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25 June 2008 @ 12:24 am
Books of 2008  
Books I've read in 2008

01. Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison (501 pages)
- After my reading pattern almost killed off, this book was a quick 24-hour read. I really like this series, and this volume definitely didn't disappoint.

02. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings (272 pages)
- A re-read, but I haven't read these books in about three years. Even though Eddings' writing style gets old once you read more than one series, I still really enjoy his books. It's like a Epic High Fantasy that everyone will love. =)

03. Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings (326 pages)
- The second book in the series I'm reading. Still very enjoyable and the jokes are hilarious. I don't like this novel as much though, since it introduces the annoying-heroine that turns tolerable at the end. She's so annoying here.

04. Magician's Gambit by David Eddings (307 pages)
- This one is when it gets really good and the main character Garion starts to really learn about his abilities. It infuriates me how little his aunt and grandfather tell him though, and then they get angry at him when he does something that he didn't know he wasn't supposed to do. Ugh.

05. Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings (375 pages)
- I feel so bad for Garion in this one. He only finds out he's the king when he pretty much gets tricked into the crowning. Poor guy. His wife-to-be is less annoying in this one, and Silk (my 2nd favorite character) is particularly hilarious.

06. Enchanter's End Game by David Eddings (372 pages)
- The last installment. :( The sad part in this novel still made me cry, even though I've read it several times. It was funny and great, but I wish the ending didn't wrap up so quickly. It seems that once the quest is over, he's in a hurry to leave this particular series. *shrug* Still good.

07. Diary by Chuck Palahniuk (260 pages)
- I didn't enjoy this one very much. I know all of his novels are a bit strange, but this one was a bit too odd for me and none of the characters were remotely likeable.

08. The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings (791 pages)
- I picked this up on a whim at Books a Million the other day, because I hadn't read it since it first came out and I remember loving it. I still enjoyed it, but I think my having read so many other Eddings' novels recently made me slightly annoyed with his writing style. Still, really awesome, you should read it. Just, not immediately after reading the Belgariad.

09. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (302 pages)
- This was rather good! I like her take on how vampires came to be, very interesting. It was a really quick read (just over an hour), but enjoyable.

10. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (432 pages)
- A re-read, but I haven't read it in three years. Since the new book came out, I had to refresh myself with all the happenings. Still a ridiculously good book! Even though it sounds boring most of the time, going to Spence sounds awesome. :P

11. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray (560 pages)
- Re-read this as well. This one was a bit boring actually, but I still enjoyed it. I loved Gemma and Kartik's relationship in this one! Can't wait to see where she goes in the third novel.

12. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (304 pages)
- A re-read. "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."

13. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris (272 pages)
- Re-read. "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)
- Re-read. "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)
- Re-read. "Life without Bill is certainly interesting, and the mentallynot!Eric is so adorable! I can't wait to read the next book."

16. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris (320 pages)
- Re-read. "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!"

17. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (819 pages)
- This was disappointing. :( She killed off a bunch of characters and really only one was "necessary" although it was kinda like Wash's death in Serenity and not fun at all. But at least there was an ending to the trilogy.

18. Greywalker by Kat Richardson (352 pages)
- This was surprisingly good! It started out slow and I didn't really feel like reading, but once I got about 50 pages in, the action got intense and it was interesting and such. The concept that the heroine died for two minutes and came back with special powers is really cool.

19. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson (400 pages)
- This was such a cute novel and it involves my second favorite historical period, the Fall of the Russian monarchy. A Russian Countess and her family flee to England, but the person holding their jewels gets waylaid, so the Countess gets a job as a maid. And then falls for her master and it's adorable. And features one of the more hysterical "twists" I've ever read/seen.

20. Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz (320 pages)
- Really good! It seems like part of the book was missing though, as not a terrible amount of action happened. I still love the idea that vampires = fallen angels. I read it quickly, enjoyed it thoroughly, and I can't wait for the next installment, which is mysteriously named Revelations. Hmm, apocalypse anyone?

21. Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast (320 pages)
- This was really good and cute! It totally flew by and didn't seem like 320 pages! Yet another teenage vampire novel (I seem to go through them like crazy), this one was a lovely mix of Native American mythos, a world where vampires have been around forever, and a private school for the kids destined to be vampires. It's really good, full of teenage drama with the added twist that these teens are currently half-vampires. Can't wait to get the second.

22. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (320 pages)
- I can't believe I've not read a book my Shannon Hale before. She is amazing! She based her novel on Mongol China and it was spectacular. The love story was heartbreakingly beautiful and the characters (even the smallest of characters) were given great personalities and seemed to jump off the page. A really great book, I'll definitely grab one of her books in the future.

23. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (287 pages)
- I still adore this series. It never disappoints! I love the concept of walkers, an element of the supernatural that you don't usually read about...at least positively. Mercy is a great heroine and the subject matter in this is so intense, but handled so well. A great read.

