My Top Ten Books: of this Decade 2010-2019

Wow is this Decade over already it moved way to fast.  While making this list I kept thing of the amazing books that I have read, that were published this decade.  There was a lot too choose from.  I hope you enjoy my list, and i can’t wait for what the next decade holds for us, readers.

  1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – This is a book I’ve recommend time after time,   it deals with Ursula Todd and her many lives, it is not reincarnation, but a woman who lives the same life over and over in 1910 usually to World War II , It is like the film Groundhogs Day, but over an entire lifetime, and she can’t remember the choices exactly but she has intuition to save herself from traumatic events in her life and family.  It really analyzes why we make the choices we do, and it made me immediately think of my own life and choices.

 

  1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King – this novel was an instant classic for me. It has one of the better endings for a King novel. It is so much more than the Kennedy assassination. This is a story of choices and the repercussions of those choices; it has romance, adventure, spying, conspiracy, and a whole lot of heart. This was a novel that I thought I knew where it was going, but boy was I wrong and couldn’t be happier. This book is an incredible journey, with so much vivid detail; you’ll feel like you lived this adventure.

 

  1. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – This book is EPIC!!! The first book in the Stormlight Archive series. Too much plot to give a brief summary. Incredible world building, great organic magic system, excellent characters both heroes and villains. This is 1253 page book that you will be sad is over thankfully the book is a ten book series with the forth book coming out in 2020.

 

  1. Vicious by V. E. Schwab – This wasn’t your standard good Vs. evil it was kind of evil thinking he was good Vs. evil that still has some good in him. I love what this book does for the super hero genre.  It could be compared to Professor X and Magento, with different powers, and instead of one bad guy there is two each with his own ideas, thinking they were doing good. This novel has one sequel, Vengeful that was nearly as good and expanded the series in really different ways.

 

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – This is the first book that I remember being floored by the twist. This book is already a classic as it gets compared to every novel with a good twist. This novel is dark revels in it. I remember reading this in an afternoon I could not stop.

 

  1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – This novel started a series that is now five books and a six forthcoming. The first book was Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones. The novel plays out like a Greek tragedy. I loved this book so much, I recommended it a lot! Where a lowly red race who works in the mines ruled over by the gold race on Mars. When Darrow’s wife is murdered for defiance by a Gold he wants to go the same way, he is recused and made to look like a gold so he can infiltrate them, and change things on the inside, he soon finds out the Gold’s will murder there own to get a head as well.

 

  1. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Ove is a wonderful book it reminded me of the Pixar movie “Up”, only instead of Carl wanting to have a balloon filled adventure, he wants to commit suicide. This book is a dramaedy it’s 30 percent drama and 70 percent comedy. It still manages to be heart breaking, tears welled up in my eyes as I finished this book, because the characterization is that good. It is rumored that Tom Hanks will play Ove for an American remake.

 

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – We follow Starr who is in a car that’s stopped by the police with broken taillight, the driver is an old friend of the neighborhood who has fallen on rough times and starts selling drugs. The white police officer shoot the friend at the stop who the officer thought was going for a weapon as he checked on Starr. Starr is the loan witness and has to decide if she wants to stick up and say the truth about the incident. This book is pretty amazing with it’s approach about talking about important issues like, like black lives matter movement, interracial couples, gang violence, whether or not to talk to the police, why some people sell drugs, death of a loved one and prison life.

 

  1. NOS4AU by Joe Hill – A great horror story that shuck me to my core. Vic can travel anywhere she wishes by a magical bridge. She crosses paths with Charles Manx who has the same gift uses it for evil. If he wants to go somewhere it is to take children so they cannot get back. This novel will ruin Christmas for every one.

