Monday, June 27, 2011

Books I've Read This Year

It is well known that I am an avid reader of fictional books. I don’t read those silly non-fiction books because they are lame and boring. (No Marie, owner’s manuals are not interesting and not cool to read!) 

When I was pregnant with Nicole, I lost my desire to read. I read maybe 5 books during my whole pregnancy. This was a pathetically sad number because I usually read about 30 books a year. Back in my single, college days, I read between 50-80 books a year, but that was when I was carefree and had a lot of time. Now, I’m more momish and I read when I’m feeding the baby, while Nicole watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (for the 100th time), or when Matt wants to watch Top Gear.

During my Daniel pregnancy, I did not lose the reading bug. Near the end, when I was just waiting for that baby to come, I increased the amount that I normally read. Now, I am back on my 2 books a month schedule. 

I thought that I might share some of the books that I have read this year to throw out some recommendations and to brag about how many books I can read. Just a note, these are all fantasy/sci fi books because that is the kind of girl I am.
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan;
Synopsis: Egyptian gods are real and modern day children are related to them, but they don’t yet know it!
3 Stars
The Lost Hero-Rick Riordan;
Synopsis: Greek Gods are real and modern day children are related to them, but they don’t yet know it!
3 Stars

Shiver-Maggie Stiefvater;
Synopsis: Werewolves are real and Grace is in love with one and hopefully she is the cure.
5 stars

Linger- Maggie Stiefvater; Currently reading.
Synopsis: Sequel to Shiver
The Host-Stephenie Meyer; Pulled off my own bookshelf and read for the 3 time.
Synopsis: The human race has been taken over by parasitical aliens, but one of these aliens is not like the others.
5 stars

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets-JK Rowling; Pulled off my bookshelf and read for the 10th time.
Synopsis: Witches and wizards are real and you should really at least watch the movies if you don’t already know what this book is about.
5 stars

The Lost Saint- Bree Despain;
Synopsis: Werewolves are real and Grace is in love with one and she already cured one (sound familiar? See Shiver above. No joke, the main characters are both named Grace).
4 stars

Clockwork Angel- Cassandra Clare;
Synopsis: Angels and demons are real and one young girl discovers she is a demon, but hopefully, she is the good kind.
5 stars

Forest Born-Shannon Hale; synopsis: Magic is real and some people who live in the forest have it.
2.5 stars

Peeps-Scott Westerfeld; Pulled off my bookshelf when I had nothing else to read. This was my second read of this book.
Synopsis: Vampires are real, except it is like a parasite, kissing disease that is rapidly spreading through New York City.
3 Stars 

 Last Days-Scott Westerfeld; Pulled off my bookshelf for a 2nd read.
Synopsis: Sequel to Peeps, the disease has spread farther and is affecting rock and roll music!
2 Stars

 So Yesterday-Scott Westerfeld
Synopsis: Young kids realize that what they think is “cool” is actually decided by evil conspirators!
3 stars
Skybowl-Melanie Rawn; Pulled off my bookshelf for a 3rd read.
Synopsis: Sequel to the Dragon Prince series, Dragons are real and people can talk to each other on rays of sunlight. Oh, and there is a war.
4 stars

Dragon Token-Melanie Rawn; Pulled off my bookshelf for a 3rd read.
Synopsis: Dido.
3.5 stars

Stronghold-Melanie Rawn; Pulled off my bookshelf for a 3rd read.
Synopsis: Dido dido.
3.5 stars
Nightshade-Andrea Cremer; Synopsis: Werewolves are real (that brings our werewolf book count up to 3) and the packs are colliding. Things are not what they seem in the werewolf world!
4.5 stars


Jasmine said...

I don't know how you find the time to read! I think the last book I read cover to cover (other than children's books, because I read a TON of those) was over a year ago. Sad, but true. Maybe if I read more, I wouldn't feel like my IQ is dropping to that of a 3-year-old. Go you for keeping up your reading!

Lisa said...

This post was way more interesting than the phone call I was on when I read it. Hopefully I didn't need to know anything that I missed there...

Laura said...

Read any more normal, non-vampirish,non-werewolfish type books lately? Cuz I don't care what you say...they are not real.

Marie said...

You read more books in 6 months than I have read my whole life.

Becky said...

Jasmine: You do way more sewing and crafts and trips to Disneyland then I do, so of course you don't have time to read.
Lisa: Glad to have written something that will distract you from work.
Mom: Why would I read outside of my preferred genre? I've read your "feel good" books and they are boring. I like something with a little more creativity.
Marie: If you read more, all your dreams will come true.