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text 2015-01-03 17:17
A Look at Reads from 2014 and to the Future ?

Best of 2014-
Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher all 5 star reads
Skin Game- Jim Butcher
All the Light We Can Not See, Anthony Doerr
The Winter King, C.L. Wilson
Magic Breaks, Ilona Andrews
The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mike Lafferty
Sixth and Seventh Grave, Darynda Jones
Murder of Crows, Anne Bishop
Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews
The Walking Dead (novel) books 1-3 by Robert Kirkman

 

The Worst shall remain in the dark deep pits I threw them to, never to see light again, never to be spoken of.

 

 

Next year ? I don't even have a list. I am a bad reading addict. I am just going to read what I want when I find it. I only know the few below that I'll want


Burned, Karen Marie Moning
Eighth Grave, Darynda Jones
More of The Walking Dead series by Kirkman
Dead heat, Patricia Briggs

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text 2015-01-01 17:23
Favorite Reads of 2014 - TOP 10

 A CLASH OF KINGS by GEORGE R. R. MARTIM

 January 06, 2014

 

"The battle fever. [...] How time seemed to blur and slow and even stop, how the past and the future vanished until there was nothing but the instant, how fear fled, and thought fled, and even your body. “You don’t feel your wounds then, or the ache in your back from the weight of the armor, or the sweat running down into your eyes. You stop feeling, you stop thinking, you stop being you, there is only the fight, the foe, this man and then the next and the next and the next, and you know they are afraid and tired but you’re not, you’re alive, and death is all around you but their swords move so slowly, you can dance through them laughing."

 

 OUTLANDER by DIANA GABALDON  

 January 12, 2014

 

"I meant it, ye know,” he said softly. “I will protect you. From him, or anyone else. To the last drop of my blood, mo duinne.”
“Mo duinne?” I asked, a little disturbed by the intensity of this speech. I didn’t want to be responsible for any of his blood being spilt, last drop or first.
“It means ‘my brown one.’ ” He raised a lock of hair to his lips and smiled, with a look in his eyes that started all the drops of my own blood chasing each other through my veins. “Mo duinne,” he repeated, softly. “I have been longing to say that to you."

 

 ELENOR AND PARK by RAINBOW ROWELL

 February 06, 2014

 

"She was pretty sure she'd thank him for saving her life. Not just yesterday, but, like, practically every day since they'd met. Which made her feel like the dumbest, weakest girl. If you can't save your own life, is it even worth saving?"

 

 

 

 

 ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE by JEANIENE FROST

 February 13, 2014

 

“I’ll never look at your fangs the same way after last night. A part of me wants to apologize for holding you back before, and the other part wants you to apologize to me because you knew better!”
He laughed again. "I still have more to show you, trust me..."

 

 

 

 

 

 CHILD 44 by TOM ROB SMITH  

 March 12, 2014

 

"To stand up for someone was to stitch your fate into the lining of theirs."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 THE ILLUSTRATED MAN by RAY BRADBURY

 July 15, 2014

 

"We're all fools," said Clemens, "all the time. It's just we're a different kind each day. We think, I'm not a fool today. I've learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we're not perfect and live accordingly."

 

 

 

 ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ

 July 29, 2014

 

"I wanted to tell them that I'd never had a friend, not ever, not a real one. Until Dante. I wanted to tell them that I never knew that people like Dante existed in the world, people who looked at the stars, and knew the mysteries of water, and knew enough to know that birds belonged to the heavens and weren't meant to be shot down from their graceful flights by mean and stupid boys. I wanted to tell them that he had changed my life and that I would never be the same, not ever. And that somehow it felt like it was Dante who had saved my life and not the other way around. I wanted to tell them that he was the first human being aside from my mother who had ever made me want to talk about the things that scared me. I wanted to tell them so many things and yet I didn't have the words. So I just stupidly repeated myself. "Dante's my friend.”

 THE BRONZE HORSEMAN by PAULLINA SIMONS

 September 12, 2014 

 

"A bus came. The soldier turned away from her and walked toward it. Tatiana watched him. Even his walk was from another world; the step was too sure, the stride too long, yet somehow it all seemed right, looked right, felt right. It was like stumbling on a book you thought you had lost. Ah, yes, there it is."

 

 

 

 

 THE BOOK THIEF by MARKUS ZUSAK

 October 02, 2014 

 

"I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant."