 

  1. The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager –   “What none of them understand is that the point isn’t to fool others with a lie. The goal is to trick them by telling the truth.” The twist are incredible, there was two gut punches of twist, I haven’t been hit this hard since the Gone Girl twist. This novel takes you back to the sleepaway camp days, it will give you nostalgia and chills. I have read ever Rilely Sager book he is one of my top authors of this decade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Top Ten Books: of the Last Decade 2000 -2009

Hey all my fellow readers, in anticipation of this decade soon ending and me painstakingly lowering the over 400 books I have read in this decade, down to the ten best. I thought it would be fun for me to post my list of the ten best of the last decade that I originally posted to Facebook ten years ago.  I can not wait to check and compare everyones list and discover new reads.  The one thing I noticed the most is the little variety in genres that I  have now made up for. I t is a little crazy that 7 out of ten have gotten turned into either a movie of a series, with one that is currently available  Happy reading!
Best Books from 2000 up to the end of 2009

10. Timeline by Micheal Crichton – is one of the smart’s book about time travel, made into the stupidest movie, I was so disappointed. Crichton does so much research to have it all flushed away in the film.

9. Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst-  this is a thought provoking novel about a husband who can’t deal with his wife’s death that he tries to teach the only witness to see the death, the family dog, to communicate with what he’s seen, if the death was an accident or something more.

8. Cell by Stephen King – the first fifty pages of this book are utterly terrifying, a new zombie novel about zombies created from technology, no one writes an apocalypse like King.

7. Choke by Chuck Palahnuik – this is a novel about a sex addict who works at a Middle Ages park and that chokes on food so people will feel like heroes and want to take care of him, he and other are lead to believe through a series of event that he is the second coming of christ. This kind of a crazy feel good novel, where the character learns to grow up. this was turned into a movie starring Sam Rockwell and Clark Gregg, and was actually directed by Clark Gregg who is agent Coulson in the Avengers and Agents of Shield.

6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – This book is about the mythological Gods of America, there’s the god of TV, and Radio, all preparing for a huge battle with all the other Gods, and on man who’s the son of a god and a Woman. The book sounds simple enough but this plot is only a subplot for a smart mystery of a serial killer.

5 Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill – who’s really Stephen King’s Son, His Debut novel reminds you of his Dad’s early stuff this is a really smart ghost story that will really scare you. The ghost doesn’t let daylight or crowded restaurant stop him this ghost story that doesn’t let up till the very end.

4.Life of Pi – by Yann Martel this book is so good, even though there are some slow part and at some points I really wondered where the story was going. Where it takes you I would never have imagined. I never would have thought that a book about an Indian boy, a Zebra, and a Tiger would have been so entertaining and have such a great ending. Turned into a movie that one best director for Ang Lee at the Oscars.

3. Water For Elephants – another book marketed as being chick lit, even though the main character is a man and there is masterbating dwarf, that probably won’t make it into the movie (it did not make it into the movie). This book reminds me of the way Stephen King’s The Green Mile was told. It’s about an old man in a nursing home that reflects on his life as he worked on a traveling circus in the 30’s. This is a love story, but it’s also about death and about how you want to leave this earth, waiting for it or doing something you love as your welcoming it.

2 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Micheal Chambon – a book about World War I and II, 1930’s comic book writer’s starting a company creating heroes to deal with what they think of the war, this book also is about being jewish, about being gay, about going to war a supporting your country, the early movies in the thirty’s, and life in early New York City. It deals with even more then that and it all makes total sense, to where the characters wind up.

1. Shutter Island by Denis Lehane – this book is a page turner, that you can’t put down the ending will have you talking for days arguing with your friends about the ending. Hopefully the movie keeps that part alive.  is an illusion or isn’t it is it a hallucination or will the end answer that question, but then ask you even more allowing you to question the answers you’ve just learned. A great read that’s just fun to talk about.

Book Review: Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig is a novel that is an epic tale that manages to balance the worship of both technology and religion, while throwing in the end of the world as we know it type scenario. Wanderers has easily made it into my top five list of books in 2019. This novel is in good company as a pre and post apocalyptic novel. The novel acknowledges such novels as Stephen King’s The Stand, Robert McCammon’s Swan Song, Margret Atwood’s Handmaiden’s Tale, and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. This novel is going to get compared more to Stephen King’s Stand than any other’s, here’s the similarities in it’s cast it has an aging rock star, Las Vegas is described the same way in both, Colorado is a home base for some of the travelers, and A plot line involves a pregnant walker. Despite the those similarities this novel is an epic ride with huge twist and with a very, very satisfying ending. The ending deserves a slow clap, it had action and heart all rolled into one. This novel is almost 800 pages and I could have read more, for a novel it’s size the pacing had a couple of dips but is pretty steady throughout. The humor and social commentary on movies, music, and social media are great. I could have done with out the political commentary, (Creel was Donald Trump and Hunt was Hillary Clinton) it was on the nose maybe too much it’s hard for escapist reading if you’re reminded of our sometimes dangerous political climate.

