Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 177
Series : #27 Charmed Pocket Book
Format : Fantasy, Teenage Fiction, TV Tie-In
Reason for Reading : 10 10 10 Challenge, to contnue with the series

The Charmed Ones are back and strange things are afoot. Piper and Leo seem to spend all of their time arguing about whether to have children or not. Leo really wants children but Piper isn't sure. Out of the blue children are drawn to Piper and keep following her home. She has dozens of the little rug rats running loose in Halliwell Manor and no matter how many times she takes them home, the next day they keep reappearing.

Paige has taken to going to the Symphony and has been struck by one of the fulte players. His music seems to really touch her and it's like she's under some kind of spell. She keeps going back night after night and can't think of anything besides him and his music. Phoebe is getting messages from a mysteriours caller, but when she arranges to meet him she finds him stabbed and dying in the parking lot. One thing that does seem to connect the children and the adults is music, but what exactly is that connection?

Some of the Charmed books are not great, but this one was a lot of fun. Even though the ending was pretty obvious, I was wondering all the way through how it would all tie together. It was cleverly written with all the elements that made Charmed great. Fashion, demons, magic and a fairy tale plot.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 253
Series : #1 Vampire Diaries
Format : Vampire Fiction, Teenage Fiction
Reason for Reading : LJ Smith Reading Challenge

Elena is back from a holiday in France picking up her old life after the death of her parents in a car crash. She has always been popular and had her pick of the boys at school, but when new boy Stefan joins her school she doesn't seem to be able to use her charms on him. She is currently with another guy anyway, but Elena believes that Stefan is not like other guys, and boy is she right.

Stefan has his own story that involves a girl he loved and his brother. It will come as no surprise that he is a vampire (I figure this isn't a spoiler as the series is called The Vampire Diaries!) and this is why he is concerned about getting close to Elena who he secretly can't stop thinking about. He has a tortured past that brought him to where he is now and he tries to maintain his humanity. The problem is he is having periods of time that he cannot remember, experiencing a strange Power and people are getting hurt and dying.

It was a good start to the series. It's hard having read Twilight first as they have a lot in common. I know this was written first, but it doesn't quite compete with Twilight and falls a little short. I quite like Elena, she is a strong character despite falling in love so quickly. I want to get to k now Damon more though and see what decisions took him to where he is now and what motivates him. I will see how the next one goes as the first leaves things very open.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 253
Series : #5 Aurora Teagarden Series
Format : Cozy Mystery
Reason for Reading : 10 10 10 Challenge, Mystery Read-A-Thon

Roe (Aurora) returns as another body turns up on her doorstep. This time they are literally falling from the sky as a body is dumped out of a plane landing at the feet of Roe. Turns out it is none other than Jack Burns, a local detective who has always had a mistrust of Roe.

Roe's natural curiosity leads her to follow her instincts as strange occurances being. Someone she knows is badly beaten, another is stabbed and Roe stuggles to find the connections, the why and the who. Her friend and bodyguard Angel is possibly connected and is acting rather strangely. She is usually so healthy, but lately she has been sick and dizzy, unable to keep up with her exercise. Roe doesn't know much about her past, or her husband Selby, and begins to wonder. Plus her husband Martin is barely around. He is working harder than usual and away on business leaving Roe to wonder if working through their problems was a mistake.

Some of the books in this series have been a bit hit and miss. I am glad to say this one was a hit. It blended mystery with character development and kept you guessing at every turn. Lots of little incidental details and lots of possibile storylines for future books in the series. Roe is definitely back on form.

I finished the 5.5 hours of reading time and completed my second book. This means I read 2 books :

Death Masks - Jim Butcher
Dead Over Heels - Charlaine Harris

A total of 661 pages and 12 hours worth of reading.

I felt a lot better today which helped and I really enjoyed both books. One was an urban fantasy, paranormal mystery and the other more mundane in nature. Both were part of series I had already started and were worthy additions. Looking forward to the next one!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 408
Series : #5 The Dresden Files
Format : Urban Fantasy, Mystery
Reason for Reading : 10 10 10 Challenge, Mystery Read-A-Thon

Wizard for hire Harry Dresden is back and things are as chaotic as ever. Firstly it seems someone has hired some goons to kill Harry of the human variety. He also has a noble from the Red Court of vampires to deal with who has issued him a challenge. He wants a duel to the death (preferably Harry's) to stop the war between the wizards White Council and the vampires Red Court. On the side Harry is also hired by a representative of the Vatican to retrieve the stolen Shroud of Turin which they believe is in California.

