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Book List 2009


January
1. Love (and other uses for duct tape) by Carrie Jones -- 4 stars

The sequel to Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend and just as good. Belle is one of my favourite fictional characters because she is such a genuinely good person. She has flaws definitely, but I never reached a point at the novel where she made me want to stop rooting for her. Reminded me a bit of Tohru from Fruits Basket actually. :)

2. Lovely Complex Volume 6 by Aya Nakahara -- 4.5 stars

I love this manga. It's sweet and funny and this volume didn't disappoint.

3. 100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso -- 3 stars

Interesting premise although I'm not a fan of the language. Still, I can see why he uses it. I'll probably give the next volume a shot and see how I feel about it then.

4. Go Ask Malice: a slayer's diary by Robert Joseph Levy -- 3 stars

Published fanfiction! =D Sorry, just had to get that out of my system. Backstory for Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Made sense for her character and fit in with the show canon nicely. Nothing spectacular but not a bad read either.

5. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti -- 5 stars

I don't believe Deb Caletti is physically capable of writing a bad book. Awesome story about how money can't buy happiness. Big glowing recommendation from me.

6. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce -- 4 stars

First of the many re-reads I plan to do this year. I haven't read this since I was a kid. Reading it now I'm surprised at how -- simplistic? No, I don't think so. I guess just short compared to her most recent books. Still liked it very much though. I'll pick up the next book at the library at school tomorrow.

7. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- 2.5 stars

This is one of those books that is deeply irritating to read but upon finishing prompts the realization that 'huh. That was a pretty cool idea he was trying to write there'. Not a fan of the execution though. I think Isabel Allende did it better. Proper review to come, I need a bit of time to work out my thoughts.

8. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer -- 3.5 stars

My friend's summary was funnier than the actual book but not by much. Loved all the nods to vampire mythos she put in there, with the town of Stokertown and Bathory High. I'll be picking up the sequel.

9. In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce -- 4 stars
10. The Woman Who Ride Like A Man by Tamora Pierce -- 4 stars
11. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce -- 4 stars
12. The Squad: Perfect Cover by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- 4 stars

Super spy cheerleaders! =D Another book in the 'pure undiluted fun' category. Definitely worth checking out the sequel.

13. 100 Bullets: Split Second Chance by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso -- 3 stars

Alright. Plot is showing signs of being interesting. May or may not continue with this.

14. The Squad: Killer Spirit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- 4 stars

Pretty much just like the first book. And I mean this in a good way; I liked the first book.

15. Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden Volume 6 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars

There's a plot twist here that considering I've read most of Yuu Watase's other work I really should've seen coming but I didn't. Nice job. I love the new celestial warrior and the Ceres side story was a nice little bit of extra canon. =)

16. Evernight by Claudia Gray -- 4.5 stars

Stephanie Meyers wishes she could write like Claudia Gray. Also features one of the most awesome plot twists ever which I totally didn't see coming despite being previously warned there were two major plot twists in the novel.

17. Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith -- 3.5 stars

Unexpectedly thinky book. I was thinking it'd be just another supernatural teenager type read but I'm still mulling over the author's concept of fay. Not a book you're compelled to gobble up all at once but definitely interesting.

18. To Serve and Submit by Susan Wright -- 3 stars

Susan Wright is the poor man's Jacqueline Carey. =)


19. Marked by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast -- 2 stars

This kind of sucked. Populated by two-dimensional characters and the plot wasn't complex enough to make up for it. Did a wonderful job reminding me why some people hate cliches (I love them done right. This didn't do them right). I doubt I'll continue this series.

20. The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas -- 3 stars

Your average teen girl novel. Read it if you've got a particular interest in Catholic saints.

21. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 1 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars

Another re-read. I think Ceres is my favourite Yuu Watase series; apparently I have a thing for dark stories. Though I don't know why Ceres is classified as dark and Fushigi Yuugi isn't; Yui enters a magical world and the first thing that happens to her? She's nearly raped and then is manipulated by the villain into isolating herself from her best friend and sacrificing herself for his cause. Not dark. Riiiight.


February
22. Nana Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa -- 4 stars

Re-read again! I love the art style Ai Yazawa uses in this series; it's a mixture of photographs and manga-style drawings. Very pretty and it fits the story, because it's going for the whole slice of life feel as opposed to being really fantastic. Anyways this is one of my favourite series and I look forward to reading it in the published volumes instead of online.

23. Beauty Pop Volume 8 by Kiyoko Arai - 3.5 stars

Also known as The One About the High School Beauty Salon. =D I think Kiri is awesome. She's cool in a way that's usually reserved for the male romantic interests in manga. She reminds of Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club. And watching Narumi fail at having a crush is always fun.

22. Nana Volume 2 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars

I don't really know why I rated the first volume 4 stars. Possibly I got into the habit. xD But if ever there was a five star manga, Nana would be it.

23. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 2 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars
24. The No-Nonsense Guide to Human Rights by Olivia Ball and Paul Gready -- 4 stars

I think this was very well done for a short book on a huge topic. Fortuitously, I've been reading an HP fanfic with themes of free will running throughout and reading this book felt like I was reading theory and going to the fic for application. Worth checking out if you're interested in human rights.

25. Nana Volume 3 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars

Still maintaining the high quality. And I got me some Shin in this volume. <3

26. Nana Volume 4 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars

Nana (the rock star) is beginning to show some vulnerability. And Hachi is sort of growing up. Tentatively. Considering the beginnings of the road. =) Very satisfying volume, as usual.

27. Kitchen Princess Volume 4 by Miyuki Kobayashi and Natsumi Ando -- 3 stars

Still cute which is pretty much the reason I read this manga. xD It's a bit like Fruits Basket only Fruits Basket is exponentially more awesome.

28. A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear -- 5 stars

Oh my God, this was so so awesome. Click here for the full review.

29. Boys Over Flowers Volume 30 by Yoko Kamio -- 3.5 stars

Much as I like Tsukishi the series is beginning to get a wee bit repetitive. And has the art downgraded in quality or was I just exaggerating how good it was in my memories?

30. Kitchen Princess Volume 5 by Miyuki Kobayashi and Natsumi Ando -- 3 stars

I thought this volume was a little ridiculous but I think I'm just not in the mood for this sort of story right now. I'll put off reading Volume 6 for awhile.

31. Yume Kira Dream Shoppe by Aqua Mizuto -- 4 stars

I kept hoping the stories would take a bit of a darker twist but they never did. >_> I guess reading XXXHolic has spoiled me for these things. When a shop owner demands a price for a wish I think the person is going to really have to pay. But it was a nice enough collection on its own merits. Plus it spun me out a new fanfiction verse; the reason no one really suffered was that Rin of the Yume Kira Dream Shoppe only gets the innocent wishes (I mean innocent in the sense of both deed and knowledge) while Yuuko gets the rest.

