Jen’s Monthly glom: June 2014 plus *Giveaway*

My reading habits are notoriously random.  One week I will decide to read only Urban Fantasy and the next week I will shun that genre.  There will be times where every book I read stinks and times where I love everything and everyone.  One thing that also holds true is my love of the glom.  Merriam-Webster defines glom as: to take or get (something), glom on to:  to grab hold appropriate to oneself.

My gloms almost always revolve around an author.  I find an author that is new to me and I go buy their entire backlist and spend a week or two reading it.  Nothing can stop me until I am fully glutted on that author’s work.  I decided to share my monthly glom will y’all in hopes that:

1) you might find a new to you author like I did and you can glom also
2) you can share your glom habits so I don’t feel so lonely and cray-cray
3) maybe you can steer me towards my next new-to-me author that I will glom on

June- I am a slacker

The Promise by Kristen Ashley The 'Burg series #5Don’t yell at me.  I didn’t glom this month!  I did go on a mini-vacation with the hubs and I read 9 books but they weren’t necessarily a glom.  Ok, maybe they were?  I read Kristen Ashley’s The ‘Burg series, with the exception of Frankie and Benny’s book.  Man those are long books!  Whew.  But I didn’t want to do a glom post on KA though because you either love her or hate her.  I’m not sure there is any in between with her writing.  I felt like doing a glom on KA might limit who will enter for the giveaway and we always want to give everyone a chance at the giveaways.


So here I sit wondering what to do for the actual giveaway.  This time I think I will leave it up to y’all to tell me your glom habits.  Tell me if you glom at all, what makes you choose a particular author to glom on, how many books you consider a glom…and so on.  Tell me all about your definition of glom.  I will gift two commenters with a $5 Amazon gift card.  Since I don’t have a specific author this month, I will let you pick!  You have until July 4 to enter, winners will be announced soon after. Open to all!


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  1. Make Kay says

    Oh yeah, I will glom if I find a new author, especially if the library has a lot of their backlist. I might check out the Max number of books allowed from the library if I find a new author from a book blog. Latest author I did this with is Lois McMaster Bujold. Love her stuff!

  2. Amy R says

    Glom reading to me isn’t the number of books but getting current on a particular series or reading numerous stand alones from one author. I’ve mainly glommed series like Cut & Run series bks 1-7 then I had to wait (the torture), Rough Riders books 1-13, Brown Siblings bks 1-4 and Matter of Time (full series) are examples of a few. I just started a new glom yesterday Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones.

  3. Ellie says

    My gloms are random, usually spurred by a comment on a blog or a review. My best glom was probably Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series. I had read one and was not impressed, then much later read one again and was suddenly hooked. I now own them all – that’s like 8 or 9 books, I don’t even know for sure. I did the same thing with Shannon Stacey and those Kowalskis.

    Right now I’m on the “White Trash Zombie” series – avoided it like the plague forever (those icky covers!) then suddenly had to read one, now I must read them all. I blame reviews and my fickle, fickle brain.

  4. bev says

    A glom , for me, usually happens with an author or subgenre. I have glomed KA, Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas and etc. But have also glomed NA, Urban Fantasy, Historicals, etc. All I can say is I love it when I want to glom cause it means I am having a great reading experience.

  5. erinf1 says

    I definitely glom authors and/or series!!! Right now I’m glomming Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series. Glomming for me is reading exclusively this author/series until the series is done or my eyeballs fall out :) Most of the time, this also entails very late nights and hiding from the outside world.

  6. jasmith1 says

    The impetus for my latest glom was Julia Spencer-Fleming. I knew it was a glom when I finished one book at 2am and then convinced myself to buy the next one instantly for my e-reader (on a work night, no less). I subsequently had to set a limit on how much I would spend on impulse purchases for this author. I started having “memories” and reminiscences about the events and conversations in the books. It was all bit terrifying, but utterly delicious.

  7. Aly P says

    I’ve never heard of glom before you, it kind of scares me that word 😀
    I’m always obsessing about Nalini Singh, Lexi Blake, Kresley Cole, Sherrilyin Kenyon and some others 😀 My poor friends who haven’t read them yet are kind of getting crazy about how much I harp on them :))

  8. kp says

    I have so many authors I have glommed! Abigail Roux, Nora Roberts, Lara Adrian just to name a few!

  9. TrishJ says

    Yep, I definitely glom. Authors mostly. My latest was Juliana Stone. I usually pick up a book that has been referred, or read a review in a blog . If I really like the book, I will hunt everything I can find by that author. I even have her upcoming book preordered.

  10. JeanMP says

    Yes I find I glom onto a genre, right now it is MC books, discovered Joanna Wylde so have been reading her books.

