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June 26th, 2005 (06:52 pm)
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"Weren't you reading a different book yesterday?"

That's something I hear almost every day. I complete a book nearly every day, but I've never counted how many books I read each month, much less in 12 months - so, in December, I decided I would count how many books I read in 2005. As of today, I have read 200 books* this year. Standouts include:

Dramatic Fiction

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult - The heartbreaking story of one girl's struggle to be medically emancipated from her parents, who had her primarily so she would be a blood and organ donor for their eldest daughter, stricken with cancer.

Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman - A high school graduate becomes the caretaker for a woman who became brain damaged as an adult. Read my review.

Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg - A surprisingly poignant tale about a teenager named Calliope who is keeping a secret from her family. Read my review.

Just Like That by Marsha Qualey - The story of a girl in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read my review.

Liner Notes by Emily Franklin - After graduate school, Laney gets a new job and plans on driving cross-country by herself, listening to her old mix tapes. Her mother surprises Laney by coming along for the ride. Read my review.

Science Fiction / Fantasy

The Midnighters: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfield - The second book in this intelligent series defies the sophomore slump. It is just as good, if not better, than the first book. The main characters are more comfortable in their own skin and with their own powers now, but the evil is greater than ever, and the secrets they keep from each other might be the key to saving them - or putting themselves in even greater danger. Do you know why you should read this series? Because they use big words and math to conquer evil!

Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden - This appears to be a ghost story, but it isn't. I'm partial to Golden books. I admit it freely. However, I'm able to sell Wildwood Road to a whole new audience: married couples. (Note: Of Chris' stand-alone books, The Boys are Back in Town is still my favorite. Please, please, do yourself a favor and read it.)

The Menagerie: Tears of the Furies by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski - Chris rocks. Tom rocks. Together, they rock even more, because they are able to breathe life into vastly different characters. The Nimble Man was the first book in this series. Check out Tears of the Furies, the second book, and see what happens when The Menagerie takes on Greece. Read my review.

Mystery

Throat Culture by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala - The tenth (and possibly final) book in the Body of Evidence series, which revolves around college student and pathology assistant Jenna Blake. These books are smart, fast-paced and correct. The authors do their medical and legal research, which is evident in these well-written and intriguing mysteries. I suggest reading these books in order, starting with Body Bags. The Body of Evidence series combines the forensics (and autopsies) of CSI with the detectives (and families) of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Jenna is an intelligent, headstrong woman who has been called "young Scully" by some reviewers, while I liken her to Samantha Waters from Profiler.

Philosophy

My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - This book was fantastic. It is easily my favorite of the Ishamel trilogy. However, you have to read all three in the proper order for the maximum impact, so make sure you read Ishmael and The Story of B before you read this one.

Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn - Dear Mr. Quinn, I agree with almost everything you say.

If you want more information on these or any books, please comment below!

If you ever need book recommendations for yourself, your friends, your family members, all that you have to do is ask. Give me an age, a gender and a genre, and I'll recommend as many books as you could ever want.

* The 200th book was Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger.

Comments

Posted by: Teresa (teresa70)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
Amber

200 books so far! My goodness that's alot of reading. Since I began working in the library on the base I have seen My Sister's Keeper get checked out alot....now I'm even more interested in reading it. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)

It is a really good book. It is the only Jodi Picoult book I've read. I'd like to read others. I am a huge advocate of reading the book before seeing the movie, but I watched Plain Truth when it first aired on Lifetime because it starred Mariska Hargitay, and I adore SVU more than words can say.

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)

I LOVE Plain Truth! The book and movie. I'm a huge SVU fan now - it is my new obsession

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)

Good. SVU rocks.

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)

Amen. I'm more obsessive with my movie-watching than book reading lately. I read Breakout by Paul Fleischman though, have you read it? LOVED it. A quick and poignant read.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)

I haven't read that. I read Mind's Eye years ago.

