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text 2015-01-02 19:51
My favourite and Best Book's and Reads of 2014

Oh gosh what a year,

 

It's been a crazy one for sure! The highlight of Last year 2014 Was... Taaadaaa ((Drum roll' lol)) I didn't just get into reading again. I got in to it as a Hobby, and I started this blog, and Joined GoodRead's! I found my passion for book's again. And... The best part of that was. I found out how much of addiction it is, and that I absolutely love Horror!

 

Well to keep it short and sweet here is my Best book list The book's I REALLY enjoyed reading, as well as my best and favourite author’s as well.

 

 

This book draws you in from page 1. it gave me an atmosphere of genuine fear. I've always loved a good horror story, and mostly the ones that play unashamedly on your physce and senses, but this is just something that goes beyond that. Every part of your mind is opened to the deep seated fears and horrors within you, by taking you further and further into the darkness and by making you realise that it's only the beginning. so yes This is one of my favourites this year. Adam Nevill i salute you!

 

Oh yes! THIS book.

I found myself having a massive discussion with friend’s Over this book, I was totally pushing that it is a dystopian Horror. But How do you write a brilliantly effective and downright scary horror novel without ever showing any violence, or any monsters, or even giving the reader a chance to guess at what the bad thing actually is? Is that Even a good thing for an Author to do? Hell yes it is! I've never read a Book like Bird box before were every page just keeps you on Edge! This is definitely a 2014 favourite!

 

Just thinking about this book and the effect it had on me, even now Brings a Wench feeling to my chest. It's one of the most most powerful books I have ever read. You will cry tears of sadness and joy, feel anger and fear, love the story and possibly hate it too. If you have children you will cuddle them extra hard! It rips you up to your core I've never cried over a book or while reading a book. But this book... I Cried while reading it not just a bit Or a few pages.. But whole chapter's.

 

 

This Book was the 1st official horror book I ever read. So I reread it in 2014 and found my love for The Author James Herbert as well as his work's to add to my collection.

This is really a terrific novel, well paced, tautly written, and totally absorbing. It is an absolute page turner, with scenes of horror matter factly written, making it all the more believable and horrific, while tinged by a trace of dark humour. The tension is crisply maintained throughout the entire book, from start to finish, and makes for a riveting read that is hard to put down. This is a must read for all those who love a good horror story. Bravo! Mr James Herbert. <3

 

Oh honestly my heart flutters when I think of Joe Hill. The man can write some awesome Book's and that's not just because He's Stephen kings son. Its because if anything... He’s even a better writer then his dad! At least what I feel. I was in two minds if I wanted to pick this or “NOS4R2” I’m going to review NOS4R2 as I’m currently reading it. so Horn's it is all I can say is give it a read! It made my top list for 2014.

 

I guess These are the book's I can think of on top of my head for my list, I hope you enjoyed it. And see you in 2015 for more Book Review's!

 

 

 

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text 2014-12-29 12:30
Char's Horror Corner: Best Books of 2014!
The Cormorant - Stephen Gregory
Wild Fell - Michael Rowe
Animosity - James Newman
Wakening the Crow - Stephen Gregory
The Thicket - Joe R. Lansdale
The River Through the Trees - David Peak
Some of Your Blood - Steve Rasnic Tem,Theodore Sturgeon
Enter, Night - Michael Rowe
The Delicate Dependency - Michael Talbot
The Elementals - Michael McDowell

(These are books read here at CHC in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.)

 

First the authors that each had two books on my list:

 

The Cormorant  and Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory. This was my favorite author discovery of the year and The Cormorant my favorite book.  Mr. Gregory is an author of stunning prose and originality. I will faithfully purchase whatever books he puts out for the rest of my life. (A big thank you goes out to Valancourt Books for this discovery!)

 

Wild Fell and Enter, Night by Michael Rowe. My second favorite author discovery of the year. Enter, Night is a seriously underrated vampire novel and Wild Fell refuses to be categorized.  While beautifully written, these two stories pay off and pay off big. Horror is too small a word for what these two books deliver. 