The Plot: One day Nessie, a brilliant high school student gets a glazed look in her eye and goes into a sleepwalking state. Shana her older sister notices and followers her out the door and down the street, she ties an she can do to make her stop, Nessie starts getting hot and her skin turns red, and she powers through her sister. Nessie is then joined by more walkers as they are called. The police are called and one overly ambitious officer tries tasers but they have no effect. The officer manages to use his brute strength to move one into his cop car where the body then explodes killing and burning the officer to death. More start to join what is known as the flock, which are followed by their family who act as shepherds. The military and the CDC join the parade as they look for a cure and for protection. Some people see the flock as heaven sent and the start off revelations. But others see them as Devil’s Pilgrimage. Those that fear the flock take measures into their own hands to stop them by force. Benji a disgraced agent of the CDC is given a second chance as a powerful A.I. known as Black Swan believes he’s the key to solving this whole thing, but this isn’t the only epidemic breaking out, in this world gone mad.

What I Liked: This huge novel is a character piece and I enjoyed a majority of the character, Like Arav, Sadie, Pete, Marcy, and Benji who was my favorite a man that convictions are so strong he will sabotage everything to do what’s right. The character arc’s were really good two character change a lot and it was interesting to go on that journey with them. The downfall of society from social media perspective was really effective and at times powerful. The walkers were cool the way they were described and what they can do made them unique. The explanation of the walkers was well explained and a really clever idea in itself. The ending is great very satisfying, when compared to The Stand this ending was way more plausible. it had exciting action, and great finish. I liked that every character didn’t get a happy ending, there’s one ending that I’m sure is going to upset people that, I kind of enjoyed because it felt real and raw ultimately more heartbreaking that the character didn’t get the closure they wanted. I really like Black Swan the A. I. as a character really worked for me, it’s motivation for survival rivaled the human’s. The epidemic of White Mask was described really well.

What I Disliked: Shana as the main character, was sometimes so whiny, and she had a lot of secrets which made her character tough to get to know and connect. I think the political stuff was at times too heavy handed, from a story standpoint it wasn’t necessary, it could have been all about a religious debate instead of throwing politics into them. That being said the author made the choice because he wanted to make a social commentary about today’s political climate and how easily it could be radicalized and maybe it already has. The cover is so boring and this novel is so exciting, so please don’t judge this book by it’s cover.

Recommendations: If you like big epic novels like The Stand And Swan Song then you will like this. This novel does have some trigger warnings of Rape, violence, addiction, and gore. This novel is a great Science fiction in the vein of Michael Chrichton where the science is well thought out and easily explained. I rated Wanderers by Chuck Wendig despite some flaws 5 out of 5. This was my first Chuck Wendig book and will not be my last, I have a friend that has been recommending his Star Wars Aftermath series for some time now.

Wrap Up: October 2019 Book Reviews

There’s only two more months until the end of the year, that’s crazy.  I am currently one book away from hitting my goal of 65 novels this year.  I’m currently changing up my work schedule that will allow me more reading time.  I read five books this month, one biography, one graphic novel and three tales of horror, with one being a netgalley ARC.  I felt I was reading slow this month but hit my average anyway.  I read one five star read and the rest were four star, not too bad in reading content.

5 Star Reviews:

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones – This book paints a picture of a hardworking puppeteer, director. writer, composer, and creator. I loved this book, I’m a huge fan of the Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal. This book really drives home Henson’s kind character, insane work ethic, and his visionary ideas. The book is a almost 500 pages (almost 600 pages with the citations) and when I finished I still wanted more. highly recommend I was ten when he passed, and cried not understanding about death and this book recounts what his tragic final days were like, I still got emotional while reading it.

