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23 June 2008 @ 08:51 pm
Books Read in 2006 & 2007  
Books Read in 2006:
- Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (560 pages)
Sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty, and it's amazing. Libba Bray catches you up in her story, and you desperately want to go Spence Academy and take part in what happens in this installment.

- Artemis Fowl : The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer (352 pages)
I finally got this installment and I absolutely loved it. Although I wasn't 100% happy with the new sentimental Artemis, it was still great. Hopefully, Colfer will get the sixth and seventh book out quickly.

- The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson (448 pages)
My dad gave this to me; it's a book in the "Repairman Jack" series. It was different from what I normally read, but enjoyable. Wilson is a great writer, and I highly recommend this.

- Heretic by Joseph Nassise (304 pages)
This book wasn't an amazing book, but it was interesting. It's the first book in a series about a possible existence the Knight's Templar in modern days. It's a stand alone novel, if you're not interested in reading a series.

- The Bartimaeus Trilogy : The Amulet of Samarkand (462 pages), The Golem's Eye (574 pages), and Ptolemy's Gate (512 pages) by Jonathan Stroud
Utterly hilarious. Bartimaeus is an extremely sarcastic character, and the ending of the trilogy is so touching, I was close to crying. Definitely recommend for those interested in YA Fiction.

- Just One Look by Harlan Coben (384 pages)
This book was tolerable, but not very enjoyable. It had an unpredictable ending, but that was the only positive aspect. Characters had almost no depth, and I almost had to stop reading. It's alright for a casual read.

- The Crucible by Authur Miller (176 pages)
Wow. This is really good. We're reading this in AP English, and even the people in my class who abhor reading are enjoying this work. Plays are a bit hard to comprehend when only reading, but Miller's play is pretty easy to understand. Definitely recommend, great historical drama.

- Avalon High by Meg Cabot (304 pages)
Really nifty twist on the Arthurian legend. I finished it rather quickly, just under two hours, but it was enjoyable. An obviously frivolous read, but sometimes you need to read frivolous stories to remain sane.

- A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (408 pages)
Pretty good. I read it in about 4 hours, so it wasn't that difficult. Slightly mature, it's set in the early 1900s, and there are some racial themes. I enjoyed it, although it had more potential to be more murder-mystery than it could have been. I should check out The Tea Rose, a novel she published in early 2004.

- Assasin's Apprentice (464 pages); Royal Assasin (675 pages); Assasin's Quest (757 pages) by Robin Hobb
My dad gave me these earlier this week. They're incredibly good. I finished them rather quickly, roughly a day per book/ I wish there were more in this series, but I'm looking forward to checking out her other series.

- The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey (240 pages)
Rather good twist on the Scheherazade story. It's in a series of books called "Once Upon a Time" and it was the perfect mix of Scheherazade's story and the stories she told. Rather short, but enjoyable. Hurrah for sales on Barnes & Noble's website!

- Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguié (208 pages)
Another book in the "Once Upon a Time" series, it involves mermaids and princes and is incredibly good. It's a feel-good book, and again, rather short.

- Snow by Tracy Lynn (272 pages)
The other book in the "Once Upon a Time" series that I read, this is a take on Snow White. It has a huge romantic twist which makes you happy and angry at the same time. The best of the series and one of the longest. I definitely recommend it.

- Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (288 pages)
This was such a good book. I actually cried. I've only cried twice before reading books. It makes you so happy and so sad at the same time. It's about the 'afterlife' where you age backwards from the age you died at on Earth and it centers on one girl who dies at 15 and her struggle with "surviving" the afterlife. Quick read, but you'll be really satisfied with it.

- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (512 pages)
If any of you have read Sunshine by Robin McKinley, you'll love this book. It's about vampires, but is so different from "ordinary" vampire stories. It's really a love story with the vampire element thrown in and it was so good that I stayed up until 5am on a school night to see how it ends and I've been thinking up possible story lines for the sequel since I finished it. I definitely recommend this. Incredibly good.