With the arrival of his ex girlfriend Susan, Harry is torn in even more directions than usual. He gets help from Michael and some new Knights of the Cross as they encounter some of the Fallen. These are fallen angels who are working in tandem with humans that have been tempted by the 30 pieces of silver paid to Judas for betraying Christ. There is a lot of Christian symbolism, but Butcher still maintains that faith is the way rather than following a strict religion. Plus Detective Murphy is still on the scene, although in a diminished capacity in this book.

Fast-paced and witty as always, this is a great addition to the series. I really enjoyed the story and meeting some new characters. The ending was particualrly interesting and I am looking forward to see where the series goes next.

It's the end of the first day of reading for the Mystery Read-A-Thon. I got 6.5 hours worth of reading done and completed one book. I wanted to do the whole 12 hours in a row, but kept falling asleep because my cold zapped all of my energy. I read :

Death Masks - Jim Butcher (408 pages)

Looking forward to completing another book tomorrow hopefully. I hope everyone else is doing well.

I am starting the Mystery Read-A-Thon in a few minutes. I am still full of a nasty cold which has zapped my enery and concentration so I will log how much time I spend reading today and finish up tomorrow. To begin there are a couple of questions on the blog here :

1) Give us five fun-facts about you. (Things that are so trivial you wouldn't think of them right away, but that might make others smile.)
- I have 4 lovely cats
- I spend as much time as possibly in my pyjamas and dressing gown
- I am naturally blonde but hate it so dye it darker (currently a dark red)
- I DJ once a week in a local clun with my husband
- The best colour in the world is purple

2) What is on your TBR stack for the next two days?
I aim to read 2 out of the following :
- Death Masks : Jim Butcher
- Dead Over Heels : Charlaine Harris
- Shakespeare's Champion : Charlaine Harris

3) Do you have any specific hopes and plans for this read-a-thon?
- To stay awake really, this cold has really wiped me out sadly

4) Did you participate in the Mystery Read-A-Thon in the past?
- Yes I did the last one and possibly the one before I think

5) If you already participated, can you give the new participants any tips on what to do and what not to do?
- Try not to get too caught up in finishing books, it's supposed to be fun so take your time and enjoy what you are reading

6) If this is your first Mystery Read-A-Thon, how do you plan to go ahead?
- N/A

Friday, January 15, 2010

The next Mystery Read-A-Thon is this weekend. The reminder post at the official blog is here and the basic idea is to find 12 hours over those two days and dedicate them to reading mysteries. I am aiming to read 2 books from a choice of 3 depending on my mood :

  • Death Masks - Jim Butcher
  • Dead Over Heels - Charlaine Harris
  • Shakespeare's Champion - Charlaine Harris

All three are from series I have already started and read during previous read-a-thons. I hope to see some of you there, you still have this week to sign up.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 467
Series : #1 Isolde Trilogy
Format : Arthurian Fiction, Fantasy
Reason for Reading : Arthurian II Challenge

The story of the other major romance in the Arthurian Mythology. This begins the tale of the ill fated Tristan and Isolde. They meet under unforatunate circumstances. Sir Tristan has feld to Ireland, the home of his enemies, as he is dangerously injured. While there he is nursed by Isolde, the daughter of the Queen of Ireland. There they follow the Mother Rule and so Isolde is the next in line to rule. Tristan would be a good match for her being a Prince himself.

Sadly things are not to be so simple. The Queen has her own plans for her daughter and so does Tristan's uncle, King Mark back in Cornwall. Tristan is sworn to him and has made enemies at court by those who see his sudden return as a threat to their own schemes. Looks like the path of true love does not run smooth.

