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January 1st, 2017


05:13 pm - Books Read in 2016
Favourites in bold, ask me about any of them!

1. Flygirl (Sherri L. Smith)
2. Bliss (O.Z. Livareli)
3. Beyond the Blossoming Fields (Junichi Watanabe)
4. Mechanica (Betsy Cornwell)
5. Bitter Greens (Kate Forsyth)
6. The Book of Fred (Abby Bardi)
7. The White Rose (Amy Ewing)
8. Broken Verses (Kamila Shamsie)
9. The Accident Season (Moira Fowley-Doyle)
10. Newt's Emerald (Garth Nix)
11. Clash of Eagles (Alan Smale)
12. Crown of Dust (Mary Volmer)
13. Vengeance Road (Erin Bowman)
14. The Looking Glass House (Vanessa Tait)
15. A Thousand Nights (E.K. Johnston)
16. Eon: Dragoneye (Alison Goodman)
17. Fire Horse Girl (Kay Honeyman)
18. The Invasion of the Tearling (Erika Johansen)
19. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride (Cary Elwes)
20. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
21. Walk on Earth a Stranger (Rae Carson)
22. The Ship (Antonia Honeywell)
23. The Game of Love and Death (Martha Brockenbrough)
24. It's a Wonderful Death (Sarah J. Schmitt)
25. The Boleyn Deceit (Laura Andersen)
26. Wishful Drinking (Carrie Fisher)
27. Boo (Neil Smith)
28. All the Stars in the Heavens (Adriana Trigiani)
29. The Anatomy of Curiosity (Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, & Brenna Yovanoff)
30. The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead (Paul Elwork)
31. The Fifth Gospel (Ian Caldwell)
32. The Forbidden Orchid (Sharon Biggs Waller)
33. The Gilly Salt Sisters (Tiffany Baker)
34. Gunpowder Empire (Harry Turtledove)
35. The Sea House (Elisabeth Gifford)
36. Dreamstrider (Lindsay Smith)
37. The Naming of the Shrew (John Wright)
38. Red Ink (Julie Mayhew)
39. The Roots of the Olive Tree (Courtney Miller Santo)
40. The Boleyn Reckoning (Laura Andersen)
41. Fifteen Lanes (S.J. Laidlaw)
42. The Hundred-Foot Journey (Richard C. Morais)
43. The Wednesday Group (Sylvia True)
44. The Daughters (Adrienne Celt)
45. Unhooked (Lisa Maxwell)
46. Terrible Virtue (Ellen Feldman)
47. The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Patrick Ness)
48. Living History (Hillary Rodham Clinton)
49. The Moon and the Sun (Vonda N. McIntyre)
50. Rebel of the Sands (Alwyn Hamilton)
51. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne)
52. The Butcher's Hook (Janet Ellis)
53. Queen of Hearts (Colleen Oakes)
54. Zeroes (Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti)
55. Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing (Melissa Mohr)
56. Hamilton: The Revolution (Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter)
57. At the Water's Edge (Sara Gruen)
58. The Scorpion Rules (Erin Bow)
59. After Alice (Gregory Maguire)
60. Blackhearts (Nicole Castroman)
61. The Transatlantic Conspiracy (G.D. Falksen)
62. Exit, Pursued by a Bear (E.K. Johnston)
63. Arcadia (Iain Pears)
64. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik)
65. The Abyss Surrounds Us (Emiy Skrutskie)
66. The Tenth Song (Naomi Ragen)
67. Moon at Nine (Deborah Ellis)
68. The Virgin's Daughter (Laura Andersen)
69. The Golden Son (Shilpi Somaya Gowda)
70. The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Catherynne M. Valente)
71. Love, Lies, & Spies (Cindy Anstey)
72. Shadow Valley (Steven Barnes)
73. The Winner's Kiss (Marie Rutkoski)
74. Mystic City (Theo Lawrence)
75. The Wrath and the Dawn (Renee Ahdieh)
76. Tigerheart (Peter David)
77. The Road to Little Dribbling (Bill Bryson)
78. The Tyranny of Petticoats (Jessica Spotswood)
79. Faerie (Eisha Marjara)
80. The Voyage of the Basilisk (Marie Brennan)
81. The City's Son (Tom Pollock)
82. The Girl From Everywhere (Heidi Heilig)
83. The Star-Touched Queen (Roshani Chokshi)
84. At the Edge of the Orchard (Tracy Chevalier)
85. Outrun the Moon (Stacey Lee)

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January 2nd, 2016


01:58 am - Books I read in 2015
As always, my favourites are in bold! Ask me for more information on any of them!

