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oh, livejournal. how do i neglect thee? maybe if i were were a resolution-making sort of girl, i might vow to be better in the new year. maybe i am a resolution-making sort of girl and i have made that vow, but only unofficially because i don't want the guilt if/when i fall once again into neglect. i have missed you though. yes, i might flirt with blogger and twitter, it's you i always come back to eventually. i am a creature of habit, or something.

in any case, friends i hope you have been well. i do still read and on occassion comment, so i am sort of up to speed. and if you have not been well, i am sorry and hope for good things in this new year. yes, it's corny and essentially just another day, not all that different from the one that came before it or the one that will follow. but still.

and in the grand tradition, which really isn't all that grand, but is one of my little rituals, i offer you the list of books i read in last year, without elaboration. although if you are quite interested, maybe you should befriend me on goodreads, where another not-resolution will be to actually offer commentary. with regards to this list, it's really heavy on the kidlit and mysteries, indicating that i spent the year a) trying to be a with-it professional and b) did a lot of comfort reading. also, as per usual, if features me going on a lot of author-kicks. also, it's really difficult to believe that those "begining of the year" books were read just a year ago. a rather long year ago.



sparkling cyanide by agatha christie
ordeal by innocene by agatha christie
evil genius by catherine jinks
little house in the big woods by laura ingalls wilder
green grows in the city by beverly nichols
a crooked kind of perfect by linda urban
endless night by agatha christie
the true meaning of smekday by adam rex
petal pusher: a rock n' roll cinderella story by laurie lindeen
the labours of hercules by agatha christie
the charmed bracelet/global warning/ghost in the machinery/disoriented express (nancy drew graphic novels) by stefan petrucha
captain underpants and the invasion of the incredibly naughty cafeteria ladies from outher space by dav pilkey
captain underpants and the perilous plot of professor poopypants by dav pilkey
captain underpants and the wrath of the wicked wedgie women by dav pilkey
the complet stories by dorothy l. sayers
the unpleasantness at the bellona club by dorothy l. sayers
whose body? by dorothy l. sayers
clouds of witness by dorothy l. sayers
poison apples by lily archer
pippi longstocking by astrid lindgren
the qwikpick adventure society by sam riddlenburger
story of a girl by sara zarr
billy bones by christopher lincoln
total constant order by crissa jean chappell
appointment with death by agatha christie
before i die by jenny dowhan
tips on having a (gay) ex-boyfriend by carrie jones
the ashleys by melissa de la cruz
shug by jenny han
the road by cormac mccarthy
masquerade by melissa de la cruz
the nixie's song (beyond the spiderwick chronicles) by holly black and tony d. terlizzi
the pinhoe egg by diana wynne jones
helping me help myself by beth lisick
dealing with dragons by patricia c. wrede
an incomplete revenge by jacqueline winspear
gilda joyce: the ghost sonata by jennifer allison
a great and terrible beauty by libba bray
after the funeral by agatha christie
rebel agnels by libba bray
case of the bizarre bouquet by nancy springer
searching for dragons by patricia c. wrede
hannah west on millionaire's row by linda johns
calling on dragons by patricia c. wrede
sammy key's and the skeleton man by wendelin van draanen
sammy keys and the sisters of mercy by wendelin van draanen
murder in the mews by agatha christie
ivy and bean break the fossil record by annie barrows
medusa jones by ross colins
the runaways, v. 6-7 by brian k. vaughan
passenger to frankfurt by agatha christie
sexy chicks: an anthology of women cartoonists
the raven league: sherlock holmes is missing by alex summers and billy mckay
sammy keyes and the runaway elf by wendelin van draanen
black lizard's big book of pulps
alvin ho: allergic to girls, school and other scary things by lenore look
whispering to witches by anna dale
sammy keyes and the runaway elf by wendelin van draanen
sammy keyes and the curse of moustache mary by wendelin van draanen
sammy keyes and the hollywood mummy by wendelin van draanen
sammy keyes and the search for snake eyes by wendelin van draanen
sammy keyes and the art of deception by wendelin van draanen
sammy keyes and the dead givewaway by wendelin van draanen
allie finkle's rules for girls: moving day by meg cabot
the sweet far thing by libba bray
english as a second language by megan crane
sammy keyes and the wild things by wendelin van draanen
diary of a wimpy kid: roderick rules by jeff kinney
amulet: the stonekeeper by kazu kibuishi
i was told there'd be cake by sloane crossley
confessions of a serial kisser by wendelin van draanen
sweethearts by sara zarr
orient express by graham greene
the london eye mystery by siobhan dowd
y: the last man (v.1-10) by brian k. vaughan
sad cypress by agatha christie
neither here nor there by bill bryson
murder by the book by rex stout
rumors: a luxe novel by anna godbersen
life sucks by jessica abel
the inimitable jeeves by p.g. wodehouse
picadilly jim by p.g. wodehouse