I loved the romance and the drama of the tale. I really like Rosalind's writing style (I have read her fantastic Camelot series and a novel on Queen Elizabeth) and thought this was no exception. I liked both the main characters and am interested to get to know the Queen and Andred more in the following two books. My only issue so far is that the characters seem to have longer life expectancies than I thought from other tales. I am sure there will be a suitably unhappy ending by the end of the final book!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 131
Series : #3 Believer Columns Collection
Format : Non Fiction
Reason for Reading : 10 10 10 Challenge, Because I love Nick Hornby and I wanted to continue with the series

Nick Hornby's final collection of his columns from The Believe magazine (published in America). It still tracks "Stuff he has been reading" as well as what he has bought. This collection is a little different as one month he does no reading and another he looks at films rather than books. Among the films he watched was Juno and I am so glad he loved it or we may have had to part ways.

It is narrated with the usual dry wit and pokes fun at the Polysyllabic Spree who run The Believer and as usual I got some interesting recommendations for me and to pass on to other people. Probably the most interesting thing is that the columns are from around the time he published Slam, his first young adult book. At the time he hadn't read any young adult books and during book tours he was introduced to his first ones like Skelling and Holes. I find it interesting that he dipped into a genre of writing that he didn't really know much about and hadn't researched. It's great that he liked the authors he found though and helped spread the word to the reading snobs that may have subscribed to the magazine and missed an outstanding genre.

I am sad that this was the final collection, despite all the football discussions (boo Arsenel!). I look forward to reading his latest novel, Juliet Naked and hope he writes more soon.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Just because...

Check it out, a blanket made of kittens! Me in my wonderful fluffy purple dressing gown relaxing on our sofa with Eris (inside the gown near my neck, her favourite place to snuggle) and Loki sleeping snuggled in my arm. It was a good day!

OK I am weak and cave easily so am signing up for 2 more challenges...

The Series 4 Challenge is hosted at Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic. It started December 1st, 2009 and goes until November 30th, 2010 so I am joining a little late.

The rules are easy:

1) Pick a couple series you already started and now want to finish (meaning, you'll be all up to date with the series when it ends).

2) Read at least 4 books, more are also okay, of course!

3) Crossovers with other challenges are always okay.

4) Post your review of the books on your blog or in the comment section, no matter how long. If you post the review on your blog, please post a link to the review in the comment section so that everyone else can check out your review.

5) Have fun!

Hosted by Kate again on it's own blog here. It runs throughout 2010 and there are a few different options to choose from. I'm going to choose the following and see how many I have time to read.

Options 3 & 4: If you've got a bit more time to devote to this endeavour, you can commit to reading between five and ten short story collections over the course of 2010. Again, if you're a short story novice, the world is your oyster as far as selection is concerned. But if you're a seasoned short story reader, you'll want to choose collections by writers whose short stories you have not yet encountered.

It's about time I Wrapped this up as well as it finished in November. I didn't complete my list, but I am happy with my progress. It was fun to do and to set myself small and large goals. I would consider doing it again, but am currently doing 30 things in the year I am 30 running from 11th September 2009 until 10th September 2010. Bag I am now old! I did 55 things on my list and have started a couple of others which isn't too bad. Some things I still hope to do moving forwards.

101 Things to do in 1001 Days

Here's my list that ran from 1/3/07 until 25/11/09. Red means I completed it and Blue means I didn't.

1) Increase my salary to £30,000 - Completed 2008
2) To read the large marketing book Principles of Marketing - Nope
3) To be 100% of my target at least 16 times during this period - 8/14 so far plus over my yearly target for one product line twice, was over my target at my second job during this time also. My target format changed during the course of setting this, but I did achieve it more than I didn't so I am counting it done.
4) To save £50 per month - Saving our DJ money and set up a regular savings account
5) To clear my Mastercard - I cleared it a couple of times but ended up with more on it at the end of November sadly
6) To try and clear my graduate loan early - Cleared 4/4/08
7) To start saving towards a pension - Still not started. I want to finish clearning debts before I do this.
8) To get a promotion or new job - Start on 2/6/08 yay!!!
9) To buy my own house/flat - Completed 17/9/07
10) To learn to bake cheesecakes - Argh still not done!
11) To learn to bake biscuits - First baked 16/3/07 yum
12) To decorate my own place from scratch - Completed all I want to for now (front room, spare room, study)
13) To grow and dry my own herbs - Nope
14) To keep our new place clean and tidy - We go through fits and starts but mostly a failure...
15) Hold a dinner party - Completed 16/10/07
16) Buy a four poster bed - Delivered and built 19/9/07

