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2008 Book List

Every year I keep a book list with short reviews under each of them, so here's my list for this year. I kind of slacked in writing out thoughts though, so a few of them have just positive or negative ratings. I read 90 books this year, not counting most of my re-reads, of a goal of 80, so yay for that.


01. Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison (501 pages)
- After my reading pattern almost killed off, this book was a quick 24-hour read. I really like this series, and this volume definitely didn't disappoint.

02. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings (272 pages)
- A re-read, but I haven't read these books in about three years. Even though Eddings' writing style gets old once you read more than one series, I still really enjoy his books. It's like a Epic High Fantasy that everyone will love. =)

03. Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings (326 pages)
- The second book in the series I'm reading. Still very enjoyable and the jokes are hilarious. I don't like this novel as much though, since it introduces the annoying-heroine that turns tolerable at the end. She's so annoying here.

04. Magician's Gambit by David Eddings (307 pages)
- This one is when it gets really good and the main character Garion starts to really learn about his abilities. It infuriates me how little his aunt and grandfather tell him though, and then they get angry at him when he does something that he didn't know he wasn't supposed to do. Ugh.

05. Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings (375 pages)
- I feel so bad for Garion in this one. He only finds out he's the king when he pretty much gets tricked into the crowning. Poor guy. His wife-to-be is less annoying in this one, and Silk (my 2nd favorite character) is particularly hilarious.

06. Enchanter's End Game by David Eddings (372 pages)
- The last installment. :( The sad part in this novel still made me cry, even though I've read it several times. It was funny and great, but I wish the ending didn't wrap up so quickly. It seems that once the quest is over, he's in a hurry to leave this particular series. *shrug* Still good.

07. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk (260 pages)
- I didn't enjoy this one very much. I know all of his novels are a bit strange, but this one was a bit too odd for me and none of the characters were remotely likeable.

08. The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings (791 pages)
- I picked this up on a whim at Books a Million the other day, because I hadn't read it since it first came out and I remember loving it. I still enjoyed it, but I think my having read so many other Eddings' novels recently made me slightly annoyed with his writing style. Still, really awesome, you should read it. Just, not immediately after reading the Belgariad.

09. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (302 pages)
- This was rather good! I like her take on how vampires came to be, very interesting. It was a really quick read (just over an hour), but enjoyable.

10. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (432 pages)
- A re-read, but I haven't read it in three years. Since the new book came out, I had to refresh myself with all the happenings. Still a ridiculously good book! Even though it sounds boring most of the time, going to Spence sounds awesome. :P

11. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (560 pages)
- Re-read this as well. This one was a bit boring actually, but I still enjoyed it. I loved Gemma and Kartik's relationship in this one! Can't wait to see where she goes in the third novel.

12. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (304 pages)
- A re-read. "I absolutely adored this book! Set in a world where vampires are newly accepted citizens, this book is hilarious and thrilling. I have a place in my heart for light-hearted vampire novels, and this one fit the bill. Sookie, the main character, is a great heroine, and Bill, her vampire love interest, is awesome with a "I'm a vampire, deal with it" attitude."

13. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (272 pages)
- Re-read. "The second book in the Southern Vampire series, this book showed Sookie a lot more comfortable with vampires, and you go to know Eric (my favorite vampire) a little better. This series is turning out to be one of my most favorite. It includes Eric dressing up in neon nylon, which is something that is so much fun to visualize."

14. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (272 pages)
- Re-read. "Hilarious, so funny. Sookie really has two rather silly romantic interests in here, including Eric, who is funnier than ever. Although her other romantic interest is really, really dense."

15. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (320 pages)
- Re-read. "Life without Bill is certainly interesting, and the mentallynot!Eric is so adorable! I can't wait to read the next book."

16. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (320 pages)
- Re-read. "Not my favorite, but still really good. Although, Charlaine kinda just dropped one of the plots in the middle of the book, and I was really wondering what was going to happen with it. It did leave me wanting the next book, so I can't wait until Definitely Dead comes to my door. Yay Amazon!"

17. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (819 pages)
- This was disappointing. :( She killed off a bunch of characters and really only one was "necessary" although it was kinda like Wash's death in Serenity and not fun at all. But at least there was an ending to the trilogy.

18. Greywalker by Kat Richardson (352 pages)
- This was surprisingly good! It started out slow and I didn't really feel like reading, but once I got about 50 pages in, the action got intense and it was interesting and such. The concept that the heroine died for two minutes and came back with special powers is really cool.

19. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson (400 pages)
- This was such a cute novel and it involves my second favorite historical period, the Fall of the Russian monarchy. A Russian Countess and her family flee to England, but the person holding their jewels gets waylaid, so the Countess gets a job as a maid. And then falls for her master and it's adorable. And features one of the more hysterical "twists" I've ever read/seen.

20. Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz (320 pages)
- Really good! It seems like part of the book was missing though, as not a terrible amount of action happened. I still love the idea that vampires = fallen angels. I read it quickly, enjoyed it thoroughly, and I can't wait for the next installment, which is mysteriously named Revelations. Hmm, apocalypse anyone?

21. Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast (320 pages)
- This was really good and cute! It totally flew by and didn't seem like 320 pages! Yet another teenage vampire novel (I seem to go through them like crazy), this one was a lovely mix of Native American mythos, a world where vampires have been around forever, and a private school for the kids destined to be vampires. It's really good, full of teenage drama with the added twist that these teens are currently half-vampires. Can't wait to get the second.

22. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (320 pages)
- I can't believe I've not read a book my Shannon Hale before. She is amazing! She based her novel on Mongol China and it was spectacular. The love story was heartbreakingly beautiful and the characters (even the smallest of characters) were given great personalities and seemed to jump off the page. A really great book, I'll definitely grab one of her books in the future.

23. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (287 pages)
- I still adore this series. It never disappoints! I love the concept of walkers, an element of the supernatural that you don't usually read about...at least positively. Mercy is a great heroine and the subject matter in this is so intense, but handled so well. A great read.

24. Prom Nights from Hell by Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, and Lauren Myracle (304 pages)
- Some of these were really good! Meg Cabot's and Kim Harrison's were by far the best. Stephenie Meyer's story just plain sucked, sorry to say. All of these are short stories revolving around proms in some way. Meg's was about Dracula's son versus a legendary vampire hunter's daughter. Kim's was about a girl who is accidentally killed by an evil reaper and is given a guardian angel to keep her "alive." And of course, the guardian angel and her have sparks. I'm looking forward to the series that'll be coming out of that. The other two were dreadful and almost painful to read.

25. Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (384 pages)
- This was pretty good. It's a re-telling of "Alice in Wonderland" and is pretty stunning. Wonderland exists and the main character Alyss gets stuck in our world after her aunt Redd takes the throne. It's so cool and Beddor braids Carrol's tale with his own beautifully. I'm looking forward to the next intsallment.

26. Betrayed by PC Cast and Kristin Cast (320 pages)
- This was a slightly enjoyable read, not as interesting as the first. Also, the Casts are taking such a risk, making their heroine almost unsympathetic. Sure, tons of bad stuff happen to her, but she sets herself up for almost everything and it's hard to feel sorry for someone who steered themselves right into the situation. And the third one looks like it'll be even more dramatic. Woo?

27. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (512 pages)
- This was an okay book. I was a big fan of Cassie Clare after her "Secret Diaries of LOTR" and Draco Trilogy (even after the plagiarism), but her book fell short of what I expected. It was awkward, too. The main character makes out with a guy she then learns is her brother...and they don't say anything about it. That rubbed me the wrong way and if it isn't addressed in the second, I won't be reading the third.

28. She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot (354 pages)
- This is the first non-teen novel by Cabot I've read, and I gotta say I enjoyed this more than any of her teen novels. It was about a film writer whose ex-boyfriend just got married to an actress, who turns out to be the ex-girlfriend of the star of her next movie. And of course, they get stranded alone together in Alaska. It's really cute and Cabot clearly loves showing off her movie trivia knowledge in this. Also, I imagined the guy to look like Christian Bale, so it was awesome.


29. Chosen by PC Cast and Kristen Cast (307 pages)
- This book was...so difficult to get through. I have to admit, I skimmed the middle hundred or so pages. The ending was sad, but rather predictable. I hope the next book is the last, as I doubt I can get through it if it is just this bad. Ugh.

30. Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot (400 pages)
- I made the tragic mistake of not opening this book before I purchased it (usually I check to see how big the font is, to see if the book is a ripoff). I was dismayed when I got this book home and opened it to see it was comprised exclusively of emails. Still, the story was cute and interesting, with some hilarious moments reminiscent of the movie "The Bachelor" with Chris O'Donnell?

