Happy New Year to all of You!
Of the many books and manuscripts I read this past year, here is a list of the Best of the Best in each genre. I hope you have read some of them and if not please give something new a try. I learned this year that I actually do like YA Fiction. If it’s written well. So that was out of my comfort zone and next year I’m adding another new to me category. Goals*
Best Science Fiction Read
The Cicada Prophecy by J.R.McLeay
Best Historical Fiction
The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Best Psychological Thriller
The Girl Before by J.P.Delaney
Best Laugh Out Loud Book
Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson
Best Non-Fiction Read
War by Sebastian Junger
Best Fantasy Read
Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
Best Horror Thriller
Unholy Code by Thomas Waite
The Cartel by Don Winslow
Best Suspense Thriller
The Girl In Between by Laeken Zea Kemp
Best Science Fiction/Fantasy
Superhighway by Alex Fayman
Best Horror/Supernatural Read
Harvest of Scorn by F.G.Cottam
Best Young Adult Fantasy
Heartborn by Terry Maggert
Best Young Adult Fiction
Accidental Cinderella by Emily Evans
Best Cozy Mystery
Crepe Factor by Laura Childs
This was really difficult so when I had numerous nominations I put them all in a bowl and blindly picked one or in some cases two! I had a blast reading these and thanks to all of you for writing them! All the best in 2017!
Happy Reading! xxPP
In her groundbreaking bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing—if occasionally entertaining—poor white trash.
“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win,” says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg.
The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today’s hillbillies. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds.
Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics–-a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ’s Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.
We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation’s history. With Isenberg’s landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.
This was a really good and a really hard book. Ms. Isenberg does a great job of going through the different evolutions of the idea of “white trash”.
It’s an always evolving term as explained by Ms. Isenberg. She takes the reader through the present day, and links it back to the civil war and to the revolutionary war.
All the talk of that one percent has brought a lot of discussion on who they are and the dynamics behind them. We overlook the fact that privilege is deeply embedded in our culture. Racial injustice is a nasty blot on our history and maybe now we’ll take a hard look at class in America. We pride ourselves on being progressive and tolerant when in fact we are neither.
Please do not mistake this as a political book. This is a historical narrative at it’s best.
Highly recommend this book!
Just a few days away from a brand new year. Oh the possibilities. It’s like getting a brand new journal. All the pages blank, waiting for you to write your own story. That is my absolute favorite part of the first day of a new year, getting a brand new journal. Each page waiting for me to write something deep and meaningful or rant about things that just tick me off to no end. Or as Daniel Ray would say things that grind my gears!
So far this year I have read 210 books! Not all of them got a review because let’s face it I don’t think there is a huge audience for Human Resource Manuals and books that were just so bad I refused on principle to even acknowledge them in this hallowed space!
Besides the oh so tacky election shenanigans, the entire eye debacle and the loss of someone dear to me, this hasn’t been the worst year I’ve seen, but it’s up near the top. Which brings me to my AAARRRGGGHHH moments. The Lists. The top 10 ways to increase your followers, top 5 ways to lose weight, top 10 ways to handle your anxiety….and so on and so on. Seriously these types of lists make me roll my eyes!
I blog because it’s against the law to stand on the street corner and tell people about the books you are reading! I’m not interested in debating religion, politics or money. I am interested in all of you who live in all parts of the world. I love hearing about other cultures and I love hearing about other people’s stories. The food, the fashion, the books, the poetry…I love this stuff. And sports. I love sports.
I’ll have some more really good book reviews and recommendations at the first of the year and until then I am cleaning every corner of my house and eliminating everything that I don’t use. I’ve been inspired by so many bloggers who are living simply that this is the year of simplifying my world.
A Maine Clambake Mystery
It’s winter in Maine, and the snowbirds have left for warmer climates. Buried in snow and ice, Julia Snowden and her mother Jacqueline are settling in for a long winter. Their family business, The Snowden Family Clambake Company, is closed for the season and Julia’s boyfriend has gone to Florida to help out a friend.
The only excitement the laddies are expecting is a new baby from Julia’s sister, but when Julia pops into the Post Office to pick up her mother’s mail, she finds a small box with no return address.
Opening the box the ladies find a huge black diamond necklace. Julia’s mother is shocked. The necklace has been missing for years. Thought stolen after a party that ended badly they have no idea who sent it or why.
As Julia sets out to solve the mystery of the necklace, she finds out the family has a long and colorful history. Along the way she will find relatives she never knew and grudges that are decades old and still going strong.
Will she find the true story? Is their a murderer in the family? Will Julia even make it back home?
You will have to read it and see. This was a book I would recommend wholeheartedly. Ms. Ross’s cozy mysteries have more depth to them than most and I hope there will be more!
A missing husband. Mysterious calls. And the biggest lie of them all. Read with caution – you may never want to answer your phone again… Will and Amanda Thorne are living the dream unti…
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.
Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.
Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.
So there you have it. This has been one of the most talked about books on line for a while now. And I’m going to just say it. I did not care for it at all.
There wasn’t really a lot of depth to it. I figured out what was going on in the first chapter. And how it would probably end. It always amazes me how authors come up with such intelligent and independent female leads that turn in to idiots when they meet the ‘perfect’ man. Who always turn out to be psycho.
Who in this day and age marries someone they barely know and then the guy doesn’t show for the honeymoon night? That right there would be enough for me to dust off my shoulders and kick myself in the ass for being an idiot!
I didn’t get the psychological thriller part. Sadist? Maybe. For the first time in maybe forever I just wanted it to be over and done with.
Sorry folks but that’s my own humble opinion!
As teenagers, Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, survived a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, a former Hollywood actress. Still, Cassie moved to L.A. from rural Oregon, urging Allie to follow. Yet while Cassie struggled with her acting career, Allie, suddenly driven, rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on-set–and Allie is missing.
Crying In The Night…
As police investigate, Cassie begins to look like a suspect–the jealous sister who finally snapped. Soon the media goes into a frenzy, and Cassie ends up in a Portland psych ward. Is she just imagining the sinister figure at her bedside, whispering about Allie? Is someone trying to help–or drive her mad?
What Has Given You Such A Fright?
Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie, Cassie checks herself out of the hospital. But a slew of macabre murders–each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family–makes her fear for her life, and her sanity. And with each discovery, Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe–least of all herself
This is the third book in the West Coast Series.
I really think you should read the other books before this one, or you are in for some spoilers. I’ve been a fan of Lisa Jackson for a long time. Her thrillers are deliciously evil! Like this one.
I just don’t feel this was a best effort. I read it all in one sitting, but there were quite a few inaccuracies and some things weren’t expanded on which would have given us information I think we needed.
We bounce back and forth from LA to Portland, trying to figure out where Allie is and if Cassie has finally lost her mind. Suspects are plentiful, as this is the movie business and is anybody really who their Bio says they are? Nope!
The ending was not exactly believable. If you’re a fan give it a try, for a first read, I would start with the first book in the series!
Busy Week of Great Reads! 🌲🌲🌲
Oh my goodness this month flew by, didn’t it? So much good stuff coming up in 2017.It was 4 degrees when I got up this morning! Not that I was stepping one little toe out there to feel it, but my phone was in awe of it!!
We’ve done the music, the decorations, the food….what’s left? Not a lot! I was looking for Christmas Lists for an article and I found these funny items. Be warned, I have a rather warped sense of humor….like who knew Santa and Satan were just a misspelling away from each other? Stay warm and laugh!
Enjoy and if you are going on vacation too….have fun and remember, what happens at the beach, stays at the beach!