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Read all the books challenge 2016

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.

I'll also pick another author who has most of her books out electronically since she started writing much later. I'm thinking I'll do Christine Feehan since I've been wanting to read her Dark / Carpathian series for the longest time and according to Fantastic Fiction she's got about 95 books out, including standalone novels, anthologies, etc. It's going to be hefty, I've not read anything of hers. :-)

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

McFadden series:

Writing as Jayne Taylor (also never heard of this one!) - 1 book
Whirlwind Courtship by Jayne Taylor
Whirlwind Courtship Alternate cover (because it's pretty!)

Writing as Jayne Castle - 38 books

McFadden series:

Candlelight Ecstasy Romance:

Guinevere Jones:



Illusion Town:


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:

Silhouette Desire:

Writing as Jayne Ann Krentz (now this one I know!!) - 72 books

Harlequin Temptation:

Harlequin Intrigue


Jayne Ann Krentz book cover not available
"Congratulations You've Just Won" (1999)

Non Fiction:

Writing as Amanda Quick - 33 books

About the author

Jayne Ann Krentz

Author links: Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads

And now for Liz Fielding's books:

Book read

* Not available as an eBook
+ eBooks I've already got
^ Books in the 3-in-1s, available separately

About the author

Liz Fielding

Liz Fielding: Website - Facebook - TwitterGoodreads

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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  1. WOW Deanna

    That is a lot of books I have read a few of the Amanda Quick books and loved them but that was a long time ago I am not sure if I could set myself this challenge to much for me :)
    Fingers crossed you get it done

    Have Fun

    1. It's a HUGE list. This is going to take me years to complete. Based on the number of unread books here, if I only read from this list and nothing else (and we know that's not going to happen!) it will take me 1.5 years to finish it.