Sweet Trouble

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Monday, December 31, 2007

GoodReads of 2007

I read a lot of books in 2007. Very few of them made it here; even some that I especially loved failed to be reviewed because of what was going on in real life. Still, having a baby and raising a preschooler are no excuse for shoddy blogging. Thus one of my resolutions for the new year is to try and keep track of what I read and to review more of them online for my friends.

There a many online tools for bookaholics such as ourselves. I've messed about with Library Thing and GoodReads, and Facebook has applications as well. GoodReads is the format I've decided upon, though, and I will officially never be bored at my computer again as there will always be books I could be entering into the system. I joined GoodReads in 2006, and have books from as far back as the fifth grade (um, circa 1983?) to type into my personal catalog. I decided upon this activity as one of my resolutions after learning that the public library does NOT, in fact, keep a record of things I check out. I foolishly believed, in the back of my head, that they surely kept a record and if I ever really wanted to know what I'd gotten from their shelves over the years I could get a print out. Silly me. Apparently our borrowing habits are erased upon return. Something about protecting civil liberties.

I obviously failed to keep track of the library books I read this year (or last year, or any year at all) but I've composed as complete a list as possible of the books I know that I read, or re-read as the case may be, in the year 2007. In no particular order, here they are:

Outlander - Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber - Gabaldon
Voyager - Gabaldon
Drums of Autumn - Gabaldon
Fiery Cross - Gabaldon
Breath of Snow and Ashes - Gabaldon
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Rowling (three times)
Inda - Smith
The Fox (twice) Smith
Pants on Fire - Cabot
Teen Idol - Cabot
How to be Popular - Cabot
She Went All the Way (twice)- Cabot
The Blue Sword - McKinley
The Hero and the Crown - McKinley
Lion Witch and Wardrobe - Lewis
Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Lewis
Summer of You and Me - Brashares
Territory - Bull
Up Close and Dangerous - Howard
Austenland - Hale
River Secrets - Hale
Queen of Babble: Big City - Cabot
New Moon - Meyer
Eclipse - Meyer
Belly of The Bloodhound - L.A. Meyer
Bermudez Triangle - Johnson
All Together Dead - Harris
Grave Surprise - Harris
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding - Harris
Forever in Blue - Brashares
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Brashares
Second Summer of the Sisterhood -Brashares
Girls in Pants - Brashares
Kushiel’s Dart - Carey
Kushiel’s Justice - Carey
Pride and Prejudice - Austen
The Handmaids Tale - Atwood
Riding Lessons - Gruen
Flying Changes - Gruen
Water for Elephants - Gruen
Confederation of Valor -Huff
Spellbinder - Rawn
Quilter’s Homecoming- Chiaverini
The Harlequin - Hamilton
The Mislaid Magician - Wrede/Stevemore
First Test - Pierce
Page - Pierce
Squire - Pierce
Lady Knight - Pierce
Kitty Goes to Washington - Vaughn
Kitty takes a Holiday - Vaughn
Kitty and the Midnight Hour - Vaughn
Jinx - Cabot
Exit Strategy - Armstrong
The Night Journal - Crook
The Unrivalled Spangles - Wallace
Ride a Painted Pony - Eagle
Windfall - Caine
Ill Wind - Caine
Heat Stroke - Caine
Thin Air - Caine
Chill Factor - Caine
Firestorm - Caine
Innocent as Sin - Lowell
Innocent In Death - Robb
Home to Holly Springs - Karon
Obsession - Robards
Don’t Look Down- Cruise/Mayer
Harry Potter and Sorcerers Stone - Rowling
Harry and Chamber of Secrets - Rowling
Harry and Prisoner of Azkaban - Rowling
Harry and Goblet of Fire - Rowling
Harry and Half Blood Prince - Rowling
Harry and Order of the Phoenix - Rowling
Magic’s Child - Larbalestier
Something Borrowed - Giffen
Something Blue -Giffen
Babywise - Ezzo
Fortune’s Fool - Lackey
Throne of Jade - Novik
His Majesty’s Dragon- Novik
Black Powder War - Novik
Magic Hour - Hanna
The Edge of Winter - Rice
Swimming Without a Net - Davidson
Sleeping with the Fishes - Davidson
Empire of Ivory - Novik
A Lick of Frost - Hamilton
Blood Pact - Huff
The Faerie Path - Jones
The Looking Glass Wars - Beddor
The Blood Confession - Libby
Blood Brothers- Roberts
Blue Smoke - Roberts
Angels Fall - Roberts

Since I've been bad about keeping up with monthly recommendations, I'm just going to list my favorites for the year over to the right. We'll see if I keep up with my resolutions enough to get back to the monthly listings later.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

The Tale's of Beedle the Bard

In case you've missed out on the news, everyone's favorite storyteller, J.K. Rowling has handwritten 7 copies of the Beedle the Bard stories featured in the last Harry Potter novel. Amazon bought one and is sharing, sort of it.

Check it out: www.amazon.com/beedlebard