Friday, December 17, 2010

Late Addition to Top Reads List



I just finished Stephen Hunt's The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, and it's so awesome that I had to add it to my list.

Warring countries, kingdoms that float in the air, a sentient jungle, dinosaurs, Victorian-era-esque squalor and class system, adventure, archaeology Indiana Jones-style, metal men with a voodoo religion--what isn't in this book? And somehow it all works, chugging along at a terrific pace and surprising at every turn. There's another book, The Court of the Air, already out and one, The Rise of the Iron Moon, due in March, and I can't wait to spend more time in Hunt's world.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gifting Suggestions For the Weird (From One Who Knows)



Over on Amazon's Omnivoracious blog, Jeff VanderMeer has some book suggestions for those who like their reading to be a little out there.

There's some excellent stuff on the list, so check it out!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Favorite Reads of the Year


Since starting at the library last October, I've been keeping a list of the books that I've read. Through today, that list is 335 books long (counting adult, YA, and juvenile; not counting picture books). Some of them came out this year; many of them are older books that I missed for whatever reason and felt like I needed to have read. Some of them are books that I re-read, either for my book group or just because the fancy struck me.

I realize that these lists are usually neatly compiled into easily manageable numbers, but I'm not ready to do that yet, so I'm afraid you're stuck with slightly more unwieldy numbers, presented alphabetically by author:

Fiction:

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Manual of Detection by Jedidiah Berry
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
The Other Lands: Acacia Book 2 by David Anthony Durham
Sunnyside by Glen David Gold
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
Lisey's Story by Stephen King
Mister Slaughter by Robert R. McCammon
The City & the City by China Mieville
Kraken by China Mieville
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoat by David Mitchell
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Seeing by Jose Saramago
The Kosher Guide To Imaginary Animals by Jeff & Ann VanderMeer
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Impossible Stories 2 by Zoran Zivkovic

Non-Fiction:

The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
The History of the Medieval World by Susan Wise Bauer
Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls by Stephen G. Bloom
To Have and To Hold by Philipp Blom
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York by Matthew Goodman
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne
The Age of Wonder: The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes
A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America by Tony Horwitz
Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted by Gerald Imber
Anything Goes: A Bio of the Roaring Twenties by Lucy Moore
Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson
For all the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History by Sarah Rose
Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks
Wicked River: the Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild by Lee Sandlin
Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout
Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer by Jeff VanderMeer

Juvenile/YA:

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
White Cat by Holly Black
24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di Camillo
The Magicians's Elephant by Kate Di Camillo
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Will Grayson,Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger
A Wrinkle in Time by Madelaine L'Engle
The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie
Hero by Perry Moore
Next to Mexico by Jennifer Nails
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
How Not To Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler

Re-reads:

Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop
The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories by Horacio Quiroga
Blindness by Jose Saramago
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Graphic Novels:

The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith

Bone: the Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume by Jeff Smith
Tales of Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham

Anthologies:

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse by John Joseph Adams
Stories: All-New Tales by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
Dark at Heart by Joe R. lansdale and Karen Lansdale
Son of Retro Pulp Tales by Joe R. Lansdale and Keith Lansdale