December’s reading and 2011 wrap up

December’s reading was up a bit, especially compared to November, since I was at home for a week with time on my hands.

Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews.  Urban fantasy, book 3 of a series.  Enjoyed the adventure, not sold on the romance which felt like an after-thought.  Realized that I like this series less than the Kate Daniels series because 1) I prefer the focus on a single character through the series, and 2) I feel bored by the political machinations, which I also think haven’t been particularly well explained.  B-.

Bad Boyfriend by K.A. Mitchell.  M/m romance, re-read.  I reread this one in order to review it.  Loved it.

Lone Star by Josh Lanyon.  M/m romance, holiday novella.  Short but enjoyable, could’ve done without the reindeer hallucinations, which were a paranormal bit that was out of place with the rest of the no nonsense novella.

The Christmas Proposition by K.A. Mitchell.  M/m romance, holiday novella.  Enjoyed it, although I kind of wondered when the narrator would stand up for himself, glad he did in the end.

Here Comes the Groom by Karina Bliss.  Harlequin SuperRomance.  Meh.

Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris.  Mystery.  Reviewed here.

The Canterbury Papers by Judith Koll Healey.  Historical fiction, mystery.  Mentioned here.

Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein.  Mystery.  Mentioned here.

Coming Home for Christmas by Carla Kelly.  Anthology of historical holiday novellas.  Standard Kelly fare.  B/B+

Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Isabel Sharpe.  Chick lit or women’s fiction.  Predictable, mostly forgotten at this point (2-3 weeks after reading).

The Evolution of Ethan Poe by Robin Reardon.  YA, GLBT.  Loved this book.  Downloaded a copy after seeing it listed as one of the best reads of the year by a YA blogger in my Google Reader (apologies, I’m not sure which one now, otherwise I would link).  Ethan is a middle of the road kind of guy, trying to get enough hours of driving in to get his license and to stay balanced between his parents’ separation and his brother’s recent ride on the crazy train.  And then he starts driving and helping one of the candidates for the school board, who’s running because the other candidate wants to remove evolution from biology class and replace it with intelligent design.  And then there’s the guy he’s had a crush on for ages who appears to be noticing him…  A

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta.  YA, set in Australia.  Enjoyed it.

Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews.  Urban fantasy, novella, part of the Kate Daniels series.  Enjoyed it, but it’s pretty clearly not professionally edited  (they self-published and it was a free holiday gift to readers).  Is it fair to criticize a free gift to readers?  Eh, I’ll keep my mouth shut.

The Babes in the Wood by Ruth Rendell.  Mystery.  So slow…ended up abandoning it half way through out of boredom.

Blood Ties & Hallowed Ground by Lori G. Armstrong.  Mysteries, re-reads.  Originally mentioned here.

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2011 saw the continued decline of reading; there are various reasons for the decrease, including the fact that I’m reading more journal/work-related things, and also more fandom-driven fiction.

Books read:  117
This includes books that I read significant parts of but ultimately did not finish.

Film:  ?
I used to keep better track of the films I saw in the cinema, but this year can only recall HP 7.2, Contagion, 50/50, Weekend, Drive, and We Bought a Zoo.  I’m sure there were more than that but I didn’t write anything about them down.

Theater:  11 shows (some more than once)
My favorites?  Driving Miss Daisy, Seminar, and American Idiot

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More books to discard after they failed the 50 page test:

  • Endangered by Kathleen Dante
  • Persuasion by Maya Banks
  • Fragile by Shiloh Walker
  • A Question of Guilt by Julianne Lee
  • Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta
  • The Master’s Mistress by Carole Mortimer

Bit by bit, my spare room will become more hospitable to humans and less overrun by books.

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