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Best Books of 2005

December 31st, 2005 (11:56 am)
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Current Mood: awake
Current Song: The Twilight Zone theme song

Total Number of Books Read in 2005: 402

Best hardcovers released in 2005:
Just Like That by Marsha Qualey
A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson
Upstream by Melissa Lion
Light Years by Tammar Stein
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Poison by Chris Wooding
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Best paperbacks released in 2005:
Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
The Alison Rules by Catherine Clark
Swollen by Melissa Lion

Most promising debuts:
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
Light Years by Tammar Stein
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall

Best second and third releases:
Upstream by Melissa Lion
Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
Amazing Grace by Megan Shull
Stealing Henry by Carolyn McCullough

Best backlist titles read in 2005:
My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn
Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg
Liner Notes by Emily Franklin
Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman

Best hardcover picture books released in 2005:
Fox Makes Friends by Adam Relf
Clara and Asha by Eric Rohmann

Best illustrations of 2005:
Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi (written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black)
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg illustrated by David Christiana (written by Gail Carson Levine)

Best children's series completed:
OutCast by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski
- The first two books in this quartet, The Un-Magician and Dragon Secrets, were released in 2004; the final books, Book 3: Ghostfire and Book 4: Wurm War, were released in 2005.

Best mystery series completed:
Body of Evidence by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala
- This series started with Body Bags in 1999; the tenth book, Throat Culture, was released in 2005. I still hope more come out in this series.

Best fantasy series continued:
The Menagerie by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski
- The first book in this series, The Nimble Man, was released in 2004; the second book, Tears of the Furies, was released in 2005; the third book will hit shelves in the fall of 2006.
The Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld
- The first book in this trilogy, Secret Hour, was released in 2004; the second book, Touching Darkness, was released in 2005; the final book, Blue Noon, will hit shelves in March 2006.
Ghosts of Albion by Christopher Golden and Amber Benson
- Accursed, the first full-length Ghosts of Albion novel, was released in 2005; the next book, Witchery, will hit shelves in the fall of 2006.
Young Wizards by Diane Duane
- The first book in this series, So You Want to Be a Wizard, was released twenty years ago; the newest title, Wizards at War, was released in 2005.

If you would like additional details or recommendations, please leave a comment!

Comments

Posted by: Kelly O'Shea (tralf2001)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
ee cummings

I'm glad you liked Prep! And the Daniel Quinn, of course. I can't wait for Blue Noon!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)

I don't want Midnighters to be over! I'm glad that you like this series. Have you read any of his others yet?

I recommend Looking for Alaska in tandem with Prep.

Posted by: Kelly O'Shea (tralf2001)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)

I haven't read the others, but I'd like to. No time yet!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)

:) Good books.

Posted by: Morgan (morganlight)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)

I loooove Fox Makes Friends! It's so cute.
And now I must make one of those lists.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)

I can't wait to see your list.

Anansi Boys was a nice way to finish the year. Oddly enough, no quotes jumped out at me to write down and save. (I have a big file of favorite quotes, as you know.) Charlie rules. Daisy rules.

I love the illustrations in Fox!

Posted by: Susan (burstoflight)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)

My God! You read over 400 books? I think I read like 4 or 5...and that's including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. ;)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)

:) :)

Posted by: jmsilverwolf (jmsilverwolf)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 01:22 pm (UTC)
Three comments

#1 Aren't you a little biased when it comes to Christopher Golden? ;-)

#2 You count the number of books you read?

#3 You actually count the number of books you read?!?

Seriously, cool recommendations. Looks like I've got some reading to do.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: Three comments
reading

1. He's just that good. Read his books!

2. Yes.

3. :)

Posted by: dvgtr (dvgtr)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)

Happy New Year and Wow!

You remind me of me (before I turned to the dark-side and all) ;-)

I remember loving summer vacation mostly because I could read as much as possible without the pesky homework and school getting in the way!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
books

Hee hee. No dark side for me. Happy new year!

