Monday, January 26, 2015

The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

10772732

This is one of those series that I keep in my back catalog. It's the kind of book you read when there isn't anything else you want to read and you need a filler. The first book Heartsick was really good and it was my first Advanced Reader copy I had ever gotten. The story was really good and I liked the characters. As the series has gone on I have sort of fallen out of love with these books yet I keep going.

This is the first book in the series that doesn't have the main villain Gretchen Lowell. The other three had both her and the detective Archie Sheridan. In this book people are being killed in an odd way. All the signs from the bodies show that they have drowned but there is no water in the lungs. What can be killing people to make them drown on land? It was an interesting story but overall the book was just ok. I was one that I at least found interest to keep going on and it really wasn''t a chore to get through I just felt very  benign while reading it. 

There is a decent mystery here trying to figure out what could possibly being done to these victims. Archie has cleaned up his act and is at least off the prescription drugs in this book but he is still the overly brooding detective but now he is all on his own. Not a bad set of characters in this book but the only two that are interesting are Archie and the reporter Susan. The rest of the characters no matter how important they might have meant to be felt like they were just scenery or something to meet a page count. The ending was a little anticlimactic and felt rushed like the author ran out of ideas and just decided to end there. 

So for my rating I will give this 3 out of 5 stars. The reason for this is because I didn't hate this book and there were some interesting parts throughout the book. I feel this is very middle ground type of a book. since I can't give this a 2.5 on sites like Goodreads and Amazon I rounded up this time. I will probably continue the series but I'm not planning on reading the next one any time soon. It will always depend on what I can get from the library and what is up next on my to read pile. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Last Apprentice: Fury of the Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney

18090026

This is it, the end of a great series. The ending could have been a little stronger but I was pleased with how well this wrapped up. From what I have read Joseph Delaney is starting a new trilogy with Tom that I am quite anxious to get a hold of. 

As this is the last book in a series of 13 books there is little I can say without ruining the story for someone who hasn't read it, but I will try. Tom has come a long way in his training with the Spook and he has been working solo on random jobs around the county as the spook gets up in age. Tom has worked hard to prepare himself to face the Fiend and keep him from coming back to power. 

This was a good book, not the explosive amazing ending I was hoping for but still hard to put down. I have read a lot of books and quite a few series so there was a level of expectation I had with how this was to end. Once I heard there was another trilogy beginning I started to wonder if this was half wrap up and half intro to the new books. The ending was a little disjointed at times and seemed to have to come back around at one point to fill in information that got skipped. At the same this tied everything together pretty well, even the book Slither got tied in by the end of this book which I was glad to see there was a purpose to that. I was happy to leave this series as it was. 

I think I have rambled enough, I liked this book and this was a great series. This book gets  4 out of 5 stars for me. The series would be a 4.5 and I am so glad I stumbled onto this. I even got my wife to read these ad she enjoyed them just as much as I did. We also had a lot of fun talking about it as we read these books. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking to a great adventure story. It doesn't read like a Young Adult book at all and at times got kind of violent. I loved it. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Walking Dead Vol 22: A New Beginning by Robert Kirkman

23000709

Reading this I was a little confused at first. The book opens with a group of people we have never met before so I was wondering what happened to Rick and the group we have followed for 21 volumes. When we finally get to Rick and what is going on he is a completely different man. Clearly some time has passed since we left Rick and the Gang in Vol 21. I googled it and found a Wiki page that said it has been two years between the events of Vol 21 and 22. That made more sense but at the same time I kept wondering why skip so much time. Surely something interesting had to happen in those two years. 

Everything seems to be going all nice and dreamy in the colony now that rules and trade have been established. Rick has finally accepted his role as leader even though he fought it for so long. Our group has gotten pretty good at surviving in this new world to the point of herding the Walkers like cattle to help drive them away from their home. When I think the book is going to be this drab look at a Norman Rockwell painting of the Zombie apocalypse a new twist emerges. It was so subtle that I had to go back and re-read certain passages. I would love to go into more detail but I feel that would be a major spoiler and ruin what is one of the most clever and disgusting endings I have read in these books. 

