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January 02, 2012

What I Read in 2011

  1. Graceling Kristin Cashore
  2. Fire Kristin Cashore
  3. Disgrace J.M. Coetzee
  4. Buffy Season 8 Vols. 1-7
  5. Bud, not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
  6. Diwata Barbara Jane Reyes
  7. Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake Sarah Maclean
  8. Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord Sarah Maclean
  9. Faking It Jennifer Crusie
  10. Welcome to Temptation Jennifer Crusie
  11. Chinatown Beat Henry Chang
  12. Rosemary and Rue Seanan McGuire
  13. A Local Habitation Seanan McGuire
  14. An Artificial Night Seanan McGuire
  15. Open Andre Agassi
  16. Mark of the Demon Diana Rowland
  17. Blood of the Demon Diana Rowland
  18. Secrets of the Demon Diana Rowland
  19. Moon Called Patricia Briggs
  20. Blood Bound Patricia Briggs
  21. Iron Kissed Patricia Briggs
  22. Bone Crossed Patricia Briggs 
  23. Silver Borne Patricia Briggs
  24. Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk
  25. Huntress Malinda Lo
  26. Beauty and the Beast Robin McKinley
  27. Speak Laurie Halse Anderson
  28. Late Eclipses Seanan McGuire
  29. River Marked Patricia Briggs
  30. Cry Wolf Patricia Briggs
  31. Hunting Ground Patricia Briggs
  32. The Thief Megan Whalen Turner
  33. The Queen of Attolia Megan Whalen Turner
  34. The King of Attolia Megan Whalen Turner
  35.  A Conspiracy of Kings Megan Whalen Turner
  36. Blood and Chocolate Annette Curtis Klause
  37. Patricia Briggs Moon Called
  38. Faith Hunter Skinwalker
  39. Faith Hunter Blood Cross
  40. Faith Hunter Mercy Blade
  41. Michael Frost and Holly Black White Cat
  42. Holly Black Red Glove
  43. Ilona Andrews On the Edge
  44. Ilona Andrews Bayou Moon
  45. Ilona Andrews Magic Bites
  46. Ilona Andrews Magic Burns
  47. Ilona Andrews Magic Strikes
  48. Ilona Andrews Magic Bleeds
  49. Patricia Briggs Masques
  50. Patricia Briggs Wolfsbane
  51. Patricia Briggs Steal the Dragon
  52. Patricia Briggs The Hob's Bargain
  53. Patricia Briggs Dragon Bones
  54. Patricia Briggs Dragon Blood
  55. Patricia Briggs Raven's Shadow
  56. Patricia Briggs Raven's Strike
  57. Kathryn Harrison The Kiss
  58. Hat Full of Sky Terry Pratchett
  59. Wintersmith Terry Pratchett
  60. I Shall Wear Midnight Terry Pratchett
  61. Kitty and the Midnight Hour Carrie Vaughn
  62. Kitty Goes to Washington Carrie Vaughn
  63. Kitty Takes a Holiday Carrie Vaughn
  64. Kitty and the Silver Bullet Carrie Vaughn
  65. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand Carrie Vaughn
  66. Kitty Raises Hell Carrie Vaughn
  67. Kitty's House of Horrors Carrie Vaughn
  68. Kitty Goes to War Carrie Vaughn
  69. Voices of Dragons Carrie Vaughn
  70. Leche R. Zamora Linmark
  71. Cold Magic Kate Elliott
  72. Magic Slays Ilona Andrews
  73. Kitty's Big Trouble Carrie Vaughn
  74. Carrie Vaughan Steel
  75. Scott Lynch The Lies of Locke Lamora
  76. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
  77. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  78. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  79. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  80. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  81. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince
  82. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  83. a friend's novel MS
  84. Tess Gerritsen The Silent Girl
  85. Patti Smith Just Kids
  86. The Power of Six Pittacus Lore 
  87. Knightley Academy Violet Haberdasher 
  88. The Secret Prince Violet Haberdasher 
  89. One Salt Sea Seanan McGuire 
  90. Goliath Scott Westerfeld 
  91. The Girl of Fire and Thorns Rae Carson 
  92. Drink, Slay, Love Sarah Beth Durst 
  93. Cold Fire Kate Elliott 
  94. Wolf Mark Joseph Bruchac
  95. Alanna Tamora Pierce 
  96. In the Hand of the Goddess Tamora Pierce 
  97. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man Tamora Pierce
  98. Lioness Rampant Tamora Pierce 
  99. Trickster's Choice Tamora Pierce 
  100. Trickster's Queen Tamora Pierce 
  101. Leviathan Scott Westerfeld 
  102. Behemoth Scott Westerfeld 
  103. The Thief Megan Whalen Turner 
  104. The Queen of Attolia Megan Whalen Turner 
  105. The King of Attolia Megan Whalen Turner 
  106. A Conspiracy of Kings Megan Whalen Turner 
  107. White Cat Holly Black 
  108. Red Glove Holly Black 
  109. Graceling Kristin Cashore 
  110. Cold Magic Kate Elliott
  111. Wolf Mark Joseph Bruchac
  112. Daugther of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor
  113. Troubled Waters Sharon Shinn
  114. A Posse of Princesses Sherwood Smith
  115. Coronets and Steel Sherwood Smith
  116. Mastiff Tamora Pierce
  117. The Grimm Legacy Polly Shulman
  118. Blood Spirits Sherwood Smith
  119. The Trouble With Kings Sherwood Smith
  120. Crown Duel Sherwood Smith
  121. Dead Witch Walking Kim Harrison
  122. The Good, The Bad, and the Undead Kim Harrison
  123. Every Which Way But Dead Kim Harrison
  124. A Fistful of Charms Kim Harrison
  125. For a Few Demons More Kim Harrison
  126. The Outlaw Demon Wails Kim Harrison
  127. White Witch, Black Curse Kim Harrison
  128. Black Magic Sanction Kim Harrison
  129. Pale Demon Kim Harrison