4 Star Reviews:

Flight of Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales edited by Stephen King and Ben Vincent – this book has tales of the supernatural, tales of death, tales of suspense, and tales of the dangers of the innovation called flight. The authors of stories in this anthology include Steven King, Roald Dahl, Joe Hill, James Dickey, Ray Bradbury, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, and others. This book is about fear, now sometimes it is physical fear, but in a couple stories it is the idea of fear. this collection was really balanced in terms of quality storytelling in my full review I broke down every short story and gave it a five star rating scale.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey – this is a horrifying look at a a world dealing with a fungus that turns the host into a walking zombie that is hungry only for flesh. This book centers on a young girl of the age of nine the interesting protagonist makes this zombie like story a great one. The theme is this book is hope and it covers both hope and hopelessness fully. This book manages to be heart-filled and heartbreaking at the same time. This book was the closest I read to being five stars, the flow got slow, but one of the most inventive novels I’ve read in quite some time I bought the other book in the series and will read it soon.

A Lush and Seething Hell by John Hornor Jacobs – this is two books in one, a novella The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky and a short novel My Heart Struck Sorrow. This advanced copy published on October 7th was given to me by Harpercollins and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Both stories challenge idea of death and hell on earth. They both involve the past and choices made, for the better or worse. Both stories have good wrap ups and ending that will leaving you thinking for a bit after the story has ended. My heart Struck sorrow I rated it a highly recommended 5 stars, it is the second story in this book. Where a man dealing with the lose of his daughter and child becomes obsessed with a journal and recording of a man searching for a particular song about a man going to hell.

Bone, Vol. 2 The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith – this story adds more slapstick and more focus to the ridiculous second graphic novel in the Bone Series. This book is part Looney Toons meets Grimm Fairy Tales.  I bought this for my cousin who is 12 I’ve loved reading this series with her, it is very fun.  There is animated character’s smoking cigars is my only warning to this series.

 

 

 

Book Review: Flight or Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales edited by Stephen King and Ben Vincent

Flight of Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales edited by Stephen King and Ben Vincent, Has tales of the supernatural, tales of death, tales of suspense, and tales of the dangers of the innovation called flight. The authors of stories in this anthology include Steven King, Roald Dahl, Joe Hill, James Dickey, Ray Bradbury, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, and others. This book is about fear, now sometimes it is physical fear, but in a couple stories it is the idea of fear. I read everything so my review can have a little more patience than someone just going for horror stories. This book has some true horror stories but it does have a few reaching for straws it it exactly categorizes or not. I enjoyed this book and some of the stories more than others, my favorites are Nightmare at 2o,ooo Feet my Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury’s The Flying Machine, You Are Released by Joe Hill, and Lucifer! by E. C. Tubbs. I ranks all the stories but one that is a page long and more a statement then a story.

5 Star Short Stories:

Nightmare at 20,000 feet by Richard Matheson is a tale I’ve known about for a while it has been adapted 3 times for The Twilight Zone with William Shatner, John Lithgow, and Adam Scott playing the main role. For a story that I know by heart from the episodes, it still managed to surprise, it is still as terrifying today as it was in the 1960’s.

“Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb, is a great little short story about an unscrupulous man stealing a ring that can turn back time for a minute, but what happens when the man is involved in a plane crash is a minute enough time to stop it? I was blown away by this story, very dark.

You Are Released by Joe Hill A story about what happens in the passenger plane when nuclear war starts. A great story that jumps back and forth between passengers and the cabin, each dealing with their fates the way they know how. The best is we see through the eyes of a young girl that doesn’t know the world is changing and the adults our acting so strangely.

The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury – Man could he write. The flying Machine is a fable about the danger of innovation of flight. The story takes place in 400 A.D. China with the emperor seeing a villager create a flying machine while standing on the Great Wall. This story is expertly told in a perfect 1500 word story. This really makes me want to read some Bradbury short stories.

Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow – Ryan Rayburn III is a smuggler of rare art, and he has got a mask of a lost tribe, this mask has a curse, one you won’t believe. I really liked this story it is one of the more modern in the book so far, the description make your skin crawl and the horror is real, it is ends with the perfect saying and has a nice little twist.

4 Star Short Stories:

The Horror of the Heights By Arthur Conan Doyle the ending saves this one and I do have to take into the account of when it was written, ten years after the wright brother’s first flight, where for most people Plane travel was just a myth, this would be terrifying that it’s style is a lost journal. I rated this story 4 out of 5, if not for the ending it would have been three.

Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne The kind of Story Agatha Christie would have written if flight would have been recreational during her time. This is a fun mystery where a corpse is found in a locked bathroom by an apparent gunshot in mid-flight and a doctor and a criminologist are passengers who solve the crime.

The Turbulence Expert and Intro by Stephen King The intro to this short story collection is better than the actual story in the book, but it let’s the reader get a good glimpse into the story as King relates his real bout with turbulence ten we get his story soon after seeing the bits of real life that went with it.

Cargo by E. Michael Lewis is a story that was written in 1978 and very topical at the time dealing with a Loadmaster that has to load cargo in bodies of children after the Jonestown mass suicide, and starts hearing playing mid-flight.

Three Star Short Stories:

The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell is about John former member of the CIA that helped write the memo on what qualifies as torture during times of war. He has been exposed and tried for war crimes in Germany and others. He gets invited to Estonia to give a lecture, he agrees getting tired of not defending himself. On the way home things don’t go as plan as he wakes up to an empty plane, or so he thinks. The story is good just really didn’t like the way it was written, by jumping around.

Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds By Dan Simmons is a tale about Roger Colvin a plane Safety Engineer who happens to have a fear of flying, He knows if something goes wrong on the plane it will take two minutes forty-five seconds to reach the ground. I liked the ending saw what Simmons was trying to do with the story, but too much engineer jargon ruined the story for me.

Warbirds by David J. Schow – This story has a lot of heart, I liked the ending but for a short story there is way too many characters, and no descriptions, it’s war so there’s some distinction but not much in war jargon. It’s about a war hero Sargent still haunted by shades of war that left him broken.

Zombies on the Plane by Ben Vincent is about a group of survivors trying to escape a zombie apocalypse by plane. The story is told okay but I was more interested in the further adventures of group dealing with someone turning on a plane. but the story is about the escape to the plane, which I found just okay.

They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl is about a World War II pilot goes missing on a scouting mission, he returns 3 days later think it was only 2 hours later, he remembers what he saw when in battle. The overall story is great but it drags and ends up explaining different clouds for two pages. I liked the ending but the middle took too long to get there.

Two Star Short Stories:

Air Raid by John Varley too much was going on in this short story to truly enjoy. I think it was about people from the future saving people who died from known plane disasters, to populate the new world, I think? The descriptions aren’t clear enough, and throw time travel into it and it was just a mess.

Falling by James Dickey this is a poem based on a real flight attendant getting sucked out of an airplane. A few mad me think about the real incident. I’m not really a poem person, there was no rhyme it was more a free verse poem.

Recommendations: If you are like me and appreciate all stories not just scary then this well rounded collection of short stories is for you. There are a couple of classics in here that I would recommend. I rated 5 out of 17, 5 stars and 4 out of 17, 4 stars. the book will take some out of there comfort zone and I think that is a great thing. I rated Flight of Fright: 17 Turbulent Tales edited by Stephen King and Ben Vincent 4 out of 5 stars.

Wrap Up: August 2019 Book Reviews

Another month come and gone, this was a good month for challenging reads in Stephen King’s IT I challenged myself to read a 1376 page book and Black Leopard, Red Wolf was just Challenging in meaning and verse.  I read five books this month one 5 star and four 4 stars.  This month was very special for me by reaching over 500 followers this month, thank you, thank you.

Five Star Reviews:

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein: This book was wonderful from start to finish, it you saw the trailer for the movie it looks like a romantic comedy, there’s maybe 10% of that in the book, but the rest is about life, love, tragedy, and family all told through the eyes of Enzo the dog.

Four Star Reviews:

IT by Stephen King: This book is a behemoth at 1376 pages.  It did take me 15 days to read this epic story of childhood fears and coming of age. I read this in anticipation for It: Chapter Two coming out on September 6 2019. It was really rewarding, all the emotions this book takes you through.

The Passengers by John Marrs: I read The Passengers thanks to Netgalley and Berkley publishing letting me read the ARC before the American release on August 27th.  This is a book in the near future where fully functioning autonomous vehicles rule the road,  But when a hacktivist controls 8 cars telling them they’re going to die as their fate is judged on the car company’s board. A really great Science Fiction novel that feels like an episode of Black Mirror.

