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1st-Jan-2009 03:52 pm

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1 Murder Runs in the Family Anne George Fic
2 The Good Thief's Guide to Amsterdam Chris Ewan Fic
3 Creation in Death J. D. Robb Fic
4 Murder Makes Waves Anne George Fic
5 Hard Row Margaret Maron Fic
6 Borrower of the Night Elizabeth Peters Fic
7 Street of the Five Moons Elizabeth Peters Fic
8 A Palm For Mrs. Pollifax Dorothy Gilman Fic
9 Flirting with Danger Suzanne Enoch Fic
10 Deeds of the Disturber Elizabeth Peters Fic
11 Mrs. Pollifax on Safari Dorothy Gilman Fic
12 Murder Gets a Life Anne George Fic
13 Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair Laurie Perry Non-fic
14 Don't Look Down Suzanne Enoch Fic
15 Mrs. Pollifax on the China Station Dorothy Gilman fic
16 Silhouette in Scarlet Elizabeth Peters Fic
17 Fearless Fourteen Janet Evanovich Fic
18 Moon Called Patricia Briggs Fic
19 Murder Shoots the Bull Anne George Fic
20 Blood Bound Patricia Briggs Fic
21 Trojan Gold Elizabeth Peters Fic
22 A walk in the woods Bill Bryson Non-fic
23 The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece Edward Dolnick Non-fic
24 Night Train to Memphis Elizabeth Peters Fic

This was the year I did not read. I don't know if my brain was just done during and after school, or if I've been distracted or busy or spending too much time online or all of the above, but yea, there was not enough reading for me this year. This is all of 2 books a month, which for me is ridiculously low.

That being said, I'd recommend them all, which is a pretty good year. :) The Anne George Southern Sisters books are sweet and funny and as much about having sisters and being Southern as they are about the mysteries, which is sometimes how I like my mysteries. Her books are set in Alabama. Margaret Maron's series is set here in NC, and gets NC right, and just keep getting better with each book. Elizabeth Peters is fun and campy (though the last, Night Train to Memphis, which I finished last night, was pretty slow in the middle). And Patricia Briggs writes what Anita Blake should have been, with real characters who act like real people and have to make real life difficult decisions (at one point, the protagonist reflects on the fact that in the novels she reads, the heroine doesn't have get up and go to work after a night of dealing with vampires, etc.) Oh, and The Rescue Artist was AWESOME, a quirky mix of art history, character sketch, and crime caper, all in one.

So. There are no number goals for this year; I just want to read more than this past year. In the immediate queue are:

- The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century (Edward Dolnick)
- A Meeting at Cornwallis (S. M. Stirling) [which has been out for awhile, but I Oded on Stirling there for a bit]
- Here If You Need Me (Kate Braestrup)
- Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle (Dorothy Gilman)

I'm pondering starting a re-read of Laurie King's Mary Russel books, in preparation for the next book which will be out at the end of April, but I don't know. I love the books, but I don't reread very much - there's too much other stuff to read out there...

What did y'all read that was good this past year? What are you looking forward to reading this year?
1st-Jan-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Have to agree with you on Briggs. I just finished one of her old backlist titles, Steal the Dragon, which was excellent. I can't actually get through the latest Anita Blake, nor am I looking forward to the latest Merry Gentry.. Briggs' stuff is a *lot* better, as well as Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong.
1st-Jan-2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
I have to admit, I'm put off by Harrison's covers. Which I know is dumb. I would have been put off by the covers on Briggs' Mercy Thompson books if I hadn't been assured (and now I don't remember by who =/ ) that they were good.
1st-Jan-2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I had that problem with the Armstrong covers. Finally gave in to a friend of mine who loves her books and started reading it after putting it down as fast as I picked it up because of the cover. (And the blurb.)
2nd-Jan-2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Harrison stuff is good. I gave the first to my SIL for Christmas :)

Dan bellows "Dresden Files!" Ari and I second.
2nd-Jan-2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I've bounced off the first 5 pages of the first Dresden book more times than I can cook. I have trying again on my list. :)
2nd-Jan-2009 12:10 am (UTC)
And I've requested the first Harrison book from the library. With both you and Zhannie behind them, they can't be bad. :)
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