  11. JenM says

    I rarely glom because usually I find that by book 3 or so, I’m completely burned out on the author’s style, and little things that I didn’t notice in book 1 begin to drive me crazy. If I keep going, I’ll never read that author again, whereas if I space it out, I get much more enjoyment from each book. I’ll allow myself to read 2 in a row, but after that, I force myself to take at least a few weeks break. Of course, the danger is that then I never actually go back to the author as I get distracted by the newest shiny thing.

  12. Maureen says

    I sometimes glom an author but not as much as I used to. I think it is 3 or more books by that author. Kristen Ashley was the last author that I glommed.

  13. Chelsea B. says

    I will glom on an author who has an extensive backlist! My current glom: Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. :-)

  14. Krista says

    Hmm, the last authors I glommed were Karen Marie Moning and Stacia Kane, and that was a few years ago.

    I would consider 3 books a glom.

    I finally got my hands on Motorcycle Man and I while I really wanted to love it, sadly I could not. But I wouldn’t say I “hated” it.

  15. Susan T. says

    Usually I’ll glom if I discover a new authors. I’ve done it with Jill Shalvis, Kristine Ashley, Sherrilyn Kenyon and many more.

  16. Barbara Elness says

    I love it when I find a new to me author and have to immediately acquire all their books to read them all in a row. Then I wish there were more. 😀

  17. Anita H. says

    I totally glom onto an a series from authors. I would love a story so much, I’d want to read as many from the series as I can. That happened most recently with the Lucky Harbor series from Jill Shalvis! It’s not bad to be addicted to books, right??? 😉

  18. Ada says

    I love glomming on new authors. I get so addicted to finding out what books they have written or will write, what series they might have written (and if they do write series, it’s a bonus mark for them!) and start stalking them all over social media. The last author that happened with was Penny Reid when I found her first book in her Knitting In the City series. Now I’m part of her Sharks of Awesome fan club, I follow her religiously on facebook and I anticipate her newsletters and new releases like no tomorrow :)

  19. Karen says

    I glom by author, reading through a backlist or a long series. I find that I glom seasonally, either in the summer or during January/February. My most recent glom was Black Dagger Brotherhood—–and I don’t normally read paranormal!

  20. says

    Yes! I do glom especially on paranormal series. Then I usually end up reading how ever many books are out in that particular series. My latest was the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. Nalini Singh is an amazing author!

  21. Pamela says

    My gloms are also author centered. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it feels infectious. I consider a it a glom when I binge on a series.
    My most recent gloms: Jessica Clare. It started with The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed and sent me through the entire series. From there I read Clare and Jen Fredericks’ collaboration: The Hit Man series( highly rec!!).

  22. cayenne says

    I occasionally glom an author’s backlist if they’re new to me, but not often- if the list is too big, I can burn out on them. I almost did this when I discovered Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster series about 7 books in- by the time I was caught up, I could practically write her books’ outlines. The last new-to-me-author glom I did was Laura Florand a couple of months ago, and I came really close to that same point- I won’t do that again!

    Otherwise, I’ll occasionally do a re-read glom when a fave author has a new book coming out. There’s less risk of burnout then, as long as the series isn’t too huge :)

  23. cheryl c. says

    I will glom an author’s series of books. There have been times that I have stumbled into a series without knowing. Once I read a book by Julia Quinn that I discovered was the last book in her famous Bridgerton series. After reading the last book, I went back to the first and read all the rest.

  24. Kate I. says

    I’ve totally glommed authors and series. The most memorable was the Sookie Stackhouse series when I bought every title at my warehouse club store (this was shortly before the adaptation for television, True Blood, began airing). I then ordered the rest of Charlaine Harris’ backlist from Amazon (which I think offered a 4-for-3 promotion at the time). These days, though, three of the same author or genre means a glom for me. I recently read Alice Clayton’s “Redhead” trilogy back-to-back-to-back and have WALLBANGER and RUSTY NAILED waiting at home.

  25. Mary Preston says

    I will glom onto an author if they make me crave more of their work. I don’t have a specific glom going on right now.

  26. LSUReader says

    I don’t glom read much now, but I sure did when I started reading romance regularly, about 10 years ago. Thanks for your recs–gloms and others!

  27. infinitieh says

    I have glommed in the past – finding a new-to-me author/series and reading all the books by said author/in said series that are available at the local library. I don’t read in sequence though.

  28. Jess1 says

    Definitely, I’m a glommer of series in different genres. I tend to buy books in a series over time or when there is a sale, even if I’ve never read one book yet in the series. At some point, I tell myself to start on the series because I need to stop buying more books in that series etc.
    If the series is four books or less, I’ll read the series straight through; otherwise, I’ll usually take a break after the third or fourth book depending on the length or intensity of the books.
    There are still many series of books on my Kindle’s huge TBR pile waiting for me to read.

  29. Justine says

    I glom authors who have a substantial backlist that’s easily available. If I like a book, I’ll usually read the rest of the series. I consider 3 books to be a glom, but most of my gloms are much larger. I define a glom as reading many books by one author in a short period of time.