TRL Archives – 2015

This list documents (chronicles?) the books I read. I put an X behind those that I recommend and a XX behind those that I highly recommend. Books with one X will likely only be popular with those who are fans of the genre, while XXs are those I’d recommend regardless of genre preference.

I’m not going to try to list all the books I’ve read before. I probably couldn’t come close to remembering them all. Maybe I’ll make note of them if they are related to the ones I list here –series, for instance.

Title and Author (date or approx. date starting the book)

155. After the King: Stories In Honor of J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Martin H. Greenberg (20 Dec 2015) – X
—–Read:  My review of After the King
154. Creating Characters Kids Will Love by Elaine Marie Alphin (30 November 2015) – X
153. Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success by Kelly James-Enger (10 November 2015) – X
—–Some very good tips in this book, but only one X since you have to be interested in writing/freelancing to get anything out of it
152. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein (23 September 2015) – XX
151. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (5 September 2015)
———-I know it’s a classic and the dialogue sounds true and authentic, but the story just kind of rambles aimlessly.
150. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (23 August 2015)
———-Well written, but I’m not sure what the need was for some of the scenes and language.
149.  Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost (7 August 2015) – X
———-Not as compelling as the first two, but a fairly satisfying end to the trilogy
148.  The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams (18 July 2015) – X
147.  Cell by Stephen King (6 July 2015) – X
———-It’s not my favorite Stephen King story, but it’s an interesting “what if” story.
146.  Siren’s Fury (Storm Siren Trilogy, Book II) by Mary Weber (26 June 2015) – X
145.  CV by Damon Knight (17 June 2015)
———-A few too many characters for such a short book.  For the amount of actual action/conflict, this could have been a much shorter story.
—–Read:  My review of CV
144.  Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (10 June 2015) – X
143.  Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (4 June 2015) – X
142.  Crystal Keepers (Five Kingdoms, Book III) by Brandon Mull (24 May 2015) – X
141.  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (12 April 2015)
140.  Deadly Curiosities by Gail Z. Martin (24 March 2015) – X
139.  On the Edge (The Edge, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews (20 March 2015)  – X
138.  The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz (15 Mar 2015) – X
—–Read:  My review of The Voice of the Night
137.  Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (10 Mar 2015) – X
136.  Shards & Ashes edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong (5 Mar 2015) – X
135.  Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien (26 Feb 2015)
———-The story of Beowulf is actually a very small portion of the book.  Lots of commentary about the translation.  You’d have to be a real fan of Tolkien’s or of Beowulf to really enjoy this one.
134.  Tide of Darkness:  The Lost Colony Theater Murders by Joseph L.S. Terrell (20 Feb 2015) – X
———-A short crime novel set in the Out Banks of North Carolina, written by an OBX native.
133.  77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz (9 February 2015) – x
———-Not my favorite Koontz story.  Small x.  Fans who read everything he writes may enjoy it.  It didn’t really work for me until far too close to the end.
132.  Charon’s Claw (Neverwinter Saga, Book III) by R.A. Salvatore (28 January 2015) – X
131.  ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (15 January 2015) – X
———-King’s second novel, my first time reading it, can’t believe I hadn’t read it before.
130. Rogue Knight (Five Kingdoms, Book 2) by Brandon Mull (7 January 2015) – XX
———-Having saved a princess and kingdom in the first book, the group grows as they save the second.
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