44. Heartless by Gail Carriger
This was a re-read, and I thoroughly enjoyed. Carriger creates a delightful steampunk world and she has a solid grasp on Victoria London. Her books always make me laugh.
45. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
As a young child, I watched the cartoon, but I never actually read the book. It was wonderful! I'm glad I read it as an adult, because I was able to grasp the sorrow and poignancy of the little prince and the narrator's plight. I don't think I would've realized what was going on had I read it as a child.
46. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childreny by Ransom Riggs
Not at all what I was expecting, this book is compelling, haunting and even-paced read. If you like WWII history and a bit of the macabre, you'll enjoy this. Good news - the sequel comes out January 2014!
47. Timeless by Gail Carriger
Another re-read, I laughed out loud as I followed Alexia and Co. to Egypt. I'm now reading Carriger's YA The Finishing School series and enjoying it just as much.
48. The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
I'm a huge fan of Preston and Child's Pendergast series, but this was the first standalone novel I'd read by either author. Child creates a thrilling, fast-paced story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you like mysteries and have an interest in Egyptology, I can't recommend this book enough.
49. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
This is a young adult book I picked up solely because I liked the cover! Fortunately for me, it was a solid book with developed characters. Stephens crafted a wonderful backstory that made you truly care about the children in the book, and the elements of magic were perfectly done.
50. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
A dragon with a murky past must help a young woman whose talent threatens to expose a hidden life she didn't know existed. One of the best young adult books I've read in a long time.
51. This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett
Burnett's striking honesty and gentle jabs at her life and those in it takes the reader on a whirlwind ride of 1950s entertainment to the smash hit that was the Carol Burnett Show. If you're a fan, you will want to read this book.
52. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Magic. Death. Incest. Death. Court intrigue. Death. Dragons. Death.
(I'll still be reading the next one, though!)
53. Fairy Debt by Gail Carriger
Carriger tries her hand a magical short that succeeds with magic, laughter and a few life lessons tossed in for good measure.
54. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Applegate based this story on the true life of a silverback that was kept in captivity and then slowly reintroduced to others like him at a local zoo. She creates a few characters to help him on his journey, and in doing so, pens a heartwarming - and sometimes heartwrenching - tale that reminds us of love and friendship and why we should take care of the humans and animals around us.
55. Dark Days by Manel Loureiro
The follow-up hit to Apocalypse Z, Loureiro returns to the zombie-infested country of Spain. The gritty story is well-written and never suffers from poor pacing. The only thing I didn't like was that he strayed from the first-person narrative that carried the first book, instead choosing to mix first-person and third-person. I felt this detracted from the overall story. But all in all, he's a strong writer who presents a unique view that's different the usual U.S.-focused zombie stories out there today. If you like zombies, you really need to read this series.
56. Midsummer Night by Deanna Raybourn
This novella in the Lady Julia Grey series takes the reader to Belmont Abbey as Julie Grey and Brisbane prepare to be wed. There's less intrigue than her usual fare, but the story is fun and sets up the pair's later adventure in Dark Road to Darjeeling.
57. Anthem by Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand makes George Orwell's 1984 seem like a party paradise. I enjoyed this book, and I can definitely now see how heavily her writing has influenced Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. Rand gets her points across much better and in a far-less heavy handed manner. I might have to give The Fountainhead a try. (And note, I'm currently 2/3 of the way through 1984.)
58. World War Z by Max Brooks
This was an accidental re-read for me. I downloaded the audiobook thinking it contained "lost stories." It didn't. It was simply the entire book I'd already read. However, I really like the oral history approach to the zombie genre. Getting first-person accounts make it seem more realistic.
Books completed: 58/50