ETA: Whoops. I allowed this to automatically post without finishing it. I started this post at the beginning of the year and just added books to it as I read. I set it to post automatically on Jan. 2.

Anyway. As you can probably tell, Kristen Cashore's Graceling is my comfort read of choice. Love that book! Can't wait for her new one to come out next this year.

Read a few memoirs this year: Andre Agassi's Open, Patti Smith's Just Kids, and, finally, Kathryn Harrison's The Kiss; all "celebrated" and talked about memoirs, and all worth reading for various reasons. The Kiss has all the faults and stupidities that I hate in popular "literary" memoir: the deadness of emotion that seems so trendy, the exact sort of "poetic" language that contributes to said deadness, the beautification of an ugly and sordid episode in someone's life, etc. But it was good to read the book that -- sort of -- started it all. Smith's Just Kids was a celebrity tell-all memoir written by a poet -- albeit a poet who never grew past adolescence, a permanent Rimbaud. There are a LOT of hints in the book as to why she's stuck in that stage, artistically, not least that she disembodies herself in her work and takes on male personas (physical personas.) And the ghost writer of Agassi's memoir is simply a terrific biographer and ventriloquist, who wrote a wonderful book about drive, obsession, and what it takes to be a top competitor and athlete.

I read a LOTTTT of series in the "urban fantasy" or "paranormal romance" vein. Still not sure which these are. Seanan McGuire's October Daye series (plus I met McGuire at Wiscon, in an elevator, and drooled on her!), Diana Rowland's demon series, Patricia Briggs' werewolf serieses (how do you indicate more than one series?), Faith Hunter's skinwalker series, Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series and Edge series (the first another werewolf/demon thingy, and the second definitely a world in which paranormal romances take place), Carrie Vaughn's Kitty werewolf series, and finally, Kim Harrison's witch series. LOVE. All of them. Of course, they're trash of the highest order, but oh, what middle-aged woman wish fulfillment! I love how most of the heroines are in their early thirties, are mixed race (or have a mixed-race best friend; it's all about the exoticism and wish fulfillment, ladeez!), kick much ass, and have these sensitive, macho, alpha males as suitors. Doesn't say ANYTHING about me, does it?

And finally, did a lot of YA again, although nothing that really stands out, although I did re-read the stuff that I loved, including Graceling, and the Megan Whalen Turner series. Oh, and I really dug Drink, Slay, Love, and not just because of the title. Unicorns and vampires! Yay!

The only really serious reading I did was reviews for Hyphen. I should do more of those.

And I read more actual books this year, although so many were re-reads ... because I was reading so much comfort food. It's all about the illness, I'm afraid. I think I'll try to read slightly more challenging stuff in 2012, but there will still be a lot of comfort food.

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