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Jan 09, 2011 03:24PM

2051 Adding the last few from 2010:

43. Rachel's Holiday (Marian Keyes)
44. The Partly Cloudy Patriot (Sarah Vowell) - Hilarious non-fiction, I'm looking forward to reading more of her stuff.
45. My Horizontal Life (Chelsea Handler)
46. A Game of Thrones (George R. R. Martin)- First book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Amazing. Currently devouring the second in the series.

Well, didn't make it to 50 this year. I blame it on my insane work schedule. Time to start again. Hopefully I can do better in 2011.
Dec 02, 2010 10:50AM

2051 42. Watermelon (Marian Keyes)
Her first novel, while good, is not as strong as the later ones. Catching up on the Walsh sisters series, I hope she writes one for Helen soon.
Nov 27, 2010 08:38PM

2051 Lindsey wrote: "Samara wrote: "41. Sizzlin' Sixteen (Janet Evanovich)
I read this one since I've read all the others, but they are getting boring, all the same. Evanovich needs to evolve her characters if she pla..."

Hey Lindsey,
When I first started the series, they were just a light, fun read, perfect for when work was really busy and I didn't have a lot of brain power to concentrate on my book. But they are all very similar and I read them all quite close together, so that makes it more noticeable. They made me laugh sometimes, but like I said above, the characters are very static, they haven't changed hardly at all in 16 books. I don't know what else you normally read, but I would probably recommend something else before these books.
Nov 26, 2010 02:18PM

2051 41. Sizzlin' Sixteen (Janet Evanovich)
I read this one since I've read all the others, but they are getting boring, all the same. Evanovich needs to evolve her characters if she plans to keep going with them.
Nov 11, 2010 07:08PM

2051 36. Catching Fire and 37. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
Fabulous trilogy for young adults. Highly recommend for anyone over 15.

38. Lean Mean Thirteen; 39. Fearless Fourteen, 40. Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Janet Evanovich)
Oct 16, 2010 12:54PM

2051 33. Practical Demonkeeping (Christopher Moore)
Love Moore's humour. This was his debut novel and while good, it was not as entertaining as Lamb.

34. I Am the Messenger (Markus Zusak)
Such an interesting premise. I'll admit, I'm still confused about the ending a bit, but it definitely gave me food for thought.

35. The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Finally got started on the trilogy that everyone has been talking about, and it's pretty amazing. Quickly paced, fantastic characters, I read this one very quickly. Onto the second one!
Oct 02, 2010 09:07PM

2051 29. Grave Secret (Charlaine Harris)
Satisfying ending to the series. I'm kind of glad that she didn't drag it out like some of her other series.

30. City of Bones; 31. City of Ashes; 32. City of Glass (Cassandra Clare)
Really excellent YA paranormal trilogy. No dumbed down vocabulary and a quickly moving plot with interesting characters.
Aug 20, 2010 10:10AM

2051 26. Grave Sight; 27. Grave Surprise; 28. An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly mysteries, Charlaine Harris)

Interesting series about a woman who is able to find corpses & determine cause of death after she was struck by lightning as a teenager. A little bit darker than Harris's SVM series, I really like the main character, Harper. She's a little messed up, but then again, who isn't? Read on my quest to find a good paranormal/urban fantasy series after the BDB series didn't cut it for me.
Aug 08, 2010 09:35PM

2051 23. Eternal Kiss of Darkness (Jeaniene Frost)
Second in the Night Huntress World series, about Mencheres. Pretty good, although am hoping that Frost writes an Ian book soon!

24. Eleven on Top & 25. Twelve Sharp (Janet Evanovich)
Jul 26, 2010 10:04AM

2051 20. Hard Eight; 21. To The Nines; 22. Ten Big Ones (Janet Evanovich)

3 more in the Stephanie Plum series. Light, fluffy reads, perfect for summer reading.
Jul 17, 2010 09:48PM

2051 18. Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Steven Hockensmith)
This was a prequel of sorts to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and I actually enjoyed it more than the first. Love seeing the Bennet sisters kick ass!

19. Undead & Unwed (MaryJanice Davidson)
Cute, fluffy novel of a vapid woman turned vampire accidentally. Again, not sure if I'll continue with this series.
Jun 20, 2010 02:06PM

2051 17. Dark Lover (J.R. Ward)
The first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, yes, another vampire one. It was alright, parts were really good & then others really dragged or were hokey. Apparently there are 7 more in the series so far, don't know how far I'll be going with that. The Night Huntress series is much better, in my opinion.
May 13, 2010 11:34PM

2051 16. Dead in the Family (Charlaine Harris)
The 10th installment of the SVM series was actually quite good in my opinion. A lot better than the last few books. However, I kind of felt like it was missing about 5 chapters of plot, the ending seemed a bit rushed for me. But I really like some of the directions the series is taking, this book moved along some things well.
Apr 27, 2010 09:09AM

2051 15. First Drop of Crimson (Jeaniene Frost)
This is the first spin-off novel from the Night Huntress series, about Bones's friend, Spade & Cat's friend, Denise. Decent book, but I'm not into their story as much as C & B. I hope that Frost is planning on doing these books for some of the other, more interesting characters, like Ian & Vlad.
Apr 18, 2010 12:19PM

2051 14. Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress #4) - Jeaniene Frost
Another great NH book, lots of tension in this one. It's going to be a long, painful wait for the 5th one now.
Apr 15, 2010 12:01PM

2051 13. At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3) - Jeaniene Frost
Another quick read, I like how these books flow. Lots of action without a lot of filler.
Apr 13, 2010 03:01PM

2051 12. One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) - Jeaniene Frost
I love this series so much! Lots of action & interesting vampire lore/relationship dynamics. Very quick reads as well.
Apr 07, 2010 09:46AM

2051 11. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1)- Jeaniene Frost
I was looking for another paranormal series to fill the gaps between SVM novels and was recommended the NH series. Finally, a series that's got some action & plot, not just romance. Cat, the heroine, has a strong personality and is dynamic. Bones, the male lead, is great. He's second only to Eric (from SVM) in my mind for paranormal 'heroes'. I'm quickly moving on to the second in the series.
Apr 06, 2010 01:32PM

2051 10. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley)
I can't believe how far behind I am this year. The time it took me to read this book should not be taken as indication of what it's like. I loved it, it's a cute little mystery with young, fun heroine. I recommend it for young adults as well. Looking forward to the second of the series.
Mar 09, 2010 11:22AM

2051 9. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
I don't know how I managed to miss this book amongst all my high school and university English classes. I picked up the 50th anniversary edition, which has a neat little afterword and interview by Bradbury. I think that personally, this is the bleakest dystopian novel I have ever read. Burning books = sacrilege!
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