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Bryce has read 109 books toward her goal of 110 books.

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message 1: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Garay You're a reading machine! So, of those 110 books, which was the best?

message 2: by Bryce (new)

Bryce Kristin wrote: "You're a reading machine! So, of those 110 books, which was the best?"

I always post a "best of" list at the end of the year. So wait for that with baited breath!

message 3: by Kristin (new)

Kristin Garay Consider my breath baited.

message 4: by Jason (new)

Jason Brinkerhoff I'll finish my 20th today.. all time best. My previous high water mark was 16. Also... I will have book related news tomorrow....! :D

message 5: by Bryce (new)

Bryce Book related news? Sounds fascinating.

message 6: by Bryce (new)

Bryce Here are the ten best books that I first read in 2012. In no particular order....

1. Throne of Glass, Sarah Maas. YA book with an ass-kicking 18-year old assassin as the heroine. The romantic subplots get pretty smurfy, which usually bugs me, but not this time. Fun fun fun with enough substance to keep it from being too silly.
2. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell. All substance, all the time. A difficult story to get through, what will the tons of historical details and languages to translate, but worth the effort.
3. Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Domick. A chilling look at normal lives in North Korea. Makes you appreciate your cable television, your SUVs and, oh, your ability to eat food on a regular basis.
4. The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt. A Western that manages to keep true to the genre’s classic sensibilities while injecting some modernist nihilism.
5. Redshirts, John Scalzi. A geeky book for a geeky audience. But it made me cry a little too.
6. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte. Yeah, just regular Jane Eyre. Not Jane Eyre with Abominable Snowmen or anything. It’s a classic and it’s great.
7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor. And the sequel too, even though that’s kind of cheating. A great, surprising fantasy series.
8. Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy, L.A. Meyer. Parents with daughters: Read them this book.
9. 11/22/63, Stephen King. Time travelling wonderful-ness. Plus, big enough that it can double as a bludgeon.
10. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran. The best detective story I’ve read in years.

And as a bonus, three books I suggest you eat rather than read:
1. Twilight, Stephanie Meyer
2. Hater, David Moody
3. A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness

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