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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #105 on: July 08, 2011, 12:27:52 PM »

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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan

13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson

Wonderful book. In fact, lovely would be the best way to describe it. The turns of phrase were so pretty, some gorgeous writing here. Every once in awhile, there was a sentence so good, I would pause and re-read it, and even read it out loud, it was that well written. Amazed that this is her first novel, and very much hoping to see more good works from her in the future. What a sweet, romantic story this is!
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #106 on: July 14, 2011, 12:30:33 AM »

Looks like I have to reconstruct my list. Oh, well...
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #107 on: July 14, 2011, 10:00:25 PM »

1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #108 on: July 15, 2011, 09:07:40 AM »

1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #109 on: July 19, 2011, 10:01:45 PM »

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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson

14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - this was so built up to me that bits of it were a let-down, and bits of it dragged somewhat, but overall, it was informative and interesting.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #110 on: July 20, 2011, 08:35:44 AM »

1 Dave Haslam - Young Hearts Run Free - The Real Story of the 1970s
2 Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
3 David Sheppard - On Some Faraway Beach: The Life & Times of Brian Eno
4 Dawn French - Dear Fatty
5 David Nicholls - One Day
6 John Peel - The Olivetti Chronicles - Three Decades of Life and Music
7 Vic Reeves - Me:Moir - Volume One
8 Dean Budnick & Josh Baron - Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped
9 Mark Radcliffe - Thank You for the Days - A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond
Radcliffe is essentially unknown outside the UK (he is a musician, radio DJ and minor TV celebrity) but his lack of fame overseas should not deter people from reading this very entertaining book in which he spends each chapter musing on a particular day in his life when he met someone famous or did something interesting inside the entertainment business. His lack of ego is refereshing, his sense of humour always evident. Recommended!
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #111 on: July 23, 2011, 04:25:39 PM »

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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - Awesome. Wonderful book, quick paced, great characters. Couldn't put it down once I was hooked, and actually stayed up til 5:30 am reading it.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #112 on: July 25, 2011, 12:25:38 PM »

1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #113 on: July 29, 2011, 04:02:54 PM »

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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

16. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins - loved this one almost as much as the first book
17. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins - found this one not quite as captivating as the first two, but overall a satisfying ending to the trilogy. Looking forward to seeing how the film adaptations are done.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #114 on: July 30, 2011, 01:53:23 PM »

1. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?: Final Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Luckily in addition to making my list here, I recorded my books at goodreads.com, so I don't have to think of everything again.

2. Pandora Gets Jealous (Pandora Series, #1) by Carolyn Hennesy
3. Pandora Gets Vain (Pandora Series, #2) by Carolyn Hennesy
4. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
5. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
6. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
7. Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) by Suzanne Collins
8. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) by Suzanne Collins
9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
10. Pandora Gets Lazy (Pandora Series, #3) by Carolyn Hennesy
11. Pandora Gets Heart (Pandora Series, #4) by Carolyn Hennesy
12. Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler
13. Blood Brothers, exp. ed. by Elias Chacour
14. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
15. Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
16. One of Our Thursdays Is Missing (Thursday Next, #6) by Jasper Fforde
17. A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse
18. Once Upon a Crime (The Sisters Grimm, #4) by Michael Buckley
19. The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark, #1) by John Claude Bemis
20. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #1) by Ann Brashares
21. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #2) by Ann Brashares
22. Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, #3) by Ann Brashares
23. Pandora Gets Angry (Pandora Series, #5) by Carolyn Hennesy
24. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #4) by Ann Brashares
25. Bewitching Season (Leland Sisters, #1) by Marissa Doyle
26. 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares

ETA: I forgot 2, plus I added the last one for the month.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #115 on: July 30, 2011, 03:15:50 PM »

