Saturday, January 1, 2011

Books I've Read 2010

Books in bold are ones I've especially liked:
  1. The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood
  2. Futurama: The Time Bender Trilogy, Matt Groening
  3. Interview With a Vampire, Anne Rice
  4. Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffennegger
  5. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
  6. Serenity, Vol. 2: Better Days, Joss Whedon
  7. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
  8. Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde
  9. Heat Wave, Richard Castle
  10. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  11. Confections of a Closet Master Baker, Gesine Bullock-Prado
  12. A Widow For One Year, John Irving
  13. If You Come Softly, Jacqueline Woodson
  14. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
  15. If I Stay, Gayle Forman
  16. Scarlett Fever, Maureen Johnson
  17. Marcelo In The Real World, Francisco X. Stork
  18. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  19. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder
  20. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  21. The Clock Without a Face, Eli Horowitz
  22. Day After Night, Anita Diamant
  23. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  24. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
  25. Little Bee, Chris Cleave
  26. The Red Pyramid, Rick Riordan
  27. Wizard's First Rule, Terry Goodkind
  28. Stone of Tears, Terry Goodkind
  29. When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
  30. The Swan Thieves, Elizabeth Kostova
  31. Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, Book 3), Patrick Ness
  32. Blood of the Fold, Terry Goodkind
  33. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green & David Levithan
  34. Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  35. The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Book 4), Michael Scott
  36. This is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper
  37. Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex (Book 7), Eoin Colfer
  38. Superior Saturday (Keys to the Kingdom), Garth Nix
  39. The God of Animals, Aryn Kyle
  40. She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb
  41. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  42. Only the Good Spy Young, Ally Carter
  43. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, Sarah Silverman
  44. The Maze Runner, James Dashner
  45. The Mockingbirds, Daisy Whitney (ARC)
  46. Incarceron, Catherine Fisher (ARC)
  47. Reckless, Cornelia Funke
  48. How to Talk To a Widower, Jonathan Tropper
  49. The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
  50. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  51. It Is Right to Draw Their Fur, Dave Eggers
  52. Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d'Or Competition, Andrew Friedman
  53. Serenity: The Shepard's Tale, Zack Whedon
  54. The Scorch Trials, James Dashner
  55. Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
  56. The Color of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  57. Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout

Monday, March 8, 2010

News from the Joss-verse

In the mood for some fantastic, hot-off-the-presses news? The Syfy channel has cast Felicia Day to star in a re-telling/re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood called Red. The bad news? We have to wait until 2011 to watch it.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

To Be Read

I usually post about the books I've already read, but I have such a back log of unread books on my shelf, I'm going to post about the books I want to read during the remainder of the year. There is no rhyme, reason or theme to these books other than they have been sitting on my shelf unread for months or even years. Books 1-6 were borrowed from friends, and as such will be the first I tackle. I'll update this post as I make my way through the list. Forty-one books in ten months...Should be do-able!
  1. A Widow for One Year, John Irving
  2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  3. What She Saw, Lucinda Rosenfeld
  4. Capote: A Biography, Gerald Clarke
  5. Veronica, Nicholas Christopher
  6. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, Tracy Kidder
  7. Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
  8. Peter and the Sword of Mercy, Dave Barry
  9. The God of Animals, Aryn Kyle
  10. Day After Night, Anita Diamant
  11. The Nazi Officer's Wife, Edith Beer
  12. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  13. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi
  14. A Million Little Pieces, James Frey
  15. The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession, Susan Orlean
  16. A Spot of Bother, Mark Haddon
  17. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  18. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
  19. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  20. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  21. Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
  22. The Castle, Franz Kafka
  23. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  24. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  25. Anne of Ingelside, L. M. Montgomery
  26. Rainbow Valley, L. M. Montgomery
  27. Rilla of Ingleside, L. M. Montgomery
  28. She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb
  29. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  30. The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. The Farthest Shore, Ursula K. Le Guin
  32. Tehanu, Ursula K. Le Guin
  33. Underworld, Don DeLillo
  34. Last Chance to See, Douglas Adams
  35. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
  36. Arkansas, John Brandon
  37. Fever Chart, Bill Cotter
  38. The Wild Things, Dave Eggers
  39. Winter Wood, Steve Augarde
  40. The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  41. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Judging a book by its cover II

I'm not generally a fan of merchandise tie-ins to movies or television series, but I am going to make an exception for a book published by Hyperion in 2009, Heat Wave by Richard Castle. Richard Castle is a fictional bestselling mystery writer in the eponymous ABC show Castle. The show is fantastic. Richard Castle is played by Joss Whedon alumnus Nathan Fillion of Firefly and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog fame. This would likely be enough to endear me to Castle, but the writing is funny and clever, and it's a real pleasure being entertained by Fillion
for an hour each week.

