Books read in 2008
Submitted by chellepixel on Wed, 01/02/2008 - 02:36
January Book Log
- GAIMAN, NEIL. M Is for Magic. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. - This is a great short story collection; however I was slightly disappointed that a few stories I've already read in other collections
- DITERLIZZI, TONY and BLACK, HOLLY. The Ironwood Tree. London: Simon & Schuster, 2004. - This is the 4th book in the Spiderwick Chronicles. Even though this series is meant for 8-10 yr. olds, I'm throughly enjoying it myself. Despite the fact that the plot rehashes many other ideas from fairy tales and such, it still lures me making me want to read more to see what happens to the Grace children next.
- DITERLIZZI, TONY and BLACK, HOLLY. The Wrath of Mulgarath. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004.
- -This last book in the Spiderwick Chronicles and though I enjoyed it I found that this book was far too predictable. Great artwork and overall the series was entertaining and a great series to read to a young one before bed.
- LINT, CHARLES. The Blue Girl. New York, N.Y. Firebird, 2006. -Far from the ordinary YA book, this takes place in Newford full of fairies, ghosts and all of the other wonderful characters who come from the Borderlands and Otherworld. Some people may find the plot of teenage A crowd bullying the "freaks or losers" for no reason, but really folks it happens every day I happened to be a victim of said plot in real life. Also I say a comment somewhere that they felt the characters "suffered(sic) from the "Dawson's Creek" syndrome -- their vocabularies and mannerisms are a bit more mature than their supposed 17 years". I beg to differ there are many teens who have an immense lexicon especially if they are book geeks, 8-) as well as the maturity level higher than many adults despite their age. This book was a breath of fresh air.
- MILLAR, MARTIN. The Good Fairies of New York. Brooklyn, NY: Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.
- -good, funny and fluffy with moments of seriousness with loads of drinking and fighting between the fairies -- Scottish, Irish, English, Chinese, Ghanaian and Italian. Even some magic mushrooms consumed (by the fairies) and a menthylated spirit concoction mixed with boot polish, herbs and spices drinking by one intriguing and unusual bag lady. Sounds a bit strange, apparently not to two New Yorkers, Dinnie and Kerry who have no choice but to live and get involved with two feuding Scottish thistle fairies , Heather and Morag. I like how he mixes somewhat bawdy and capricious humour with serious event, I find it makes those serious events stand out and make you really ponder over them, because without the humour it maybe uncomfortable and awkward to read about. I'm on the lookout for more of Millar's books now.
- DE LINT, CHARLES. Little (grrl) Lost. New York, N.Y. Viking, 2007.
- -Another entertaining romp into the magical world of Newford. Anyways it'a always joy to read of de Lint's books, regardless what age group it's meant for! Keep in mind this is meant for a much younger reader than even The Blue Girl.
- GABALDON, DIANA. The Fiery Cross. [Toronto]: Anchor Canada, 2002.
- -so I've read a lot of reviews whinging about this book being boring and too full of descriptions of breastfeeding and other real life things. They are complaining that it lacks adventure and romance that all the other Outlander series books have. I beg to differ. I enjoyed the descriptive details of life in the backwoods. There was adventure, just a wee bit more tame than the usual Outlander books. Diana really did impress me with her descriptions in this book. I guess it's not for those who are looking for the average romance/alt. history/historical romance fluff, because with this book there wasn't much fluffy bits. I don't want to go into details to ruin the book for anyone, but I enjoyed this one just as much as the others if not a wee bit more! Onto the next book!
- WYNNE-JONES, DIANA. The Lives of Christopher Chant : the Childhood of Chrestomanci. London: Collins, 2000.
- -great YA fantasy book and a fantastic series.
- PERRY, LAURIE. Drunk, Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair : the True-life Misadventures of a 30-something Who Learned to Knit After He Split. Deerfield Beach FL: Health Communications, 2007.
- -I picked this up because I'm a Knitter and have followed Laurie's blog for quite a while now. I was worried that I might not enjoy this book like I enjoy her ramblings online; however reading this proved me wrong. This is the story of how Crazy Aunt Purl came to be a Knitter and a knitting blog icon as well as her struggle to find herself during and after her divorce and it was just as entertaining and funny as her blog!
- Duane Jones, Diane. High Wizardry. San Diego: Harcourt, 2001.
- de Lint, Charles. Promises to Keep. Burton: Subterranean Press, 2007.
- Mckillip, Patricia. Od Magic. City: Ace Trade, 2006.
Febuary Book Log
- Coupland, Douglas. Eleanor Rigby: a Novel. City: Bloomsbury USA, 2006.
- Chmakova, Svetlana. Dramacon, Volume 1. NY: Tokyopop, 2005.
- Duane, Diane. A Wizard Abroad: The Fourth Book in the Young Wizards Series. New York: Magic Carpet Books, 2001.
- Duane, Diane. The Wizard's Dilemma (The Fifth Book in the Young Wizards Series). New York: Magic Carpet Books, 2002.
- Hetley, James A.. Dragon's Eye. New York: Ace, 2006.
- Jones, Diana Wynne. Conrad's Fate (A Chrestomanci Book). New York, NY: Eos, 2006.
- Owen, James A.. Here, There Be Dragons (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica). New York: Simon Pulse, 2007.
- Rawn, Melanie. Spellbinder: A Love Story With Magical Interruptions. Bridgeport: Tor Fantasy, 2007
March Book Log
- Mckillip, Patricia A.. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld (Magic Carpet Books). New York: Magic Carpet Books, 2006.
- Duane, Diane. A Wizard Alone: The Sixth Book in the Young Wizards Series. New York: Magic Carpet Books, 2003.
- Black, Holly. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale. New York: Simon Pulse, 2004.
- Black, Holly. Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie. New York: Simon Pulse, 2006.
- Chmakova, Svetlana. Dramacon, Volume 2. NY: Tokyopop, 2006.
- Chmakova, Svetlana. Dramacon Volume 3 (Dramacon). NY: Tokyopop, 2007.
- Black, Holly. Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale. New York: Simon Pulse, 2008.
- Pratchett, Terry. Making Money. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.
- Duane, Diane, and Diane Duane. Wizard's Holiday: The Seventh Book in the Young Wizards Series. New York: Magic Carpet Books, 2005.
- Murphy, C.E.. House of Cards (The Negotiator, Book 2). New York: Luna, 2008.
April Book Log
- Butcher, Jim. Small Favor: A Novel of the Dresden Files. New York: Roc Hardcover, 2008.
- Chance, Karen. Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer Series, Book 3). NY: Roc, 2008.
- Nye, Jody Lynn. School of Light. Riverdale, NY: Baen, 1999.Wrede,
- Patricia C.. Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One. New York: Magic Carpet Books, 2002.
- Wrede, Patricia C.. Searching for Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book Two. New York: Magic Carpet Books, 2002.
May Book Log
- Bull, Emma. War for the Oaks. New York: Ace Books, Inc., 1987.
- Gilman, Laura Anne. Free Fall (Retrievers, Book 5). New York: Luna, 2008.