31. Grimspace by Ann Aguirre (320 pages)
- I've been seeing this book literally everywhere. Ads have popped up everywhere, reviews on wotmania and several lj book comms, so I finally decided to read it. I enjoyed this novel, even though it was a pretty short read. The heroine is outspoken and smart-mouthed, but is brought up short by a psychic who happens to be able to hone in on her every thought. And of course he happens to be a hot guy. :P Still, a great read in SciFi.

32. Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey (320 pages)
- I haven't read a good pirate book in a while, so this was refreshing! The heroine was awesome - flawed like a normal person and she was able to overcome. Very enjoyable, the world Massey created was vivid and creative. Love the magic elements, with the sea water canceling out the power. Would definitely recommend.

33. The Covenant Rising by Stan Nichols (416 pages)
- This book was excruciating to get through. The story was fine and at some points exciting, but for some reason, i just couldn't get gripped by the plot or the characters. I don't think I would recommend this to anyone else, but I'll still be reading the next book to see if the crap extends to that as well.

34. Small Favor by Jim Butcher (432 pages)
- This was so enjoyable! A worthy member of the Dresden Files, and I think is maybe my second favorite. Michael's character is given a lot more development, including showing that he has doubts. Some of the descriptions that Butcher uses are hysterically vivid (such as one of the characters having to take the monorail to get to the other side of his Hummer), and the book was the right combination of humor, action, and magic. It was awesome, and I can't wait for the next novel.

35. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (281 pages)
- This was a cute, fast read. The switching between narrators was handled nicely and wasn't clunky like other books I've read with this technique. The characters are really well-defined and interesting, although the main girl was a bit annoying with a "woe is my life!" attitude, when the boy clearly had things worse...still okay for teen chick-lit.

36. Poltergeist by Kat Richardson (388 pages)
- I started this almost immediately after I read the first book, Greywalker (#18), but I couldn't finish it. When I got home from school, I gave it another try and was a lot happier this time around. There was a lot less character development/interaction, and the story mainly focused on Harper learning about her power and working on the case. A decent read.

37. Bread and Dreams by Jonatha Ceely (416 pages)
- An Irish immigrant girl, Mina, who is disguised as a boy assistant cook is the heroine of this novel. Her older, Jewish protector (and the master cook to her assistant) is the object of her affection, but he turns out to be a typical guy most of the time. His typical guy-ness was really the only flaw in this awesome novel. I actually read this twice, because Ceely's way of writing pivotal scenes is masterful and you get caught up in the emotion everyone feels. I definitely recommend.

38. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (400 pages)
- This was exceptionally good, but very similar to Hale's other novel Book of a Thousand Days, in that the heroine hides in the kitchen of the prince/king and marries him when she reveals who she is. But it is still written well, it kept my interest piqued the entire time. If you're a fan of re-worked fairy tales, definitely pick this up.

39. Octavian of Nothing by M.T. Anderson (384 pages)
- This book was highly confusing. It's intended as a YA novel, but the majority of the narration has lofty, complicated vocabulary that I actually found myself re-reading sentences because they had made no sense to me. That aside, the plot was strange, the protagonist wasn't approachable, except after his assuming the role of a slave, which doesn't happen until 3/4 way through. It's interesting, however, and I may have to pick up the sequel, just so I can know what the hell is going on.

40. Eyeliner of the Gods by Katie Maxwell (199 pages)
- Short, predictably cute novel, with lots of hilarious made-up words. My favorite being 'boobmonger'. It's set in Egypt at a dig site, so I was hoping for some archeology, but it was mostly a mystery about a theft and the main character's relationship with a biker (of course!).

41. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale (336 pages)
- This is a companion book to The Goose Girl, which I have to say I liked better. This book's plot was a bit off and the heroine a bit...stupid. And unlikable. I did love the guy she eventually fell for (only after being incredibly dense about him).

42. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (368 pages)
- The only reason this book was tolerable was because of Erik. It was written like a collection of short stories, with only a few overlying themes linking them together. I'm glad she got rid of her current boyfriend, however, since I'm an Erik/Sookie shipper.

43. The Queen in Winter by Lynn Kurland, Sharon Shinn, Claire Delacroix, Sarah Monette (320 pages)
- This is a collection of short stories, all featuring winter in some way. I really enjoyed them, and wished they were longer (although that's almost always the case with short stories). And of course there was the one that was a lot worse than the rest, but altogether it was better than the other short story anthology I read this year.

