First World Problems: Reading Edition

Gretchen Wieners understands how I feel.

Lately, I have found myself in an interesting dilemma. I frequently read books that are a part of a series, however, I forget about the next one.

As mentioned in my post about Love Belvin’s Love Delayed, I strongly dislike book series based on a single couple. I find that the story becomes stressful, and I read to learn, relax or escape not to be stressed out by fictional drama. While I dislike book series based on a single couple, I love series based on a single character or family. For example, Francis Ray’s Falcon/Taggart, Brenda Jackson’s Westmoreland, or Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice series. I have access to so many great new books and authors that I have begun to lose track of them. If only I could keep track of when they are going to release new books.

At first I thought that I could utilize Goodreads, but I don’t always add all of the books I read to my Goodreads account. Goodreads is great for keeping track of books that I am currently reading and would like to read, but there are certain things that I would like to know for my eyes only. For example, book release dates, a summary of the series so I will not have to reread previous books, order of books in the series, other books that I’ve read by the author, etc. I enjoy using Goodreads; however everything is very manual. I would like to have something that blends manual and intuitive together. On Amazon, I am subscribed to the feeds of many authors that I love, and I visit their websites to track down their release dates. I would love to have a site or app that does this for me and organize it in a single place.

Wanda B. Campbell, Keith Thomas Walker, Brenda Jackson Kimberla Lawson Roby and Allison Hobbs all have books that have either just released or will be released in the near future. How do I know this? I watch their social media pages and websites like a hawk to learn these dates. I have forgotten about sequels to books that I have enjoyed due to me forgetting about their release date. If they had not been suggested to me by Amazon, I’d have forgotten about them altogether. That being said, the post 50 Shades of Grey (HATE this series btw) trend of writing a book based on a single couple has only made this worse. Now there are even more series to keep track of, and I’d like to support my favorite authors. Maybe I am looking in the wrong places.

Does this app or website exist already? What do you use to keep track of your favorite authors’ release dates?

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