So since I have run out of things that I can safely talk about in a non-spoiler review on to the rating. I felt this was a slow starter and only going to be a 3 star review but the ending makes up for all of its short comings early on. This is definitely a 4 out of 5 star book. I would push this to 4.5 but it wasn't amazing enough to round up to a 5. I am really curious to see where this story line goes and I can't wait for the next volume.  

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Last Apprentice: I am Alice by Joseph Delaney

6282143

After coming off the disappointing previous book in the series Slither, I was looking forward to getting back the the main characters. Little did I know at first that Tom wouldn't really have much of a role in this book either. However, I really didn't mind because I really like Alice and wanted to know more about her journey into the Dark.

When last we left Tom and Alice in  Lure of the Dead, Alice had to find a way into the dark and steal a weapon that is hidden at the base of the Fiend's very own throne. This book follows Alice on that journey as well as give the reader an insight into what all is going on in her head. These weapons will be used to kill her in a sacrifice to end the Fiend once and for all. On top of that we get to see a character from an earlier book that I thought I wouldn't see again. 

This book was very well written and was interesting from the very beginning. There didn't seem to be  any down time or long pause between events. It just flowed on through. I couldn't wait to continue reading this book every time I have to put it down . This book continues our main story line even with out Tom and the Spook's part in it. This is the major difference between this book and Slither. As you get towards the end of this one there is a desperate attempt to tie Slither to the whole series.  

The ending of this book leave the reader with a bit of a cliffhanger but I expected this with only one book left in the series. I am really excited to see how this ends but at the same time sad to have only one more book left. These characters have been with me through quite a few of these books so it is always sad to see a series come to a close. I did enjoy this book but there is, I feel, more that could have been done with this story, Because of this I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars. I had fun reading this and I am moving on to the very last book now. 


Friday, January 16, 2015

Nightwing Vol 2: Night of the Owls by Kyle Higgins

17137617

The Court of Owls was one of the best Batman stories I have ever read and the fact that this spilled over into the Nightwing universe was even better. We get to learn all kinds of great secrets about Dick and his family in the past. There are a few references to the events that happen in the Batman books so you might be a little lost if you haven't read them but the story in this collection was really well written. 

Not only do we get more of the Court of Owls story line but we get a new group growing in power in Nightwing's neck of the woods and these people hate all things with a mask. Nightwing has been framed for murder and now he has to deal with the Court of Owls and a new group hunting him down and their leader Paragon. This may start with the court of Owls but a new story line takes over the rest of the book and it was a good one. I can't wait to see what happens next. 

The story was great and so was the artwork. I actually borrowed this from my library so I don't have examples like when I get a digital copy for an ARC so you will have to take my word for it. There is a lot of detail in every panel in this book.  I loved this book and can't wait to move on to Volume 3. 

There is so much I want to say about this book but fear that it would be full of spoilers and I don't want to ruin this book for anyone. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. One of my favorite reads of this year so far and the very first book I will give 5 out of 5 stars. The next volume revolves around the Death of the Family story line from Batman and that was the only thing better than Court of Owls and other new series beginnings in the New 52. The books I have read from the Nightwing series have been reat so if you enjoy comics these all are good reads.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2014 End of Year Book Survey


2014 End Of Year Book Survey

Last year was my first year participating in this survey and I loved it. This is put together by The Perpetual Page Turner's End of Year Survey. I found this on a friend's blog and had to fill it out for myself, now I hope to make this my own annual post here. 

reading-stats-2014

Number Of Books You Read:

Last year I read 103 books, most of those were either Graphic novels or Audio books but I count them
Number of Re-Reads:

I had 1 maybe 2 re-reads this past year. I re-read The Strain because of the first season of the show, and I sort of re-read NOS4A2 also. I read it and made it almost half way through when it first came out but then gave up. I actually started it over last year and finished it so its half a re-read.


