I'm at about 35 books now and we are 1/3 of the way through the year (which is terrifying where does the time go) so I think I'll probably make a 100.
I always love Rae at Say It Ain't So book reviews so here in no particular order, are my favorite books so far this year.
1) The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, writing as Claire Morgan-
It it isn't really an action filled cinematic story. So while I didn't really like the movie I did love the book. It also has a fairly happy ending, unusual for a Highsmith story and somewhat bittersweet since Highsmith herself was unlucky in love.
2) The Blunderer-Patricia Highsmith.
After reading The Price of Salt I really wanted to read more Highsmith books and The Blunderer was the first I tried. I really loved it. It has the same pitch perfect mid century atmosphere, particularly the cocktail party scenes, but it's a crime story which is more to my taste then a love story. The basic plot follows two very different men who have murdered their wives. One is cool, calm and collected, and the other is a blunderer. It's a classic Hitchcockian story and I kept wondering why it hasn't ever been made into a film, and then I found out it is being made into one. Too bad Hitchcock isn't around.
3) The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith-Patricia Highsmith
I love short stories and these are tops. Some are very dark and disturbing and some are light funny. My favorites where the ones about animals, particularly a dog who gets revenge on an unworthy owner. You can tell Highsmith was an animal lover.
4) 20th Century Ghosts-Joe Hill
Two things I love short stories and horror stories. All of these are great and spooky. Hill reminds me of his dad Stephen King during his 1980s salad days when he was writing top quality horror. I also love that this book features a vintage movie house. It reminded me of the landmark Loewes in Jersey City which I love.
5) Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Exploer, the Evolution Depates, and the African Adventure That Took The World By Storm by Monte Reel
6) I Am Spock-Leonard Nimoy
I waited for this book to come into the library for a full year, and it was totally worth it. Of course I adore Spock and Nimoy and all things Star Trek, but this is also a really well written book. I found Nimoy's life story very interesting, but I really loved reading about how he developed the character of Spock and I was impressed with how devoted to his fictional alter ego. He often put his job on the line to defend the character's dignity, but he never comes off as obnoxious or egotistical. He also seems to really appreciate and care for his fans. I also thought Nimoy was a wonderful person and this book confirmed it for me.
7) The Monstrumologist Book 1 by Rick Yancey
I think this is my favorite of the book so far this year. A horror story about a young boy whose an apprentice to a monster hunter, it is very Harry Potter meets HP Lovecraft I absolutely loved it. This is a young adult book but its plenty scary and page turney and it really reminds me of Lovecraft, my favorite horror writer. I can't recommend it highly enough.
8) Spock, Messiah! Theodore R. Cogswell
I have to be honest this is not a great book, but I really enjoyed reading it. The reason is because I've read plenty of Star Trek books and this more then any of the others reminds me of the original series hokey first season, and the so bad its good Spock's Brain episode. It is ridiculously sexist in a classic Star Trek way. The basic plot involves a female scientist who is on the Enterprise studying an early culture through some sort of mind swap technique. She's madly in love with Spock and fixes things so Spock and her take on the bodies of super emotional villagers. Spock goes nuts and thinks he's God and action ensues. Kitschy and fun.
9) Federation by Judith Reeves Stevens
This is a really good, well written Star Trek novel. It goes into the early years of the Federation and plenty of stuff alluded too, but never mentioned, in the series and films, so its almost a stand alone novel. I love how it gets into the philosophy behind the series. If you love Star Trek you'll love this. After Spock's World and The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, its the best Trek novel I've read.
10) The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist Book 2) Rick Yancey
As good as the first one! There is so much in this book the wild west, victorian cities, monsters, true love, etc. Its amazing how Yancey packs so much into one story. I love the mystery part of this one it reminded me a little of Sherlock Holmes.
11) Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man William Shatner
I have heard plenty of criticism of this book, mostly focused on Shatner and his ego, but I really enjoyed it. I love William Shatner and I think he's very funny and its on display here. I had already heard plenty of the stories in the book since I had read I Am Spock and also Shatner's autobiography Up 'Till Now, but I still really enjoyed it. Reading its obvious that Shatner healed Nimoy in high esteem and that were real friends. If your a Star Trek fan you should really read this.
12) Mr. Mercedes: Bill Hodges Book 1-Stephen King
This is far from my favorite King book, that would be The Eyes of The Dragon. It is also not a horror novel, its a crime thriller, but I still really enjoyed it. It's set during the recent economic turmoil and is very focused on the current concerns about mass shootings and such. Parts of it seemed to pat and tv-ish and I never warmed to the main character, the villain is more full developed. Still no one does a page turner better then Stephen King and I read this in three days. I'm also very excited because King is coming to the Landmark Loewes theatre in Jersey City and June and I'm going to be seeing him there. He'll be reading from the final book in the Bill Hodges trilogy and I'll get a signed copy.