1.  Lolita--Vladimir Nabokov
2.  Last Chance--Christy Reece
3.  Bright Young Things--Anna Godbersen
4.  No Chance--Christy Reece
5.  Freefall--Mindi Scott
6.  Love Drugged--James Klise
7.  Second Chance--Christy Reece
8.  Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty--G. Neri
9.  Ninth Ward--Jewell Parker Rhodes
10.  Nothing--Janne Teller
11.  A Time of Miracles--Anne-Laure Bondoux
12.  Freaks and Revelations--Davida Wills Hurwin
13.  Zora and Me--Victoria Bond
14.  Will Grayson Will Grayson--John Green and David Levithan
15.  Tick Tock--James Patterson
16.  Please Ignore Vera Dietz--A.S. King
17.  Lockdown--Walter Dean Myers
18.  Almost Perfect--Brian Katcher
19.  The 10 p.m. Question--Kate De Goldi
20.  A Little Wanting Song--Cath Crowley
21.  Tell Us We're Home--Marina Budhos
22.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--JK Rowling
23.  Mostly Good Girls--Leila Sales
24.  The Other Side of the Island--Allegra Goodman
25.  Toys--James Patterson
26.  The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon--Sara Beitia
27.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets--JK Rowling
28.  The Boy in the Dress--David Walliams
29.  Purple Daze--Sherry Shahan
30.  Kissing Game: Short Stories--Aidan Chambers
31.  Karma--Cathy Ostlere
32.  Stolen--Lucy Christopher
33.  B Negative--Vicki Grant
34.  Ship Breaker--Paolo Bacigalupi
35.  13 Little Blue Envelopes--Maureen Johnson
36.  I'll Walk Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
37.  Last Little Blue Envelope--Maureen Johnson
38.  10th Anniversary--James Patterson
39.  Glimmerglass--Jenna Black
40.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban--J.K. Rowling
41.  Shadowspell--Jenna Black
42.  Abandon--Meg Cabot
43.  Soul Mining: a Musical Life--Daniel Lanois
44.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire--J.K. Rowling
45.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix--J.K. Rowling
46.  Sisterhood Everlasting--Ann Brashares
47.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--J.K. Rowling
48.  Now You See Her--James Patterson
49.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #116 on: July 31, 2011, 10:52:43 PM »

1. Bossypants - Tina Fey (awesome)
2. Sex on the Moon - Ben Mezrich (also pretty good)
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #117 on: August 01, 2011, 04:20:29 PM »

1. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
2. My Hollywood - Mona Simpson
3. In The Shadow of Gotham - Stefanie Pintoff
Abandoned book -
Muffins and Mayhem: Recipes for a Happy (if Disorderly) Life - Suzanne Beecher - bleh. Sounded cute and clever. It wasn't.
4. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson & Liza Marklund
5. The Distant Hours - Kate Morton
6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King - This is the only King book I've read aside from MISERY. 4 "short" stories that really examine how different people live with guilt and regret or escape feeling any regret at all. The man can paint a creepy picture.
Abandoned book - Case Histories - Kate Atkinson  - I guess I'm not ready to read about crazy sisters again after THE DISTANT HOURS. Too soon.
7. Girl, Stolen - April Henry (YA Mystery/Thriller) - I don't even know how this ended up in my library queue but I enjoyed it. Clever heroine.
8. A Long Line of Dead Men - Lawrence Block - only my 2nd Scudder book but it did not disappoint. FANTASTIC!
9. Bossypants - Tina Fey - You just know that I loved this.
10. The Reversal - Michael Connelly - Haller, McFierce, and Bosch all working on the same case as Mickey walks across the aisle to work as a special prosecutor.
11. A Drop of the Hard Stuff - Lawrence Block - I skipped a ton of Scudder books before reading this one but it didn't matter since this book was set much earlier in the Scudder timeline. Fantastic. Makes me want to walk around the city with a bunch of quarters and make calls from pay phones.
12. Heads You Lose - Lisa Lutz and David Hayward - silly mystery written by two exes. You get to see them argue as they write the book together as they kept in the notes that they wrote to each other as they passed the book back and forth, alternating chapters. It was more successful as a warning for exes not to work together than it was as a compelling mystery.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #118 on: August 02, 2011, 11:07:56 AM »

1. Lawrence Block - Hit and Run
2. Stephen King - The Colorado Kid
3. Lawrence Block - Grifter's Game
4.Ayn Rand - Anthem
5. Lawrence Block - Everybody Dies

6. Elmore Leonard - The Switch - My first EL novel, I liked it, it grabs you and never stops.  Great character development without going over board.  I'll be reading more of his.

7. Steven King (as Richard Bachman) - The Long Walk - My favorite book of all time, I've read it probably 6 to 8 times.  Something about the concept fascinates me.  Such an interesting read, even on repeated readings.
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Re: 50 Books in 2011
« Reply #119 on: August 13, 2011, 07:01:42 PM »

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1. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
2. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
3. Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
4. Ghostopolis - Doug TenNapel
5. The Magicians - Lev Grossman
6. New Media - Terry Flew
7. The Unruly Woman: Gender and Genres of Laughter - Kathleen Rowe
8. Preacher, Volume 1: Gone to Texas  - Garth Ennis
9. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre - Tamar Jeffers McDonald
10. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland - Patton Oswalt
11. Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart
12. A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
13. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Helen Simonson
14. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
15. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
16. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
17. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

18. Death's Daughter - Amber Benson

I wanted to like this, I really did, but it is filled with rookie writer errors and feels wholly unedited. Reads like a draft rather than a completed manuscript. The main character's voice is annoying. I think the story is decent and a neat idea, but ultimately the telling of it fails.
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