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Books of 2011
Bookworm - smercy
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Here is the list of the books I read in 2011 (not including re-reads)

Bold = library book (one of the silent resolutions I made last year was to use the library more)

L = liked it

L! = loved it

nf = non-fiction (another silent resolution was to read more non-fiction books)

Crown of Acorns - Catherine Fisher (L)
The Dark Lord of Derkholm & The Year of the Griffin - Diana Wynne Jones (L)
Wild Dogs - Helen Humphries
Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake -Rachel Cohn (L!)
WHite Rose Rebel - Janet Paisley
God's Own Country - Ross Raisin
Eurydice Street & Red Princess - Sofka Zinovieff (both nf)
Thornyhold - Mary Stewart (L!)
Just Kids - Patti Smith (L!) (nf)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ian Fleming
The String of Pearls - Thomas Preskett Prest (the original Sweeney Todd)
I Shall Wear Midnight & Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett (L!)
The News Where You Are - Catherine O'Flynn (L)
The Crossing of Ingo - Helen Dunmore
Across The Universe - Beth Revis (L)
The Bill From My Father - Bernard Cooper (nf)
Poe: A Life Cut Short & London Under - Peter Ackroyd (both nf)
Leadville - Edward Platt (nf)
The Junior Officers' Reading Club - Patrick Hennessy (nf)
The Fry Years - Stephen Fry (nf)
The Way Through The Woods - Una McCormack (L)
Another Part of the Wood - Beryl Bainbridge
Empty Cradles - Margaret Humphries (nf)
Blink & What The Dog Saw - Malcolm Gladwell (both nf) (L!)
Clever Girl - Brian Thompson (nf)
The Fire Gospel - Michel Faber
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman
Pegasus - Robin McKinley (L!)
Un Lun Dun - China Mieville (L)
When You Come To Me - Rebecca Stead
The Bride That Time Forgot - Paul Magrs
The Welsh Girl - Peter Ho Davies
Cobbler's Dream, Dora At Follyfoot, The Horses of Follyfoot, Stranger At Follyfoot - Monica Dickens (L)
Cannery Row - John Steinbeck (L)
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson (L!)
Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley & Me - E.L. Konigsburg
Dark Matter - Michelle Paver (L)
Alice In Sunderland - Bryan Talbot (L!)
Matched - Ally Condie
The Elf-King's Daughter - Lord Dunsany
The Splendour Falls (L), Texas Gothic - Rosemary Clement-Moore
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (L)
The Prince of Mist - Carlos Ruiz Zafón (I continue to be disappointed by him)
The House of Lost Souls - F.G. Cottam
When God Was A Rabbit - Sarah Winman
The Good, The Bad & The Multiplex - Mark Kermode (nf)
Rosebush - Michele Jaffe
The Luminous Life of Lilly Nelly Aphrodite - Beatrice Colin
The Bride's Farewell - Meg Rosoff
London's Lost Rivers - Paul Talling (nf)
Wild Horse Diaries - Lizzie Spencer (nf)
Jack The Giant-Killer - Charles de Lint

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Oh God, the cliffhanger to Pegasus is just cruel. D: I'm giving you fair warning.

I do recommend The Hunger Games trilogy, but allow yourself breaks in between the books if possible because they are intense and the bleakness can be overwhelming.

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This is a whole new definition of cruel. We're talking the end of Sherlock S1 cruel.

Yes, test out the first book before reading the other two.

I read Matched. I thought it was okay but - it could've been so much more. So much.

And yet I am still an idiot and bought the next book in the series because I liked the last 50 pages and want to know more! I am a little sad, that way.

It's her first book so it isn't going to be perfect. I thought the world building was good even if it didn't move very fast. What did you think of Crossed?

That's a long list, Starsea! Thanks for sharing; I'll take a look next time I'm having trouble finding a good book. : )

I wanted to see if I could read 50 books in a year. :)

I agree, the Hunger Games trilogy was amazing good. I can't wait to see the movies. I was a bit apprehensive at first because of it's comparison to another one of my favorites: Battle Royale; but really, anyone who's actually read both books would see they are actually quite different and focus on different issues entirely.

I haven't read Battle Royale but I think the similarity is superficial in that they're both about kids fighting each other but that's it.

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