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Jodi’s Favorite Books of 2012

Here’s what I have to say about books in 2012: Thank god fiction has gotten better. I dunno what it was about 2011, but it was a bummer year for fiction. Nothing felt all ohh-la-la and you have to read this. It all felt, “eh, it was okay.” But 2012?…
Reading in 2012

Reading in 2012

In 2012 I vowed to read more books by women. It’s nothing I’ve ever paid attention to before and consequently the list of authors on my Amazon Wish List read like a surgeon’s roster of patients who had undergone successful vasectomies. I like to read what I want to read…
LeAnn’s Top Ten of 2012

LeAnn’s Top Ten of 2012

Of the books I read in 2012, most of my favorites are again from science fiction and fantasy. 1. The Twelve by Justin Cronin This is the second book in Justin Cronin’s monster epic about twelve virals (vampire-like creatures) created during a government experiment gone wrong. The Twelve continues their…

Linda’s Favorite Fantasy Books of 2011

My fantasy year started with the Summer of Harry, which called for re-reading all seven of the Harry Potter books. Very good prep for the Books & Bars HP meeting in July, the MPR HP Trivia game at the State Fair, and the final movie, HP 7.2. But that wasn’t…

Jodi’s Favorite Reads of 2011

Just like many pop culture nerds, I too like to impose arbitrary rules on any list I make. I think it imbibes the list with some significance, importance, or something else that lists of crap don’t have naturally. For this year’s list of Favorite Reads, I gave myself two rules.…

Christa’s besties read in 2011

Either the past year in books didn’t have the same crash-bang-pow as 2010 or else I just did a meh job of finding the new and the hot to stain with my saliva. I figured out pretty early on that this list would never have the purity of being a…

Claire’s Top Ten of 2011

While I study top ten lists somewhat obsessively, I haven’t defined the qualities necessary for a book to make my own “top” list. What follows are the first ten books I thought of when I looked back over the year (in no particular order). I have recommended all of them…

LeAnn’s Top Ten

Out of the books I read this year, my top ten are almost all science fiction and fantasy, and heavy on young adult novels. It was a good year. 1. By far my favorite book of the year was A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I could not put down…
Will A.’s Top Ten

Will A.’s Top Ten

1. Possession by A.S. