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For the last few summers I’ve kept track of the number of books I’ve read, but there was never a set starting or ending date for “summer”. Just when my finals and responsibilities were done and I got to escape from the required literature of my major.

But I think I’ve found my official New Year of Books date (April 28) because nothing says an end to responsibilities and the beginning of the fluff books like an emergency ovarian cyst surgery. ☺

This post is either:
1) bragging
2) basic record keeping, or
3) sharing the fruits of my quite enjoyable labors.

Probably a little of all, and LATE besides.

{booklist, roughly in order}

Total: 56 read, 8 re-read

Notation Key: *=re-read book; (gn)=graphic novel; (ab)=audiobook; (cb)=children’s book, bolding=this book was so good! And made me think too!

1. Vampire Academy—Richelle Mead
2. Definitely Dead*—Charlaine Harris
3. All Together Dead—Charlaine Harris
4. Shalador’s Lady—Anne Bishop
5. Phoenix and Ashes*—Mercedes Lackey
6. Welcome to the Jungle—Jim Butcher
7. Mona Lisa Craving—Sunny
8. Mona Lisa Darkening—Sunny
9. Tangled Webs*—Anne Bishop
10. Serenity: Better Days (gn)—Joss Whedon
11. American Gods*—Neil Gaiman
12. Foundation—Mercedes Lackey
13. Wolverine: The End (gn)—????
14. 1802 (gn)—Neil Gaiman
15. Rules of Engagement—Elizabeth Moon
16. Grave Secret—Charlaine Harris
17. Backup*—Jim Butcher
18. The Looking Glass War—Frank Beddar
19. The Help—Kathryn Stockett
20. Ultimate Fantastic Four (gn)—???
21. Fantastic Four (gn)—J. Michael Straczynski(?)
22. The Dresden Files: Storm Front V. 1 (gn)—Jim Butcher
23. Marvel 1602: New World (gn)
24. The Lightning Thief (cb)—Rick Riodan [Percy Jackson and the Olympians]
25. The Sea of Monsters (cb)—Rick Riodan
26. The Titan’s Curse (cb)—Rick Riodan
27. The Battle of the Labyrinth (cb)—Rick Riodan
28. Cyrano de Bergerac (play)—Edmund Rostrand, trans. Hooker
29. The Machine Stops (ab)—E. M. Forster
30. Perdido Street Station—China Miéville
31. Animal Farm—George Orwell
32. Court Duel*—Sherwood Smith
33. Silver Borne—Patricia Briggs
34. Mona Lisa Blossoming*—Sunny
35. Mean Streets (only ½, but I count it anyway)—Jim Butcher et al.
36. Silver Borne*—yeah, reread this one FAST
37. Buffy the Vampire Hunter (gn)—Joss Whedon
38. By the Sword—F. Paul Wilson
39. Armageddon in Retrospect (ab)—Kurt Vonnegut
40. The Harlequin—Laurell K Hamilton
41. The Fantastic Four: Civil War (gn)—???
42. Blood Noir—Laurell K Hamilton
43. Cerulean Sins—Laurell K. Hamilton
44. Masques—Patricia Briggs
45. Romeo and Juliet (play)—Shakespeare
46. The Graveyard Book (cb?)—Neil Gaiman
47. Midnight Embrace—Amanda Ashley
48. Nameless—Sam Starbuck
49. Charitable Getting—Sam Starbuck
50. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (cb?)—J.K. Rowling
51. Los mercaderos del diablo (cb)—Juan Farias
52. Love Wins (ab)—Rob Bell
53. Paradise Regained—John Milton
54. Red Riding Hood—Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
55. Purgatorio (ab)—Dante Alighieri trans. Longfellow
56. Eirick the Red’s Saga (ab)—anonymous

Note: My numbering system is crazy, because I don’t count short stories read on their own, but I do count graphic novels which are probably about the same amount of text and content, and I count children’s chapter books, but not smaller children’s books, and I’m not counting fanfic at all (which kills my total, btw) because it’s hard to put it into neat packages.

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Reading Commentary

--Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton and Sunny I read for the sex, but the sex (literary! LITERARY!) was not that great this summer.

--Two other things that were not that great: Midnight Embrace (it was a gift, so I finished it, dammit, but now I need to write a realistic, creepy vampire romance to get the irrational crawling feeling of a sickeningly cheesy romance novel off my skin) and Red Riding Hood (I hated it, but I paid €10 for it, so I read it, dammit. This book doesn’t even inspire me. Just makes me want to set things on fire. Books are supposed to be LESS shallow than their movies, even the novelizations…)

--Neil Gaiman. Read him. Just…read him. American Gods (in addition to being the focus of my senior seminar paper) was one of the two things (the other is Supernatural) that convinced me that maybe my life was worth writing about. Which, folk had been telling me that for a while (more in another post) but those two things make me go “Hell, yeah, that’s my life, and yes it WAS interesting.”

--CLASSICS: which I define as “Anything public domain and/or required for a lit major”. I used to never read these during the summer. Not because I don’t love them, but because I read enough of that during the school year, thank you, and I needed paranormal romance novel and fluff fantasy to balance out my humors. This year, knowing I NEVER HAVE TO GO BACK, MWHAHAHH, I actually read and adored a lot. They’re not to everyone’s taste, but there’s something epic the consistent human emotions and desires contained there-in. I like experiencing different literary styles. And iambic pentameter is pretty nice to listen to while walking (thank you for hours and hours of audiobooks!)

--The Help: I wasn’t excited by the back (I read very little normal fiction; it’s a tragic apathy, or maybe just the fact that I would rather watch things explode…) but it was a gift so I read it. In two days, staying up way too late, and I either cried, or I came damn close to crying. Which doesn’t happen a lot.

--Sam Starbuck: one of the great tragedies of my reading life is that I’ve burned through most of his fanfic masterlist that I’m willing to read (the little that remains I either don't want to spoil myself or I don't think it will make sense if I read the fanfic before watching/reading the original media. Though let me say that a few series are on my future reading list because of his work...).
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