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Book List 2009 Part 1

astaraelweeper posted the list of books she read in 2009 and since I've been posting my books on 50bookchallenge, I figured I might as well post my list too.

These are all the books that I read from start to finish this year in a range of genres. I didn't add any books that I started but didn't finish or rereads and I didn't include any fan fiction either (50bookchallenge allows you to set the parameters and some people do include fan fic). My goal for 2010 is 300. *grins* There are also mini-reviews of varying lengths for the books.



1. Princess Forever- Meg Cabot

At first I didn't like the fact that it skipped a year, but then I didn't end up minding it. The one thing I didn't care too much for was Mia's romance novel, but that's generally because I find romance novels boring and largely the same. And I loved the ending, including who she ended up with.

2. How Not to be Popular - Jennifer Ziegler

A cute book. It's one of the many random eBooks I have on my computer and I had no idea what to expect. Turned out pretty good. I liked the main character's voice and how she learned her lesson at the end.

3. Turn of the Screw - Henry James

Eh, not a big fan of this book. It was required reading for a Lit class and we analyzed it to death. The book was said to be horrifying, instead it was quite dull. The one "amusing" thing about the book was the governess.

4. Lost Boy by David Perezel

I read the prequel ages ago. It's nice to see David out of the horrible situation, but the way the foster care system work definitely needs some reevaluation. It did end well, though, and I'll probably read the third one someday.

5. Someone Like Me- Sarah Dessen

It was an okay book. I've heard people rave about Sarah Dessen, but after reading this I still don't know why. It was a good YA novel, but nothing fantastic.

6.-32 52 Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin. I'm counting the 52 books as twenty-six, because it's not really fair to count them as individual books as I was gobbling them down.

33. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm.

I'm not too into sci-fi, but I had this sitting on my computer and, well, the title looked interesting. The first chapter hooked me, talking about this David and his love-hate relationship with his cousin and then the book evolved. It's about a future where the world has run itself down and in order to survive, David's family begins to clone themselves and the other people on the farm they created to perserve themselves. The book is split into three parts and each part has its own main character, showing how things have progressed. I enjoyed it, though I probably wouldn't have read it if I knew what it was going to be about.

34. Dream Factory- Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler.

This is a YA book about a group of kids who work as characters at Disney World one summer. Since I have actually considered working at Disney, I thought it would be an interesting read. Each chapter is told alternatingly between Ella and Luke. Luke plays Dale, Ella plays Cinderella. They've both just finished high school and are trying to find themselves. It's a book primarily about friendship and growing up than about any romance or anything. I really enjoyed it.

35. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak.

Awesome book. I cried at the end. I found the narration interesting- it took me awhile to get into, but after that I really enjoyed it.

36. The Kingdom Keepers- Ridley Pearson.

One word sums up what I feel about this book: weird. Really, I can't think of another word. The book is about these kids who are hired to be DHI- Disney Interactive Hosts at Disney World. They have hologram copies that guide people around the park. And then Finn, the main character, ends up in the park while he is dreaming and learns that there's a dark secret to the park and he and the other four DHIs have to save the park. The last sentence confused me, and the rest of the book was just...yeah. Not great, but not bad either.

37. The Brass Verdict- Michael Connelly. This novel combines Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller from The Lincoln Lawyer. Written in Mickey's point of view, it's weird to have Bosch there but not know what's going on with him. My favorite part of the book is the revealing of a connection between Bosch and Haller. Otherwise, I was slightly disappointed. I love Connelly because his books are full of twists and turns, but I felt that this book lacked them. There were some surprises, but I was disappointed with what should have been the "big" reveal, and found it basically the same as the surprise in The Lincoln Lawyer.

38. Dreams from My Father by Barrack Obama. This is a required book for my English class and it was okay. I wasn't captivated by it, but it was a nice read. Race is a central theme in the book. I don't think I would have read the book on my own, but it was fine to read for a class. I'm debating reading The Audacity of Hope.

39. Black Box by Julie Schuhmacher.

Short, but good. I liked it. The sister's descent into depression and how she deals with it is interesting when viewed through the eyes of the younger sister.

40. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty.

Decent book. I did end up enjoying it as time went on, though I wasn't too into the beginning.

41. Suicide Notes: a Novel by Michael Thomas Ford.

Cute book. The twist at the end threw me- I hadn't expected it. And you know, had I known the twist at first, I probably wouldn't have read it, because it's not really something I usually read. But I'm glad I read it. Jeff is an amusing character and the book touches on deep issues without pounding the reader over the head with them.

