FanFic Friday: What we’re reading

Happy Friday! Today, the whole FanFic Friday team is sharing what we’ve been reading—fic, books, newspapers… I kid, I kid, no one reads newspapers anymore. Annie and I used to do these types of posts in those first dark days of my fic break; we thought it would be fun to bring the feature back (cue Annie saying “the feature’s dead Angela”) and have the whole team tell you what they’ve been reading over the past few weeks [Annie: *swinging earbuds* I need your playlists]. These aren’t necessarily reccs but you will most likely find something new to check out! I’ll go first. 🙂

Read the rest, after the jump!


I read a lot, like almost constantly. I read while getting the kids ready to go to school, I read on the treadmill, I read while cooking (yep, I’ve burned things), bathing, and before falling asleep. I read while watching movies (husband quizzes me to see if I’m actually watching the movie–it’s like a party trick lol [Michelle: My hubs does this too!]) and while waiting for…anything really. This week, due to the Polar Vortex (best name for a weather event ever!) and a blizzard, I had some extra reading time. Hence, the following list. 😉

I’ve been reading the third in the Game of Thrones series by George R R Martin, A Storm of Swords, for what felt like ages. I kept picking it up and putting it down after a dozen pages. It’s not the fault of the story or writing; these are fantastic books. I think it’s because I’d already watched the show and knew what was going to happen. On the up side, watching the show provided me with these visuals…

Jon Snow knows some very important things.

Jon Snow knows some very important things.

Robb Stark, King of the North. And a hopeless romantic. *cries*

Robb Stark, King of the North. And a hopeless romantic. *cries*

…and the last quarter of the book is material not covered in Season Three of Game of Thrones so it was much more captivating. I’m still on the fence about reading the next in the series. Maybe I’ll read it in conjunction with the airing of season four… *wanders off, muttering to self*


I’ve also been reading The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak (have to read it before I see the movie) and just started Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (historical romance-described as “bawdy” “costume drama” and a “heady, colourful romp” SOLD lol). I’m hoping this book will fill the hole in my heart left by The Painted Girls which I read last year. I’m not far into either book; I’m at the stage where I read bits of both until one just grabs me and won’t let go (does anyone else do this?). LOL I’m always reading 2-3 books at a time!

As for fic, I’ve been reading a Harry Potter story called Anbar by Sherbert20111. It’s a Cedric fic and he’s kind of a bad boy. I’m not done yet but so far he’s going after Ginny and Hermione because he wants a challenge. I know, he sounds a bit skeezy but he’s a complicated guy so I’m just enjoying the ride (heh). There is also more going on than conquest…Snape is involved and things are getting twisty. The writer does an amazing job with the Harry Potter world, the character voices are bang on and the goings on at Hogwart’s read realistically but with an edge and a darker undertone. Really cool. Shall we look at Ced? Right on.

cedric smolder gif

There are some very dirty thoughts going on in that beautiful head of his...

There are some very dirty thoughts going on in that beautiful head of his…

I’m also loving iambeagle’s Gate 19; such a sweet Edward and a really funny Bella. That’s a WIP with a “I’ll be home for Christmas” theme but it’s not complete yet. Meg’s been updating every other day or so. And I’m catching up on counselor’s Look How You Turned Out. I wanted to read as she was updating but just couldn’t keep up over the holidays. Although I did peek when it was lemon time. *blush*


Over the holidays I mostly read.. wait for it… holiday fics. Then I saw this photo…

*incoherent, gaelic shrieking*

*incoherent, gaelic shrieking*

…and OH MAH GAAAHHHHH!  I had to start rereading the first Outlander (by Diana Gabaldon) book straight away. That’s Claire and Jamie from the Starz Outlander TV series they’re filming right now. EEEEEEEEE! *grabs Deb and Michelle’s hands and runs in circles* Jamie is sweet, funny, tender and yet manly to the max. [deb: so manly. *stares at wall*] Read Outlander and join us in our swooning.

As for fic I’ve been reading a couple of holiday WIPs that are finishing up: Gate 19 by iambeagle After finding out her flight from Denver to Seattle has been cancelled, Bella accepts a ride from a stranger who is also hoping to get home for Christmas.

Also: The Red Coats by ericastwilight She loves the holidays. He loathes them. As new neighbors, they have to learn to tolerate each other. The problem for Edward is that she’s irresistible in red. Can she bring the Grinch around in time to save him from a lonely New Year? I’ve enjoyed both quite a bit. [Michelle: Annie, I have both of these on my read list.]

Banner by Shahula

Banner by Shahula

I also managed to finish a short completed multi-chap, One-Night Stand in Locked Down London  by BlueIsSoul which is funny clever and I highly recommend. [deb: ooooo I’ve had this on my to-read list for a while! *pounces* Also, check out Katiebird’s review HERE]

Next on my to-read list is Gertrude Bell, Queen of the Desert by Georgina Howell , for no reason… *shifty eyes* [deb: I have a goodreads shelf called “Rob made me do it” lol]

voyagerI am also excited about the Outlander series that will be on Starz this spring, and hope to join in the dancing circle with my friends. *happy dance* [deb: *dances with you* GAH!] I just started reading the third book in the series, Voyager [deb: this is my favourite in the series]

 I loved the first two books, Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber. This book is amazing, but for the first 250 pages, the main characters, Claire and Jamie, aren’t actually together. Reading about them living their lives without each other was hard, but the author, Diana Gabaldon, does such an amazing job with the historical details, that I am still riveted.