1. The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E Smith)
2. Watch (Robert J. Sawyer)
3. Hild (Nicola Griffith)
4. The Moor's Account (Laila Lalami)
5. Bronze Summer (Stephen Baxter)
6. Butter (Erin Jade Lange)
7. The Island House (Posie Graeme-Evans)
8. The Sweetness of Tears (Nafisa Haji)
9. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim (E.K. Johnston)
10. The Frog Prince (Stephen Mitchell)
11. Wisdom's Daughter (India Edghill)
12. Atlantia (Ally Condie)
13. Asha (Malina Lo)
14. Lies We Tell Ourselves (Robin Talley)
15. Sacred Ground (Barbara Wood)
16. The Edge of the Earth (Christina Schwarz)
17. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton)
18. Honeyville (Daisy Waugh)
19. The Glass Sentence (S.E. Grove)
20. Afterworlds (Scott Westerfeld)
21. The Only Thing to Fear (Caroline Tung Richmond)
22. She Rises (Kate Worsley)
23. Brides of Eden (Linda Crew)
24. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Maggie Stiefvater)
25. The Bells (Richard Harvell)
26. Wonder (Robert J. Sawyer)
27. Dorothy Must Die (Danielle Paige)
28. The Perfume Collector (Kathleen Tessaro)
29. The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong (L. Tam Holland)
30. Caleb's Crossing (Geraldine Brooks)
31. Frog Music (Emma Donoghue)
32. Prairie Fire (E.K. Johnston)
33. Orphan Choir (Sophie Hannah)
34. Sekret (Lindsay Smith)
35. Muse (Mary Novik)
36. Sorrow's Knot (Erin Bow)
37. Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)
38. Abdication (Juliet Nicholson)
39. The Compound (S.A. Bodeen)
40. The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman)
41. The Sisters Weiss (Naomi Ryan)
42. The Winner's Crime (Marie Rutkoski)
43. Above Us Only Sky (Michele Young-Stone)
44. Scarlet (A.C. Gaughren)
45. Gods Behaving Badly (Marie Phillips)
46. A Long Way Home (Saroo Brierley)
47. Salt and Storm (Kendall Kulper)
48. The Thunder of Giants (Joel Fishbane)
49. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Catherynne M. Valente)
50. The Temple Dancer (John Speed)
51. Epitaph Road (David Patneaude)
52. The Different Girl (Gordon Dahlquist)
53. The Apothecary's Daughter (Charlotte Betts)
54. The Shadow Scale (Rachel Hartman)
55. Head of State (Andrew Marr)
56. Illusions of Fate (Kiersten White)
57. The Shell Collector (Hugh Howey)
58. Great Sky Woman (Steven Barnes)
59. Pegasus (Robin McKinley)
60. The Just City (Jo Walton)
61. Dime (E.R. Frank)
62. Dark of the Moon (Tracy Barrett)
63. Ultraviolet (R.J. Anderson)
64. Time Riders (Alex Scarrow)
65. Shine, Coconut Moon (Neesha Meminger)
66. Conquistadora (Esmerelda Santiago)
67. Forgiveness 4 You (Ann Bauer)
68. The Lady and the Unicorn (Tracy Chevalier)
69. Antigoddess (Kendare Blake)
70. Home (Julie Andrews)
71. The Lost Girls (Laurie Fox)
72. Pantomime (Laura Lam)
73. The Mermaid's Sister (Carrie Anne Noble)
74. The Choosing (Rachelle Dekker)
75. The Prophetess (Barbara Wood)
76. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club (Genevieve Valentine)
77. Under a Painted Sky (Stacey Lee)
78. Endgame: The Calling (James Frey)
79. The Dog Master (W. Bruce Cameron)
80. Ticker (Lisa Mantchev)
81. The Golden City (J. Kathleen Cheney)
82. Rebel Mechanics (Shanna Svendson)
83. The Boleyn King (Laura Andersen)
84. After the End (Amy Plum)
85. Salvage (Alexandra Duncan)
86. The Gracekeepers (Kisty Logan)
87. Ask Me No Questions (Marina Budhos)
88. Seed (Lisa Heathfield)
89. Against a Darkening Sky (Lauren B. Davis)
90. The Anatomist (Federico Andahazi)
91. The Queen of the Tearling (Erika Johansen)
92. Eden West (Pete Hautman)
93. Balm (Dolen Perkins-Valdez)
94. The Children Act (Ian McEwan)