Say Cheese and Die by R. L. Stine: This is my retro review as I read book three in the Goosebumps book series, this story ranks 2nd place so far in the series.  Where a camera is either making bad things happen or predicting it when it takes a photo.

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James: A fantasy that uses African folk lore as the background. This was a challenging book with a really great story.  We follow Tracker as he joins a fellowship to bring a missing child back, but this is no ordinary child as is the creature who takes him. A brutal story with lots of twist and turns, this is the first book in a proposed three book trilogy.

Book Review: IT by Stephen King

It by Stephen King is an epic horror story about adolescent fears and growing up. This novel gave me so many different emotions, sometimes fear, sometimes laughs, sometimes pure joy and a lots of nostalgia. King manages to tap in to the preteen years so well, he remembers those jokes that only you and your friends found funny, the fears both the sights and smells of the dark and unknown, and he gets the awkward first love and feelings that you’re not equipped to handle at that age. I was a little shocked that the book is 85% percent about the kids and 15% about the adults, I thought it would have been a bit more balanced. The kids side is explored really well, but with the new movie It: Chapter 2 featuring the adults, they have a lot of room to play. I have had the book it for a while now but with seeing It Chapter One and loving it so much and with It Chapter Two coming out next week on September 6th of 2019. I was also fan of the Tim Curry, mini series version from the 90’s as well. but with the new movie was compelled to read It.

The Plot: Murder is afoot in the town of Derry, Maine in present day 1985 we see the start of a serial of murders and kids gone missing, the same thing happened 27 years ago with the murder of Georgie Denbrough and then a string of murders followed. Mike Hanlon a local librarian of Derry knows the towns history and was there 27 years ago and knows who or it is responsible. Mike Calls up six of his old friends Bill Denbrough, Stanley Urich, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozier, and Eddie Kasbrak who only vaguely remember what happened 27 years ago, but soon the nightmares comeback and it has a form Pennywise the dancing murderous clown. Soon they are flooded with all those childhood fears and begin flashing back to when they first all met and challenged IT. The memories are slow to flow back but will they remember in time to stop Pennywise.

What I Liked: The scope of IT, the novel takes place in a month in the past and you feel the time pass by and the days like no other. I liked how IT is a childhood fear you can not describe. The murder of Eddie Cochran was not in any movie, but man did this murder get to me, this was the chapter that truly scared me. There was way more humor than I was expecting Richie has all the best lines, I can not freaking wait to see what Bill Hader does playing the adult version, but the book version kept me chuckling. I love the town history, King is so good about town and family history, and you feel like you’re apart of it and know everyone in Derry. Henry Bowers is the bully from hell that through me back to all the bullies I’ve had through out the years, it was easily relatable to the losers gang and their strife. The feelings you get reading this book it plays with your emotions and fears. The rising action is one of the best in a Stephen King novel it flips back and forth from the 1950’s to the 1980’s each heading to it’s lair and the trouble they face getting there, it’s over 100 pages and they move supper quick. I liked the very end of the book I think King nailed the message of the novel really well.

What I Disliked: What King did to the Character’s of Tom and Audra, I think there roles should have been expanded especially Tom, he could have been so scary and a good foil for the gang. Audra we don’t get to know enough at the end I didn’t care what happened to her character. The town history was one of my likes but I could have done with out all the detail on what it has done in the past, I understood after Mike’s dad told his story, we didn’t need the gang and the union dispute to go into the same detail. The Climax is kind of crazy and not a good crazy, we never get why It prefers the pennywise character, but we get a crazy explanation for it, It Chapter One ignored it entirely and hopefully will in the next movie, but the miniseries kept to this ending which I feel cheapens IT.

Recommendations: This is one of King’s better works, for all a round emotion. It’s epic it like sharing a kinship with people that have finished this massive story. It did take me 15 days to read so make sure you do set some time away. My favorite Stephen King novels are The Long Walk, The Talisman, Wizards and Glass and The Stand. This is maybe just below the Stand for me, where I loved the epicness of it and the ride the reader goes on but didn’t love the climax. I rated IT by Stephen King a high 4 out of 5 stars.

