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Oops, I Forgot, or The Final Hurrah: Books 131-151 of 2005

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Jan. 12th, 2006 | 07:19 pm
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So, I'm almost done with my fifth book of 2006, so I was thinking, "Gosh, I'll have to write up an entry after this one," when I realized that I hadn't finished up with the last books I read in 2005. Here they are. It was a big batch, so the last 11 or so don't have comments, just grades. As for the last five (147-151), they're all ones I read for class, so I didn't grade them, since I wasn't reading them for my own enjoyment.

Final books of 2005:

131.)Title: For the Sake of Elena
Author: Elizabeth George
Marcia's Grade: B-. This was pretty boring for an Elizabeth George book. Just kind of lackluster. I can barely remember what it was about, but I do remember it took me at least a week or two to get through.

132.) Title: Treasured Vows
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Marcia's Grade: A. Really delightful, interesting Regency romance with lots of humor and original characters. I couldn't put it down, and stayed up all night finishing it. By the time I was done, I was very excited to read more by Ms. Maxwell, much more than I had been about any romance author in a long time. My only problem was with the cover of the book, which was lovely as far as covers go, but had absolutely nothing to do with the book. It was obviously designed by someone who hadn't read it, since the heroine is described through out the book as a blonde. Gah!

133.) Title: Define "Normal"
Author: Julie Anne Peters
Marcia's Grade: A.This was a short, quick read, and an excellent young adult book. I was a little surprised by how much I enjoyed it, because I had previously read Peters's Luna and found it to be somewhat overrated. Luna is about a transgendered teenage boy, a topic which on the surface seems much more exciting than that of Define "Normal", which is about an unlikely friendship formed between two very different middle school girls who meet during a peer counseling session. The characters and situations are very realistic, and this is another one that I couldn't put down. I finished it in one sitting. Definitely recommended.

134.) Title: Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me
Author: Lisa Papademetriou
Marcia's Grade: A.I enjoyed this one a lot. Allie, the narrator, reminds me of my own sixth-grade self. She makes up cool new vocabulary words to describe things and people in her life, and some of them are absolutely hilarious. The disintegrating relationship between Allie and her best friend from elementary school, Tamara, is a familiar story (and, yes, a situation that I remember vividly from middle school) but Allie is such an honest narrator and Papademetriou tells the story so realistically, that I didn't mind that I'd read it before. Ms. Papademetriou is so good at recreating the dramas and dialogue of middle school, it's hard to believe she's not actually a preteen herself. The only problem with this book was that it was too short, and ended too soon. I wanted more.

135.) Title: A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Marcia's Grade: B-.This is the newest book in the Outlander series, and while it is something of a disappointment, I'm still invested enough in the adventures of Jamie, Claire, Brianna, and Roger, etc. that it held my interest. It's certainly not as good as the earlier books, but it's still a lot better than most of the romance/historical fiction/time travel/whatever out there. Long, though. Very very long.

136.) Title: Four to Score
Author: Janet Evanovich
Marcia's Grade: A. Another delightful Stephanie Plum novel.

137.) Title: The Bitch Posse
Author: Martha O'Connor
Marcia's Grade: C-. This book was such a disappointment. It tried so hard on so many levels and failed on all of them. Sure, it's not sickly-sweet chick lit, but I'd rather hae well-written fluff than this depressing, poorly constructed, annoying crap any day.

138.) Title: Adventures of a Scottish Heiress
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Marcia's Grade: B. After Treasured Vows, this was a disappointment. Then again, I imagine most romances would be after reading that. Still, it's a good romance with interesting characters. It just doesn't compare to Treasured Vows. I'll still be seeking out Cathy Maxwell's other books, though.

139.) Title: I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?: An Illustrated Memoir
Author: Suzy Becker
Marcia's Grade: A. Laugh-out-loud funny, with adorable illustrations. It really puts you in the author's mind as she struggles through brain surgery and recovery. Interesting, thought-provoking, but lots of fun, too. Recommended.

140.) Title: Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
Author: Mary Roach
Marcia's Grade: A+. It's not very many books that can make me interested in science, and for the second time in a row (after Stiff), Mary Roach has done that and more. I stayed up all night reading (and laughing). Everything within the book is fascinating, even the footnotes, and my only wish would be that she would include more. I loved this book! Highly recommended.

