yati: A prinny (from the video game Phantom Brave) floating in the water. (we'll go with the river's flow)
Poor Mercurial. It got a (virtual) shoe thrown at it in a fit of frustration while I was trying to generate a patch. thwarted by version control! )


Also in this week: first-times in a couple of things!

1. I ordered books online for the first time! hooray for free shipping! )

2. I submitted my first Dreamwidth patch! hooray for new layouts! )


misc )

That's it!
yati: Ichigo, Ishida, Orihime, Chad and Yoruichi from the Bleach manga, looking exaggeratedly shocked. (we have no words)
Hullo! I am back from internet-less lands! Not that anyone had noticed that I was gone, I suppose, XD. I was at my grandma's for three days, and while internet is accessible using my mobile phone, the phone itself is somewhere at the lower end of the phone spectrum and it is not much fun trying to view even pages made for mobile view using that thing.

But! I am back! And currently on leave, and will only be back at work on Monday.

What I am up to right now: searching for bills and paying for them before someone comes and cuts off the electricity, etc. Which wouldn't be a good thing, considering the whole family is here and everyone will give me disapproving looks if that happens.

Once that is done I'll have to update my Dreamhack and, uh, do stuff. Poor 'hack, left alone for such a long time. Hopefully this time I'll get things done and not lose momentum after a bit. Among things I think I would be able to help with is converting stuff in [site community profile] dreamscapes to S2, but I haven't really attempted that yet, so we'll see how it goes!

Speaking of [site community profile] dreamscapes, I've posted a layout there for comment, but there hasn't been any response -- either it's good enough or no one really wants to bother with it. XD Admittedly it's much easier (and fun, I bet) to check out new colour schemes to existing layouts that go through that hassle of installing and testing a new layout. But, if you're interested, the relevant post is here, and I'm willing to help if you get stuck trying to use it. Both layout and theme layers are public, layerids are 77089 (layout) and 77090 (theme). [personal profile] yati is using the same layout with a different theme, which I haven't submitted.

Aaaand speaking of Dreamwidth, I still have invite codes. (Though I suppose everyone who really wants an account probably already has one.) Ask if you need/want a code!

What I also need to do: compare book prices and get The Unicorn Hunt. The ending of Scales of Gold made me go asffdfghlhl;hh;;khg WHAT? I should have known that was going to happen. Both the ending and me going WHAT? That's Dorothy Dunnett for you. (Seriously, if I had found her books earlier, I bet I would've been more interested in history in general and the Renaissance in particular and would've wanted to get more grounding in the classics than what I had in school. I can't believe I'm looking things up for this lady.)

Maybe a reaction post later. I have notes for this book. Notes.
yati: flowers on a tan background, and the words "brilliant like morning sunshine" at the bottom (brilliant like morning sunshine)
Weekly Geeks questions for this week made me eye the to be read shelf suspiciously:

This week, tell us about a book (or books) you have been meaning to read. What is it? How long have you wanted to read it? And, why haven't you read it yet?


I have many books, but I'll just list two )
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state of the TBR shelf )

Currently re-reading: The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett (oh shut up) and am thinking of starting Dunnett's Scales of Gold in a bit and maybe throw some science fiction in between.
yati: Rinoa standing in a flower field, looking at the blue sky. (keep on searching)
Har har FFEX. What was I thinking. (Edit: OMG. Look at the cute Squall here. LOOK. I shall work for my accomplishment sticker!)

Prompts are out! Check your email! Read the assignments! Panic! Now I need to set aside time to make sure I get this done! While I think I won't have too much problems completing the assignment (1000 words!), making myself coherent while telling a worthwhile story would probably be quite a task. >.>

I feel like I'm relearning to write fic -- it's been too long since my last attempt.

Whee.


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Apparently my other assignment, this time from my lunch buddies, is to watch True Blood season one. I'm the only one who hasn't watched it, and they keep nagging me about it. Do you hear guys? NAGGING. I wonder if I can nag them into a group reading of a YA novel. Just to be fair, you know? Let everyone share everyone else's interests? :P

I've never been much of a fan of vampires. My experience is limited to one Anne Rice book (was it The Vampire Lestat? I know it wasn't The Interview with the Vampire), some Christopher Pike books (and what was with that ending, sir? It was almost as bad as "and it was all a dream"!), possibly something by Stephen King (The Shining? probably the movie, not the book).

I don't know whether it's hilarious or it's just that I have a one-track mind that when Fazi asked me whether I wanted to watch True Blood my reaction was something like, "that show based on those books by Charlaine Harris?" Haven't read the books, can't say I have any intention to either.

Oh well. As long as no one forces Twilight on me, I'll live. It's amazing, really, the power of the internet -- I haven't even read the books, yet when someone even mentions Edward Cullen I shudder in horror. Not because of the vampire factor, oh no -- it's because people whose tastes I trusts and are similar to mine dislike the book(s) with a passion. (My youngest sister, when asked, said that the book was "stupid". She falls within the target age group of the books. She loves John Green. Of course I trust this succinct review of hers.)

I'll be back with a report on True Blood. A report, I say!


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Other things this weekend:

  • finish a sewing project that got halted because I got the measurements wrong (ha ha).

  • perhaps poke the stylesheet this journal is using and see if I can make it conform to the guidelines for submission we have here at [site community profile] dreamscapes -- give it a go, guys! It's fully CSS, no S2 involved, I swear!

  • uh. There was something I wanted to look at about version control on your local machine but I think I'll just leave that off for now (though suggestions of what programs I should look at are welcome!). It's not just code getting messy anymore; even fic drafts are all over the place.

  • finish that Douglas Adams book (currently reading Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency -- I've only got to the part where the detective agency makes an appearance) and maybe start Dunnett's Scales of Gold.

  • sleep! And not be a zombie on Monday.




Weekends need to be longer!
yati: An open book lying on a green grassy field. (grasp the horizons)
This week's Weekly Geeks left me scratching my head. Our assignment this time is to list the books we haven't reviewed yet, and get other readers to ask questions. Not difficult, right? Just list the books and wait for questions!

Here's the thing -- I haven't reviewed anything the whole year. Possibly nothing since July last year. I think the last reviews I did were for a same task when Dewey posted about it way back then, and even then I didn't manage to answer all the questions. (Awful, aren't I.) But I still want to participate this time, so here's the list.

I've decided to be kind to myself and post only the titles of the books I read this year. Here goes:

a lot of books! )

The list is copied directly from this page here, where I list all the books I've read this year.

If you have questions, fire away!
yati: flowers on a tan background, and the words "brilliant like morning sunshine" at the bottom (brilliant like morning sunshine)
[livejournal.com profile] ff_exchange is back! I will sign up once I find the courage to do so!

I was also planning to post an entry about books but I haven't managed to get to it! Last month was a great month for books -- I read two books I absolutely loved: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, which is the type of book that leaves your heart thumping and makes you feel dazed the next morning because you couldn't put the book down and sleep, and To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, which was a lot of things but mostly hilarious.


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So. What I did over the weekend.

I finished this bag! Took me two weekends, actually, since I wasn't really concentrating on it -- it has been a mixture of reading and wrangling some stupid cross-browser CSS issues and watching TV and avoiding parties.

pictures and some rambling )


Also ended up watching bits and pieces of Infernal Affairs I to III this weekend! Siblings were marathoning through them; I just popped by now and then to admire Tony Leung. I knew that The Departed followed the film closely (and I had watched Infernal Affairs before watching The Departed though it had been years earlier) but I was kinda marvelling at how even the dialogue was almost exact at times.

I still like Infernal Affairs better than the Hollywood remake, XD.
yati: A prinny (from the video game Phantom Brave) floating in the water. (we'll go with the river's flow)
I was searching for my copy of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude because Helen wanted to borrow it. Found it without much trouble in the bookshelf downstairs. Brought it up to my room with me to stuff into my bag (I was supposed to bring it today but I forgot) and I started flipping through it, and without realising it I had read through several pages, enough for Úrsula to lose her temper a few times.

I hastily closed the book at this point, because otherwise Helen will have to wait weeks before she finally gets the book.

This happens with most of the books I'm about to lend to people. I reread DWJ's Howl's Moving Castle before I passed the book to my mother. I had flipped through and read my favourite parts of Dorothy Dunnett's The Game of Kings on the flight home before leaving the copy with my mother. (Alas, she didn't even manage to start the book. I took it back with me the next trip home. I think I will buy her a copy and bug her to start reading it. Come on, friends on the internets! You need to read this book! I've given you reasons why you need to read this book before but here's a new one: AWESOME SUBTEXT. >.> You know who gets the blame for that.)

Now I am sort of lazing between books because I don't feel like starting Dunnett's Scales of Gold just yet, but the I'm having trouble getting into anything else.


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In other news: laptop still busted. Order put in for new one. Now I need to convince myself it's ok to splurge on this because sometimes it's ok to want nice things for yourself. What's the use of money if I can't spend it on myself. Right?


