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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.