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January 1, 2013

Reading – The End of 2012

The final count for the year is 167. Here are the most recent 40+. I’ve bolded the ones I liked best, and made a few notes for fun.

The Next Accident by Lisa Gardner
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Lot’s Return to Sodom by Sandra Brannan
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (translated by Lowell Bair) – so it turns out Lowell Bair is AWESOME. I got all the books he’s translated from French after I read this.
The Jupiter Myth by Lindsey Davis
Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul
The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams
Widow’s Might by Sandra Brannan – one heck of a mystery novel. you want a strong female? you got it in this series. (this is book 3)
Gideon’s Corpse by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Drop by Michael Connelly
Dragons of the Watch by Donita K. Paul
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafor
Broken Harbor by Tana French
Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside by Greg Dutcher
The Disappearance at Pere-Lachaise (Victor Legris #2) by Claude Izner
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Killing Hour by Lisa Gardner
Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul
Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera & Bill Cleaver
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
Sandstorm by James Rollins
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Gone by Lisa Gardner
The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
The Professor’s Assassin (short story) by Matthew Pearl
DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul
Silent Night (short story) by Deanna Raybourn
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: A Memoir…of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – yep, read the British version. really appreciate the Britishisms that didn’t make the cut in the US version.
Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli
The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
The House of the Wolfings by William Morris – this book was very influential for JRR Tolkein, and you can tell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
The Survivor’s Club by Lisa Gardner
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

September 22, 2012

Convalescent Reading List

Here’s what’ve I’ve read in the last 3ish months. It turns out I’m a grumpier reader when I’m sick, which means I give up on books more quickly. For example, this quarter (did not mean for it to get this long, sorry), I gave up on Eliza Haywood’s Love in Excess. It was slow and the guy was a complete jerk and she kept trying to get me to like him and I finally said, “You know what? I don’t have to read this!”

As for the rest, this time I’ve added some notes, but I should start by saying that Lisa Gardner and Michael Connelly write some fabulous mysteries. I prefer Gardner’s current D.D. Warren series, but I’m doubling back to catch her FBI Profiler series now as well.

Oh, and I’ve bolded my favorites.

  1.  The Italian by Ann Radcliffe – deliciously all things Gothic, complete with swooning and convents
  2. Nothing to Hide by Mark Bertrand – absolutely love this guy and everything he puts out
  3. Echo Park by Michael Connelly
  4. The Overlook by Michael Connelly
  5. Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett Stiles
  6. Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian by John Piper – This book isn’t revolutionary except for the fact that it’s TRUE. Racism is evil. Let’s kill it dead. 
  7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – so sad!
  8. The Pretty One by Cheryl Klam
  9. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin – she just keeps getting better, although my favorite is still Baby Proof
  10. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman – very interesting 
  11. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Finally finished the whole thing!) 
  12. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
  13. The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner
  14. The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner
  15. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers
  16. The Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare – so racist! I never realized as a kid.
  17. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen – really cute
  18. The Technologists by Matthew Pearl – fascinating. get wrapped up in medium-old Boston for a little while. 
  19. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
  20. The Unwritten: Inside Man by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
  21. The Great Divide by T. Davis Bunn – a legal novel about  attacking human trafficking
  22. The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner
  23. Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and David McKean
  24. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – absolutely enchanting; very clever 
  25. World War Z by Max Brooks – zombie war is over; oral history is compiled. very cool.
  26. The Last Oracle by James Rollins
  27. Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream by Dinesh D’Souza – investigation of the president’s ideological base
  28. The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House #2) by Mary Pope Osborne- if i can extrapolate from this book, i’d say that the Magic Tree House books are a fine way to familiarize kids with other times and cultures, but a TERRIBLE way to teach them to take notes. HORRIBLE. REALLY.
  29. Words Unspoken by Elizabeth Musser – a story of healing after tremendous loss
  30. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Williamson and a host of illustrators

If you know much about about popular literature, you’ll probably see this list and pick out a bunch of what my 3rd grade teacher called “candy bar books” – basically junk food books. I am immensely grateful for them. Right now, they are easy for me to understand where lots of other books take more energy. Plus, they are fun. And I read fast.

July 14, 2012

Reading Update

Well, I’ve been terribly ill. So… here’s an update on my reading (since May 12), since I don’t really have a whole lot else to talk about.

55. Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter

56. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

57. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

58. The Passage by Justin Cronin

59. Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans

60. The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell

61. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

62. City of Bones by Michael Connelly

63. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

64. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

65. Lost Light by Michael Connelly

66. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

67. The Borrowers by Mary Norton

68. A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay

69. The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul

70. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

71. The Narrows by Michael Connelly

72. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

73. How to Tell a Story and Other Essays by Mark Twain

74. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child

75. Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston (AUDIO read by Andrew Peterson)

76. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

77. By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson

78. To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson

79. From Darkness Won by Jill Williamson

80. A Delirious Summer by Ray Blackston

81. Lost in Rooville by Ray Blackston

82. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (AUDIO)

83. The Dark Tower and Other Stories by CS Lewis

84. A Darkness More Than Night by Michael Connelly

85. The Closers by Michael Connelly

86. A Body in the Bathhouse by Lindsey Davis

87. Harry Potter 0.5 by J.K. Rowling

88. Thursday Next: The First among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

89. Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson

90. Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer

91. 9 Dragons by Michael Connelly

92. The Prodigal Daughter by Jeffrey Archer