- Blue Is For Nightmares (283 pages) and White is for Magic (312 pages) by Laurie Faria Stolarz
The stories are highly entertaining and good for teenage girls. Not special books, but they're good fillers that don't take too much time to read. I recommend for a casual reader.

- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (480 pages)
Ahhh! That book...oh god. Way to disgusting. If you're reading this, don't eat anything. It is sad, disgusting and rather pointless. For an example of how gross - one of the characters falls asleep and gets eaten by rats. Although, the historian side of me still sees how important this novel was, changing history that much. Thank God that the FDA exists now, or I'd be off meat forever.

- Warchild by Karin Lowachee (464 pages)
Really good. It deals with some rather uncomfortable subjects, so I don't recommend for everyone. I usually hate Science Fiction books and this book definetly made me overcome my hate for the genre. I'm working on the sequels right now.

- Burndive (432 pages) and Cagebird (448 pages) by Karin Lowachee
The two sequels to Warchild, they were amazing. Cagebird was a bit more graphic than the previous two, but still really good reads. If you're not uncomfortable with scenes being graphically written, I heartily recommend.

- Dragonbone Chair (672 pages), Stone of Farewell (576 pages) by Tad Williams
The first book is a bit confusing, but becomes more understandable as you get deeper into it. William's characters are amusing and enjoyable, although he over-does the hero's self-doubt at times. I've just begun the last book(s) To Green Angel Tower (pt. 1 & 2) .

- To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 & Part 2 by Tad Williams (1632 pages)
Enjoyable, the ending was a bit anti-climatic. This book actually made me go "aww!", which is odd for books older than me. Definetly recommend.

- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (224 pages)
I wish I hadn't seen the movie before this, as one, I already knew the ending, and two, the book was leaps and bounds better than the movie. Knowing the ending took off some of its luster, but I would still recommend this. Not for the faint of heart, but man, Palahniuk can write!

- Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk (304 pages)
This was possibly better than Fight Club. Hilarious and intense, but unfortunately deals with someone crashing a plane, even though it's an empty plane that he safely hijacks. If 9/11 hadn't happened, I definitely could see this book being a successful movie.

- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (352 pages)
Pretty decent, considering it was assigned. I usually despise assigned books, but this was enjoyable. It wasn't anything like the many sub-par movies based on it. If you're into classics, you should pick it up. Also, Mary Shelley was quite the scandalous lady! She married someone only a month after his wife died. For shame!

- The Face of God by Bill Myers (368 pages)
Another assigned book. Wasn't too bad, but still stereotypical Chrisitan fiction. Learned some things about the Old Testament though, like the breastplate that Levi priests wore when they went into the temple to talk with the Lord. I had no clue that ever existed, so that was interesting.

- Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (384 pages)
So ridiculously good! I guess it's a teen novel, but don't let that stop you. A good read, and not exactly a fast one, so you have time to get into the characters. Card has a real knack at fitting a lot in his novels. I can't wait to read the sequels, if I can manage to find them.

- Beowulf by Anonymous (215 pages)
So, I forgot my literature book at school when this was assigned and wound up reading the entire poem when a much abridged version was in the lit book. It was so good. One of the few epic poems that didn't stump me first time I read it. Makes me excited for AP Lit this year.

- American Gods by Neil Gaiman (480 pages)
I love Neil Gaiman and this book made me love him more, if that was possible. Beautifully written and I loved how everything had a purpose in the story, down to the smallest item that was mentioned offhand. Terrific read, you'll feel smarter at the end of it.

- "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare (224 pages)
Not Shakespeare's best. I didn't particularly enjoy it, even though it did have the best line ever in it (by the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes). Hopefully "The Merchant of Venice" will be better. "Hamlet" is still my favorite.

- 1984 by George Orwell (336 pages)
Love, love, LOVE this book. It is especially refreshing after The Jungle because it's a social criticism that is actually well written. I really recommend this book, you need to read it. It vexed me, because other kids (and their parents) in my grade were complaining that the book was all about sex, and they couldn't see past that, and see what sex represented in the novel. I'm glad our teacher got this approved.

