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We haven't had any activity here in a while!  Let me share what I've been reading.

Way back in January, one of my New Year's Resolutions was a two-parter: to only read books this year I've never read before, and to read 52 books for the 52 weeks in the year.  I've been keeping track of the books I finish on shelfari.com (I'm magicalmartha, if you're there too!) and also on my book blog, Alternative Read (literacynotoptional.blogspot.com).  I'm up to 29 books already!  Here is what they are, along with some rating stars and keywords:

1.  The Help, Kathryn Stockett ** (historical fiction)
2.  Naamah's Blessing, Jacqueline Carey ** (fantasy, alternate history, erotic fiction)
3.  Ready Player One, Ernest Cline **** (science fiction, shades of dystopia and 80's nostalgia)
4.  The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern *** (atmospheric Victorian fantasy)
5.  Swamplandia!, Karen Russell *** (magical realism, also ALLIGATORS)
6.  French Milk, Lucy Knisley ** (travelogue, graphic novel)
7.  A Hat Full of Sky, Terry Pratchett **** (YA fantasy, humor)
8.  Kraken, China Mieville *** (weird science fiction horror, also squid cults - think Neil Gaiman/HP Lovecraft lovechild)
9.  Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett **** (YA fantasy, humor)
10.  The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi ** (dystopian science fiction)
11.  The Looking Glass Wars, Frank Beddor * (terrible YA fantasy, Alice in Wonderland-based)
12.  The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick *** (alternate history, dystopian science fiction)
13.  White Cat, Holly Black *** (awesome dark YA fantasy)
14.  The Reapers, John Connolly ** (crime noir, read the other Connolly books, they're better)
15.  The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini *** (contemporary fiction, the Russian occupation of Afghanistan)
16.  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Chris Crutcher *** (realistic YA fiction, also gut-punching like everything Crutcher writes)
17.  Uglies, Scott Westerfeld ** (mediocre YA science fiction)
18.  Pretties, Scott Westerfeld ** (mediocre YA science fiction)
19.  Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool *** (historical children's lit, 1920's America)
20.  Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld **** (AWESOME YA science fiction, alternative history WWI)
21.  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Grace Lin *** (sweet children's fantasy, Chinese fairy tale-esque)
22.  Simon Bloom, Gravity Keeper, Michael Riseman ** (mediocre children's science fiction)
23.  When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead *** (beginner's time travel, super light science fiction)
24.  Graceling, Kristin Cashore *** (YA survivalist fantasy)
25.  The Book Thief, Markus Zusak **** (historical fiction, WWII)
26.  Revolver, Marcus Sedgwick *** (YA historical fiction, Alaskan gold rush)
27.  The Outcast Dead, Graham McNeill *** (science fiction, Warhammer 40K universe)
28.  Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, Jenny Lawson **** (the funniest book I have ever read)
29.  Deliverance Lost, Gav Thorpe ** (science fiction, Warhammer 40K universe)

For more comments, you should probably check out my blog.

What have you guys been reading this year?


Holy.shit. You've done extremely well with your resolution - I'm a little envious.

So much of my time has been eaten with classes and studying that I've barely had time to read anything, which is sad in and of itself.

I've been working on The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, and I love it so far, but I'm reading it in 10-page increments. It might take a while to complete, hahaha.

I did finish reading some Madeline Wickham - The Gatecrasher and Sleeping Arrangements. I also read The Legacy by Katherine Webb, but I can't remember if I did so before or after the new year. X_X

After I finish my Verne, I'm planning on picking up the Dragonriders of Pern series again - I've never actually finished it, although I've loved every book I've read. ♥
Some of these I read for a children's literature class, so they were both not hard to get through and mandatory. But mostly I have a half-hour commute to and from work every day, which has been really great for getting some reading done!

I find the easiest way to digest Verne is in 10-page increments; not to say I don't love him, because I do. But dude can be dense sometimes.

Hnngh, I LOVE the Pern books. At least, I loved the core four; I had some trouble with the outlier books. But I can't really resist anything with dragons in. <3