 

 

 

 AMERICAN GODS by NEIL GAIMAN

 December 31, 2014 

 

"People believe, thought Shadow. It's what people do. They believe, and then they do not take responsibility for their beliefs; they conjure things, and do not trust the conjuration. People populate the darkness; with ghost, with gods, with electrons, with tales. People imagine, and people believe; and it is that rock solid belief, that makes things happen."

 

 

 

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text 2014-12-31 21:26
2014 Wrap Up
Voyager - Diana Gabaldon
Seventeenth Summer - Maureen Daly
Persuasion - Jane Austen
The Fog - James Herbert
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
The Beet Fields - Gary Paulsen
Ashfall - Mike Mullin
Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford
The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America - Allison Pataki
Legacy - Cayla Kluver

2014 has been a great book year for me! I exceeded my goal of 100 books, finishing out the year with either 106 or 107 books read (I'm still reading one so I may or may not finish it before midnight tonight). I fully expect my rate to be higher next year, as I have to read 60+ books for school by April alone. I'm really happy because the quality of books that I've read this year has been great, too! I've encountered my share of duds, but overall, this has been a really great book year for me. 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-12-31 16:18
Saga #22
Saga #22 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples

5 Stars, Buy it




So Marko still has no idea that his wife is on drugs. This is so not going to end well is it? Alana makes Marko leave. I think my soul might just have been crushed. NOOOOO!!!!  Not quite sure how the Prince robot is connected in all of this but at least I have one or two more issues before i’m caught up and have to wait endlessley for the new issues to be released.  Not only is the story amazing and original, the writing rocks and the art is out of this world. And In any case, read this series, even if you think you don’t like graphic novels, seriously this series is awesome!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-12-29 16:11
Gotham City Sirens, Volume 1
Gotham City Sirens Book One - Paul Dini,Guillem March




5 Stars, buy it.

 

Self Purchase, Comixology

 

Loved this. I love Catwoman, Harley and Poison Ivy. This was freaking awesome. I love the writing, loved the characters, loved the. There are enough single issues out to make into a volume 2, but honestly I’m not sure I’m going to be able to hold off because I really loved this that much.  I will hold out for now but as soon as I see some other stuff I want immediately on comixology, I will probably add more issues and possibly subscribe. LOL. Comics are addicting. I really love strong women.

 

Summary of plot

SPOILERS

Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy starting sort of working and potentially living together. At the end of the first issue, Poison Ivy demands Catwoman tell them who Batman is. 2nd issue gets intense when Poison Ivy and Harley try to get Catwoman to tell them about Batman.  In this series, apparantly, catwoman does know who he is. Catwoman misleads them. Bruce Wayne kidnapped and Harley rescues him- turns out that its Hush and not Bruce Wayne. I don’t know the Hush character. I did read Batman Hush but I don’t remember much about it right now so maybe I have read a little about it. Can’t remember. Anyway, Catwoman and Poison Ivy go off to find Harley who has been taken by Hush. Somehow the Riddler is dead but Ed Nigma is alive. Batman is working with the riddler- sort of. I’m very confused by the ending of issue #3. Issue 4- joker is trying to kill Harley. Issue 5 The girls call in some help to redo the apartment. The girls go after the Joker.  Turns out the Joker isn’t the Joker. I’ll leave some surprises.  Issue 6- for the most part was pretty boring but I liked the end of it.  I am now wondering if I’m going to have to subscribe to this series as well, once I’ve caught up that is.  Issue 7 is VERY amusing. Poison Ivy goes on vacation to south america I think. Harley goes to visit her family. I really loved this one. Issue 8 is another fantastic issue. Poison Ivy is framed for murder and then is kidnapped. It's up to cat woman and Harley to rescue her. Issue 9- the girls are framed for murder and they enlist the Roddlers help. Issue 10 is a continuation of nine but nothing great though I liked issue 9 well enough. Issue 11 Poison Ivy starts her new job. Issue 12- while Poison ivy is dealing with work cat woman and Harley have to deal with Selina's sister. Final issue is the wrap of of dealing with Selina’s sister.

 

I love how poison ivy is drawn in this volume.  Love how Batman makes appearances- I’m not huge into superhero types, but I LOVE Batman.  The writing is awesome and so is the art




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