 

The Delicate Dependency by Michael Talbot- 4.5*An old school vampire tale that is unlike any other. This one is slow paced at times and is not for everyone. But it definitely was for ME.

 

The Elementals  by Michael McDowell- 4.5* This book transformed me into a HUGE Michael McDowell fan. Because of The Elementals, I sought out the Blackwater series and that was fantastic too. With a beautiful ear for the language of the south, and with a haunted house story that was both entertaining and terrifying, Mr. McDowell cemented his place in my list of favorite authors.

 

Animosity by James Newman-5* This story about a horror author's worst nightmare got to me and got to me good. At one point I was bawling my eyes out. So yeah, good book! You should read it right now. 

 

The Thicket by Joe Lansdale- 5*This is the only audiobook on my list. I'm still relatively new to audios, but this will be the last year I can say that. I "read" a lot of them this year, and this was, by far, the best. An excellent western featuring a crazy cast of characters. I am very excited to see the movie when it comes out. The narrator did a bang up job and brought those crazy characters alive in my head. It was fun, sad and touching all at once.

 

Some of Your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon- 5* This is a story originally written back in the 50s. Usually horror stories from back then are different from the way they are today, and this one is no exception. It's very short, for one thing. It's also subtle and has to be read carefully in order to get everything out of it. It's told in an epistolary style and I love that. This is a tale that could be interpreted in a number of ways. You will have to read it and see how it plays out for you.

 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon-5* Book one in the Library of Forgotten Books series. It was amazingly beautiful. There's nothing else to say. (Not pictured.)

 

The River Through the Trees by David Peak- 4.5* I chose this story from the many books submitted to Horror After Dark throughout the year. I'm not sure what drew me to it, but whatever it was, I'm glad. This was my biggest reading surprise of the year, which is why it got the last spot on my list-I've read many 4.5 star books this year, but this one stuck with me. It's beautifully written, dark and gritty. I think this author is one to keep an eye on, and I plan to do just that.

 

A BIG thank you goes out to Valancourt Books!  (Click to read my interview with them at Horror After Dark.) They are my favorite publishing discovery this year and 3 of my top books came from them. They are dedicated to bringing books back from certain death. Out of print books or books that are only available to those with large bank accounts are targets for Valancourt. I might not ever have discovered Stephen Gregory without them, and I had been searching for Michael McDowell books for years before Valancourt came along. I love what they're doing and I think anyone with a love of books can find something from Valancourt to quench their reading desires. ((Click to check out their website.) 

 

Thanks to my followers and fellow Booklikers for making blogging a pure joy and for never allowing me to be bored. I have enjoyed my time here so much and am hoping for another book filled year. You guys are the best! 

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text 2014-12-22 22:10
Top 14 Reads of 2014

It’s close enough now that I’m calling it. It’s time to make a list of my favorite reads of this year. Keep in mind that by “favorite”, I mean this list is very subjective. In looking back, these are the ones that I enjoyed the most even though I read a lot of very good books this year. They’re listed chronologically in the order I read them: 

 

  • The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter
  • Slippage by Harlan Ellison
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • Mister Touch by Malcolm Bosse
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • Black Hole by Charles Burns
  • Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
  • The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
  • Dark Dance by Tanith Lee
  • You by Caroline Kepnes
  • Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut
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text 2014-11-21 03:06
Best Books of 2014

2014 has been my slowest reading year since 2011. Bearing in mind that these stats contain picture books, I read 415 books in 2011, 629 books in 2012, 195 books in 2013, and 152 books in 2014. While one hundred fifty two books might not seem like anything to sneer at, a lot of those books were rereads (which, annoyingly, means they aren't counted at Goodreads), which means that it's a bit difficult to judge the best books of 2014. For the purposes of this post, I'm going to only mention books that I hadn't read prior to January 1, 2014.

Here we go!