the code of the woosters by p.g. wodehouse
a people's history of the american empire by howard zinn
skim by mariko tamaki
the suspicions of mr. whicher: a shocking murder and the undoing of a great victorian detective by kate summerscale
the golden spiders by rex stout
the secret advesary by agatha christie
over my dead body by rex stout
suitte scarlet by maureen johnson
the disreputable history of frankie landau banks by e. lockhart
water for elephants by sarah gruen
the willoughbys by lois lowry
little brother by cory doctorow
the boy book by e. lockhart
ink exchange by melissa marr
battle of the labyrinth by rick riordan
a filed of darkness by cornelia read
the crazy school by cornelia read
foreign correspondent by alan furst
our man in havanna by graham greene
genius squad by catherine jinks
dussie by nancy springer
the thirteen problems by agatha christie
partners in crime by agtaha christie
jealous? by melissa de la cruz
missy by chris hannen
devlish by maureen johnson
how to be bad by e. lockhart, lauren myracle and sarah mylenowski
candy girl by diablo cody
the magicians of caprona by diana wynne jones
witch week by diana wynne jones
dramarama by e. lockhart
the innocent by ian mcewan
chiggers by hope larson
bewitching season by marissa doyle
what was lost by catherine o'flynn
paper towns by john green
beauty tips from moose jaw: travels in search of canada by will ferguson
the last fish tale by mark kurlansky
curse of the spellmans by lisa lutz
runaway by wendelin van draanen
flynn by gregory mcdonald
flynn's in by gregory mcdonald
the buck passes flynn by gregory mcdonald
coffin, scarcely used by colin watson
just what the doctor ordered by colin watson
whatever's been going on at mumblesby? by colin watson
the penderwicks on gardam street by jeanne birdsall
savvy by ingrid law
the calder game by blue balliett
black and white and dead all over by john darnton
it shouldn't happen to a dog by colin watson
the new york four by brian wood
in the woods by tana french
love and lies: marisol's story by ellen wittlinger
plaster sinners by colin watson
the suspect by l.r. wright
kissing covens by colin watson
i wanna be your joey ramone by stephanie kuehnert
the magic half by annie barrows
prom dates from hell by rosemary clement-moore
ivy and bean take care of the babysitter by annie barrows
alive in necropolis by dough dorst
the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society by mary ann shaffer and annie barrows
cicada summer by andrea beatty
saffy's angel by hilary mckay
the mysterious benedict society and the perilous journey by trenton lee stewart
the house of many ways by diana wynne jones
well witched by frances hardinge
lonelyheart 4122 by colin watson
alive and well in prague, ny by daphne grab
the likeness by tana french
the 39 clues: maze of bones by rick riordan
suddenly supernatural: school spirit by elizabeth cody kimmel
charmed life by diana wynne jones
the lives of christopher chant by diana wynne jones
the anodyne necklace by martha grimes
the case has altered by martha grimes
father brown: the essential tales by g.k. chesterton
bliss by lauren myracle
indigo's star by hilary mckay
permanent rose by hilary mckay
when will there be good news? by kate atkinson
the case of the peculiar pink fan by nancy springer
caddy ever after by hilary mckay
shimura trouble by sujata massey
the summoning by kelley armstrong
castle in the air by diana wynne jones
a taste of death by p.d. james
tunnels by rodderick jordan and brian williams
my one hundred adventures by polly horvath
the muders of richard iii by elizabeth peters
the graveyard book by neil gaiman
the wordy shipmates by sarah vowell
the love talker by elizabeth peters
the murder room by p.d. james
the wild girls by pat murphy
white sands, red menace by ellen klages
the cape cod mystery by phoebe atwood taylor
sammy keyes and the cold hard cash by wendelin van draanen
death lights a candle by phoebe atwood taylor
mystery of the cape cod tavern by phoebe atwood taylor
the girl with the dragon tattoo by steig larson
out of order by phoebe atwood taylor
the case of william smith by patricia wentworth
sandbar sinister by phoebe atwood taylor
jellicoe road by marissa marchetta
spring harrowing by phoebe atwood taylor
the hunger games by suzanne collins
an unsuitable job for a woman by p.d. james
the p.l.a.i.n. janes: janes in love by cecil castelluci
emiko superstar by mariko tamaki
cover her face by p.d. james
moxy maxwell does not love writing thank you notes by peggy gifford
the spies of warsaw by alan furst
an exact replica of a figment of my imagination by elizabeth mccracken
the 39 clues: one false note by gordon korman
revelations by melissa de la cruz
jane of lantern hill by l.m. montgomery
diplomatic corpse by phoebe atwood taylor
the book stops here by ian sansom
what i saw and how i lied by judy blundell
the six iron spiders by phoebe atwood taylor
the criminal c.o.d. by phoebe atwood taylor
going, going, gone by phoebe atwood taylor
the asey mayo trio: three cape cod mysteries by phoebe atwood taylor
the annulet of gilt by phoebe atwood taylor
the monsters of templeton by lauren groff
the seance by heather graham
punch with care by phoebe atwood taylor
same difference by siobhan vivian
three blind mice by agatha christie
ellie mcdoodle: have pen will travel by ruth mcnally barnshaw