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January 1st, 2015


05:57 pm - Books Read in 2014
As always, my favourites are in bold - ask me about any of them!

1. Son (Lois Lowry)
2. A Natural History of Dragons (Marie Brennan)
3. Mermaid (Carolyn Turgeon)
4. After Diana (Christopher Anderson)
5. Emperor of Paris (C.S. Richardson)
6. My Notorious Life (Kate Manning)
7. An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)
8. The Dream Thieves (Maggie Stiefvater)
9. Brigid of Kildare (Heather Terrell)
10. Revel (Maurissa Guibord)
11. The Extra (Kathryn Lasky)
12. The Testament of Mary (Colm Toibin)
13. The Drowning Guard (Linda Lafferty)
14. The 100 (Kass Morgan)
15. Behemoth (Scott Westerfeld)
16. Conqueror (Stephen Baxter)
17. The Rose Throne (Mette Ivie Harrison)
18. The First Phone Call from Heaven (Mitch Albom)
19. If You Could Be Mine (Sara Farizan)
20. Swept Up by the Sea (Tracy & Laura Hickman)
21. Falcon in the Glass (Susan Fletcher)
22. The River of No Return (Bee Ridgway)
23. The Twentieth Wife (Indu Sundaresan)
24. The Here and Now (Ann Brashares)
25. Fever (Mary Beth Keane)
26. The Last Sun (Tessa Gratton)
27. The Wedding Gift (Marlen Suyapa Bodden)
28. I Shall be Near to You (Erin Lindsay McCabe)
29. The Sultan's Harem (Colin Falconer)
30. Far Far Away (Tom McNeal)
31. Etiquette and Espionage (Gail Carriger)
32. The Castle of Whispers (Carole Martinez)
33. Here, There Be Dragons (James A. Owens)
34. Mermaid in Chelsea Creek (Michelle Tea)
35. Mary Poppins (P.L. Travers)
36. The Plum Tree (Ellen Marie Wiseman)
37. Seraphina (Rachel Hartman)
38. Goliath (Scott Westerfeld)
39. Sweet Tooth (Ian McEwan)
40. Vatican Waltz (Roland Merullo)
41. The Tropic of Serpents (Marie Brennan)
42. Graceling (Kristin Cashore)
43. The Age of Miracles (Karen Thompson Walker)
44. The World Outside (Eva Wiseman)
45. The Last Princess (Galaxy Craze)
46. The Love-Artist (Jane Alison)
47. The Tyrant's Daughter (J.C. Carleson)
48. This Dark Endeavour (Kenneth Oppel)
49. The Winner's Curse (Marie Rutkoski)
50. Navigator (Stephen Baxter)
51. The Pirate Captain's Daughter (Eve Bunting)
52. Nomansland (Lesley Hauge)
53. All These things I've Done (Gabrielle Zevin)
54. While Beauty Slept (Elizabeth Blackwell)
55. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer)
56. Shadowfell (Juliet Marillier)
57. The Golem and the Jinni (Helene Wecker)
58. The Time Keeper (Mitch Albom)
59. Memory of Water (Emmi Haranta)
60. Matched (Allie Condie)
61. Before I Go To Sleep (S.J. Watson)
62. The End is Nigh (John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey)
63. Looking for the King (David C. Downing)
64. A Corner of White (Jaclyn Moriarty)
65. Living Dead Girl (Elizabeth Scott)
66. Freud's Mistress (Karen Mack and Jennifer Kaufman)
67. House of Bathory (Linda Lafferty)
68. Sand Queen (Helen Benedict)
69. The Sisterhood (Helen Bryan)
70. The Search for the Red Dragon (James A. Owen)
71. Hungry (H.A. Swan)
72. What is Visible (Kimberly Elkins)
73. The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters (Michelle Lovric)
74. Such Wicked Intent (Kenneth Oppel)
75. Livvie Owen Lived Here (Sarah Dooley)
76. The Other Typist (Suzanne Rindell)
77. The Story of Land and Sea (Katy Simpson Smith)
78. The Jewel (Amy Ewing)

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January 1st, 2014


07:15 pm - Books Read in 2013
I was able to read more books this year than last year, but I think I can still do better!

