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text 2018-12-29 23:23
Top 10 Books of 2018!

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Towards Zero (Superintendent Battle, #5)

1. Towards Zero by Agatha Christie was fantastic. I really wish we had gotten more Superintendent Battle books since he was a great protagonist. This book surprised me with the ending. Dame Agatha definitely can spin a tale and I love that this was one was sort of a locked door mystery.

 

Together: Our Community Cookbook

 

2. Together by Hubb Community Kitchen is a great cookbook! Now that my kitchen is put mostly back together, I had some fun with some of the recipes in here. Having the book divided up by meal was great, and if you are looking for something to cook that doesn't involve a lot of steps, some of the recipes in here are probably what you are looking for. I also love how this cookbook came together as did the community after the Greenfell Tower Tragedy. FYI, "hubb" means love in Arabic.

 

The Hollow Man

 

3. The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr was outstanding. You get a perfect lock room murder mystery that still has me baffled even though I now know the solution. Moonlight gifted this book to me and I have already loaned it to someone else who has always wanted to read it, but couldn't find a copy anywhere else either. 

 

The Witchcraft of Salem Village

 

4. The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson. Jackson did such a good job of breaking down the ins and outs of the accused and what was behind so many villagers turning on each other to accuse them of witchcraft. Jackson provides new information about how the accusations also spread to Andover, but were not believed. One wonders what would have happened if those in Salem had decided that the young girls who came out accusing others were liars.

 

A Monster Calls

 

5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness was heartbreaking. I want another story.

 

Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels, #10)

 

6. Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. Andrews ends the Kate Daniels series on a high and to me perfect note. I can't wait to keep up with everyone in the Iron & Magic series though. 

 

Charm City (Tess Monaghan #2)

 

7. Charm City by Laura Lippman. Lippman gives you a PI you can root for all while the action takes place in Baltimore. 

 

Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant, #1)

 

8. Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews. Well they did it again. They set up another series that is an automatic buy. Getting to see Hugh's story and actually like him still galls me. Gall.

 

So You Want to Talk About Race

9. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. This book is a must read for everyone out there. Oluo does a great job of breaking down topics and giving you real world examples.

 

 

Winter Solstice

 

10. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher.  Absolutely adored this book and I can see why many readers have Pilcher on their must read list. So many people told me if I loved Binchy I had to check out Pilcher, and they were right. Great book and lovely ending.

 

 

 

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text 2018-12-06 18:57
Goodreads Best Books of 2018

I always post the results here because the conversation it evokes in the Booklikes community is always great. 

 

Best Fiction

Still Me (Me Before You, #3)

 

Seriously how??? I read the first two books and thought it was terrible and the third book had a lot of negative reviews. 

 

Mystery and Thriller

The Outsider

 

I still wish that King had showcased the women in this story more.

 

Historical Fiction

The Great Alone

 

I didn't read this. Hannah is hit or miss with me, so I skipped it.

 

Fantasy

Circe

 

I got told by some reviewers this didn't live up to the hype at all.

 

Best of the Best

The Hate U Give

 

Woot!

 

 

Romance

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)

 

I really liked this one!

 

Science Fiction

Vengeful (Villains, #2)

 

Sorry, I didn't read this one.

 

Horror

Elevation


This one seemed to disappoint a lot of people out there.

 

Humor

The Last Black Unicorn

 

Love Haddish, but I still only gave this 3 stars.

 

Nonfiction

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

 

I really want to read this one! I heard it's fantastic.

 

Memoir & Autobiography

Educated

 

Sorry, have no clue about this one.

 

History & Biography

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

 

I definitely want to read this. 

 

Science & Technology

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World

 

This looks interesting.

 

Graphic Novel & Comics

Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)

 

Poetry

The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind Of Magic, #2)

 

Debut Author

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)


Sigh.

 

Young Adult Fiction

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

 

I didn't like this one at all.

 

Young Adult Fantasy

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)


Sorry, got no clue about this one.