Posted by: SYDNEY (stagelovebeauty)
Posted at: January 1st, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)

you read 402 books in a year???? WTF MATE?!?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Without a Trace

:)

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
Little River Reads

were your ears burning on New Year's Day? I was having breakfast with an author friend and her hubby was asking about the state of indie bookselling, and I was talking about how, while IMO chain stores are overpopulated by "book item retailers" rather than booksellers, there are always a few booksellers at just about any chain store, and I so had you in mind!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)

Oooh, thank you! :)
Now if I could get paid for reading, reviewing and recommending books, I'd be much happier.

Posted by: Alyse (boltofblue)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
happy new year!!!

and... so rad that you read "Boy Proof". my pal Cecil wrote that. and it's awesome. she has more coming out - "Queen of Cool" is due out in March. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
Re: happy new year!!!

Happy new year!

I have that on my Books to Read in 2006 list. I am looking forward to it. :)

Posted by: Morgan (morganlight)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)

This reminded me - are you a member at bibliophil.org? I'd like to buddy you so we can recommend back and forth :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 12:45 pm (UTC)

I haven't heard of that site. I will register right now!

I requested the short story collection through the library. I recognized the cover as soon as I saw it. :)

Posted by: Morgan (morganlight)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)

Awesome! I'm always updating myself over there, heh. My username is junkstory.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 3rd, 2006 08:54 am (UTC)

I still haven't received their promised registration email. Weird.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)

Registered!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 4th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
This will be to your liking!

If you are looking for another recreational read, I have a book to recommend to you.

The book is titled "The Fall of Lucifer", written by Wendy Alec.

The book opens with the three Angelic brothers, Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel, in heaven before the fall. Over the course of the book, the essence of the angels is developed. The controversy arises when God created man to be higher than the angels, in that we are created in the image of God. Lucifer was embittered to the point of rebellion.

Various historical events are incorporated, and the plot offers the perspective of an angel into the events. The novel develops the beauty of heaven and the grotesque quality of hell, the depths of evil, and the beauty of grace. It communicates these themes through beautiful imagery and an intriguing plot. The beautiful imagery would make for amazing scenery!

This is a fast read, 300-page novel that is consuming to the imagination and penetrating to the heart. I hope they make this book into a movie. It would be amazing. If you have time, I hope you enjoy it!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: January 6th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
Hey, thanks!

Hey, thanks for putting my novel, _Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie_, on your lists. I'm honored!

Best wishes,
Jordan Sonnenblick
www.jordansonnenblick.com

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 6th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
Re: Hey, thanks!

It is such a pleasure to hear from you. Your book is absolutely fantastic - a great balance of serious and comedic storytelling, creating a realistic and touching story. I have been handselling it to customers and friends alike.

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)

Thanks! :) Books are good.

Posted by: Jenah (jenah)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
firefly: jayne is doped

That is amazing that you've read so many. Truly. WOW
And how cool that your list was published - in what magazine might I ask? Or are you keeping that on the down low?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 10th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)

It's just a local magazine. If it was a national magazine, I would have posted the title.

Posted by: Only the gentle are ever really strong. (jellyslastjam)
Posted at: January 11th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
duncan

I heart you. Go team books!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 11th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the heart. :)

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: March 31st, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)

Wow, you really picked some great books! I got a lot of new ideas for books/authors from you, especially Christopher Golden. Do you have any other fantasy books that are not listed here that you particularly liked? (adult or young adult).

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 31st, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I hope you enjoy the books. Christopher Golden has written a wide variety of books -- many different genres -- all quality stories.

Favorite fantasy books include:
The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende
The Boys are Back in Town by Christopher Golden
Prowlers quartet by Christopher Golden
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

...and for kids and families:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass and What She Found There by Lewis Carroll
The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

I love your icon.

Posted by: fa3ryg1rl (fa3ryg1rl)
Posted at: April 5th, 2006 10:25 am (UTC)

I'm reading Myth Hunters by Christopher Golden right now and loving it so far! I love finding new authors.
A lot of the books you listed I love! There are a couple that I didn't read so I'll check them out. Thanks again for the recommendations. Usually I'm the one recommending books to others because I read so much (my favorite thing to do!) so it's nice to find someone who has read more than me! :O)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 5th, 2006 12:10 pm (UTC)

You are welcome. Enjoy.

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