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2011 100+ Reading Challenge

I’ve signed up once again for the 100+ Reading Challenge sponsored by Home Girl’s Book Blog. I managed to get well over 100 books read last year, so I figure I might as well shoot for the same in 2011.

This is my ratings system:

1 star – Forced myself to finish it or couldn’t finish it at all (for more than personal reasons — i.e. poorly written).
2 stars – A mediocre book or one I disliked.
3 stars – Just an okay book, one I felt ho-hum about.
4 stars – A book I liked and thought was good.
4.5 stars – Excellent; ultimately a satisfying read.
5 stars – A book that I absolutely loved, would absolutely reread, and just all-around floored me.

 
Currently Reading 
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Books Completed

  1. StarCrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce (1/7) 4.5 stars
  2. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (1/14) 4 stars
  3. The Affinity Bridge by George Mann (1/19) 2/2.5 stars
  4. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (1/23) 4.5 stars
  5. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (1/24) 4.5 stars
  6. Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn (1/28) 4.5 stars
  7. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn (1/30) 4.25 stars
  8. Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn (2/1) 4 stars
  9. Dark Road to Darjeeling by Deanna Raybourn (2/2) 3.5 stars
  10. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (2/10) 4.25 stars
  11. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (2/14) 5 stars
  12. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller (2/17) 4.25 stars
  13. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (2/25) re-read 4.75 stars
  14.  The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers (3/1) 4.25 stars
  15. Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce ( 3/3) 4.25 stars
  16. Flora’s Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce (3/5) 4.75 stars
  17. Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers (3/9) 4.5 stars
  18. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta (3/11) 5 stars
  19. White Cat by Holly Black ((3/19) 4.5 stars
  20. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (3/22) re-read 4.5 stars
  21. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell (3/23) 4.5 stars
  22. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (3/26) 5 stars
  23. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (3/29) 5 stars
  24. Blackout by Connie Willis (4/4) 4 stars
  25. All Clear by Connie Willis (4/9) 4.75 stars
  26. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (4/10) 5 stars
  27. Eona by Alison Goodman (4/15) 4 stars
  28. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch (4/27) 4.5 stars
  29. The Wise Man’s Fears by Patrick Rothfuss (5/2) 4.75 stars
  30. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (5/3) 4.25 stars
  31. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (5/6) 4.25 stars
  32. Chime by Franny Bellingsley (5/8) 4.75 stars
  33. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card (5/10) 3.5 stars
  34. Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon (5/12) 3.5 stars
  35. Song for the Basilisk by Patricia A. McKillip (5/13) 4.25 stars
  36. The Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia A. McKillip (5/15) 5 stars
  37. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (5/17) re-read 4.25 stars
  38. Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (5/22) re-read 5 stars
  39. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (5/23) re-read 5 stars
  40. Chime by Franny Billingsley (5/24) re-read 5 stars
  41. Feed by Mira Grant (5/27) 4.25 stars
  42. Deadline by Mira Grant (6/2) 4.75 stars
  43. Deadline by Mira Grant (6/11) re-read 5 stars
  44. Geektastic edited by Holly Black (6/15) 3 stars
  45. Feed by Mira Grant (6/20) re-read 4.75 stars
  46. The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (6/25) 4 stars
  47. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant (6/27) 4.25 stars
  48. The Glass Demon by Helen Grant ( 6/28) 4.25 stars
  49. The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff (6/30) 4 stars
  50. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta (7/1) re-read 5 stars
  51. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (7/3) re-read 5 stars
  52. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (7/7) re-read 5 stars
  53. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire ( 7/9) 4 stars
  54. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta (7/10) re-read 4.75 stars
  55. Flip by Martyn Bedford (7/12) 4 stars
  56. I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan (7/14) 4.5 stars
  57. Chime by Franny Billingsley (7/15) re-read 5 stars
  58. The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman (7/18) 4.5 stars
  59. Soulless by Gail Carriger ( 7/20) 3.75 stars
  60. Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber (7/21) 3.75 stars
  61. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik (7/24) 4.25 stars
  62. Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik (7/27) 4.5 stars
  63. Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik (7/29) 4.25 stars
  64. Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik (7/31) 3.75 stars
  65. The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell (8/2) 3.5 stars
  66. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (8/4) 4.5 stars
  67. The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Sheinmel (8/5) 4.25 stars
  68. Chime by Franny Billingsley (8/7) re-read 5 stars
  69. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (8/8) 4 stars
  70. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (8/9) 4 stars
  71. . . . Then I Met My Sister by Christine Hurley Deriso (8/10) 4.25 stars
  72. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak (8/12) 4.75 stars
  73. Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak (8/13) 4.75 stars
  74. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (8/14) 4 stars
  75. The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer (4/17) 5 stars
  76. Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones (8/18) 4 stars
  77. The Underdog by Markus Zusak (8/19) 4.5 stars
  78. Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak (8/19) 4.75 stars
  79. The Messenger by Markus Zusak (8/20) 4.25 stars
  80. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer (8/21) 4.75 stars
  81. Sylvester: Or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer (8/22) 4.25 stars