42. Suite 606 by JD Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan, Mary Kay McComas.

I read this book because of the short In Death tale. Loved the tale, the other stories were all right but nothing fantastic.

43. Terrier by Tamora Pierce

I usually love Tamora Pierce, but I put off reading this book because it's about Bekkah and a Tortall that I don't really have a connection to. After reading this book, now I do. I started the audio book and then switched to a actual hold-in-hands book. Now I'm waiting for the sequel to come out so I can read it.

44. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Liked this one much better than Someone Like Me. Ruby was a more interesting character in my opinion, and I liked the supporting cast a lot as well. I still don't see what the big deal was, but I enjoyed and remember the book, which is always a good thing.

45. Promises in Death by JD Robb

The latest In Death book- what is there to say about it? I liked the appearance of Alex Ricker and how he was portrayed differently than Max Ricker. I also enjoyed the mystery itself and Eve and Roarke were great as usual. I think I prefer this one to the last one I read, Sanctuary in Death.

46. Beware, Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer

Decent book. I have to say that the Tudor Family was quite bloody. It was interesting seeing things from a young Elizabeth's point of view, but I didn't really feel a connection with her character. I'm not sure if it's because she's a real person or if it was just the writing, but I found the book somewhat lacking.

47. War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges.

A required book for my English class. I can't fault Hedges' writing, but I couldn't care less about the subject. This made it hard to really enjoy the book. I read it because I had to, and I completed my assignment. But I definitely won't read this book again and I found reading it a chore, unlike Dreams from My Father, which was also required in that class.

48. Forever Changes by Brendan Halpin.

A great book that made me cry at the end. The main character has a terrible disease and doesn't have much time left. It's her senior year of high school and she's basically lost her drive- why bother applying to college when she's probably not going to make it out of high school? But her new math teacher and a new friend are two presences that help her realize that sometimes you just have to live your life. And I cried at the end, which means it gets automatic points from me.

49. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

My brother got this book as a gift and I ended up catching the last ten minutes of the movie on HBO, so I figured it was a sign to read it. And I ended up loving it. Okay, the books are a bit overboard- there's no way it could happen in RL. But Alex is a great character and I really liked the story.

50. Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz

Second book in the series and just as good as the first. Liked the insight to Alex's character and seeing K-Unit again.

51. Skeleon Key by Anthony Horowitz.

Third book in the series. Sabina is introduced. Alex seems to be a bit more willing to spy this time, even agreeing to do a mission on the side. It also addresses his issues with not having any parents.

52. Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz

Fourth book in the series. Alex ends up telling Sabina his secret, which I found shocking. I also liked how MI6 didn't trust Alex at first and how the issue was dealt with. And having to fight your way through a video game... I used to always want to do that as a kid. Just a less deadly version...

53. Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz
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Fifth book in the series. Alex is put in a tricky situation here, but manages to get out of it. We learn the truth about his parents. Great book, I really like the emotions behind the characters. He also ends up telling Tom his secret, which was interesting. Tom's amusing.

54. Ark Angel by Anthony Horowitz.

Sixth book in the series. Not my favorite, but very good. Alex ends up working with the CIA again. Some issues from the previous book come up again, but it's more centered on the current mission.

55. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz.

Seventh book in the series. I liked seeing Ben again and I'd like to see more of him. Ash was a surprise- not just the fact that he was Alex's godfather, but his fate. This book (seems) to explain all of the background behind Alex's parents- but I wouldn't be too sure. It's definitely a great book. It also introduces Sabina again at the end.

56. Blue Bloods by Melissa del Mar

First book in the series. It's an interesting book and I enjoyed it. It's a twist on the vampire myth. I can't stand Mimi, though. I like how Bliss changes and I don't have any particular feelings for Schuyler, other than wanting her to get together with Jack. I do wonder what happened to her dad, though. And I want to know more about her history. I just...don't really have much feelings on her character herself. It's weird.

57. Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Second book in the series. I ended up liking Schulyer a lot better this book. And we learn more about the past and the Silver Bloods.

58. Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz.

Third book in the series. It keeps on getting better and better. More is revealed, but more questions are also left open. The end is quite weird, in my opinion- I think it alludes to a lot of things we won't know until later.

59. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I admit that I was this close to quitting after the information about Jace was revealed. I did finish the end and it was all right, but nothing exceptional. There were certain pieces of dialogue I am sure were from her Draco trilogy, and since the one thing that really kept me reading was the Jace/Clary incest, well, I wasn't too impressed. Basically, the end was pretty obvious. The only thing that shocked me was Jonathan and that got old pretty quickly.

60. Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall

Cute book. One of the many eBooks I've downloaded over the past weeks, I decided to give it a shot. It's one of those YA "learning about one's self" novels, but it's not overly cheesy or angst or romance ridden, like some of them. I'd say this book is a book of balance. On the other hand, because it's a book of balance, it doesn't really stand out much.

61. First Fieldwork by Barbara Anderson

I had to read this book for my Cultural Anthropology class. It was actually quite an amusing book. As an American living in Germany, I could relate to her struggles in Denmark. She manages to capture a mixture of humor and seriousness, describing what the first fieldwork experience of an anthropologist can be like without lecturing. Great book.

62. Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman by Majorie Shostak

Another assigned book. I didn't like this one as much as First Fieldwork, but it was still good.

63. I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Completely different from the Alex Rider books, although they both involve teenage spys. This is set in a boarding school where girls are taught to be spys. It focuses more on the romance than anything else and is cute, but didn't become a favorite.

64. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

I figured out what bothers me about this series: there's no real plot. There's a bit of a love story (but not much) and the idea of a spy school is neat. But there's nothing really about them that keeps me on the edge of my seat, unlike the Alex Rider books. If I hadn't read those first, I think I'd like these better. But at the moment, it seems too much like an imitation.

65. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

All right. A book about Dom who meets her first boyfriend in her senior year of highschool and how she deals with it. It was a good book, I guess, but nothing absolutely brilliant.

66. How to Hook a Hottie by Tina Ferraro

Decent. Kate is a budding business entreprenuer who has a deal with her parents: either she raises $5,000 before high school graduation or she has to go to College. She starts up this hook-up business and... yeah. The book kind of falls flat. It wasn't even something I'd really call "cute". Quite short
too, which might have been part of the reason.

67. The Boy Book by E Lockheart

Cute. I thought that Kim was a complete bitch, but I liked Ruby, the main character and I felt kind of disappointed that she stepped back for Nora, though I get why. I liked the book a lot, and I think it was better than the other two YA romance books I just read.

68. Hot Mess Summer in the City by Julie Kraut and Shallon Lester

I thought this book would be horrible. It wasn't, surprisingly enough. I will say that the main character and her best friend are absolute idiots when it comes to big city life. They're seventeen (well, one is eighteen), but they often sound like toddlers. And yet, somehow, I didn't end up hating this book. I actually, dare I say, liked it. Though I'm not exactly sure why...

69. The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay by Rebecca Sparrow

This book was interesting for two reasons: 1) It takes place in Australia and 2) it takes place in 1989. It wasn't written then, at least it wasn't published until 2006. But I found the date interesting. Actually, the only time I remembered that it was 1989 is when the main character buys cassettes. Otherwise, it fits into the current time, which is interesting. I want to read Dear God, It's Me, Margaret next, I think, because I've heard that it has become outdated and I'm curious to compare the two and if it's so much more obvious in that book.

70. Forever by Judy Blume

This book was... boring, to be honest. The dialogue was repetetive. The characters were largely shallow. The plot -- well, there wasn't really a plot. Maybe it's outdated, but I just did not like it very much. It's also very short- my PDF was 48 pages long, and most books are at least a hundred pages over that.

71. Are You There God, it's Margaret by Judy Blume

For one thing, the character is eleven at the beginning... which is kind of hard to relate to since I'm twice that. But I remember what I was like at eleven, and Margaret seems to act much more older. At eleven, I wasn't thiking of bras or religion or boys, not at all like Margaret and her friends were. Maybe it was just a different time, but I think I would have been either completely disinterested or blushing like mad had I read that book when I was in middle school. Probably a bit of both. And now, as an adult, I don't think I'd recommend it. I've heard that it was outdated, but I didn't get that vibe so much. I just couldn't relate- or couldn't have related - to any of the characters. Looking back, there wasn't really any time in my life where I would have liked the book more.

72. Three Lives by Gertrude Stein

I think Stein was a great woman and I like her poetry. But I really did not care for this book very much. I had to do a report on Melanctha, but man, it was hard to get through. Simple enough to read, but her style of repeating everything got on my nerves.

