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Mar 12

My 2012 Reading List – Next Ten of Fifty-Two Books


So, I made it through the first ten books on my reading list. (Yay me!) To be honest, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be. The biggest challenge was deciding which books to read and the order in which to read them.

After a lot of dithering — and cursing — I managed to come up with another list of ten. Like the first one, some of these are new and some are old friends. (And as usual, please remember that I’m reviewing these books as a consumer. Not a critic.)

1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

This one almost didn’t make the list. Why? Because zombies give me nightmares. I have to say that – aside from chainsaw wielding clowns – zombies are my greatest fear. (I know it’s ridiculous. Don’t judge me.) I decided to conquer this irrational fear by diving head first into a book full of the brain-munching bastards.

2. Twelve by Jasper Kent.

A vampire novel set against Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. From what I’ve heard, these vamps aren’t vegetarians…and they sure as hell don’t sparkle in sunlight.

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

My friend pitched this novel to me as Ocean’s Eleven meets Robin Hood. *Sigh* She had me at George Clooney….

4. Heartless by Gail Carriger

I’m obsessed with Alexia Tarabotti and the Parasol Protectorate. No soul? No problem. No tea? Problem.

5.  Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis

Front Flap: “Burned-out private detective and self-styled shit magnet Michael McGill needed a wake-up call to jump-start his dead career. What he got was a virtual cattle prod to the crotch, in the form of an impossible assignment delivered directly from the president’s heroin-addict chief of staff.”

How could I not pick up this little gem?

6. The Hero Strikes Back by Moria J. Moore

A humorous fantasy I picked up in an airport on a whim and never got around to reading.

7. Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Another recommendation from a friend who knows that I’m always on the lookout for fantasy books with multicultural casts.

8. Pay Me in Flesh by K. Bennett

Another zombie tale, except this one is a lawyer. So, that makes it even scarier.

9. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde

Nursery rhymes for the new millennium. In addition to Fforde’s “Thursday Next” novels, this series is one of my favorites. I can’t wait to watch Jack Spratt match wits against the truly terrifying Gingerbread Man once again.

10. My Own Worst Frenemy by Kimberly Reid

A YA mystery with a smart, sassy protagonist and outstanding multicultural cast. A great way to round out the list!

As you can see, the next ten week are going to be busy.

How are you guys doing with your own must read lists? As usual, I’m open to suggestions. (I’ve already added The Lovely Bones, Expecting Adam, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to the list.)

Well, gotta go. These books aren’t going to read themselves.

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