Reading with My Eyes 500 Followers Post: Top Ten Auto-buy Authors and Book Bloggers Spotlight

Thank You, Thank you, all my followers, and anybody that checks out my post.  I’ve been running this blog for a year and two months, and could not be happier with the interaction I get on a daily basis, with people just excited about books as I am.  (The picture is my girlfriend’s dog Emmy Lou falling asleep next to Cuckoo’s Calling)

What is New on the Blog: Ive had success with my TBR page and making that realistic, so I will have more of the post in the months. My reading has gone up, so more reviews. I’m going to do a couple of book events and singings. I have some good ARC’s too read on Netgalley, I’m almost to the milestone 80% badge.

What Are My Top Ten Auto Buy Authors:

  1. Stephen King: the master of horror, I’m currently reading It, right now, I’ve read 27 novels so far from the man I still have a lot more.
  2. Joe Hill: Who just happens to be Stephen King’s son, I have read novel he has put out and most of his graphic novels. I’m eagerly anticipating Full Throttle his new one.
  3. Riley Sager: I’ve read all three novels published so far, The Last Time I Lied was my favorite book of 2018  and can not wait for his next.  He’s the king of summer thrills.
  4. Brandon Sanderson: This guy is the Stephen King of Fantasy, he writes very frequently usually publishing 2 or 3 novels a year, and each one are great, I love his Mistborn series, and and love what I’ve read so far in the Stormlight Archive.
  5. Pierce Brown: The Red Rising series blew me away just how compelling and beautiful it is, Ive read all his novel’s except his newest Dark Age, which I currently have but need to finish a little novel called It first.
  6. Angie Thomas: I’ve read both her novels The Hate U Give and On the Come Up both were amazing and talk about real issues of the day involving African American’s.  Try not to cry as a father explains to his family his children the rules of not getting shot at a police stop.
  7. Martha Wells: Is one I have recently discovered but am so in love with her novella series the Murderot Diaries, which has an upcoming novel for the first time.
  8. Robert R. McCammon: Is one of the most underrated writers, he’s a master of horror and historical fiction, he is the my number 2 most read author besides mr. Stephen King.  Funny enough I discovered McCammon because Stephen King praised him and his work in horror.
  9. J.K. Rowling: Who doesn’t love Harry Potter, but beyond Harry Potter I love the C.B. Strike series, It has been fun watching her grow as a writer.
  10. Scott Snyder: My only Auto-buy when it comes to Graphic Novels.  What ever he’s doing he makes it interesting and he manages to evolve the character wether it be Batman or Aquaman, I’m in Awe almost every time how he progresses these character’s that have been around for 70-80 years.  The Court of Owls storyline floored me and created a new set of Batman villains instantly.

Since this blog is about me reaching 500 followers, I wanted to tell you other bloggers that excite me and I think they deserve some more fans.

Book Blogger Spotlight:

  1. Paul’s Picks paulspicksdotblog.wordpress.com : This guy will tell you all you need to know in the world of Advanced Readers Copies, he post a review almost everyday, and it never lacks in quality.
  2. OwlBeSatReading owlbesatreading.wordpress.com : Really great post, once reached out to me because of a broken link was sending people to her site instead, really cool and real honest in her reviews.
  3. hobbleit hobbleit.wordpress.com :Really great reviews, constantly reading things that I add to my TBR after her review.
  4. Jonny Pongratz jonathanpongratz.wordpress.com : This guy has a real love for nostalgia is currently reading the Antimorphs series, then wants to start on The Goosebumps series
  5. Sarah hamletsandhyperspace.wordpress.com : Another blogger that reads really interesting stuff and I’m constantly putting books she reads in my TBR.

Thanks every one I hope to do another post when I reach 1000 followers.

 

TBR: August/September 2019

Hello readers, I’m back with another TBR for August/September, My last one was in October of 2018, which was a little bit of a disaster, darn work got in the way.  But this month I’m pretty safe and wanted to give fellow readers and followers insight to what I’m looking to read.

Flight or Fright edited by Stephen King and Ben Vincent – is a excellent horror collection featuring new and old short stories all about flight and the horror that comes with it.

