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January--8 books
February--16 books
March--10 books
April--9 books
May--6 books
June--3 books
July--9 books
August--10 books
September--4 books
October--6 books
November--10 books
December--9 books

1. One Salt Sea--Seanan McGuire **** (1/6)
2. The Magicians--Lev Grossman *** (1/14)
3. The Magician King--Lev Grossman ****(1/20)
4. Starcrossed--Elizabeth C. Bunce **** (1/25)
5. The Book of Blood and Shadow--Robin Wasserman **** (1/27)
6. The Rivals--Daisy Whitney *** (1/28)
7. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs *** (1/29)
8. The Humming Room--Ellen Potter * (1/30)
9. The Children and the Wolves--Adam Rapp ** (2/1)
10. The Night She Disappeared--April Henry ***** (2/2)
11. See You at Harry's--Jo Knowles (unfinished, too triggery) (2/2)
12. The Girl in the Park--Mariah Fredericks **** (2/3)
13. Cinder--Marissa Meyer **** (2/5)
14. The Boys--Garth Ennis *** (2/11)
15. The Boys: We Gotta Go Now--Garth Ennis *** (2/11)
16. Anna Dressed In Blood--Kendare Blake *** (2/17)
17. Double--Jenny Valentine *** (2/17)
18. Where Things Come Back--John Corey Whaley ** (2/18)
19. So Close to You--Rachel Carter ** (2/18)
20. The Fault in Our Stars--John Green *** (2/18)
21. Wanderlove--Kristen Hubbard **** (2/21)
22. Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses--Ron Koertge ** (2/21)
23. The Selection--Kiera Cass *** (2/26)
24. Divergent--Veronica Roth **** (reread!) (2/28)
25. Insurgent--Veronica Roth **** (3/2)
26. Lone Wolfe--Jodi Picoult *** (3/3)
27. The Miseducation of Cameron Post--Emily M. Danforth **** (3/7)
28. The Secret Society of Heartbreakers--Lynn Weingarten * (3/9)
29. Caddy's World--Hilary McKay **** (3/10)
30. Like Mandarin--Kristin Hubbard *** (3/16)
31. Sleepers, Wake--Paul Samuel Jacobs **** (childhood reread!) (3/24)
32. I Hunt Killers--Barry Lyga ***** (3/26)
33. The List--Siobhan Vivian *** (3/30)
34. 172 Hours on the Moon--Johan Harstad **** (3/31)
35. Cold Ceral--Adam Rex *** (4/3)
36. Belles--Jen Calonita **** (4/5)
37. Revived--Cat Patrick *** (4/7)
38. As I Wake--Elizabeth Scott ** (4/13)
39. A Brief History of Montmaray--Michelle Cooper (reread!) **** (4/15)
40. The FitzOsbornes in Exile--Michelle Cooper (reread!) ***** (4/23)
41. What She Left Behind--Tracey Bilen **** (4/25)
42. Someone Else's Life--Katie Dale *** (4/28)
43. Orchards--Holly Thompson **** (4/30)
44. FitzOsbornes at War--Michelle Cooper **** (5/13)
45. Rival--Sara Bennett Wealer ***** (5/18)
46. Sam and Twitch: Volume 1--Brian Michael Bendis *** (5/20)
47. The Unquiet--Jeannine Garsee **** (5/24)
48. Shimmer--Phoebe Kitanidis *** (5/27)
49. Ghost Flower--Michelle Jaffe **** (5/30)
50. The Liar Society--Lisa & Laura Roecker *** (6/3)
51. Burn for Burn--Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian *** (6/16)
52. Perfect Escape--Jennifer Brown *** (6/30)
53. Sam and Twitch: Volume 2--Brian Michael Bendis **** (7/1)
54. Seraphina--Rachel Hartman **** (7/3)
55. Every Day--David Levithan **** (7/6)
56. Code Name Verity--Elizabeth Wein ****** (7/18)
57. Beyond the Sling--Mayim Bialik ** (7/20)
58. The Scorpio Races--Maggie Stiefvater *** (7/21)
59. When We Wake--Karen Healey *** (7/22)
60. The Storyteller--Antonia Michaelis **** (7/23)
61. Blackout--Mira Grant **** (7/28)
62. Gone Girl--Gillian Flynn **** (8/4)
63. Sweetly--Jackson Pearce *** (8/6)
64. The Eye of the World--Robert Jordan *** (reread!) (8/12)
65. Fathomless--Jackson Pearce ** (8/18)
66. Deadenders--Ed Brubaker and Warren Pleece *** (8/18)
67. The Great Hunt--Robert Jordan **** (reread!) (8/22)
68. You Are My Only--Beth Kephart ** (8/24)
69. The Juvie Three--Gordon Korman *** (8/25)
70. The Dragon Reborn--Robert Jordan (reread!) ***** (8/28)
71. Anya's Ghost--Vera Brosgol **** (8/28)
72. Flirt--Laurell K. Hamilton * (9/7)
73. The Shadow Rising--Robert Jordan (reread!) **** (9/11)
74. The Fires of Heaven--Robert Jordan (reread!) **** (9/21)
75. Lord of Chaos--Robert Jordan (reread!) ***** (9/29)
76. A Crown of Swords--Robert Jordan (reread!) **** (10/7)
77. The Path of Daggers--Robert Jordan (reread!) *** (10/13)
78. Winter's Heart--Robert Jordan (reread!) **** (10/20)
79. What's Left of Me--Kat Zhang **** (10/21)
80. Ashes of Honor--Seanan McGuire **** (10/25)
81. Crossroads of Twilight--Robert Jordan **** (10/31)
82. The Shadow Society--Marie Rutkoski ***** (11/3)
83. Liar and Spy--Rebecca Stead *** (11/18)
84. The Knife of Dreams--Robert Jordan ***** (11/22)
85. Adaptation--Malinda Lo **** (11/23)
86. Return to Me--Justina Chen ***** (11/24)
87. The Devil's Storybook--Natalie Babbitt ** (11/25)
88. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot--Anna Branford ***** (11/26)
89. Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery--Anna Branford **** (11/27)
90. violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat--Anna Branford *** (11/28)
91. Daylight Savings--Edward Hogan *** (11/30)
92. Two and Twenty Dark Tales--ed by Georgia McBride and Michelle Zink **** (12/5)
93. Dualed--Elise Chapman ** (12/6)
94. The Gathering Storm--Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson ***** (12/15)
95. Violet Mackerel's Personal Space--Anna Branford *** (12/16)
96. Pale--Chris Wooding * (12/16)
97. If You Find Me--Emily Murdoch ***** (12/20)
98. Lulu and the Brontosaurus--Judith Viorst **** (12/26)
99. Lulu Walks the Dogs--Judith Viorst ***** (12/26)
100. The Towers of Midnight--Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson ***** (12/31)