17) Own a dishwasher - No unless you count my husband
18) Read one fiction book a month - Completed every year
19) Read one magical book a month - Completed every year
20) Go swimming at least twice a month - Did not complete although I do go occassionally
21) To see at least 2 films at the cinema a month - Completed every year
22) To complete the OBOD Bardic Grade -Completed 24/2/08
23) To complete the OBOD Ovate Grade - Not completed but I have started it
24) To obtain my second degree - No but I am in a magical group again so on my way
25) To get my website going again - Never got around to it
26) Buy a piano - No as we moved into a first floor flat
27) Start practising the violin again - Nope
28) Start practising the piano again - No piano so I can't practise unless I am at my mum's
29) Finish all the Terry Pratchet Discworld paperbacks - Completed
30) Read Ninteen Eighty-Four - Completed 15/3/07
31) Read Lord of the Flies - Completed 29/5/07
32) Join a gym - Joined 8/7/08
33) Go to the gym at least twice a month - Yes in 2009
34) Craft something at least once a month - Completed every year

35) Finish Le Morte D’Arthur - Still not done
36) Learn how to mix CD’s properly - Still working on it but getting better
37) Finish making Alex his scarf - Haha nope!
38) Read the Histories of Middle Earth - Read the first 4 so far so counting as complete as made a good start
39) Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum - Visited 11/4/07
40) Go to Prague - Visited 5/12/07 - 7/12/07

41) Go to Cyprus - Not yet
42) Go to New York - Visited 13/9/08 - 20/9/08
43) Go to Boston - No time when in NYC
44) Go to a gig or play every two months - Completed every year
45) Visit St Paul’s Cathedral - Visited 24/11/07
46) Climb a mountain (all the way to the top!) - Climbed Mount Snowdon 14/5/08

47) Go to New Zealand - No but going in March 2010
48) Travel around North Wales - Visited 10/5/08 - 18/5/08
49) Go to Glastonbury at least once a year - Visited 5/5/07, 22/3/08, 14/5/09
50) Go to Cadbury Castle - Visited 6/5/07
51) Visit a volcano - Visited in Iceland Feb 2009
52) To increase my sex drive Counting this as a failure sadly
53) Drop back down to a size 10 - Not got to size 10 but am a size 12 which I am happy with so counting this done :)
54) Keep a written diary at least once a week - Not every week just intermittantly
55) Pull a tarot card a day - As 54
56) Research my dad’s side of the family tree - Didn't get time for this yet
57) Complete all the Final Fantasy games (console only) - Completed I, II, III and most of IV
58) Complete all the Zelda games - Completed Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Four Swords, Minish Cap

59) Learn how to use my sewing machine - Yes I made a skirt in 2009
60) Learn how to hand-make books - No time sadly
61) Make at least one item of clothing for me or Alex (excluding the scarf) - Yes I made a skirt
62) Get two wisdom teeth removed - Wimped Out
63) Get laser eye surgery - Couldn't as eye prescription changed too much
64) Obtain my Reiki Level One - No :(
65) Obtain my Reiki Level Two - No :(
66) Finish the online courses I started a few years ago in alternative therapies - No :(
67) To do one of the Neals Yard courses - No :(
68) To be paid for 10 tarot readings - Yes
69) Start my own coven - No as I joined one instead so counts as done
70) Start a teen magical study group - No
71) Write a magazine article - No
72) Write a book or at least write 5 chapters - Written two chapters so far
73) Get Morgaine pregnant so we can have kittens - Despite our best efforts not yet. Maybe in 2010
74) Recycle regularly - Yes we do this now
75) Have a BBQ - No
76) Get a new tattoo symbolising our wedding - Have had a new tattoo but not for our wedding
77) Get our wedding video sorted - No
78) Get our official wedding photo album - No because the wedding photographer is shit
79) Try being a Red Head - Yes and still am
80) Get a PS3 - Bought one in October 2009
81) Go up in a hot air balloon - Completed in Luxor, Egypt 26/10/07
82) Sell something on eBay - Sold a DVD on 18/6/07
83) Load all of my cds onto iTunes - Added 1/11/07
84) Join a book club/discussion group - Joined 12/1/08
85) Learn to identify 10 native trees and plants - Realised I can now do this 23/2/08

86) Watch at least 50 of the Time 100 Greatest Films of all Time - Nope
87) Read at least half of The Guardian’s 100 Greatest Books of all Time - 42 read, so close
88) Get all my digital photos printed and sorted - Failed miserably

