November 16th, 2013


Books 50- 101...

Apologies for the very long list but I've been without a decent internet connection and I'm catching up with my updates!

50. "Farseer Trilogy: Royal Assassin" by Robin Hobb
51. "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressel
53- 59. "Incorruptible" Vol 1-7
60- 70. "Irredeemable" Vol 1- 10
71. "The Shining Grils" by Lauren Beuke
72. "Mine own executioner" by Nigel Balchin
73. "Invisible Monsters" by Chuck Palahnuik
74. "A Woman Speaks" by Anais Nin
75. "Hitchhiker's guide tot he galaxy: And another thing" by Eoin Coulter
76-95. "Fables" Vol 1- 19
96. "Falling Angel" by William Hjortsberg
97. "Cinderella: From Fabletown with love"
98. "Cinderella: Fables are forever"
99. "Fables: 1001 nights of snow"
100. "Fables: The last Castle"
101. "Farseer Trilogy: Assassins quest" by Robin Hobb

Lots of comics in the last few months, my favourite title (as you can probably surmise) has been "Fables". While some story arcs were slower than others, I just fell in love with it in general :)
Easily my most enjoyable read of this year was Robin Hobb's "Farseerer Trilogy". While it took me a long while to finish the last book I was totally hooked for all 3 installments and will definately be reading her "Tawny Man" trilogy in the near future :)
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
I'd been meaning to read this forever and someone at work finally convinced me to do so. It was exceptionally good, although the big reveal at the end made me very uncomfortable (if you want it spoiled for you, just PM me). Still, I was glad to have read it.

The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdrich
This novel veered back and forth between parts that were hugely well-done and powerfully immersive and parts that just bored or irritated me. I can't even say why - I couldn't figure out a pattern - it was just ... patchy.

When We Wake, by Karen Healey
YA future dystopia, thorny and meaningful and even difficult, but also superfun. I <3 Karen Healey.

Square Peg, by Todd Rose
Part memoir, part advice book, about how kids - people in general - are all very different, and learn best when treated as individuals instead of trying to one-size-fits-all everybody. Good stuff about the effect of emotions on learning, and other related topics, as well. The author went from being the kind of kid who threw stink bombs in chem class, and never really wanted to go to college, to being a Harvard prof. Not the most writerly book, but I found it a really useful - and openhearted - read.

Buffy Season 9, vol. 4: Welcome to the Team, by Andrew Chambliss et al; Willow vol. 1: Wonderland, by Jeff Parker et al
Fun popcorn reading. Glad they kept these going after the show was over. They almost never reach the heights the show often did. The art in the Willow volume was often incredibly gorgeous, though, far beyond what TV special effects ever achieve.
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The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice, by Mike Carey et al
This was grand altogether. Even though it's chronologically a prequel, reading it at the end of the series worked perfectly - so much richer because of all the echoes of what will happen.
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