Thursday, January 7, 2010

2009 Books

Okay, so I have this idea of listing all of the books I read this year, and summing them up in one word. Just one word. Which will be difficult, and you won't be able to get as much as you would from a regular paragraph or two review, but I'm terrible at summing up, and this is a great way to practice. Yes, I am allowed to use the same word twice. :) Here goes nothing...

January 2009

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Charming December 2008 Book o/ the Month
2. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien: Fascinating Book o/ the Month
3. Restless Pilgrim by Scott M. Marshall: Interesting
4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman: Funny
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling: Excellent (duh!*)
6. The Book of Names by D. Barkley Briggs: Naw'bad
7. Beowulf: Good
8. Calvin and Hobbes, 10th Anniversary Edition by Bill Watterson: Fun. :)

February 2009

1. Watership Down by Richard Adams: Fascinating Book o/ Month
2. Inside Prince Caspian by Devin Brown: Interesting
3. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis: Classic
4. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham: Amusing
5. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne: Great!
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling: Favorite...
7. Infidel by Ted Dekker: Favorite (in series, so far)
8. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien: Melancholy, Classic, Great (I'm sorry, I couldn't just put 'sad' - that just isn't fair to the great book that it is!)
9. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: Good
10. Warriors: Firestar's Quest by Erin Hunter: Alright...:-/
11. Gingery Pye by Eleanor Estes: Awww!
12. Chronicles Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan: Fascinating March Book o/ Month

March 2009

1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket: Bad (haha!)
2. Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery: Charming
3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Fun
4. Worlds of Wonder by David Gerrold (bits and pieces: as my notebook reads...) : Okay
5. Thr3e by Ted Dekker : Good
6. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket: Reptilian :D

April 2009

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: Magical
2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: Enchanting
3. Midnight by Erin Hunter: Alright
4. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien: Excellent
5. The Underneath by Kathy Appelt: Unique

May 2009

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling: Excellent
2. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling: Fun
3. Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James: Charming
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: Magical

June 2009

1. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke: Wonderful
2. Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein: Adventurous Recommended Book o/ the Month (April?)
3. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield: Boring
4. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Alright
5. Rattlesnakes by J. Frank Dobie: Interesting
6. The Reason for God by Timothy Keller: Interesting Recommended Book o/ the Month (May?)
7. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent: Interesting
8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Romantic
9. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis: Unique
10. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace: Epic
11. The Iliad by Homer: Classic
12. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander: Slow
13. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis: Brilliant
14. Holes by Louis Sachar: Fun

July 2009

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Charming **
2. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: Alright
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Interesting
4. Dinotopia by James Gurney: Disappointing
5. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke: Good
6. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer: Edge-of-my-seat...
7. Renegade by Ted Dekker: Fun
8. Faerie Gold edited by Lindskoog and Hunsicker: Classic
9. Heaven by Randy Alcorn: Thought-provoking
10. I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy: Fascinating :) (Trekkies will get it...)

August 2009

1. Phantastes by George MacDonald: Pretty Good
2. The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein: Fun
3. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: Excellent
4. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol: Whimsical
5. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol: Whimsical

September 2009
1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: Unique
2. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson: Fun

October 2009:
1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer: Excellent
4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer: (I can't think of a good word for this one. It was good, but it's not my favorite book in the series, and it's romantic, but it's sad part of the time, and then it's the end!)

November 2009

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Romantic - again 2. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: Fascinating 3. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer: (In preparation for the movie...)

December 2009:

Unfortunately I didn't finish any books in December, but the books I started made for easy finishing and a jumpstart for January. So, maybe in a few days I'll be posting January reviews. :)

* Words like duh don't count, and neither do words in paranthesis or phrases that are hyphenated. I'm making the rules up as I go, heh heh....
**I either stopped doing Books of the Month at this point because I got too lazy to
keep up with it or I just didn't see it when I glanced at my old posts, so I just bolded and italicized some of the books that would have been contenders for the coveted (not really) spot at the time.

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