137-142

Dec. 25th, 2010 08:38 pm
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137. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Chrestomanci (chronological order), book 6
Young Adult, Fantasy, 480p

138. Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
Pit Dragons Trilogy, book 1
Young Adult, Fantasy, 320p

139. Heart's Blood by Jane Yolen
Pit Dragons Trilogy, book 2
Young Adult, Fantasy, 368p

140. A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen
Pit Dragons Trilogy, book 3
Young Adult, Fantasy, 320p

141. Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey
Crystal Singer, book 1
Adult, Science Fiction, 311p

142. *Doctor Who: The Krillitane Storm by Christopher Cooper, read by Will Thorp(e)
Science Fiction, Audiobook, 5h20m

142 / 160 books (89%)
61 / 80 *new books (77%)
3 / 7 ^non-fiction (43%)
39133 / 48000 pages. (82%)
Audiobooks: 59h39m

83, 84

Jul. 3rd, 2010 03:47 pm
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83. *White Cat by Holly Black
Young Adult, Fantasy, 320 pages

When I first sat down to read White Cat, two hours passed before I realized it. It turned out to be an enthralling story. I wasn't sure about it at first, though, because the main character, Cassel, is almost completely unlikeable. Once you get used to his self-absorption and casual disregard for other people, and also once you start understanding why he is the way he is, the story moves along steadily, with clever hints leading toward various plot points. I liked it. I liked that the end was not what I expected, and yet fit the story and characters perfectly.

I think I wish it wasn't first in a series, though, unless the other books are set in the same world with different characters. It's a self-contained story that doesn't need to be continued.

84. *Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
Young Adult, Fantasy, 292 pages

Definitely not my favorite of DWJ's books, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. Enchanted Glass has a complex plot with many secondary characters that can be difficult to keep straight, but the main characters were relatable and fun to read about. I will definitely reread this (especially to better understand what all happened).

84 / 160 books (53%)
47 / 80 *new books (59%)
3 / 7 ^non-fiction (43%)
20792 / 48000 pages. (43%)
Audiobooks: 46h29m
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I wanted to post this before the year ends. I'll put in the final tallies later.

160. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Young Adult, fantasy, 480 pages
Chrestomanci series

161. The Boy Book by E Lockhart
YA, fiction, 224 pages
Sequel to The Boyfriend List

More fabulous writing from Lockhart.

162. The Boyfriend List by E Lockhkart
YA, fiction, 229 pages
Prequel to The Boy Book

Roo (Ruby Oliver) has had a difficult month. Her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend, all her friends stopped speaking to her, and a very embarrassing piece of paper was copied and distributed around her entire school - the boyfriend list. It was homework for her therapist. It was a list of every boy she ever kissed, went on a date with, or did anything else even remotely approaching boyfriend territory.

I just love Roo's voice in this and The Boy Book. In this book, each chapter is one name from the list and along with the present-day story of how she's in therapy, dealing with her former friends and crazy parents, and trying to move on, we also get the back story on each guy, and the story of the falling-out with her friends. There are at least three timelines twisting around each other, but it reads effortlessly.



162 / 162 books. (original goal: 150)


83 / 83 ^new books. (original goal: 75)


5 / 10 ^non-fiction. (fail)


48039 / 48039 pages. (original goal: 45000)

151-157

Dec. 21st, 2009 12:12 pm
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151. Sorcery and Cecelia, or the enchanted chocolate pot by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevemer
YA, historical fantasy, 326 pages

152. *Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
Young Adult, fantasy, 393 pages
Chrestomanci

I thought I read this once before (and really, really liked it) but I remembered almost nothing about it. I liked it this time, but I think I'll need to read it another time or two before I really get what was going on.

153. Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Young Adult, fantasy, 534 pages
Tortall (Beka Cooper)

154. *The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevemer
Young Adult, historical fantasy, 326 pages
sequel to Sorcery and Cecelia

155. Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Young Adult, fantasy, 563 pages
Tortall (Beka Cooper)

156. Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Adult, Science Fiction (humorous), 365 pages

157. The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
Young Adult, fantasy, 539 pages
Emelan



157 / 157 books. 100% done!


80 / 80 *new books. 100% done!


5 / 10 ^non-fiction. 50% done!


46429 / 45000 pages. 103% done!

87-91

Dec. 14th, 2009 12:37 pm
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87. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
I was looking forward to this book from the moment I finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. And, just like Larsson's previous book, it did not disappoint. In fact, I actually liked this one much better. This is probably in part to the fact that we got to know Lisbeth and Mikael much better, but also because the plot was significantly more sinister. Larsson's characters are magnificent, from the police to the bad guys to the innocents who happen to get involved. I simply adore the book, not only because it's both well thought out and written, but because it is my type of mystery. In many ways, The Girl Who Played with Fire is everything I love about Scandinavian mysteries. My only complaint is that we only have three (maybe four) of Larsson's books in total. I would love to have been able to read the completed series.

