Quick Book Reviews
I don't normally write book reviews on my blog, but I figured I'd include a few quick words on the things I read this past year since I was so pleased with most of them.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - I've raved about this book and its film adaptation extensively. I think it will go down as one of my all time favorites.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn - This book was nearly impossible to put down. The ending was pretty cliche, but I welcomed it in this case. Sometimes I like having things tied up with a neat little bow, damn it!
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - This was a good one too, though not as strong as Gone Girl or Dark Places. Still, I like the women that Flynn writes.
My Year of Flops by Nathan Rabin - I wasn't crazy about this at all. I like books about bad movies, my favorite being Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies by Michael Adams. This just wasn't nearly as funny.
The Guilty One by Lisa Ballentyne - I recommendation I got from one of my favorite blogs, Mysterious Bibliophile. The court room scenes in this book were fascinating, but I wanted to rage when I finished it.
Your Movie Sucks by Roger Ebert - I love Roger Ebert, especially when he's being blunt about how shitty a movie is.
The Disaster Artist by Greg Sissero and Tom Bissell - This book was addictive. I think I finished it in about three hours. The Room is a movie I'll never forget, and this book about the making of it is something I'll never forget either.
Bossypants by Tina Fey - A very funny and enjoyable memoir.
Horns by Joe Hill - Another one of my favorites of the year. I wish the film had held up.
The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, and The Mystery Knight by George R. R. Martin - These are the Dunk and Egg stories that I've been meaning to read for ages. They take place 100 years before Game of Thrones. There's a of interesting info on the Targaryens here, specifically Bloodraven, aka that old guy Bran just met beyond the wall.
The World of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and Elio Garcia - This book is one gigantic info drop on the world of Westeros. I really hope Elio wrote most of it, because it's obvious A LOT of work went into it, and GRRM should be focusing that amount of work on The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
Pilgrim's Wilderness by Tom Kizzia - So I've been on this weird kick reading about Christian Fundamentalists and their all around batshit crazy-ness. (I blame the Duggars, without them I never would've come across sites like Free Jinger or Recovering Grace) Papa Pilgrim takes the cake though. What a horrible person.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler - I didn't care for this one as much as I did Bossypants. Her timeline was all over the place.
Dark Spell by Mayra Levitt and Jason Baldwin - The West Memphis Three was a case that always fascinated me, but Damian Echols was always the mouthpiece. I found myself more interested in hearing what Jason Baldwin had to say, and with this book he finally gets his chance. I hope he writes more, especially about the times right before and after his release.
Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman - This book reminded me a lot of Boy A, which I really enjoyed. I like mysteries and court room cases like this one. Plus, it had an interesting twist, and a movie was recently made about it starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Banks.
Girl Boy Girl by Savannah Koop - The whole JT Leroy fiasco really fascinates me. I watched The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things when it first came out, then read the books straight after. THEN I realized JT Leroy was a fake. This was all probably in 2006-2007. So this story by Koop, the girl that was dressed up as JT was an interesting read. I wish it would've been longer and talked more about what happened after JT was outted as a fake.