Where we fell book cover If you are looking for something not quite so daunting in length and history, I would definitely recommend from Amber L. Johnson, her first published book, Where We Fell. I have always loved her writing, because she is incredible at a young man’s POV. We know her and love her here as 107yearoldvirgin. This book is original work from her, but I think that she is publishing more her more familiar work also. I plan on doing a complete review of Where We Fell in a separate post. I’m doing what Tamie calls a “shout out”. LOL
Short story fanfic rec from me this week would be Sandstone Cove by cosmogirl17481
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Bella goes to Sandstone Cove for some relaxation, and has an instant connection to the bartender…. Sex on the Beach coming right up!! LOL Sorry, could not stop myself from telling that awful joke. [deb: Sex on the Beach with Edward is never an awful joke 😉 ] Reading about the warm sun and relaxation is definitely what I needed when I read this one. It’s brutally cold where I am. [deb: POLAR VORTEX!]

 Happy Fan Fic Friday everyone!!


Dear Deb, Annie, and KB… I just wanted to let you know I’ll probably give up twitter…. (I can just imagine your shocked faces and reactions) [deb: *SCREAMS*]

“But why, Michelle??”  “Why?”

Because it’s the devil… the devil, I tell you!  So many books. So many fics.  Just not enough time to read them all.

So, I’m reading Outlander.  I blame Deb, Annie, and Purelyamuse.

Kilts: they're bringing sexy back. [deb: lol Michelle on cold meds, y'all!]

Kilts: they’re bringing sexy back. [deb: lol Michelle on cold meds, y’all!]

That’s right, I blame you ladies for being up all night and ignoring my housework. [deb: ahh, it finally snagged you, huh? I mean, aye? Also, been there, done that. JAMMF, GAH!]  I’ve just started the second book in the series and I think I’m finding my groove.  Now, if I could just find my vacuum.During the holidays, I of course reread The Naughty Elf by Twilly.   And I finally, FINALLY got to read the end of Sacrifices by Enthralled.  I’ve only been waiting for the ending of this fic since 2007!!   Plus, I’ve been on the look out for more holiday fics for Annie’s Holiday TwiFic Extravaganza page.

kresly cole

I even found time to read Kresley Cole’s new series called The Professional.  It’s a three part series.  Short reads but very worth it.  Book three comes out January 20!! “From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional—the first scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?” [deb: I clicked the link. I like hotter than hot so I’m going to check these out. Yow.]

Guys, if you haven’t read Jane’s Melody by Ryan Winfield, you’re missing out. janes melody Take a break from swoony Jamie and add this to your reading list.  Sometimes you need a book like this to remind you that life is to be cherished and happiness can be found in unexpected ways!

As for right now, I’m heading back to read Outlander and all the things about kilts.  Aye, it’ll be a good read to be sure of it! << Jamie’s voice



 So that’s what we’ve been reading. YOUR TURN! Let us know if you check out any of our current reads; we love to talk about our favourites! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs and kisses from Deb, Annie, Katiebird and Michelle. xoxo

9 thoughts on “FanFic Friday: What we’re reading

  1. katiebirdie says:

    I so love this post. Let’s do this more regularly.


  2. xpreadmywings says:

    Morning girls! Well…it is a splendid sun shining Fri down here in Isle Esme, 40C *anyone in for a trade? LOL*
    Ok so I can proudly state that I’ve read the whole Outlander series…in 2 months and I’m now heading to my 2nd reading to catch all the gory details I missed LOL it’s that verra good!
    As for fanfics though I’m an old sappy cat, I’m braving a heartbreaking poem by luvtwilight4eva
    And just finished by Jenny0719 angst though not much with just the perfect closing…
    Happy Fri!


    • deb24601 says:

      Woohoo another Outlander fan to dance with!!! LOL I read fast the first time too and then go back for details. 🙂 And there are so many amazing details in that series.
      Thanks for the links! Happy Friday.


  3. Annie says:

    I am up to the 5th Outlander book and Voyager is my least favorite so far. I’m interested to see what katiebird and Michelle think.

    Deb I was looking for that crazy post with all the Eric quotes but I couldn’t find it. *crying*


  4. Wendy says:

    I have read all of The Outlander series multiple times…so can I join in on the squeezing and happy dance!?!? It is almost time to start a re-read to get ready for the tv show. For fics, I am finishing up the Angel series by Drotuno (for the 3rd or 4th time). Thanks for the new reading suggestions and the happy dance…LOL


  5. susanrsm says:

    Thanks for sharing everything you have all been reading! It’s fantastic!

    I’m on the 7th book in the Outlander Series, An Echoe in the Bone. I love this series. It’s amazing! I am looking forward to the release of the 8th book in June and the upcoming series on Starz. I can’t wait to watch these characters come to life. CAN’T.WAIT!! 🙂

    I just added Where We Fell to my TBR list on good reads. I love all of 107yovirgin’s fanfics. I look forward to reading an original story from her, I have Janes Melody on my list too! So many wonderful books to read. I need to somehow fit the fanfic back in too. wishesformorehoursinaday*

    Happy reading in 2014! 🙂


  6. Shay (@Slim_Shaydy_) says:

    Ohhhh I’m in need of bartender ward! :-p


  7. Hello, ladies … I decided to quit lurking and thank you for your Friday fanfic posts (including the Cedric one). And extra special thanks for the still from Outlander (fans self). I assume you’ve seen the interview with Sam H. from the Scottish BAFTAs? Methinks Jamie Fraser is in good hands…


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