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Books Read, September 2011

Books

Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound, Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead – Pretty decent teen vampire romance series.
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride – This book had a funny and fresh (I thought that was impossible) take on the teen paranormal genre, and its protagonist is a fry cook/slacker who discovers that he can raise the dead. It had a good mix of horror and humor.
All Clear by Connie Willis

Manga and Graphic Novels

Wandering Son Volume 1
Black Bird #9 and 10
Kamisama Kiss #5
Sailor Moon #1
Sailor V #1
Skip Beat #25
Seiho Boys High School #8
Harlequin Manga: Acting on Impulse and Vengeful Seduction

Books Read, August 2011

I was on vacation for a good chunk of the month, so I got more reading done than usual!

Books
Bridgerton Series 4-6 by Julia Quinn – Fun historical romance series.
Vampire Academy Books 1 and 2 by Richelle Mead – This is decent YA vampire romance stuff, more interesting than usual since the heroine is basically a vampire bodyguard in training.
The Magicians – Got this in the bargain bin. Features unpleasant and unsympathetic characters and reads like a mashup of Harry Potter/Narnia fanfiction with literary pretensions.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Not all that great, I wonder if this series gets better.

Graphic Novels and Manga

Black Blizzard
Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus #2
Otomen #11
Butterflies, Flowers #8
Degenki Daisy #5
Ichigenme: The First Class is Civil Law #1 and 2
Ooku #6
Scary Book #1
Oresama Teacher #3 and 4

Digital manga:

3 Harlequin Manga on emanga.com
Ekiben Hitoritabi on Jmanga.com

Books Read, July 2011

Books
A View to a Kiss by Caroline Linden
Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
Storm Born, Iron Crowned, Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead
Blackout by Connie Willis
Bridgerton Series books 1-3 by Julia Quinn
Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan

Manga and Graphic Novels
Kaze Hikaru #19
Library Wars #5
True Blood Volume 1
Story of Saiunkoku 3 and 4
Kamisama Kiss 3 and 4
Moon and Blood 1
Toradora 1

Books Read, June 2011

Books

Dead Reckoning and Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
The Importance of Being Emily by Robyn Bachar
The Fire Lord’s Lover by Katheryne Kennedy
Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Manga and Graphic Novels

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
Blue Exorcist 1 and 2
Afterschool Charisma #3
Tenjo Tenge #1
Kaze Hikaru
Saiyuki 1-4 (reread)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan #3
Arata #5
Knights of the Zodiac #27
Dengeki Daisy #4 and 5
Demon Sacred #4
Shinobi Life #7
Karakuri Odette #6
Ridge: The Avenger
Codename Prince
An Officer and a Princess
Kaze Hikaru 15-18

Books Read: May 2011

Books

Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin (reread)
The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotsen
Whose Body by Dorothy Sayers – I know people love this series, but I couldn’t get into it. I think my eyes tend to glaze over at the walls of dialog.
The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa – I think these are my favorite YA modern fairy paranormal romance books so far. They aren’t as mopey as Melissa Marr’s series, there’s plenty of action, and Kagawa has the good taste to include Puck in her cast.

Manga and Graphic Novels

Gente 3
Cross Game 3
Sakura Hime 2
Sand Chronicles 10

A Bride’s Story 1
Genkaku Picasso Volumes 1-3
Black Bird 8
Stepping on Roses 5
Seiho Boys High School 5

Books Read, March and April 2010

These past couple months were sort of stressful, so I was big into trashy romance novels and genre fiction.

Books

Psy Changelings Series – 5 or so of these books by Nalini Singh.
Loretta Chase – Lord of Scoundrels, Not Quite a Lady, Your Scandalous Ways (rereads)
My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking (4 books) – After reading all the hype about Hocking and self-publishing, I decided to check out her books on the kindle. This series gets better as it goes along, even though it really starts out clearly derived from the Twilight books.
Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings, Storm of Swords by George RR Martin (rereads)

Manga and Graphic Novels

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan #1
Rosario Vampire #1
Library Wars: Love and War #4
Beast Master #1
Claymore #1
Captive Hearts #1
Rasetsu #8
Butterflies, Flowers #6
Dragon Girl #2
Butterfly #1
Sakura HIme #1
Oresama Teacher #1 and #2
Gatcha Gacha #7 and 8
Ai Ore #1
Rumic World Trilogy #2 and #3
Kingyo Used Books #3
House of Five Leaves #3
Afterschool Charisma #3
The Millionaire’s Revenge
The Italian’s Passionate Revenge
Purchased for Revenge

Books Read, January and February

Books

I’ve been a little stressed, so you can see my romance novel consumption increasing proportionately.

