I remember hardly any of these books. That can’t be a good sign. Ah well. Such is the life of a pregnant speed reader.
109. Willow – I remember liking this book. Much more than I normally like “issues” books. Sadly, I remember almost nothing else about it.
110. Swim the Fly – one of my top books of the year – I really loved this book. AND I laughed out loud at parts, which is quite unusual for me. It’s rare that I LOVE books with adolescent males as the main characters, but this book was fabulous. Highly recommend.
111. I also really liked Carter Finally Gets It – but it’s pretty similar to Swim the Fly, which I preferred by a slim margin.
112. A Summer Affair – I was really glad I didn’t buy this book, as it was mediocre at best, but I loved the cover art so that sucked me in.
113. September Sisters – What in the heck was this about? Dear lord, let’s blame all this pregnancy brain, because I also have no memory whatsoever of this, but it can’t have been too terrible. I usually remember the really bad ones.
114. Catching Fire – Loved it. Read it. Start waiting for the next one and wondering why there isn’t more great YA Adventure stuff out there.
115. How to Buy A Love of Reading – interesting. It was far from perfect , but I still think about it. Definite recommend.
116. Case Histories – some random mystery my mom must have bought in the airport. I prefer her non mysteries.
117. A Certain Strain of Peculiar – I really liked this book, despite the overall general formulaic vibe.
118. The Summer I Turned Pretty – I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I found it to be a bit too drawn out and it felt like nothing much happened. I needed MORE.
119. The Old Cape Magic – I was running out of YA Library books so I was forced to resort to random books I had lying around. This took me forever to get through. I liked hearing about Cape Cod, but the main characters were the unpleasant sorts that you get pretty sick of after not too long.
120. The Chosen One – Another polygamist cult “issue” novel. I think I need to quit reading about this subject matter because I never like it.
121. Twenty Boy Summer – Meh. (Right about now is when I started to lose my faith in random teenage girl YAF and decided to read some other stuff.)
122. Messed Up – Things just kept getting so much worse in this book that I kind of had to check out emotionally.
123. Caddie Woodlawn – one of my all time faves.
124. My Side of the Mountain – Another one of my all time faves. I could reread this book 100 times, I think, and never get sick of it.
125. Crazy for the Storm – Interesting, and an easy read, but not at all what I expected from the big review build up I had read ahead of time. I enjoyed the parts about the disaster/storm survival, but since it happened in a 24 hour period or so, the alternating chapters about the main characters childhood felt like padding. I think this could have been a magazine article, it didn’t need to be a book.
126. This Full House – The final book in the Make Lemonade trilogy. I liked it, but Make Lemonade is still my favorite book, and one of the major plot points in this book felt MIGHTY contrived.
127. Perfect Life – This was one of those books with too many main characters. Just when I got interested in someone’s story, they’d never be heard from again.
128. The Believers – The mother in this book is SO ROTTEN to the daughter that it makes the entire book nearly unreadable.
129. Juliet, Naked – Meh. In other news, I bought this in Australia, and let’s all be grateful that we live in the good old USA, because all the books in Australia were softcover (even new releases) and were still UNCONSCIONABLY expensive. I paid $35 for this book in SOFT COVER.
130. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Oy. I had high hopes for this book, and they weren’t met…my feelings on this book are somewhat similar to my feelings on the Kite Runner. It felt like a gross exhibitionist catalog of sexual assault. No thank you – not as the explanation for every single facet of the mystery you’ve been building for 400 some pages. Blargh.
131. Swimming – Loved it. I’m not sure where it’s been – I really didn’t hear anything about this book this year, and it was one my favorites.
132. Sag Harbor – interesting. I would never have finished it if I hadn’t brought it to Australia, but I’m glad I read it. Interesting to hear about “the other side” of the Hamptons.
133. All Over Creation – Oy. I found the characters in this intensely annoying. The seed stuff was interesting.
134. Anarchy and Old Dogs – For a random mystery, surprisingly funny and entertaining.
135. Best Bad Luck I Ever Had – I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. Skewed maybe a little young for me?
136. The Great Brain – Another one of my very very favorites of all time.
137. Heavier than Heaven – might I recommend not reading a biography of a someone with a chronic stomach ailment so bad that it may have eventually led to suicide while one is in the first trimester of pregnancy?
138. These Happy Golden Years – Sigh. Perfection.
139. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Another one of my favorites EVER. The perfect blend of good writing, dark humor, sarcasm, and love.
140. Splendor – the last book in the Luxe series and my least favorite. No spoilers, but I hated the ending.
141. Mare’s War – I really really liked this book, and for some reason I had really low expectations. Although I can’t lie, I skimmed the “modern day” chapters, but I devoured the ones about the war.
142. Rebel Angels – I’ve been sucked into the Gemma Doyle trilogy, years after everyone else, I suspect. This book was sort of stupid, but it was entertaining.
143. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List – NOT a fan.
144. Strawberry Hill – Sort of boring (too young for me?) but it was nice enough.
145. Crooked River – I really liked this book. Strangely compelling historical novel about a captured Indian in 1800’s Ohio.
146. The Third Angel – probably my least favorite Alice Hoffman book I’ve read so far, and normally I am a big big fan.
147. Looking for Mary – Maggie told me to read this and I loved it. It made me want to pilgrimage to Medjugorge like, tomorrow.
148. Christmas on Ice – It’s not really Christmas if you don’t read the Santaland Diaries at least once.
149. The Donovan Legacy – Oh, this book was MIGHTY amusing. A romance novel AND magicians makes for an awesome combination.
150. The Fifth Woman – Almost done! Mostly entertaining random mystery. The swedish or the translation always reads a little funny.
(btw, I numbered this wrong early on and then almost had a heart attack when I only made it to 149. But no, 150, there it is! Goal accomplished! Now I have to step up my game to read 200 next year. I think it’s totally doable – I had some major chunks of time when I read nothing this year, so I’m pretty sure I can do it. Go ME!)