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December 2009 Reads!

So it looks like I'll finish off the year having read 88 books, which is the most I've done since tracking the books I've read. :)

Best Book of the Month: Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann because it was gripping and interesting and interconnecting. I love the intersections of our lives, how they meet in simple and profound ways.
Worst Book of the Month: Firebird, Mercedes Lackey - I couldn't finish this book. I got 2/3 through it and was tired of the meandering plot and the abundant mention of half-moon breasts and milky white calves. Enough already. Also, I have no tolerance for books that continually refer to curvy women as "fat", "cow-like"or "stupid". Thanks, but no thanks.

80. Fairy Tale - Cyn Balog (12/5/09) - YA in which the main character just OH MY GOD KNOWS she is in love with her neighbor and they have been forever and ever since the young age of five. FOREVER. They are meant to be. For serious. And then bam! Really, they weren't meant to be and how great it is his replacement arrived and yay happy ending forever. This book was so painfully predictable it hurt my eyes. 
81. Reaching the Animal Mind - Karen Pryor (12/13/09) - Liked it a lot, anecdata on marker training and how awesome and fun and cool it is. Fun stuff.
82. Ruined - Paula Morris (12/13/09) - YA - mystery set in New Orleans involving ghosts and curses and setting things right. Predictable but somewhat enjoyable.
83. Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater (12/14/09) - YA - I liked this SO much better than Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception. Takes a different approach to the werewolf story. Fast pace. I liked the main character. Decent plot, nice, tidy ending.
84. Tell Me Where it Hurts - Nick Trout (12/18/09) - Follows the author as he recalls dozens of experiences from his years as an animal surgeon. Snarky author, which I like. Some sexist undertones, didn't like so much. Cried a bit.
85. Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann (12/20/09) - In which the ordinary is transformed into the extraordinary and unforgettable. Follows several different people with interconnecting lives, some beautiful, others tragic and painful. Set in New York City in the 70s, somehow all rotating around a tightrope walker who steals up into the World Trade Center and walks between the two towers....Nicely written, and I loved how he captured the essence of each character, no matter the gender, race or age. A beautiful book.
86. Intensely Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (12/24/09) -YA- continuation of a series that I absolutely adore.
87. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick (12/29/09) - YA - Oh dear, this one had great potential. Mystery, a decent plot, suspense. Then it sort of just went blergh and declined rapidly. Also, I don't think it's appropriate to create female character role models who succumb to the physical and emotional intimidation of handsome young men, even if they aren't technically the "bad guys".
88. Fade - Lisa McMann (12/30/09) -YA - I really like this series a lot. It's the second book following two teenagers, one of whom is a dream catcher. She gets sucked into the dreams of anyone sleeping nearby, sometimes to the detriment of her own health. Along with her "secret boyfriend", the two work for a police agency as undercover agents and are tracking down a potential sexual predator at their school. This book can be finished in one hour. :) It's fast-paced and an easy read, and with the two main characters being really likeable, it's a joy to read. Looking forward to the third book in the series.

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yesididit
Dec. 30th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
shiver sounds good, as does tell me where it hurts.
whats this alice series about thats got you still reading it?
rinalia
Jan. 1st, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
It's just a really nice coming of age story that follows a girl (who's mother died when she was 4/5) throughout her years up until its current incarnation, senior year of high school.
wirenth
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
So what are your favorites and least favorites for the whole year?
zita_skyandano
Jan. 1st, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Hmm I read your other journal before I read this one. I'm sorry you didn't finish Firebird. It really is a good story but only if you know the whole thing. Honestly, I think you're reading too much into the descriptions in the book. I never paid them much mind myself. It's written from the perspective of a 16 (if I'm remembering correctly) year old boy who's practically nobility and highly shallow at the beginning of the book. Considering the author's other works, I don't think she's in any way making a statement about women or their body images, she's simply allowing the character to express himself from his own perspective. His perspective is sort of important to what ends up happening at the end of the book. It's the development of the character from shallow, naive, somewhat self absorbed teenager to what he is at the end of the book that makes it interesting. Plus I thought it was really interesting seeing all the old Russian folk tales "come to life" in the second half of the book.

~Striker
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