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)

You so need to pick it up..it's short and lovely.

I miss the days when we used to email each other with what we were reading and whatnot. Good times.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)

Speaking of which, I finally read Dreamhouse last year - the Alice in Wonderland inspired book - and I completely disliked it.

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)

I haven't read it in years..I don't even know where my copy is, so I don't have an opinion on it anymore, really.

But still loving Innocence. Oh yes!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 28th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)

:)

Posted by: sherrie (_cinnamongirl_)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
read (tralf)

Wow. I was so proud of my 52 so far this year. Eek!

I could blame the whole marriage/child/job/being crazy situation, but that's a copout. I'm definitely going to start reading more.

Are you keeping a list somewhere, like my booklist? I'd be interested in seeing it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)

You SHOULD be proud of your 52. That's tremendous! Rock on, reader.

Great icon to match. :)

I am keeping my own list, but it's not posted.

Ooh, let me go check out your list!

( . . . )

From yours, I've read Hamlet - my favorite Shakespearian tragedy, because I find it hilarious; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Catcher in the Rye; Wild Things - I highly recommend that you read all of the PROWLERS books by Christopher Golden; Bridge of Terabithia by Katherine Paterson; This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever - I love Sarah Dessen's writing, and those are her best two books so far IMHO; Lovely Bones, which I did not care for; The Time Traveller's Wife, which was good; and A Great and Terrible Beauty - the sequel, Rebel Angels, is coming out very soon!

I was hesitant to post this, because I didn't want to sound as if I was bragging about the 200. I just wanted to post some of the best and encourage others to read those and/or ask for other book recommendations!

Posted by: sherrie (_cinnamongirl_)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)

Kelly made my icon. :)

I liked Lovely Bones; most of my complaints were with the depiction of 'heaven.' I also really didn't like the way they handled Susie's 'possession' of Ruth's body.

I am trying to read The Kite Runner right now, but I'm having trouble with my attention span, so I might have to stick to something lighter for the moment.

My goal is ten books a month, which I think is reasonable since I work about 45 hours a week, and have an hour's commute each way. Additionally, I have a toddler who is more than a handful, and a husband. But I am falling short on my goal. I should be at sixty by month's end, but it will probably be more like 55.

Truthfully though, most of what I read doesn't ask much of me intellectually. I read a lot of murder mystery genre, and a lot of YA fiction, as I am attempting to actually WRITE YA fiction.

I really liked both of the Sarah Dessen books I read, but when I started reading her LJ, I found that I don't especially like HER. Don't get me wrong, I think she seems nice, intelligent, and is obviously very talented. I just don't think we'd have anything to talk about.

Okay, this went rambley. Sorry 'bout that.

I am glad you posted this! I love to talk/read about books!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 09:00 am (UTC)

Yay for Kelly making the reading icon.

I also greatly disliked the possession portion of The Lovely Bones. I felt it was unnecessary.

That's a long commute! Poor thing.

I hope your munchkin and spouse enjoy reading as much as you do. :)

Sarah is humorous. I don't care a bit about the celebs and reality television though.

Have you read any mystery novels by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith about FBI agent Poppy Rice? Here's the order:

Love Her Madly
She's Not There (I think this is the best of the three)
She Smiled Sweetly

Posted by: Lauren (begliocchi)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)

I wish you worked at my store. So many people I work with are just in it for the paycheque and not the love of all things bookish. =)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
cat

Right back at you, chica.

Here's an icon based on a movie based on a book! :)

Posted by: jennifer (eyesfullofhope)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 07:28 pm (UTC)
reminds me of childhood memories

You're making me feel bad for hanging out online rather than reading! I always forget how much I love to read.

I just finished My Sister's Keeper and fell in love with it. I want to read more of Jodi Picoult books too because that one was just incredible.

Thanks for reminding me how fun reading really is. I shall go to the library tomorrow!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)

Books are good. Yay for your bookish icon.