89) Learn Sign Language - I learnt the alphabet...
90) Become confident at parallel parking - 12/6/07 Woo I can finally do this!
91) Sleep out under the stars - Completed 28/7/07
92) Be able to wear high heals comfortably - Completed 11/7/07
93) See the Northern Lights - Saw in Iceland March 09
94) See the Lord of the Rings Musical - Saw 15/5/07
95) Go to Legoland finally - Compelted 14/5/09

96) Go to the Opera - No
97) Complete a beginners course in Yoga - Completed some classes at the gym
98) Get a penpal and write a minimum of 10 letters - Achieved
99) Frame and hang something I have drawn or created - Framed a cross stitch design I made for my Mother-in-law 1/7/07
100) Complete a beginners Pole Dancing class - Completed an 8 week beginners course 11/7/07
101) Remember to send a card in time for all family members and close friends - Completed each year

I sometimes blog about films I see in the cinema and I hope to do more of this in 2010. Over the last 2 years I have seen 49 films in the cinema which isn't bad! I hope to blog more about computer games (as I finally finsh them...) and anime series I watch in 2010. It's going to be a busy year... Watch this space :)

Films Watched at the Cinema 2009

1. Defiance
2. Inkheart
3. Twilight
4. Slumdog Millionaire
5. Role Models
6. The Wrestler
7. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
8. Doubt
9. Confessions of a Shopaholic
10. The Secret of Moonacre
11. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
12. He's Just Not That Into You
13. Gran Torino
14. Monsters Vs Aliens 3D
15. XMen Origins: Wolverine
16. Angels and Demons
17. Coraline 3D
18. Blood the Last Vampire
19. Year One
20. Sunshine Cleaning
21. The Hangover
22. My Sisters Keeper
23. Julie and Julia
24. Adventureland
25. (500) Days of Summer
26. Cirque du Freak: The Vampires Assistant
27. Jennifer's Body
28. Men Who Stare at Goats
29. A Serious Man
30. Twilight: New Moon

Films Watched at the Cinema 2008

1. Sweeny Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2. Jumper
3. Juno
4. Definitely Maybe
5. The Spiderwick Chronicles
6. The Other Boleyn Girl
7. Ironman
8. Persepolis
9. Sex and the City
10. Hancock
11. Kung Fu Panda
12. Wanted
13. Batman: The Dark Knight
14. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
15. Get Smart
16. Tropic Thunder
17. City of Ember
18. Ghost Town
19. Burn After Reading

Friday, January 01, 2010

So I am signing up for some new challenges in 2010 and some I have signed up for are continuing into the year.

I am hosting the Manga Challenge again in 2010 and this time on it's own blog here : The goal again is to read a minimum of 6 mangas throughout 2010 and for bonus points watch 3 episodes or 3 anime films.

The graphic novels challenge is up and running again at the same blog here : this time run by Nymeth and Chris. There are different levels and I am going for Expert which is read 10+ (I'm aiming for 12 at the moment).

10 10 10 Challenge on LibraryThing

Rules and sign ups are on librarything here : The idea is to pick 10 categories and pick how many books you will read for each. I have gone for a step approach which means :

1 book : My Friend Says (recommendation)
2 books : Mind, Body, Spirit
3 books : Tickle My Fancy (Erotic Fiction)
4 books : We've Been Waiting So Long (Anything on my TBR pile for more than 3 years)
5 books : The Tube (books linked to tv shows)
6 books : When I Wish Upon a Star (Fairy Tale Related)
7 books : Eh, Aboot (Canadian Authors)
8 books : 1, 2, 3, 4, Can I Have a Little More (books in a series)
9 books : Too Young to Know Better (Young Adult)
10 books : Just Because

The Vampire Series Challenge is run over at Miz B's Blog here : Again there are different levels to sign up for and as I am an avid reader of vampire books I am going for Level Three Vampire Enthusiast. It means reading 6 books from any series featuring vampires as key/main characters. They can be from the same series or you can mix and match.