- Midnight Mass by F. Paul Wilson (336 pages)
Pretty good, not the greatest by Wilson, and not a very good vampire novel. Kinda weird, actually. Not really recommended.

- Blood of Heaven by Bill Myers (400 pages)
Eh, I've read better, but it wasn't bad. Typical cheese ending that about 99% of all Christian Fiction has. Also, there's a character called O'Brien, and I kept thinking "how is O'Brien in this book? He's supposed to be in 1984!" Isn't worth buying, so get it from a library if you're inclined.

- Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz (288 pages)
Really, really good. My dad handed this book to me to read while I was home for Thanksgiving, and although it was a quick read, it was a fun, enjoyable, and gripping read. Great fantasy novel.

- The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn (208 pages)
I'm loving this series, the "Once Upon a Time" series. This one was really excellent, the author took an interesting twist on the Twelve Dancing Sisters fairy tale, adding a bit of Arthurian legend. A good, but short, read.

- "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles (64 pages)
Creepy McCreepystein right here. I think I'm the only one in my class who actually read this, because I was the only one creeped out at during the discussion of the book. Still, it's well written and enjoyable, and "Antigone" will forever be one of my most favorite plays.

- Fairest by Gail Carson Levine (336 pages)
I love Miss Levine. She has such a way with her stories, and Fairest is just as awesome as Ella Enchanted and The Two Princesses of Bamarre. It is her take of Snow White, where they hold "sings" instead of dances, and the heroine has the most beautiful voice in her country, but is unfortunately far from the most beautiful physically. An interesting read.

- Keturah And Lord Death by Martine Leavitt (216 pages)
Cheesy, but enjoyable. Although the cover looks like a romance novel, it isn't. And gosh darn it, I love it when the guy is a bit unusual in romances.

- Water Song by Suzanne Weyn (208 pages)
Another book in the "Once Upon a Time" series, this was was really cute and enjoyable. A twist of "The Frog Prince" fairy tale, set in Belgium during the first World War. Not the best in the series, but still better than a lot of books I've read this year.

- New Moon by Stephanie Meyer (576 pages)
The sequel to Twilight, this was just as enjoyable. Meyer has great wit, and several times I had to walk away from the book because I couldn't believe what was happening. But of course I came back. It was very compelling and Meyer has a great skill in involving you with the characters so much that you get concerned when things look grim. Very great, just as awesome as Twilight with the added element of werewolves.

- Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey (208 pages)
Yet another book in the Once Upon a Time series, but this one was creepy. It was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty (obviously), and her "Prince Charming" is...her cousin. It gave me quite the big amount of heebie jebbies. But still cute.

Book Count: 48
Page Count: 19,185

Books Read in 2007:
1. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris, L. A. Banks, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Esther M. Friesner, Lori Handeland, Susan Krinard, P. N. Elrod (310 pages)
- This has a collection of several short stories that have to do with weddings with a supernatural element in each of them. Several of them were a little weak, boring even. But the Jim Butcher story and I think the pirate story by Rachel Caine were enjoyable. It's a good casual read.

2. Spirited by Nancy Holder (272 pages)
- Yet another book in the "Once Upon a Time" series, this time it was the retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and I really liked Holder's approach, using the French and Indian War as a backdrop. The characters were really like-able and it wasn't a super quick read like the other books in the series.

3. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan (120 pages)
- Interestingly boring. This is definitely not as good as the Hitchcock movie. It's an okay read to take up time, though.

4. The Freedom Writers Diary by Freedom Writers, Zlata Filipovic (304 pages)
- Wow, this is an eyeopening book, almost frightening. It is so sad to know that all of these things go on in our country, and this was like 10 years ago. Things are probably worse, you know? Man, I'm scared for humanity.

5. Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey (184 pages)
- This book was slightly confusing. The narrator jumped from chapter to chapter, and you had to guess who was talking, because it wasn't told to you for some time. Several times I was like "What? I thought he was talking! Crap!" Still enjoyable, another book in the "Once Upon a Time" series. I think I'm addicted to these things.

6. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (386 pages)
- I really liked this! This almost was as enjoyable as Great Expectations, but not quite. The first few pages of Book One were so tedious, but it really picked up, and I was loving it completely by the end. A great classic, I definitely suggest.

7. Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié (176 pages)
- This is cute! Yet another installment in the "Once Upon a Time" series, this was an interesting take. I never thought someone could retell "Little Red Riding Hood" as a romance, but she pulled it off magnificently, and I have to say there was some squeeing on my part. :P A bit short, though.

8. The Secret Lion by C.W. Gortner (260 pages)
- I've read several novels that feature Elizabeth the first, but I have to say, this book reached a new level of bland for her character. She's described as fiery by the other characters, but the actual scenes she appears in paint her as dull and quiet. Other than that, it was a good read, filled with lots of intrigue. So much intrigue that near the end you have no clue what is going on. People who are enemies one minute are allies the next, and become so through no reasonable route. It's alright for a casual read.

9. The Stranger by Albert Camus (144 pages)
- This book was...interesting. I didn't love it, didn't hate it. It was hard to feel anything about this book, as the main character felt pretty much nothing throughout the entire novel. His apathy bothered me very much throughout the entire thing.

10. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (304 pages)
- I absolutely adored this book! Set in a world where vampires are newly accepted citizens, this book is hilarious and thrilling. I have a place in my heart for light-hearted vampire novels, and this one fit the bill. Sookie, the main character, is a great heroine, and Bill, her vampire love interest, is awesome with a "I'm a vampire, deal with it" attitude.

11. Buried Fire by Jonathan Stroud (336 pages)
- A good read, but not as good as the Bartimaeus trilogy. It was very slow going in the beginning, and then all of the action happened in only one or two chapters that left you going "that's it?" at the end. Okay for a casual read, an interesting blend of Church and dragon lore.

12. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (252 pages)
- This book really killed my brain. Boring, seemingly pointless, and rather abrubtly over, even though the flash-back format of this book isn't very captivating to begin with. Not recommended.

13. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (272 pages)
- The second book in the Southern Vampire series, this book showed Sookie a lot more comfortable with vampires, and you go to know Eric (my favorite vampire) a little better. This series is turning out to be one of my most favorite. It includes Eric dressing up in neon nylon, which is something that is so much fun to visualize.

14. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris (272 pages)
- Hilarious, so funny. Sookie really has two rather silly romantic interests in here, including Eric, who is funnier than ever. Although her other romantic interest is really, really dense.

15. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris (320 pages)
- Life without Bill is certainly interesting, and the mentallynot!Eric is so adorable! I can't wait to read the next book.

16. Moon Called by Patricia Biggs (304 pages)
- I guess I'm in a werewolf/vampire-y mood. This book deals with weres more than vamps and is very enjoyable. It is a bit slow in the beginning, and it gave off an impression that it was a second or third book in a series, when it is actually the first book of the series. It could have been arranged better, but was still interesting.

17. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (320 pages)
- Not my favorite, but still really good. Although, Charlaine kinda just dropped one of the plots in the middle of the book, and I was really wondering what was going to happen with it. It did leave me wanting the next book, so I can't wait until Definitely Dead comes to my door. Yay Amazon!

18. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris (336 pages)
- Wow, this book was good. The plot really took a backseat to the relationships, but it was highly enjoyable. I can't believe Bill! Oh man, the twist there made me go ":0!" for a full five minutes. Can't wait until All Together Dead comes out in May!

19. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (304 pages)
- This was a lot more understandable than the first book, and very enjoyable. Although, you were distracted from the plot when every guy in the book started hitting on the protagonist, Mercy. I really can't wait for the next one.

20. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (406 pages)
- Wow, this was a boring novel. I'm glad the musical is almost 100% different from the novel, or else the musical would be horrible. I almost didn't finish it because it was intolerable. He would say nothing over 40 pages and then twenty important things would happen in a couple of paragraphs.

21. Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey (208 pages)
- Another novel in the "Once Upon a Time" series, Dokey turns the Cinderella fairy tale into a very interesting, refreshing story. Her father is still alive, her stepfamily are loving, and she's incredibly interesting. The only bad part of this novel was the ending. The prince was a bit of a let down, and the very end was all "oh, it's over."

22. The China Garden by Liz Berry (288 pages)
- I've read this book before, but it was really long ago. I absolutely adore this book. It's one of the books that made me fall in love with England, and reading it again made me want to move there again. The characters are so well-developed. Everyone has emotions and Berry expresses them beautifully. Her description of the scenery was so vivid, you can see everything as each character encounters them. I love this book and highly recommend.

23. The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett (416 pages)
- I forgot how much I love the Terry Pratchett books. People thought I was crazy, I just kept laughing in the middle of class (as I was reading instead of paying attention). The ridiculous situations the characters find themselves in, plus the lack of intelligence among the wizards, combined to make this a very enjoyable Discworld novel.

24. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (384 pages)
- Ah, hilarious. Death is probably my favorite character, and him acting as the Hogfather was so funny. And the Hex + the wizards was a hilarious combination, the Hex's errors were great, especially the Out of Cheese Error. Definitely a great Pratchett novel.

25. Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett (378 pages)
- Eh. There were some funny moments, but this book seemed exactly like Lords and Ladies except substitute vampires (or vampyres) for the elves. Although, Agnes and Oats were rather hilarious. It took me forever to read this.

26. You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister (342 pages)
- Ahaha, this was really good. MacAlister was hilarious, but at sometimes she made it obvious that she was trying to be clean (uses "oh darn" and "crap!" way too much) but has some vivid-ish sex scenes, so it didn't really mesh. Still good, and Aisling (the heroine) was sensational.

27. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (427 pages)
- This was pretty good, and at times was better than P&P, which is still my favorite Austen novel. I find it peculiar that Fanny is Austen's favorite heroine, as she does next to nothing the entire novel, and allows people to just mow over her. Although, Edmund is actually my favorite beau. Yes, even more than Mr. Darcy! He was just so gosh-darn sweet to Fanny.

28. Darcy's Story by Janet Alymer (288 pages)
- My friend made me read this, and I regret accepting this book. It's Pride and Prejudice in Mr. Darcy's perspective, and the only enjoyable sections were the parts directly quoted from P&P. This woman clearly has no imagination and only wrote things that everyone who has ever read P&P could already infer about Darcy's life. :/ Not a good read.

29. Hard Day's Knight by Katie MacAlister (368 pages)
- This was really good. I picked it up after reading You Slay Me and thinking this description sounded hilarious, which it was. It's about a girl who is introduced to the world of Ren Fairs and meets a real knight and then goes about wooing him. Again though, she obviously avoided curse words but described the sex scenes and it was odd. Still highly enjoyable!

30. White Knight by Jim Butcher (404 pages)
- Ahh, I have been looking forward to this book and it did not disappoint! The only thing that annoyed me was I kept seeing Paul Blackthorne (from the show) doing the things in the book and it didn't fit. :/ But that was really bad on my part. It was SO hilarious, particularly the bits with Thomas. Now I can't wait for the next one!

31. Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister (368 pages)
- Eh, this was okay. The sequel to You Slay Me, it featured Aisling again as the heroine. But she was so annoying in this, and was unbelievably self-centered. Like, she expected her "mate" to meet all of her demands and complained when he requested anything. Eh. I'll still read the third one, but MacAlister's books are getting a bit repetitive.

32. Light My Fire by Katie MacAlister (352 pages)
- I think I'll only be reading the next book because I hate leaving series off in the middle. I wanted to kill Aisling the entire book, but I'm glad she wasn't a complete idiot about Drake and such. Eh.