141.) Title: High Five
Author: Janet Evanovich
Marcia's Grade: A.

142.) Title: If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News From Small-Town Alaska
Author: Heather Lende
Marcia's Grade: A.

143.) Title: Nerd Gone Wild
Author: Vicki Lewis Thompson
Marcia's Grade: C-.

144.) Title: Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her
Author: Melanie Rehak
Marcia's Grade: B-.

145.) Title: A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book Four)
Author: George R.R. Martin
Marcia's Grade: B+.

146.) Title: Kushiel's Dart
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Marcia's Grade: A+.

147.) Title: Much Ado About Nothing
Author: William Shakespeare
Marcia's Grade: N/A.

148.) Title: The Merchant of Venice
Author: William Shakespeare
Marcia's Grade: N/A.

149.) Title: Measure for Measure
Author: William Shakespeare
Marcia's Grade: N/A

150.) Title: 1587, A Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline
Author: Ray Huang
Marcia's Grade: N/A.

151.) Title: The Dragon's Village: An Autobiographical Novel of Revolutionary China
Author: Yuan-tsung Chen
Marcia's Grade: N/A.

I didn't read nearly as many books as I did in 2004 (180), but I think, in general, the books I read last year were longer and I read a lot more nonfiction and a lot less children's books and romances (both of which I miss and will have to increase my intake of this year).

For those of you with lots of time on your hands, here's the complete list of what I read this year:

