Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Garment of Shadows by Laurie R King


I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Any pastiche I can get my hands on to keep the adventures of Sherlock going I will get. I had high hopes for this series, but after reading this book I am finished. I read the first book in this series, The Beekeeper's Apprentice and it was pretty good but not the best Sherlock story. This book I was fortunate enough to win in a giveaway, and where it is book twelve in the series they can usually be read as an individual story from what I have read. 

This book opens up with Mary Russell lost in Morocco suffering from amnesia. Ok, this sounded interesting, and I was curious what caused it and how she was going to get her memories back. I was bored. The whole amnesia thing just dragged on and never seemed to really produce a lot of interesting reading. There is another plot that is going on that ties into the amnesia, but by the time I got there I didn't care about it at all.   

This was a book I was really considering DNF. However, I had already read 3/4 of the book and figured since I won this I should at least finish it. I was bored throughout the whole book and had a really hard time staying interested. I even had a hard time reading this in paperback. Usually if I am going to tune out a book it is because I am listening to the audio and doing something else. If I am actually holding a physical book I tend to focus more, and my mind doesn't wander. That wasn't the case with this book. I actually went to the library and picked up the audio version of this just so I could finish it. 

I was also disappointed in the sections that actually dealt with Sherlock. I know this book is mainly about Mary Russell, but Sherlock usually plays a role in the cases, and I enjoy those little interludes. In this book his classic deductions seemed lacking, and there wasn't anything I felt that made him the Holmes I know character wise. By the end of this book I didn't care how it ended. I just wanted it to end. The writing was well done, and I didn't see any technical issues with it. I just felt the story was dull. This series just isn't for me. This book is a New York Times bestseller so there are a lot of people who loved it, but I was not a fan. All this book did for me was bring me to the firm conclusion that I am done reading this series. I give this 1 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey by Timothy Roland


I love to read to my kids when I get the chance. Lately I have been working 2 jobs, so I'm never home. I work six days out of the week, and four of those days I am at both jobs. I feel like such a horrible parent because I'm not home and when I am I'm dead tired. Even though I don't have a lot of time to read to my son right now I am always looking for good children's books to read to my son. Scholastic was kind enough to let me read this when I requested it on NetgGalley, and I am so glad they did. I really loved this book. It was so cute and the perfect book for my 4 year old. 

This book is about a boy with a lot of energy, and like any boy he is always hungry. While visiting the museum he sees a bowl of fruit that is supposed to have been treated to make each piece huge. Grabbing a banana he rushes off to see the dinosaurs and munch that banana before anyone realizes it is gone.  This banana may have been treated to make it larger but that's not the only thing this yellow fruit had. Gamma radiation caused Clyde to turn into a monkey when he gets over excited. 

The story is really cute. Clyde not only gets into monkey mischief when he turns into the monkey, but he also helps to catch a thief who stole the Golden Monkey from the very museum Clyde took the enhanced banana. There are a lot of pictures on every page, and when Clyde turns into the monkey the story shifts to a comic strip. Here is an example of the art and comic strips in this book.


 I read this to my 4 year old son, 8 month old daughter and my wife. Sitting in the kids' room reading to everyone was one of the best nights I have had with my family in a little while. We all enjoyed this story and I have to pick up the next book in this series. This is a great book to read to your kids if you have some time. It said it was about 86 pages but we read this in one sitting before bed. 

This is a great early reader book to read to your kids or to get for your own early reader. I think I will even have to go out and buy the paperback copy of this so my son can read it himself once his reading skills improve. For now I am very happy to have had the time to read this, and I hope that I can continue to find great children's books to read to my kids. This is easily 4.5 stars out of 5, so for the purpose of reviewing this on Goodreads and Amazon I will round up to 5 stars. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Robyn Hood: Wanted Vol 2 by Patrick Shand


I have really enjoyed the Grimm Fairy Tale graphic novels. Some are hit and miss, but others like their take on Sleepy Hollow are pretty good. When I saw this one on NetGalley I had to give it a read. Now I am sorry I didn't read Vol 1 first.

