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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Books From 2005

This post just recaps my leisure reading from 2005.

★ ★ ★Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
Great true story. Author did excellent research and presents it in a way that is very enjoyable. Highly recommend.

★ ★ ★War Trash - Ha Jin
Another great story, this one based on true facts. Easy to get into the character and relate to the circumstances. Highly recommend.

★ ★Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum is at it again, very enjoyable, not quite as funny as some of the others.

The First Desire - Nancy Reisman
Interesting story, characters are fully developed but plot leaves a bit to be desired (no pun intended).

★ ★ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -Mark Haddon
Absolutely great book, what a vision into a the head of someone with autism. Definitely recommend.

★ ★ ★The Drowning Tree -Carol Goodman
Great book, fast read, bold characters, intriguing story. Would highly recommend.

★ ★A Cold Heart -Jonathan Kellerman
Another Alex Delaware story. Pretty good story and quick read.

★ ★Light on Snow -Anita Shreve
A fast read, wonderful characters, lovely story. Would recommend.

★ ★While I Was Gone -Sue Miller
Finished it up in a few days. Good read, was a repeat for me although I didn't know that when I started. Very interesting main character, kind of weird plot.

★ ★ ★My Sister's Keeper -Jodi Piccoult
Wow, read this book in two days. Loved it, but it is a downer. Highly recommend.

★ ★ ★Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art From Ephemera -Nick Bantock
Purchased this one because he is one of my favorite author/artists, and because the book talks about how he does his work and I needed some ideas for some stuff I am doing.

★ ★Over the Edge - Jonathan Kellerman
An Alex Delaware story. Always worth the read.

The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue -by Barbara Samuel
Great story, fast read. Characters are believable. Author repeats herself a few times but other than that, I would recommend.

My Little Blue Dress -Bruno Maddox
I didn't find this book nearly as amusing as the critics. Unless you know it is a farce, you won't get it.

★ ★★Ten Big Ones -Janet Evanovich
Fast fun read. Another Stephanie Plum book and a lot of fun. Waited for the paperback, that is why I am behind on this one.

★ ★★★The Poisonwood Bible -Barbara Kingsolver
Another one of the great books for the year for me. Would highly recommend.

Farm Fatale -Wendy Holden
Interesting, but characters are not deep and story is only okay.

The Amateur Marriage -Anne Tyler
Good book, fast read. The characters are believable.

Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons -Lorna Landvik

She's Come Undone -Wally Lamb
Good book, a bit depressing but character development is awesome.

★ ★★Sea Glass -Anita Shreve
Very good book, nice history aspect, I would highly recommend.

Angels -Marian Keyes
Funny in parts but not the best that I have read.

★ ★Last Letters Home -Life, HBO and New York Times
Really hard book to read, very emotional, but definitely worth it. Some proceeds are donated.

★ ★Winnie the Pooh: A Celebration of a Silly Old Bear -Christopher Finch
Lots of history of Winnie the Pooh, this is a coffee table sized book.

Every Secret Thing -Laura Lippen
Nice try at a story but I thought it was not well thought, characters were not very deep, and predictable and there were subplots that were completely unnecessary.

★ ★★Trace -Patricia Cornwell
Scarpetta book that is a good read but not one of the best.

★ ★★ ★The Dark Tower -Stephen King
Has been one of my favorite authors since I was little. Great continuation of the story.

★ ★ ★Here on Earth -Alice Hoffman
A reread for me. Great book, would definitely recommend.

★ ★In Her Shoes -Jennifer Weiner
Another easy read, fast and fun.

★ ★sMothering -Wendy French
Funny and easy to relate to the characters.

★ ★Good in Bed -Jennifer Weiner
Funny quick read that is easy to get into.

Dogs of Babel -Carolyn Parkhurst
Kind of weird, but very interesting and easy to read.

★ ★ ★ ★The Time Traveler's Wife -Audrey Niffenegger
Absolutely my favorite of the year, would highly recommend.


Peeved Michelle said...

I really like Anita Shreve, but do not read Where or When. It is not up to her usual standards and is utterly predictable. Also, read The Weight of Water before you read The Last Time They Met. I won't tell you why, but trust me.

Mishka said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll keep that in mind for sure. I usually end up picking her books up at Costco, but I might do a library search for these two and see if I can just rent them.

Mind Sprite said...

Wow, you read a lot of books! I wish I had the time (or the dedication, more likely) to read that much. I'll try to put a few recommendations up on my blog here soon. I don't have nearly as many to pass on!

Mishka said...

I usually get a few in while I am traveling twice a year from East Coast to West Coast and back, and then I read every night before bed....sometimes to my demise because if I really get into one, I'll just stay awake and keep reading.

I have read, written or done puzzles of some sort before bed since I was little...just a routine for me I guess.

Look forward to your recommendations as well.

Joanne said...

I like Kellerman too. I have read all of his Alex Deleware novels thus far. I haven't liked it, though, when he's diverged from Alex. Good to have a list to work from for some good ideas though. :) Sometimes I don't know what I'm looking for and I just pick stuff up based on the covers. :D

I liked Time Traveller's wife and the Sea Glass as well.