SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #21-22

Book #21 was "Catching Fire," the second in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I liked this book even better than the first and continue to be impressed by the series. I loved the movie (which I watched first) but again found the book to be so much richer, with more pages dedicated to Katniss' internal struggles and[Spoiler (click to open)]a bit more information about other districts, including District 13.I think the reader for the audio-books of the series is quite good as well. Highly recommended all around, this is a series that lives up to the hype and then some.

Book #22 was "Codex Born," the second in the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim Hines. I really liked the first in the series, Libriomancer, from the premise of doing magic with books to the setting in my home state of Michigan. The second in the book is a great romp as well. I'll start with my only complaint, which is that the cast of characters grows so big that it's hard to keep track of all of them and to care very deeply about anyone beyond Isaac and Lena. With that being out of the way, I liked this book a lot. The most fun thing about these books, to me, is waiting to see what wacky way Isaac is going to use a book to save the day, and this book fully delivers. It also fills in more of the history and background of The Porters and deepens the conflict hinted at in the first book. Any small criticisms aside, I continue to enjoy the heck out of this series and recommend it.

1. Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Paperback [fiction/graphic short story collection]- Matt Dembicki -Ed.
2. Light Music [fiction]- Kathleen Ann Goonan
3. The Indian Clerk [fiction]- David Leavitt
4. The Diving Bell & the Butterfly [non-fiction/memoir]- Jean-Dominique Bauby
5. Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast [non-fiction]- Andrew E. Kersten
6. Blue Champagne [fiction/short stories]- John Varley
7. A Person of Interest [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country [non-fiction]- Louise Erdrich
9. Nobody Nowhere [non-fiction]- Donna Williams
10. The Three Musketeers [fiction]- Alexandre Dumas (unabridged audiobook)
11. The Narrative of John Tanner [non-fiction/biography]- as told by John Tanner, edited by Edwin James
12. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell [fiction]- Susanna Clarke
13. I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes [non-fiction]- Hemant Mehta
14. Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft [non-fiction]- Natalie Goldberg
15. No Name in the Streets [non-fiction/essay]- James Baldwin
16. The Hunger Games [fiction]- Suzanne Collins (unabridged audiobook)
17. Permanence [fiction]- Karl Schroeder
18. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf [poetry]- Ntozake Shange
19. An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President [non-fiction]- Randall Robinson
20. The Delikon [fiction]- by H.M. Hoover

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