73. My Secret Garden by Nancy Friday

Kind of interesting book. Definitely NSFW. Or Uni, which is where I do a lot of my reading. Very...enlightening.

74. Women on Top by Nancy Friday

Same as above. It's about woman's sexuality in a time when women were first becoming liberated. Basically, this book and the above book are telling women that 1) having sexual fantasies is completely fine and actually a very good thing and 2) that sexual fantasies come in all different shapes and sizes and wanting to have sex with a dog is not that weird. Which, okay, I still think it is, but whatever gets you off? Anyways, both these books are interesting reads, but I don't know if I'd recommend them to anyone. Kind of surprised I read them myself, to be honest.

75. Story of a Girl by Sarah Zarr

Sweet. Quick read and I liked it. I couldn't put it down and had to read on, which meant staying up really late. It was about this girl who was caught with an older boy by her father. Her reputation is basically ruined and two years later, she is trying to figure out her life.

76. Am I Right or Am I Right? by Barry Jonsberg

Eh, all right. Not a waste of time, but I didn't really connect to the main character. And while there were a few scenes that I found amusing, the book largely fell flat.

77. Do-Over by Christine Hurley Deriso

It wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Elsa is twelve and gets the gift of "do-over" for the thirty-one days between now and her thirteenth birthday. Basically, she can turn back time for ten seconds and fix the "little" mistakes. I was expecting an older narrator, but even though Elsa was so young, I still did really enjoy the book. This wasn't at all like Dear God, it's me, Margaret, which also had a younger narrator. Elsa learned some good lessons and I liked the way the book ended.

78. Before I Die by Jenny Downham

I cried. The thing is, when I first started this book, I honestly wasn't sure if I would like it or not. And now, I'm crying and so the answer is yes I really liked the book. Very intricate journey into the mind of a girl dying of cancer. It's a very touching book.

79. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Whoa. In the beginning, I thought this was going to go the route of the A-List or Gossip Girl series. Then I read on and thought it would end up being a mystery. Then I continued reading -- and got completely sucked in. This is a great book. It's also the first of a series and now I have to track down the rest to figure out what's really going on.

80. The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht

Well, I'm not exactly sure what to say about this. I suppose that if I ever feel the need to break down a door or need to survive a shark attack, I will know what to do. It's an amusing book in the way that it's not really humorous at all, but that the things it tells you how to do are so extreme that it can only be humorous, if you get what I mean.

81. Let's Get Lost by Sarra Manning

82. Anyone But You by Lara M. Zeises

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83. I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

The description of this book makes the book sound a lot better than it really is. I've also heard that this book might be made into a movie, which doesn't exactly impress me. For a former Simpsons writer, I expected this book to be more amusing. It wasn't. Basically, this complete geek, Denis, confesses his love to this girl, Beth, during his valedictorian speech. The characters are on the extreme side, including Beth's army boyfriend who attempts to murder Denis at several points. The ending sort of summed everything up, but I was more glad that the book was over than anything else.

84. Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

"Meh" is about all I can say. The beginning was fairly interesting, and then...I lost interest. Maybe it's because I read this book spread out - I started it weeks ago and it took me four attempts to finish it, but the fact that it took me four attempts to finish it would also speak for it not really catching my interest. The book was your typical urban fantasy and the first of a series. I don't know if I will read the rest of the series, though since I have them, it seems rather pointless not to. There wasn't anything particularly different about this book to raise it above all the other urban fantasy out there, and the characters just didn't really grab me.

85. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

I am torn about this book, because while I loved the first 3/4 of it, once it became clear who Alice and Charlie were based on (though I had a suspicion at the very beginning, I continued to hope otherwise), I couldn't get their RL counterparts out of my head and since I despise the RL counterpart with a firey passion and it is only thanks to him and his complete ineptness that I went the route of a ardent Democrat... it was kind of hard to focus on the book after that. However, I did really enjoy the beginning and while this book is second to Prep for me, I still rank it above Curtis Sittenfeld's second novel. I really did enjoy Alice's character. I liked the way she matured and her way of telling the story. I think she was great, and it made me more curious about her RL counterpart. And, well, I never particularly cared for Charlie in the beginning, and now with the connection to his RL counterpart evident, I'm not too surprised. I enjoyed the questions that Alice posed to herself at the end of the book and realize that they can't really be answered... but the fact that she posed them shows how she has evolved through the course of the book.

