Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Let's play a game!

Find that list of all the books you read in 2011. Summarize your reaction to each book in one sentence.
* = recommended
(1) “Flesh and Spirit” -- Carol Berg
This book has one of the most unlikable protagonists I've ever met, but I'm pretty sure he's supposed to be that way.

(2) “The Hunger Games” -- Suzanne Collins*
(3) “Catching Fire” -- Suzanne Collins*
(4) “Mockingjay” -- Suzanne Collins*
Great action, great characters, and an author who isn't afraid to acknowledge PTSD.

(5) “The Lies of Locke Lamora” -- Scott Lynch*
Recommended for lovers of intrigue and all-around badass characters.

(6) “Trawl” -- B.S. Johnson
If you run out of Nyquil, this book will suffice.

(7) “The Name of the Wind” -- Patrick Rothfuss* (re-read)
Kvothe is a Gary-Stu, and probably one of the best narrators you will ever meet.

(8) “The Wise Man’s Fear” -- Patrick Rothfuss
I take back that last comment--I do not need to read 100 pages of fairy sex!

(9) “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” -- Stieg Larson*
Totally worth it for the scene with Lisbeth and a tattoo gun.

(10) “The Replacement” -- Brenna Yovanoff*
Creepy and intriguing mythos.

(11) “Ash” -- Malinda Lo
This book could have been so much better if it wasn't based on Cinderella.

(12) “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” -- Lewis Carroll
Much better without that obnoxious flower song.

(13) “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” -- Carrie Ryan
So much wasted potential!

(14) “Legend” -- Marie Lu
Sure, it was fun, but it felt like a B-rated action movie I'd seen a hundred times.

(15) “Who Fears Death” -- Nnedi Okorafor*
A book that can actually make me suspend disbelief.

(16) “Thirteen Reasons Why” -- Jay Asher
Not to be taken as a universal representation of suicide.

(17) “The Virtual Kibbutz: Stories from a Changing Society” -- Ellis Shuman
Some of the cheesiest short stories ever, but they do present a good picture of the Israeli Kibbutz.

(18) “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” -- Susanna Clarke*
It's good and very original, but it took me forever to read.

(19) “The Last Unicorn” -- Peter S. Beagle*
This book is both a fairy tale and a book that makes fun of fairy tales. (Pat Rothfuss' observation, not mine.)

(20) “Luminous” -- Dawn Metcalf*
This story is really confusing, but I love how Dawn Metcalf takes something morbid and makes it quirky.

(21) “Divergent” -- Veronica Roth
Good action and a great protagonist, but it falls apart if you think too hard about it.

(22) “The Good Thief” -- Hannah Tinti*
It's hard to think of what to say about this one, but I did really like it.

(23) “Witches on the Road Tonight” -- Sheri Holman*
If you like magical realism and really fucked up characters, this is the book for you.

(24) “How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe” -- Charles Yu*
Science fiction that screams MFA.

(25) “Ship Breaker” -- Paolo Bacigalupi*
This is what a post-apocalyptic novel should look like.

(26) “The Bookman” -- Lavie Tidhar
This is what a personality-free protagonist looks like.

(27) “Battle Royale” -- Koushun Takami*
Contrary to popular belief, it actually resembles Lord of the Flies more than The Hunger Games.

(28) “I Am the Messenger” -- Markus Zusak*
Great voice, great characters, but a very preachy ending.

(29) “Red Seas Under Red Skies” -- Scott Lynch*
It's basically a clone of its prequel, but it's still awesome.

(30) “The Scorpio Races” -- Maggie Stiefvater
This would have been my favorite book when I was twelve.

(31) “Feed” -- M.T. Anderson*
The best book I read all year--I will probably never be able to enjoy a dystopia ever again.

(32) “Across the Universe” -- Beth Revis*
I would have loved this book more if I had read it before Feed (and if it weren't so fucking predictable.)

(33) “The Graveyard Book” -- Neil Gaiman*
Who doesn't want to read a coming-of-age story set in a graveyard?

Write your own list and put the link in the comments!

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