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18 January 2011 @ 11:55 pm
Big Book Post 2010 (or What I Read Last Year)  
Fantastic = the best of the best. The ones that I felt the urge to tell everyone bout, multiple times, including strangers on the bus. The ones that I bought other people because I had to share. The ones that I really, really enjoyed.
Great = the best of the rest. Books that I would reread, or lodged themselves in my head so thoroughly that rereading might be redundant.
Good = books that I enjoyed, but since book-lovers can't afford everything these ones you could save your money on and find them in the library.
Okay = books are books and therefore wonderful, but I can't help feeling that these ones could have been better.
(Forgettable = how did these manage to get published?)


Fantastic

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Passage (1 of series) by Justin Cronin
The Shipping News by Anne Proulx
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Girl who Played with Fire (2 of series) by Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (3 of series) by Stieg Larsson
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Flashforward by Robert J Sawyer
I Shall Wear Midnight (4 of quartet) by Terry Pratchett
Room by Emma Donaghue
Tales of the Otherworld (short stories from Otherworld) by Kelley Armstrong

Great

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (1 of series) by Stieg Larsson
Once by Morris Gleitzman
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Stone Spring (1 of series) by Stephen Baxter
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Stratchan
The Machineries of Joy (short story collection) by Ray Bradbury
Signal to Noise (graphic novel) by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim
The Girls by Lori Lansens
Waking the Witch (Otherworld series) by Kelley Armstrong
Love Story by Erich Segal
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud by Ben Sherwood
The Black Prism (1 of series) by Brent Weeks
Wake (1 of trilogy) by Robert J Sawyer
Watch (2 of trilogy) by Robert J Sawyer
The Knife of Never Letting Go (1 of trilogy) by Patrick Ness
The Ask and The Answer (2 of trilogy) by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men (3 of trilogy) by Patrick Ness
The Dead-Tossed Waves (2 of series) by Carrie Ryan
The Reckoning (3 of trilogy) by Kelley Armstrong
The Demon's Covenant (2 of trilogy) by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (3 of trilogy) by Suzanne Collins

Good

The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams
I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
Transition by Iain Banks
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindquist
Hominids (1 of series) by Robert J Sawyer
Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
The Lost Symbol (3 in series but can stand alone) by Dan Brown
White Cat (1 in series) by Holly Black
Scarred by Julia Hoban
Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
A Study in Scarlet (1 in series) by Arthur Conan Doyle
206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman
Now and Forever by Ray Bradbury
The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr Punch (graphic novel) by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
Bad to the Bone (2 in series) by Jeri Smith-Ready
The Devil's Feather by Minette Walters
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Need (1 of series) by Carrie Jones
Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days (4 of series) by Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil (5 of series) by Derek Landy
Serenity: Float Out (comic) by Patton Oswalt and Patric Reynolds, Exec. Joss Whedon

Okay

The Magician's Apprentice (Magicians series prequel) by Trudi Canavan
Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
Radiant Shadows (4 in series) by Melissa Marr
Rhapsody (1 of trilogy) by Elizabeth Haydon
Prophecy (2 of trilogy) by Elizabeth Haydon
Beautiful Creatures (1 of series) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Stray (1 of series) by Rachel Vincent
Rogue (2 of series) by Rachel Vincent
Pride (3 of series) by Rachel Vincent
Prey (4 of series) by Rachel Vincent


In non-fiction, Twopence to Cross the Mersey and By the Waters of Liverpool, both by Helen Forrester, were the most interesting biographies I read and Answering Back edited by Carol Ann Duffy was a fun concept for a poetry collection.
 
 
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