This has an interesting twist to it. Of course the obvious twist is that Robin is actually Robyn, but the world of Sherwood Forest is another dimension. Robyn gets pulled into this other realm to save the people there. There is a bit of magic and almost supernatural themes in this book.

I liked this one. The artwork was pretty good, and the story really held my attention. Still I wish there was more to the plot, and I also wish I would have read the first volume. There were things referenced that I missed since I hadn't read it. The characters in this and the way the author brought his own twist to the classic tale of Robin Hood made this worth the read. I will have to try to find Vol 1 so I can fill in the holes, and if there is a vol 3 I will make sure to get a hold of that as well.

It seems for this one I don't have a lot to say, but I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good twist on classic tales. The graphic novel was put together well. I would give this 3 out of 5 stars. I wish the story was just a little bit better in some spots which would have made this a 4 star review.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Graphic Novel Challenge 2014


As most of you know I am a huge comic book geek. I read as many as I can through NetGalley, my library, and any other way I can get my hands on them. I stumbled onto this late last year and found that this challenge was for me. When I joined I had already completed the challenge but still included the graphic novels I read last year just to see how many I read. There were a few that didn't make the list because I took a break from blogging.

This year there are three levels to pick from. These are the levels:

Levels

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that's only 1 book a month)

Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)

Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)

I think I am going all in. I will be trying for the Silver Age. 52 graphic novels seems like a lot, and I don't have the same amount of time to read this year as I did last, but I finished last year with close to 40 graphic novels. This will push me to try for it, and I have a huge list of graphic novels I want to catch up on. Plus, last year I found NetGalley around August. NetGalley was a big supplier of my graphic novels, and I couldn't be more grateful. They helped me get out of my comfort zone and try new story lines and new publishers. DC Comics still remains my all time favorite comic publisher, and they provided me with quite a few last year that I was dying to read. 

I can't wait to see what is in store for me this year in the way of comics to read. There are still a bunch of story lines from DC Comics' New 52 that I haven't read, and those are first on my list. I also have to make sure to keep up with the Batman Family story lines. Death of the Family was absolutely amazing, and I can't wait to see what is next for Batman. 

Wish me luck this year, and I hope to have a ton of amazing graphic novels to recommend this year.  

Monday, January 13, 2014

World War Z


I was very reserved when it came to watching this movie. I love zombie movies, but I read this book and seem to be the only person who didn't like it. The book for me was a real snooze fest. The whole book was survivors telling their stories of the war. It needed more to it, more action or plot, and more zombies. I had a hard time picturing the events that the survivors were talking about because the detail just wasn't there I thought. So when I saw they were making a movie about this book I decided to wait till rental. I am also not a fan of Brad Pitt, so right there this was one I didn't care if I ever saw. Still my wife was interested in seeing it, and when it came available at our library we checked it out. I was shocked at how much I liked this movie. The trailer did look promising, but after my disappointment with the book I didn't know what to expect.


This movie is basically the before of the book. It isn't some post apocalyptic Barbra Walters special like I feared this would be. We get to see the disease take over the world, and there is some heart pounding zombie attacks in this movie. I was really impressed with the make up and special effects. This also had a few moments of what I like to call the 'pop out' scare. You are watching the movie and don't realize that the music has stopped, and there is no sound. Then all of a sudden zombies fly out at the camera, and I jump out of my seat a bit. Usually I am not a big fan of this type of horror, but it worked really well.

One of the other nice things about this movie is that there is very little down time. The pacing keeps moving along and doesn't really give you a chance to settle back into your seat. The action scenes were intense, and my wife and I agree that zombies that can run like a track star on speed is just terrifying. I'm a fan of Walking Dead or Dawn of the Dead where the zombies are shuffling along. It makes it easier to feel like you can escape to freedom. These zombies seemed almost faster than they did when they were alive. This movie felt very real, like this is something that could happen any time and just wipe out civilization as we know it. All of these different aspects made this a really enjoyable movie. I am curious to see what they do with the sequel I have heard might be made. I hope it is along the same lines as this movie and not a movie version of the book. This was definitely worth watching.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Let me just get this out of the way now. I was disappointed. The first book in the series, Divergent, was a very slow read to me, and I was wondering if I was ever going to get into the book. Right at the end the action picked up in Divergent, and I was hooked. When it was over I couldn't wait to get the next book and continue on. The ending saved Divergent for me because I almost stopped there. Once I was able to get Insurgent from the library I was ready to find out what happened. This book opens up, and the action that was so heavy in the end of Divergent was missing.