Back to the book. I'm sure it is not the first of its kind, but it really tickled me to be able to hold the book published in the television series in my hands. The details are perfect, from the back cover picture of Fillion and the mini-biography on the back flap, to the dedication. It all just makes me happy.

I haven't gotten around to reading it yet and honestly am not expecting great things. For me, the actual substance of the book doesn't matter much since the execution of the idea is just so much fun.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

In which I display my geekiness

I present Figure 1, an homage to my geeky tendencies, where I plot data on the books I've read since I started keeping track four years ago. This is actually two plots, the first of which is a bar graph showing the total number of books read by year, and the second a line graph showing the percentage of those books that were written for adults.

Figure 1. The books I've read.

The first thing you will notice is that there is a sharp drop-off in books read from 2007 to 2008. This is easily explained if you know that I met my husband in the first half of 2008, and I suddenly found myself happily distracted. The second is that a very large percentage (>=60%) of the books I have been reading these past four years were not written for adults, but rather teens, young adults and middle readers.

Now there is nothing wrong with this; I count a number of those books among my favorite of all time. However, for the past couple of months I've found myself wanting to reverse this trend and get caught up again in the world of adult literature. I feel there are a great number of fantastic books I've missed out on along the way. So, if you wouldn't mind, please help me by leaving a comment on your favorite books that have been published since 2006 (OK, they can be books published before 2006 as well. Go crazy!).

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Books I've read: 2009

Books in bold are ones I've especially liked:
  1. Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
  2. Owl in Love, Patrice Kindl
  3. Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen
  4. The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Gail Carson Levine
  5. Vegan Virgin Valentine, Carolyn Mackler
  6. The Singing, Alison Croggon
  7. Inferno, Robin Stevenson
  8. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
  9. City of Glass, Cassandra Clare
  10. The Last Days, Scott Westerfeld
  11. Guyaholic, Carolyn Mackler
  12. Alanna, Tamora Pierce
  13. In the Hand of the Goddess, Tamora Pierce
  14. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Tamora Pierce
  15. Lioness Rampant, Tamora Pierce
  16. Trickster's Choice, Tamora Pierce
  17. Trickster's Queen, Tamora Pierce
  18. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), Rick Riordan
  19. Impossible, Nancy Werlin
  20. Brisingr, Christopher Paolini
  21. The Sorceress (The Secrets of Nicholas Flamel: Book 3), Michael Scott
  22. Revelations, Melissa de la Cruz
  23. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan
  24. Watchman, Alan Moore
  25. The Arrival, Shaun Tan
  26. Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
  27. A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg
  28. Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link
  29. Good Girls, Laura Ruby
  30. Queste (Septimus Heap, Book 4), Angie Sage
  31. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
  32. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
  33. The Secret of Lost Things, Sheridan Hay
  34. Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb, Kirsten Miller
  35. Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen
  36. Heroes of the Valley, Jonathan Stroud
  37. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  38. People of the Book, Geraldine Brooks
  39. Light on Snow, Anita Shreve
  40. Three Junes, Julia Glass
  41. Nation, Terry Pratchett
  42. Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location, Jen Calonita
  43. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
  44. Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan
  45. Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Family Affairs, Jen Calonita
  46. Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Paparazzi Princess, Jen Calonita
  47. The Boy Book, E. Lockhart
  48. The Treasure Map of Boys, E. Lockhart
  49. The Van Alen Legacy, Melissa de la Cruz
  50. Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Ally Carter
  51. Liar, Justine Larbalestier
  52. Forest Born, Shannon Hale
  53. Interworld, Neil Gaiman
  54. Fire, Kristin Cashore
  55. Vendetta, Chris Humphreys
  56. The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, Book 2), Patrick Ness
  57. Front and Center, Catherine Murdock
  58. Sacred Scars (A Resurrection of Magic, Book 2), Kathleen Duey
  59. The Overlord Protocol (H.I.V.E.), Mark Walden

Monday, July 13, 2009