Genre You Read The Most From:

I would say Comics, and probably Horror but most of the books considered horror were disappointing

 best-YA-books-2014

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

This is a toss up for me, either Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver or The Drop by Michael Connelly

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

 For me it was The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, I really like the Percy Jackson series but was kind of let down by this one

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

For me it wasn't a book but a series. The Last Apprentice series was better than expected. 

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

 I always tell people how great The October List by Jeffery Deaver and I got a few more to read it this past year. 

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

 Best Series: Last Apprentice. Best Sequel: Didn't really read one. Best series Ender: Locke and Key Vol 6 Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

 I guess I would have to say Joseph Delaney for the Last Apprentice series. Otherwise I didn't read many new authors I liked. 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

This past year I didn't really step out of my comfort zone. 

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Sadly I didn't really have one this year. I don't have much time to read physical books so as much as I loved Skin Collector, there would be sometimes weeks in between reads and there really weren't any audio books I couldn't stop listening to this year. 

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

There wasn't one book that warrants a re-read so soon but I eventually want to do a re-read of all of Jeffery Deaver's books and Wonderstruck is one I will want to re-read to the kiddos. 

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

This is a tough one. So many of the Graphic novels I read this year had pretty goo covers but I will say it is between Nightwing Vol 1 and Batman Vol 4. They are both simple covers but I really like them.

11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Well, Batman, Sherlock Holmes, and Lincoln Rhyme are some of my favorites, but as new characters go this one has to go to Tom Ward and the Spook from the last apprentice series. 

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

I must be honest and say I don't read many beautifully written books. I like mysteries and things like the Walking Dead, but one of the coolest books I read this year was The Copper Bracelet. This book was written by so many different authors but was still one great book. 

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

Its kind of a stretch but The Keeper by John Lescroart is one that might fit. The Main character is a suspect in his wife's disappearance much like Gone Girl, but his in-laws right away start attacking him and ripping him apart. It made me wonder what would happen if I was in that situation. I would hope my in-laws would help fight for my innocence but who knows. 

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

This has to be The Green Mile by Stephen King. I saw the movie when it first came to video and lvoed it but never got around to reading the book till this past year. 

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2013?

I don't have any good quotes that I can remember so nothing that stood out that much, but the longest book I read was Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, and the shortest is probably The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Wow, I can't believe I don;t really have one of these books this year. I will however go with Trouble in Mind by Jeffery Deaver as a close match. This is a collection of short stories and some of these had amazing twists in them.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)
I have no idea what this is. I'm old and out of touch I guess (Didn't really think 31 was old but it sure feels that way sometimes). Since this is a One True Pairing I am going to say Peanut Butter and Jelly. Not a book but the bulk of my lunches and you just can beat this. Chocolate and peanut butter come close though. 

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Going to have to go with Tom Ward and the Spook again from The Last Apprentice series. 

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

This will be a toss up between The Skin Collector and The Green Mile.

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

This one goes to the Percy Jackson series. My wife and a friend of mine are huge fans of this series and I finally caved and gave it a read. 

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

I tend to not go all fangirly so I can't say I have a crush on a book or character. 

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

I didn't have one. I really need to pay closer attention to debut reads this year and see if I can better answer this question next year. 

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

This is a tough one because a lot of books I read last year had some great scenes but this will go to The Green Mile. The prison was so detailed I could see it in my mind like I was there. 

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

This is going to sound crazy but Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dave Pilky. My son and I got such a kick out of this book and it hilarious potty humor. 

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

I would say I am going to have to give up my man card but I'm not afraid to say I got teary at the end of The Green Mile.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

This one for me was Wonderstruck. I was just so impressed with this book. 

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

I didn't have one this year. I did have one that disappointed me so much I stopped reading an author I used to love and that is Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs. 

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

The Copper Bracelet, the way all of these authors with different styles could write one chapter and make it feel like the same book while keeping their own style identity was impressive

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

This for me was Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I've never bee so disappointed in a series and not cared how it ends just that it ended. 

book-blogging


1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014? 

I'm embarrassed to say I haven't been blog hopping much this past year. I have stuck with my regular favorites and not branched out. 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014? 

