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Books I read in 2011



January of 2011
1. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
2. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
3. The Walking Dead: Volume Three
4. The Walking Dead: Volume Four
5. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
6. Feed by Mira Grant
7. Leviathian by Scott Westerfeld
8. The Walking Dead: Volume Five
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
11. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
12. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
13. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

February of 2011
1. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
2. The Walking Dead: Volume Six
3. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
4. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
5. Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
6. What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
7. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
8. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
9. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
10. Ship Breaker by Paolo Baciglupi
11. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

March of 2011
1. Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
2. Mystic and Rider: a Novel of the Twelve Houses by Sharon Shinn
3. Naamah’s Kiss by Jacqueline Carey
4. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
5. The Thirteenth House: a Novel of the Twelve Houses by Sharon Shinn
6. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
7. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
8. Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn
9. Afterlife: an Evernight novel by Claudia Gray
10. Reader and Raelynx by Sharon Shinn

April of 2011
1. Naamah’s Curse by Jacqueline Carey
2. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
3. Bayou: Volume 1 by Jeremy Love
4. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
5. The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanah
6. Juliet by Anne Fortier
7. The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
8. Room by Emma Donoghue
9. 31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
10. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
11. Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie
12. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
13. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
14. Echo: Moon Lake by Terry Moore
15. Archangel by Sharon Shinn
16. From the Land of the Moon
17. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
18. Skunk Girl by Sheba Karim

May of 2011
1. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
2. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Volume 1
3. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Volume 2
4. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 3
5. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 4
6. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 5
7. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 6
8. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 7
9. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 8
10. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
11. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
12. True Grit by Charles Portis
13. Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
14. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
15. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
16. The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
17. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
18. Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward
19. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
20. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
21. Refresh, Refresh by James Ponsoldt, Benjamin Percy & Danica Novgorodoff
22. These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
23. The Mark by Jen Nadol

June of 2011
1. World War Z by Max Brooks
2. The Thin Executioner
3. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
4. Deadline by Mira Grant
5. Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

July of 2011
1. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale
2. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
3. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
4. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
5. One Day by David Nicholls
6. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
7. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
8. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
9. Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey
10. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

August of 2011
1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
3. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
4. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
5. A Feast of Crows by George R.R. Martin
6. The Radleys by Matt Haig

September of 2011
1. The Fox Inheritance (Jenna Fox Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson
2. Death Note: Boredom, Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
3. Death Note: Confluence, Volume 2 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
4. Death Note: Hard Run, Volume 3 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
5. Death Note: Love, Volume 4 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
6. Death Note: Whiteout, Volume 5 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
7. The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia
8. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
10. Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
11. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
12. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
13. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

October 2011
1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. The Indigo Notebook by Lauren Resau
3. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
4. Fault Line by Janet Tashjian
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
7. The Death Cure by James Dashner

November of 2011
1. Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning
2. To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning
3. The Highlander’s Touch by Karen Marie Moning
4. Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
5. The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
6. The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
7. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
9. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
10. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
11. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
12. Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
13. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

December of 2011
1. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
2. Cruel & Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

The best & memorable reads

  • Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer

  • Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

  • Room by Emma Donague

  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern



Worst reads

  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale (In the beginning, I couldn't love it more! Then it dragged on and on... Bruno just became really unlikable.)

  • The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett (this is a DNF, so it isn't on my list)

  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman

  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Another DNF)



This year, I read 132 books, with a total of 49,632 pages (Dang. Only a couple of hundred pages from 50,000). The longest book was A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin with 1,177 pages.

I'd like some recommendations for non-fiction, and graphic novels/manga. I quite enjoyed the Pluto series by Urasawa. Fables by Bill Willingham, not so much. Death Note by Ohba was interesting but it became too repetitive. As for non-fiction, I don't have a specific subject that I'm interested in, just as long it's not too dry.

Actually, any kind of book that comes to your mind is just fine. Recommend away.

Also, I have a GoodReads account, and am always happy to have more friends. Add me: http://www.goodreads.com/friend/i?i=LTM2MDY0MjMwMzg6MzIx

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(Anonymous)
Mar. 6th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
I just found the language to be really elementary, and the characters to be flat and unmemorable. I read almost 800 pages of it, and the only thing I can remember from the very beginning, not too long after the guy's wife dies, he goes to fuck a strange woman in the woods near where his children were sleeping. That was just off putting to me. And oh yea, it's all about building a church. *shrug*

Why do you like it? It confounds me that so many people like it and I don't! Ha.
daredevgrl
Mar. 6th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry... the anon was me.
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daredevgrl
Mar. 6th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Hm, I think the soap opera aspect was what got to me. The characters were either bad or good. No in-betweens.

I just read the synopsis at Goodreads, and it ended with "At once a sensuous and endearing love story and an epic that shines with the fierce spirit of a passionate age..." Huh... a love story? Man, I must have repressed all memories of the Pillars of the Earth because I don't remember a love story. o_O
luvisamixedtape
Mar. 6th, 2012 01:47 pm (UTC)
I am going to add you to Goodreads, if that's okay. I need some new book recommendations. Well, I always need them. :)
hisietari
Mar. 6th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
If you're into CLAMP's mangas, almost all my favourites came out of their creative mastermind. Different genres available, too.

You may want to have a look at the recent trend, manga-fying popular fiction. I have to admit that only one title attracted me so far, "Soulless", because I love Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, and the manga is a treat to the eye.
daredevgrl
Mar. 6th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of CLAMP before. What should I start with?
hisietari
Mar. 6th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, that's hard to say as I'm not sure which genres you're usually in. XD;; CLAMP are one of the mangaka labels out there which have ruled the market for a very long time. Deserved, I think.

If you like supernatural drama with a good portion of hinted shonen ai, I think most people like "Tokyo Babylon" best (but it's really, really sad). "Magic Knights Rayearth" also got a lot of fans.
My personal favourite is "RG Veda", epic fantasy drama, but that was drawn and published almost 20 years ago - and a lot of people probably don't like the amount of blood. *lol*
The thing with CLAMP is, they've served almost every audience in their long career. There's shojo and shonen, partly with indicated -ai, drama and humour, and so on and so forth. Maybe it's best if you check out their wikipedia site, I'm not sure if there's such a thing on goodreads, too. ^^"
My latest favourite in their work was "xxx holic", which runs together with "Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles", so there's tons of yarn and story complications and drama and fun and tiny fussballs who can make people pass dimensions. Because they totally can. =B
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