33. Seeker by William Nicholson (448 pages)
- Not as strong as his Wind on Fire trilogy. I'm really hoping the second book, Jango is a lot better. Nicholson wrote the script for "Gladiator" so I'm expecting his awesomeness to stay around. The book was decent, although I really had to push myself to finish, and I only did because of a really long stint of boredom while at work. It definitely picked up near the end, but the ending itself was one that left you going "Wait, what the hell just happened here?" Eh. I'll still read the next one.

34. A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb (288 pages)
- This book...it really rejuvenated my reading. It was so beautiful, so well-written...it was a book that you finish and go "Wow, that actually touched me." You need to read this. It's labeled as a YA book, but it really isn't. It's a book that really makes you value life. Seriously, read it.

35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling (320 pages)
- I'm re-reading the Potter series, as July 21st is quickly approaching. This had to be my fastest reading of the book yet. I started as we were passing Orlando and was finished 45 minutes before we reached home. So, roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes, and I wasn't speed reading. I really like this book. It's by far the most informally written novel of the series, but I love it for introducing so much at a pace that everyone can get everything mentioned. Even for a book directed at 11 year olds, this book is still highly enjoyable for those much older.

36. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (352 pages)
- Still crappy. I got through it quickly, but every page was painful. There's some good bits, but for a book that is so significant to the series later on, it suuuure is boring!

37. Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (435 pages)
- Just so you know how much I love this book - I listened to this on tape AND read the book, because I could never get enough PoA. This is honestly JK at her best, and I hope that DH echoes this one more than HBP or GoF. I loved being properly introduced to Sirius, and meeting Lupin, who are among my top 5 favorite characters (is it silly that Harry isn't in my top 5?).

38. Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (752 pages)
- I just finished this one up on Thursday. I must say, it was a lot more enjoyable than I remembered. I think this book got overshadowed by its movie's crappiness, that I just thought the book was crap as well. The twins were sensational, the Quidditch World Cup was really great (it made me miss when quidditch was in the movies!), and I really saw how the plot was moving along in this one, as the last time I read this was pre-OotP.

39. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (766 pages)
- Wow, I forgot how much I loved this book. It is a close second after PoA. Reading this after seeing the movie made me realize how much they got right in the movie, which made me like the movie even more. I fell in love with Tonks again, and I wished that she had had more of a role in the movie. And since I know her loff for Lupin, I had fun picking up on the clues of her getting a crush. Amazingly, even after reading this book at least 10 times, the part after Sirius dies where Harry says he doesn't want to be human STILL makes me cry. I was in the car with my mom and I started crying and she was like "WHAT'S WRONG?!?!?!!" *headdesk*

40. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (652 pages)
- I'm glad I re-read this. This is only the third time I've read this, as opposed to the 10+ times I've read the other books. I remember almost hating it, mostly because I was already spoiled for the entire book before it came out. It sucked the significance out of the book and only left a few funny lines. This time around, I found it a lot more enjoyable. We saw Dumbledore vulnerable, which really served Harry to realize that you should never meet your heroes he probably can't depend on Dumbledore to kill Voldemort for him. And DD's quote about him saying that when he does make mistakes, they're usually ginormous really hit me this time around, knowing what Snape does. I'm glad Harry actually got a worthwhile girlfriend, even if it was for just a couple of months. Also - Luna commentating was SO hilarious! For that reason alone, they better include quidditch in the movie.

41. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (784 pages)
- My two-part review is here and t-b-written.

42. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli (210 pages)
- This book was nice. Napoli's take on fairy tales and the like are always a bit off, but I liked this one. It tied in the Sirens and a sub-story of the Trojan war very nicely. It was heartbreaking too. :( A very quick, short read.

43. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (560 pages)
- This book took me a while to read. I durno. I think it had to do with me envisioning Brendan Frasier as Mo, the protagonist's father. He just didn't fit the character. But it was enjoyable once I got past that, and I liked it enough.