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Date: 2013-01-07 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainbowstevie.livejournal.com
Argh, I always forget that this page exists, and I always kick myself because you have the best taste in books. (You don't happen to be on Goodreads, do you?)

So, a whole year's worth of questions/comments that turned into a mini interview!

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: I've watched this become a very divisive book among LOVE IT vs. HATE IT, and as you appear to fall in the middle, I'm curious what your takeaway was?

2. The Fault In Our Stars, same question, only more intrigued because I haven't found many people who haven't practically praised it as the second coming, and anyone with a rational, straightforward response would be welcome.

3. Elizabeth Scott's books have been all over the map for me - was it plot, writing style, character, or something else that disappointed you for As I Wake?

4. Ooh, I liked Wanderlove, I'm glad you did too!

5. Like Mandarin is on my to-read list. The Scorpio Races kind of is too, as it keeps getting recced to me with horse books, but I've been dragging my heels since they're explicitly *not* horses. Is it really heavy in the fantasy realm, or is it more like they're an element in otherwise realistic (even if not modern) setting?

Date: 2013-01-21 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penmage.livejournal.com
Hey! No worries, I always love talking books, even way after the fact, so feel free to come back here and talk about other books we've both read too. I am on Goodreads, but for job-related reasons, I no longer review books there, though I do have a bunch of old reviews. If you want to be Goodreads friends, PM me!

1. Miss Peregrine: I don't know, I kind of felt like it was medium. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't love it. I thought it was fine. I also wanted more, more of the mythology, more explanation, to understand the bad guys more. That's always my fatal flaw as a reader, though--when I like something I want to get deeper into it. Did you read it? What did you think?

2. The Fault in Our Stars: Oh, I love me some John Green, but sometimes I think he's too clever for his own good. I think Looking for Alaska is brilliant, and Paper Towns is one of the best things I've ever read, but in TFiOS, it just seemed like he was reveling in his own cleverness a little too much, and it pulled me out of the narrative. People said they cried; I never believed in the characters enough to cry. There were some nice lines, but I never got lost in the book the way I like to.

3. Oh, Elizabeth Scott. I thought Bloom was the perfect YA love story, full of all the right emotions and bursting with the yearning that defines teen love. But unfortunately, Scott peaked for me with Bloom. I liked some of her other books, but none as much as that one. I find she's most successful when she's writing straight teen romance; when she tries for something high concept, it never really hits home for me. With As I Wake, it didn't go where I expected it to, but instead of being really cool, I (once again) felt like it didn't go far enough. If you're going to go there, go there, you know?

4. Wanderlove! So much love for Wanderlove. I love a YA contemporary that really stands out and is memorable and compulsively readable. Another one I'd put on that list: The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas. Very different, but still great. If you haven't read it, you should!

5. Like Mandarin I sadly did not love as much as Wanderlove. The writing was lovely, but my frustration with the protagonist never really went away, which always drives me nuts. Scorpio Races...oh, how I wanted to love it, but how I never did. I don't know, it just never really gelled for me. It got so much acclaim I was sure I would love it, but I didn't. A technically impressive book, but I just didn't connect with it.

This was fun! Come talk books with me some more :).

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