Maybe I am wrong here, and I am fine if I am, but it seemed that instead of keeping with the pace of the last book this one was a step back. This book opens with the aftermath of Divergent and how the characters reacted to it. I felt like there was time that passed, and I missed it. The beginning of this book felt like there should have been a novella before it or at least a preface. Apparently there is a Divergent 1.5, but it is just the retelling of chapter 13 of Divergent from Tobias's point of view. I felt there was this gap of events when this book started, and right there I was sort of put off.

The rest of this book was very slow with little to no payoff for me. I am not a big reader of YA, and I don't care for romance in my books. Now I try to be a romantic husband when I can, but I don't care to read about that kind of stuff in the books I choose. It seemed that there was a lot of back and forth between Tris and Tobias where their relationship was one the rocks. She made him angry but didn't understand why, and then she worried about loosing him. Ok. They are teenagers in love. I get it. Relationships take work, but I just wish there was less of the relationship and more story. Again this might just be me. I know these books are widely popular, but I was expecting more.

All of that aside I kept reading on. I had hopes that Veronica Roth was going to whip out a surprise ending and make this whole journey worth it like she did in Divergent. Nope, that didn't happen either. It was a good ending that of course sets things up for book three, but overall I felt kind of Meh about the whole thing. Usually I really like the second book in trilogies. This is usually when the story takes off because there aren't any characters to build or scenes and events to set. Some of my favorite second books are Two Towers from Lord of the Rings, and Catching Fire from the Hunger Games series. Both books just took off with the story and never let up for me. I was captivated from the very beginning of those. Maybe because of the preconceived expectation I didn't enjoy this like I had hoped.

I give this 2.5 out of 5 stars. I didn't hate this book, and it is by no means one of the worst books I have read, but I expected so much more. Veronica Roth is a talented writer, so it definitely wasn't her style or technique that made this less than thrilling. I just think the story could have been better. Maybe if this book was shorter and some of the filler was cut out I might have enjoyed this more. I will be reading the third and final book because I have come this far and might as well see what happens. I also don't like to leave things unfinished no matter how painful. My hope is that Veronica Roth recaptures my attention and the third book wraps this trilogy up the right way. I'm not in any hurry to finish though, and I don't mind still being in the upper 20s on the wait list at my library. There are other things I am anxious to read right now.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My Worst Books of 2013

Worst Books I Read in 2013

Everyone has a book or two that just rubbed them the wrong way. I had a few this year, but for the most part 2013 was a great year for books. Currently I am reading a book that could be a good candidate for Worst of 2014, but I am to far invested to give up now. Rarely do I give up on a book. I am stubborn and have to see everything I start through to the end. This past year was the first time I DNF a book because I just didn't want to waste anymore of my time.

This was another NetGalley acquisition that I was really excited to read. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and the fact that this story was about Conan Doyle and Dr Bell as they solved a mystery of their own excited me. Boy was I wrong. This book was so dull I could barely keep my eyes open while reading. I found my mind wandering as I read this because any other thought was more interesting. I made it over half way through this book and the story just felt stagnant. I couldn't force myself to continue this book because I had a stack of much better options. I doubt I will return to this book to give it another try because I was just that disappointed in the book. I do tend to be over critical of any Sherlock Holmes Pastiche, but thought I was safe since this wasn't a Holmes novel.