44. LA Requiem by Robert Crais (391 pages)
- This was pretty good. My dad gave it to me to read, because I wanted to start branching out of my normal Fantasy books. It was one of the only crime novels that I didn't want to kill myself during or after reading. The mystery was good, and there were plenty of clever jokes and such.

45. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (629 pages)
- SO GOOD! I read it in one sitting, as is my habit, and I really loved every minute of it. I was annoyed with Bella, though. I had previously loved her in the other two novels, but this one, I really disliked her. And Charlie - wtf? If someone kissed my daughter against her will, I'd be angry whether I liked the guy or not! I really felt bad for Jacob in the Epilogue, but he annoyed me during the book as well. But yay - Edward and Bella 4everrrrrr. :D

46. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (345 pages)
- This book is super sweet! I love the characters and I think Sarah Dessen is going to become one of my favorite authors. Her characters are perfectly snarky, and I love the storyline. I'm definitely going to pick up some more of her novels.

47. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman (351 pages)
- LOVE THIS! I re-read it to get ready for the movie, and hot damn I forgot how awesome this book is. And even better, I kept imagining Daniel Craig being Lord Asriel, which made it 20 gazillion times better! :P Read this, read this now.

48. How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls by Zoey Dean (290 pages)
- I downloaded this as an e-book on a whim, and I read it rather quickly. This was a cute book! But once the heroine forms her scheme, you can kinda guess the plot from then on out. Cute though, and if you like chick-lit, this isn't a horrible choice. :P

49. Druid's Sword by Sara Douglass (690 pages)
- I really liked this! For the first time Brutus/William/Louis/Jack was likable! And his despair broke my heart after Catling took Grace, omg. I wish all of Douglass' series were like this, because I'd read all of them.

50. Something Blue by Emily Giffin (320 pages)
- Even though you knew who she was going to end up with, this book was a pleasant diversion from writing a paper. The main character completely changes from a selfish NY socialite to a mature mother-to-be. And the guy she finds is completely sweet, loving another man's kids as if they were his own. That always gets me.

51. Orphans of Chaos by John C. Wright (326 pages)
- This was so good! I read it on recommendation from my brother Jay, and I really enjoyed it. It's kinda like Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and Greek Mythology all thrown in together to create a rather kickass novel. The main characters were very well drawn out, with the exception of Colin who was only portrayed as a jerk/ladies man, and the plot moved along with an exciting pace.

52. A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison (528 pages)
- I thought this was the first book in the series, but apparently not. That led to some confusion in the beginning, but after I understood what had happened in previous books, I heartily enjoyed this. It's about a witch and it involves sprites, vampires, werewolves...so basically, it's awesome. I'll have to pick up the books that came before this, but it was a very entertaining read.

53. Fugitives of Chaos by John C. Wright (368 pages)
- Wowies, this series is really awesome. I couldn't put it down and finished it in just a few hours. (This doesn't mean it's a fast read...I finished HP&DH in 4 hours.) You should look into getting this book, it's an amazing mix of mythology, science, and pop culture. At times it gets confusing, but the character dynamics totally makes up for it.

54. Titans of Chaos by John C. Wright (319 pages)
- The final book in the Chronicles of Chaos trilogy I've been reading. SO GOOD! Amelia, the main character, has the most confusing love-life in this novel and the ending is totally squee-worthy. And if you're a guy, you'll still like it. My brother recommended this to me, and he usually reads Chuck Palahniuk. There's several epic battles, tons of science, and hilarious moments involving Colin's need to be 'inspired' for his power to work.

55. The Crystal Cave by by Mary Stewart (512 pages)
- Pretty good! It was slow going at first, but the plot and characters became interesting about 50pgs in. Pretty awesome Arthurian legend, starting with Merlin's origins. If you like Arthur, I highly recommend.

56. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (272 pages)
- Very good. A bit confusing, and not my favorite Palahniuk novel, but great all the same. The switching around in time and perspective was more confusing that Palahniuk's normal jumping around, but the plot was very original and executed beautifully. Love him.

