Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Best of 2014

I never can resist doing a best of list so here goes

Best Comic Book:

Kick-Ass

Best Young Adult Book:

Tin Lily

Best Indie Book I read:

Margin PlayNaming the Hangman

Best Series:

This one hadĀ a coupleĀ because I just couldn’t narrow it down.

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)

Cracked (Soul Eater, #1)Crushed (Soul Eater, #2)

Best Female Character: Keye Street

The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street #1)Stranger in the Room (Keye Street #2)

Don't Talk to Strangers (Keye Street #3)

Best Male Character: Mark Watney

The Martian

Best Horror:

Salvation

My Favorite Book of the Entire Year:

Night Film

Honorable Mentions:

Save YourselfHalf a King (Shattered Sea, #1)

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The Kitchen Ecosystem by Eugenia Bone

The Kitchen Ecosystem by Eugenia Bone

This cookbook rocks my little foodie heart. I know I’m going to bore you guys to death with my foodie side-but you gotta eat!

I’m one of those people who garden. So yes, I stuff bags of squash on my neighbors porches when they won’t answer the door for me anymore-because I just took them a bag the day before. I’m a giver. Plus, I get so tired of squash..until that next spring.

Anyways, this book is really good about giving you recipes for the item, then tells you how to preserve some of the leftovers, then how to use the preserved foods and THEN even tells you what to do with any leftover scrap items. SO MUCH WIN! I’m cheap and hate to waste anything-at least that’s what my husband says. The truth is I hate waste. I worked hard on growing that food. I hate to see anything go to waste.
Now when I get a trip to my local peach orchard I can have different ways to use these beauties.

(yes-that’s my own peaches-I love the south)


Homemade applesauce with Potato pancakes.


Chicken with pork stuffed cherry peppers


Canned beets

The ingredients in this book are not hard to find. That seems to be a trend in some of the newer cookbooks-in that the recipe looks good and then throws in some food that either costs the whole house payment or you just can’t find in my area. I hate that. This book doesn’t do that.
So it gets all the stars. I’m gonna go cook some of this stuff!

I received an copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from blogging for books. Thank you!

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Two years after Red Rising left off we meet the Reaper/Darrow again. He has moved on to the Academy-He is the Golden child right? Then right as he tastes that brass ring; it gets yanked away.
That’s one thing about the Red Rising stories. They will twist you into a million different knots before they destroy you.

If your heart beats like a drum,
and your leg’s a little wet,
it’s ’cause the Reaper’s come
to collect a little debt.


In this book I didn’t love Darrow-sometimes I found him just plain whiny or inconsistent (yes, I know he was supposed to be that way-doesn’t mean it didn’t get on my nerves). The star of these book as was in the last book..Sevro and the Howlers. Sevro makes no apologies for who he is. He will either end up cutting your throat or cussing you out, or maybe just both.

I don’t know why I’m rambling on. There is no explaining this book. I give up to it. Just read it and buckle your seatbelt..Because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Now what am I going to read? Destroyed for all other books at this moment.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

2nd read:
I’m a dumbass. I fully admit to being a dumbass.

I don’t know what the hell I was doing the first time I read this book..because I gave it 3.5 stars. After reading so many shitty books this year I know now what a great book this really is.

This time it gets it’s full five stars. Five frigging, huge, screaming stars. Stars for Servo, Pax, Mustang and the rest of these characters.

1st read: When I was a dumbass.
Unpopular opinion time. I’m sorry fangirls. I just didn’t love this book.

I did enjoy parts of it. Then there were times when my eyes just glazed over. Dang it. I had such high hopes for it too.
I probably will check out the sequels to see how it goes before final decision is made.

Draw-A-Saurus by James Silvani

Draw-A-Saurus by James Silvani

This one is for the boy child. I can’t draw a straight line but he seems to like it..and he is obsessed with dino’s. That’s been his Christmas list for the last six years. Anything Dino. When he saw this was available on blogging for books he offered to clean his room if I requested it. Room still not clean but I’m sure he will be bribed to do it at some point and time. Yeah, right.

Anyways..here is how the book looks.

Totally out of my league but he will have fun. 3 stars from me..4 from him. He won this toss.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review from blogging for books.

Different Seasons by Stephen King

Different Seasons by Stephen King

I’m going to try and do this book justice..but I know it’s not going to happen so do me a favor, if you have never picked this book up just stop what you are doing and run get it.

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption:
This is perfection. At 101 pages Stephen King packed a story that stays with me forever. I’ve been a fan of the movie version since the first time I viewed it. I was so pissed when Forrest Gump beat it out as the Oscar winner for best picture that year. I raged..I’ve since calmed down because Forrest Gump was a good movie also..but still.
I’ve watched the movie so many times that I can quote passages of it from heart, and I’m not really a TV watcher. If it comes on I watch it. If it comes on again the next day. I watch it. To this reader the movie is a bit darker than Stephen King’s story.

This story is not horror. This story is about Hope..it’s about picking yourself up every single day and keeping moving..it’s about Redemption.

Apt Pupil:
To me this was the darkest story in the book. A young boy learns that a former Nazi general is living nearby and well he stalks him and then latches on to him. He honestly forces him into a strange relationship. They both are some of the most vile characters ever but you don’t have to like the characters to realize what an amazing story this is.

The Body:
Another of my favorite films were made from this story-“Stand by Me”-I actually have not seen this movie in years but I will now.
This story is sadness of remembering your childhood friends and some of the crap you managed to survive.

Breathing Method:
This one to me started slow. Then when the story unfolded I sat here and shook my head. A woman’s desire to have her child out-weighed every obstacle in her course.

And overall? This book was a full five stars. I would give it more if I could. It’s hard to describe these stories. They aren’t horror but they are about life. I wish I could have done them better justice..but I don’t think there are words that can.

This quote is in the afterword of the book, where Mr. King tells how he got typed as a horror author..not that there is anything wrong with that.

I’ve been in love with these stories, too, and a part of me always will be in love with them, I guess. I hope that you liked them, Reader; that they did for you what any good story should do-make you forget the real stuff weighing on your mind for the little while and take you away to a place you’ve never been. It’s the most amiable sort of magic I know.