Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Books read in 2010

  1. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
  2. Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake Book 3, started in 2009), Laurell K. Hamilton
  3. Lunatic Café (Anita Blake Book 4), Laurell K. Hamilton
  4. Bloody Bones (Anita Blake Book 5), Laurell K. Hamilton
  5. The Killing Dance (Anita Blake Book 6), Laurell K. Hamilton
  6. Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake Book 7), Laurell K. Hamilton
  7. Play With Me, Leslie Kelly (Harlequin trash) *
  8. Blue Moon (Anita Blake Book 8), Laurell K. Hamilton
  9. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse Book 10), Charlaine Harris
  10. Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake Book 9), Laurell K. Hamilton
  11. The Virgin’s Lover, Philippa Gregory 
  12. The Four Agreements, Miguel Ruiz 
  13. Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake 10), Laurell K. Hamilton
  14. On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery Book 1), Cleo Coyle
  15. Cerulean Sins, Anita Blake Book 11, Laurell K. Hamilton
  16. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress Book 1), Jeaniene Frost 
  17. Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson
  18. Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson 
  19. Mistborn (Mistborn Trilogy Book 1), Brandon Sanderson *
  20. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians Book 1), Rick Riordan
  21. Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians Book 2), Rick Riordan *
  22. Darkfever (Fever series Book 1), Karen Marie Moning
  23. Innocent Traitor, Alison Weir 
  24. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith
  25. Tightrope Walker, Dorothy Gilman 
  26. Changeless (Parasol Protectorate Book 2), Gail Carriger 
  27. Shakespeare’s Trollop (Lily Bard Book 4), Charlaine Harris 
  28. Tears of the Giraffe (Ladies Detective Agency Book 2), Alexander McCall Smith
  29. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera Book 1), Jim Butcher
  30. Kardashian Konfidential, Kardashian Sisters
  31. Slave (Cat Star Chronicles Book 1), Cheryl Brooks 
  32. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens *

    [* = did not finish]

    Monday, December 27, 2010

    Anita Blake

    Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    Aaah, Anita Blake. This series has sucked me in in the past, and then spit me back out again. At this point in time I have read up to about the ninth or tenth book in the series, but I had to take a break. Around book five and six I was really into it, but after a while all of the darkness, gore, and sadistic vampires sort of started to wear on me. But I love the fact that these books are such a staple of the urban fantasy genre, and ultimately I do think Anita Blake is one bad-ass heroine, even if she is an emotional mess.

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    Night Huntress

    Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
    My rating: 2 of 5 stars

    After reading all of the hype this series has I felt a little let down. 3/4 of the beginning was pretty lackluster in plot, it got semi-interesting by the end, but I wasn't terribly impressed. I will probably read the next book, just to see if the series gets any better.

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    WarbreakerWarbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This was my first time reading anything by Brandon Sanderson, and I really enjoyed it. The balance of it's unique magic system, dark humor, and well thought out characters made it really hard to put down. And the last fifth, or so, of the book was very intense, told at break-neck speed. The plot twists were (for the most part) unexpected, and the character development was probably what truly made this book so good. My only complaint was the really clipped ending. It sort of left me wanting more, not fulfilled.

    Overall, a great read, and I will definitely pursue reading his other series.

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    Parasol Protectorate

    Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate, #1)Soulless by Gail Carriger
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    Love this series by Gail Carriger. I picked it up because of the kick-ass cover [my absolute favorite covers at present], and the plot doesn't disappoint: Victorian England, a sarcastic protagonist, werewolves, etiquette, and parasols. It doesn't get much better than that. I enjoyed the second book in the series more than the first, but I look forward to anything this author produces. Her website has a wealth of Victorian customs, dress, Steampunk goodies, etc. My favorite feature of her website is the Victorian dress-up doll feature. Definitely worth checking out.

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    No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

    The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #1)The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    What a charming read. I've really enjoyed the first book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Mma Ramotswe is a wonderful character. I found it incredibly heart-warming, honest, and clever. I loved the African sensibility and learning about Botswana, and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries, human nature, and overall goodness and compassion.

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    Cat Star Chronicles

    Slave (Cat Star Chronicles, #1)Slave by Cheryl Brooks

    This was a free nookbook, and since these books were vaguely familiar to me since I'd seen them at work, I randomly started reading it. It is absolutely, hands-down, a total cheeseball story, horrible writing, outrageously sexual crap. I will only continue reading it until I just can't take it anymore. I'm only reading it now because it is mindless entertainment for my overworked brain. But this is why I don't read Romance. I hate that the plots are weak, and everything is completely unbelievable. And this coming from someone who loves fantastical stories. One good point for this book: it's made me want to read an actual science-fiction novel.

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