86. Ransom My Heart by Mia Thermopolist/ Meg Cabot

Cute. Semi-predictable, but I did enjoy it. I liked this a lot more as a standalone novel than I did when I was reading the excerpts in the last Princess Diaries book. Finnula was an interesting character and I liked the ending, it seemed to fit the characters well. I haven't read any of Meg Cabot's historical fiction besides this book, but I did like how it's different at least from her other (contemporary) novels. As much as I enjoy her work, it does get largely repetitive at times and this was a refreshing novel, especially since it's in a genre that I tend to avoid.

87. Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce and Culture by Taylor Clark.

For all that I adore YA fiction, this was a nice reprieve, especially since I am addicted to coffee, or at least use it to self-medicate with varying results. The irony, and part of the reason I found the book interesting, was because I didn't even like coffee or coffe drinks until I was introduced to Frappucinos at the tender age of eleven, when I would walk home and stop by Starbucks once a week and purchase my favorite drink. I liked the analysis and history of Starbucks versus other coffee places, and there were several places where I was nodding my head, laughing while remembering. For isntance, the fact that both a Starbucks and a Coffee Bean are across the street from each other on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica -- and that while I first went to the Starbucks, I eventually wandered over to the Coffee Bean because they had kid-sized Frappucinos (called something else, of course, and minus the coffee, but still delicious). Yet there were also places in the book that weren't as entertaining. This book is a history but also marketing strategy of Starbucks and also answers the question "why is Starbucks so popular"? It's not really supposed to be funny, either, though there are some humorous moments.

88. He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

This was interesting and I liked how both a male and female author teamed up to write about it. It's probably good knowledge to have, if I ever get hung up over a guy, once I start dating.

89. Not Anything by Carmen Rodriguez

Decent. Not a favorite, but I liked how everything worked out in the end. This wasn't so much about romance than it was about friendships and overcoming loss.

90. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

Third book in the Howl's Moving Castle series. On one hand, I liked this book. I adore Howl, Sophie and Calcifer, and Morgan is sweet. I also liked seeing Princess Hilda from Castle in the Air and Jamal again. Been awhile since I read that book, so it'll be on my reread list. But what I didn't care for was Charmain. I disliked her magic -- I thought it was too easy. I liked Abdullah much better as a new main character, and I felt as if Charmain was too lucky on how she managed everything.

91. Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

This series keeps on getting weirder and weirder and it's a testament to Charlaine Harris' writing ability that I keep on reading. Fairies, vampires, weres, witches, telepaths -- sometimes it's hard to keep up with and the plotlines are always complicated, but I think that's part of the charm. In this book the weres reveal themselves, just like the vampires did. However, it turns out that the issue of the weres revealing themselves has very little to do with the actual plot. There's one mystery that looks like it might tie in, but the main issues are more based on Eric and Sookie's relationship and the Fairies. A good book and the ending, while not quite as much of a cliff hanger than the previous book, still sort of leaves you wondering. And I have a feeling that the next book is going to be more of a romance.

92. Evermore by Alyson Noel

I was told that this was "Twilight done right". And I have to admit that it did get rid of a lot of the more annoying aspects of Twilight -- the purple prose, the lack of plot, the spineless female lead. However, there was still something about this book that didn't sit right with me. I can't place it exactly. There's just... something. The names were kind of out there, and I guess I felt the book dragged a bit in the middle, and even though I know this is the first of a series or trilogy, it didn't really seem like it. The ending seemed to just kind of fade away... I don't know. Did I like this book? I guess. Will I read the next ones? If I find them as eBooks or at the library. But it definitely didn't make it onto my YA favorites list.

93. Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter

Meh. The VR idea was a bit extreme, and I just didn't really find myself caring very much for Jade or her plight. She was just as sterotypical as she accused everyone else as being.

94. Steal this Book by Abby Hoffman

Amusing. Some parts of it were really extreme, but it was definitely an interesting book. It's amazing how many places there are that give out free lodging or food or clothes or stuff, and besides the stuff that is really against the law, there were some good tips if you're ever broke.

95. Secret Society Girl: an Ivy League Novel by Diana Peterfreund

It was okay. Not brilliant, but I found it amusing. I liked the characters and now I'm off to read the second one.

96. Under the Rose: an Ivy League Novel by Diana Peterfreund

This series is definitely growing on me. It's cute. I feel more for the characters in this book and I'm beginning to like and want to know more about Poe.