As always, ask me about any of them, and my favourites are in bold!

1. The Brides of Rollrock Island (Margo Lanagan)
2. The Sweetest Spell (Suzanne Selfors)
3. The Dawn Stag (Jules Watson)
4. The Republic of Pirates (Colin Woodard)
5. Naomi and her Daughters (Walter Wangerin)
6. Any Bitter Thing (Monica Wood)
7. The Book of the Shepherd (Joann Davis)
8. Dragon in Chains (Daniel Fox)
9. Strange Bedfellows (Howard Richler)
10. Empress (Shan Sa)
11. Maphead (Ken Jennings)
12. Rampant (Diana Peterfreund)
13. How I Live Now (Meg Rosoff)
14. Kindred (Octavia E. Butler)
15. The Salt Road (Jane Johnson)
16. The Story of English in 100 Words (David Crystal)
17. World Made by Hand (James Howard Kunstler)
18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Catherynne M. Valente)
19. The Curiosities (Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton & Brenna Yovanoff)
20. The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch (Joseph Delaney)
21. White Mare's Daughter (Judith Tarr)
22. Paris (Edward Rutherfurd)
23. The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)
24. Kingston by Starlight (Christopher John Farley)
25. Man in the Empty Suit (Sean Ferrell)
26. Inferno (Dan Brown)
27. Finding Camlann (Sean Pidgeon)
28. The Year the Horses Came (Mary Mackey)
29. The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
30. The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Catherynne M. Valente)
31. Clockwork and Corsets (Trisha Telep)
32. A Perfect Gentle Knight (Kit Pearson)
33. The Replacement (Brenna Yovanoff)
34. One Hundred Names (Cecelia Ahern)
35. The List (Karin Tanabe)
36. The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones (Jack Wolf)
37. Runemarks (Joanne Harris)
38. Veracity (Laura Bynum)
39. Frozen (Mary Casanova)
40. The Leftovers (Tom Perrotta)
41. Quintessence (David Walton)
42. David (Mary Hoffman)
43. Children and Fire (Ursula Hegi)
44. Here Lies Arthur (Philip Reeve)
45. The Secret Book of Sacred Things (Torsten Krol)
46. The Book of Secrets (Elizabeth Joy Arnold)
47. Love is the Higher Law (David Levithan)
48. Crewel (Gennifer Albin)
49. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
50. The Rehearsal (Eleanor Catton)
51. The Shade of the Moon (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
52. Kit's Law (Donna Morrissey)
53. Astray (Emma Donoghue)
54. Sea Creatures (Susanna Daniel)
55. The Sandcastle Girls (Chris Bohjalian)
56. The Girl of the Sea of Cortez (Peter Benchley)
57. I am the Messenger (Markus Zusak)
58. Tampa (Alissa Nutting)
59. The Tale-Teller (Susan Glickman)
60. Sea Change (S.M. Wheeler)
61. Your Voice in My Head (Emma Forrest)
62. The White Queen (Philippa Gregory)
63. Tides (Betsy Cornwell)
64. The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Catherynne M. Valente)

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January 1st, 2013


01:04 pm - Books Read in 2012
I didn't read nearly as much this year as in years previous (only a little more than half). This is what happens when you have a full-time job, apparently...

As always, my favourites of the year are in bold.

