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Reading list 2007

Well, it's my last reading list post of the year!

Here's the whole thing:


1. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
2. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
3. The Sharing Knife I: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold [x]
4. Emily Climbs by LM Montgomery
5. Emily's Quest by LM Montgomery
6. Archangel by Sharon Shinn
7. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
8. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud [x]
9. The Bridei Chronicles: The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier [x]
10. The Bridei Chronicles: The Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier [x]
11. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
12. The Taking by Dean Koontz
13. Dusk by Tim Lebbon [x]
14. Heart of Gold by Sharon Shinn [x]
15. The Last Mimzy: And Other Stories [x]
16. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes [x]
17. Ilium by Dan Simmons [x]
18. The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling [x]
19. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay [x]
20. Olympos by Dan Simmons [x]
21. Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist [x][*]
22. Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling [x]
23. A Briefer History of Time by Stephan Hawking [x]
24. The Oracle's Queen by Lynn Flewelling [x]
25. A Wind in the Door by Madeline L'Engle
26. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold [x]
27. Hyperion by Dan Simmons [x]
28. An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan [x]
29. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons [x]
30. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [x]
31. Duty and Desire: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan [x]
32. These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan [x]
33. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
34. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
35. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [x]
36. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling [x]
37. Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore
38. The Hero Strikes Back by Moira J. Moore
39. Endymion by Dan Simmons [x]
40. A Song for Arbonne by Gay Gavriel Kay [x]
41. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Golem's Eye by Jonathon Stroud [x]
42. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathon Stroud [x]
43. The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons [x]
44. The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski [x]
45. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
46. To Weave a Web of Magic by various [x]
47. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin [x]
48. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin [x]
49. A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin [x]
50. A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin [x]
51. Stardust by Neil Gaiman [x]
52. Next by Michael Crichton [x]
53. From the Corner of his Eye by Dean Koontz
54. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
55. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller [x]
56. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins [x]
57. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie [x]
58. Spindle's End by Robin McKinley [x]
59. In His Image by James BeauSeigneur [x]
60. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz [x]
61. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley [x]
62. False Memory by Dean Koontz

- 45 of my 62 books were ones I had never read before. The rest were re-reads.
- The dates of publication range from 1813 (Pride and Prejudice) the early 1900s (Peter Pan) to this very month
- The list includes modern classics (like Flowers for Algernon) and plenty of enjoyable fluff
- There's even a teeny bit of nonfiction in there (A Briefer History of Time)

Last year I rated the books I'd read with a star system. This time I think I'm going to categorize them: Books I Loved (And Will Definitely Re-Read Many Times), Books I Liked (And Will One Day Re-Read), and Books I Didn't Like Or Were Unmemorable (And Will Probably Give Away To Make Shelf Space for More). I'm only counting my 45 first-time reads here, since obviously the rest I have already re-read.

Books I Loved
17. Ilium by Dan Simmons
19. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
20. Olympos by Dan Simmons
36. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
47. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
48. A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
49. A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
50. A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin
Without fail my favorite books were apparently some of the biggest! Simmons' Ilium/Olympos was huge and confusing and mind-twisting and the characters were great. GRRM... I may have to kill him if he doesn't finish that next book. Tigana was wow. And what else can be said about DH? I think I need to read all the books again, 1-7, from cover to cover. ;)

Books I Liked
8. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathon Stroud
15. The Last Mimzy: And Other Stories
16. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
23. A Briefer History of Time by Stephan Hawking
26. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
27. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
28. An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan
29. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
30. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
31. Duty and Desire: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan
32. These Three Remain: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman by Pamela Aidan
35. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
39. Endymion by Dan Simmons
40. A Song for Arbonne by Gay Gavriel Kay
41. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Golem's Eye by Jonathon Stroud
42. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathon Stroud
43. The Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons
46. To Weave a Web of Magic by various
51. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
55. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
57. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
60. The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz
61. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
: I tried to be really selective about what I put in my loved category, and as a result a lot of books wound up here because I enjoyed them, just not to the point of actual book-love. Nevertheless, I can completely see myself picking up most if not all of these for a reread in the next year or two.

Books I Didn't Like
3. The Sharing Knife I: Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold
9. The Bridei Chronicles: The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier
10. The Bridei Chronicles: The Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier
13. Dusk by Tim Lebbon
14. Heart of Gold by Sharon Shinn
18. The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling [x]
21. Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist [x][*]
22. Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling [x]
24. The Oracle's Queen by Lynn Flewelling [x]
44. The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski [x]
52. Next by Michael Crichton [x]
56. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins [x]
58. Spindle's End by Robin McKinley [x]
59. In His Image by James BeauSeigneur [x]
: This category isn't as big as I kind of feared it would be, but it's difficult for me. I adore Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls so, so, so much, but The Sharing Knife just left me cold. I love Sharon Shinn's Samaria books to absolute pieces, but I found Heart of Gold painful.

Feist's Magician... I couldn't finish it. I just couldn't.

Let's see, might as well keep picking them apart.

Marillier, again, has written books I really like, but her Bridei Chronicles had that clunky "haven't I read this before" feeling to them, and then there was a character twist I didn't like, so I never picked up the third book. Maybe once it comes out in paperback. Dusk... if it's the book I'm remembering, the characters were interesting but the story just went on way too long and the end was gross.

Lynn Flewelling's books were OK at the time but I doubt that I would pick them back up because I've had time to think about them and there's a lot that just didn't feel right. The Fallen was YA in all of the worst connotations of the genre... and it had so much potential is what's sad. Spindle's End started off wonderfully - I really like her style, at times - but then got rambling and convoluted and finally I got bored.

Next had a lot of terrific Crichton science but no underlying story or characters that I had any interest in. Left Behind had dialog that clunked around like a T-Rex, and the rest wasn't much better. In His Image, which I bought because a lot of Amazon reviewers said it was a better version of the Left Behind idea -- better writing, but I never felt that I got to know any of the characters, and there were simply chapters upon chapters of procedural showing-not-telling. I kept waiting for a big exciting scene and it just never happened.
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