Fourth Quarter Reading

December 31, 2008

I read thirty-seven books this quarter: exactly the same amount as in the third quarter. This brings my total up to 149 books this year, just one book shy of a nice round 150. This was almost double the amount of books I read last year.

  1. Cispin, Cross of Lead – Avi
  2. Not my favorite. Avi is so hit or miss.

  3. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas – Louise Rennison
    Hilarious, like all Georgia Nicolson books.
  4. Dragon’s Blood – Jane Yolen
  5. Looking for Alaska – John Green
  6. Terrific writing, but a little vulgar.

  7. Vegan Virgin Valentine – Carolyn Mackler
  8. Meh.

  9. American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
  10. Pretty good although I clearly didn’t get it all.

  11. My Mother the Cheerleader – Robert Sharenow
  12. Skip this, go read To Kill a Mockingbird instead.

  13. The Chocolate War – Robert Comier
  14. Wow, I really suprised myself by loving this book.

  15. Light Years – Tammar Stein
  16. Really great, although not quite as good as High Dive.

  17. Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr
  18. Supposedly a great book for Twilight fans. Might I mention that these books are virtually nothing alike? Also, I’ve never thought piercings were as attractive as I did in this book.

  19. Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants – Louise Rennison
  20. Funny, funny.

  21. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart
  22. In contention for my favorite book of the year.

  23. Homecoming – Cynthia Voigt
  24. Over 20 audio CDs and totally worth it. How had I not read this classic?

  25. Guyaholic: A Story of Finding, Flirting, Forgetting . . .and the Boy Who Changes Everything – Carolyn Mackler
  26. Carolyn Mackler, I’m kind of over you.

  27. What I Saw and How I Lied – Judy Blundell
  28. Still can’t believe this won the National Book Award. I clearly do not get it.

  29. The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson
  30. I do not buy the buzz for this one. A lame book, I thought.

  31. Away Laughing on a Fast Camel – Louise Rennison
  32. I love Dave the Laugh.

  33. Einstein for Beginners – Joseph Schwartz and Michael McGuinness
  34. Note to authors: adding cartoons to the theory of relativity does not make it any easier for my small brain to comprehend.

  35. Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers – Louise Rennison
  36. I clearly read WAY too many of these.

  37. An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
  38. Not as good as Looking for Alaska.

  39. Fly on the Wall – E. Lockhart
    A total disappointment after Frankie Landau-Banks
  40. Startled by His Furry Shorts – Louise Rennison
  41. And yet another Georgia book. Read them already.

  42. Paper Towns – John Green
  43. John Green appears to only have one story line.

  44. Dicey’s Song – Cynthia Voigt
  45. Excellent; even better than Homecoming. Also shorter.

  46. Love is a Many Trousered Thing – Louise Rennison
  47. Oh my heavens. Just stop already.

  48. Stop in the Name of Pants – Louise Rennison
  49. They are funnier on CD.

  50. Frindle – Andrew Clements
  51. A quick semi-amusing read. I cannot believe how popular this book is.

  52. The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own – Nina Garcia
  53. I do not need half or even three quarters of these things.

  54. Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
  55. Skulduggery is a very amusing skeleton.

  56. Girl 15, Charming But Insane – Sue Limb
  57. Completely forgettable.

  58. The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp
  59. Better than I expected from a book about an alcoholic teenager.

  60. Olive’s Ocean – Kevin Henkes
  61. This seemed very long for a book that fit on three CDs.

  62. Savvy – Ingrid Law
  63. I’m crossing my fingers for a Newbery seal on this one.

  64. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Jeanne Birdsall
  65. Good, although I would have liked it more as a kid.

  66. Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson
  67. Really lovely, although I’m not as into historical fiction as I once was.

  68. A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth C. Bunce
  69. One of the better books I read this year. Really a well-told story.

  70. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart
  71. Even better the second time!

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  • Reply Elizabeth December 31, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    This list is awesome.
    I really need to keep track of what I read so I can make my own – I am way jealous of yours. Do you have a system I can steal?

  • Reply Packrat December 31, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I just got through posting on my blog about how terrible the selection is at our library. I did not find one single one of the books you have recommended.

  • Reply Alison December 31, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    LOVED Homecoming and Diceys song. I think there are a few more books based on the same characters.

  • Reply The Food Librarian January 1, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Holy smokes! What a great list. Happy New Year!!!

  • Reply Ashley and Danny G January 1, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I love it! Thanks for putting out a reputable list – I hate spending hours in a bookstore wondering if a new novel is going to be worthwhile and uplifting – or just a load of crap. I am adding you to my blog list so that I can reference your list!! Thanks!!

  • Reply Lisa January 1, 2009 at 3:02 am

    You read so many books! I can’t believe you didn’t force yourself to squeeze in one more this year, I would have!

    I think I read 41 books. WORST YEAR EVER. Or at least in the last 15 since I’ve been keeping track.

  • Reply hello, my name is amber. January 1, 2009 at 6:46 am

    man, i can’t even come close to this list. did you ever read the curious incident of the dog in the night time, and if so what did you think?

  • Reply Ashley January 1, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I just finished the Hunger Games…and loved it. I actually borrowed and heard of the book from my sister-in-law. I know this was one of the books in your third quarter reading but I just wanted to comment that I also was a lover!

  • Reply BrittWilk January 1, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    thanks for the birthday wishes – even though my funny husband forgot to invite one of my most fun friends. YOU! that is pretty funny considering you were like a few houses away! haha. i’m sorry!

    and you read like no one i’ve ever known! geez!!

  • Reply Jenna January 1, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I didn’t look up all of these titles (I didn’t recognize most of them), but if they are books written for adults how would you feel about including a sex/vulgarity rating in your reviews as well? I keep picking up books and then being disappointed when I have to stop in the middle because they are all so slutty.

    Just an idea. I’m so impressed by how literate you are though!

  • Reply Lara January 21, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    I laugh out loud anytime I read a Georgia Nicolson book. Louise Rennison is hilarious.

    Incidentally, my word verification for this comment is “lermisms”, which sounds like a word Georgia would create.

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