I finally had some time to catch up on my reading! Here’s the list of books I’ve read in the last two months.

1. The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway: By far, The Gone Away World was my favorite summer read. It is full of wonderful randomness and lots of new words. This is one of the rare books I will read again!

2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman: I think I’m in a British phase, but I enjoyed the humor immensely.

3.  A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner: This is the latest book in The Queen’s Thief series. See Liz’ review of this series.

4. The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson: I usually avoid mystery novels and New York Time’s Best Sellers, but I admit I enjoyed all three. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVD was released this week. I will most likely watch it just to see how they portrayed  Lisbeth Salander on-screen.

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Jennifer Crusie

Verdejez put the first romance novel into my hands, Charlie All Night, during a Very Bad Year in the life of my graduate student career. And damn! It wasn’t even Crusie’s best effort. Kind of like if you are sending a friend to their very first opera, it should be La Boheme or Die Zauberflote, if you are sending a friend on their first romance, Crusie is a safe place to start. She writes the sex and happy endings, but also includes decent plotting, characterization and dialogue (I happen to know that a certain male roommate of mine snuck into my room and secretly read through my selection). Read the rest of this entry »

ej’s random 2009 top books

December 29, 2009

not in any particular order, just how i remembered them:

1.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman (his books are all great if you like a little sci-fi)

2.  Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris (this is a series, i think i read 2 others in the series as well)

3.  The Green Rider by Kristen Britain

4.  A History of Genetics by A. H. Sturtevant (nerdy, i know, but i enjoyed it!)

5.  Genome by Matt Ridley (really fun, written for the general public)

6.  The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

7.  Banana by Dan Koeppel (if you like bananas, it’s worth the read)

8.  Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

9.  On the Road by Jack Kerouac

10.  The Princess Bride by William Goldman

clearly these are not actually books from 2009, in fact, none of them were released in 2009.  i’ve also read a lot of cookbooks, but they are all old as well.