Challenges continuing from 2009 are :

Sookie Stackhouse Challenge (finishes 30/6/10)
LJ Smith Challenge (finishes 31/8/10)
Challenge with Nymeth (extended into 2010)
Challenge with Mariel (extended into 2010)
Arthurian Challenge II (finishes 31/3/10)

I am also reserving spaces in my reading for the Once Upon a Time Challenge and RIP Challenge which I hope will run again in 2010.

2009 in Review

2009 was a my best year in reading so far with 171 books and 38,590 pages read. I completed 14 reading challenges :

I read the following books but got in a position where I was very behind on my reviews and took a break for pretty much all of December. I hope to be back now and am looking forward to being more involved in blogging again :)

1. Hatter M v1 - Frank Beddor & Liz Cavalier
2. The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo
3. Bizenghast 5 - M Alice LeGrow
4. The Worst Witch to the Rescue - Jill Murphy
5. Cut - Patricia McCormick
6. Faust: Part One - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
7. The Book of Lost Tales 1 - JRR Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
8. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. The Twelve Dancing Princesses - Marianna Mayer & KY Craft
10. Camelot's Sword - Sarah Zettel
11. Princess Ai: Rumors from the Other Side - Various
12. Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
13. Gloom Cookie v3: Broken Curses - Serena Valentino
14. Faust: Part Two - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
15. On the Prowl - Various
16. Into the Cold Fire - Lynne Ewing
17. Death Note v4: Love- Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
18. Sons and Lovers - DH Lawrence
19. The Dreaming v1 - Queenie Chan
20. The Book of Lost Tales 2 - JRR Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
21. Story of O - Pauline Reage
22. Night Shade - Lynne Ewing
23. The Book of Job - The Bible
24. Gloom Cookie v4: Carnival Wars - Serena Valentino
25. Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
26. Gloom Cookie v5: The Final Curtain - Serena Valentino
27. The Dreaming v2 - Queenie Chan
28. Journey to the River Sea - Eva Ibbotson
29. Gypsy Ballads - Lorca
30. The Dreaming v3 - Queenie Chan
31. The Beggar Maid - Alice Munro
32. Crossing Midnight v1: Cut Here - Mike Carey
33. Girl Meets Boy - Ali Smith
34. The Lays of Beleriand - JRR Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
35. Cry Wolf - Particia Briggs
36. Sir Gawain - John Matthews
37. Camelot's Blood - Sarah Zettel
38. Gossamer - Lois Lowry
39. Pay the Piper - Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple
40. Nightmares and Fairy Tales v4 - Serena Valentino
41. Arkham Asylum - Grant Morrison & Dave McKean
42. The Shadow Queen - Anne Bishop
43. The Sandman v3: Dream Country - Neil Gaiman
44. The Secret Scroll - Lynne Ewing
45. The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai
46. My Swordhand Is Singing - Marcus Sedgwick
47. Crossing Midnight v2 - Mike Carey
48. Crossing Midnight v3 - Mike Carey
49. Vampire Doll v2 - Erika Kari
50. Puddledock Farm - Grace Lodge
51. Sunshine - Robin McKinley
52. The Boleyn Inheritance - Philippa Gregory
53. The Once and Future King - TH White
54. A Blush with Death - India Ink
55. Vassalord v1 - Nanae Chrono
56. Search for the Red Dragon - James A Owen
57. The Sacrifice - Lynne Ewing
58. Burnt Offerings - Laurell K Hamilton
59. The Castle - Franz Kafka
60. The Stranger - Albert Camus
61. The Good Fairies of New York - Martin Millar
62. The Indigo King - James A Owen
63. Castle Waiting - Linda Medley
64. Dingo - Charles de Lint
65. Dream Angus - Alexander McCall Smith
66. Princess Ai : Encounters - Various
67. Vassalord v2 - Nanae Chrono
68. Blue Moon - Laurell K Hamilton
69. Where Three Roads Meet - Sally Vickers
70. Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman
71. Water - Robin McKinley & Peter Dickinson
72. Return to Labyrinth v3 - Jake T Forbes & Chris Lie
73. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
74. Njal's Saga
75. Bone Crossed - Patricia Briggs
76. Mirror Mirror - Gregory Maguire
77. Glossed and Found - India Ink
78. I Am Morgan Le Fey - Nancy Springer
79. The Lost One - Lynne Ewing