32. Short-Tempered Melancholic by Arina Tanemura -- 3 stars

Cute. That's kind of it, this collection never really goes past the average.

33. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters -- 3 stars

This book had some interesting things to say about prejudice. I kept paralleling the experience of the dead kids with other civil rights movements/oppressed minorities - people of colour, gay kids, muslims post 9-11. I don't know if there'll be a sequel but I hope so because he left some questions at the end of the book.

34. Emma Volume 7 by Kaoru Mori -- 4 stars

A sweet quiet ending to a sweet quiet love story. I enjoyed it. =)

35. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins -- 5 stars

I can see why this keeps being listed as one of the best books of the year. Click here for full review.

36. Boys Over Flowers Volume 31 by Yoko Kamio -- 3 stars

This volume took a soap operatic turn. And it really needs to end soon or we're going to have another Inu Yasha on our hands.

37. Boys Over Flowers Volume 32 by Yoko Kamio -- 3 stars

Ho hum, romantic rival via une stupide plot twist. Je ne care pas.

38. Boys Over Flowers Volume 33 by Yoko Kamio -- 2 stars

This was such a copout. D= I mean the amnesia plot was ridiculous and contrived to start with, but to have it conveniently solved by her angrily throwing a ball at his head? -_- This really needs to end already.

39. Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey -- 5 stars

The longest re-read I've tackled this year. Still completely brilliant.

40. Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Volume 1 by Arina Tanemura -- 2 stars

2 words: predictable and contrived. Her later work is much better.

41. Gossip Girl The Carlyles: You Just Can't Get Enough by Annabelle Vestry -- 2.5 stars

Loses points for continuing the supremely irritating tradition of having annoying gossip girl asides every single page. =_= Way to pull me out of the story.

42. Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman -- 4 stars

One of this month's better reads. Totally absorbing and made me very grateful that I've neither the money nor inclination to apply to Ivy League schools. Who needs the stress?

43. Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine -- 4.5 stars

A great look into life under Mao's Cultural Revolution. I would advise you not follow my example and read it in math class unless you happen to have a distracted seatmate and the ability to surreptiously wipe away tears.

44. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett -- 5 stars

My favourite Discworld book. 'Nuff said.

45. The Quiet American by Graham Greene -- 3.5 stars

There were some really brilliant descriptions in here and alot to think about. Not something I would read for fun - it was assigned for English - but better than some of what I've had to read for class this year.

46. He's Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo -- 3.5 stars

Sometimes I like reading self help books. Often people will ask me things like 'Z why are you reading a self-help book that is all about dating when you have never been on a date in your life and never plan to seeing as it is expressly forbidden by your religion?' To which I can only respond 'well I'm never going to have awesome magical powers and I can still like fantasy can't I?' A good book is a good book regardless of how well you can relate to the subject material. And I liked this book. =)

Besides I want to see the movie.


March
47. Saints of Augustine by P.E. Ryan -- 4 stars

Totally awesomecakes. Click here for full review

48. M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman -- 5 stars

Mmm, Neil Gaiman short stories. They are indeed magical.

49. Love is Hell by Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, Gabrielle Zevin, and Laurie Faria Stolarz -- 4.5 stars

Another awesome short story collection! =D I've not decided on a favourite just yet but I was rather pleased with the way I could identify which story belonged to which author on the basis of style. Or at least I could with Melissa Marr and Gabrielle Zevin, the rest were a bit less obvious.

50. Ex Machina Volume 5: Smoke Smoke by Brian K. Vaughn -- 3.5 stars

Mysterious plots are mysterious. =)

51. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling -- 4.5 stars

Reading this reminded me how much I genuinely like the Harry Potter series. I discuss it so much it was starting to feel like Twilight; something fun to talk about but not necessarily one of the best books on the market. I liked this short collection of stories very much, it pulled me out of a bit of depression due to the horrid way my french oral exam went.

52. Angel's Coffin by You Higuri -- 3 stars

Very much classic You Higuri manga. Alot of the same elements as Canterella (the characters looked one step removed from them) but not as awesome. But it's a one-shot so obviously.

53. Reborn Volume 5 by Akira Amano -- 4 stars

Fun and cracktacular as always. Reliable sources have told me that I'm nearing the point where the manga starts move away from crack and into awesome. Looking forward to it.

54. Crimson Hero Volume 9 by Mitsuba Takanashi -- 4 stars

<3333 One of my favourite sports manga. Inspiring as always.

55. Jayden's Rescue by Vladimir Tumanov -- 3 stars

Part of my plan to do some re-reads this year. An old childhood favourite which stands the test of time fairly well. And it still wins points for being one of the two books I know that made math seem fun and interesting (the other being The Phantom Tollbooth).

56. No Logo: Taking Aim At The Brand Bullies by Naomi Klein -- 5 stars

Informative, interesting, and as relevant now as when it was published 9 years ago. This is the best piece of non-fiction I've read all year. Click here for full review

57. Peach Girl: Sae's Story Volume 2 by Miwa Ueda -- 3.5 stars

I don't know why but I've always liked Sae's sort of character. She's a bit like Faith from Buffy only minus the slayerness and more petty cruelty as opposed to actually killing.

58. Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery by Alice Juby -- 3.5 stars

Hee. =D Not as good as Another Kind of Cowboy but still worth the time reading.

59. Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier -- 4 stars

I loved Wildwood Dancing and this sequel doesn't disappoint.

60. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith -- 3 stars

Sort of the opposite of Twilight. Werewolf is the good guy, heroine is the vampire, and author does not shy away from innnuendo. Occasionally funny too.

61. Visitor Volume 1 by Yee-Jung No -- 2.5 stars

It seems interesting? The plot jumps around though so the interesting part is tinged with incomprehensible.

62. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman -- 5 stars

So this book totally proves the saying true: don't judge a book by its cover. I picked it up after reading three really good reviews for it and I wouldn't have if I'd just seen it at the library. It is a terrible thing when bad covers happen to good books. =( Some neat stuff on gender here, I liked it alot.

63. Rhysmyth Volume 1 by Anthony Andora and Lincy Chan -- 4.5 stars

I really liked this. The story seems fairly fun and the art is good.

64. Reborn Volume 7 by Akira Amano -- 3.5 stars

Still Reborn. Still cracky.

65. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies -- 3 stars

Another English book. Interesting in the way most school books are, not as something to read for enjoyment but to examine and dissect.

65. Reborn Volume 6 by Akira Amano -- 3.5 stars

:/ I am starting to get impatient here. And slightly disbelieving of my friends. Where is the promised awesome?

66. How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler -- 4 stars

Oh hey, there were some good times here. I liked the first 100 pages better than the rest of the novel but I didn't read it all at once so that might have been mood influencing me. I liked the rules for non-popularity, they were fun and I shall keep them in mind in case I ever have need of them.

65. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik -- 5 stars

Re-read. Generally I describe the Temeraire series as the Napoleon war with dragons but it occurs to me I could call it 'the epic tale of man's love affair with dragons' and have it be equally true. This is the first book and it remains my favourite.

66. Bloom by Elizabeth Scott -- 5 stars

I love this story. It felt like coming home after a bad day and taking a blanket to curl up in with snacks and a good book. Which this is. I'd compare it to the sort of books Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen write.

67. Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate by Naomi Klein -- 5 stars

Naomi Klein is shaping up to be one of my favourite non-fiction authors ever.

68. Rash by Pete Hautman -- 4 stars

Oh this was so so cool. I'm going to give it a full review later, it deserves one.

69. Top 8 by Katie Finn -- 4.5 stars

Mad props to Katie Finn for getting exactly what the whole online friending websites phenomena is like. Seriously, I know this kind of drama so well, I kept being like 'exactly! exactly! Katie Finn, are you on facebook? =D'

70. Hana Kimi Volume 23 by Hisaya Nakajo -- 3.5 times

The final volume! Sweet ending to a sweet comic. Props to Hisaya Nakajo for recognizing that at some point it's just time for an ending (something which my other flowery title comic, Hana Yori Dango, doesn't seem to have grasped yet). Not spectacular but a decent ending overall.

71. Cantarella Volume 10 by You Higuri -- 4 stars

I describe this to everybody as 'the crazy Borgias! With demons!' This volume did indeed live up to that premise, though the focus was a bit more on Chiaro. Which is fine, I've always liked him, even when he's angsting about prettily (you can see from my wording just how little of a problem I have with that xD). Looking forward to the next volume.

72. Ion by Arina Tanemura -- 4 stars

I am pleasantly surprised. This is much better than her last oneshot I read, in some ways better than some of her longer series. Recommended particularly for beginners to manga.

73. Peach Girl: Sae's Story Volume 1 by Miwa Ueda -- 4.5 stars

-twirls around- Eeeee. I LOVE Sae. =D Nice girls are y'know, nice, but mean girls who are mean in self-defense are almost always going to steal my heart. Angsty backstory is a plus. <33333

74.Lovely Complex Volume 7 by Aya Nakahara -- 5 stars

-dies a little from the cuteness- OMG, there is no other way to describe this manga then arm-crushingly CUTE. And it's so funny! I spend 70% of my time reading laughing, the author is a master of visual humour. I can't recommend this highly enough.


April
75. Rure Volume 2 by Da-Mi Seomoon -- 2 stars

Oh Rure. Mon ami. You could be so much better if you ever made the slightest bit of sense.

76. Swann by Carol Shields -- 3.5 stars

This was so nice and easy I almost want to give it points for that alone. It's been awhile since I had an English book I could read without putting it down. =)

77. Od Magic by Patricia McKillip -- 4 stars

This is just pretty. No epic quest or anything but pages of pure fantasy, like McKillip spun out her imagination onto the page. I liked it.

78. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 3 by Yuu Watase -- 3 stars

A little on the boring side but not bad.

79. Let's Get Lost by Sara Manning -- 5 stars

I'm too lazy today to give a review. Let's just say it was fantastic and move on.

80. Mission of Folly: Canada and the Afghanistan Mission by James Laxer -- 4 stars

Definitely a good primer for anyone curious about why there's all the fuss about Afghanistan in the news. It did leave me with alot of questions - not in a bad way, I just wanted more elaboration on the points he discussed. But it served its purpose. =)

81. Shutterbox Volume 1 by Rikki Simons and Tavisha -- 4 stars

Hee. Totally on crack but thats kind of mandated by the plot. I read the first three volumes in one go so they're a bit blurred together for me.

82. Shutterbox Volume 2 by Rikki Simons and Tavisha -- 4 stars

See volume 1.

83. Shutterbox Volume 3 by Rikki Simons and Tavisha -- 4 stars

So this was interesting, I finally got some explanations on what's going on. And I find it awesome that Damien's inscrutability is an actual plot point.

84. Pearl Pink Volume 3 by Meca Tanaka -- 4 stars

Somehow I forgot to put this volume up before and I've no idea how. :/ So it's been about a week or so since I read this one but I remember liking it. Idol shenanigans ftw.

85. Pearl Pink Volume 2 by Meca Tanaka -- 4 stars

It's cute! Cute like puppies and sugar and tiny baby kittens. I like it. =)

86. King of the Lost and Found -- 3 stars

Aww. He's so cute and socially inept. And still a good person at heart. =) I like this narrator, in all his Grade A Geekiness.

87. Marvel Boy by Grant Morrison -- 1 star

This sucked like a sucky sucky thing.

88. Shutterbox Volume 4 by Rikki Simons and Tavisha -- 3 stars

Quoi? This manga just gets weirder and weirder, honestly.

89. Tweaked by Katherine Holubitsky -- 3.5 stars

Looks at how a family gets ripped apart by the eldest son's addiction to crystal meth. I felt for them.

90. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott -- 4 stars
91. Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman -- 4 stars
92. Unwind by Neal Shusterman -- 5 stars

Oh my God, this was so awesome. I was totally into each of the three main characters and the idea of unwinding was horrifying and fascinating and I have to go get everything Neal Shusterman's ever written NOW.

93. Leap Day by Wendy Mass -- 3 stars

It was good, although I was way more interested in seeing everyone else's POV than I was in the main character's.

94. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone -- 4 stars

The style here was interesting because it sounded the way I expect non-fiction to sound. I think it's because there was the sense that the narrator was looking back on herself and describing things from an older perspective as opposed to the immediate narrative I tend to usually read. Anyways, I liked it. Good read about music, mothers and daughters, and all the ways family history can affect you.

95. Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama -- 5 stars

This was so good. Reading Obama's descriptions of Kenya made me miss Eritrea. The way everyone is so excited to see you, the huge amount of people living together, even just the scenery, it all reminded me of it. I'll put up a longer review later.

96. Gravity Journal by Gail Sidonie Sobat -- 3 stars

Not a bad read but I've seen anorexia handled in better, more engaging books. It was alright for something I wasn't reading by choice (it's one of this year's White Pine nominees).

97. Lovely Complex Volume 8 by Aya Nakahara -- 4.5 stars

Oh I love this manga. Even when it introduces cliches (The Other Woman! Who Is Beautiful And Determined To Steal Away The Boyfriend) it does them awesomely. This is my favourite new-ish manga I think.

98. Nana Volume 5 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
99. Nana Volume 6 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
100. Nana Volume 8 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
101. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson -- 4 stars

Funny and with a generally bright likable protaganist. It's what I expect from a Maureen Johnson book. =)

102. Frederica by Georgette Heyer -- 4 stars

This was brilliant! It was funny and full of lovable characters and the only thing I had even the slightest problem with - and it was only a slight problem, believe me - was that I was kind of ooked by aspects of the Alverstoke/Frederica relationship because I felt he acted paternalistic to her sometimes (calling her 'my child' for one) which is not to my taste in romance. But otherwise lovely. I think I will try Cotillion next, I have heard good things about that one.

