Disappointing Books of 2015

I want to preface by saying that I don’t think any of these books are inherently bad.  They are ALL well written or they obviously wouldn’t have been published.  Really, it is about the high expectations I set for each book and feeling that the books were flat, confusing, or predictable.

The Wicked And The Divine There is a lot of hype around this graphic novel series and I totally had high expectations for it because of that.  My reasons for disliking this book is simple: I couldn’t follow the plot.  It is confusing from the first page and I could never really figure out what is happening.  I gave up about half way through it!  

The Duff  I was hoping for a lot of cheap laughs when I purchased this book, but this is another book I couldn’tfinish.  It is a well written book but I found the immaturity of the characters unrelatable. (I had no idea until just now that unrelatable is not really a word. I learn something new every day!

Maybe it’s because I’m so far passed the teen phase…I don’t know.  Overall, I found it a bit cheesy.  Is ‘cheesy’ showing my age? Case and point!

The Boston Girl  Again, this was a much talked about book and I found the plot to be predictable.  I was able to guess nearly every story in each chapter.   Nothing really excited me about this book past chapter 2.  Overall, It wasn’t my taste or my speed!

End Times  This was a ‘take a chance’ YA book.  I saw someone else reading it and thought it was up my alley of interests.  Turns out, not so much.  I found the mixture of biblical end time warnings mixed with her own end times imagination to be sporadic and lacking sense.  I like the overall idea of the story, but I feel it wasn’t executed well.  Also, the characters are too fickle. (seriously! who acts like that, let alone an entire town.)  Speaking of town, why are the end of the world events only taking place in this town while the rest of the world doesn’t seem to notice?  In all, the story can carry your attention to the end out of curiosity, but in order to find what really happens, you need to read the second book.  

I think what it really boils down to is this:  I’m passed the YA books.  I have a hard time relating to the thoughts and decisions the characters make in most of them.  

Do any of you feel this way about YA books or do you still find them to be enjoyable?   Did you find any books disappointing in 2015?    

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A Throw In Hibernation


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I recently brought my throw out of hibernation and have slowly, day by day, been knitting on it.  My hopes to have it completed by Fall were squashed due to so much other “busy work”.  Nevertheless, it is coming along, little by little.  I’ve messed up on a few stitches, but hopefully by the time the whole blanket is finished, an untrained eye won’t be able to tell.

My book of choice has been on my library waiting list for over a month, so when I received the email notice of its arrival for pickup, I jumped in the car and hightailed it to the library.  It’s called, Orange is the New Black.  If you haven’t at least heard of the show, then I think you may have been living underneath a rock for the last year or so. 

Right now, I’m only a few chapters in, but I have to say, I’m addicted to the story. 

I think that is all I have to say for today!  As usual, I’m linking up with Ginny for her Yarn Along. ; )

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Authors Rally

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I mentioned in this post that I would be attending an author’s rally at my local library.  It was an event that gathered many of the local author’s in the area to let us show case our books to the public.  It was great for me to finally emerge from my house without the kids and meet with like minded writers.  They were all amazingly kind and talented.  In fact, the youngest author there was only THIRTEEN years old!!  Her dedication at such a tender age is inspiring.  Her name is Sydney Dreamweaver and her books can be found on Amazon.

Also attending the event was Amy Clipston!!  Some of you may have heard of her already.  Her books are top sellers in the Christian genre.  She is absolutely the sweetest person, too.  She has a book titled, Roadside Assistance, that I really wanted to buy from her that night, but I didn’t bring any cash with me.  Total.  Bummer.

If you’re a writer who is interested in publishing your children’s book, then you may want to check out, Auntie M Children’s Books Publishing company.  “Auntie M” is the mastermind behind this publishing company and she is also the author of, The Sophisticated Slug, shown above.  The illustration’s are amazing, and her message is uplifting and encouraging for her young audience.

The other two books shown are from author’s Philip R. Morrhouse, originally from New York, and Kevin Winchester, who teaches English at a local college.  I also met, Al Bigley, an illustrator and writer of comics.  He was nice enough to draw a picture for my son Nathan along with his autograph.  Nathan was absolutely beside himself when I gave it to him and gushed about it for two days straight.  I wish I would have taken a picture of it, but I forgot.  I’m lame.  Ha!  Anyway, all of them have many books already published and I recommend checking into some of them if you have time! 