It honestly pains me to have  King novel as one of my Worst books of 2013. Both the Best and Worst have been King this year. I wasn't a big fan of Stephen King's till a few years ago. Since I became a "Constant Reader" I have made it my mission to read all of his books. When I read the synopsis of this book I thought it had some great potential to be a suspenseful book. King has this amazing gift to write characters that you feel you have known forever. In the case of this book I hated all of the characters. The main character is not likable at all, and I had a really hard time feeling sympathy for her. The book is about her getting handcuffed to the bed for some adult fun, and her husband dies leaving her trapped. The more I learned about this couple the more I disliked her and the more happy I was to see Gerald dead. I really had a hard time getting through this, but I kept thinking it had to get better. It never did, and now this is one of the Worst books I read last year.



Another painful decision for worst books is yet another Sherlock Holmes book that I just didn't care for. This is a collection of short stories, and I was excited to see what was going to be in this book. All of the stories in this book were terrible except for the one written by the editor Loren D Estleman. One story changed the names of the characters, Sherlock became Schlock, and another made Watson a woman. I have no problem with strong female characters, but someone so iconic as Doyle's Watson shouldn't be changed to that extent. CBS has a show called Elementary, and I can't stand it for many reasons, one of which is also the fact they made Watson a woman. I was really let down by this whole collection and sorry I wasted my time on it. Still I gave this book two stars just because I did like the title novella. Had it not been for Loren D Estleman's novella I would have really hated this book.




I always try to move on after I finish a really terrible book, but these three still irk me just a bit. They stick in the back of my mind still to this day. I'm hopeful to have another year with very few terrible books but I know there is going to be something that will just rub me the wrong way. Of course you will see those reviews as well as the best on my blog through out the year.

As some of you may know, my wife is my editor. She brought up a good point while reading this post. This wasn't her favorite post becuase I was very negative. I'm not usually this negative when I write a review. Even if I hate the book, I try to find some positives. Since I haven't even been blogging for a year yet I'm still trying things out. I'm asking my loyal readers to let me know what you think about this post. Should I do a worst books post again next year, or should I stick to just the best of? I'd really like to know what you all think. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Goals and The Best of 2013



January is always a time of reflection for me as well as a time to set goals. Most of my goals fall by the wayside as the year goes on as do many peoples', but I at least set goals. Part of my goal setting is what I want to read this year. Most of us avid readers have an idea of what we want to read in the coming year, and the rest is just happy accident. Before I get into my favorites and worst books of 2013, I am going to set some goals.

Goals:
For the past few years I have been wanting to re-read all of Jeffery Deaver's books. After years of searching and hunting I have almost all of them in hardcover first editions, but I also have the two books he doesn't have in his list of works. These were his very first books that are no longer in print because he is not a fan of them, but after a ton of searching, my self and my mother found affordable copies of these for my collection. Both books have now been signed by Deaver himself. This year I want to start my re-read. I will have to step away occasionally to read his new books coming out, but I want to start at the beginning again.

I have also read the first five books in the Dresden Files series, and I love them. Other books have come out, and I took a break from the series this past year, but now I want to try to catch up. I'm sure Jim Butcher has another one set to come out this year, and I want to be able to read it as soon as I can.

My final goal for this year that I am setting now is to read the rest of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. I have read most of the collections and novels, but I still have three books left to read. If I can, I want to read those this year as well. My reading time will be severely limited for a few months, but hopefully after that I will be back devouring as many books as I can. My goals seem a bit daunting this year so far.

Best Books of 2013!!!


I loved this book. I am a huge fan of Deaver's. He is my favorite author, but this book especially blew me away. The October List is not a book for everyone because it is written in reverse. It was tough at first to keep up because you know what happens in one chapter and then the next chapter is everything that leads up to what you just read. Once you get used to it the story is amazing. Even thought you know the ending in the first chapter Deaver still out smarted me and had more than enough of his classic twists and turns to give me goosebumps as I read through it. This book left me with severe book hangover. I hated to see this one end, but I couldn't seem to put it down. It is one of the best mystery/suspense novels I have ever read and is in my top 5 favorites of all time. If you decide to pick this up I advise you to stick with it through the first few chapters. If you aren't accustom to the way it is written by then, it might not be for you.



