I’ve been doing some reviews for series this year, but I wanted to let you know my thoughts on the Non-Serial books I’ve been reading over the course of this year. Here they are by Month. Hope you enjoy my thoughts as much as I enjoyed writing them down.
I’m including a “Jump-To” Hyperlink system here. That way every month, you can just check back what has changed. If you’ve been living under a rock, if you click the Months below, you will be brought to that month’s list of books I’ve read…
- January ’16
- February ’16
- March ’16
- April ’16
- May ’16
- June ’16
- July ’16
- August ’16
- September ’16
- October ’16
- November ’16
- December ’16
The Princess Bride – Abridged version that was eventually made into the movie. I squeed when I realized HOW much was put in there. Also, William Goldman did an awesome job of explaining EXACTLY what he took out of S. Morgenstern’s original version and why. What you see in the movie is pretty much how the abridging story came about. I’ll recommend that fans of the movie also read the book too. But, movie first. It makes the descriptions of the abridging parts easier to swallow.
The Librarian Principle – Just some fluff reading I found on Audible. I needed a break from the FBI series I’ve been listening to on Audible, so I found some fluff. I honestly found myself blushing for how much fun the reader seemed to be having with the book at times…. That’s all I have to say about that….
As You Wish!
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride – I have to say… very well done. I laughed, I cried, and I geeked out quite a bit at the recollection of their memories. Loved every moment and never wanted to put it down. A must-read for all fans of the book and movie!!!!!!!🙂 And as I did, you’ll “have fun storming the castle!”
Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation – This book gave me a further look into the world of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’ve always loved the movies and book. Didn’t know there was so much history behind the scenes, so to speak. I recommend it to everyone who’s a fan of the book!
Switch A Wish – I found this book on Goodreads, as the author was one of their Best New Authors. It was a welcome change from the more serious books I’ve been reading so far. It reminds me of Freaky Friday, in that people switch bodies for awhile. M.B. Earnheardt does an awesome job of bring the concept to life. She introduces an interesting way for a married couple to get couple’s therapy without having to go. It was a pretty interesting read and made me think of all the stuff I had bottled up, that could have hurt my relationships if I had let it go on… Wow! Well done Ms. Earnheardt!
Update: 2/3: Just had a fan girl moment! The author just reached out to me herself and followed me! Squee! Thank you again M.B. Let me know when you’ll be coming out with your next. I’ll be there to read it first thing!
The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia – Let’s just put it this way. It’s a mix of two of my favorite things. The Legend of Zelda series of videogames, and comic books. Here we get a glimpse into the videogame’s creator as he looks back at what he intended for the series, and gives us a glimpse into the upcoming games. It’s basically a history of The Legend of Zelda, so it made my heart squee when I saw it on sale on Amazon as a new book. Glad I purchased it!
My Knitting Book By Ms. Lambert – I had the knitting pattern book bug for awhile in 2015. This is the last one. Glad I waited to read it. Needed a change of pace, as it gave me a glimpse into the minds of knitters who came before me. It gave me a few ideas for patterns to try down the road as well! 😉
The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan – I had the urge to study a bit on how to make my business grow. I got a few ideas for how to make things more solid in my business-life.
Business Planning For Dummies – Not really a Dummy, but I will admit that there are some things I need help with. This book helped learn some of my weak points.
The Etymologicon – I love learning about the Etymology of words, don’t get me wrong, but this book was pretty boring. The reader did his best to make it entertaining, but yeah.. I got through about a half hour->40 minutes of listening before I skipped to the end to see if I was to expect more of the same. Yup… The author took one word and defined it, and gave it’s roots. Used the last word in that rant and did the same. I think the concept was to bridge a gap between Etymology and Icon, which would have been an interesting concept, but the author’s way about going about it was just…. annoying. I dunno. You may like it, but I surely didn’t…
Strange Candy – Laurell K. Hamilton MUST be commended on her ability to adapt to different supernatural beings and make us want to read about them. This collection of stories gave me more of an understanding of how her genius mind works. Not only Anita Blake and vampires, but Fairies, Shifters, and many, many more. I LOVED this short story collection! Well Done! 🙂
The Phantom of The Opera – Any fan of the Movies and Broadway Play MUST read the story in it’s entirety. I also recommend listening to this audible version I found. The reader ( ) does a great job of keeping your attention and bringing the story to life! I’ll probably come back and listen again once I finish the list I have planned for this year, I loved it THAT much! Well Done! The Angel of Music was always my favorite part of this book. I’m so glad I finally got a chance to read this book in it’s original form! Reader was pretty good too!🙂
Dracula – 2/15: My first impression of the novel, according to my review on goodreads. “OMG! The readers on this audio version are doing a good job bringing the story to life. I read this once when I was younger, and don’t remember liking the book this much! Can’t wait to listen to more! :)” That summed up my experience with the book, to a T! I loved it! 🙂
Harry Potter Series – I’m calling this series as non-serial, only because they’re so few of them, based on the rest of the book series’ I’m planning on reading soon-ly.