80. The Three Theban Play - Sophocles
81. A Fine and Private Place - Peter S Beagle
82. A Short History of Myth - Karen Armstrong
83. Real Murders - Charlaine Harris
84. Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
85. Binu and the Great Wall - Su Tong
86. The Uncommon Reader- Alan Bennett
87. Across the Wall - Garth Nix
88. Little (Grrl) Lost - Charles de Lint
89. The Tale of One Bad Rat - Bryan Talbot
90. Undead and Unwed - MaryJanice Davidson
91. The Princess Bride - William Goldman
92. Blueberry Girl - Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess
93. The Prague Golem: Jewish Stories of the Ghetto
94. Cybele's Secret - Juliet Marillier
95. Moon Demon - Lynne Ewing
96. The Whole Story and Other Stories - Ali Smith
97. Undead and Unemployed - MaryJanice Davidson
98. Emo Boy v1 - Steve Emond
99. Catalyst - Laurie Halse Anderson
100. Crescent Moon v1 - Haruko Iida
101. The Reformed Vampire Support Group - Catherine Jinks
102. Personal Demon - Kelley Armstrong
103. A Wolf at the Door - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
104. Hotel World - Ali Smith
105. The Helmet of Horror - Victor Pelvin
106. Swan Sister - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
107. The Iron Fairies v1
108. The Iron Fairies v2
109. Ysabel - Guy Gavriel Kay
110. A Bone to Pick - Charlaine Harris
111. Fables v5: The Mean Seasons - Bill Willingham
112. Undead and Unapreciated - MaryJanice Davidson
113. Gothic - Various
114. The Ravens of Avalon - Diana L Paxson
115. Troll Bridge - Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple
116. The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
117. Possession - Lynne Ewing
118. Fables v6: Homelands - Bill Willingham
119. Undead and Unreturnable - MaryJanice Davidson
120. The Choice - Lynne Ewing
121. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
122. Three Bedrooms, One Corpse - Charlaine Harris
123. Grave Peril - Jim Butcher
124. The Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale
125. Fables v7: Arabian Nights (and Days) - Bill Willingham
126. Fables v8: Wolves - Bill Willingham
127. Fables v9: Sons of Empire - Bill Willingham
128. A Lion Among Men - Gregory Maguire
129. The Outlaws of Sherwood - Robin McKinley
130. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters
131. The Talisman - Lynne Ewing
132. The Lollipop Shoes - Joanne Harris
133. Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
134. The Julius House - Charlaine Harris
135. Nemi - Lise Myhre
136. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
137. Nemi II - Lise Myhre
138. Claimed by Shadow - Karen Chance
139. Homecoming - Patricia Briggs
140. The Long Way Home - Joss Whedon
141. Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris
142. Nemi III - Lise Myhre
143. Embrace the Night - Karen Chance
144. Kith - Holly Black & Ted Naifeh
145. Specials - Scott Westerfeld
146. Extras - Scott Westerfeld
147. Season of Mists - Neil Gaiman
148. Incubus v1 - Yayoi Neko
149. Incubus v2 - Yayoi Neko
150. Incubus v3 - Yayoi Neko
151. The Rest Falls Away - Colleen Gleason
152. Bizenghast v6 - M Alice LeGrow
153. The Tarot Cafe v1 - Sang-Son Park
154. Kingdom Hearts v1 - Shiro Amano
155. The Tarot Cafe v2 - Sang-Son Park
156. The Tarot Cafe v3 - Sang-Son Park
157. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall - Bill Willingham
158. Hatter M v2: Mad with Wonder - Frank Beddor
159. Rises the Night - Colleen Gleason
160. Twilight; Directors Notebook - Catherine Hardwicke
161. Little Vampire - Joann Sfar
162. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
163. Curse the Dawn - Karen Chance
164. Gifts - Ursula le Guin
165. Summer Knight - Jim Butcher
166. Witchling - Yasmine Galenorn
167. Changeling - Yasmine Galenorn
168. Screm Street: Fang of the Vampire - Tommy Donbavand
169. Screm Street: Blood of the Witch - Tommy Donbavand
170. Outlook Grim: The Dead Nasties - Black Olive
171. Muzz v1 - FSc

I'm aiming to get back into the habit of reviewing a book as I read it and catching up on my reviews form 2009 when I have the time. Work will be difficult this year, but I will be making the effort to make time for myself.

I hope everyone else had a good year in 2009. See you all in 2010!