This book was better than I expected. Sequels can be horrible because they never live up to the expectations we had after reading the first book. When I read The Shining I was a little let down because it wasn't nearly as scary as I had hoped, but I loved that book because of the story. The same happened with Doctor Sleep. King himself said he just wanted to write a book that would scare the shit out of his readers. Maybe I have read enough King that I am desensitized to some of the horror, but I wasn't scared of this book like I was when I read IT. As I read this book I fell in love with the story and the characters. I thought that King did an amazing job tying this in with The Shining while still making this a book that could stand on its own. To any fan of King I would say if you haven't read this go get it now. You will not be disappointed.




This was one of the books I judged purely on the cover. I saw this around Goodreads, and there were a few really positive reviews. Then I joined NetGalley, and it was available there to read right away. I didn't know what to expect when I started it. Was it horror, Sci-Fi, or a Mystery? As I got further into the book I found that this book was a little of all of those. The idea of an apartment building with hidden secrets and some of the most interesting tenants working together to figure out the place was really good. It took a little while to get going, but there was never a point that I felt the plot or writing dragged. Once I hit the half way point I was hooked, and I couldn't wait to find out all the building was hiding. I had never heard of this author or the book until Goodreads and NetGalley had it. This was one of the best random book picks I had all year.





Those are just some of the best books I have read this year, and I can't wait to see what surprises me this coming year. I am really hoping there are some great hidden gems that I haven't discovered yet. We'll have to see.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 End of Year Book Survey

best books 2013 end of year survey 

This is my first year participating in The Perpetual Page Turner's End of Year Survey. I found this on a friend's blog and had to do this. I'm new to blogging and I haven't been doing it a year yet but this will be something I do every year now. 

Best YA book 2013



1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

There were a few that just blew me away this year but if it comes down to one book I would have to say The October List by Jeffery Deaver. This book was written in reverse and was tough to get used to for the first few chapters, but once I got used to it the suspense seemed even more impressive. 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Passage by Justin Cronin It sounded good but I was not amused. 

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

I didn't know what to expect when we read Invention of Hugo Cabret br Brain Selznick, I really liked it and can't what to read more by him. 

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

Well I have to mention it again, I am recommending The October List to everyone who loves a great mystery with lots of twist and turns. 

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

The only series I started this past year was The Walking Dead. I love the show and decided I had to try the graphic novels. These were great and I have plenty more to catch up.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

This year was the first time I read the Hannibal Lecter series, so I guess the author that I was glad to have read is Thomas Harris. I have Black Sunday to read still and then I will have read all his work. 

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

This year I really didn't venture to much out of my comfort zone. I am not a big fan of YA books but I was interested in the Divergent series. It was pretty good but the second book Wasn't as good as expected.  

 8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?

I really loved 14 by Peter Clines. This book was really good and I could not put this book down.  

 9. Book You Read In 2013 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I usually like to put a year or two in between re-reads but Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend this Never Happened will be one I re-read this year.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?


11. Most memorable character in 2013? 

I would have to say Abbra Stone from Doctor Sleep. Read it and you will know why. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?

I can't say I read a beautifully written book this year. They all pretty much dealt with murder and mayhem with a zombie attack every once in awhile. .

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013? 

I can't say there was one that really had an impact on me, but the book that got the most emotional response out of me was Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. There were a few things at the end that got me a little choked up. I won't say anymore. 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read? 

I can't believe I had never read the Shining by Stephen King until winter of 2013. 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2013?

I'm not sure if this is a quote by King or one he used, but I did like "Fear stands for F@#$ Everything And Run". That was in Doctor Sleep and I got a good laugh out of that one. 

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

I read a bunch of short stories this year so the shortest I read was a children's book written for adults and that was Go the F@#$ to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. That was hilarious and so true is you have had small children. The longest book I read was Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

 17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

The October List and Doctor Sleep are books I just wanted to talk about right away but my wife hasn't read them yet and most of my Goodreads friends haven't read the October List so I am just bursting to talk about those still. 

