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January 7th, 2013

Book 1 for 2013

Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen. 484 pages.

Given that this is a thriller set in Maine, it would be easy to describe it as a cut-price Stephen King clone, but I don't think that would be entirely fair. This is a decently written and plotted story. Some of the characters are a bit on the stereotypical side, but I've certainly seen worse. I worked out the main shape of it after reading the first chapter and wasn't substantially wrong in any of my predictions, but basically this is a reasonably well-written book which does pretty much what it says on the tin. And sometimes that what the reader wants.

I understand Gerritsen has written a series of detective novels, so I may well give those a try at some point

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So, keeping track of my books on Goodreads fell apart in the late fall, as I barely updated anything from November to December. I also found it interesting that while I did continue to read in October-December, the use of my Nook seemed to cut down on my reading. I honestly can't explain why, but it seems to double the amount of time it takes me to read a book on the Nook than it does in print.

I did hit my goal of 240 books (20 books a month), but I didn't actually read 20 books a month. In November I think I read 10-15, in October I only read 10 and in December I also read about 10. All in all, I read about 240-250 books. This year I have the same goal, but I want to actually read 20 books a month.

Here are my first two books for the year along with three in progress.

Read

1. The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman

It was actually pretty good. It was fairly slow to start out with, and while I never felt any great love for the characters, it was an enjoyable read. I also liked how there was very little romance. If there are sequels, I'll probably pick them up.

2. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

This book looks like your typical YA novel...and it is. Except, this one made me cry, dang it, while at the amusement park on the pier. I was trying my best to hide my tears and my mom comes up and is all "oh no, what happened???" and I had to confess that it was just a really sad book. The thing is-- you know it's going to happen, and yet it still hits you. Great book, definitely recommended.

In Progress

1. Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford
2. The Emerald Conspiracy by Herbie Brennan
3. The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron

Did Not Finish

The Carrie Diaries

While not a huge fan of the show, I did enjoy it, and I have been meaning to read this for awhile. But....this did not live up to my expectations at all. This book was just boring. Typical YA, except it was missing that something special that made it standout.

Book 1: World War Z

Originally posted by audrey_e at Book 1: World War Z
1 WORLD WAR Z : AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE ZOMBIE WAR Max Brooks (USA, 2006)



Max Brooks' series of interviews give voice to many key survivors of the zombie war throughout the world. 

After becoming addicted to the TV show "The Walking Dead" towards the end of last year, I was told to read this fictional account of a fictional war, and I have to say it was a great way to kick-start the year. 
First of all, the format itself makes this book worth reading, whether or not one is interested in horror as a genre. And while zombies make it instantly fall into the aforementioned genre, I consider World War Z to be more of a reflection on the 20th Century than anything else. But to make it more appealing for the reader, it is coated with pop culture references, a chilling sense of humor, and the latest trend in fiction, aka zombies.
What I really enjoyed is that Brooks leaves no stone unturned. From the political, economic, religious, military and medical aspects of the fictional war, to the media, his imagination (and research) is thorough. 
Given how educated and insightful Max Brooks proved to be with this book, I was disappointed to see a major grammatical mistake in the famous French phrase the French survivor quotes. I guess the editors are to blame the most. I mean, these things aren't hard to check!

4/5

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