The Castle Crime (A to Z Mysteries Super Specials, #6) by Ron Roy


The Castle Crime was a book I'd been waiting for... and one that I completely missed for a while after it was released. I'd been hoping to hear something about a planned sixth book since the publication of the fifth, The New Year Dragon Dilemma, and yet somehow utterly failed to hear anything about any upcoming books in the A to Z Mysteries series until I checked the series' Goodreads page sometime after The Castle Crime was published.

Anyway, I can't lie here: The Castle Crime gets its gold star (five stars on GR) rating by standing on the shoulders of its predecessors, which were the first books I can ever recall considering "favorites". I adore the A to Z Mysteries series, so it's kind of a given that I'm going to love any new ones that come out, whether or not they truly earn all the stars I'm giving them.

But that's not to say that The Castle Crime wasn't a good book. It was a fun mystery and a milestone for the series, being the first book to take place in a real country outside the U.S. (The Yellow Yacht took place in a fictional country in Asia.)

You Have to Fucking Eat by Adam Mansbach

This is actually not a book I read, but one I listened to in 2014. Here is the recording I heard, in which the story is read by Stephen Fry, and Audible has a version read by Bryan Cranston.

 

 

The Christmas Pony by Sylvia Green

This wasn't by any means a spectacular book. It was a mildly endearing story about a group of astoundingly motivated children trying to raise enough money to adopt a pony before Christmas in spite of the main character's less than supportive parents.

I read this one as part of the Ho Ho Ho Read-a-Thon earlier in November, so it's still fresh in my mind; if I'd read it earlier in the year, I'm sure I would have forgotten it by now. It's not amazing... but its presence on this list certainly does go to show exactly how many new books I read this year! (Hint: it's too few to fill this list up with books Iloved instead of books I enjoyed.)

The Butt Book and Bleches, Burps, and Farts--Oh My! by Artie Bennett


Both of these are nonfiction picture books that mix information with potty humor in hopes of teaching kids about some of the more taboo aspects of their bodies. Both books are endearingly cute, informational, and humorous with interesting art styles (I prefer the art in Belches, though!)

If you've read Everybody Poops or even are familiar with the concept of it, you should get what these are trying to do. And if you've got a potty humor loving child, they're probably a great way to get them interested in reading and learning!

The Book of Cthulhu II, edited by Ross E. Lockhart


This one took me a shamefully long time to read, but I love it. I love the cover, I'm always interested in the Mythos, and I really enjoyed a lot of the stories included in this anthology. Some were disappointing, of course, but others were truly delightful, and I'm looking forward to picking up The Book of Cthulhu at some point in the future--not to mention other Lovecraftian anthologies!

If you're interested in post-Lovecraft Mythos stories, The Book of Cthulhu II is as good a place as any to start.

Animal Teachers by Janet Halfman


Animal Teachers is a super simple and straightforward picture book that'll help any kid get through their animal obsession phase with some extra knowledge to boot. The art is cute, the concept is cute (animal babies, yay!), and it delivers some simple facts to its intended audience of young readers.

The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet (The Secrets of Droon, #1) by Tony Abbott


I read a lot of these little chapter books as a kid, but not The Secrets of Droon. I started rectifying this in 2014 withThe Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet, and I'm glad; it's an endearing universe and I'm interested to see where the story goes. I'm not in love with the characters or the plot yet, but I'm definitely intrigued.

Depending on where the series goes from here, The Secrets of Droon could be another new favorite. And at the very least, it's several leagues better than goddamn Beast Quest.

A Tale of Two Daddies and A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager


These are two LGB picture books focusing on gay and lesbian parents, respectively. They're told from the perspective of the daughter and son (also respectively) being raised by the same-sex parents, and these narrating kids teach their kids that having same-sex parents is just about the same as having opposite-sex parents.

If you're looking for gender and sex minority (GSM) positive books to read to your kids, A Tale of Two Daddies and A Tale of Two Mommies are a great place to start.

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text 2014-06-10 06:50
Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.This is an image-heavy post.

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