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James – is an African fantasy novel, that delves into African folk lore.  It is about a group of beings that are sent on a mission to track a missing boy that might or might not have powers of his own.  This is the first of a trilogy.  I’m half way through it, it is written really well and deals with a lot of issues mainly LGTBQ issues, but dips in to feminism, and family struggles.  The word are great and spoken like poetry with lots of hidden meaning so it is taking me a little time to get through it.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – I want to read this before the movie comes out next week, starring Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, and Amanda Seyfried.  This is a book told from a perspective of a dog as his owner is a race car driver and life happens.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly – This book is about three separate women’s journeys through the events of World War II.  It’s fiction but based on real character’s, my girlfriend recommended it, and our taste are similar.

The Girl with All the Gifts and The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey – I’ve heard only good things about this series that take place in the same world and involves kids with special powers.  Joss Whedon creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer says they are can’t miss.

Goosebumps The Curse of the Mummy by R.L. Stine my quest to read the goose bumps books in order continues, I will also read Say Cheese and Die but that is on my kindle.

IT by Stephen King – This has been on the list to read for quite some time, and I really want to read it before IT Chapter 2 comes out on September 6th. I loved the first one so much I find no better time than to read it.

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Dark Age by Pierce Brown – Which is book 5 in the Red Rising series I was a huge fan of the first three, the forth was good but, not as good as the others, I still look forward to this series and am 2 people behind checking it out at the library.

The Passengers by John Marrs – a netgalley read about a plot where driverless cars kidnap separate people all to play a sinister game, this book has already came out in England and has Garnered some incredible reviews, very much look forward to this one that releases on August 27th in America.

Say Cheese and Die By R. L. Stine the forth Goosebumps book in the original series, it is the adapted TV episode that featured a young Ryan Gosling in it.

 

 

Book Review: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson is a mystery like I have never read before, the crimes are all tragedies with a lot of open ended questions. Where this book differs is it give you the crime, then it analyzes the history of the family before the crime, then after it, how they’ve dealt with those unanswered questions. The detective Jackson Brodie has his own unanswered questions about his own tragic murder of his sister when he was a teenager. This novel is an intricate character study that happens to be told with a compelling mystery as a background. This is my second Kate Atkinson novel I fell in love with her writing in Life After Life, which is easily one of my top favorite novels in the last ten years, and probably the novel I recommend the most to people. Her writing does not disappoint, she is able to write the slice of life that is family like no other, she creates a picture and a full roundedness of family, that is not all roses, and dips in to the secrets that lay buried in that family. I could go on and on, I did not like this book as much as Life After Life, but still a very compelling story for the introduction to detective Jackson Brodie.

The Plot: This novel tells three cases, the disappearance of toddler Olivia Land in 1979, the murder of Laura Wyre by a crazed man who is never captured, and the killing of Michelle’s husband by axe and the events surrounding it. We get all these mysteries how they’re doing now, and how they came to hire Jackson Brodie as detective. The cases are linked and interact in mysterious ways not in the past but in the present. Jackson has a case of his own that he’s trying to solve as well the death of his sister. All will be revealed, but will the character’s get the closure that they deserve.

What I Liked: The writing is so amazing, we get so many characters but Atkinson does such a good job at describing them and telling us where they fit in to the story, I was only lost for a couple seconds. The twist are really good and very plausible. The way the story is laid out really works well giving the audience the whole history of events. The humor is great and really provides a levity with the tragic events in the book. I love how real and honest the book got about hidden emotions. The theme of life after tragedy was used throughout and really stuck.

What I Disliked: All the Caroline chapters, I understood her propose, but also thought her character was not needed at all and we got the same closure with out her, and her chapters were the only ones I found boring. One case is far weaker than all the others and I felt this novel would have been a sold five stars with out it.

Recommendations: I recommend this one I had some problems with it but the writing is so amazing and draws you in, even the chapters I didn’t like. If you want something new out of a mystery then you should check this book out. If you like slower mysteries that are about character like Tana French or Fiona Barton, then you will like this!  Stephen King called it, the best mystery of the decade. I rated this novel 4 out of 5 stars. This is the first of four Jackson Brodie Novels with Big Sky by Kate Atkinson coming on June 18th 2019, and I plan on continuing the journey.