1. The Philosopher's Kiss (Peter Prange)
2. the Moonlit Cage (Linda Holeman)
3. Wither (Lauren DeStefano)
4. Notes Left Behind (Keith & Brooke Desserich)
5. Lady of the Hay (Barbara Erskine)
6. Dispatches from the Edge (Anderson Cooper)
7. Genesis (Bernard Beckett)
8. The Meeting Point (Lucy Caldwell)
9. The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater)
10. My Enemy's Cradle (Sara Young)
11. Farishta (Patricia McArdle)
12. Lady of the English (Elizabeth Chadwick)
13. Delicacy (David Foenkinos)
14. The Covenant (Naomi Ragen)
15. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
16. The Last Patriarch (Najat el Hachmi)
17. Exodus (Julie Bertagna)
18. Girl of Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson)
19. The Books of Rachel (Joel Gross)
20. The Second Messiah (Glenn Meade)
21. The Observations (Jane Harris)
22. Tatty Coram (Audrey Thomas)
23. Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)
24. Innocence (Jane Mendelsohn)
25. Ice Land (Betsy Tobin)
26. A Great and Terrible Beauty (Libba Bray)
27. Dancing on Broken Glass (Ka Hancock)
28. Past Imperfect (Julian Fellowes)
29. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
30. Perfect Peace (Daniel Black)
31. The Near Witch (Victoria Schwab)
32. So Far Away (Meg Mitchell Moore)
33. The Water Mirror (Kai Meyer)
34. The Last Dragonslayer (Jasper Fforde)
35. Emperor (Stephen Baxter)
36. Leviathan (Scott Westerfeld)
37. The Sigh (Marjane Satrapi)
38. His Majesty's Dragon (Naomi Novik)
39. City of Swords (Mary Hoffman)
40. Falling Angels (Tracy Chevalier)
41. The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
42. Mr. g (Alan Lightman)
43. The Sweet Girl (Annabel Lyon)
44. The Divining (Barbara Wood)
45. The Woman Who Died a Lot (Jasper Fforde)
46. The House of Velvet and Glass (Katherine Howe)
47. The Silver Dark Sea (Susan Fletcher)
48. Every Day (David Levithan)
49. Black Ships (Jo Graham)
50. Peaches for M. le Curé (Joanne Harris))

It's funny, but even though I read fewer this year, I don't remember most of them all that well. Frankly, I remember picking a lot of them up, but the only reason I know I actually finished them is because I only add them to my list once I'm done... With a few exceptions, they were all good or decent, but only a few of them really stuck with me. Still, ask me about any of them!

What can you recommend for me, based on what I've enjoyed?

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January 1st, 2012


05:54 pm - Books I read in 2011
This year I tried to read:
-More books than I did in 2010 (I read exactly the same number)
-More non-fiction (I read a few, but there were a lot more I started and just couldn't get into)
-More Canadian fiction, and more non-European/non-American fiction (Yes to both!)
-Some of the YA fiction I had kind of been avoiding (YES! And I found a lot of great ones)

A * means I've read it before. My top 10 books that I read this year are in bold. Ask me about any of them!

