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I need more reading icons. Thoughtful!CJ will have to do.

Another year, another list!



1) First Lord's Fury, by Jim Butcher. The final book of Butcher's Codex Alera definitely delivers on the promises he's made throughout the series. It read like a love letter to the fans who have stuck it out to the end. Everything you want to happen does, with enough surprises (two or three big ones, at least) along the way to keep it interesting. Even the Vord managed not to annoy me, thanks in large part to Isana. I could've used more Canim and Max, but you can't have everything! I am very happy with the way the series wrapped up. I know he has no immediate plans to revisit this world he's built so well, and I'm surprisingly okay with that, though I'd love to know what happens several generations from now. But, as Tavi says, history will attend to itself. <333333

2) The Battle of the Labyrinth, by Rick Riordan. Thus far, book four is my favorite of the Percy Jackson series. Everything felt tighter: plot, characterization, pacing. A lot of this might have to do with the characters maturing, admittedly, as well as the myths explored (some of my favorites). I really like Rachel. And Nico. Now, where'd I put book five?

3) When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead. This year's very deserving Newberry winner. I loved everything about this book. To say anything more would be to take something away from this wonderful, surprising story. Be sure you have read A Wrinkle in Time before picking this one up, however.

4) The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan. The final Percy Jackson book read a lot like Harry Potter book seven, to me. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the ride. The ending is predictable, yes, but the story is a lot of fun.

5) Odd Thomas, by Dean Koontz. I have vague memories of [livejournal.com profile] bookwench31 talking to me about the Odd series a few years ago, so I picked it up on a whim. Well, that was a downer and more than a little disturbing. I do like Odd, but Elvis was easily the best part and almost made me wish Odd and Sookie Stackhouse could meet up.

6) The Wit & Wisdom of Discworld, by Terry Pratchett, compiled by Stephen Briggs. What's that you say? A book of quotations from thirty-four books I've already read (and two I haven't) shouldn't count? Nonsense, says I. It's a book. It has a front and back cover. I took the time to read it and laugh a lot. In conclusion: That's not my cow!

7) The Reckoning, by Kelley Armstrong. You know what I love about this trilogy? Chloe could so easily have been a Bella clone, but she actively decides not to be that person. Also, I continue to approve of Armstrong's take on werewolves. I thought this was a strong finish.

8) The Lost Tomb, by David Gibbins. Another book from Mom. Between all the exposition and technical asides about archaeological diving, there's a fairly decent adventure story here. Jack, a marine archaeologist, discovers what might be the shipwreck of St. Paul and a clue that points to the life of Jesus. Gibbins does not bother himself with much characterization, however, partly because it is the third book in a series I haven't touched before now (though I did find myself leaning in a Jack/Costas direction). The thing that bugged me the most was the sheer improbability of most of his finds as they follow one after the other -- they are too fantastic, too great. Just one would have been enough for an entire novel, especially when one considers what Jack has already found in his career. Hint: Jack's first canonical appearance is in Atlantis. Yeah.

9) Changes, by Jim Butcher. It's nice to see that Harry Potter's chest monster found work with Harry Dresden! I... can not raise my eyebrows high enough. Butcher made some surprising choices that certainly broke from the formula, but I think it might have been too much. Murphy made up for some of this, as did Molly and Sanya. I discovered I remain bitter about Luccio and Thomas, however. And that Lea is apparently played by Claire with the Hair (from Slings & Arrows) in my head.

10) Savor the Moment, by Nora Roberts. So bloody awful. Why do I keep doing this to myself.

11) The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, by Terry Pratchett. Good. Really good. So long as you don't mind something that reads like a Watership Down/Young Frankenstein crossover fic. The rat names are my favorite.

12) Ten Things I Love About You, by Julia Quinn.

13) The Poison Eaters, by Holly Black.

14) The Last Hero, by Terry Pratchett.

15) The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan.

16) Sizzling Sixteen, by Janet Evanovich.

17) Frostbitten, by Kelley Armstrong.

18) Tears of the Giraffe, by Alexander McCall Smith.

19) Furies of Calderon, by Jim Butcher. (re-read)

20) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

21) Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins.

22) Academ's Fury, by Jim Butcher. (re-read)

23) Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach.

24) Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins.

25) Wicked Appetite, by Janet Evanovich.

26) Haunt Me Still, by Jennifer Lee Carrell.

27) Tales of the Otherworld, by Kelley Armstrong.

28) A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson.

29) Tongues of Serpents, by Naomi Novik.

30) I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett. And thus I break my apparent radio silence to say: I could not have asked for a better end to Tiffany's story. Judging by what Sir Pratchett said to the P&P crowd during his Wintersmith tour, this novel was meant to transition Tiffany to the 'adult' Discworld books. I see how and why this was, and enjoyed the darker themes and 'crossover' bits more than I can say. But it's an ending -- his website says so -- and oh, my heart is full and happy. Preston, the [spoiler] bits, the Feegles' new oath. Well done.

31) Side Jobs, by Jim Butcher.

32) Happy Ever After, by Nora Roberts.

33) Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, by James L. Swanson.

34) The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan.

35) White Cat, by Holly Black.

36) Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale.

37) Into the Wild, by Sarah Durst.

38) Morality for Beautiful Girls, by Alexander McCall Smith. Liked the book, but I find the ending extraordinarily annoying. WTF was really wrong with Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni? Gah!

39) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

40) The Demon's Lexicon, by Sarah Rees Brennan.

41) Mothstorm, by Philip Reeve.

42) The Demon's Covenant, by Sarah Rees Brennan.

43) The Lady Most Likely, by Julia Quinn, Connie Brockway and Eloisa James.

44) Gettting the Girl, by Markus Zusak. If you read one book by Zusak, make it The Book Thief. And yet. The man has the power to distract me with several chapters of a so-so coming of age story and then absolutely slay me with a simple, unassuming sentence.



44 books, just under the wire. Look, Ma! I bucked my trend and beat last year's totals for once! Happy 2011.
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