 

Middle Grade & Children's

The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)

 

Picture Books

I Am Enough

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text 2018-10-16 21:38
My Least Favorite Books So Far This Year

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I have come for the airing of grievances. I have come to beg the Book Gods to give me a break and have me stop reading books that totally do my head in. I have asked for characters to stop being too stupid to leave. I am on my knees declaring an end to love triangles and information dumps via third parties.

 

1. Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught (Whitney My Love Review)

Hey you don't want to read a book where the hero is violent towards the heroine, but somehow it is always her fault? This book is pretty famous in Romance Land. 

 

2. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (How The Light Gets In Review)

Honestly, the continuing adventures of Armand Gamache in this one didn't work for me. You have so much mess going on with Jean Guy that this book did my head in. At this point I have no idea why Gamache continues to trust Jean Guy anymore. And I got really tired of constantly reading about the supposed corruption in the police force that only Gamache could root out. 

 

3. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (The Lying Game Review)

Do you want to read about rules to a lying game that never really gets shown throughout the book, instead the author just has chapter headings about it? Do you want to read about the lead character and her constantly dragging her infant daughter with her while she purposely seeks out dangerous situations? I also had a hard time with the lack of character development and the secret that this woman and her supposed friends (she hasn't seen in person in years) kept. 

 

4. The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver (The Burial Hour Review)

I have 100 percent given on on reading about Rhymes anymore. It's just gotten to the point that the character has gotten to a really unbelievable stage and the plots don't make much sense to me anymore.

 

5. Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski (Not Ready for Mom Jeans Review)

I just got over this book after the constant bashing of working moms and women who are overweight.

 

6. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert (Dune Messiah Review)

A thousand times no. I will never get the time back from trying to muddle through this book.

 

7. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (The Silent Corner)

I cannot get over newly published books by Dean Koontz. This one was really bad IMHO. Reading a book that is barely horror (though it's touted to be) with the main character as a Mary Sue. No thanks. 

 

8. Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan (Where the Past Begins Review)
This memoir rambled and skipped over a lot of things. 

 

9. A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery (A Million Little Things Review)

All three characters we follow in this one are very flat. One situation that arises in this book had me rolling my eyes and also not finding the ending very realistic. 

 

10. Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery (Sisters Like Us Review)

Doesn't really follow sisters, follows two sisters, and one sister's daughter. The one sister's romance was beyond frustrating and I hated the male hero for saying he wasn't ready for a relationship but trying to force himself into their lives anyway. You don't get to be half in. I kind of threw in the towel on the Mischief Bay series after this one.

 

11. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham (Happiness Review)

This memoir tried too hard and just didn't work for me at all.

 

12. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Burn Bright Review)

I have never had so many discussions around one book in my life. This put the nail in the Alpha and Omega series for me. I can't go back and read anymore. I am still feeling a bit uneasy about continuing with the Mercy Thompson series.

 

13. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (Bonfire Review)

Way too many plot elements going on and read like a Lifetime murder mystery.

 

14. The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder (The People We Hate at the Wedding Review)

Trees died for this book.

 

15. Perfect by Judith McNaught (Perfect Review)

The absurdity of this whole book was made worse by the alpha males in this one. 

 

16. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (First Grave on the Right Review)

The main character, writing, and flow were awful. Could not continue with this series.

 

17. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (The Long Way Home Review)

A filler book that was just written to kill off a main character. Nothing about this one makes any sense at all. I also ended up hating the character of Clara.

 

18. The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum (The Art of French Kissing Review)

Reading about two teens acting like jerks didn't do a thing for me. The main point of the book (the cooking competition) should have taken up more space than it did. Most of the book was just reading about how nasty Carter was being to Reid.

 

19. My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry (My Husband's Wife Review)

I don't know if I disliked this one more than The Girl Before or not. They both just suffer from could not happen unless heroine had a total brain transplant.

 

20. The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews (The High Tide Club Review)

Didn't know if it wanted to be a romance or a romantic suspense book. Neither one really works. The main plot of needing to hire someone to track down old friends doesn't work out really well and I loathed how the characters who were POC were portrayed. 

 

I will update this list again in December. 

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