I am really proud of my review of Gotham and The Flash. These are new television series and I had a lot of fun writing the reviews on these. 

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

I don't get much discussion on my blog but this year I did voice my opinion on a nasty blog post on how people should be ashamed if the are adults reading YA. I never get into these types of discussions but I had some strong feelings and took a leap. My post was titled Proud to read what I WANT!!!

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

I love participating in the Graphic Novel challenge, RIP, and Bout of Books every year. 

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?

My one year anniversary for blogging. 

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

My posts only get a comment or two but looking over my stats the post that got the most views this year was for Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey by Timothy Roland. Maybe it got spammed but it has gotten more views than my review for Big Hero 6.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

I kind of wish all my posts got a little more love but I really don't do anything to promote my blog so it is all my fault. 

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

Life has been pretty busy for me in 2013 so I really didn't find any new book sites that were amazing. I will happily accept recommendations though. 

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

I surpassed my Goodreads goal of 100 books by 3 this past year. 


looking-ahead-books-2015


1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?

I got Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz for Christmas and I can't wait to get to it. I know it came out at the end of 2014 but this is a non-debut.

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don't have one yet but I'm looking and open to recommendations.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?

I believe Jeffery Deaver has a new Kathryn Dance book coming out this year and I always enjoy those. 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?

I am going to work on posting some of my original writing on my blog this year. 

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

I haven't read anything stellar just yet.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Worst of 2014

My Worst of 2014

You have read my best of post and with the good comes the bad. I was very fortunate this year in the books I chose. I didn't have many horrible books this year that I forced myself to finish. Only 2 of the books I read this past year I rated at 1 star. I am pretty impressed by this because I usually have quite a few more.

6065215
Now I didn't rate these one star but I will say I was less than thrilled with these series. I read the Strain trilogy this year because I really enjoyed the first season of FX's new show. For as entertaining as the series on TV is the books left me bored and wanting more for the most part. The first book was actually a re-read for me. I didn't care for it the first time but wanted to see if my opinion might change now that I watched the show. I did enjoy the book a little more, enough to see what the other two books in the series were all about. I kind of wish now that I wouldn't have read the other two. They just got duller and I started to dislike the characters more and more the further I got into the trilogy.

Its not the worst thing I have read but probably one of the biggest lets downs so far for me. I know I am going to catch a little flack for this one from friends of mine and probably my wife too. I am having a hard time getting into the Heroes of Olympus series. So far the books are the same plot formula as the Percy Jackson series, they also are slower. I still have a few left so I will see if it gets better.

17316584
The First book I am putting on the Worst of 2014 for me is The Garment of Shadows. This is a book in the Mary Russel, Sherlock Holmes series and it was boring. The writing was so dry and the plot so slow that I almost didn't get through this as an audio book. Had I not gotten this book for free for a review I would have made this a DNF Did Not Finish.I read about 70 pages and then gave up. I checked out the audio book from the library just so I could at least finish it. I usually love Sherlock Holmes books, but at the same time I am really critical of how he is written by someone other than Conan Doyle. These books are mainly about Mary Russel which mean Sherlock Holmes is more of a guest.








106128The last book that is on my worst list is one that pains me to rate so low. This book is Break No Bones. I have been a fan of Kathy Reichs for a long time. I have enjoyed her earlier books with Tempe Brennan and her Forensic Anthropology skills. I was reading the books that I had gotten behind on after a break and found they were not as good as I remembered. The writing was just ok and the plot was so dull and predictable that it was a struggle to get through something I should have devoured. I don't know if I have just grown apart from this series or if they really are getting worse. I had read several books in this series in a row and each one got more and more irritating. This book was the last straw. Because of this book I am no longer reading Kathy Reichs and I do feel bad about that since she used to be one of my favorite authors but I just couldn't read another disappointing book.



I am not one for negative posts but as any reader knows there are going to be some really amazing books and some really bad ones. I'm not saying these are really bad books I was just disappointed and they weren't for me. Now that the new year is here I am ready for a whole new set of reading adventures ahead.

