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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.

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

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