97. Rites of Spring Break: an Ivy League Novel by Diana Peterfreund

All right, a series that I was only so-so about has definite emerged as a series I not only like, but want to read the next novel in. I think the ending and the sneak-peek of the next book were my favorite parts of this novel. I already had guessed that Darren knew more than he thought he did, and I am curious about Kurt's statements about how he resigned and why he resigned, because it seems like there was another hidden reason.

98. The Other Half of Me by Emily Franklin

Jenny has known for years that her father isn't really her father -- that her true father is Donor 142, a man who donated his sperm. After feeling like she doesn't fit in with her family anymore, she decides to track down her donor. She ends up finding a sister. The book basically was about how family means different things. Decent, and Jenny did learn her lesson at the end. I have a sister that I grew up apart from, and I know first-hand how hard it is when you're technically related to someone, but just don't have that sibling connection. It was a good book, and I'm slightly curious to know if there's a sequel out or not, because the ending was sort of leaning that way.

99. Wildside by Steven Gould

Interesting book. Charlie discovers a gate on his property in the barn that leads to an alternate, untamed universe, where extinct species run free. He and his friends decide to mine gold and sell a few extinct animals from there. And, as expected, the secret gets out and they have problems with the government. The book was different than what I'd usually read, since I'm not too into science fiction. But I definitely enjoyed it anyways. And I liked the ending, though it still left several questions open.


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100. Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomis

Not great. A lot of drawing, and basically the same as every other drawing book I've read. He's supposed to be great, but I didn't really enjoy this book.

101. Generation S.L.U.T. by Marty Beckerman

This was full of quotes, statistics and then there were these parts with these characters talking about stories. I don't know -- I didn't really like this book. I thought it would be a lot different than it actually was. I get it -- this generation, my generation -- is a lot more sexually active/mature/whatever. And while some of the statistics were interesting, I really didn't get the point of this book with its stories mixed with quotes -- lots of quotes.

102. For Girls Only by Carol Weston

Probably a good book to read when you're a teen or adolescent. It's all about feeling good about yourself and is quite inspiring. I might recommend it to my younger sisters, but this just didn't do it for me. Then again, it's probably an age thing...

103. Geek High by Piper Banks

Pretty meh. It's your typical YA novel, but with little romance and little plot. I liked it when I was reading it, but then it just... ended. I learned that there is a sequel, though, so I think I might like it better. This was definitely not one of my favorite books. The MC was just too... I don't know. She had her math and that was about it.

104. The Little Book of Essential Foreign Swear Words by Emma Burgess

Well, since the German translations were all correct, I'm going to assume that this is an up-to-date book with proper swear words in all languages. It's never fun when you try to swear at someone and they have no absolute idea what you said, because it's something that hasn't been used in twenty years. I think a pronunciation guide would have been handy, though. Because that's just as lame -- swearing at someone and saying something completely different because you didn't pronounce it correctly.

105. Confessions of a Teen Nanny by Victoria Ashton

Cute. I liked the main character. When I turned twenty-one, I actually considered becoming a nanny and even though I know now that it would be a horrible job for me, I still like reading books about it. Adrienne was sweet and I liked Liz too.

106. Rich Girls by Victoria Ashton

Second in the series. Liked this book as well. You've really got to wonder about Camille. And I feel bad for Emily.

107. Juicy Sercets by Victoria Ashton

Third in the series -- and last, I assume. Camille gets what is due to her, Liz and Parker work things out and Adrienne learns a lesson. I'd like a fourth book, but things were pretty well tied up in the end. A nice end to a cute series.

108. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich

The problem with this book is that I was listening to it on my way to and from Uni -- and I kept on laughing. This causes people to stare at you. I so love her books, because they always make me laugh. Her other series are, I admit, not exactly my thing, but I love the Stephanie Plum books, and this was no exception. And Diesel was back again, which was cool. There was also some more insight into Diesel. Great book -- just probably not the best thing to listen to when in public.

109. Cut by Patricia McCormick

The book was okay. I just didn't feel that into it. I think my favorite thing about the book was that the old reality TV show Rescue 911 was featured -- and I loved that show as a kid. I started watching it again on Youtube because of this book.

110. Secrets of a Pregnant Princess

Meh. Pretty basic romance novel. Princess sleeps with someone who turns out to be a jerk, realizes that she is pregnant, her body guard springs in and marries her so that she will not be shamed...they fall in love. I think this is probably part of a series, because there were events referenced that while not important to the plot, seemed like there was more to them. But to give the author credit, everything did make sense and I never felt as if I were missing any actual knowledge.

