Monday, December 31, 2012

End of the Year Stories:

The Time Travelers' Handbook: A Wild Wacky, and Woolly Adventure Though History By: Lottie Stride
Fiction: Children's, history, e-book

First, I got this book as a gift from someone that clearly didn't read that this book was made for a 7 year old.  So when I started reading it I thought that it was an adult novel, and was incredibly disappointed in it.  But if I was a 7 year old that liked history or adventure stories it would be a good book to read.

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut ( A Grimm Diaries Prequel #4) By: Cameron Jace
Fiction: Short Story, E-book

This short story is about little red riding hood as told from her with a lot of things different from the story you know. It is a part of a whole series of books with a new twist on these type of fairy tales. After reading this I plan on reading more of the series.

Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose By: Diane Kidman
Non-Fiction: Health, Gardening, Cooking, E-book

This book is all about using herbs and other natural remedies in first aid, minor injuries, and as part of a medical treatment plan. It was a good beginner book for herbal remedies; both in the way it explained the basics of it and it wasn' like many books on the subject where a major chunk of the book is on how evil all Western medicine is and/or New Age ideology. It has information both for people that just want to go to a store to buy herbs and people that will grow or find the plants in the wild.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Somewhat Saved:

Somewhat Saved By: Pat G'orge-Walker
Fiction: Chick Lit, Humor, Religious,  Audio Book

First, why would any church hold a conference in Las Vegas when they all aren't from the area and a number of them think gambling is a sin? Because that only adds to the humor.  This story is about a group of women that get sent to the annual Mothers Board Conference, two who are on the board and one who is running for president, because the local tabloid paper said she would and the preacher thought it was a good idea. From there things get crazy, and heartwarming, and uplifting, and more crazy as they find out more about themselves, each other and a very special girl who has more to do with them than they know. 

9 CD's 11 Hours

Thursday, December 13, 2012

E-book Short Stories

Creepy 2: A Collection of Scary Stories By: Jay Krow, Jeff Bennington, & Katie M. John
Fiction: Short Story, Horror, E- book

This was going to be a part of the books I read on Halloween, but I was 2 stories short. So, I forget most all of what it was about, besides ghosts.

There's a Dead Elf in Santa's Workshop (a short Derk Shriver mystery) By: K.C. Flynn
Fiction: Mystery, Short Story, E-Book

A short murder mystery about a dead elf in a Santa's Village type amusement park in Nevada.

Never Eat Zombified Chicken (The Adventures of Kevin Curmudgeon) By: William Bienz
Fiction: YA, Short Story, Sci-Fi, E-Book

This is the story of a boy who wins a contest to go to NASA, after writing an essay about what he liked about space.  He liked that it was quite, TV signals come from space and he wants to send Susie Brown (a girl from his school) into it. Susie Brown also won the contest. After this fishy start things only get worse. They accidentally get launched to the moon, only to find that they weren't the first ones there. The moon is populated by a civilization descended from the hillbillies that accidentally got sent to the moon before the "first lunar landing". They have survived using alien tech, and life there is nothing like modern earth.

The Night They Nicked Saint Nick (A Christmas Story for the whole family) By: Carl Ashmore
Fiction: Children, Short Story, E-Book

This is not a story that all the kids listen to sitting around grandfather in front of the fireplace, no matter what the title says. But it is a fun short holiday story for kids. Santa got kidnapped and the main character, Derek a 7 year old boy, must save Christmas. Why? Because he will be the next Santa Claus, or Father Christmas because it is British with British spelling and word use.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Hunger Games:

Hunger Games By: Suzanne Collins
Fiction: YA, 374 pages
Book Count: 57

And now I can see the movie.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Undead and Unwed:

Undead and Unwed by: Mary Janice Davidson
Fiction: paranormal, chick lit, 255 pages

Book Count: 56

This is book one in the Queen Betsy series.  In this one we find out how Besty became a vampire and then the queen of them. (It was prophesied, and there were shoes involved.) Also we meet Besty's best friend Jessica, her new sidekick Marc, Sinclair and many more people and vampires.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Martin Misunderstood:

Martin Misunderstood By: Karin Slaughter
Fiction: Audio book, short story

This story is a comedy of errors about a unloved man and a series of murders.

2 CDs 2.5 Hours

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Spellman Files:

The Spellman Files By: Lisa Lutz
Fiction: mystery, humor, audio book

Imagine a family in which almost everyone one was a private eye: both parents, the addiction ridden uncle, the 20 something daughter, and the 14 year old daughter. (the oldest son is a lawyer.) Now imagine that all the private eyes lived in the same house and no one completely trust each other. Throw in a number of ex and future ex boyfriends, petty crime, double lives, and a missing person and you have this book.

8 Cds 9.75 hours

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Eat the City:

Eat the City : a tale of the fishers, trappers, hunters, foragers, slaughterers, butchers, farmers, poultry minders, sugar refiners, cane cutters, beekeepers, winemakers, and brewers who built New York By: Robin Shulman
Non-fiction: food, history 335 pages
Book Count: 55

I actually finished this book about mid-way into November, but as you can see from the NaNoWriMo winners badge to the right, I was busy with other writing at the time.  From what I remember of the book it was an unexpected journey around the NYC of today and yesterdays, where people were making their own food inside the city itself. Important things I learned included: the history of Kosher wine in New York, how to make day glo honey, and why children and anyone who physically could possibly end up pregnant at any time in the future should not eat local fish in NYC.