This year I decided to keep track of the books I read by listing them in the sidebar. Now that the year is over, I thought that I'd give some of the highlights and lowlights of the books I read this year. All books have an Amazon link. There were a lot of books so I've split it up into two parts - Part 2 will be posted tomorrow (it's up now - here).
My Favorite Fiction Book: Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Lost items found. Paranormal investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties, or Other Entertainment."
Yes! An urban fantasy series that's not a romance! No hot vampires! No sexy werewolves! And it's funny to boot - I want to read more!
The Book I Wasn't Expecting to Like But Did: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Book I Couldn't Finish: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
This book isn't officially on my list of books I read this year since I didn't actually finish it. It was another book club pick. It's supposed to be a workplace comedy which sounded perfect for us as we all met through a fansite for The Office television show. The book wasn't awful, exactly, but it was only mildly funny and the fact that the author writes page-long paragraphs made me give up on it before I came to the end (ha ha?).
Here are some of the other books I read, each with a sentence or two summarizing my thoughts.
- The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson
- Somehow I have become a fan of Top Gear (a BBC car show) and Jeremy is the show's lead presenter. He can be rude and offensive but also very funny.
- Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik
- Dragons in Napoleonic England (or Australia in this book) - love this series!
- Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
- Interesting premise (ghosts), awesome local (Highgate cemetery in London), but the characters are dull and act unbelievably and the story just gets weird at the end.
- Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi
- Portia gives interesting insight into eating disorders; enjoyed it though the anorexia stuff made me squirm and I would've liked to know more about her life after the disorder.
- Mysterious America by Loren Coleman
- About "cryptids" - stuff like Bigfoot and skunk apes - in the US. Interesting if you are in to that sort of thing, though it does get a bit repetitive (What? Someone claims they've seen something but no one believes them?).
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
- Another book club book, about a mysterious English family and their long-lost daughter. I'm middle of the road on this one, it was good but way too long.
- Nightschool Vol 1-3 by Svetlana Chmakova
- Did I only read one graphic novel series this year? Guess so. This one was okay but not as good as Svetlana's other series, Dramacon.
- Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
- Standard Stephanie Plum but that's not bad. A quick, entertaining read.
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
- Went back to read the first Stephanie Plum for book club. We all loved it - it's still as good as it was a decade ago. I'm not a Katherine Heigl fan so I'm not looking forward to the movie.
- Not a Girl Detective by Susan Kandel
- Got this for a dollar at Walmart. It was worth the dollar.