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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge

Click here to see the entire 2010 Book Blogger Recommendation List.
Head on over here to join in the fun! 

Challenge Completed August 2011

I am going for level V, 20+ books.   As this is a new challenge and doesn't allow re-reads,  there will be some hit or misses I am sure.  I am checking reviews for books that look interesting on the list and adding what looks fun.  Not a big year for the classics.  I am fine with that.

Jim Butcher was on the list but only Changes.  I read and loved all 14.
Did I mention that I am hooked on these?  Butcher is a genius. Action, adventure, characters familiar and fun, humor, sarcasm. loyalty, friendship, pets, these books are some of the most rip roaring fun I have had reading in a long time.  It is Dresden himself that drives the action, these are written in the first person from Harry's point of view.  Reminiscent in flavor of the classic gunslinger spaghetti westerns at no point do these become predictable.

Patricia Briggs was also on the list but only Silver Borne.  I read the entire Mercy Thompson series and all of the Alpha and Omega too.  LOVE these.   7 more down.
The Mercy Thompson series were recommended by a friend who is also a Dresden Files fan.   While technically in the same genre and quite enjoyable so far, they are no Dresden Files.  On their own merit though, Mercedes is a highly likable character with a great supporting cast.  Interestingly, the fae have "come out" to some extent in these books and the consequences are only just beginning to reverberate through as the werewolves also reveal themselves.
I plowed through these and loved them and went right into Brigg's Alpha and Omega series when I was done.  Mercy is a fabulous character and I can't get enough of these.  While they don't have all the humor of the Dresden Files, these are stand out books, especially as you keep reading.  Great fun, highly recommended.

  City of Bones, Mortal Instruments Book 1, Cassandra Clare
 City of Ashes, Mortal Instruments Book 2, Cassandra Clare
 City of Glass, Mortal Instruments Book 3, Cassandra Clare
 City of Fallen Angels, Mortal Instruments Book 4, Cassandra Clare
The reviews on Amazon were so mixed for these that I said the hell with it, I will just have to see for myself.  Glad I have. I really enjoyed Cassandra Clare's world.  I grew more and more engaged with the characters as they developed more fully.  I quite liked the new twist on the very popular faery, lycanthrope, vampire, and angel fiction that is so very prevalent these days.  In a time where it has begun to be , done to death, so to speak, her work is original and satisfying.  Definitely a fan of this series.
Bought City of Fallen Angels for my Nook the day it came out, I have been dying to read it.  Read it in 6 hours.  It was worth the wait.  The characters were more fully developed, the storyline rich and satisfying and the action literally had me on the edge of my seat.  I love this series. Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare  A prequel to the other series, I enjoyed it but don't think it stands alone without reading the others first.
I read a lot of YA and fantasy is my favorite genre.  I almost didn't read them when I saw "Harlequin Teen".  I hate Harlequin books, I despise the entire Romance genre.  I don't object to romance, naturally but I want it to stem from a great plot line and story, not BE the plot line and story.  
In any case, I couldn't resist these due to their premise.  King Oberon had a half fey daughter who discovers who she is on her 16th birthday when her 4 year old half brother is exchanged for a changling.An avid Shakespeare lover, who could resist delving into a world with Oberon, Titania, Queen Mab and the irrepressible Robin Goodfellow?  Add into the Nevernever a plot twist stemming from technology and gadgets in our world and you get a whole new world of faery.  Julie Kagawa did an amazing job putting together a highly engaging story and I look forward to reading more of her work.

 Across the Universe,  Beth Revis  
It was a strange book, kind of like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest meets 1984 but with a young adult slant.  I think, oddly, it may yet be a sci fi classic in it's own right.

Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris
I read the first 4 books in the Sookie Stackhouse series. By book 4, this was the review I wrote on GoodReads. "Still not a fan. I like so much about these, especially her supporting characters. (Bubba), but they are getting more R rated in each book and that doesn't work for me. And they still just don't have that, "I'm hooked" factor.  Think it is time to move on."
Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris
Club Dead, Charlaine Harris
Dead to the World, Charlaine Harris
(can I mention here how pissed I am at Blogger's upgrade and the loss of my Amazon widget?)

 I am going to try some of the Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum series because I have 2 friends who love them and I have yet to read them.
 One for the Money, Janet Evanovich
 Why I've waited so long, I do not know. They are laugh out loud funny. On Book 2, Two for the Dough

 The Wish List, Eoin Colfer
 Because I really enjoyed the Artemis Fowl books I have read so far and because I can't resist the description," Eoin Colfer’s Wish List reads like a head-on collision between Dawson’s Creek and Touched by an Angel."

  Game of Thrones,  Book 1, A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
  A Clash of Kings, Book 2, A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
This is book two of the epic fantasy series and I read them years ago.  It is worth the re-read even though they average about 700 pages.  These are fantasy at it's finest.  The first book came out in 1991 and here at last, the 5th, A Dance with Dragons is finally available for pre-order on Amazon with a July publication date.  Additionally, HBO is coming out with a series based on the books on April 17th that looks amazing.  Sean Bean as Eddard Stark.  No bad there. I have just done a little research on the series and am almost wishing now that I had waited to read these again.  With a track record of 6 years between books these days, George R.R. Martin plans to have this series go to 7 books all told.  I hope it doesn't end up being another Wheel of Time. 
*this is not kids reading, lots of adult themes 
 A Storm of Swords, Book 3, A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
 A Feast for Crows, Book 4, A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
A Dance with Dragons, Book 5, A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin

Again, because I own them and either have never read them or can't remember ever reading them

 Black Ships, Jo Graham
 Hand of Isis, Jo Graham
Highly recommended these are supposed to be excellent historical fiction, the first a retelling of sorts, of the Aeneid and the other in Ptolemy Egypt, they look like I might love them.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine
This one is on the list and I will have to choose it, it is one of my daughter's all time favorite books.

The Undomestic Goddess, Sophie Kinsella

 Daughter of the Forest, The Sevenwater's Trilogy, Book 1, Juliet Marillier
 Son of the Shadows, The Sevenwater's Trilogy, Book 2, Juliet Marillier
 Child of the Prophecy,  The Sevenwater's Trilogy, Book 3, Juliet Marillier
 Heir to Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier
Seer of Sevenwaters, Juliet Marillier
I have high hopes for these,  several reviews liked this author as much as Ann McCaffrey.  I am a big fan of Celtic tales if they are done well.  Picked them up at the annual library booksale!

The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger

 The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

 Alanna, The First Adventure, Song of the Lioness Book 1, Tamora Pierce
 In the Hand of the Goddess, Song of the Lioness Book 2, Tamora Pierce
 The Woman who Rides Like a Man,  Song of the Lioness Book 3, Tamora Pierce
Lioness Rampant, Song of the Lioness Book 4, Tamora Pierce
Pretty standard fare for the genre, enjoyed them, would have loved when I was younger.

 Boys and Girls Together - William Goldman
From the man who brought us Princess Bride?  A must read for me.

 Wicked, The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire
The reviews are so awful, I don't actually expect to like or stick with this one.


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