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Office got on the Twitter bandwagon pretty late, but now that everyone has found their way there, it's filled with the latest gossip. Very classy, office. Very classy. (I am saying that with a straight face. Yeah.) Anonymity is a great thing, yes?
yati: Oathkeeper keychain made by Kairi for Sora (miles to go before I sleep)
Am back my hometown for the weekend! Took a flight instead of driving. Ended up deciding to lug the laptop with me even though it's just two days because I want to experiment on some stuff, hmm. Laptop is heavy. I need a new one which is faster and doesn't eat up the battery for breakfast. :|

I pulled a few books from the to-read shelf trying to choose what to take and, um, accidentally caused the pile to collapse. My fault for stacking books instead of shelving them properly, whoops. (The slogan for the bookshelf should be: "Save shelf space! Add more books!" You know how it goes.)

Took these books with me for the weekend: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. Finished The Housekeeper and the Professor -- I read it at the airport and on the flight, and stayed up a bit to finish it. It was really good, in a thoughtful, quiet way.




Oh. It's midnight already, or close enough. Weekend already half gone, woe. I need longer weekends. Or a long, long vacation.
yati: Danny Phantom (with a cape!) in front of a full moon in a superhero pose. (this is a job for... THE VACUUM CLEANER!)
Agonising over listing books! Just my thing. And then I realised that I had something else to agonise over.

I like a lot of things, but I especially like books. Herding Cats II! In which we list five books! )

Eventually, though, I came up with this:


a list with five books that tries to trick you, because it sneakily mentions other titles as well! )



There are overlaps with last year's list since quite a few of the books I listed last year were from my recent reads (see: my awful memory, referenced above) and I reread Howl's Moving Castle way too often anyway so it will probably always be in this list (until Nay makes new rules or bans it or something).

Happy reading!
yati: Sora from the Kingdom Hearts manga, wandering around looking lost with a keyblade in one hand. (are you sure this is the way?)
So. We went out to lunch today in my car. In my car was a copy of Robert Jordan's The Path of Daggers, Book Eight of the Wheel of Time. The following conversation ensued on the way back to the office:

CK: Is this what you're reading now?
Me: No, my sister was lending the series to someone, only to realise that book number seven (I think) of the series is missing.
CK: Book number what now? Which book is this?
Me: I can't remember. I haven't read those books in years. (Also I was driving, so I couldn't exactly flip the pages and check.)
HS: *looking the book over* It's written here lah, "Book Eight of the Wheel of Time". How many books are there?
Me: (I really wanted to go something like as the wheel turned and time passed into legend and whatnot and decided not to, because then they'd think I was nuts.)
Me: Well, at first we thought it would end at Seven. It obviously didn't because you're holding Book Eight. Then we thought it would be Nine. Then Eleven.
Me: And then the author dies before finishing the last book.
Friends: . . .
CK: That's . . . awful?
Me: But! He left his notes and all and someone is continuing that last book and the publishers said it was coming out this year. And it is! Except it's a book in three parts so we're only getting the first volume this year.
Friends: . . .
CK: Oh. I guess it spans over generations and generations from the great grandfather to grandfather and son and grandson and all?
Me: . . . No, it's just about one dude. And this group of other people.
Friends: . . .
Me: And my favourite character went missing for one whole book.
Friends: . . .
CK: It's almost like TV. One season. Then stop. Then continue.
HS: Like that it's already twelve seasons. How to catch up?
Me: I don't even know a show that ran for twelve seasons.
CK: If someone started reading this when the first book came out, their children would be old already.
Me: Haha. I'm just thankful I only started reading after Book Seven was out.



So, not like this is really news or anything, but the beginning of the end of TWoT series is being released this year; the publisher has confirmed and Brandon Sanderson has also said something about this.

Me? I'm mostly bemused. I expected one book and now we're getting three. A longer wait for the end, of course, but I'm willing to wait. Rushing doesn't really help -- you might end up misspelling words like "schedule". Trufax. Getting mad at the author also doesn't help. At all.

I suppose this gives me time to join the snarky re-read, then. We mock only because we love, right?
yati: (*sweatdrop*)
Well, if there's one thing I can say with utmost confidence about the The Dark is Rising movie, it's this: it doesn't make sense. At all. Also, it sucks.

It was on TV so I was watching it with my sisters and it left me feeling like I had to defend the book. Neither of them had read it. I couldn't even explain what was going on because I had no idea what was going on. I couldn't even tell which sibling was which (which one was James, I ask?) and the acting was, uh, pretty bad. And where's the mythology? And what the heck is with the spirals?


Whoever it was who warned me away from watching it at the cinema -- I think it was [livejournal.com profile] bottle_of_shine -- you have my heartfelt gratitude. XD


I shall commence re-reading the book to get rid of the icky feeling the movie has left me with.

