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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
5. Queen of the Damned
by Anne Rice
6. Flesh and Spirit
by Carol Berg
7. The Smoke Thief
by Shana Abe
8. The Secret People
by John Wyndham
9. The Lost World
by Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Makeup Mess
by Robert Munsch
11. So You Think You Know Shakespeare
by Claire Saunders
12. The Book With No Name
by Anonymous
13. The Eyes of Heisenberg
by Frank Herbert
14. Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
15. Breath and Bone
by Carol Berg
16. The Darien Gap
by Martin Mitchinson
17. Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr
18. Lord of Snow and Shadows
by Sarah Ash
19. Raising Poultry the Modern Way
by Leonard S. Mercia
20. Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
21. Just Java and Beyond 1.1
by Peter Vanderlinden
22. Brisingr
by Christopher Paolini
23. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick

And that's all I managed to finish before the year was out. So much for a book a week! I didn't even manage half that.




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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
5. Queen of the Damned
by Anne Rice
6. Flesh and Spirit
by Carol Berg
7. The Smoke Thief
by Shana Abe
8. The Secret People
by John Wyndham
9. The Lost World
by Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Makeup Mess
by Robert Munsch
11. So You Think You Know Shakespeare
by Claire Saunders
12. The Book With No Name
by Anonymous
13. The Eyes of Heisenberg
by Frank Herbert
14. Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
15. Breath and Bone
by Carol Berg
16. The Darien Gap
by Martin Mitchinson
17. Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr
18. Lord of Snow and Shadows
by Sarah Ash
19. Raising Poultry the Modern Way
by Leonard S. Mercia


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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
5. Queen of the Damned
by Anne Rice
6. Flesh and Spirit
by Carol Berg
7. The Smoke Thief
by Shana Abe
8. The Secret People
by John Wyndham
9. The Lost World
by Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Makeup Mess
by Robert Munsch
11. So You Think You Know Shakespeare
by Claire Saunders
12. The Book With No Name
by Anonymous
13. The Eyes of Heisenberg
by Frank Herbert
14. Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
15. Breath and Bone
by Carol Berg
16. The Darien Gap
by Martin Mitchinson
17. Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr
18. Lord of Snow and Shadows
by Sarah Ash

Well... I did take a look at Lost Lands... but I wasn't crazy about it. I decided that my time would be better spent elsewhere.
I'd been promising my brother that I would read Lord of Snow and Shadows for ages! So, that's finally out of the way. It was actually pretty good. Not spectacular, mind you. But good nonetheless.
I have a few books started that I really should finish. After that... I'm not sure. I probably won't have a whole lot of time available to read after that. I may have to be content to stop my list at 20. 25 if I'm lucky! We'll see how it goes.


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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
5. Queen of the Damned
by Anne Rice
6. Flesh and Spirit
by Carol Berg
7. The Smoke Thief
by Shana Abe
8. The Secret People
by John Wyndham
9. The Lost World
by Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Makeup Mess
by Robert Munsch
11. So You Think You Know Shakespeare
by Claire Saunders
12. The Book With No Name
by Anonymous
13. The Eyes of Heisenberg
by Frank Herbert
14. Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
15. Breath and Bone
by Carol Berg
16. The Darien Gap
by Martin Mitchinson
17. Wicked Lovely
by Melissa Marr

Maybe I'll take a look at Lost Lands next...


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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
5. Queen of the Damned
by Anne Rice
6. Flesh and Spirit
by Carol Berg
7. The Smoke Thief
by Shana Abe
8. The Secret People
by John Wyndham
9. The Lost World
by Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Makeup Mess
by Robert Munsch
11. So You Think You Know Shakespeare
by Claire Saunders
12. The Book With No Name
by Anonymous
13. The Eyes of Heisenberg
by Frank Herbert
14. Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
15. Breath and Bone
by Carol Berg
16. The Darien Gap
by Martin Mitchinson

Well, I've been away for a while so I've been able to add a fair few books. Even so, it doesn't look like I'm gonna make 50 before the end of the year. Even if I give myself until February or March 2009 since I didn't join this group 'til partway through the year... I still won't make it. Not with school and everything else going on. Ah well...

I did start reading Rebel Angles, but I just couldn't get into it. I ended up moving on to a few sci-fis instead.

Breath and Bone was an absolutely amazing book! I think Carol Berg has to be my favourite author of all time! What a phenomenal story!

Not sure what I'll move onto now. I've been having a bit of a hankering for a good non-fic. I'll see what I can find. I'm sure I have something appropriate on my bookshelf.

And then there's Lord of Snow and Shadows... I've been promising my brother that I'd read that book for ages. I guess I really should try to pick up a copy and take a look at it. He seemed to be quite taken with it. Then again... he was also quite taken with Artemis Fowl. I hated that book! I read it 'cause I promised him I would 'cause he liked it so much. God was it awful! The only part I actually enjoyed were the runes along the bottom of the pages. Once the message started repeating though, the book lost its grip on its only redeeming feature in my eyes.

Anyway, enough of that! I need to stop writing and start reading if I'm going to make it even halfway to my goal before the end of the year!


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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
5. Queen of the Damned
by Anne Rice
6. Flesh and Spirit
by Carol Berg
7. The Smoke Thief
by Shana Abe

The Smoke Thief started out very promising but was ultimately disappointing. Oh well, at least it was short.
I'm moving on to Rebel Angels next. That should be good at least. I've already read A Great and Terrible Beauty (same series) and loved it.
I'll try to get myself a copy of Breath and Bone (the sequel to Flesh and Spirit) after that. I love Carol Berg!


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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
5. Queen of the Damned
by Anne Rice
6. Flesh and Spirit
by Carol Berg


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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman
4. A Great and Terrible Beauty
by Libba Bray
5. Queen of the Damned
by Anne Rice

Maybe I should revise my goal to 20. :( I don't think 50 is gonna happen. Ah well, I'll keep on reading. I might make it yet!


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Symbol | 14 comments It doesn't look like I'm going to reach my goal. I'm not reading nearly a book a week! We're 8 weeks in and I've only read 3 books. What's worse is that I know that the last 12 weeks of the year will pretty much be a write-off for me. Ah well, I'll just keep reading and see how far I get.


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Symbol | 14 comments 1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield
3. King Dork
by Frank Portman

Finally finished King Dork. I have to say, I'm a little disapointed. I feel like nothing major really happened in the book. The events that supposedly comprised the climax were mentioned and quickly glossed over. Character development was sub-par. And what did develop, I didn't really like.
Some interesting vocabulary was used. But I felt that the author spent so much time trying to draw attention to it that it lost most of its effect.

I'm now in the middle of about five other books. Flesh and Spirit is a library book, so I really should try to finish it first. I never end up reading books in the order that I plan though, so... who knows?!


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Symbol | 14 comments Just finished the Thirteenth Tale. It was excellent! Not crazy about the Post Scriptum right at the end but loved everything else about it. It really is a book for book-lovers.

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
2. The Thirteenth Tale
by Dianne Setterfield

I'll probably go back to a Great and Terrible Beauty now, try to finish that off. We'll see.


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Symbol | 14 comments Okay, we're already a month into the new year; guess I'd better get my list started!

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon

I've now started reading the Thirteenth Tale, The Smoke Thief, A Great and Terrible Beauty, and Crime and Punishment. Not sure which one I'll finish first. (Probably the Thirteenth Tale.)


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