24. Prom Nights from Hell by Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, and Lauren Myracle (304 pages)
- Some of these were really good! Meg Cabot's and Kim Harrison's were by far the best. Stephenie Meyer's story just plain sucked, sorry to say. All of these are short stories revolving around proms in some way. Meg's was about Dracula's son versus a legendary vampire hunter's daughter. Kim's was about a girl who is accidentally killed by an evil reaper and is given a guardian angel to keep her "alive." And of course, the guardian angel and her have sparks. I'm looking forward to the series that'll be coming out of that. The other two were dreadful and almost painful to read.

25. Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (384 pages)
- This was pretty good. It's a re-telling of "Alice in Wonderland" and is pretty stunning. Wonderland exists and the main character Alyss gets stuck in our world after her aunt Redd takes the throne. It's so cool and Beddor braids Carrol's tale with his own beautifully. I'm looking forward to the next intsallment.

26. Betrayed by PC Cast and Kristin Cast (320 pages)
- This was a slightly enjoyable read, not as interesting as the first. Also, the Casts are taking such a risk, making their heroine almost unsympathetic. Sure, tons of bad stuff happen to her, but she sets herself up for almost everything and it's hard to feel sorry for someone who steered themselves right into the situation. And the third one looks like it'll be even more dramatic. Woo?

27. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (512 pages)
- This was an okay book. I was a big fan of Cassie Clare after her "Secret Diaries of LOTR" and Draco Trilogy (even after the plagiarism), but her book fell short of what I expected. It was awkward, too. The main character makes out with a guy she then learns is her brother...and they don't say anything about it. That rubbed me the wrong way and if it isn't addressed in the second, I won't be reading the third.

28. She Went All the Way by Meg Cabot (354 pages)
- This is the first non-teen novel by Cabot I've read, and I gotta say I enjoyed this more than any of her teen novels. It was about a film writer whose ex-boyfriend just got married to an actress, who turns out to be the ex-girlfriend of the star of her next movie. And of course, they get stranded alone together in Alaska. It's really cute and Cabot clearly loves showing off her movie trivia knowledge in this. Also, I imagined the
guy to look like Christian Bale, so it was awesome.

29. Chosen by PC Cast and Kristen Cast (307 pages)
- This book...was...so difficult to get through. I have to admit, I skimmed the middle hundred or so pages. The ending was sad, but rather predictable. I hope the next book is the last, as I doubt I can get through it if it is just this bad. Ugh.

30. Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot (400 pages)
- I made the tragic mistake of not opening this book before I purchased it (usually I check to see how big the font is, to see if the book is a ripoff). I was dismayed when I got this book home and opened it to see it was comprised exclusively of emails. Still, the story was cute and interesting, with some hilarious moments reminiscent of the movie "The Bachelor" with Chris O'Donnell?

31. Grimspace by Ann Aguirre (320 pages)
- I've been seeing this book literally everywhere. Ads have popped up everywhere, reviews on wotmania and several lj book comms, so I finally decided to read it. I enjoyed this novel, even though it was a pretty short read. The heroine is outspoken and smart-mouthed, but is brought up short by a psychic who happens to be able to hone in on her every thought. And of course he happens to be a hot guy. :P Still, a great read in SciFi.

32. Mad Kestrel by Misty Massey (320 pages)
- I haven't read a good pirate book in a while, so this was refreshing! The heroine was awesome - flawed like a normal person and she was able to overcome. Very enjoyable, the world Massey created was vivid and creative. Love the magic elements, with the sea water canceling out the power. Would definitely recommend.

33. The Covenant Rising by Stan Nichols (416 pages)
- This book was excruciating to get through. The story was fine and at some points exciting, but for some reason, i just couldn't get gripped by the plot or the characters. I don't think I would recommend this to anyone else, but I'll still be reading the next book to see if the crap extends to that as well.

34. Small Favor by Jim Butcher (432 pages)
- This was so enjoyable! A worthy member of the Dresden Files, and I think is maybe my second favorite. Michael's character is given a lot more development, including showing that he has doubts. Some of the descriptions that Butcher uses are hysterically vivid (such as one of the characters having to take the monorail to get to the other side of his Hummer), and the book was the right combination of humor, action, and magic. It was awesome, and I can't wait for the next novel.

35. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt (281 pages)
- This was a cute, fast read. The switching between narrators was handled nicely and wasn't clunky like other books I've read with this technique. The characters are really well-defined and interesting, although the main girl was a bit annoying with a "woe is my life!" attitude, when the boy clearly had things worse...still okay for teen chick-lit.

36. Poltergeist by Kat Richardson (388 pages)
- I started this almost immediately after I read the first book, Greywalker (#18), but I couldn't finish it. When I got home from school, I gave it another try and was a lot happier this time around. There was a lot less character development/interaction, and the story mainly focused on Harper learning about her power and working on the case. A decent read.

37. Bread and Dreams by Jonatha Ceely (416 pages)
- An Irish immigrant girl, Mina, who is disguised as a boy assistant cook is the heroine of this novel. Her older, Jewish protector (and the master cook to her assistant) is the object of her affection, but he turns out to be a typical guy most of the time. His typical guy-ness was really the only flaw in this awesome novel. I actually read this twice, because Ceely's way of writing pivotal scenes is masterful and you get caught up in the emotion everyone feels. I definitely recommend.

38. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (400 pages)
- This was exceptionally good, but very similar to Hale's other novel Book of a Thousand Days, in that the heroine hides in the kitchen of the prince/king and marries him when she reveals who she is. But it is still written well, it kept my interest piqued the entire time. If you're a fan of re-worked fairy tales, definitely pick this up.

39. Octavian of Nothing by M.T. Anderson (384 pages)
- This book was highly confusing. It's intended as a YA novel, but the majority of the narration has lofty, complicated vocabulary that I actually found myself re-reading sentences because they had made no sense to me. That aside, the plot was strange, the protagonist wasn't approachable, except after his assuming the role of a slave, which doesn't happen until 3/4 way through. It's interesting, however, and I may have to pick up the sequel, just so I can know what the hell is going on.

40. Eyeliner of the Gods by Katie Maxwell (199 pages)
- Short, predictably cute novel, with lots of hilarious made-up words. My favorite being 'boobmonger'. It's set in Egypt at a dig site, so I was hoping for some archeology, but it was mostly a mystery about a theft and the main character's relationship with a biker (of course!).

41. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale (336 pages)
- This is a companion book to The Goose Girl, which I have to say I liked better. This book's plot was a bit off and the heroine a bit...stupid. And unlikable. I did love the guy she eventually fell for (only after being incredibly dense about him).

42. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (368 pages)
- The only reason this book was tolerable was because of Erik. It was written like a collection of short stories, with only a few overlying themes linking them together. I'm glad she got rid of her current boyfriend, however, since I'm an Erik/Sookie shipper.

43. The Queen in Winter by Lynn Kurland, Sharon Shinn, Claire Delacroix, Sarah Monette (320 pages)
- This is a collection of short stories, all featuring winter in some way. I really enjoyed them, and wished they were longer (although that's almost always the case with short stories). And of course there was the one that was a lot worse than the rest, but altogether it was better than the other short story anthology I read this year.

44. Austenland by Shannon Hale (208 pages)
- This was a pretty cute novel, albeit a bit predictable. Hale used a bunch of well-known phrases from the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice throughout the novel. The heroine is rather amusing, the guy is dashing, and it's a good light read. I recommend if you just want a cutesey book to read.

45. Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey (400 pages)
- This was a cute, interesting read. Lackey has a series based in a land where a magic called "The Tradition" pushes life to follow its demands. Basically The Tradition assures the Happily Ever After of fairy tales. The hero and heroine were delightful, although they fell in love a bit too conveniently, and while the book was interesting, it ended a bit too suddenly. I'll definitely be checking out the other installments in this series.

46. I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle (304 pages)
- This book was hilarious and reminded me of the very popular teen comedies from the 80s/early 90s. You can tell it was written by a screenwriter, as the book is cinematic in its descriptions but enjoyably so. It centers on an stereotypical geeky kid who declares his love for the head cheerleader in his valedictorian speech and follows what happens afterwards. I definitely recommend.

47. The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (336 pages)
- As I'm reading more Hale books, I've noticed her books are all slightly similar, plot-wise and characterization-wise. The general plot is that the royal seers concluded that the prince's wife would be taken from a small mining town that holds some resentment for the king. They set up a "princess academy" to teach all the girls how to be princesses. It was enjoyable, but definitely light reading.

48. Chloe, Queen of Denial by Naomi Nash (195 pages)
- This is the companion novel to Eyeliner of the Gods by Katie Maxwell, and the less entertaining of the two. The heroine of this novel was a lot less likable and you could tell that certain scenes in this book were written merely because they were mentioned in the other, and the writer did a poor job of doing so. The plot was decidedly missing. It was still an okay read to take up an hour of my time.

49. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (576 pages)
- I absolutely loved it. It was a sad, beautiful portrayal of WWII in Germany. I really recommend all of you read it. Death is the narrator, and is darkly humorous throughout. The characters are lushly described and everyone has a distinct personality that jumps off the page.

50. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey (496 pages)
- This was the first book in the "Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms" series, which I started out of order a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed this! It was much better than Fortune's Fool and it also helped explain a few things that went over my head. Elena is a beautifully fleshed out heroine and Alexander is hilariously introduced. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of fairy tales for adults.

51. One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey (400 pages)
- This was another book in the "Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms" series and is the least satisfying of the three I've read. The heroine is very well rounded, but her hero isn't. Several of the plot devices aren't backed up with sufficient reason (such as reasons for betrayal, etc) and no character besides the heroine (and to a lesser degree the other heroine) are really characterized. Still enjoyable, just not very intensive reading.

52. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak (368 pages)
- This book was utterly amazing. The protagonist, Ed Kennedy, interferes with a bank robbery and in the next few days receives an Ace in the mail with three addresses on it. He follows what the cards and his own heart tell him, and it all leads up to a very big twist. This book is deep, hilarious, and thought-provoking. Zusak is quickly becoming one of my most favorite authors.

Book Count: 52/80
Page Count: 19248