1. The Confessions of Catherine de Medici (C.W. Gortner)
2. The Autobiography of God (Julius Lester)
3. The Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick)
4. Secret Daughter (Shilpi Samaya Gowda)
5. Howl's Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
6. We Need to talk about Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
7. Fluke (Christopher Moore)
8. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
9. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Paul Torday)
10. Elle (Douglas Glover)
11. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender)
12. The Children's Book (A.S. Byatt)
13. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg)
14. People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)
15. Towelhead (Alicia Erian)
16. The Book of Negroes (Lawrence Hill)
17. The Postman's Round (Denis Theriault)
18. Disobedience (Naomi Alderman)
19. Farewell, My Queen (Chantal Thomas)
20. Juliet (Anne Fortier)
21. The Blue Notebook (James A. Levine)
22. Great Tales from English History (Robert Lacey)
23. Starbook (Ben Okri)
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25. Gemma (Meg Tilly)
26. Airborn (Kenneth Oppel)
27. Skybreaker (Kenneth Oppel)
28. Heaven is for Real (Todd Burpo)
29. One of our Thursdays is Missing (Jasper Fforde)
30. The Dogs of Babel (Carolyn Parkhurst)
31. Afterlives of the Rich and Famous (Sylvie Browne)
32. The 3 Incestuous Sisters (Audrey Niffenegger)
33. City of Ships (Mary Hoffman)
34. Blue Skies and Black Olives (John & Christopher Humphrys)
35. Starclimber (Kenneth Oppel)
36. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares) *
37. Alone in the Classroom (Elizabeth Hay)
38. Wishful Thinking (Alexandra Bullen)
39. Company of Liars (Karen Maitland)
40. Year of Wonders (Geraldine Brooks)
41. The Birth House (Ami McKay)
42. Marked (Caragh O'Brien)
43. Wake (Robert J. Sawyer)
44. The Mango Season (Amulya Malladi)
45. The Guinea Pig Diaries (A.J. Jacobs)
46. Sisterhood Everlasting (Ann Brashares)
47. Illyria (Elizabeth Hand)
48. Sarah's Key (Tatiana de Rosnay)
49. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J.K. Rowling) *
50. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling) *
51. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling) *
52. The Book of (Even More) Awesome (Neil Pasricha)
53. The Borrower (Rebecca Makkai)
54. The Olive Readers (Christine Aziz)
55. Bumped (Megan McCafferty)
56. The 100-Mile Diet (Alisa Smith & J.B. Mackinnon)
57. Life as we Knew it (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
58. The Map of Time (Felix J. Palma)
59. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling) *
60. The Lonely Polygamist (Brady Udall)
61. The Dead and the Gone (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
62. The Looking Glass Wars (Frank Beddor)
63. Passage (Connie Willis)
64. Mary Poppins (P.L. Travers)
65. Sophie's World (Jostein Gaardner)
66. Tomorrow, When the War Began (John Marsden)
67. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
68. Queen Defiant (Anne O'Brien)
69. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
70. The Brief History of the Dead (Kevin Brockmeier)
71. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)
72. Peter & Max (Bill Willingham)
73. Bedtime Story (Robert J. Wiersema)
74. In the Sea there are Crocodiles (Fabio Geda)
75. Hidden Wives (Claire Avery)
76. The White Mare (Jules Watson)
77. This World we Live in (Susan Beth Pfeffer)
78. Seeing Redd (Frank Beddor)
79. The Last Kingdom (Bernard Cornwell)
80. Stone Spring (Stephen Baxter)

Can you recommend anything to me, based on the ones I enjoyed this year?

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July 17th, 2011


04:09 pm - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2!
The Harry Potter movie franchise has come to a very successful end. As I'm writing this, it currently has 97% at Rotten Tomatoes, it has taken in a record-breaking $168 million at the box office, and there is (very early) talk of it being considered for a couple nominations come awards season.

What did I think?

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Please comment, because I I'd love to discuss it!

Now that the books and the movies are over, I will be turning my attention to Pottermore, which is sounding more and more amazing the more I hear about it. I hope to see you on there!

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March 23rd, 2011


06:21 pm - Musings, and Alice
I've been thinking a lot recently about how my reason for keeping this journal has really changed over the years. I hounded you guys to all get a journal way back in first year, because it was a way for us to keep in touch while we were all off in different places for school.

I look back now and I cringe at so much of what I wrote, because it mostly became "OMG ESSAY ANGST". And quizzes. Stuff that doesn't matter anymore. I mean, being able to talk about school problems was useful at the time, but I really wish now that I had written more about what my classes and professors were like, and other stuff that was going on. Not just flip, one- or two-line entries. It really became about who was reading what I wrote, and what feedback I would get. Now, as I look back through everything, I wish I had written more of it for myself, getting down 'on paper' everything that I'm going to want to remember.

Obviously, in the last couple of years, I really slacked off posting at all. A lot of that was obviously due to Facebook, because posting there reaches a much larger audience. But you don't really go back and look through stuff you've written on Facebook. At least, I don't. I'd like to be able to do that here, but there's so much missing.

Anyway, all this to say that I really want to make a concerted effort to post on here more often. Not primarily because I want you all to read it and comment (although I do!), but because I want to be able to look back on it myself.

So today, I attended Alice's 'celebration of life' thing.

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March 21st, 2011


03:31 pm - Laird's Last Lecture (and some bad news)
I'll get to the bad news first ... some/most of you know Alice, who was in Lit with me? She's been battling cancer for a while, and I found out this morning that she actually passed away yesterday. It's strange, but I wasn't surprised at all. She hadn't been online for months, which was so unusual for her, so I knew things had to be pretty bad. I'm going to try to attend the funeral if I can.

In happier news (ish), I got to attend Professor Laird's last lecture as a Humanities professor today.