57. Beyond the Pale by Mark Anthony (620 pages)
- Pretty interesting. My brother gave this to me after I've seen him read & re-read the series. It's fantasy and a pretty decent one at that. It mixes our world with another and is rather splendidly executed. One of the characters makes me frustrated, but whatevs.

58. On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny (352 pages)
- The first two, even the third, stories in this collection were fun and enjoyable. There were some naughty bits, but nothing too graphic or bad. And then I came to the last story, written by Sunny. This was just...pure and utter shit written down and blended with some of the most awkward and hilarious sex scenes I've ever read. You should read this story just for the LOLs.

59. The Keep of Fire by Mark Anthony (468 pages)
- The second book in the series after Beyond the Pale. I read this book in about 5 hours and it was enjoyable enough. The plot went on slowly, but it was great by the end. Also, the love connections in here are CRAZZZZYYY. You think one character likes another and then, in a heartfelt confession, you find out they like someone you never suspected. It's confuddling.

60. The Dark Remains by Mark Anthony (656 pages)
- The third book in the Mark Anthony series I've been reading. This one was a bit dull and only had a decent plot near the end, which I'm noticing is a trend in these books. *shrug* I'll still read them. :P

61. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (432 pages)
- I had read a book that comes later in the series and I decided I should check out the ones that came before. You could tell it was her first novel, but it was highly enjoyable and backed up the opinion that I don't like two of the characters that rubbed me the wrong way in A Fistful of Charms. I'll probably check out the other novels, rather than buy them.

62. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin (288 pages)
- So good! I didn't like the heroine that much at first, but the novel was pretty great. The guys she liked in the novel, except for the guy she wound up with, were severely messed up and/or annoying...but it was still a great novel. Not as great as Elsewhere, though...

63. The Rose Bride by Nancy Holder (256 pages)
- This book actually made me audibly go "THAT'S HORRIBLE!" in reaction to what the evil step-family did to this girl. It's kinda like a mix of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, placed in a place with clothes from the 1600s, but where they still believe in Greek gods. It's really enjoyable, although a bit strange.

64. Somebody Told Me by Rick Bragg (288 pages)
- I had to read this for my Intro to Journalism class. I heartily enjoyed the stories, they were flowing and beautifully written. He covered a myriad of topics and emotions, and really inspired me even more to be a journalist.

65. To Catch a Pirate by Jade Parker (230 pages)
- Utterly ridiculous, but cute. Typical boy charms girl, boy turns out to be pirate, girl grows up and gets revenge on other pirates using boy, they all fall in love. But it's cute. :P

66. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison (453 pages)
- Eh, this was okay. I definitely liked the first and fourth books better. Rachael is a bit annoying as a heroine and her current boyfriend is a douche. I want to see her start dating the vamp that she dates in the fourth one. :P I'm a sucker for vamp!love stories. *headdesk*

67. Green Rider by Kristen Britain (480 pages)
- A re-read, but I absolutely adore this novel. A female heroine that doesn't completely annoy me! A horse story that isn't stupid! Hilarious characters that aren't cliché! Squee-worthy interactions with a guy that also happens to be the king! (okay, that part is a bit eh) Read this. Hee.

68. Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy (224 pages)
- This book took me an hour to read. It was hilarious, mostly because the girl in this novel disguised herself as a guy and the prince who started to like her started to get worried if he was gay. Mwahahaha.

69. First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain (596 pages)
- Wheeee, love this book. So good, such a mix of mythology and cultures. A bit more confusing that I remember from the last time I read this. I still mightily recommend this novel! It's the sequel to Green Rider, so have at it. =)

70. High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain (688 pages)
- Not as enjoyable as I was hoping, but it was still very good. There was several very hilarious moments and just the right amount of ridiculous for the novel to be good. I can't wait for the fourth.

Book Count: 70
Page Count: 26744