88. The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
I don't know exactly how to say this, but I completely and utterly adored this book. It was funny, clever and seriously a lot of fun. It ended exactly the way I'd hoped. I've been a fan of Jones since I was young, but hadn't read any of the Chrestomanci books in ages. This was the perfect book to pick up and read. It's quick, clever and fun -- even if you have no idea what the series is about. I do hope that Jones continues with Eric and Marianne's story. I definitely want to find out what happens to them.

89. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville
I've been a fan of Mieville's work since I discovered Perdido Street Station, but I somehow missed this YA book of his. I ended up just randomly grabbing it, completely on a whim and fell in love. It's a very clever mix of Mieville's steampunk-ish style mixed with young adult themes and real London. I completely loved the book and i hope he writes more YA.

90. The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
I read this book because my sister lent it to me and I picked it up because I needed something to read. I had no idea what I was getting into, but that was fine because The Alchemy of Stone was one of the most beautiful and heart breaking books I have ever read. Sedia's character of Mattie was fantastic and instantly likable. I desperately wanted more to this story, but in the end, what happened was the only possible outcome. My only regret was that this novel wasn't published when I was doing my senior thesis in college, it would have perfectly into my theme of what it means to be human. The Alchemy of Stone is an extraordinary novel of what it means to be human, but even more, it's a story of love. Highly, highly recommended.

91. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
My sister sent me a copy of this book, and with the moving coming out, I was curious to see what all the hype was about. I don't usually read regular fiction and it was clear, aside from the title, this wasn't going to be science fiction. In the end, it was a mix of the two genres, that was completely gripping. The story, told from two different points of view, was unlike anything I'd ever read. I completely enjoyed it, though I doubt I'll see the film.



91 / 100 books. 91% read!

26-30

Mar. 17th, 2009 11:19 am
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26. *Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones (304) YA/Fan

I don't remember exactly when I read this, but I just realized that I did in fact read it but forgot to post it.

It was amusing. Not my favorite DWJ ever, but I still liked it quite a bit.

27. *An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (215) YA/Fic

I picked up this book for two reasons. The first is that someone linked me to this video, which got me interested in the Brotherhood 2.0 project that John and his brother Hank did a couple of years ago (it's a year-long project of vlogs every weekday. I think I'm into June or July.). Eventually I realized that John is an author of YA books (I like YA books) so I thought I should check them out (making him the fourth author whose books I picked up after I followed some kind of web activity, after John Scalzi, Wil Wheaton, and Cherie Priest).

The second reason I picked An Abundance of Katherines is because I like the title.

The writing is good and the story is cute and the characters were believable. I have am looking forward to reading Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns.

28. *Looking for Alaska by John Green (221) YA/Fic

Another excellent book. Green has a knack for creating characters that are interesting to read about even when they're not really doing anything. I did find the second half of the book predictable, but that didn't make it any less of a good read.

29. *13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (320) YA/fic

I read this in the bookstore, picked it up because John Green has mentioned the author several times in his vlogs, so I recognized her name.

Ginny's slightly-crazy aunt has given her a combination treasure hunt and scavenger hunt in a series of 13 letters. Each letter contains instructions for places to go, people to meet, and things to do or see. A solo tour of Europe is not something shy and quiet Ginny would ever have done normally, but with her aunt's letters to guide her, she takes the chance and goes.

This is the sort of book that you could (assuming the author did her research properly) follow along with in real life. Take a plane to this city, find this address. Take the ferry here, take a bus there, go to this museum and that cafe. It was a lovely journey to see new places and meet new people and, in the end, help Ginny accept her aunt's death.

30. *Paper Towns by John Green (305) YA/Fic

Quentin's next-door neighbor Margo runs away from home not long before their high school graduation and Quentin follows clues to try and find her.

Another fantastic book by John Green. One thing I really like about Green's writing is that, unlike a lot of authors, his endings don't just stop the book. The major event happens, then it still takes a while for everything to wrap up. If there's more than one major event, they're spaced out instead of all at once.



30 / 150 books. 20% done!


16 / 75 *new books. 21% done!


0 / 10 ^non-fiction. (hmmm)


8556 / 45000 pages. 19% done!

10-12

Jan. 29th, 2009 10:46 am
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10. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I first read this book when I was in middle school and remembered liking it -- but I couldn't remember anything about the story. And what I did remember, came from my viewing of the anime adaption of the book by the same name. While the movie takes a different take on certain events (plot points are changed, but not to the detriment of the story as a whole), the book turned out to be just as good. I could also clearly see why my younger self quite liked it. The story is basically the same, Sophie is cursed and ends up running into (and falling in love with) Howl. That's a simple enough plot line, but Jones never lets anything be that simple. Instead, she throws twists, turns and all sorts of curve balls into the story, creating a fantastic tale that never stops. I thoroughly enjoyed this reread and expect the story to pass the test of time.

11. The Abadazad #1: Road to Inconceivable by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog
A very cute first story in a series of graphic novels. The story centers around a young girl and her brother. The art is quite well done and the plot is strong. I found the book to be an entertaining and fun read. Highly recommended for kids who like adventure series with strong female characters. Also, if you start reading this one, you might one to pick up the rest, because the books ends with quite a cliffhanger.

