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Books Read in 2007

Technically I read fewer books in 2007 than in 2006. In my defense however, some of these were quite large, and I did get married. :)

Unfortunately, I got a little busy towards the end of the year and did not get around to reviewing everything I read. If anyone has any questions, feel free to comment and ask!

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Best book of 2007: The Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
Worst book of 2007: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Reading list for 2008

Fiveohinoheight

For those of you wishing to continue with the reading blog community, fiveohinoheight is now live. I'll have unmoderated joining for the first couple of weeks, after that it will be moderated.

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Looks like it got a bit quiet around here towards the end of the year.  And I know I'm very much to blame.  2007 went down the drain in a bad way and I didn't get to read much at all.  But I'm hoping to get a handle on things and get back to my goal of 50 books in 08.

Who's with me?

Are we on for next year?  

Hey grass_stained........do we have fiveohinoheight?  :)

I've been slacking lately....

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling *I can't believe I forgot to post after I finished it this past summer*
9. Obesession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate by Kyra Davis (Red Dres Ink)
10. Scorcery and the Single Girl by Mindy Klaskly (Red Dress Ink)
11. 6th Target by James Patterson
12. 3rd Degree by James Patterson
13. Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline

x-posted to book_it_2007
Wow, this community is quiet. Too quiet. Is everyone too busy reading? :) I apparently didn't read anything in August. Whoops. But I read 8 in the last month and a half. One bad one, and 7 good ones to make up for it.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen has been on the best sellers lists for at least a year. I added it to my reading list after Barnes and Noble featured it and highly recommended it. It was historical fiction about a circus. I love elephants. To be fair, it really wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't my idea of a good book. The story is of a vet who joins a traveling circus for a few months during the Great Depression. And the Great Depression is exactly what it sent me into. It's not for the weak hearted, the animal lovers, or the prudish for that matter either. I read some images that I really didn't need to see and that I had a really hard time getting out of my head. It was a well written story, and despite the fact that I didn't like reading, I couldn't put it down. I had to finish it. The good news is that the guy got the girl, and there was a nice twist toward the end. So if abuse, graphic sex, and cruelty toward humans and animals doesn't make you sick to your stomach, you might enjoy this book. I did not. Luckily I borrowed it from the library.

Star Wars: X-wing Series, Books 1-7

Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole
Wedge's Gamble by Michael Stackpole
The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole
The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole
Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston
Iron Fist by Aaron Allston
Solo Command by Aaron Allston

I love the X-wing novels. X-wings are the coolest ships ever, and I'm a total Corran Horn fangirl. I just needed something fun and lighthearted and "safe", so I figured I'd pull one of my favorites down from the shelf. Good series are like Pringles though. You can't stop at just one. LOL!

Books 28-60

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Christ the Lord Out of Egypt by Anne Rice
White Night by Jim Butcher
The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant
The Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Portrait of Jennie by Robert Nathan
Redemption by Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis
Humor for a Woman’s Heart by Various Sources
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban by J. K. Rowling   

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling   
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling   
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling   
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling   
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
The Captive by Victoria Holt
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Sarah by Marek Halter
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
The Sharing Knife: Legacy by Lois McMaster Bujold


Book Twelve

Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty.

Jessica Darling is up in arms again in this much-anticipated, hilarious sequel to sloppy firsts. This time, the hyperobservant, angst-ridden teenager is going through the social and emotional ordeal of her senior year at Pineville High. Not only does the mysterious and oh-so-compelling Marcus Flutie continue to distract Jessica, but her best friend, Hope, still lives in another state, and she can’t seem to escape the clutches of the Clueless Crew. To top it off, Jessica’s parents won’t get off her butt about choosing a college and her sister Bethany’s pregnancy is causing a big stir in the Darling household.

Will she crack under pressure of senioritis? Will her unresolved feelings for Marcus wreck havoc on her love life? Will Hope ever come back to Pineville? Fall in love with saucy, irreverent Jessica all over again in this wonderful sequel to a book that critics and readers alike hailed as the best high school novel in years. Get second helpings, from Three Rivers Press.

My thoughts - contains major spoilersCollapse )
I already wrote up a long commentary in my own journal, and rather than repeat myself here, I'll just provide a link back.

In short: I really liked the book. :)

My thoughts. There are spoilers here. Lots of spoilers. You have been warned.


(This is the last post for now, I swear! I'm all caught up now. :)

My 2007 reading list.

Books 21-22: more FoxTrot Collections

I finally finished off the last two FoxTrot Collections that my brother-in-law gave us. I'm Flying, Jack... I Mean, Roger and Think iFruity.

(Sorry for the post spamming today... I let myself get too far behind on updates.)
Gunpowder Green and Shades of Earl Grey, books 2 and 3 in Laura Child's Tea Shop Mystery series.

I'm a mystery fan and a tea drinker. Cross the two and I'm in heaven. :) I wasn't all that impressed by Shades of Earl Grey though. It had more holes in it than a tea infuser, and I fingered the culprit the minute they were introduced. Honestly... when there's a theft of a valuable piece of jewelry at a private museum exhibit - during the exhibit! - would they really let everyone go home without searching them first? That, and suddenly our heroine is an avid runner who's been running practically forever, huh? Funny that wasn't mentioned in the first two books...

These have been fun, light, quick reads though. Since the library has them, I'm sure I'll read the next one. If it isn't any better, I'll move on.