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On a lighter note, I just thought I'd attach this ... for Formal, the 2nd years did a video called "Hums: It Gets Better". It's amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awjAic7Io7Y

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January 1st, 2011


05:09 pm - 2010 Book List!
Here's my list of books for the year! I read 79 books this year, a little less than last year.

My 10 favourites of the year are bolded. Ask me about any of them!

1. Magyk: 1st Septimus Heap Book (Angie Sage)
2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Douglas Adams)
3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith)
4. The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
5. A Certain Slant of Light (Laura Whitcomb)
6. Fork it Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater (Alan Richman)
7. Ella Minnow Pea (Mark Dunn)
8. Dictionary of Troublesome Words (Bill Bryson)
9. Taste: The Story of Britain through its Cooking (Kate Colquhoun)
10. Up in the Air (Walter Kirn)
11. Matchless (Gregory Maguire)
12. The Bridges of Madison County (Robert James Waller)
13. Dancing at Lughnasa (Brian Friel)
14. Wicked Plants (Amy Stewart)
15. Rabbit Hole (David Lindsay-Abaire)
16. Pythagoras' Revenge (Arturo Sangalli)
17. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows)
18. Under the Tuscan Sun (Frances Mayes)
19. Angelology (Danielle Trussoni)
20. The Incident Report (Martha Baille)
21. Super Freakonomics (Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner)
22. Evolution (Stephen Baxter)
23. The Divine Economy of Salvation (Priscilla Uppal)
24. The Elephant Keeper (Christopher Nicholson)
25. The Island (Victoria Hislop)
26. Shades of Grey (Jasper Fforde)
27. The Blind Side (Michael Lewis)
28. The Summer Before (Ann M. Martin)
29. A Shine of Rainbows (Lillian Beckwith)
30. Mathilda Savitch (Victor Lodato)
31. Maid Marian (Elsa Watson)
32. If I Knew Then What I Know Now, So What? (Estelle Getty)
33. Pirate Latitudes (Michael Crichton)
34. Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
35. My First Five Husbands (Rue McClanahan)
36. The Handmaid and the Carpenter (Elizabeth Berg)
37. The Hunt for Atlantis (Andy McDermott)
38. Jewels: A Secret History (Victoria Finlay)
39. The Tenth Gift (Jane Johnson)
40. The World Above the Sky (Kent Stetson)
41. My Name is Memory (Ann Brashares)
42. Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
43. The Year of Living Biblically (A.J. Jacobs)
44. Evangeline (Ben Farmer)
45. Daughter of Kura (Debra Austin)
46. The Ingenious Edgar Jones (Elizabeth Garner)
47. The Blessing Stone (Barbara Wood)
48. The Plague Tales (Ann Benson)
49. The Abstinence Teacher (Tom Perrotta)
50. The Heretic's Daughter (Kathleen Kent)
51. Chateau Beyond Time (Michael Tobias)
52. Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
53. The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger)
54. The Nanny Diaries (Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus)
55. Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K. Jerome)
56. Addition (Toni Jordan)
57. Silverhair (Stephen Baxter)
58. Life's Little Annoyances (Ian Urbina)
59. New York (Edward Rutherfurd)
60. Room (Emma Donoghue)
61. Life on the Refrigerator Door (Alice Kuipers)
62. The Book of Awesome (Neil Pasricha)
63. August: Osage County (Tracy Letts)
64. Atonement (Ian McEwan)
65. The Lady Elizabeth (Alison Weir)
66. Smoke and Mirrors (Neil Gaiman)
67. The Poet Prince (Kathleen McGowan)
68. Hey Nostradamus (Douglas Coupland)
69. The French Lieutenant's Woman (John Fowles)
70. Water, Stone, Heart (Will North)
71. What's in the Queen's Handbag? (Phil Dampler and Ashley Walton)
72. The Poet of Loch Ness (Brian Jay Corrigan)
73. A Proud Taste for Scarlett and Miniver (E.L. Konigsburg)
74. The Canterbury Papers (Judith Koll Healey)
75. In the Garden of Iden (Kage Baker)
76. Drawing in the Dust (Zoe Klein)
77. The Last Cato (Matilde Asensi)
78. The Galilean Secret (Evan Drake Howard)
79. Ann and Seamus (Kevin Major)

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