15th->17th: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone: From Goodreads:”There’s something so satisfying about listening to Tim Dale read through one of my favorite books. Some of the voices were so close to the actors in the films that I thought I would squee so loud people would think I was crazy when listening to this book in public. Well done!🙂 ”
17th->19th: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets: No review on Goodreads, but I really sucked this book up. I love that the reader knows the book so well, and tries to give a good voice to each character! 🙂
19th->22nd: Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban: From Goodreads: “:) I’m in love with the books all over again! Well Done Tim Dale, for making them shiny and new! :) ”
22nd->24th: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire: From Goodreads: “This was 21 hours of pure entertainment! As with the last 3, Jim Dale does an awesome job reading one of my favorite Series. I have to say, though… Sometimes he confuses male/female voices, which makes it all the more entertaining to me! ;) ”
February 24th->March 2nd: Harry Potter & The Order of Phoenix: From Goodreads: “See, when you haven’t read the series in awhile, you find new parts to love about it. The first couple of read-throughs years ago were great, but reading it again when you’re older just make it that much better. Still, in most cases, the book is better than the movie when it comes to expressing this wonderful story. Having it read to you by someone with a pretty good sense of J.K. Rowling’s characters makes it all the better! Well done! :) ”
2nd->6th: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince: From Goodreads: “Just :):):) .” To continue in this vein, there were a lot of tears, laughter, and “oh, I didn’t remember that part” going on as I listened to Tim Dale read this one! I think I loved listening to it as much as I loved reading it the first few times I read it. I have to say, the movies really DON’T do this book a service. All the small nuances I loved never made an appearance in the movies, for some odd reason…
Wrapped In Comfort – 3/7. From Goodreads: “VERY pretty shawls. I love getting ideas out of books/magazines! :)” I can’t wait to try some of these shawls!!!
6th->10th: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Already about 9% in. Had to take a break. It’s about 21 hours long. After a few hours, I needed to do something else… But I’ll be back to it soon-ly I think. I’m already pretty hooked! :) From Goodreads: “You know me. I laughed, I cried. I even geeked out at the parts I haven’t read about in forever!🙂 Too bad this was the last one. May have to read it again soon-ly…”
7th->27th: Closely Knit: I loved reading this book about a wonderful bunch of knitters. Heard about the book from TheKnitGirllls. It got me thinking that I’ve been anti-social of late, and I need that to stop. LOVED this book! Almost wish there was more of it… 🙂
Update 4/25: I’ve been absolutely HORRIBLE about not reading anything other than books that are part of a longer established series. I’ll try to be better about that in May. But for now, I’m calling this month good, on that front.
I maybe got 1% read in Outlander, so I think I may count this one this month…
From Goodreads on March 10th: “I read a bit, then I decided I wanted to listen to another book. If I could, I’d take back “beginning” this book for another time. As I can’t, I’m putting this into hibernation… ” I think I still agree with these sentiments. I’ll try again in May when other books aren’t calling my attention…
Update 5/17: Alright. I’ve been a bit better over the past few weeks with my reading. Pretty much a mission, if I’m going to be honest… But here goes! 🙂
4/25->5/2: Mischief: This was an audiobook. It featured a wonderfully creative female lead, who just happens to fall in love with a creative bad boy. First impressions of one another lead to a story that becomes a comedy of errors, and one of growing love. From Goodreads: “I started this one slowly, but then I got into the wonderful story. A Wonderful story made even better by a wonderful reader. 🙂 ”
5/2->5/6: Rock Chick: This is actually the first book of a short series. I may actually read the rest of the series. Heck, I already downloaded the next few books. Just a matter of when, as I’m in the middle of another series that I’m listening to right now… This first book, is the story of Indy and Lee, who have known each other since they were younger. The children of two cops who are also friends. Indy is obsessed with being her wonderfully different self. Also, with Lee since she was younger. As both grew up, Lee became more and more dangerous and started to dissuade Indy from her obsession of him. After 10 years of her trying to ignore her feelings, she gets into a spot of trouble and needs Lee to get her out of it. Comedy ensues, as well as a wonderful love story. The reader was pretty good too. I’m hoping the second book in the series is just a s good, and can’t wait to find out.
