So, Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup had this bright idea about reading all the books from an author who has a HUGE backlist, like with 45 books or more size of a backlist. Her pick was Jayne Ann Krentz and I ADORE Jayne Ann Krentz in all her incarnations, so being the copy cat that I am, I'm jumping on board.
Now, I don't know how long this challenge is going to take me to complete because the esteeemed JAK has written 178 books and she puts out about 3 books a year, at least one new book from each of her writing incarnations. To be honest, while I've read a lot of JAK's work, I don't know exactly how many of her books I've read.
Do you know who else would make an epic Read All The Books challenge? Nora Roberts. Now talk about a backlist!! According to Fantastic Fiction she has approximately 330+ books in her backlist between her Nora Roberts and J D Robb pen names. I couldn't find a backlist of her writing as Sarah Hardesty or Jill March, although, I think over the years, those titles might have been rebranded under Nora Roberts.
I'm trying to talk my bud Bambi into doing this too but she's having a hard time picking an author.
Oh, one more thing - I love JAK and all her books but a lot of the books listed below are old, out of print and in paper format only. One of the books I looked up was $120 for a used copy!!! Holy frak! That's a lot of money for an old book, so I'm modifying this particular challenge by saying that I will only read all the backlist that's available in e-format only. I know that's not strictly the point of read "ALL" the books, but to be honest, I can't afford that kind of money for used books no matter how much I like the author and for a reading challenge.
UPDATE: I have decided to switch my second author from Christine Feehan to Liz Fielding. I have two reasons for that. (1) My friend Bambi has been reading Christine Feehan for her RATB challenge and she's not keen on her heroines. She and I both have very similar tastes and tolerances when it comes to heroines so to save myself the aggravation, I think I'll give Christine a miss for the challenge, although I will still pick up her books to read. (2) I adore Liz Fielding. She's one of my favorite romance authors when it comes to sheer romantic comfort reads. She's got a 65 book back list with Harlequin and I figure that will be a decent thing to get stuck into. Off I go!!
Note: Liz Fielding has a number of her books converted to manga comics. I have left those of the list to read.
Ugh, and now I think I want to do Nalini Singh too since I've read most of her Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter and Rock Kiss series, I'd have a very good head start but then that's biting off more than I can chew. Will save this for another day. :-/
If you'd like to jump aboard too, you can sign up for the challenge here.
Okay, here are the books:
Note: wherever possible, I will provide buy links to the books below.
To start, as of 23 April 2016, I have read 40 of the 178 books JAK has written. Many more to go. Wish me luck!
Writing as Jayne Bentley (I've never even heard of this pen name!) - 5 books
Writing as Jayne Taylor (also never heard of this one!) - 1 book
Whirlwind Courtship Alternate cover
(because it's pretty!)
Writing as Jayne Castle - 38 books
Candlelight Ecstasy Romance:
Writing as Amanda Glass (Sheesh! Another one I haven't heard of!) - 1 book
Note: I think this book has been re-released under the JAK branding.
Writing as Stephanie James (Another one!) - 29 books
Silhouette Romance / Silhouette Special Edition / Silhouette Intimate Moments:
Writing as Jayne Ann Krentz (now this one I know!!) - 72 books
Writing as Amanda Quick - 33 books
About the author
Author links: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads
And now for Liz Fielding's books:
* Not available as an eBook
+ eBooks I've already got
^ Books in the 3-in-1s, available separately
About the author
Liz Fielding: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads
Phew! That's a lot of books. Let's hope I will one day manage to finish these challenges. I'm not setting a time limit on myself but I'm going to work on reading 1 book from each a month and more if I can fit it in. That would be challenge enough for me.
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