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2013 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

I would have to say that the relationship between Dan Torrence and Abbra Stone in Doctor Sleep was the one I enjoyed the most.  

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2013 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Jeffery Deaver is my favorite author and I will have to say October List again. I know I am a bit of a broken record with this book but it was a top 5 favorite of mine.

20. Best Book You Read In 2013 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:

Well I didn't get any good recommendations this year so I don't have a book for this question.

21. Genre You Read The Most From in 2013?

This year I found Net Galley and their comic section is great IDW and Diamond publishing have a ton that are read now that you don't have to request, plus my library has a huge selection of graphic novels so those are what I read the most of this year. 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?

Can't say I have one this year.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?

I don't think I read any debut books in 2013..

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?

 For me the best art work was in Aquaman Vol 1. The sea scenes were amazingly drawn. 

25. Book That Was The Most Fun To Read in 2013?

Weird things Customers say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell was so much fun. I used to work at Barnes and Noble years ago and these things were so funny because I have heard similar. Still a hilarious read even if you have never worked in a book store. 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2013?

I nearly cried at the end of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. King wrote some touching scenes in that book.


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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 

There are a few blogs I read off and on but I became a regular reader of my friend Angie's Blog Angela's Anxious Life. I also found two bloggers who do the Follow Feature meme that is a lot of fun. Alison Can Read, and ParaJunkee's View and the two who put this one and their blogs are fun to read. I also have really enjoyed Talk Stephen King, and Stainless Steel Droppings.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013? 

Right now I am most proud of my Doctor Sleep Review, it is a long one but I had a lot to say and put a little bit more about me in it. 

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I'm new so I haven't had a lot of people start up discussions on my blog. However, the post that got the most comments was a Follow Feature Funny Fav pick. That feature was all about putting your favorite books in a funny picture. I got a lot of people who liked my creative idea.  

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I have read a lot of reviews this past year but I can't seem to think of one that stood out as the most thought provoking.  I know there has to be one but I am coming up blank. 

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

This year I participated in the Readers Imbibing Peril challenge or R.I.P. for short. This was all about mysteries, horror, suspense, and thriller books and movies. It was around Halloween and revolved around all the genres I love. 

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?

I have only been blogging since July of this past year so the biggest moment for me other than posting my very first post was gaining my first follower and hitting 1000 page views. I was really excited to hit the 1000 mark. 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

The most popular post on my blog since it posted is still Green Lantern Corps Vol 1: Fearsome by Peter J Tomasi. This post has 498 pages views and every week is the most veiwed post on my blog. I have no idea why because it has the least amount of comments but it is popular by what my stats say.  

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I kind of wish all my posts got a little more love. I'm new to this and my followers are just starting to pick up. I have a wonderful group of people that regularly read my stuff I just wish there were a few more regular readers. 

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

 NetGalley.com I loved joining this site and got a lot of amazing books to read for an honest review. 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I did achieve my Goodreads yearly goal of 80. I ended up reading 83 total for the year, which is less than the 102 I read last year but this year I had a lot of life changes that made it tough to read. I also surpassed my goals for the R.I.P. Challenge.  

2014-books


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?

I wanted to start a re-read of all of Jeffery Deaver's books as well as catch up on the Dresden Files series. Well, I didn't do either so I am going to make those my goals for 2014.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Right now I am most excited for Mr Mercedes by Stephen King, and Jeffery Deaver's newest Lincoln Rhyme novel. 

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don't have one. I usually don't seek out Debut novels. I more or less stumble upon those. 

 4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?

None of my series are ending but I will be happy to be done with the Divergent series. I am still on the wait list for the final book that came out in 2013. I just wont finish the series till this year. 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

I want to be a better blogger. I'm sure this will be my goal every year, but I want to get a stronger following, and re-design my blog. I am using a template Blogger had and really want to make my own if I can figure it out. I also hope to start including my own short stories in my blog. Get some original stories out there for some honest feedback.

Wow, that was really long but a lot of fun. If you read it all, thank you so much for wanting to learn more about me.