Monthly Archives: December 2016

Top 10 Reads of 2016

2016 was a great year in reading. In no particular order, here are my top 10 favorite reads of 2016. 

  1. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  2. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  4. Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop
  5. King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  6. Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  7. The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
  8. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  9. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  10. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen

What were your favorite reads of 2016?

 

Molasses Cookies

The night before Christmas Eve, I was up until 1 in the morning baking. To be fair, I had to finish some Christmas shopping after work so that added to the delay.

I have never made molasses cookies before, but I LURVE them. So it seemed a logical option to give it a go.

This recipe was perfect. You don’t get better molasses cookies than this.

The only fault was my own. I didn’t flatten the cookies any when I put them on the baking sheet because they didn’t say to do it in the recipe. The first time I try a recipe, I stick to it exactly. So my cookies were little molasses puff balls, but they were delicious puff balls!

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Recipe Here

That Holiday Hustle

Woooo. I am tired. That week leading up to Christmas was crazy at the pharmacy. Everyone wanted their meds, not only before the holiday but before the end of the year. Everyone crams as many meds as their insurance will pay for before the beginning of the year when their deductible resets. That being said, the next four days before the New Year are bound to be chaos once again.

But I have today off and plan to spend it recharging my batteries. Of course there are things that I should get done, but I most likely won’t. My only real agenda is to write a review for The Hero of Ages. I’ve lost my husband for the foreseeable future to Pokemon Sun, Watch Dogs 2 and completing FFXV, so I should have plenty of time to write.

I was going to hold off reading any more books until the New Year but decided to throw one more book in because I can’t go more than a day or two without reading. So I borrowed House Rules (book #7) in the Chicagoland Vampire series from the library because I could not decide what I felt like reading. The series started out strong but began slowly teetering downwards. I have a feeling that this may be the last book in the series that I read but we’ll see how it goes. If there is one more relationship flip-flop with the two main characters, I’ll have to resist throwing my Kindle at the wall.

Baking. I hope you’re ready for some extreme baking in 2017. My husband and roommate/friend went in together and bought me a stand mixer. They watched me struggle mixing various recipes the days leading up to Christmas, all the while knowing a solution to my problems lay waiting 10 feet away. They are now referring to it as my ‘last trials.’  No more straining my puny human arms making tasty treats!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and got some really sweet stuff. What was your favorite thing you received this year??

The Killing Moon – Book Review

Read in July 2015

3.5 out of 5 stars

The world building in this story was intricate and cleverly imagined. The characters were fun and inventive. But for ¾ of the book I was highly disappointed in the plot line. It seemed to me to be your usual fantasy trend of a power hungry villain starting a war between nations and after all the world building and character crafting, it just felt limp compared to the rest of the tale.

However, the last 100 pages blew me away. It brought pin pricks to my eyes forcing them to tear just a little against my will. The after effect of finishing the book left me with some interesting revelations, that I can only explain after telling you a little more about this tale.

Ehiru and Nijiri are what are called Gatherers. A revered sect of followers who bring peace and death to the sick and dying or people who’s soul has been deemed corrupt. In their city, Gujaareh, peace is law. To disrupt that peace is to be gathered, having your soul released to the dream goddess of which they worship. Death is not something to be feared. It is only eternal peace with Hananja (the goddess).

The Prince who rules the city is the avatar of Hananja. He brings her peace to the land of the living. When he dies, he becomes her King in the dream world.

So what is one to do when the Prince wants to bring war to his people?

Preventing war and attempting to Gather a Prince’s soul is no easy task. Especially for Ehiru, who is ready to forever fade into the dream world and find everlasting peace.

Instead, he rides to war with Nijiri by his side. The only person that can keep him from going mad from the lack of dreamblood. (Dreamblood is what the Gatherer takes when releasing a soul.) They must ride into a foreign land where Gatherers are feared and the people tell their children horror stories of these “killers”.

I have a restless soul by nature. Most of the time, I don’t notice just how restless until an author comes along and through their characters calms that restlessness. The ¾ of the book that I did not enjoy, I now realize was my resistance to being enchanted. The last ¼ I was enraptured with tears stinging my eyes. My restless soul had been tamed for a short while and with that came a certain peace and understanding of just how fantastic of characters Ehiru and Nijiri were. Throughout all conflicts, they remained with an inner peace that was infectious.

Jemisin is a crafter of a great calibur.

 

Unmentionable – Book Review

Full title is Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners

4 out 5 stars

To sum this up, during Victorian times, everything single thing that a woman might consider fun would cause you bad health or probably make you barren. That’s right ladies, nothing but missionary for you! Don’t even lift those knees too high, in fact they should be virtually straight, other wise…BOOM, barren.

Toilet paper wasn’t invented until 1857. So newspaper clippings and corn cob husks it is to clean your naughty bits!

Men write manuals for women on how to menstruate properly. If the blood is too pale or too dark, you’re probably dead inside. Also, if you don’t let it flow naturally and try to hold it in (because why wouldn’t you want to hold it in?!) it might come out of your mouth. All these women coughing up blood due to tuberculosis, is actually just because they wanted to keep their menstrual blood all to themselves. Selfish biddies.

A lot of people like to romanticize Victorian times. Not this girl. I’ll keep my tampons and voting rights, thank you very much.

Krampus: The Yule Lord – Book Review

(Read December 2015)

4 out of 5 stars

“I, Krampus, Lord of Yule, son of Hel, bloodline of the great Loki, swear to cut your lying tongue from your mouth, your thieving hands from your wrists and your jolly head from your neck.”

Do you really need to know anymore to decide that yes, you are going to read this?

Oh you do?

Well aren’t you a greedy little shit? Keep this up. Krampus has special plans for you.

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