Books read in 2009

Thursday, 1 January 2009 08:46 pm
yati: (shine bright guiding star)
2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010


December
The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones*


November
Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Star Wars: The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers
Gemini by Dorothy Dunnett
The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt


October
Caprice and Rondo by Dorothy Dunnett
To Lie with Lions by Dorothy Dunnett
The Lying Carpet by David Lucas
The Unicorn Hunt by Dorothy Dunnett
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Owl Service by Alan Garner


September
Matilda by Roald Dahl*
Scales of Gold by Dorothy Dunnett
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle


August
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett*
Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams


July
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness


June
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Superior Saturday by Garth Nix
[manga] Descendants of Darkness Volume 4 by Yoko Matsushita
[manga] Descendants of Darkness Volume 3 by Yoko Matsushita
[manga] Descendants of Darkness Volume 2 by Yoko Matsushita
[manga] Descendants of Darkness (Yami no Matsuei) Volume 1 by Yoko Matsushita


May
Carrie's War by Nina Bawden*
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Race of Scorpions by Dorothy Dunnett
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday


April
Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann
The Little Prince (and Letter to a Hostage) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar


March
George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl*
Cygnet by Patricia A McKillip
The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett


February
Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


January
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones*
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
Royal Escape by Georgette Heyer
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie


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* Denotes a reread.
yati: (new journey)
I am tempted to just keyboard smash instead of trying to say anything coherent about this book.

The Game of Kings is the first book in a six-book series, collectively known as The Lymond Chronicles. The first book is set in 1540s Scotland, a time period and place that I'm not familiar with, along with actual historical figures that are, at most, terribly vague to my memory. Mary Queen of Scots is a four-year-old child, and tensions are high between Scotland and England.

Let's get these two facts straight: I love this book, and I love the whole series. How accessible it is to everyone, I have no idea. Most (all?) of my attempts at recommending this book have fallen flat, and I don't blame anyone who gives up after the first few pages (though I have to restrain myself from begging them to try again, ha). I started the book some time in mid-January and only finished it at the end of February and probably gave up about four or five times myself before I actually got past that first chapter.

That doesn't sound like a glowing recommendation, does it? Somehow I feel obligated to warn people before they start this book -- like I said in a comment to [livejournal.com profile] bottle_of_shine earlier, most people are used to me recommending YA and SF/F titles, and this is nothing like I've recced before, I guess. (I can't name the last book I read that was set in a similar time period. In fact, I don't think I've ever read anything set in a similar time period. I can't recall what prompted me to start the series in the first place. It must have been a rec, but I can't remember who it was from.) And Dorothy Dunnett certainly doesn't coddle her readers -- this book was hard. The prose is dense, but it's not dense just for the sake of it; there's a point for giving all that information. You want a challenging read -- here, have this book. Background information from the author is almost non-existent, and when she gives it, she gives it in trickles, and there are quotes in Latin and French scattered all around, and there are literary references everywhere. I wondered if I was supposed to get any of these -- my French is poor and my knowledge of the Classics pretty much amounted to nothing, but I plunged on, and somewhere around page 100 I realised that it didn't matter -- I was enjoying the book way too much to worry about all that and the rest of the book practically flew by.

So I guess my advice is this: if you start this book (why not? it's AWESOME), please try to get to the end of Part One, VI: Forced Move for a Minor Piece. If you're not hooked yet, I forgive you for abandoning the book, XD.

asdkkhkl;k I don't know how else to describe this book. I love it and feel like tearing my hair out in frustration at the same time. Francis Crawford of Lymond, Master of Culter, is possibly the most interesting character in fiction ever, historical or not. He's not real, by the way. When I first started the book I couldn't even tell who the author was talking about. She -- and the rest of the cast -- calls him Lymond, or the Master, or Crawford of Lymond, or someone at some instance will call him Mr Crawford, though rarely would anyone call him Francis. It made my head ache when I realised that when people were talking about "Lord Culter" they were actually talking about Lymond's elder brother Richard, who's the third Baron Culter. (God help the English and the Scots and whoever else and their peerage system. I don't think I'll ever get it straight.) And everyone seems to have multiple titles, and I ended up scratching my head trying to sort them out.

But never mind that. Back to Lymond. Here's your anti-hero if you ever wanted one. For one thing, he's an outlaw. Even his mother says so. (His mother is one formidable lady.) His constant efforts to antagonise his brother Richard makes you wonder if he's quite sane. But still. The intelligence! The good looks! The incessant witty banter! Well, most times it's just Lymond being witty with the other party sort of just gaping at him in horror because he's Lymond. You never quite know what Lymond wants -- he covers everything with sarcasm and his sharp wit and his damnable quotes.