103. Graceling by Kristin Cashore -- 5 stars

Wow, I completely understand all the rave reviews I was reading for this earlier this year. Aside from the general awesomeness quotient - you can read about that somewhere else - the author did one of my absolute favourite things ever in this book which is taking a character type traditionally associated with boys and writing a female character of the type. Katsa is an incredibly strong fighter who feels she is dangerous and unintelligent. Of course while reading I was like 'no, you are brilliant Katsa! Brilliant! I love you, marry me? (Only not, cause I know you're not into the marriage thing. I mean it metaphorically!)' And her romantic interest, Po, is so completely awesome. Just -- I should be studying right now, I don't really have the time to rave about how absolutely fantastic Po is. Just take my word for it okay.

Love this book! <3333333

104. Naruto Volume 30 by Masashi Kishimoto -- 3 stars

Oh hey there Naruto. Been awhile since I saw your sunny blonde face. =) Anyways, this was the volume of Sakura displaying kickassery. It was cool.

105. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik -- 4 stars

I can not figure out at all why I had so much trouble finishing this the first time. I remembered it as a bit boring and it totally wasn't. :/ So very very strange. Can't wait to get to Black Powder War (Tharkay!)

106. Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewer -- 4 stars

The second book of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod comes with even more vampire filled punitude! Including some Buffy references of which I whole heartedly approved of. =) I pegged Joss as the vampire slayer right away although I did get faked out by the thing with Jasik. Henry continued to be awesome which is cool because j'aime Henry. Good times all around.

107. Dramacon Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova -- 5 stars

I want to go to Anime North so badly now. This is one of my favourite series because it so perfectly captures just what an anime con is like. =)

109. Dramacon Volume 3 by Svetlana Chmakova -- 5 stars

Happy ending FTW!

110. 100 Bullets: Hang Up on the Hang Low by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso -- 3.5 stars

I can't wait until I finish this series and actually understand everything that's going on. =)

111. Nana Volume 7 by Ai Yazawa -- 4.5 stars

This volume lost a little impact for me on account of having spoiled myself by reading volume 8 first. Still a fine time though; it's Nana, it's never anything but.

112. Nana Volume 9 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars

This volume was seriously powerful. ^.^ I love all the stuff Nana has to say about love and relationships - and the way that it doesn't so much say it as let the reader watch the characters and figure it out for themselves. This really is one of the best shojo mangas on the market right now.

113. Naruto Volume 31 by Masashi Kishimoto -- 4 stars

Oh Sakura. Please be awesome forever. Also I love Naruto and Gaara's relationship so much seriously. I think I'm like the only person I know who regularly ships friendships. >_>

114. La Esperança Volume 1 by Kawai Chigusa -- 2 stars

Lame. >_> I knew this was lame but when one is procrastinating one's pickiness is substantially lowered.

115. Madhouse by Rob Thurman -- 4 stars

=DDDDD Oh Cal. I love you and your inability to deal with the fact that you actually care for people who aren't Niko. Don't listen to the haters, it's totally acceptable to throw heavy objects at wounded friends when you realize that sort of thing.

...That was a lie. I'm not actually psychotic. I'm just in love with the Leandros brothers. xD Anyways, this book was good times although I was left itching to know what precisely is up with Ishiah and Robin. Happily Deathwish is already out. I'll pick it up at the bookstore next time I go.

116. 21 Down: The Conduit by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti -- 4 stars

A good comic book series! =D I'm always short on those, nice to pick up a new one.

117. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 4 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars
118. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 5 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars
119. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 6 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars
120. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 8 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars
121. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 9 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars
122. Dead High Yearbook by way too many people to list -- 2.5 stars
125. Nana Volume 10 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
124. Nana Volume 11 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
125. Nana Volume 12 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
126. Nana Volume 13 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
127. Crimson Hero Volume 10 by Mitsuba Takanashi -- 4 stars


May
128. Kissing the Witch: Old Tails in New Skins by Emma Donoghue -- 4 stars
129. Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey -- 4 stars
130. One Night by Marsha Qualey -- 4 stars
131. 100 Bullets: A Foregone Tomorrow by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso -- 3 stars
132. Tsubasa Volume 18 by CLAMP -- 5 stars
133. Tsubasa Volume 19 by CLAMP -- 5 stars
134. Tsubasa Volume 20 by CLAMP -- 5 stars
135. 100 Bullets: The Counterfifth Detective by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso -- 3 stars
136. 100 Bullets: Six Feet Under the Gun by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso -- 3 stars
137. 100 Bullets: Samurai by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso -- 3 stars
138. Tsubasa Volume 17 by CLAMP -- 5 stars

I love the parallel CLAMP is setting up with Faye and Sakura being the same sort of person. It's awesome.

139. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 7 by Yuu Watase -- 3 stars
140. Full Metal Alchemist Volume 15 by Hiromu Arakawa -- 4.5 stars
141. Full Metal Alchemist Volume 16 by Hiromu Arakawa -- 4.5 stars
142. Full Metal Alchemist Volume 17 by Hiromu Arakawa -- 4.5 stars
143. XXXHolic Volume 13 by CLAMP -- 5 stars

Eeeeee!! I love this manga so much it's kind of stupid. Watanuki is so kind! I want him to be my best friend forever, seriously. And I loved pretty much everything with Kohane-chan and the way Yuuko is just -- ugh, how many ways do you spell amazing? And the art is so gorgeous; it takes me double the time to read XXXHolic than any other manga because I spend twice as long on each page just staring at the pictures. Also, plot twist!

125. Nana Volume 14 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars

Oh Nana. None of my other series deliver me beautiful consistent character growth the way you do. You will always have a permanent place in my shojo loving heart.

Anyways this particular volume was one where Nobu really go to shine. He's visibly changed so much from the beginning of the series -- I don't think he would've been able to do what he did say back in volume 10 or so. Brilliant.

126. Nana Volume 15 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars

Shin. ;_; Why must bad things happen to you? You are my absolute favourite and I spend way too much time staring at you every time you're on the page and internally shrieking with joy and I don't understand how anyone could ever break up with you ever. That's just not on. I am very happy you talked to Hachiko though. That was my first reaction, that you should go see her because who else can you cry in front of? Rock on Ai Yazawa, keep twisting my emotions about, when it comes to Nana I like it. =)

127. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett -- 4 stars

Consistently funny, that Pratchett fellow is. =)

128. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik -- 4.5 stars

After His Majesty's Dragon this is my second favourite Temeraire book. =) It'd be top but HMD retains a special spot in my heart for introducing me to the world and the characters. While BPW retains a specialness for introducing Tharkay who is pretty much my favourite character of the series.