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason
Zoe Archer Blades of the Rose series – I bought the bundled kindle edition of these books! A series of four romantic fantasy books for 10 dollars was a pretty good value, I thought.
Firey Cross by Diana Gabaldon – Starting to get bored with Gabaldon again.
The Season by Sarah MacLean- This was my YA book club selection. It was fairly predictable and standard for anyone who has read regency romances but not too bad for a book to read when you want to switch your brain off.
Lady Spies Trilogy by Jenna Peterson – This was pretty much like Charlie’s Angels, if Charlie’s Angels were a trio of widows in Regency England who happen to keep meeting handsome English lords and having affairs with them while spying.
What a Gentleman Wants & What a Rogue Desires by Caroline Linden

Graphic Novels and Manga

Chew: The Omnivore Edition
Shazam! Monster Society of Evil by Jeff Smith
Batman and the Mad Monk by Matt Wagner
Butterflies, Flowers #5
Seiho Boys High School #4
20th Century Boys #12
Karakuri Odette #5
Kamisama Kiss #2
Cross Game #2
Stepping on Roses #4
Kurozakuro #2
Natsume’s Book of Friends #5
Story of Saiunkoku #2
Gatcha Gacha #5,6
Kurozakuro #2
Itsurabito #1
Skyblue Shore #1, 2
Biomega #5
House of Five Leaves #2
X-Men: Misfits #1
Butterfly #1
Claiming His Pregnant Wife
The Millionaire’s Pregnant Mistress
Marriage Scandal, Showbiz Baby!
Eensy Weensy Monster 1 and 2

2010 Year in Reading

So this year after tallying up my reading list posts, it looks like I read around 59 books and 215 manga. This is fewer books and manga than last year, but not off enough to make me worry about it all that much. I figure if I am reading over 52 books a year, that’s a pretty good pace even if the books I’m choosing are fairly easy to read.

In books, this seemed to be the year of addictive trilogies and series because I read through the Millennium Trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy at a brisk pace. I finally tackled Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series after hearing so many positive things about it. I haven’t switched over to e-book format only for books mostly because since my twins like to play with the iPad so much, I don’t want to have my access restricted to what I want to read if a three-year-old is intently playing Sushi Cat. But I read all of the Millennium Trilogy on the iPad Kindle app, as well as a few romance novels that I might have otherwise purchased as mass market paperbacks.

In the manga and graphic novels category it seemed like last year was a good year for fluffy shoujo, with Alice in the Country of Hearts showing unexpected depth for a dating sim adaptation and the debut of Dengeki Daisy. There was great josei with the publication of Bunny Drop and All My Darling Daughters. Towards the end of 2010 I was happy to discover the shonen title Cross Game, and the second volume of the series was a great way to kick off the new year.

Books Read, December 2010

Books

Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Iorich by Steven Brust
Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason
Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (rereads)

Manga and Graphic Novels

Captain America: Road to Reborn
Kamisama Kiss Volume 1
Papillon Volume 5/6
One Piece Volumes 1 and 2
To Marry A Stranger
To Woo A Wife

New X-Men Volume 3
Twin Spica 2
Black Gate 1-3
Kurozakuro #1
Children of the Sea #4
Detroit Metal City #7
20th Century Boys #11

Silver Diamond #6 and 7
Ooku #5

Books Read, November 2010

Books

I was a little light on the books this month because I just got bogged down attempting to read the newest book in the Chronicles of Elantra series and couldn’t get into it. I always struggle with leaving book unread after I’ve started them, but this one I just ended up taking back to the library.

The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne
Monster Blood Tattoo Volume 1: The Foundling by D.M. Cornish
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – reread this because it was a free kindle download

Manga


Cross Game 1-3

VB Rose 8-10
Dragon Girl 1
AX Manga Anthology #1
Itazura Na Kiss #3
Alice the 101st #2

20th Century Boys #11
Detroit Metal City #7
Children of the Sea #4

Summoner Girl #1
Hikaru No Go #21
Arata: the Legend #4

Library Wars #3
Bunny Drop #2
Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus #1
The Stellar Six #1
Karakuri Odette #4
Neko Ramen #2