it might be another Twilight for me. I can call out how problematic it is, and still enjoy it.

Falling Kingdoms


All I know is that it’s got magic, politics, and the cover reminds me of the Shannara series. From the summary I both desperately want to read it , yet am immediately setting myself up for a 3 star read. In the summary alone it sounds like the author is playing into troupes, and makes me feel like I’ve gotta get out my dice for a D&D game. That cover is stunning though and high fantasy is always good. But I’m looking for books that will blow me away, and while I’ve heard some awesome stuff about it, I’m still on the fence. Therefore procrastination!



I don’t do dystopia. Divergent was such a bummer for me and I felt like The Hunger Games series had a huge dose of Second Book Syndrome. Dystopian books tend to disappoint me. I do politics though and this book promises to have that, as well as a touch of naturally developed romance. It also seems to have a really cool computer concept and hackers yo! It’s also a part of a completed series, so I don’t have to worry about waiting for the next book if I wind up loving it. But it’s dystopian, and it sounds a bit like The Hunger Games. I flipped through it to get a feel for the writing, and it switches between two characters both in first person. That’s really hard to pull off and it takes a heck of a writer to do it. I’m not sure if this book will cut it for me but it’s kind of a genre modern classic at this point in a way. I want to give it a try for sure. I just don’t want that try to be a legendary disappointment. (see? Look at that horrible pun! look at it! I love puns y’all).

This is only a handful of books that I both am looking forward to reading and dreading. I’ll do another batch of them sometime in the future. In the mean time, have you read any of these books? Feel free to give me a kick in the pants to get on with it if you have! On the other hand, are any of these books a part of your TBR (To Be Read) pile? Feeling any excitement or dread over any particular ones?