129. Glass Houses by Rachel Caine -- 3.5 stars
130. Bizenghast Volume 3 by M. Alice LeGrow -- 3 stars
131. Bizenghast Volume 4 by M. Alice LeGrow -- 3 stars
132. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon -- 5 stars

Loved it; Click here for full review

133. Castle Waiting by Linda Medley -- 3 stars
134. The Art of War by Sunitzu -- 3 stars
135. Love or Money Volume 2 by Sang-Eun Lee - 2.5 stars
136. A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong -- 5 stars

Well written and on an interesting topic. Left me with plenty to think about.

137. Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik -- 5 stars

This might actually be my new favourite Temeraire book. It was definitely the most ambitious. I love how it really grows apparent here how much having dragons is changing the history of England. Dragons have allowed Napoleon to be on the verge of winning the war. Dragons have driven colonialists out of Africa. It's absolutely fantastic and I can't wait to see what happens next. I also kind of wish I could get a book set entirely in Africa following Kefentse but I suspect I will have to resort to fanfiction for that.

138. Boys Over Flowers Volume 35 by Yoko Kamio -- 4 stars

Yoko Kamio knows how to write a conclusion. Reading this reminded me of how fond I am of this series. Can't wait to get my hands on the final volume.

139. DN Angel Volume 11 by Yukiru Sugisaki -- 3.5 stars
140. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 10 by Yuu Watase -- 4 stars

141. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare -- 3.5 stars

I have never read a book that succeeded in turning around so abruptly for me. For the first roughly 200 pages I was disappointed -- it seemed so mediocre and I remembered liking the first two books alot -- but then it just started steadily getting better and better until I finished the book a happy panda. =) I'm wondering now if I was just in the wrong mood or something at the beginning. Click here for further thoughts

142. Ceres: Celestial Legend Volume 11 by Yuu Watase -- 3 stars

143. Read My Lips by Teri Brown -- 3.5 stars

Easy read; more appropriate for the middle school section of YA then high school.

144. Dread Locks by Neal Shusterman -- 3.5 stars
145. Protector of the Small: First Test by Tamora Pierce -- 4 stars

Keladry still remains my favourite Tamora Pierce protaganist. =) I love her stoic attitude.

143. The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey -- 3 stars

I thought the Restoration Spell was a bit of a deus ex machina but I did like the fact that she didn't really go into the romance with Alexsia because it wouldn't have fit; limiting it to the potential for romance at the end worked much better.

144. Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik -- 4 stars
145. Lovely Complex Volume 9 by Aya Nakahara -- 4 stars
146. Skip Beat Volume 15 by Yoshiki Nakamaru -- 4 stars
147. Skip Beat Volume 16 by Yoshiki Nakamaru -- 4 stars
148. Skip Beat Volume 17 by Yoshiki Nakamaru -- 4 stars
149. Skip Beat Volume 18 by Yoshiki Nakamaru -- 4 stars
150. Lovely Complex Volume 10 by Aya Nakahara -- 3.5 stars
151. Heaven's Will by Satoru Takamiya -- 4 stars

I liked it but I would've liked it alot better if the ending didn't feel so unfinished!

152. Nothing But Loving You by Erica Sakurazawa -- 3 stars

This was a surprisingly decent book. Intitally I thought the main characters were all terrible selfish people and I wasn't looking forward to seeing them get together but it actually ended up getting much better -- not specifying how, on account of not wanting to give spoilers.

153. Angel by Erica Sakurazawa -- 4 stars

I liked this alot! I'm very happy, I got this cheap at Anime North so I wasn't expecting anything really great. I'm going to keep an eye on this mangaka though; I think she has a talent for writing oneshots.

154. The Rules of Love by Erica Sakurazawa -- 3.5 stars

This felt like reading someone looking back on a memory; a little wistful and hazy but not judgemental. I liked it too though not as much as Angel.

155. We Were There by Yuki Obata Volume 1 -- 3.5 stars
156. We Were There by Yuki Obata Volume 2 -- 3.5 stars
157. We Were There by Yuki Obata Volume 3 -- 4 stars

This is a very quiet and subtle series so it took until volume 3 for me to have that little click moment where I go 'oh. I really like this. Huh'. The main male character reminds of Soubi from Loveless in that he irritates and intrigues me by being hard to understand. I will buy the next volume I think.

158. Protector of the Small: Page by Tamora Pierce -- 4 stars

Oh my God I will never stop being in love with Keladry of Mindelan. ^.^ She's so stoic and kind and awesome and totally my hero. Kind of 100 times better then Alanna, sorry.

159. Sand Chronicles Volume 1 by Hinako Ashihara -- 4 stars
160. Sand Chronicles Volume 2 by Hinako Ashihara -- 4 stars
161. Truly Grim Tales by Priscilla Galloway -- 4 stars

I liked these alot. Varied takes on rewriting fairytales, with some leaning towards fantasy and others to scifi. My library classed it as horror which is a shame because it meant I nearly didn't pick it up. I don't think they should've; they're definitely dark but I wouldn't say they're horror stories. Most of them are tragic really.


June
162. Broken Angels Volume 1 by Setsuri Tsuzuki -- 5 stars
163. Broken Angels Volume 2 by Setsuri Tsuzuki -- 5 stars
164. Broken Angels Volume 3 by Setsuri Tsuzuki -- 5 stars
165. Broken Angels Volume 4 by Setsuri Tsuzuki -- 4 stars
166. Broken Angels Volume 5 by Setsuri Tsuzuki -- 3 stars
167. Sand Chronicles Volume 3 by Hinako Ashihara -- 4 stars
168. Sand Chronicles Volume 4 by Hinako Ashihara -- 4 stars
169. The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan -- 4.5 stars

I like Nick Ryves alot, mostly because of his honesty and his inability to understand people. I may post further thoughts on this later.

170. Thief by Brian James -- 3 stars

This was pretty decent; the biggest problem was the constant use of ellipses. They got irritating about 10 pages in.

171. Small Favor by Jim Butcher -- 4 stars
172. Gravitation Volume 1 by Maki Murakami -- 2 stars
173. Gravitation Volume 2 by Maki Murakami -- 2 stars

-kills it with fire- Ugh, this is the last time I ever pick up a series because it's popular again. Sometimes people have terrible taste; didn't Twilight teach me that? Anyways these two volumes took me ages to get through mostly because I'd read two pages before stopping because I wanted to punch the main character in the face. He kept embarassing himself and being stupid and I have no idea why he fell in love with Eiri Yuki. Seriously, what? 'Oh hi you criticized my lyrics, true love forever!' =_= I should stop wasting my time talking about it. In conclusion: bad bad lame manga, stay far away from.