44. Austenland by Shannon Hale (208 pages)
- This was a pretty cute novel, albeit a bit predictable. Hale used a bunch of well-known phrases from the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice throughout the novel. The heroine is rather amusing, the guy is dashing, and it's a good light read. I recommend if you just want a cutesey book to read.

45. Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey (400 pages)
- This was a cute, interesting read. Lackey has a series based in a land where a magic called "The Tradition" pushes life to follow its demands. Basically The Tradition assures the Happily Ever After of fairy tales. The hero and heroine were delightful, although they fell in love a bit too conveniently, and while the book was interesting, it ended a bit too suddenly. I'll definitely be checking out the other installments in this series.

46. I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle (304 pages)
- This book was hilarious and reminded me of the very popular teen comedies from the 80s/early 90s. You can tell it was written by a screenwriter, as the book is cinematic in its descriptions but enjoyably so. It centers on an stereotypical geeky kid who declares his love for the head cheerleader in his valedictorian speech and follows what happens afterwards. I definitely recommend.

47. The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (336 pages)
- As I'm reading more Hale books, I've noticed her books are all slightly similar, plot-wise and characterization-wise. The general plot is that the royal seers concluded that the prince's wife would be taken from a small mining town that holds some resentment for the king. They set up a "princess academy" to teach all the girls how to be princesses. It was enjoyable, but definitely light reading.

48. Chloe, Queen of Denial by Naomi Nash (195 pages)
- This is the companion novel to Eyeliner of the Gods by Katie Maxwell, and the less entertaining of the two. The heroine of this novel was a lot less likable and you could tell that certain scenes in this book were written merely because they were mentioned in the other, and the writer did a poor job of doing so. The plot was decidedly missing. It was still an okay read to take up an hour of my time.

49. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (576 pages)
- I absolutely loved it. It was a sad, beautiful portrayal of WWII in Germany. I really recommend all of you read it. Death is the narrator, and is darkly humorous throughout. The characters are lushly described and everyone has a distinct personality that jumps off the page.

50. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey (496 pages)
- This was the first book in the "Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms" series, which I started out of order a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed this! It was much better than Fortune's Fool and it also helped explain a few things that went over my head. Elena is a beautifully fleshed out heroine and Alexander is hilariously introduced. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fairy tales for adults.

51. One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey (400 pages)
- This was another book in the "Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms" series and is the least satisfying of the three I've read. The heroine is very well rounded, but her hero isn't. Several of the plot devices aren't backed up with sufficient reason (such as reasons for betrayal, etc) and no character besides the heroine (and to a lesser degree the other heroine) are really characterized. Still enjoyable, just not very intensive reading.

52. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (368 pages)
- This book was utterly amazing. The protagonist, Ed Kennedy, interferes with a bank robbery and in the next few days receives an Ace in the mail with three addresses on it. He follows what the cards and his own heart tell him, and it all leads up to a very big twist. This book is deep, hilarious, and thought-provoking. Zusak is quickly becoming one of my most favorite authors.

53. The Ruby in Smoke by Philip Pullman (230 pages)
- This book was pretty enjoyable. But for such a short book, it took me a considerably long amount of time to finish this. I did really like the supporting characters, although Sally Lockhart is kinda boring when she's not around any other character. I found myself speeding up through her inner monologue to get to the interaction with others.

54. Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot (368 pages)
- This is a really great book! The main character is loosely based off of the singer Tiffany, and is now slightly washed up. She lives with her ex-boyfriend's brother, who is one of those Hot Guy Characters from the second you meet him. And his name is Cooper. Niiice. I recommend.

55. Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot (368 pages)
- Cute, just as good as the first one. I totally guessed who was the bad guy in this one, however, so the mystery wasn't as mysterious. Also - Cooper is way hot.

56. Big Boned by Meg Cabot (304 pages)
- I liked it, but the romance was all BAM! BOOM! and wrapped up in one chapter, and it made me sad. It was something I had been waiting for through two other books and then Meg wraps it up within a few pages.

57. Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (256 pages)
- This book is highly enjoyable, with a very interesting concept. I really loved the main characters and the very different settings. Neil Gaiman never fails to entertain. I hope he writes another book.

58. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (768 pages)
- While her writing has definitely improved, this story was utter and epic FAIL. I actually liked the Jacob narration parts, however, and some of the other vamps she introduced were cool. Probably won't read again.

59. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (416 pages)
- I really, really enjoyed this. The story was interesting and original and the illustrations were great. I'm definitely looking forward to the movie next year.

60. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (336 pages)
- This was an interesting take on faeries, and refreshing in the fact that the heroine doesn't instantly fall in love with the male from the faerie world, which rarely happens. Several of the characters are deeply fleshed out and highly interesting. I really enjoyed Marr's writing.

61. Beastly by Alex Flinn (336 pages)
- This was a slightly interesting take on the Beauty and the Beast tale, although some of it fell flat. I enjoyed the witch as well as the "Beast"'s tutor, although the Beast annoyed me somewhat, as did the girl he set his sights on. A good read for curing boredom, but not particularly memorable.

62. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (320 pages)
- I adore Patricia Briggs' writing, and after seeing her short story in On the Prowl, I couldn't wait for her full novel on the characters she introduced. If you haven't read Alpha and Omega from On the Prowl, I would suggest you read that before picking this up or you may be confused. But this was a great installment, and more of the storytelling that I love from Briggs. The characters are interesting, frustrating, and lovable all at the same time. One of my favorites this year.

63. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Rigler (304 pages)
- I randomly picked this up out of a bargain book pile and I regretted it. It took me a while to get through this, and I probably won't read it again.

64. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (224 pages)
- I rather disliked the heroine of this novel quite a bit, as she's the type that annoy me in real life. The book deals with teenage sex and getting caught - which is the only time you feel bad for the heroine - as well as a girl consistently making the wrong decisions.

65. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (392 pages)
- This leans a bit more to the children's lit side, but was still highly enjoyable and really original. Children of the Roman gods are destined to be heroes and are all brought to this camp where they're trained. The main character, Percy, finds out he's the son of Poseidon and it is up to him to save the world, essentially. Riordan puts a lot of mythology into every aspect of his book which made it an incredibly fun read.

66. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (304 pages)
- Percy saving the world continues in this novel. Still highly entertaining and well written.

67. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (336 pages)
- This book made me really wish that the fourth book wasn't still in hardback so I could pick it up immediately and read it. The story Riordan is weaving is complex and so interesting. Big fan of this series.

68. The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller (672 pages)
- One of the big literary pet peeves of mine is when a main character of a book speaks with an accent and the writer writes it out ridiculously. For once, it totally didn't drive me away from this book. The main character did have an accent, but through the book he started dropping it and you're able to focus on what is happening in the story rather than the character's atrocious accent. I really enjoyed this, although the title of the book is rather misleading.

69. Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast (368 pages)
- I read a bunch of these novels by PC Cast, and this was my least favorite of them but rather enjoyable. The main premise of these books is that the main character usually invokes a goddess of some sort and winds up either being involved with gods and goddesses or outright falling for one. This involved the main character switching places with a mermaid and hijinks ensue.

70. Goddess of Spring by P.C. Cast (352 pages)
- I think this might be my favorite. The main character is a baker who switches places with Persephone, right before she goes down to visit Hades. Obvious plot is obvious, but still enjoyable.

71. Goddess of Light by P.C. Cast (352 pages)
- This involves Apollo finally deciding to settle down, which is a contradiction of the past novels in the series where he's quite the playboy. He's also kinda scarily obsessive in this novel, but it was good for fluffy reading.

72. Goddess of Love by P.C. Cast (304 pages)
- I really liked this one. Hephaestus has always been one of my favorite gods, mostly because he's so under appreciated. This novel involves both him and Aphrodite finding true love, which is fun and entertaining.

73. The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotsen (416 pages)
- (I waited too long to write the review for this, I do remember I enjoyed it.)

74. Beyond the Shroud by Rick Hautala (295 pages)
- My dad handed me this novel to read and it was totally not my usual genre. It was okay, but I won't read it again. It seemed to be a gruesome murder mystery paired with supernatural knives infused with Jack the Ripper's soul...very confusing at times and not worth the effort to figure out whatever was happening.

75. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (287 pages)
- I am a big fan of this book. Once you get past the style of writing, the beautiful and sad story comes through. It's gritty and there's a general sense of hopelessness, but it reads like a true first-hand account of a post-apocalyptic world. I can't wait for the movie version.