1.) Welcome to Lizard Motel: Children, Stories, and the Mystery of Making Things Up by Barbara Feinberg (194 p.)
2.) The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book Six) by Lemony Snicket (259 p.)
3.) Stolen by Kelley Armstrong (468 p.)
4.) Predator's Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles, Book Two) by Philip Reeve (325 p.)
5.) Colors Insulting to Nature by Cintra Wilson (350 p.)
6.) Notes from a Small Island: An Affectionate Portrait of Britain by Bill Bryson (324 p.)
7.) The Sewing Circles of Herat: A Personal Voyage Through Afghanistan by Christina Lamb (326 p.)
8.) Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (149 p.)
9.) How to Train Your Dragon; by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, translated from the Old Norse by Cressida Cowell by Cressida Cowell (214 p.)
10.)The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club: True Tales from a Magnificent and Clumsy Life by Laurie Notaro (225 p.)
11.) Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle (241 p.)
12.) Lucy the Giant by Sherri L. Smith (217 p.)
13.) A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by Marlena De Blasi (272 p.)
14.) Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue (336 p.)
15.) The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book Seven) by Lemony Snicket (256 p.)
16.) Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyer, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife by Diane Roberts (340 p.)
17.) Girl, 15, Charming But Insane by Sue Limb (214)
18.) Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy (223 p.)
19.) Nursery Crimes by Ayelet Waldman (215 p.)
20.) Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (243 p.)
21.) Shadows at the Fair by Lea Waits (272 p.)
22.) Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman (268 p.)
23.) The Big Nap by Ayelet Waldman (227 p.)
24.) Blue Clay People: Seasons on Africa's Fragile Edge by William Powers (289 p.)
25.) Therapy by Jonathan Kellerman (387 p.)
26.) The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick (273 p.)
27.) Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (257 p.)
28.) Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas (187 p.)
29.) The Effects of Light by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore (349 p.)
30.) Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (369 p.)
31.) All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald (263 p.)
32.) The Butcher's Theater by Jonathan Kellerman (628 p.)
33.) Ida B... and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan (246 p.)
34.) America (the Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by the Daily Show with Jon Stewart (220 p.)
35.) The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard (208 p.)
36.) Acceleration by Graham McNamee (210 p.)
37.) Play Dead by Anne Frasier (367 p.)
38.) I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away by Bill Bryson (288 p.)
39.) A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane (277 p.)
40.) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (518 p.)
41.) How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (194 p.)
42.) The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua Braff (259 p.)
43.) The Poet by Michael Connelly (436 p.)
44.) The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix (777 p.)
45.) The Unsavvy Traveler: Women's Comic Tales of Catastrophe edited by Rosemary Caperton, Anne Mathews, and Lucie Ocenas (283 p.)
46.) West of Then: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise by Tara Bray Smith (319 p.)
47.) The Reunion by Sue Walker (307 p.)
48.) Drowned Wednesday (The Keys of the Kingdom, Book Three) by Garth Nix (389 p.)
49.) All Over But the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg (329 p.)
50.) We Thought You Would Be Prettier: True Tales of the Dorkiest Girl Alive by Laurie Notaro (223 p.)
51.) Witch Child by Celia Rees (261 p.)
52.) 33 Snowfish by Adam Rapp (179 p.)
53.) Geography Club by Brett Hartinger (226 p.)
54.) The Secret Hour (Midnighters, Volume One) by Scott Westerfeld (383 p.)
55.) Queen of the Turtle Derby: and Other Southern Phenomenon by Julia Reed (180 p.)
56.) Die a Little by Megan Abbott (241 p.)
57.) Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris (266 p.)
58.) The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding (292 p.)
59.) I Am Not Esther by Fleur Beale (250 p.)
60.) Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book One) by Susan Cooper (252 p.)
61.) A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (274 p.)
62.) Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril, and Romance by Marthe Jocelyn (288 p.)
63.) Sorceress by Celia Rees (352 p.)
64.) A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George (305 p.)
65.) The Charioteer by Mary Renault (347 p.)
66.) Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult (434 p.)
67.) I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl by Laurie Notaro (228 p.)
68.) A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham (343 p.)
69.) Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers: More Mad, Marvy Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison (312 p.)
70.) Fox Girl by Nora Okja Keller (290 p.)
71.) Galilee by Clive Barker (582 p.)
72.) He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understand Guys by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo (165 p.)
73.) Southern Fried Divorce: A Woman Unleashes Her Hound and His Dog in the Big Easy by Judy Conner (223 p.)
74.) Mystic and Rider (A Novel of the Twelve Houses) by Sharon Shinn (440 p.)
75.) Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires by Michael E. Bell (303 p.)
76.) Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker (277 p.)'
77.) Firethorn by Sarah Micklem (383 p.)
78.) Skinny-Dipping by Claire Matturro (250 p.)
79.) Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer (183 p.)
80.) The Hunter's Moon by O.R. Melling (279 p.)
81.) Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George (312 p.)
82.) The Dead Sit Round in a Ring by David Lawrence (436 p.)
83.) Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim (295 p.)
84.) Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell (286 p.)
85.) Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell (175 p.)
86.) Out of the Fire by Deborah Froese (282 p.)
87.) Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood by Bill Hayes (265 p.)
88.) The Fall of Fergal: Or, Not So Dingly in the Dell (The First Unlikely Exploit) by Philip Ardagh (123 p.)
89.) The Man Who Cast Two Shadows by Carol O'Connell (278 p.)
90.) Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book One) by Angie Sage (564 p.)
91.) The Bookseller of Kabul by Åsne Seierstad (288 p.)
92.) Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini (287 p.)
93.) Double Helix by Nancy Werlin (248 p.)
94.) Fearless (Fearless #1) by Francine Pascal (199 p.)
95.) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (215 p.)
96.) A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book One) by George R. R. Martin (694 p.)
97.) Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson (215 p.)
98.) Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George (356 p.)
99.) Jubana!: The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cubana Goddess by Gigi Anders (298 p.)
100.) A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book Two by George R.R. Martin (761 p.)
101.) A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George (371 p.)
102.) Playground: A Childhood Lost Inside the Playboy Mansion by Jennifer Saginor (277 p.)
103.) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (374 p.)
104.) Luna by Julie Anne Peters (248 p.)
105.) A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book Three) by George R.R. Martin (973 p.)
106.) The Dark Is Rising (The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book Two by Susan Cooper (230 p.)
107.) Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book Three) by Susan Cooper (147 p.)
108.) The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (288 p.)
109.) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (642 p.)
110.) A Game of Sunken Places by M.T. Anderson (260 p.)
111.) Black Ice by Anne Stuart (377 p.)
112.) King Lear by William Shakespeare (162 p.)
113.) Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren Zailckas (343 p.)
114.) Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (322 p.)
115.) Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane (336 p.)
116.) The Analects by Confucius (256 p.)
117.) The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book Four) by Susan Cooper (164 p.)
118.) One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (320 p.)
119.) Rage by Jonathan Kellerman (365 p.)
120.) Brighter than the Sun by Julia Quinn (376 p.)
121.) Jumping the Fence by Stephanie Vaughan (92 p.)
122.) Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (306 p.)
123.) Sweetblood by Pete Hautman (180 p.)
124.) Night Swimming by Laura Moore (422 p.)
125.) Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich (301 p.)
126.) Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson (324 p.)
127.) Sacred by Dennis Lehane (288 p.)
128.) Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements (251 p.)
129.) The Cinderella Rules by Donna Kauffman (398 p.)
130.) Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (300 p.)
131.) For the Sake of Elena by Elizabeth George (288 p.)
132.) Treasured Vows by Cathy Maxwell (369 p.)
133.) Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters (196 p.)
134.) Sixth-Grade Glommers, Norks, and Me by Lisa Papademetriou (217 p.)
135.) A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (980 p.)
136.) Four to Score by Janet Evanovich (294 p.)
137.) The Bitch Posse by Martha O'Connor (339 p.)
138.) Adventures of a Scottish Heiress by Cathy Maxwell (349 p.)
139.) I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?: An Illustrated Memoir by Suzy Becker (282 p.)
140.) Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (311 p.)
141.) High Five by Janet Evanovich (292 p.)
142.) If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: News From Small-Town Alaska by Heather Lende (281 p.)
143.) Nerd Gone Wild by Vicki Lewis Thompson (403 p.)
144.) Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak (314 p.)
145.) A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book Four) by George R.R. Martin (753 p.)
146.) Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (901 p.)
147.) Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (124 p.)
148.) The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (118 p.)
149.) Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare (138 p.)
150.) 1587, A Year of No Significance: The Ming Dynasty in Decline by Ray Huang (278 p.)
151.) The Dragon's Village: An Autobiographical Novel of Revolutionary China by Yuan-tsung Chen (285 p.)