And there are other characters, many of them. And they are real, fully realised characters: the fictional ones, the historical figures. Everyone is praising on how historically accurate the books are, so I'll just believe that. Dunnett's descriptions are lavish, and her action sequences are top notch, and her dialogue just kills me at times. She's funny. The plot -- goodness. I don't even know how to go about with that -- I realised very late what Lymond was trying to accomplish, even if I didn't quite understand then why he refused to ask for help.

This is very good writing, people! But if I still can't convince you, here's what else the book has:

  • a lot of people quoting stuff, most times in languages I don't know, but don't let that get to you, since there is the Companion, if you insist on knowing!

  • a lot of words I don't know, but there's always the dictionary!

  • very eloquent characters!

  • historical references, especially those I don't get, but there's always Wikipedia!

  • shenanigans, sometimes involving stolen cattle and the Spanish!

  • impersonations!

  • surprisingly funny dialogue at appropriate times!

  • court intrigue!

  • sibling rivalries of the deadliest kinds: ie the type you go after your brother with a sword and swear you'd kill him! Most exciting.



I am also quite amazed that the book is being categorised at certain places as historical romance. There's history, of course, and there is some romance (very little, really, at this point), but some of the old covers sent me rolling with laughter. This one for example, from this page (beware of spoilers in the text in the second link), or this one posted at the LJ community (beware of spoilers in comments). Oh man. I wouldn't have been caught dead reading anything with those covers, so thank goodness for the new editions, XD.
yati: Sora from the Kingdom Hearts manga, wandering around looking lost with a keyblade in one hand. (are you sure this is the way?)
asdjflhfgkf;. Has anyone else read Dorothy Dunnett's The Lymond Chronicles? The first book is titled The Game of Kings, if it helps.

Reading the books is making me incoherent (in a good way! . . . I hope!) and I have no one to flail about helplessly at. Help?

Books read in 2008

Tuesday, 1 January 2008 09:24 am
yati: Sophie looking at Calcifer, from Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle (burn bright)
2007 | 2008 | 2009



December
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


November
. . . No books finished. EPIC FAIL.


October
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Mat Som by Lat
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve


September
King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Peter Asbjørnsen


August
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon


July
The Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
East by Edith Pattou
Possession: A Romance by AS Byatt


June
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
The Changeover by Margaret Mahy
number9dream by David Mitchell


May
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
Just in Case by Meg Rosoff
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A McKillip
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly


April
The Giver by Lois Lowry
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett


March
The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett
Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett
The Disorderly Knights by Dorothy Dunnett
Starcross by Philip Reeve
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Winter Rose by Patricia A McKillip
The Sandman Volume 10: The Wake by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Volume 9: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman
Queens' Play by Dorothy Dunnett
The Sandman Volume 8: Worlds' End by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Volume 7: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
Sunshine by Robin McKinley


February
The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
Kit's Wilderness by David Almond
Temeraire by Naomi Novik
Someplace to be Flying by Charles de Lint
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall


January
Spellbound by Christopher Pike
Gimme a Kiss by Christopher Pike
See You Later by Christopher Pike
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle

Books read in 2007

Monday, 1 January 2007 08:18 pm
yati: Sam and Tucker giving an off-screen Danny an odd look (lost his half of their mind?)
2007 | 2008


December
The Riddle-Master's Game by Patricia A McKillip
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card


November
The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones
Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Olympos by Dan Simmons
Ilium by Dan Simmons
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and other stories by Susanna Clarke
Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper
The Grey King by Susan Cooper
Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Coraline by Neil Gaiman


October
Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
X/1999 Volume 2: Overture by CLAMP
X/1999 Volume 1: Prelude by CLAMP
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
The Once and Future King by TH White
Mixed Magics by Diana Wynne Jones


September
Lady Friday by Garth Nix
Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones


August
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
The BFG by Roald Dahl


July
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers


April to June (I lost track, and I wasn't reading much)
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
The Sandman Volume 5: A Game of You by Neil Gaiman


March
Larklight: A Rousing Tale of Dauntless Pluck in the Farthest Reaches of Space by Philip Reeve
The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones
Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
Drowned Wednesday by Garth Nix
The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The Sandman Volume 4: Season of Mist by Neil Gaiman


February
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH


December 2006/January 2007
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Volume 3: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Volume 2: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman
Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
Mister Monday by Garth Nix
Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix

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