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November booklist

1. To Love and Honor, B J Hoff
First in the Dalton Saga. (WHY is this a saga when it's only two books long?!) Christian fiction (and you know what I generally think about that), but I do have a soft spot for BJ Hoff.

2. The Magician King, Lev Grossman
Even though I kind of hated the The Magician, I went ahead and read the second one. And I think I’m glad I did. Quentin and his fellow kings-and-queens-of-Narnia-Fillory are getting bored with the royal life. So there’s a quest, and a lot of time spent back in the real world, and some dark and twisted magic, and in the end Quentin finally grows up and learns the meaning of sacrifice.

3. Snuff, Terry Pratchett
I still contend that the absolute best of Discworld are the middle books – say, Witches Abroad through The Last Hero, although there are excellent exceptions on either end, such as Wyrd Sisters and Going Postal - and Pratchett is wonderful and brilliant no matter what he writes BUT ... I just haven't been loving the latest books from him. And it's not him, it's me. I'm not a huge fan of Vimes (GASP, I know). And Pratchett's taken to being more ... serious. Not a bad thing, just not my favorite. I miss the wild freewheeling crazinesses of the earlier books.

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
I listened to the audio just for fun. :)

5. Spoken Here: Travels among threatened languages, Mark Abley
Really wonderful - engagingly written, interesting subject matter.

6. Double Dexter, Jeff Lindsay
I like Dexter. I'm not sure why, but I do. However, the novelty is wearing off a bit, and this latest book seemed a little less awesome than the earlier ones.

7. Rereadings, Anne Fadiman, Ed.
Even when I hadn't read the book, or violently disagree with their opinion on it, I still love hearing people talk about books! It was a treat to see so many writers expounding on their favorites.

8. A Whisper in the Wind, BJ Hoff
Second in the Dalton Saga. Dramatic Things Happen! There are Coincidences! Everything ends Happily!

9. Shakespeare: the world as stage, Bill Bryson
Little can actually be known about Shakespeare's life, and so this is a short book. Also an awesome book, because it is well-written, and it cuts through the speculation that Shakespeare biographers love to engage in.

Realization: next month I get to do my massive (and massively fun) Year-End Book Awards post!



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Dec. 2nd, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha... saga indeed. Well, we know BJ has to make everything sound ten times as dramatic as it really is, and isn't that why we loved her? Or at least why I did. (And now am just like, okaaaaaaaaay.) :-p
Dec. 2nd, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Drama indeed. Remember all the tradedy Fiona went through?! But I still <3 them, if only for nostalgia's sake.
Dec. 2nd, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Hehe. My friend Esther (who introduced me to the books) has them on her bookshelf behind some other books. Like behind just enough other books to cover them up. I was laughing at her about it because as soon as I saw that I knew what was hiding back there and we both confessed a reluctance to get rid of something that was so Immensely Important to Us.
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