See you in a couple days with my first five books of '06!

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the amazing kitty witch

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from: tigerkat
date: Jan. 13th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)

I just wanted to tell you that I read The Truth About Forever and LOVED it. Thanks for the recommendation.

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from: maybepinkreads
date: Jan. 19th, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)

Oh, yay! I'm so glad you loved it, it's one of my new favorites. It's very rewarding when people take my recommendations, because I'm always trying to get people in my real life to read books I suggest, and they never listen! :)

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the amazing kitty witch

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from: tigerkat
date: Jan. 21st, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)

LOL I know the feeling. I drag books home for my husband all the time and if he does read them he doesn't discuss them with me. I mostly get a response of "yeah it was good" LOL.

I am going to read This Lullaby soon but right now I am wading through the uncut version of The Stand.

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from: maybepinkreads
date: Jan. 21st, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)

This Lullaby is awesome, I really think you'll enjoy it. It's pretty different in tone than The Truth About Forever, but it's still got Dessen's lovely lyrical style.

The Stand, huh? I have to admit that, avid reader as I am, I have never read a Stephen King book. I was thinking maybe I should, but I didn't know where to start. You'll have to let me know what you think of The Stand, maybe I'll start with that!

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the amazing kitty witch

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from: tigerkat
date: Jan. 22nd, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)

I love The Stand, but it is alot of book to take on if you haven't read any King. My first King book was Christine which was a quick fun B movie sort of read. That or the Shining are both great. Or his short story collection called Different Seasons is good to. That has the stories that Stand by Me and Shawshank Redemption are based on.

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from: thoughtshade
date: Jan. 13th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)

If you really enjoyed Define "Normal" your might like her book Keeping you a Secret. Two very different girls falls in love, and it's about their relationship, and trials. I liked it perhaps better than Define "Normal", but that's just me.

I am astounded at how much you read. It makes me terribly jealous, and want to read more.

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from: maybepinkreads
date: Jan. 19th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)

I'm a quick reader. I also spend a lot of time reading that I should be spending doing constructive things, like keeping my room from looking like a bombsite. ;)

I will def check out Keeping You a Secret. I'm always a fan of gay/lesbian books (YA ones especially). Hopefully they have it at my library! I'm a little wary of buying it, because books are so expensive these days and I've had a hit or miss type of deal with Julie Anne Peters. I was very meh about Luna (which I thought I would love), but I loved Define "Normal" (which I thought I would hate, or at least be indifferent towards.

Anyway, thanks for the rec and the comment!

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