174. Protector of the Small: Squire by Tamora Pierce -- 3.5 stars
175. Deathwish by Rob Thurman -- 4 stars

A very satisfying ending! I was surprised at the ending bit -- no one informed me this was the final book in the series but que sera sera. All good things must end. And I'm glad Cal didn't get back together with George; I like Delilah better anyways. EDIT: Apparently this isn't the final book in the series! Which is nice if surprising cause I sort of thought with the Auphe dead they'd kind of killed their Big Bad and were done. But hey, more Leandros to come, I'm not complaining.

176. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier -- 3 stars

The idea was cute but it lost points because I really disliked the protaganist.

177. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale -- 4 stars

Funny, and awesome Wild West take on Rapunzel. Exactly the kind of fairytale I'd want to read to my kids. =)

178. Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden Volume 7 by Yuu Watase -- 3 stars

Buh bye Soren. You join a long tradition of servants dying for their masters in manga. We will remember you fondly.

179. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales: Sanctuary Volume 1 by Melissa Marr -- 3 stars

I think this book is going to suffer from the same problem Wicked Lovely did; not having an interesting romantic interest. In Wicked Lovely I just couldn't get all that into Seth because, umm, he was perfect. 0_o Do you know how boring that is in a book? It's one of the reasons I liked Ink Exchange so much better; the romantic interests were flawed to say the least ('bad bad bad for the heroine, away! only I'd like to read more about you first' to be more accurate). Here we have Jayce who I finished the book knowing only that he likes to rockclimb and draw, the heroine likes him, and he has no problems following strange girls into their secret desert hideaways (...actually when I put it that way he doesn't sound too bad. I wonder if he makes a habit of following odd girls?). I wasn't a huge fan of the art style either; it made Rika look about 13. Alright overall though.

180. Nana Volume 16 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
181. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by E. L. Konigsburg -- 3 stars

Not a bad book but definitely mismarketed. It is not a children's book which left me kind of disappointed; I'd been in the mood for reading one.

182. Naruto Volume 32 by Masashi Kishimoto -- 5 stars
183. Naruto Volume 33 by Masashi Kishimoto -- 5 stars
184. Naruto Volume 34 by Masashi Kishimoto -- 5 stars
185. Naruto Volume 35 by Masashi Kishimoto -- 4 stars

=O When did Naruto get so good?

186. Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg -- 3 stars
187. Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston -- 4.5 stars
188. Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah -- 4 stars

Books with Muslim protaganists have a special place in my heart. <3 I think this is even better than Abdel-Fattah's first book; I liked it alot. Also, Jamilah's sister Shereen is exactly the kind of girl I want to be in university. =D

189. Diary of a Chav by Grace Dent -- 4 stars

So much better then the Georgia Nicolson books. =D I mean Georgia's hilarious -- and I did laugh more at her book than this one -- but if I ever spent five minutes with her I'd slap her. Shiraz on the other hand kept me laughing and sympathetic. Looking forward to Posh and Prejudice.

190. La Corda D'Oro Volume 8 by Yuki Kure -- 3.5 stars
191. La Corda D'Oro Volume 9 by Yuki Kure -- 3.5 stars
192. La Corda D'Oro Volume 10 by Yuki Kure -- 3.5 stars
193. Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling -- 4 stars
194. Peach Girl: Sae's Story Volume 3 by Miwa Ueda -- 4 stars
195. Singularity's Ring by Paul Melko -- 4 stars

I am adventuring about in sci fi. It's actually turning out alright. =) I liked the idea of this book; groups of people (pods) engineered to act as one unit. There was a couple of things that left me asking questions but I read books for character not plot so I probably just missed it. One thing in particular that -- surprised me? Made me head tilt? -- was the fact that Strom ended up being the strategist on the team. I was working off his initial description of their abilities - specifically his stating he was strength and that Moira was smart - so when that scene happened I kind of felt he was ability overloaded. Minor thing though really and the book was good overall.

196. Wishing Moon by Michael O. Tunnell - 4 stars
197. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase -- 4 stars

Click here for extended spoilery commentary.

198. How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle -- 3 stars
199. The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti -- 4.5 stars
200. Bleach Volume 23 by Tite Kubo -- 3 stars
201. Bleach Volume 24 by Tite Kubo -- 3 stars
202. Bleach Volume 25 by Tite Kubo -- 3 stars
203. Half Magic by Edward Eager -- 3.5 stars
204. Dolls Volume 1 by Yumiko Kawahara -- 4 stars
205. Full Metal Alchemist Volume 18 by Hiromu Arakawa -- 4.5 stars
206. Blank Slate Volume 1 by Aya Kanno -- 3.5 stars
207. Dolls Volume 2 by Yumiko Kawahara -- 4 stars
208. Blank Slate Volume 2 by Aya Kanno -- 4 stars

This was interesting. I did somewhat agree with the idea that to be completely free you need to be completely evil -- total freedom means no ties to anyone or anyplace -- but I thought it was odd that the author seemed to imply it was a good thing. :/ Without any personal ties what makes you human? Good art though.

209. Marvels: 10th Anniversary Edition by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross -- 5 stars
210. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss -- 3 stars
211. Dolls Volume 4 by Yumiko Kawahara -- 4 stars
212. Play Me by Laura Ruby -- 4.5 stars
213. Secrets of My Hollywood Life on Location by Jen Calonita -- 3.5 stars
214. Secrets of my Hollywood Life: Family Affairs -- 3.5 stars
215. Hunter x Hunter Volume 17 by Yoshihiro Togashi -- 3 stars
216. In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot by Graham Roumieu -- 2 stars
217. Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid, Leinil Francis Yu, and Gerry Alanguilan -- 3 stars

This was pretty decent! Particularly considering Superman's kind of my least favourite superhero so Superman stories are a hard sell to me (with the exception of the earlier seasons of Smallville and the comic book Superman: Red Son).

218. Reborn Volume 8 by Akira Amano -- 3.5 stars
219. Bleach Volume 26 by Tite Kubo -- 3 stars


July
220. Land of the Blindfolded Volume 1 by Sakura Tsukuba -- 4 stars
221. Land of the Blindfolded Volume 2 by Sakura Tsukuba -- 4 stars
222. Reborn Volume 9 by Akira Amano -- 3 stars
223. Reborn Volume 10 by Akira Amano -- 3.5 stars
224. Duckling Ugly by Neal Shusterman -- 4 stars

The thing I really like about Shusterman's darkfusion series is that they make the perfect purse books. Short, interesting, absorbing but not so suspenseful that you can't stop reading (which is a plus seeing as I tend to read my purse books on the bus). All around good reads.

225. Beauty Pop Volume 9 by Kiyoko Arai -- 3 stars
226. Beauty Pop Volume 10 by Kiyoko Arai -- 3 stars
227. Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle -- 4 stars
228. Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker -- 3.5 stars
229. Civil War: Iron Man -- 3.5 stars

Aww Tony. Breakups are hard aren't they?

230. Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce -- 4 stars
235. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett -- 3.5 stars
236. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney -- 4 stars
237. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney -- 4 stars

This series is hilarious. =D It's a bit like the Georgia Nicolson books actually; journal format writing by a kid you'd probably slap if you ever met but comes out as extremely hilarious on the page. Only this comes with bonus comics!

238. Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey -- 3 stars
239. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie -- 5 stars

This was amazing. I put off reading it for the longest time because it's won/been nominated for so many awards and my brain translates award winner to pretentious literary fop which I won't be interested in. Clearly this need not be so. =) I totally recommend it to everybody.

240. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr -- 4 stars
241. The Road to Civil War by Brian Michael Bendis and J. Michael Straczynski -- 3 stars

The more I read of Civil War the harder it is to feel any affection for Ironman. Because he's either a) been written by so many different authors with slightly different takes that he no longer makes sense as a consistent character, b) prone to lying frequently to his closest friends, or c) a raging asshat. Probably a combination of all 3. Seriously, what the hell Stark?

242. Boy Toy by Barry Lyga -- 5 stars
243. Beautiful City of the Dead by Leander Watts -- 3 stars
244. Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer -- 3 stars
245. Marvel: What If? Civil War -- 2 stars

I liked the what if Captain America joined registration and what if Spiderman went off to be a crimefighting trio with Wolverine and Anna. The rest I could've done without. That's comics though, always a grab bag.

246. Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki -- 3.5 stars
247. Books of Magick: Life During Wartime Volume 1 by Si Spencer and Dean Ormston -- 1.5 stars

Riiight. Crack, and not the good kind either.

248. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 1 by Bisco Hatori -- 4 stars
249. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore -- 3 stars
250. The Kayla Chronicles by Sherri Winston -- 5 stars
251. Go Figure by Jo Edwards -- 4 stars
252. B.O.D.Y. Volume 1 by Ao Mimori -- 4 stars
253. My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger -- 5 stars
254. B.O.D.Y. Volume 2 by Ao Mimori -- 3.5 stars

This volume was missing the humour that made the first volume so much fun. Still, I like Ryoko so I'll continue.

255. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 2 by Bisco Hatori -- 4 stars
254. Dull Boy by Sarah Cross -- 4 stars
255. Poison Ink by Christopher Golden -- 2.5 stars
256. The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba -- 3.5 stars
257. The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories by Joan Aiken -- 3 stars

It's hard to rate this overall since the quality of the stories varied. My favourites were The Apple of Trouble, Kitty Snickersnee, and Don't Go Fishing on Witches' Day. I was pretty fond of The Land of Trees and Heroes and The Serial Garden as well.

258. Vacations from Hell by Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Mylownski -- 2.5 stars

Pretty weak collection overall though I did like Libba Bray's story. I wouldn't mind seeing a continuation in that world actually.

259. Violet by Design by Melissa Walker -- 4 stars
260. Violet in Private by Melissa Walker -- 4 stars
261. Red Rider's Hood by Neal Shusterman -- 3 stars
262. Captive Hearts by Matsuri Hino Volume 1 -- 3 stars
263. My Sister Jodie by Jacqueline Wilson -- 3.5 stars
264. Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls by Bennett Madison -- 4 stars


August
265. The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim -- 4.5 stars
266. The Tarot Cafe Volume 7 by Sang-Sun Park -- 3.5 stars
267. Bizenghast Volume 54 by M. Alice LeGrow -- 4 stars
268. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 3 by Bisco Hatori -- 4 stars
269. Women in the Japanese World by Elizabeth Vanhouten -- 3 stars

It was an alright overview but there wasn't anything in there I didn't already know or could have inferred.

270. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 4 by Bisco Hatori -- 4
271. Boys Over Flowers Volume 36 by Yoko Kamio -- 4.5 stars
272. Chocolat Volume 2 by Shin JiSang and Geo -- 3.5 stars
273. Chocolat Volume 3 by Shin JiSang and Geo -- 3.5 stars

This is such a Twilight type series. I read it and I'm constantly slamming the book shut and saying things like 'oh my God, you characters are so ridiculous' (in the most affectionate way possible) and peeking through my fingers to see what happens next and I love it like cake but feel I should vaguely be ashamed of my love (much the way one feels they probably shouldn't be considering a another slice after having had three). It's awesome delicious shojo crack.

274. Kiss My Book by Jamie Michaels -- 4 stars
275. Teens in India by Lori Shores -- 3 stars
276. The Artemis Fowl Files by Eoin Colfer -- 4 stars
277. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 5 by Bisco Hatori -- 4 stars
278. Stargazer by Claudia Gray -- 3 stars

Maybe I should stop reading about vampires for awhile. This wasn't a bad book but it wasn't very interesting either.

279. Chocolat Volume 5 by Shin JiSang and Geo -- 3.5 stars
280. Gaba Kawa by Rie Takada - 2.5 stars
281. Honey Hunt Volume 1 by Miki Aihara -- 4 stars

Okay, I want one thing out of this series. I want to see Yura grow a backbone. That's it. I will even forgive Miki Aihara for Hatsumi if I can just see Yura go and call out all the asshats in her life.

282. Heaven Volume 1 by Shizuru Seino -- 3 stars
283. Divalicious Volume 2 by T. Campbell -- 5 stars

I got exactly what I wanted in this volume. That never happens to me! ^.^ Rock on Tina, Bit, and Chaddy.

284. Fade by Lisa McMann -- 3.5 stars
285. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn -- 3 stars

DDD= I was so disappointed in this because the concept was one I'd liked and thought over myself and it wasn't anywhere near as awesome as it could have been.

286. Turn Coat by Jim Butcher -- 4.5 stars
287. Mixed Vegetables Volume 1 by Ayumi Komura -- 3.5 stars
288. Backstage Prince Volume 1 by Kanoko Sakurkoji -- 3 stars
289. Princess Ai: Encounters by D. J. Milky, Courtney Love, and many other people -- 3 stars
290. Sugar Princess Skating to Win Volume 1 by Hisaya Nakajo -- 2.5 stars

How to put this? I would have loved this manga when I was 8 years old. Now, not so much.

291. Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix -- 4 stars
292. The Poison Apples by Lily Archer -- 4 stars
293. Aurelia by Anne Osterlund -- 2 stars

Egh. I'm so over the rebellious princess thing. Especially when they're mad about marriage; everytime I read something with the princess being all 'I don't like any of the suitors my dad picks for me' I think of The Curse of Chalion and the Kushiel books and I'm like 'girl you're a princess, you've known you'd have to have a political marriage from a young age. I get the choice thing but then why don't you find someone politically suitable and then talk your dad into it? Geez'

294. Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey -- 4 stars
295. Up All Night by Peter Abrahams, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Patricia McCormick, Sarah Weeks, and Gene Luen Yang -- 3 stars
296. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan -- 4 stars

This was good except for the end where Lanagan decided to wrap everything up whether it benefitted from it or not. Seriously, Ramstrong marrying Branza? What the hell? What happened to all his talk of having known her as a child and not thinking of her that way? Still, pretty good until the end bits.

297. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 6 by Bisco Hatori -- 4 stars
298. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 7 by Bisco Hatori -- 4 stars
299. Captive Hearts by Matsuri Hino Volume 3 -- 3 stars
300. Nana Volume 17 by Ai Yazawa -- 5 stars
301. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 8 by Bisco Hatori -- 4 stars
302. Captive Hearts by Matsuri Hino Volume 4 -- 3 stars
303. Maskerade by Terry Pratchett -- 3 stars
304. Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise -- 4 stars
305. Reborn Volume 11 by Akira Amano -- 3 stars
306. She's So Money by Cherry Cheva -- 4 stars

=DDD These kind of books are better than candy. Fun and breezy; perfect summer type book. I loved it.

307. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner -- 4.5 stars
308. God Went to Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant -- 4.5 stars
309. Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast -- 3.5 stars

So the first book in this series sucked so hard I swore I'd never touch it again. But I saw this at the library and the cover did look kind of cool and I was curious so well...

Anyways. This is actually much better than the first book. Zoey is considerably less annoying though still prone to eyeroll inducing comments (ex. " 'Well why don't you just take your favorite pair of jeans and see if you can reproduce the pattern yourself? It can't be that hard, you know,' Damien said logically (and very gayly)'" WTF Zoey? What is gay about logic? Seriously you don't have to link every little thing Damien does to his sexuality). Her love rectangle (is it really a rectangle if it's one girl with three guys? More like half an asterisk? Whatever, moving on) could get really irritating really fast but so far is okay. It would be nice if the Casts could go ahead and actually give some characterization to Shaunee and Erin since the whole 'they're Twins and are exactly alike thing!' is not helping with the 2 D impression I had from the first volume. Still, definitely a marked improvement. I may even try Chosen now.

310. Mixed Vegetables Volume 2 by Ayumi Komura -- 3 stars
311. Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell -- 4 stars

I liked this. It was really atmospheric; you could practically feel how hot and summer it was reading the pages. And appropriately spooky for a ghost story.

312. Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers and Javaka Steptoe -- 3 stars
313. High School Debut Volume 2 by Kazune Kawahara -- 3.5 stars
314. Kamui Volume 1 by Shingo Nanami -- 2.5 stars
315. Kamui Volume 2 by Shingo Nanami -- 2.5 stars
316. Kamui Volume 3 by Shingo Nanami -- 2.5 stars
317. King of the Screwups by K. L. Going -- 5 stars

Ever read a book where you wished you could break the fourth wall and reach through to kill someone? That was me with this. The protagonist Liam is a great guy and the way his father treated him -- I'll put it this way, I had to keep pausing to rant about what an asshole he was. And also to cry because seriously, he does a number on his kid. It hurt. Fantastic read and it did ultimately end out alright.

318. Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught -- 4 stars
319. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin -- 3 stars
320. Backstage Prince Volume 2 by Kanoko Sakurkoji -- 2 stars
321. Baby & Me Volume 1 by Marimo Ragawa -- 3 stars
322. Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev -- 3.5 stars
323. Geektastic! Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci -- 3.5 stars
324. Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R. J. Anderson -- 4 stars
325. The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire edited by Trisha Telep -- 4 stars

The stories here varied in quality but there's nothing I would've rated below a 2. My favourites were Holly Black's 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown', Sarah Rees Brennan's 'Undead is Very Hot Right Now', and Libba Bray's 'The Thirteenth Step'. Brennan's story in particular I kept re-reading both for the humour and the pretty bits. Very good anthology overall.

326. The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural edited by Debrah Noyes -- 3 stars

Once again my favourite story of the anthology was by Holly Black, 'The Poison Eaters'. She is fast-tracking to being one of my absolute favourite authors. Decent anthology, not quite as good The Eternal Kiss. I also liked Annette Curtis Klause's 'Kissing Dead Boys'.

327. Ouran High School Host Club Volume 9 by Bisco Hatori -- 4 stars
328. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong -- 5 stars
329. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto -- 4 stars

I really loved the Moonlight Shadow short story here, Kitchen was good but not at the same level.

330. Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast -- 3 stars

Shut up, don't judge me. This series is addictive. >_> Loren, Erik, and Heath have been eliminated as romantic interests for Zoey which is awesome because I won't have to hear her go on and on about being a ho bag anymore. Aphrodite's gone too which is not so awesome but I have hopes she'll return. And Stevie Rae is back in the hiz-ouse! =D

331. Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday edited by Megan McCafferty -- 2 stars

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Comments

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luna_potterhead
Aug. 4th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I have to admit I am insanely jealous that you can read that many books in a month.

I reccomend the community bookish. It's AMAZING!
luna_potterhead
Aug. 4th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see you're already a member there. :P

I also forgot to mention whedonland.
themadpoker
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
It comes with practice; I've been a crazy obsessive reader since I was small. My mom used to seriously worry I'd have back problems from carrying so many books to school everyday. xD

whedonland looks cool but I'm still not done watching Buffy and Angel. Should I worry about spoilers if I join?
luna_potterhead
Aug. 4th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Hmm, how far are you?
themadpoker
Aug. 5th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
I've seen the first four seasons of Buffy and 17 episodes of Angel season 1. I don't actually care about Buffy spoilers, I think I've heard everything already but I'd like to go into Angel relatively spoiler free.
luna_potterhead
Aug. 5th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Okay, because there are some icon contests and Willow/Tara usually dominate them, but since you know about them... I would wait until you finish the first season of Angel, at least, and then join.

Who are your favorite character, anyway?
luna_potterhead
Aug. 5th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
*characters
themadpoker
Aug. 5th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Buffywise my favourite was Anya. Seriously, she's awesome and I have heard things about her dying? I'm maybe going to skip that episode for my own good. In (what I've seen of) Angel Doyle was my favourite so episode 8 had me ranting about how much Joss Whedon sucks for a few days. >>; I'm starting to think me liking a character amounts to a deathcurse.

Your favourites?
luna_potterhead
Aug. 5th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
I love Anya! Doyle was cool, too. I don't know if you know this, but the actor who played Doyle, Glen Quinn, died in real life too. =[

Anyway my favorite Buffy character is Willow and my favorite Angel character is Cordelia. Favorite Buffy season - 6, Angel - 3.

Enjoy the show! And make sure to tell me whenever something major happens! :P
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themadpoker
Dec. 30th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
Briar from the Circle books, hands down. =D I remember when I was younger I read his book like three times as opposed to the others because he was my favourite. Who are your favourites?
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