January 1st, 2010

Favorite Books of 2009:

One of the joys of reading is finding authors that I LOVE and who have many books to read.

Anything by:
Sharon Shinn (I would start with Summers at Auburn Castle or The Shape Changer's Wife)
Elizabeth Wein (I wish she had more, but publishers are sometimes crazy)
Jeff Kinney (the Wimpy Kid books are some of the few that actually touch my funny bone)
Jo Walton (who else could do Victorian dragons and pull it off?)
Ruth Downie (wish she had more. Anyone know her and want to tell her I'd be happy to be an early reader?)
K.J. Parker (I sometimes find myself scratching my head and wondering if her books are fantasy by any stretch, but it doesn't matter since they are wonderful. I would start with the Engineer series. I don't know how to describe them, but the characters are so fascinating and the world makes you think)

This is my more traditional list of books I recommend to everyone I meet:
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale (I've raved about this before, but it's on my list of books to reread this year when I'm in the mood to pamper myself)
Freaks of Evolution and Me by Robin Brande (yes, Christians can and do believe in evolution)
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (could be on my list of anything authors--I love the voice)
Hotel on the Corner of Sweet and Bitter by Jamie Ford (a new find, I hope he writes tons more)
Child of Fire by Harry Connolly (dark and real magic, if that makes any sense. So many paranormal books seem in the dream fantasy category. This one isn't. Although perhaps it's like a nightmare, but only if you have really twisty ones with great endings._
The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Harry Potter for grownups and people who are "done" with C.S. Lewis)
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (Maybe I will start reading epic fantasy again)
The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark (I'm not an expert in nonfiction, but this was good)
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Not a steampunk fan, but this may convert me)
Beyond Spiderwick by Holly Black (Better than the originals)

Books Read in December 2009

Can't forget these:

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Realms of Fantasy February 2010
Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor
Clarice Bean Spells Trouble by Lauren Child
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Canticle by Ken Scholes
Fantasy and Science Fiction December 2009
Asimov’s August 2009
Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier
Njal’s Saga
The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark
The Girl Who Could Fly by Virginia Forester
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (i)
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gillman
Warriors: Into the Wind by Erin Hunter
Beyond Spiderwick 2: The Giant Problem by Holly Black
Beyond Spiderwick 3: The Wyrm King by Holly Black
Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
IGMS #15
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
The Entymological Tale of Augustus T. Percival by Laura Dene
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Asimov’s January 2009