30/101 Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson

This was a fascinating description of one of the most notorious motorcycle gangs in history told from the perspective of a reporter that chose to spend a lot of time with the under the guise of getting a story. If this book is taken in the context of the era during which it was written, then the entire story is only offensive. If you are culturally sensitive and phrases that were considered common in the fifties and sixties but are considered slurs today then this is a book to avoid like the plague.

I found it intellectually interesting not only how the Hell’s Angels acted but how this reporter acted as well. He seemed to think himself somehow better than the Hell’s Angels but had no problem drinking, doing drugs, and more with them. About the only acts that he would not admit to in the book are ‘stomping someone’ (beating them up, usually mercilessly), and partaking in any of the loose women (or coerced women). The author vacillates between seeing the Hell’s Angels as trapped by circumstances and unrepentant to deliberately wanton and wild with no hope of a future.

If you want to be appalled at society in general, the fifties and sixties in particular, and see stark parallels drawn to today’s society then this is the book for you. If you are easily offended, don’t want to know where today’s lawless attitudes originated from, and would rather pretend that this era in our society didn’t occur, then give this book a skip.

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29/101 No Stone Unturned: The True Story of the World’s Premier Forensic Investigators by Steve Jackson

If you are interested in non-fiction books about forensic science and the solving of murder mysteries then this is the book for you.  I will tell you that this author pulls no punches, I wept several times while I was reading this book.  The stories are heart-breaking, and the dedication of the individuals trying to solve these crimes is simply inspiring.

If you are squeamish and do not like to hear about the nitty-gritty details of science then this is not a good book for you.  These dedicated individuals saw a gap in knowledge and decided to work very hard, often at their own expense, to fill that gap.  They are an amazing real-life example of how scientists and the police can work together to create solutions to a vast amount of problems surrounding finding hidden burial sites.

This is an amazing non-fiction account of how an organization filled with scientists, police, dog handlers, and more have come together to assist the police and other organizations in finding hidden graves.  The science, while over my head, is very thoroughly explained and discussed throughout the books without using too much technical jargon.  I loved listening to this book and learning a lot more about the dedicated professionals out there working hard to put souls to rest.

Happy Reading!

28/101 The Secret, Book, and Scone Society by Ellery Adams

This was a book full of mystery and adventure. The characters themselves were quite mysterious, in a very deliberate way without becoming annoying. The main character obviously had a very traumatic past, as is evidenced by her scars and constantly talking about her very traumatic past. Usually this would make me very sympathetic or annoyed, surprisingly this book elicited neither emotion. While I never did figure out what her major trauma is, I did enjoy the mystery along the way. I do not remember any particular places where this book dragged, nor do I recall any really high drama, except for a bit toward the end.

If you are looking for a fun read, with some wonderfully flawed characters, and a very quirky town, then this is the book for you. This is also a great reminder that everyone has problems, and that some of the things they have dealt with can make your problems seem fairly small in comparison.

Happy Reading!

27/101 51 Yarns to Spin Before You Cast Off by Jacey Boggs Faulkner; Illustrated by Kirsten Slade

Before getting into a review, I have to state that this book ROCKS!  So does the contest Jacey Boggs Faulkner is running on Ravelry, Instagram, etc. to give away subscriptions to her magazine Ply.  #PlyMagazine

51 yarns book

Yarn is not nearly as simple as non-crafts-people would have you believe.  “There’s like, bulky, and really tiny, right?” ; “What do you mean linen is from a plant, it’s a cloth right?” ; “Doesn’t that hurt the sheep?” ; etc.  There are plenty of non crafts people that have a clue, so I’m not putting all non crafts people down, just the ignorant ones, lol.  Because of this, for you non crafts people, if you have a SO or loved one that is into any fiber craft, pick up this book so you can start to throw around terms like low-twist singles, coil yarn, or z twist with ease. Or at least have a clue of what they are talking about when they throw those terms around.

For people interested in crafts already, or active crafters this is a great book.  Originally I was going to say, if you like/love/live & breathe spinning then this is a good book for you, but scratch that.  If you have any interest in fiber arts/crafts then this is a great book for you.  I imagine that there are plenty of K&Cs (knitters & crocheters) that see the Koigu yarns (very pretty yarns that seem to come as singles a lot of the time) and have not known that this is only one kind of yarn.  Why should you use 2, 3, or 5 ply yarns?  Why aren’t there many 20 ply yarns?  This is a worsted weight yarn, what do you mean worsted spun?  Etc.  I think that this should be titled 51 Yarns to spin & Knit/Crochet/Weave before you cast off, because I think that any fiber artists would benefit from a deeper understanding of the yarns available for their crafts, how they are constructed, and why they do what they do.

In Short, BUY THIS BOOK!  READ THIS BOOK!

 

 

26/101 Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston

This is a Re-read, I love this series and so re-read most of them every year.  The original Review sucked, so I’ll be writing another the original is on top:

I have managed to meet one of my main goals this summer, I found a series I want to read. Okay, so this novel is not anywhere near the beginning of the series, but the author is wonderful. These novels have the supernatural elements I crave, the romance, I enjoy, but they also manage to have characters that contain depth, and emotions. Definitely read this series, though you will probably want to start at the beginning.

This is a great series of books with kick-butt female characters that are not afraid to be girls.  A polar male wakes up snuggled with a she-tiger and he cannot remember where he is for a few minutes.  If shifter’s don’t freak you out, and you love reading about complex characters then this is a great book for you.  Join us as we explore Cella Malone and her family along with Detective Lou ‘Crush’ Crushek and his volatile relationship with his family.  There is mystery, murder, and new friends along the way.  Yes, as is usually the case with these paranormal romance novels there is some graphic sex to skip over, but the emotional components are really worth it with Laurenston’s books.  For a fascinating, kick-butt, series that will have you falling in love (or at least really wishing you could find friends like them) with the characters, you have to read this series.  Though, I really recommend reading them from the first book. Then reading everything she has ever written, SERIOUSLY!

Happy Reading!

25/101 Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb

This is a re-read, so the revised review is as follows:

This is a wonderfully creepy book. Not haunting, but the descriptions of deaths can be very gruesome. A killer, thinking that they are so much more clever than the police, mimics serial killers while taunting Lieutenant Eve Dallas. There is a bit of extra tension since Peabody is also taking her Detectives Exam and other drama in the background. Join us as we follow Eve, Peabody and the rest of the cast chase a psychopath and study for a detective’s exam while balancing insecurity and reasons for wanting the shield. Really, this is a great addition to the series. If you are interested in Police Procedural Fiction and do not mind that it is set in the (not so) distant future then this is a great book for you. Lot of feelings and dives into different motives. We get a look into the mind and events that shape this serial killer as well as looking into Peabody’s motives for wanting the shield.

Happy Reading!

24/100 Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants by Various

Audible released a very special audio book created with the help of some of their most popular narrators.  Often people will say that they will listen to anything read by their favorite narrator, so Audible took them up on this statement.  Honestly after listening to this, I can see why some of them are so popular.  I think I’m going to have to see if there are any books narrated by Victor Bevine, at least.

To clarify: Yes, I am fully aware that this was an April Fool’s Day Joke, and due to this I’m going to probably change my goal to 101 books.  However, I still think it was a great idea and I really am going to see if that narrator has read anything I would be interested in.  Truthfully, a couple of set of short stories read by different narrators might be a good idea to give people more exposure to the different narrators and authors.

Happy Reading!