What were some of your Best and Worst books of 2014?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 Goals and the Best of 2014






My Goals and my picks for the best of 2014!!!

Every New Year people make resolutions. Usuall something to make them a better person or to loose a few pounds, or just be happier. I am no stranger to these, I've put on a few pounds that I would like to try and get rid of this year. This blog is about my bookshelf and the things I want to review so I do have a goal or two about reading I would like to accomplish.

Goals:
This year I got some great books for Christmas and the one I didn't get I plan on buying as soon as I can. With that being said my to-read pile is growing like crazy so I am going to set some time aside to read at home more. My daughter is now 1 and a half and when my son was little my wife and I read him some grown up books. My wife read the Chronicles of Narnia to him, and I read him the Hobbit, the first Lord of the Rings book, and a few of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books. Of course he didn't get these stories which is great because we will read them again when he is older. I want to do this for my daughter because my son has the most diverse vocabulary I have seen on some adults. At the age of 3 he was using words like irritated correctly in a sentence. I want that for my daughter also. I have a Sherlock Holmes book or two left to read so these may become bedtime stories again for both kids.

Best Books of 2014!!!

Now on to the Best books I have read in 2014. Let me start with my favorite of the year. I have actually read a lot of good books this year but this one was my favorite.

18453226
It is no secret that Jeffery Deaver is my favorite author. Still with all of the mixed reviews I read on this book I really loved it. The idea for this book was amazing. The Killer is tattooing his victims but instead of using ink he used poison. There are some changes in the way this book was written which I can see people being upset with. One of the biggest changes is the fact that we spend a good bit of time with the villain. We get to see his point of view and how he is planning and carrying out the murders. This causes the story to bounce between perspectives and that can be off putting if not done well. A bunch of reviews also said this book lacked the suspense and thrills of a traditional Deaver book, but I think the twist and turns are impressive and hard to figure out until all is revealed.






11082037When I first started getting into reading back in high school Connelly was the second author I really got into. I loved his detective Harry Bosch and still do. Things have changed over the years and many books for Harry but now he is on the verge of being forced to retire and works part time in cold cases. In this book we get two cases for Bosh to solve. The main case involving Former Cheif Irvin Irving's son's death isn't as good as the cold case Harry works in this book. I loved this book for many reasons but most for the fact that I couldn't stop thinking about this book. The longer it went after I finished this the more I thought of every little aspect of this book. This book is going to be a little confusing if you haven't read the other ones but only in the character relationship aspect. The rest of this could easily be read as a one shot novel and enjoyed by all.





10128428
What is a children's book doing on my best of 2014 list you might be asking? My son loves to go to the library and now that he is older we have been getting bigger books. We read the Invention of Hugo Cabret as our first family read. My wife and I would take turns every night reading a section of that book to the kids and we all had a great time doing it. I happened to stumble across this at our library this past year and jumped at the chance to read this as a family again. The book is huge but mostly pictures. The illustrations are done by Selznick himself and they are really great. They really help move the story forward even without dialog or narrative at time. This book follows two different characters through the whole thing. The illustrations tell one story and the actual writing tells the other. I loved how this whole plot was done and how much fun it was to read this. Of course my son had a good time reading it but I think the biggest surprise for me and my wife was just how much we enjoyed the book.




These are just the few I really wanted to mention but there were actually a lot of great books that I have read this year. I could honestly go on for days about the books I loved and felt worthy of 5 stars. Instead I picked my top 3 of this year. As some of you know I will review movies from time to time and this year brought some good ones. I didn't get to see a lot in the theater but wanted to mention the movie I liked best out of the reviews I posted. Big Hero 6 was and amazing movie. We took my son to see it opening day for his 5th birthday and he loved it. All of us are anxiously waiting for this to come to Blu-Ray and Digital so we can watch this again. If you haven't seen it yet you really should this is enjoyable for kids and adults. This is where I leave you, ready to kick off a great year ahead and if you are interested in reading any of my full reviews for these they are here on my blog.