Comments

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zoltara
Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
I always love your recommendations! What were your favorites?
quietjenn
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:37 am (UTC)
thanks! it's fun to do every year.
let's see - some of my favorites were helping me help myself, green grows in the city, the suspicions of mr. wincher, our man in havanna, what was lost, the last fish tale, the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society, both of the books by tana french, the wordy shipmates and an exactly replica of a figment of my imagination. and you can never go wrong with wodehouse or diana wynne jones.
also great on the kid/y.a. front: the books by hilary mckay and libba bray, jellicoe road, the hunger games, the graveyard book and jellicoe road. and same difference is great, but not out yet.
zoltara
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, thanks! I'm totally jealous that you're able to read so much, by the way.
lordtangent
Jan. 2nd, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
howdy, jenn! i see you've outread me once again. is there one p. d. james book which is best to start with?
quietjenn
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
that's because you, like, do stuff, billy!
um, i really don't feel like an expert enough on p.d. james to say for sure. i quite enjoyed "the murder room;" of the ones i read of hers this year, it's probably the one i remember the most, which might be saying something.
ruthexpress
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Amazing
Holy cow! I can't believe the length of that list. Do you read in your sleep? (do you sleep at all?)
quietjenn
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazing
oh, i definitely sleep! it's all the other activities in my life that suffer. and it might be a nice trick to read in my sleep, but i haven't managed it.

also, kudos for the ellie mcdoodle books. the first was the last i read of the year (obviously) and the sequel the first of this one. they're terrific, and i can't wait to start foisting them on young patrons.
ruthexpress
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Amazing
I can read a couple hundred picturebooks in a year, but when it comes to novels I'm slowww, despite taking a speed-reading class in college. I remain in awe of your ability; reading by osmosis doesn't work for me, either.

Thank you for your kind words on Ellie McDoodle. It's an honor to be your mid-season bookends for 2008 and 2009.
The last I heard, my agent and editor loved the premise for book 3 -- animals, specifically a bird -- and I am calmly awaiting a list of deadlines (when it arrives my life switches to panic mode).
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