5/7->5/8: The Gunslinger: This is the first of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’ This is not the first, nor the second time I’ve read through this series. I’m obsessed. Saw this on Audible, and decided to give it a try. Let someone read the story to me for once… From Goodreads: “I’ve forgotten how AWESOME this book was. I read it a few years ago, and for some reason…. I just got it through my head again. This time, the wonderful story is being read TO me by a wonderful reader. It’s the PERFECT combo! Well Done!”
5/9->5/10: Big Rock: This was just a bit of fluff between the first and second of the new series I’ve been reading through. Sometimes, you need something light… At first the main character is a pretty big asshole, who only cares to get his rocks off. Then he needs to impress one of his Diamond Business Tycoon Father’s Investors, and begs help from a woman to pay his fiancé. They end up falling in love, and he changes. It’s an interesting story told in the male POV. I couldn’t put it down. :) I also like the fact that the title has several meanings…
5/10->5/15: The Drawing of The Three: This is the second of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’ Also not the first time I’ve read through this book. When I made the decision to listen to The Gunslinger, I also downloaded this one. As you do…😉 My only comment on Goodreads is “:)” Which just about sums up my thoughts about this series… 🙂
5/15-> Current: The Wastelands: This is the third of Steven King’s ‘Dark Tower Series.’ See my comment from above. So far, so good. I’m obsessed with this series so far. Love the characters and I’m just getting to the part of Blaine the damn pain…
Update 6/5: Finished this one 5/17. It was an awesome story met with an awesome reader who really got you into the story every time you left the book for any length of time. I didn’t, but if you did, you would be alright. We learn that even Roland was wandering aimlessly until he finds the path of the beam that will take him to his beloved Tower. We are joined by Jake (after he has “died/not-died” and a Billybumbler named Oy. We hear this several times, but “Blaine is a pain, and that is the truth!” They must wake the pain to get out of Dodge, so to speak! 🙂
May 17th-> June 5th: Wizard and Glass: I’m really not surprised this one took me as long as it did. It’s got SOO much happening in it. We start off with a journey aboard Blaine the pain. I love how Eddie’s previously dumb jokes save their bacon during the Riddling contest. It’s then, that Roland sees Eddie’s true worth, and they learn to respect each other better. We also see a different side of Roland as he tells the story of his True Love Susan. We see that the hard-as-nails Gunslinger can also be soft as well. We learn that although he has been hard on his Ka-Tet over the past couple of books, he has also come to love and respect them. A trip through a land like Oz also shows us that he believes HE will be the reason the Ka-Tet breaks, after they learn about his past. They prove him wrong, and in an awesome way! You’ll have to read it to find out what I’m talking about. My review from Goodreads: ”🙂 OMG! I’m still in love with this story, and it was even better by the reader! Well Met! And “Ka Like the Wind!”🙂 ”
June 5th->Current: The Wind Through The Keyhole: I just started this one. It’s #4.5 in the series. It’s new to me, as I never knew that there was a book between the “major” books in the series. So it’s a first for me. It’s made even better by the fact that Stephen King is reading the story to me himself! :) LOL!
