Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Catching Up

It's been a while since I last posted, so I wanted to just give a quick overview of the books I've read since April. I'll write a few comments now, but hopefully I'll be able to post more in-depth reviews later.

Here goes:

Lost in A Good Book
Jasper Fforde
1 May 2010

Part of the Thursday Next Series, a fantastically original series starting with The Eyre Affair.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Terry Pratchett
2 May 2010

Hilarious and unexpected. A book worth reading many times.

So Yesterday
Scott Westerfield
3 May 2010

Cornelia Funke
3 May 2010

Last book of the Inkheart trilogy. This book starts a little slowly but when you get into the action, you are captivated by Funke's story and language.

The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
4 May 2010

This book was a bit to similar the the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Riordan for my taste, but overall very enjoyable.

The Well of Lost Plots
Jasper Fforde
6 May 2010

Next book in the Thursday Next series.

Princess of the Midnight Ball
Jessica Day George
12 May 2010

A retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I already wrote about how much I liked Jessica Day George in the Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow post. I personally like Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow better, but Princess of the Midnight Ball still has the beautiful writing style and incredible plot that defines George's books.

The Actor and the Housewife
Shannon Hale
17 May 2010

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Ian Fleming
24 May 2010

I got a box of books handed down to me and I remembered reading this book when I was really little. Written in a way that a younger person could enjoy, I found myself smiling as I read about the adventures of the Pott family and their magical car.

Princess of Glass
Jessica Day George
26 May 2010

A retelling of Cinderella with some of the same characters from Princess of the Midnight Ball. Sort of a sequel, but you do not need to read Princess of the Midnight Ball first.

Bulfinch's Mythology
29 May 2010

Interesting for people who like mythology (like me), but even I couldn't get more than halfway though it. It's a big thick book that is not meant for light reading.

James Patterson
2 June 2010

Newest book of the Maximum Ride series. I liked this series at first, but the last few books have been disappointing. I thought this book was pretty pathetic compared to the original Maximum Ride books.

The Princess and the Hound
Mette Ivie Harrison
2 June 2010

Something Rotten
Jasper Fforde
3 June 2010

Another Thursday Next book.

The Wide-Awake Princess
E.D. Baker
3 June 2010

Cute, but I think I've grown out of E.D. Baker. Tells the tale of Sleeping Beauty's sister, who goes to find the perfect prince for her sister.

First Among Sequels
Jasper Fforde
6 June 2010

Yet another Thursday Next book.

The Princess and the Bear
Mette Ivie Harrison
7 June 2010

Sequel to The Princess and the Hound.

The Princess and the Snowbird
Mette Ivie Harrison

14 June 2010

Sequel to The Princess and the Bear.

Okay, we're coming out of the princess phase here. I didn't really notice while I was reading them how many princess books I was reading in a row. They were all very different, even though they all had to do with princesses.

Shakespeare's Secret
Elise Broach
17 June 2010

The Big Over Easy
Jasper Fforde
17 June 2010

NOT a Thursday Next book, even though it is by the same author. A slower read (personally I liked the Thursday Next books better) but with the classic Jasper Fforde cleverness and originality. Detective Jack Spratt of the Nursery Crime Division investigates the murder of Humpty Dumpty and discovers a larger plot in the process.

Halls of Fame
John D'Agata
17 June 2010

Summer Reading. Still not done with this one. Gack!

A Countess Below Stairs
Eva Ibbottson
20 June 2010

This is the first YA book by Eva Ibbottson I had read. I read most of her books for younger kids, but I didn't know what to expect for this one. It set a high bar for her others.

The Supernaturalist
Eoin Colfer
24 June 2010

Here Lies Arthur
Philip Reeve
30 June 2010

I love Reeve's books. They are all so incredibly different from each other, and they are all amazing. This one was no exception.

The Cardturner
Louis Sachar
1 July 2010

The Wee Free Men
Terry Pratchett
4 July 2010


A Hat Full of Sky
Terry Pratchett
6 July 2010

Sequel to The Wee Free Men.

Terry Pratchett
6 July 2010

Sequel to A Hat Full of Sky. Can also be read by itself. My favorite of the three.

The Time Travelers
Linda Buckley-Archer
8 July 2010

The Amulet of Samarkand
Jonathan Stroud
11 July 2010

Book One of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. One of my favorite books.

The Golem's Eye
Jonathan Stroud
14 July 2010

Book Two of the Bartimaeus Trilogy.

George Orwell
14 July 2010

Ptolemy's Gate
Jonathan Stroud
16 July 2010

Book Three of the Bartimaeus Trilogy.

Gregor the Overlander
Suzanne Collins
20 July 2010

I knew Suzanne Collins from the Hunger Games Trilogy, so I decided the try the Underlander series. Written for younger readers than the Hunger Games, it didn't catch my interest nearly as much, but it was very well written, as all Collins books (that I've read) are.

The Amaranth Enchantment
Julie Berry
22 July 2010

A very nice, light read.

Fever Crumb
Philip Reeve
22 July 2010

Very different from the other Reeve books, but still exceptional. Prequel to the Hungry City series.

The Wish List
Eoin Colfer
23 July 2010

Not as great as the other Colfer books, but still nice for a quick read.

A Company of Swans
Eva Ibbottson
26 July 2010

Peter Pan in Scarlet
Geraldine McCaughrean
26 July 2010

A sequel to Peter Pan, with an interesting back-story to how it came about. I found myself caught up in the action, with a fantastic "OH" moment when all the parts of the story just came together. I love it when books do that.

The Woman in the Wall
Patrice Kindl
29 July 2010

The Atlantis Complex
Eoin Colfer
3 August 2010

Newest book of the Artemis Fowl series. I love the series, but this book was a little disappointing. I definitely recommend Artemis Fowl in general though.

Thirteenth Child
Patricia C. Wrede
4 August 2010

A fun book. I don't know if there's a sequel, but I want to read it.

A School for Sorcery
E. Rose Sabin
6 August 2010

Elise Broach
14 August 2010

While reading this book, I thought, "wouldn't it be great if... (deleted for Spoiler Content)" and it happened, but it was just different enough from what I had expected for me to appreciate the extra thought put in to make the unexpected twist actually unexpected. :)

Heroes of the Valley
Jonathan Stroud
16 August 2010

A classic hero's journey mixed with coming of age story with Stroud's wonderful writing style and sense of humor underlying it all. Very enjoyable.

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
Nancy Farmer
18 August 2010

Definitely different from anything else I've read, and a great story with memorable characters put masterfully together by Nancy Farmer.

And we're done! I'll try to get more complete reviews of these books up soon. Until then, happy reading!

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