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Books Read in 2005

Here's the final round-up for 2005. This list is pathetically short, compared to 2004, but that's okay. Thirty-four is still respectable, I'd say. So, continuing from this entry, here's the rest of the list. (Possibly incomplete, as I may have forgotten a few of the things that I read, but I think most of them are here). No really involved reviews, although I've made at least some comment about whether or not I enjoyed the book.


#15 - The Other Woman - Jane Green. The "other woman" being her mother-in-law. An okay chick-lit read, although not very memorable. I think I've grown tired of Green's writing.

#16 - Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris. One of the "Southern Vampire" books - AWESOME! I love this series. And there's a new one coming out in a few months! YAY!

#17 - Shopaholic in Manhattan - Sophie Kinsella. Read this on the way to Australia, then released it at the Sydney Opera House. Pretty good book, although I think I enjoyed the first "Shopaholic" book a bit more than this one. I'll continue reading the series, in any case. I think she's getting married in the next book.

#18 - The Italian Affair - Laura Fraser. A "memoir" (not sure if it's all completely true, or somewhat fictionalized) about a woman who, when her husband suddenly leaves her, goes off to Italy in search of sex love. And finds, well, something. I didn't really enjoy this book, mostly because I had a hard time liking the narrator. Which is a shame, really, because in general, I'm all in favor of the idea of going off to Italy looking for . . . erm . . . whatever. ;)

#19 - ESP Affair - Allison Tylor. Billed as an "erotic romance," which meant there were some reasonably graphic sex scenes. Not really very good ones, though, and the plot itself was disappointing - about a woman who begins to dream about this man who knows all her fantasies (and wants to fulfill them for her), which seems all well and good until her husband gets a letter from this "dream lover," and things start to get even weirder. I found the denouement to be disappointing, and since the sex scenes weren't that good either, there's really nothing to recommend this book.

#20 - Affluenza - John DeGraff, and others. READ THIS BOOK. It's really eye-opening, likening our society's rampant consumerism to a deadly disease. It really did change the way I think about certain things, and I think it's an important and interesting book. Seriously, read this book.

#21 - What's For Lunch Charley? - Margaret Hodges. This was a favourite book of mine when I was a child, so when I saw a copy at the library sale, I snatched it up for my son. It's still very charming, about a boy who forgets his lunch one day, and ends up having quite an adventure when he eats in the restaurant of a local hotel. Cute, and I think my son enjoyed it as well when we read it aloud together.

#22 - Sushi for Beginners - Marian Keyes. I read this on the way home from Australia. Enjoyed it, but not overly much. Most of the characters were unpleasant in some way or another, which usually sours me on a book very quickly. This one still managed to keep my interest, though (or maybe it was the fact I had nothing better to do on the airplane). :D

#23 - The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin. I don't read much science fiction, but a friend and I decided to read this one as part of our local BookCrossing group's bookclub (a bookclub which didn't manage to survive after we chose this book. Not sure if there's a connection or not). I enjoyed the book - it was a rather slow and steady read. Not a lot in the way of edge-of-the-seat excitement, but it was interesting.

#24 - The Adventures of Captain Underpants - Dave Pilkey. Read this graphic novel with my son. It's even sillier than the title would suggest, about two boys who turn their school principal into a "superhero," who then has to combat the evil Professor Pippy PeePee Poopy Pants. Toilet humor, yes. And actually, very funny - my son and I both enjoyed it.

#25 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling. Okay, so it took me a month and a half to read this one, which garnered me LOTS of grief from my friends. But I did enjoy it. It doesn't stand alone as some of the earlier books do, but it has definitely whetted my appetite for the final book in the series. More thoughts on this book can be found in this f-locked post.

#26 - Skinwalker - Nunzio Difillipis and others. A graphic novel about a Navajo-style "skinwalker" who does some very naughty things. Interesting, but not earth-shattering. A bookring book, which will soon be on its way back to its owner. :)

#27 - Watchman - Ian Rankin. Another bookring book, this one all the way from the U.K. I've read most of this author's Inspector Rebus books, and LOVED them. This book features a different protagonist, and I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. It was a decent read, but nothing spectacular. The book is currently available, though, so if anyone would like to read it, let me know and I'll drop it in the mail to you. :)

#28 - Dancing with Dragons - D.J. Conway. I enjoyed this book - there was some great information here, although I will admit to skipping and skimming certain sections. (I'm not really interested in performing dragon magic as she describes in the books). I did enjoy much of the book, though.

#29 - Treasure Island - R.L. Stevenson. Somehow, I never managed to read this book as a child, and I very much enjoyed reading it now, with my son. It was read aloud, and lots of fun with different voices, etc. A great story, which has given me a deeper appreciation for the wonderful "Muppet Treasure Island" film. (Although the film does stray from the canon in certain areas, but I'm so in love with what they did to Ben Gunn that I'm willing to forgive rather a lot). ;)

#30 - Michelangelo - Mike Venezia. A children's introduction to the Renaissance artist. I read this one with my son's class. A very nice book, with cartoon illustrations as well as reproductions of Michelangelo's artwork. The older kids (first grade) enjoyed it; some of the kindergarteners didn't have the attention span, though.

#31 - The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby - Dave Pilkey. Another in the "Captain Underpants" series, this one about, you guessed it, a pint-sized superhero in diapers. The villain in this book is Deputy DooDoo (although I like the way my son says it, as it sounds much funnier - he read it as "DeePoody DooDoo" which, really, is at least as appropriate as the proper pronunciation). ;) Also a funny book, although if you don't like toilet humor you'll definitely want to avoid this series.

#32 - The Mysterious Bender Bones - Susan Meyers. A children's book from back in the day (published in 1970), read aloud with my son as bedtime reading. A cute "anthropological" mystery, about some strange bones buried in the neighbor's basement.

#33 - Welcome to Dead House - R.L. Stine. A Goosebumps book, read aloud with my seven-year old. Not anything that special, but he enjoys this series, which is all to the good.

#34 - Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls - Jane Lindskold. Another book it took months for me to complete. My bad, especially since it's a bookring book (which will be handed off in person to the next on the ring, at the upcoming BC meet-up). A really cool book - I was expecting high fantasy, but it's really sci-fi. I loved the premise - a woman has been "bred" in such a way as to promote magical thinking to the point where she can hear the thoughts of inanimate objects. And, of course, the people who bred her to do this don't have such great motives.

#35 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis. Another book I never read as a child, and I'm SO glad that I've finally "discovered" these books. They're really lovely. We listened to this audiobook several times on a recent road trip, and I found it very charming. I'm looking forward to finishing the rest of the series, too.

#36 - The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis. Loved this one, as well, which shows us the birth of Narnia, and gives us some history about Jadis. Great characters, and I found the story very compelling (although not as compelling as "Horse and His Boy, which I'm reading right now, and REALLY enjoying).
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