Monday, December 22, 2014

A Year in Books: Part 3

My Beloved and I went to Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village last night.  So super magical.  You should absolutely do this if you're ever in SE Michigan around Christmastime.

Without further ado, I present to you books 21-30 that I have read in 2014!

21.  The Goddess of Fried Okra by Jean Brashear  This was supposed to be a quick, fun read to tide me over until I got my next Audible credit (I was feeling cheap and not wanting to purchase credits) and I downloaded it from the library.  Let's see... what I can remember is thinking whatevs every other chapter.  The characters were well written but I found the story silly and unbelievable.  Not my kind of book.
2 Stars

22.  Stardust by Neil Gaiman  So, being a complete goober headed ninny I never realized that the movie Stardust (!) was adapted from a book.  Say whhhuttt?! I broke down and purchased a ton of Audible credits because who wants to wait when you can have it now, now, now!  Oh Holy Heavens am I ever glad I did. I love this book so hard and Neil Gaiman is such a fantastic narrator.  If you haven't heard him read his books, do it, do it, do it!
5 Stars

23.  Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen  Confession time. I don't do well with animal books so I avoid them (I still haven't read Marley & Me) and then they went made a movie of  this book with what's-his-face sparkly vampire boy... So that immediately turned me off of it and I stubbornly resisted reading it because I am nothing if not stubborn.  Sooommmeeeonnne said I should read it so I downloaded the audiobook and I cried a hundred times (stupid animal books!). I don't remember loving or hating it - just liking it. I still haven't seen the movie.
3 Stars

24.  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan  A Goodreads suggestion because I read The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.  A book about books and a bookstore? Plus the author is from Michigan? Sign me up! What a great good read. A little mystery, a little magic a lot of fun.
5 Stars

25.  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman  Two words: Neil.  Gaiman.  I think maybe this is my favorite of his books (I haven't read nearly any of them) but this one is Ah-May-Zing! Again, he narrates his own book and sucks you away into his fantastical worlds.  I found myself often sitting in my car just to keep listening until I absolutely had to get out and go inside.
5 Stars

26.  Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain  Oh boy.  Let me tell you a little story.  A long time ago (2000, I think) while wandering around Borders with my MommaBean I picked up the first book in this series -  Green Rider and have been in love with the series ever since (I buy the books then pass them along to MommaBean who loves them too).  However, after waiting for years for this book, I struggled with it.  As in it took me five months to read.  I had to force myself to keep reading it in hopes that it would get better.  Maybe it is because I am such a hardcore fan of this fantasy series that when the author turned it from fantasy to a steampunk/alternate universe in this book I was crushed and sorely disappointed.  This could have been a stand alone book (with different character names) and would have been great.  UGH.  Painful.  Sad.
3 Stars

27.  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce  It's no secret that I am a huge Anglophile.  This book fit perfectly in my England-is-awesome lovefest.  Goodreads kept suggesting this book to me but I kept stubbornly (shocking!) avoiding it.  Wanna know why? Because I didn't like the cover.  Moron.  Does anyone else love book covers too? They can convey so much and I have been known to buy a book because I like the cover. Anyway, once I got over my bad self and bought the audiobook, I immediately fell in love with Harold and admire his perseverance in the face of difficulties. It a good story that made me glad I kicked my stubbornness in the knee.
4 Stars

28.  Doctor Who by Stephen Cole  Being a humongous Doctor Who fan you'd'a thunk I had read at least one of the quadrillion Doctor Who books, but you would be wrong.  I think this book was on sale for some pithy amount on Audible and I saw it was read by Tennant (love me some Tenth Doctor!) so I bought it. Good thing too because Tennant does an amazing job narrating and he absolutely kills Rose & Mickey. Good short story for commuting.
4 Stars

29.   The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore  Three things about this book: a) Drizzt! I love, love, love, love, love the D&D character Drizzt.  b) the narrators! Sean Astin, Ice-T, Felicia Day, Al Yankovic, David Duchovny, Wil Wheaton & others and c) IT WAS FREE!! Oh my gawwwsh it was so amazing y'all.  If you're a D&D fan then you'll love this collection of short stories.  Seriously.
5 Stars

30.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman  I asked Cari to recommend another Neil Gaiman book for me since I know she'd read a billion of them and she suggested this.  An amazingly fantastic book that has the most tragic character of any book I've yet to read in it. I listened to the unabridged version with his preferred text and I loved all 19 hours of it.
4 Stars (again I would give this bad boy a 4.75 if I hadn't already set a precedent)

And that my lovelies concludes part three!  I'm off to work but I'll be back on Tuesday with the final installment, swearsies!

No comments:

Post a Comment