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Happy Reading

The entire list is under the cut. I made it to 99 this year, so feeling pretty proud of myself. Got sick though, so forfeited rounding it up to 100. Ah well. Happy new year people. :)

The Immortals: Evermore - Alyson Noel
Animal Farm - George Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest - Stieg Larsson
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
Life, The Universe and Everything - Douglas Adams
So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish - Douglas Adams

The Getting of Wisdom - Henry Handel Richardson

Lady Chatterley's Lover - D. H. Lawrence
Evernight - Claudia Gray
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Fallen - Lauren Kate
Need - Carrie Jones
Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
Imperial Spy - Mark Robson
The Roman Mysteries: The Theives of Ostia - Caroline Lawrence

The Drake Chronicles: My Love Lies Bleeding - Alyxandra Harvey
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Buffy the Vampire Slayers: Bad Bargain - Diana G. Gallagher
Buffy the Vampire Slayers: The Deathless - Keith R. A. ~DeCandido
Kinsey Millhone Mystery: T is for Trespass - Sue Grafton

Stephanie Plum: Two for the Dough - Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum: Three to Get Deadly - Janet Evanovich
Cat and Mouse - James Patterson
No Time for Goodbye - Linwood Barclay
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The Hollow - Jessica Verday

Stephanie Plum: Four to Score - Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum: High Five - Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum: Hot Six - Janet Evanovich
Strange Angels - Lili St. Crow
Strange Angels: Betrayals - Lili St. Crow
Kinsey Millhone Mystery: U is for Undertow - Sue Grafton
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Stephanie Plum: Seven Up - Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum: Hard Eight - Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum: Visions of Sugarplums - Janet Evanovich

Beautiful Malice - Rebecca James
Pop Goes the Weasel - James Patterson

How to Break Your Own Heart - Maggie Alderson

A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
The Splendour Falls - Rosemary ~Clement-Moore
Vampire Kisses: The Beginning - Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses: Kissing Coffins - Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses: Vampireville - Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses: Dance with a Vampire - Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses: The Coffin Club - Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses: Royal Blood - Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Kisses: Love Bites - Ellen Schreiber

Max Remy: In Search of the Time and Space Machine - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: Spyforce Revealed - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: The Nightmare Vortex - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: The Hollywood Mission - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: The Amazon Experiment - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: Blue's Revenge - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: The Venice Job - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: Mission in Malta - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: The French Code - Deborah Abela
Max Remy: The Final Curtain - Deborah Abela

The Drake Chronicles: Blood Feud - Alyxandra Harvery

Strange Angels: Jealousy - Lili St. Crow
Kill the Possum - James Moloney
If I Stay - Gayle Forman

Soul Screamers: My Soul to Take - Rachel Vincent
Before I Die - Jenny Downham
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy: A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
Demon Princess: Reign or Shine - Michelle Rowen

Old Magic - Marianne Curley

Song of the Lioness: Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce
Song of the Lioness: In the Hands of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce
Song of the Lioness: The Woman Who Rides Like A Man - Tamora Pierce
Song of the Lioness: Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce

Protector of the Small: First Test - Tamora Pierce
Protector of the Small: Page - Tamora Pierce
Protector of the Small: Squire - Tamora Pierce
Protector of the Small: Lady Knight - Tamora Pierce

The Immortals: Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Rowan of the Rin - Emily Rodda
Rowan and the Travellers - Emily Rodda
Rowan and the Keeper of the Crystal - Emily Rodda
Rowan and the Zebak - Emily Rodda
Rowan of the Bukshah - Emily Rodda

Chanters of Tremaris: The Singer of all Songs - Kate Constable
Chanters of Tremaris: The Waterless Sea - Kate Constable
Chanters of Tremaris: The Tenth Power - Kate Constable

The Diviner's Son - Gary Crew

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Elixir - Hilary Duff

99 read

Thoughts - Best and Worse

The Millenium Trilogy - Steig Larsson: Perhaps one of the most discussed and praised series this year - you have to read it to see how utterly amazing it is. The story is fast paced and well written and if you haven't read it yet, pick it up next.

Lady Chatterley's Lover // Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence: Lawrence is becoming one of my new favourite authors and both these novels are intriguing tales of human interaction.

I've realised I'm not a fan of Jane Austen. Like at all. Pride and Prejudice was alright I guess, it was manageable. I read Sense and Sensibility two years ago which was like a longer drawn out version of Pride and Prejudice (the book is double the size), and i just finished Northanger Abbey - which was better a lot more sarcastic and feminist but still overall horrible.

I read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - I haven't read the last one in the series yet but the rest are hysterical. They're all satirical reads which is something that tickles my fancy, they're not for everyone though. But if you do like to read something a little left of center then these are for you.

In terms of vampire/paranormal fiction I have read extensively. Most of it was pretty average, a couple were standouts, Sookie Stackhouse - yeah I just don't get it. True Blood is bloody awful. I read the first one and was so utterly disappointed.

The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey are amazing - following the same concept as Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs, the Drake Chronicles follow the Drake brothers (and one sister) as they find love, have adventure and face their enemies. Brilliantly written. Very lighthearted and easy to read but just amazing.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow which in the series features Strange Angels, Betrayals, Jealousy and forthcoming April 2011, Defiance, is absolutely thrilling. They're my absolute favourite of perhaps anything I've read this year and definitely of all the vampire/paranormal fiction I've read. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Vampire Kisses - Ellen Schreiber was a lighthearted series about vampires. Pretty amusing, definitely worth a look if you like vampires.

Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent was another notable paranormal series I read, well written and a quite original story.

Other decent well written paranormal fiction includes; Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead, A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray and Reign or Shine - Michelle Rowen. And I guess another paranormal read was the new debut novel by Hilary Duff- Elixir. For a celebrity it was pretty good. Very riveting, well built story. It helps the cover is absolutely beautifully, but it's a moving and lovely read.

Two really sad books I read this year were If I Stay - Gayle Forman and Before I Die - Jenny Downham. I cried pretty much the whole way through both of these novels. Before I Die is about a young girl fighting cancer it's so utterly sad and I can't say I really liked it that much. It made me depressed. If I Stay was also sad and also made me depressed but it was well written and touching. It's about a girl who's in a car crash and loses her whole family and has to decide whether or not to stay and fight when she's got almost no one left, or let go.

Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton of course are crime fiction. Janet Evanovich having written the Stephanie Plum series lighthearted chick lit. Sue Grafton writes the Kinsey Millhone Mysteries, little more intense but pretty good nonetheless.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was astounding. Very much like the Millenium Trilogy in absolute wow factor, this is a pretty astounding teen book. Probably not for younger readers at all, it's very graphic and explicit in its content (in the violence factor I mean) but god if this wasn't one of the most memorable and brilliant books I've read in a while. Definitely highly recommended.

I also reread a bunch of classics that I love; Tamora Pierce, Emily Rodda, Max Remy - although there was one I hadn't read, so it was reread then new read. All amazing books. And one more reread then read was Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy by Kate Constable - fantasy kids series. Very awesome.

So that's 2010 gone. If you have any questions or that, email me. :)

Happy Reading.


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