76. Jango by William Nicholson (432 pages)
- This is the sequel to Seeker, which I should have probably re-read a before reading this, but it was still highly entertaining. There were some similar scenes in this novel and books of Nicholson's Wind on Fire series, which kinda disappointed me, but I really enjoyed this. Nicholson may be one of my top 10 writers of all time if his books continue being amazing.

77. The Dashwood Sisters' Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton (336 pages)
- I waited too long to fully review, but this was not too enjoyable & a bad re-imagining of Sense and Sensibility.

78. Mary, Queen of France by Jean Plaidy (304 pages)
- I kind of waited too long to review this, but this was an interesting historical fiction(ish) novel about Henry VIII's sister Mary and how she essentially married who she wanted once her arranged marriage ended.

79. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore (304 pages)
- I kinda waited too long to review this, but it was a hilariously fresh take on vampires and I am a big fan.

80. An Armory of Swords by Fred Saberhagen (and others) (320 pages)
- I read all the Sword books by Fred Saberhagen a few years ago (sooo good), and these were short stories about the 12 swords written by other authors. My personal favorite was the morbid story about Dragonslayer. You should read all the Sword novels, and read this. I definitely recommend.

81. The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau (270 pages)
- About an entire city built underground, lit only by electric light and the lights start to flicker and go out. Two kids find the way to save the city. This book had an incredibly interesting plot, but the writing was a bit too childish and simple for me, which I find sad. I do recommend, and I kinda want to see the movie now.

82. The People of Sparks by Jeanne Duprau (352 pages)
- I barely got through this. While it was semi-obvious in Ember that the book was meant for younger children, the level of writing in this was just...too basic for me to tolerate. I quickly grew bored and only finished because I hate abandoning books.

83. Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor (384 pages)
- This is the sequel to the Looking Glass Wars, which I read earlier in the year. This was much less interesting, and the characters weren't nearly as engaging as I found them in the first novel. If he had left it off with only the first novel, it would have been better.

84. Confessions of St. Augustine (352 pages)
- I'm taking a History of Christianity course, and this novel was partially required for it. I read the whole thing, mostly because of how interesting his life and theology is. If you're at all interested in Christian theology, I recommend.

85. Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (256 pages)
- This book took a really long time for me to read for such a short novel. I would speed through the parts narrated by everyone BUT Naomi - her story was interspersed with random wingdings, some of them didn't fit as well as the author obviously hoped. I don't see why they couldn't have just used actual words. The story itself was cute, although one of the more main characters wasn't nearly as fleshed out as he should have been. Enjoyable, but I probably won't read again.

86. The Baker's Boy by JV Jones (528 pages)
- This book was really good. I'm a bigger fan of JV Jones' other series (Sword of Shadows), but this book seemed an interesting start. A boy working in the bakery of the castle suddenly starts working miracles, so he runs away with a noble girl who doesn't want to marry the creepy prince. Not the most original plot line, and the narration was at times confusing, but overall it was enjoyable.

87. River Secrets by Shannon Hale (320 pages)
- I really just adore this series. This is Hale's third book, after The Goose Girl and Enna Burning, and it has a male protagonist, Razo, rather than the usual female. I really enjoyed this, and it didn't hurt that the girl Razo liked was a fellow ginger ;).

88. Revelations by Melissa De la Cruz (272 pages)
- The third book in Cruz's Blue Bloods series and the book was as entertaining as the first. Cruz has an interesting take on vampires and fallen angels and the mythos she's creating is quite extensive. If you haven't read these, I suggest you do.

89. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (208 pages)
- I actually read this earlier in the year, but forgot in what order, so it is all the way down here. I enjoyed this much more than Naomi and Ely's, the swapping between narrators was easy to follow (since there were only two to follow), plus the story was way more interesting and cute. I think the movie did the book justice while still changing a few elements. You should both read the book and watch the movie - they were both great.

90. To Weave a Web of Magic by by Claire Delacroix, Lynn Kurland, Patricia A. McKillip, Sharon Shinn (368 pages)
- This was something of a "sequel" to The Queen in Winter, where there were more short stories by these authors, all dealing with magic instead of winter. These stories, however, were for the most part terrible although Sharon Shinn's was rather good. If you feel like reading, just ask me for the e-book. This is totally not worth a cent.

Book Count: 90/80
Page Count: 32562

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