12. Wings to the Kingdom by Cherie Priest
I read these books out of order, this is the second one in the Eden Moore universe. But it turns out that Cherie Priest is such a good writer and storyteller, that it doesn't matter that I read the third one before the second. If anything, the second is much creepier than the other two. It's a fun ghost story, of sorts, about Confederate soldiers, a create that's not quite human and note quite a ghost and Eden Moore and her friends. It does help to have read at least one of the other books in the series to understand some of the minor plot points, but it works well as a stand alone novel as well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, even if it did scare me on a few occasions. I am excited to read more of Priest's novels.



12 / 100 books read. 12% done!

129-130

Nov. 1st, 2008 05:46 pm
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129. The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
This was a very cute and entertaining book. The main character, a younger girl named Hayley, is sent away from her grandparents to live with her Aunt. Once there, she discovers secrets about her family. The basis behind the story is yet another take on myths. It reminded me a lot of The Myth Hunters by Christopher Golden, except I enjoyed The Game much more. Hayley is an endearing and fun character -- you immediately care about what happens to her. And the situations she's in, as well as the family who befriend her, become believable in the context of the novel, unlike in Golden's book, where you have to work far too hard to believe him. Diana Wynne Jones is an excellent author and her books rarely disappoint. The Game is no exception.

130. Suck It Up by Brian Meehl
I'm kind of a sucker for vampire books, and I'd read a few things referring to Suck It Up. Like Westerfeld's Peeps, vampirism is a disease -- spread by blood. Our hero, Morning McCobb, defies all stereotypes of vampires (both within the context of the book and within the context of vampire lore as we know it). What separates this book from much of vampire fiction out there, is that in no way does Morning want to be a vampire -- and he's pretty damn snarky about it. While not a great book (like Peeps), Suck it Up is entertaining and takes the 'coming of age' story on a wild ride. I will say that Meehl did a wonderful job of his character development -- especially with Morning and his eventual friend Portia.





130 / 150 new reads. 87% read!

145-150

Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:51 pm
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145. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern by Lillian Jackson Braun (192)

Instead of his beloved crime beat, Qwill is given an assignment about interior design from the newspaper. But (as usual) it all goes awry when something goes wrong at every home that is photographed. Also, the introduction of Yum Yum.

These are light, pretty sweet books, even with the murder and occasional mayhem.

146. So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld (225)
147. Extras by Scott Westerfeld (417)

I really like these books - I need to buy some more Westerfeld next year.

148. *Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones (256)

I remembered where it was - I lent it to my sister. I must've finished it, but the end must not have been particularly memorable. All in all it was a hilarious book, though.

149. Looking for the Mahdi by N. Lee Wood (293)
150. *The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson (499)

At the time I'm posting this, I haven't quite finished either of these, but I am nearly done with both and will finish them today.

Final stats:

(I have two books numbered 71)
151 / 150 books (101%)
72 / 70 *new books (102%)
49196 / 50000 pages (98%)

138-

Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:48 pm
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Originally posted in November of 2007 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

138. *Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff (404)

Second book in the Smoke Trilogy, sequel to the Blood books. I liked this, although it was definitely one of the creepiest books I've ever read. I don't usually read horror (at all) and while this probably isn't as scary as as "real" horror books, it was scary enough in the middle that I had to put it down and read something else before I went to bed.

Tony, Henry, and the various other characters were strong enough in themselves that I didn't find myself missing Vicki and Mike much as I read it.

139. *Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff (407)

Third and final book in the Smoke Trilogy. This book was actually...hilarious. There were so many pop-culture references - and Tony was dealing two old-beyond-measure people who didn't pay attention to that sort of thing - that it made me laugh out loud about every third page. I also enjoyed the story, and the characters. Leah was a well-written character and Tony really came into his own.

140. *The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi (100)

I'm counting this as a new read because listening to the audio version and reading the actual book are two very different experiences. I love the audio version, but there are things I got out of the book that I didn't catch or understand in the audio. It's a wonderful novelette.

141. Squire by Tamora Pierce (380)

I'd misplaced this before when I really wanted to read it, and when I found it I used it as my "I must read something else now" book while I was reading Smoke and Mirrors. This is possibly my favorite Tamora Pierce book - Kel is my favorite, the most realistic, the least Mary Sue, of her heroines, and Squire is my favorite of the PotS books.

I read more than one book at once, and my reading speed drops dramatically:

142. *The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones (480)

Loved it, absolutely loved it. I love the old Chrestomanci books like Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant but the latest ones are, if possible, even better. This one starts out just a little bit slow with some necessary build-up, but once it gets going, it gets going and is a cracking good story the rest of the way through.

143. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (352)

I forgot I'd already read this until I was halfway through, but these books don't take long to read. And I couldn't remember what happened, so I finished it anyway. They're brain candy, light, (mostly) fluffy, fun books. Hilarious, too, I kept laughing out loud at things that happened or bits of dialog (and I was sitting in the bookstore cafe, so I was trying to be quiet).

144. Sunshine by Robin McKinley (416)

Still up there as my favorite book.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 144 / 150 books (96.0%)
Zokutou word meter 70 / 70 *new books (100.0%)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 47,314 / 50,000 pages (94.6%)


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