You are welcome! Let me know if you find any hidden treasures.

Posted by: Kryptonite Monkey (kmonkey)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)

I am in awe.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
cat

Thanks. I'm a nerd and proud of it.

Posted by: Cosmic Bob (cosmicbob)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 07:42 am (UTC)
eliza

I'm in awe of that icon.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 08:53 am (UTC)

Thanks! I made that one, and many others with the same caption, by request.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 08:53 am (UTC)

Manga count.

Sleep? What's that? I wish I had more time to sleep.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 28th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)

Very cool!

Posted by: royaltycomplex (royaltycomplex)
Posted at: June 26th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Stellar

Good heavens! We're only 177 days into the year, so that means you've averaged 1.13 books per day. How do you do it??

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
Buffy Summers

I'm crazy that way. :)

Posted by: queen maab (queenmaab)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 05:00 am (UTC)
hrrrrrrpaaaaahhh

holy crapola! and i thought i was a busy reader! i think i *have* 200 books, but i haven't read them all yet...in the process, though! and i'm going on vacation this week, so i plan to have a book, at least, a day done. ^_^

also, i like to collect book marks - not that i ever use them much, since i read the books so fast. heh. but they have such cool ones out there! does that make me, like, double the book worm?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)
Breakfast at Tiffany's

Bookmarks are neat. I never seem to use my favorite ones because they are too pretty and/or I don't want to lose them!

Posted by: queen maab (queenmaab)
Posted at: June 28th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
hrrrrrrpaaaaahhh

i'm with you there! i try to keep them on my bookshelf, but i know there are various ones in various places. hee!!

i <3 bookmarks! kazatomic made me three lovely Lemony Snickets ones, too. i <3 them!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 28th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)

Very cool.

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
Veronica Reads

kudos on your accomplishment honey -- what an excellent tally to be able to share

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Gracias, senorita.

Posted by: Cosmic Bob (cosmicbob)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)

I just started a new book called "The Historian". It's pretty interesting, but really slow going so far.

I used to read many more books, but now I don't have time. Though I did manage to reread my Lord Of The Rings books.

And I'm reading "The Story Of Doctor Dolittle" to Cosmic Baby.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 08:52 am (UTC)

Hurrah for Doctor Dolittle and all of the animals. :)

Some of my co-workers have attempted The Historian. No one has made it through the entire thing thus far.

Posted by: Cosmic Bob (cosmicbob)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)

I have all the Doctor Dolittle books, ready to read to him!

I will keep you posted on if I finish "The Historian". I think I've gotten the flow of the book. It really reminds me of Stoker's "Dracula", long bouts of tedium filled with very short bits of excitement.

But I'm a sucker for a vampire book. Though I will no longer read Anne Rice. I can't bear it anymore.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 10:00 am (UTC)

I've yet to read any Anne Rice books.

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)

I hate 95% of the teen fiction I read. I don't know how you manage to find good ones. Wittlinger is great, though.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)

Sandpiper was much better than The Long Night of Leo and Bree. Zig Zag was good too. Hard Love was decent.

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)

So Super Starry
Introducing Vivien Leigh
So Lyrical

All teen fiction I loathed.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)

I read So Super Starry and found it very predictable. Same with Guitar Girl, Confessions of a Teenage Backup Dancer, so many of that same ilk. But there are good ones too, such as Just Like That - which I posted about earlier - by Marsha Qualey, and the fantastic works of Sarah Dessen - The Truth About Forever being my favorite.

Posted by: paranoid kitten (paranoidkitten)
Posted at: June 28th, 2005 08:58 am (UTC)

200? Wow. Very impressed. Actually, in awe. :D

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 28th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)

*grins at you and Rory*

Posted by: Deb (debalita)
Posted at: July 20th, 2005 11:05 am (UTC)

Wow....now that is impressive!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 20th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)

Thanks, Deb!

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