Jan. 3rd, 2013

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1 Brian SelznickThe Invention of Hugo Cabret3
2 Maureen JohnsonThe Name of the Star3Shades of London #1
3 John GreenThe Fault In Our Stars5
4 Rebecca SteadWhen You Reach Me3
5 Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince4Infernal Devices #2
6 Erin MorgensternThe Night Circus5
7 Ernest ClineReady Player One4
8 Jennifer E. SmithThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight3
9 Brandon SandersonThe Alloy of Law3
10 Holly BlackBlack Heart3Curse Workers #3
11 Ursula VernonDragonbreath3Dragonbreath #1
12 Ursula VernonAttack of the Ninja Frogs3Dragonbreath #2
13 Ursula VernonCurse of the Were-wiener3Dragonbreath #3
14 Ursula VernonLair of the Bat Monster3Dragonbreath #4
15 Ursula VernonNo Such Thing as Ghosts3Dragonbreath #5
16 Ursula VernonRevenge of the Horned Bunnies3Dragonbreath #6
17 Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (ed.)Steampunk!4
18 Maryrose WoodThe Mysterious Howling5The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1
19 Maryrose WoodThe Hidden Gallery5The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2
20 Maryrose WoodThe Unseen Guest5The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #3
21 Joseph DelaneyGrimalkin the Witch Assassin4Last Apprentice #9
22 Tom AnglebergerThe Strange Case of Origami Yoda2Origami Yoda #1
23 Augusten BurroughsThis Is How4
24 Tony DiTerlizziA Hero for WondLa4WondLa #2
25 Cornelia FunkeGhost Knight4
26 Kristin CashoreFire4
27 Adam RexThe True Meaning of Smekday5
28 Cheryl StrayedTiny Beautiful Things5
29 Michael ScottThe Alchemyst3Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #1
30 Gillen & BraithwaiteJourney Into Mystery: Fear Itself3
31 Michael ScottThe Magician3Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #2
32 Michael ScottThe Sorceress3Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #3
33 Michael ScottThe Necromancer3Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #4
34 Philippa GregoryChangeling4Order of Darkness #1
35 Michael ScottThe Warlock2Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #5
36 Rick RiordanThe Demigod Diaries3Heroes of Olympus
37 Cheryl StrayedWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail3
38XWalter IsaacsonSteve Jobs3
39 Michael ScottThe Enchantress2Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #6
40 Rick RiordanThe Mark of Athena4Heroes of Olympus #3
41 Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children4Miss Peregrine #1
42 Chad GibbsLove Thy Rival3
43 Jim ButcherCold Days4Dresden Files #14
44 David ByrneHow Music Works3
45 Michael SimsThe Story of Charlotte's Web3
46 Tom AnglebergerDarth Paper Strikes Back2Origami Yoda #2
47 Tom AnglebergerThe Secret of the Fortune Wookiee2Origami Yoda #3
48 Ursula VernonWhen Fairies Go Bad3Dragonbreath #7
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For five years (2008-2012) I posted brief reviews of most of the books I read to the LJ community [livejournal.com profile] bookslide, mostly for the benefit of my friends [livejournal.com profile] paperlibrarian and [profile] mackatlaw. As that time has passed, I've been doing more and more of my personal journaling on DW, more of my friends have joined me here, and the level of service at LJ has gradually deteriorated. As I write this, LJ is completely inaccessible to me much of the time, and even when it is responding, only the "older" update form (which is about to be retired) works on my iPad. I'm tired of fighting with it every few days.

What I've done at this point is to create a summary post here for the books from each year, with links to the original reviews I posted on LJ, which hopefully aren't going anywhere. Going forward I will post new reviews in this community, and possibly occasional summaries to the LJ community for the benefit of anyone who doesn't want to follow me here.

One word of warning! Some of my reviews contain spoilers. I used cut tags, but if you're clicking the links in the summary table, the cuts will be ignored!

An explanation of table columns in the summaries:

# is just enumerating the number of books I read that year.

JRI (Just Read It) indicates if this is a book I've had on my shelf waiting to be read for a while. I have an active library habit which distracts me from my backlog of purchased books.

✭ is the number of stars I gave the book on Goodreads. You won't see anything below a 3 very often since I usually abandon a book if I don't like it.

Author, Title and Series should be self-explanatory. I like fantasy, and most fantasy books are part of a series, and some of the series are getting ridiculously long. (I'm looking at you, Dresden Files. Not that I'm complaining.)

I think that's everything! I'm keeping this mostly for my own review, but comments are welcome!
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This book, taken alongside An Abundance of Katherines, would seem to indicate that John Green has a mild obsession with different people who share the same name. I thought maybe the two Will Graysons would be confused with each other on Facebook, but the way they eventually become aware of each other is much more radically unlikely and amusing.

My main issue with every John Green book except The Fault in Our Stars (and why TFiOS represents such a quantum leap in his writing) is the unshakeable knowledge that he is his protagonist, no matter how much he tries to pretend otherwise. He was stuck on TFiOS for ten years until he realized he had to take himself (his experience as a chaplain for terminally ill children) out of the story.

On the other hand, John Green by any name is always a smart, funny, likable guy, and so are his friends.

He calls this his "big, gay book," and it is exactly that. But there's no bullying - some shit-talking, sure, but with no real heat or threat in it. It's like a utopian vision of what coming of age as a homosexual would be like if everyone in your community was pretty much okay with it: his personal version of "It Gets Better."

I read it with a grin on my face and a tear in my eye.


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