In an effort to not forget them I’m just going to list books.  I hope to go back and fill in details someday soon!

20. Name the Wind Rothfuss, Patrick

19. The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

18. A Bright Soothing Noise by Peter Brown

17. Blueberry Muffin Murder by Fluke, Joanne

16. Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

15. Dandelion Fire: Book 2 of the 100 Cupboards by Wilson, N.D

14. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, Book 2) Butcher, Jim

13. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) by Butcher, Jim

12. 100 Cupboards: Book 1 of the 100 Cupboards by Wilson, N.D

11. Bah, Humbug! Horrocks, Heather

10. The Awakened: Book Three by Tesar, Jason

9.The Awakened: Book Two by Tesar, Jason

8. Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole

7. The Awakened: Book One  by Tesar, Jason

6. Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Three (with bonus short story) Kevin Hearne

5. Your Two-Year-Old: Terrible or Tender by Louise Bates Ames

4. Paper Towns by John Green

3. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

2. Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Two) [Mass Market Paperback]  Kevin Hearne;  The magic of kindle, I had this book instantly after finishing the first and in many ways it was a ‘middle’ book but it did well as a stand alone.  The memorable part for me was the dive into the reasons why there are so many gods.  His reason is because gods exist because people have faith, when people stop believing the gods stop being.  The gods with more followers are stronger and they decline from there, and, they ‘live’ and ‘look’ like we believe they do so there is a black Jesus and a white Jesus and he lives on a cloud or in a castle or wherever you truly believe he is.  I can get behind this concept…  The other great phrase was completely silly;  the dog (who talks) asked where they were eating and he names a place and the dog replies; “oh not that vegetarian place!” and he answers “just because they don’t serve steak does not make it vegetarian, it is a great coffee shop”.

It was a fast and easy read and I like the amount of detail they put into it.  I would say 12+ for reading and perfectly enjoyable for me at thirtish.  So good that I instantly beamed #3 to my kindle next.

1. My first book of the year was a kindle book.  I got a kindle for my birthday and figured out how to use it.  It is insanely easy really and my library has a fairly easy way to borrow books.  At first I was trying to find the ‘perfect’ book for the first book but after looking I ended up settling for a book that was available and looked interesting.  A long time ago I decided that if a book got into a library it must be worth reading so I trusted fate and ended up with book one of a series about the last Druid in the world(s).

Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One) [Mass Market Paperback]

Kevin Hearne (Author)

It is a decently written book and I like books that I learn ‘something’ while the story progresses.  I can still read totally formulaic romance novels and be entertained because I like the details that authors use to round out the world and the character.  Who knows if the druidic stuff in this book is right but it seemed reasonable to me and creative in general.  If vampires can sparkle for some people, why can’t druids have a direct link to the earth.  The author is very clever in character development creating a young likeable man who has lived longer then Christianity so it is very easy to toss in a historical anecdote that is real, or, something that just fits the story and the timeline that this guy knows but history never recorded.  The book also goes toward acknowledging all religions as real and in the second book goes so far to say that it is faith that creates and keeps a god alive, not a god keeping people alive.  Pretty deep for random fiction.

Not to give away anything but there is the necessary dramatic circumstance to cause action but, the ‘hero’ was not a super hero untouchable type, he got help, got hurt, and got lucky so the action was far more reasonable then the super hero types that are unbeatable.  I recommend the book and liked it enough that I’m reading book 2 right now and I also read two short stories included in the book (I won’t count them as books to my total though, if I do that I might as well start counting the Fancy Nancy books I read to Niamh).  There is some rated R relationship stuff but nothing too graphic and it isn’t what progresses the story, the violence is also less graphic than your average R movie but that might be because I was reading not seeing – either way, I would say this is fine for anyone thirteen on up.

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