I hope you have set some goals for yourself this year and that you have given some thoughts as to just what your favorites were. Happy New year everyone.







Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bout of Books 12 Goals and Updates

Bout of Books

And the Race is on!!! Today is the beginning of Bout of Books 12. I have some steep goals for just a week but I always like to push myself during these weeks. Whatever I get finished this week for the challenge. 

Goals:

Since I don't get a lot of time to read the actual books I have most of my goals will be Audio related. I am anxious to finish the Last Apprentice series and I am already working my way through book 12 "I am Alice", My hope is to finish this one and at least start the final book in the series, "Fury of the Seventh Son. My wife and I also just picked up the most recent graphic novel in the Walking Dead series Vol 22: A New Beginning which I want to get read this week. 

628214318090026    23000709

I have also been working towards finishing Mr Mercedes which I have ion hard cover. I at least want to make a dent in this book this week. I know I won't finish it this week but I want to set some time aside to get back into this book. 

18775247

Good Luck to everyone who is participating in the challenge this week. I'm going to check in on the little challenges each day I can and maybe I will participate in a few. 

Updates:

Monday:
-I'm not doing to bad so far. I finished I am Alice and started Fury of the Seventh Son today. I didn't do any reading in the Walking Dead today or Mr Mercedes but I did read quite a bit of Mr Mercedes over the weekend. I finally got past the half way point and read a little over 60 pages. This book is so good right now and I wish I had more time to read it, but I choose to play with my kids while they are awake instead. I know tough choice but I love my kiddos. I also enjoy cooking so that takes up sometime when I get home. 

Tuesday:
-I continued to listen to Fury of the Seventh Son and made it through the first 5 hours of it. There are 7 parts to the audio and this leaves me with just a little bit to go. My hope is I am able to finish this book tomorrow and then begin the search for something new. 

Wednesday:
I got very close to finishing Fury of the Seventh Son. Other than that no reading today. Busy day at work so didn't get to listen to my book as much. 

Thursday:
Very little reading today, nothing to report. 

Friday:
I finished Fury of the Seventh son and read the Walking Dead vol 22. Big reading day for me now I can take the weekend off or try to get more in from Mr Mercedes. 

Saturday:


Sunday:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year


Happy New Year everyone!!! What a year it has been. Last year was a challenge and I had high hopes for 2014. After a very rocky start and some personal hurdles things started to look up. I was fortunate enough to find a permanent home at my new company that allowed me to quit my old job where I was miserable and go down to just one job instead of two. Now I work for a company I love and believe in and I have never been happier in a job.

My family and I have been doing well this year. Being able to have one job that makes me happy has allowed me to be home more often and spend really quality time with my kids and my wife. My parents and even my grandparents have seen a big change in my personality now that things have changed for the better.

My blog has been going strong for a year and a half now and I am excited to see what 2015 brings. My wife has been encouraging me to post my writing here. As I have said in the past, my dream is to be a writer, and author who can write these ideas I have and have people actually enjoy the work I have done. I have a few short stories I have started and maybe this is the year I sit down and finish them up and take the risk to post them and get some real feedback. I think I can take it good or bad. Every one has to star somewhere.

I have some personal goals just like everyone else out there, but I really want to take more time to read this year. I listen to books all the time at work but there are a few authors that I only will read in hardback. Jeffery Deaver, Stephen King, and Michael Connelly are the only 3 authors that I still collect in hardback when they have new books out. The problem with that is I hardly have time to read these. I have been working my way through Mr Mercedes for months now and I am just about half way through. Because of that I have books piling up that I can't wait to read like King's newest one Revival, Connelly's The Burning Room, and the new novel from the Conan Doyle Estate Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz. A new Sherlock Holmes book is one I can't wait to get to but I really need to make more time to read.

I have talked about myself long enough and I thank you for reading along this long. I would love to hear about any goals and plans you might have for this new year so please feel free to share in the comment section. Happy New Year to all of you and I wish you nothing but health, happiness and Success for 2015.