Monday, December 14, 2015

2015: Year in Review

In case you are still looking for a Christmas gift, here are my favorite books that I read this year - recommended for the readers in your life. . .

Rather than just giving you my "Top Ten", this year I have categorized my favorites in each genre.
(An * denotes the book was published this year)

Best Adventure Novel(s):
'The Loch' and its sequel *'Vostok' - both by Steve Alten

Best "Based on a Television Series" Novel:
'Sons of Anarchy: Bratva' by Christopher Golden

Best "Beginning of a New Series" Novel:
*'Blade of the Destroyer' by Andy Peloquin

Best Biography Novel:
*'My Fight/Your Fight' by Ronda Rousey

Best Christian Fiction Novel:
'Rooms' by James L. Rubart

Best "Drama" Novel(s):
'The Brotherhood'/'The Betrayal'/'The Breakthrough' ("Precinct 11" trilogy) by Jerry B. Jenkins

Best "End of a Series" Novel:
*'Warheart' by Terry Goodkind

Best Historical Fiction Novel:
'The Auschwitz Escape' by Joel C. Rosenberg

Best Horror Novel:
*'Nightwalk' by D. Nathan Hilliard

Best "Book of Novellas":
*'Black Cat Mojo' & *'Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet' both by Adam Howe

Best "Stand-Alone Novella":
*'Sailor's Cove' by Franklin E. Wales

Best Self-Help Book:
*'Unhealthy Anonymous' by Dr. Pete Sulak

Best Thriller Novel:
*'The Third Target' by Joel C. Rosenberg

Hopefully you can find something of interest from the above list.

As for movies - in my opinion, it has been another blah-kind of year, this year, for movies.
With that having been said, here are my top ten favorite films this year (in alphabetical order):

This is a somewhat generic list, but these are the films that entertained me the most...

Ant Man
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Burying the Ex
Fast & Furious: Furious 7
Jurassic World
San Andreas
Sean the Sheep

The Best Movie of the Year, this year, goes to 'American Ultra' - if you haven't watched it yet, definitely do so!

Some "Notable Mentions":
[Non-2015 films that I enjoyed this year]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

John Wick

Kingsman: The Secret Service


So, just to break it down, once more, for those who skip to the end...

My favorite film this year is 'American Ultra' and my top three most recommended books would be:

#1) The Third Target and/or 'The Auschwitz Escape' both by Joel C. Rosenberg

#2) Nightwalk by D. Nathan Hilliard

and for those who like their stories on the short side:

#3) Black Cat Mojo and/or Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet both by Adam Howe, who, by the way, is my "favorite new author" that I discovered this year.


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