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Month in review

Reviews
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe by Robert Onopa
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by
Laurie R. King
The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martinez
The Bootlegger's Secret by Michael Springer
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Crictor by Tomi Ungerer
Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
Fullmetal Alchemist 12 by Hiromu Arakawa
Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand
Hollywood Stories by Stephen Schochet
In Dog Years, I'd Be Dead by Jim Davis
Just Breeze by Beverly Stowe McClure
Just in Case by Yuyi Morales
Kimchi & Calamari by Rose Kent
Lin Yi's Lantern by Brenda Williams
Maneki Neko by Susan Lendroth
My Havana by Rosemary Wells
Naked Heat by Richard Castle
The Night Train by Kate Wilhelm
Secret Letters from
0 to 10
by Susie Morgenstern
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings
See You Soon Moon by Donna Conrad
Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth by Sarah Weeks
Starry Night by Peter Sis
Thanking the Moon by Grace Lin
Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart
True Things (Adults Don't Want Kids to Know) by Jimmy Gownley
The Widow's Season by Lauria Brodie
William Golding by John Carey
xxxHolic 06 by CLAMP

Misc

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 26)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 19)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 12)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 05)
On Reading

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


Top Ten Reads in 2011: 12/31/11

I read 70 books published in 2011 but only managed to get twelve reviewed! That means I have some great books to share with you in the coming months. It also means that I can't make a top ten list of only 2011 books.

Instead, my lists include a lot of older books. Many of them I got through my local library, so maybe you can too. Many are also still in print.

Favorite Series read in 2011

10. Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
09. Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
08. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
07. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
06. Theodosia Throckmorton by R.L. LaFevers
05. Twin Spica by Kou Yaginuma
04. Enola Holmes by Nancy Springer
03. Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King
02. Presley Parker by Penny Warner
01. xxxHolic by CLAMP

Favorite Nonfiction

10. FU Penguin by Matthew Gasteier (2009)
09. Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Elliot (2009)
08. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (1990 / 2011)
07. At Ease: Navy Men of World War II by Evan Bachner (2004)
06. The Phone Book by Ammon Shea (2010)
05. And a Bottle of Rum by Wayne Curtis (2006)
04. Bastard Tongues by Derek Bickerton (2008)
03. Ambient Findabilibty by Peter Morville (2005)
02. Wesley the Owl by Stacey O'Brien (2008)
01. Looking for Lost Bird by Yvette Melanson (1999)

Favorite picture books

10. Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan (2010)
09.The Daddy Book by Todd Parr (2002)
08. Magpie Magic by April Wilson (1998)
07. Runaway Wok by Ying Chang Compestine and Sebastia Serra (2011)
06. Coco the Carrot by Steven Salerno (2005)
05. Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth by Sarah Weeks (2009)
04. Hattie the Bad by Jane Devlin (2010)
03. Banana by Ed Vere (2007)
02. Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006)
01. The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman (2011)

Favorite Fiction

10. Pride and Prejudice (audio) by Jane Austen (1813 / 2005)
09. Around the World with Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis (1958)
08. World At Night by Alan Furst (1996)
07. Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo (2006)
06. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart by Beth Pattillo (2010)
05. The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson (2007)
04. Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace (2010)
03. A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve (2009)
02. The Doorbells of Florence by Andrew Losowsky (2009)
01. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (1993)

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