111. Angels A to Z by Evelyn Dorothy Oliver and James R. Lewis

Interesting. This isn't a huge guide -- there were details that I actually knew better. But I found it interesting and it's a good reference about the angels I haven't researched to death. There's also other stuff in there and it explains everything quite well.

112. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

As an insomniac myself, I found this interesting. And I did like it. I just... don't see why everyone is in love with Sarah Dessen. She writes well, but none of her books make me go "whoa" or anything. I did like Auden and Eli. And I guess Auden's insomnia made sense. I just feel like it's no wonder she's an insomniac... she's basically forcing herself to be one. I don't know -- I didn't really love that part of the book.

113. Web Mage by Kelly McCullough

This book was interesting. I found the beginning very confusing and I still don't get the entire background, but somewhere in the last half it started to really pick up. You definitely need some basic programming knowledge, though, and probably some knowledge in Greek mythology.

114. Cybermancy by Kelly McCullough

Second in the series. Definitely better to get into. Ravirn is really growing on me, and I liked the interaction with Cerberus. He really makes Persephone sympathetic. And of course, Ravirn and Cerice are back.

115. Codespell by Kelly McCullough

Really enjoyed this. The programming/computer stuff gets more complicated, but the author still manages to explain it in terms that I could understand. Ravirn is exploring his powers as the Raven, Cerice is caught between him and her family, Tisiphone is stuck in the middle and it's a great book.

116. MythOS by Kelly McCullough

I didn't like this one as much, since I didn't really get the whole Norse Pantheon thing. But I liked the book and now I want to know what is going to happen to next. Tisiphone's decision was definitely unexpected and I felt bad for Ravirn. And once again, chaos follows him around as he learns about his new powers.

117. Flawless by Sarah Shepard

Second in the Pretty Little Liars series. I read the first one earlier this year and couldn't find the others until now. Whoa, is all I can say. Great book, holds up the expectations of the first one. Ends, like the first one, on a cliff hanger.

118. Perfect by Sarah Shepard

Third in the series. Loved it. Gobbled it down so I could read the next one. A few questions are answered but more questions are posed as the story progresses. What an ending, I really hoped that Hannah would be okay.

119. Unbelievable by Sarah Shepard

Fourth in the series. We find out who A is. I had my suspicions, but eventually dismissed them -- guess I shouldn't have. And the way the whole mystery tied together... shocking. Great book.

120. Wicked by Sara Shepard

Fifth in the series. A may be gone... or are they? Is it a copy cat or someone else? Again, few questions are answered while so many more are posed. The series is so amazing... it really grabs your attention. And I like the cliff hangers at the end of each book, though it's probably going to drive me insane waiting for the 6th one to come out. I read three and a half of these books today because I couldn't quit. Great series.

121. The Boyfriend Game by Stephie Davis

Cute. I enjoyed this. A quick read and I liked Trish a lot. Graham was sweet too and I think this is a great book for teen girls to read, about staying true to themselves and all.

122. Bullyville by Francine Prose

Meh. I thought this would be a lot better than it was. The whole Nola thing kind of threw me, but the rest of the book was rather bland.

123. Wings by Aprilynne Pike

I've heard this compared to Twilight and Stephenie Meyers endorsed it, so I was very sceptical. But I was quite surprised. This isn't my favorite book or anything, but the characters are engaging, there isn't any stalking, the main character seems to actually have a brain and she doesn't instantly alienate herself from everyone at school because of a guy. The whole take on fairies is interesting. I'll probably read the second one.

124. Pregnant: Father Wanted by Claire Baxter

Ugh. I really had to force myself to get through this one. I'm not a fan of romance novels, to be honest. It was a sweet ending and all, but I could have predicted the ending after reading the first chapter. I have to admit that for a Harelquin romance, this one was surprisingly free of anything more than kissing. I guess it was the fact that Alyssa is pregnant, but I think this is the only Harlequin book I've read where they don't have sex -- or even suggest it.

125. Gilding Lily by Tatiana Boncompagni

Not absolutely brilliant, but I enjoyed it. The characters were quite real. And I admit that I have a certain softspot for novels like this, that take on "high society".



See the next post for books 126-241. Apparently the post was too long for LJ...
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