All in all, I really enjoyed attending this event.  I wish I had a chance to meet every author there that night, but there just wasn’t enough time for me to go around to each person.  Awe well.  Maybe next year?    

 

Reads & Knits

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I was caught in that situation again, where I place a hold on all of the books I want to read at the library, and then they all arrive at the same time.  I always feel rushed to read them when this happens.  One book is mine and I recently finished it.  Bubba is now reading it and finds it as enjoyable as I did.

 

Here is the list of the books:

The Dirty Life

French Kids Eat Everything

Jesus>Religion – Finished/great book to read

The White Queen 

I am almost finished with, The Dirty Life; I just started the, French Kids Eat Everything; I’m about a quarter of the way in on, The White Queen.

 

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As for my knits, I finally finished with The Big Easy.  I should have finished it a long time ago, however, I must live in the craftiest state in the U.S., because every time I trudged to the stores to find the needle sizes, they were always sold out.  It drove me nuts.  I finally ordered them online, and once they were in, I finished it that same day.  Easy peasy.  If you’re looking for a simple knit, I highly suggest this one.  My only complaint is that my son’s head is obviously much larger than an adult female because it sits much tighter on his head than mine.  I really thought it would be kind of slouchy on his head.  Oh well, he loves it and has worn it everyday since I finished it.  That’s all that really matters!

 

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Linking up with Ginny at Small Things.

A Throw

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I started working on my throw and so far, I’ve only experienced one hitch.  It was the  cast on method.  I had never used the long tailed cast on before and it took a few tries to get it down.  Once I figured it out, it proved to be a very efficient method.  I’m actually a little further along than what is pictured, but, I had already taken this set of photos a week ago and decided I may as well use them!
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So you know when all the books you put on hold at the library come in at the same time?  Yeah.  That’s what happened to me. 
I’ve been reading a little bit in each book every day; although, despite my best efforts,  I’m sure I will be rechecking them out soon. : )  
The Case For Christ is really good.  This book was written by an atheist, of all people!  It was a famous journalist, Lee Strobels’, journey to prove Jesus didn’t exist, only to end his four year journey by becoming a believer.  This is a, the proof is in the pudding, sort of book.  It’s kind of a slow read because you want to memorize all the information for that ONE day that you run into someone who asks you challenging questions.  If you’re an atheist, this book will answer nearly all of those hard questions that want proof that the bible is a reliable source.
The other books I will comment on next time.  If I tried to explain each book today, this post would be a mile long!
Instead, I will leave you with a list, incase you’re interested in any of them.
Linking up with Ginny, today.
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I’ll Be Seeing You :: Free Throw Blanket Pattern

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Before I begin rambling about my knitting, I want to express a few things about this book I finished called, I’ll Be Seeing You.  Girls…this book…it is good.  It breathed new life into my book reading funk.  This book romanced me, made me cry, made me feel nostalgic, and it certainly makes me miss the lost art of writing and receiving letters.  I hope you will check it out.  I found mine at the local library. 
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Now onto the knitting.  This hat for my husband has finally picked up speed.  I’m not sure why, but I just wasn’t in the mood to sit down and knit for awhile.  But now I am halfway finished, and could probably finish it within the next two days.  This is the same pattern that I tried and miserably failed, not once, not twice, but three times.  I wasn’t going to give up though.  Everything is going great with it, so I guess I can say that the fourth time is the charm! 
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After I finish this, I will be starting on this blanket, in hopes that I will have a nice throw for the Fall season.  I figure this color, might be nice for it.  I’ll let you know when I start it.  I will also be working on a new hat for Nate.  I suppose that is it this time around!
By-the-way, this throw blanket is a FREE download, and it looks nice. 
Linking up with, Ginny.
Always,
Liz

Garden Spells | Book Review

 
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Picture source is from yours truly: Life As Liz

I think it is safe to say that, Sarah Addison Allen, is now one of my favorite authors.  So far I have read two of her books, and recently started my third. 

I can’t help it; They suck me in!

You can read my first review of her work, here.

While, Garden Spells, is NOT about witchcraft, it is a heartwarming, funny, romantic story that has a flair for the dramatic, and a touch of whimsyIn a two word description, it makes you feel “warm & fuzzy” inside.  I highly recommend it.  
Why no one in Hollywood has turned her books into film, is beyond me.

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