I don’t know about anyone else, but over the years I have acquired some seriously unusual books. Some of this is because back in my pre-blogging days, my primary method of finding a new book was to wander around the bookstore and just … choose. At random. Some of my strange books were given as gifts. Others, especially in the non-fiction section, are my weird husband’s books.
So I thought it might be fun to share the most random of the random with you all. These ten* books are unusual enough that I bet you wouldn’t find them at your favorite bookstore without special ordering. I’m going to go ahead and doubt that my library has any of these books but one or two either. (And y’all, my library system is BIG). So! In no particular order, here are my most random books.
*Why ten? Because no matter how hard I tried I could not narrow it down to five!
Author: Clay and Susan Griffith
Goodreads Ratings: 5,195
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This is a book I found back when I worked at Barnes and Noble. I was shelving books and the gorgeous cover caught my eye. I mean, look at it! Every time I was in that section I would pick the book up and just look at it. Eventually I caved, bought it, and read it. It’s fine if you’re in to the steampunk vibe and paranormal romance. Nothing too special, and the series really deteriorates as it goes on. But alright for a light, fun read.
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This list got off to a very slow start as I was re-reading a lot at the beginning of the year, and then I read several newish books that I didn’t really care for. While not all the books on this list are new (or even written in this century!), here are the 10 books I most enjoyed reading in 2017. Continue reading “Top 10 of 2017”
Here in America, November is a time when we give thanks. This tradition goes back to one of the founding groups of our country, a religious group called the Pilgrims, who after they barely escaped mass starvation, got together with the American Indians who helped them learn to farm and gave thanks. It’s halfway a harvest celebration, halfway a religious observance of thankfulness, halfway an excuse to eat WAY too much traditional food, and halfway the bringing in of the Christmas season.
Other countries have similar holidays, but perhaps in an attempt to ward off premature Christmas spirit, we’ve taken to focusing on thankfulness for the whole month of November!
This year I’m thankful for so many things. I’m thankful that my family is happy, healthy, and employed. I’m thankful that though my pregnancy hasn’t been easy, it’s been complication free. I’m thankful that my football team hasn’t just had winning season, something that was a pipe dream back in August, they’re having an AMAZING season! And I’m thankful for you guys. Both my followers and the friends I’ve made. Y’all have really helped me stay positive through a difficult school year. So this November, I really want to say THANK YOU.
But books, too. There’s a couple of books I’m thankful for this year, and every year.
While this might seem obvious to some of you, I can’t even begin to express all the reasons I’m thankful to J.K. Rowling for writing the Harry Potter series. If it weren’t for HP neither my brother or my mom would be people you would describe as “readers”. I was heavily involved in the HP fandom back when Pottermore was in its heyday, and I made some really good friends that way.
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Prince Harry Boy to Man by William Kuhn
Maturity Level: 5
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It’s 2007, Harry’s twenty-three and he has problems he can’t handle alone. The army considers him a risk. The press thinks he’s a brat. Girls like him because he’s a prince. He wishes he wasn’t. He hopes service in Afghanistan will help him solve that. Instead, deployment exposes vulnerability under his bad boy persona and results in a comic coming of age he definitely didn’t see coming. He’s always hated the media so he doesn’t know what to do when he falls for a reporter from CNN. It’s complicated by the fact that she’s disguised as a man to evade the Pentagon’s ban on women in front line positions. Nor does he anticipate making a gay best friend in a brother officer named Mustafa. And what’s his former nanny doing on the plane to Kabul? There’s also a warlord driving a Mercedes and a colonel who’d much rather be reading Shakespeare. Together they stumble upon buried trauma from Harry’s childhood. If he can learn how to cope with all that, he may find fulfillment he never dreamed was possible in being a prince.
Occasionally I have wished that, as with movies, comedy was considered a literature genre. This is one of those times. Honestly, I think that Mr. Kuhn has missed his calling and should be writing screenplays. Maybe then we could see some movies that were actually funny.
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So a million years ago I had a personal blog. I don’t know what I talked about, nothing I guess. Whatever I was thinking about. But once in a blue moon I would post a book review.
One of the few I posted was about a book called Mrs. Queen Takes the Train. It’s not exactly a well-known book. Its cute, very British cover caught my eye, so I picked it up. Oh my goodness, I just loved it. I won’t go into detail here, I’ll re-post my original review in a couple of days.
One of the pleasant surprises that came from my reviewing the book was that I had a couple of interactions with author, William Kuhn. The first was when I asked a question about the book on his website, which he promptly (and thoroughly!) responded to. Another was a short conversation on Twitter where he re-posted my review and told me he liked my hat. I figured that was that.
To my complete surprise, it wasn’t. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Mr. Kuhn asking me to read his new book, Prince Harry Boy to Man. And today I got my digital copy! I can’t wait to start reading first thing in the morning, and, of course, to let you all know what I think. Cheers!