Friday, December 31, 2010

52 Book Year: Part Three

continued from previous

44. Some Girls Bite, Chloe Something.  Wow, isn't that sad?  I couldn't recall the author's name when I wrote down the book title on my list.  This is the "chicagoland vampire series" which I only picked up because my library search brought it up when I was searching something else and kept bringing it up -- and apparently it's popular in the local library here.  It is a series, but I was not inspired to read the rest.

The Hunger Games: Book 145.  Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.  I got on the bandwagon.

Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate)But then 46. Blameless, Gail Carriger, came out!  This book is more interesting than the second in the series though not as good as the first one.  It'll keep me reading through the fourth and fifth books (the scheduled end of the series).

47. Destined for an Early Grave, Jeaniene Frost.  I finally got around to reading the fourth in the Cat&Bones series.  It was ... confusing.

And then I bought the Cat & Bones spin offs, 48. First Drop of Crimson and 49. Eternal Kiss of Darkness.  Where Frost's cover art had previously been amazing, it became sort of unremarkably of the paranormal romance genre in these.

Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, Book 4)50.  Happy Ever After, Nora Roberts.  The last of the Bridal Quartet, I got my hands on this as soon as it came out.  And I was disappointed.  Perhaps because I was building it up so much in my head.  It ended the series in a manner that we'd seen coming since book two.

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)51. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins.  Where Hunger Games felt like a stand alone, Catching Fire absolutely needs 52. Mockingjay to finish what it starts.  I got SO into this.  I was reading until 5 AM one night and 3 AM the next.  And crying from about 1-3 AM.

54. King of Sword and Sky, C.L. Wilson began my rereading of the latter half of the Tairen Soul series so that I could know what was going on when I read 56. Crown of Crystal Flame which came out this fall.  55. Queen of Song and Souls had come out more than 18 months prior. Tairen Soul is a second world fantasy that plays with the conventions of high fantasy to give Wilson's world a feel that is both familiar and yet decidedly her own.  These end up shelved in romance instead of fantasy, and I probably wouldn't have found them if the first two books hadn't been in their own special display several years ago.

58. When Rose Wakes, Christopher Golden.  A YA novel re-envisioning of sleeping beauty.

American Salvage (Made in Michigan Writers Series)Hommage to books I almost finished and still intend to finish in 2011:   American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell; Plague of Doves, Louise Erdrich; Out of the Girls' Room and into the Night; Song of the Lark Willa Cather; Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, Rhoda Janzen; Ferryman, Christopher Golden;  Darkest Lie, Showalter; The Secret History of Fantasy, ed. Peter S. Beagle.  And several other collections and anthologies.

Highly Recommended