Update 7/26: This one took me until the 11th of June to read. Let’s be honest. The most I remember from this book, is that Roland was telling a story that he had heard from his youth. So “Yay! Storytime!”🙂
June 21st: It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons by Franklin Habit. I absolutely LOVED this book. I enjoyed every second of his essays and cartoons. Here’s my review from Goodreads: “Franklin is an amazing writer & cartoonist… I practically rolled on the floor with laughter from his cartoons. At times, these were only funny to a knitter. Or a Knitter’s Significant other. I honestly would recommend this book to anyone who wouldn’t mind some dry humor!🙂 ”
June 11th->22nd: Wolves of The Calla by Stephen King. I’ve read this book before, but there’s something about listening to someone else read this wonderful story to me. My Review from Goodreads: “OMG! I loved reading the book, but listening to it was even better! I can’t believe that this wonderful reader won’t be able to do the next one…. ”
June 22nd->July 4th: Song of Susannah by Stephen King. Once again, I had read this one before, but I enjoyed having someone else read Stephen King’s wonderful story. Don’t get me wrong, having Stephen write himself was an interesting twist, but it was a “pretty d-bag move.” I just thought it was an interesting twist, but having read that comment from someone else that reviewed the book, I’ve been thinking about that… I dunno… It’s neither here, nor there. It made for good reading, either way…
July 4th->13th: The Dark Tower by Stephen King. I’ve always loved this story! Also, having this story read to me made it even better. The twist at the end makes it even better. Sometimes, readers get mad at writers for having weird twists in their stories, or not resolving it to their satisfaction. However, as I can attest, sometimes our characters dictate the storyline for us… This seems to be the perfect example of how Roland has been egging King on since he first appeared on the scene. I had my moments of being mad at King’s killing off of important characters, but I do understand in the end…
July 13th->17th: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader. Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job portraying the Games, and the love story that develops. I pretty much ATE up this book, and didn’t want to stop listening to it!🙂
July 17th->19th: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader. Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job! I never wanted to put it down!🙂
June 22nd->July 20th: Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of A Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. This book was simply wonderful! Stephanie is very witty, and had me glad that my stash isn’t as large as I think it is… I mean, her bit about the yarn in the piano made me roll on the floor laughing… :) Any knitter needs to read this one, at least once! It’s simply brilliant! If you’ve been knitting as long as I have, you’ve probably experienced many of the blunders that she mentions. Well done! 🙂
July 19th->22nd: The Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I’ve seen the movie, but never read the book. I had the pleasure of listening to a wonderful reader. Carolyn McCormick did a wonderful job portraying the story!🙂
July 26th: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This was an interesting take on the Cinderella story that we all know and love. My review from Goodreads:
||🙂 I couldn’t put it down! Pretty much read it straight through without stopping! I’ll have to download the next when my next audible credit comes through!🙂
July 26th->27th: At Knits End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I LOVE this lady. She totally gets me. My review from Goodreads:
||I knit, I laughed. I even cheered some! This book reminded me that you should NEVER be afraid to be who you are. A knitter who doesn’t care what other people think of you, or what you knit with. Well Done!🙂
July 27th->August 1: Death By Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum. This was a cute little book. It’s a part of a series, and I may get back to the series later. I just needed a mystery between the romance books recently. This was EXACTLY what I needed!
Aug. 4th: Security by Gina Wohlsdorf. Loved this book. As evidenced by my review on Goodreads: “Like, DUDE! It’s a mystery who the narrator of this book is, up until the last %10 of the book. He’s someone who’s witty and a bit different. He literally gets to watch two murderers try to take out his girlfriend and her friends in a “Murder Hotel” all from the ‘comfort’ of his control-room chair. He helps where he can, but he’s literally stuck in one position that makes the reader understand how it ends. I highly recommend this book! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. And if you’re like me and have an Audible credit to burn… I recommend getting the Zach Villa version of the book. He’s a pretty good reader, who gives more character to this wonderful mystery narrator. Well done, all around! :)”
Aug 4th->8th: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. This is the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse books. Ever since I started watching True Blood, I’ve been meaning to read the first one in the series. My review from Goodreads: “I absolutely LOVE the TV series, so I was surprised to learn that I hadn’t read this book yet. So, I got it on Audible, and sat down to listen while I knit. I absolutely LOVED this book. The reader made the book even better!🙂 ”
Aug 15th: Cupcakes, Trinkets And Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge. I started this right before midnight, and couldn’t stop listening to it. My review from Goodreads: “A cute book.. At times, I found myself screaming at the stupidity of the main character, but that’s ok. I still enjoyed it quite a bit.”
Aug 16th->Current: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews. Just started it, and I’m only 30 minutes into it. I’ll let you know a bit more about it when I finish.