  82. Sister by Rosamund Lipton (8/24) 4 stars
  83. The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer (8/26) 4.5 stars
  84. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (8/28) 5 stars
  85. Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones (8/30) 4 stars
  86. The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith (9/1) 4.25 stars
  87. The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley (9/2) 4.25 stars
  88. A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones (9/3) 4 stars
  89. Ghost Medicine by Andrew Smith (9/4) 4.75 stars
  90. Pawn of Prophesy by David Eddings (9/4) 4 stars
  91. Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings (9/5) 3 stars
  92. Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings (9/7) 3 stars
  93. Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings (9/7) 3 stars
  94. Divergent by Veronica Roth (9/8) 5 stars
  95. Divergent by Veronica Roth (9/11) 5 stars
  96. Entwined by Heather Dixon (9/12) 4.5 stars
  97. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta (9/17) re-read 5 stars
  98. The Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey (9/20) 4.5 stars
  99. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (9/23) 5 stars
  100. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (9/24) 5 stars
  101. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson 3.5 stars
  102. Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson 4 stars
  103. The Game of Triumphs by Laura Powell 4 stars
  104. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (10/5) 5 stars
  105. Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (10/6) 4.75 stars
  106. Sorcery and Cecilia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia Wrede
  107. The Grand Tour by Patricia Wrede (10/12) 4 stars
  108. The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay 4 stars
  109. The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia McKillip (3.75 stars)
  110. Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce re-read 4.25 stars
  111. Flora’s Dare by Ysabeau Wilce re-read 4.75 stars
  112. The Blood Red Road by Moira Young (10/19) 4.25 stars
  113. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta (10/20) 5 stars
  114. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta re-read 5 stars
  115. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 4.25 stars
  116. Liar’s Moon by Elizabeth Bunce (10/28) 4 stars
  117. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (10/29) 5 stars
  118. The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (11/1) 5 stars
  119. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (11/1) 4.25 stars
  120. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (11/9) 4.25 stars
  121. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (11/9) 5 stars
  122. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (11/12) re-read 5 stars
  123. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (11/13) 4.25 stars
  124. The Exiled Queen by Cinda Williams Chima (11/13) 4.25 stars
  125. The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima (11/14) 4.5 stars
  126. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (11/15) 4.75 stars
  127. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (11/16) 4 stars
  128. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (11/17) 3.5 stars
  129. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen (11/19) re-read 3.5 stars
  130. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (11/20) re-read 5 stars
  131. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (11/20) 3.75 stars
  132. Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton (11/21) 4.25 stars
  133. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (11/22) 4.5 stars
  134. Variant by Robison Wells (11/23) 3.5 stars
  135. Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi (11/25) 4.75 stars
  136. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta (11/27) re-read 5 stars
  137. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (11/29) 4.5 stars
  138. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King (12/02) 4.75 stars
  139. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick (12/4) 4.25 stars
  140. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (12/4) 3.75
  141. Larkstorm by Dawn Rae Miller (12/7) 3.9 (I liked it, but there were some things that bothered me about it)
  142. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (12/7) 4.5
  143. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (12/8) 3.5 stars
  144. Bunheads by Sophie Flack (12/9) 4 stars
  145. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore (12/10) 5 stars
  146. Stay by Deb Caletti (12/12) 4.25 stars
  147. The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore (12/15) 4 stars
  148. Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King (12/18) 4.75 stars
  149. Divergent by Veronica Roth (12/20) re-read 5 stars
  150. Legend by Marie Lu (12/21) 4.25 stars
  151. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (12/25) 5 stars
  152. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (12/27) 5 stars
  153. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (12/28) 3.75 (a fun romp, but not very realistic)
 
TBR  
  • Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  • Queen’s Play by Dorothy Dunnett
  • The Disorderly Knights  by Dorothy Dunnett
  • I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
  • Resurrection in May by Lisa Sampson
  • Factotum by D.M. Cornish
  • A Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
  • The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley
  • Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Books Abandoned
  • The Vyne: Mystery of the Hidden Ember by Daniel Walls (started 1/26) 1 star (poorly written)
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (started 3/14) (too depressing)
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (too much teen angst for me)
  • The White Horse Trick by Kate Thompson (heavy-handed on environmental issues)
  • What I Was by Meg Rosoff (narrator’s head was too uncomfortable a place to be)
  • Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia (too much teen angst)
  • A Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer (silly main character getting herself in one embarrassing situation after another)
  • The Chestnut King by N.D. Wilson
  • The Shattering by Karen Healy

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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