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It’s taken 24 and a half years…

But I am now a convert.  Really this should have happened long ago, but there were always obstacles in the way, things that held me back… and what exactly am I talking about in the first place?


The public library.  That wonderful place that will let you take books away for free, so long as you promise to bring them back when you’re done.  Now, I know some of you are gasping in shock.  Here I am, a professed book-lover, and I wasn’t entirely familiar with these wonderful things called libraries?  Well hold back those pitchforks for a moment here… I was an avid school-library user growing up, but once I got to high schoolish age, I started buying books.  And… well it’s an addiction.

But like all true addictions, buying books costs money.  A lot more than I have at the moment.  And my library has a surprisingly nice selection of new YA (my constant guilty pleasure) and of course the classics that I live and breathe.

And it doesn’t hurt that there’s a decently adorable librarian boy who smiles at me when I come in.  It never does hurt, does it?  I had a library card back home, but I almost never used it… in fact, the two times I can remember using it in all the years I had it, was for big, boring non-fiction books that my mother needed for some reason or another.  Never for books for myself.  And so the freedom of drifting into the library, and picking up a book, or not, or just pulling one from the shelf and sitting down to read it… it’s just a delight.  Of the five times I’ve been to the library the past week (I’m having wireless issues) I’ve checked a book out three of those times… the latest today being Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Blue is for Nightmares, the first in a series I’ve looked at a hundred times and never bought… now I’m reading it fairly entranced, even though the magic stuff kind of squicks me out a teensy bit.  The mystery is keeping me stuck to the story.  A lot of Stolarz’s books (and she has more than I thought by far) look really good… and I’m sure I’ll be checking them out in due time.

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Top Reads of 2008

All in all, 2008 wasn’t the most inspiring book-reading year I’ve ever had, busy though it was. These were (in no particular order) my favorite non-rereads, though, and I can’t recommend them highly enough:

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

Best book in the Fablehaven series yet, with the worst title, and worst cover. But this series continues to completely satisfy every Children’s fantasy leanings I could have, without it reading too young, which is a huge bonus.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Okay, the woman is insane and I freely grant that. And the first ten chapters of this are still crap. But the rest of it was weirdly addictive, and not in the why-did-I-just-read-that way that Twilight is. If there was a sequel, I’d read it. (Oh let’s be honest here, if there was another Twilight book, I’d probably read that too.)

The Life Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty.

Fun, with a completely wonderfully neurotic main character, and a storyline that kept me guessing right up to the explanation, which is really how it always is. Moriarty is fantastic with handling different POV’s and manipulating the narrative by how accurate or trustworthy their accounts are, which I love.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Possibly my favorite because I wasn’t expecting it to like it at all, and it turned out to be utterly fantastic. A fantastic homage entirely flipped on its head. I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Somehow I’d only read halfway through this book before, so this read through was very nice in that I was able to pick up on some things that I’d assumed from the films and gotten wrong. I will ever be a fan of Colonel Brandon, even if his and Marianne’s love is a little brushed together at the end.

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50 48 books in 2008

Okay, so here’s what I managed to read in 2008. I didn’t quite hit my 50 mark, but I got close!

Bold means it was my first read of that book, * means it was my first read of that author, then a rating of 1-5 + signs.

So there’s my year in review. 48 books by 20 authors, including eight different series or parts of series, with 29 new reads and 19 rereads. My scope was a little small this year, so hopefully that’ll be changed next year, but all in all it was a fairly good reading year for me. Looking forward to what I’ll read in 2009!

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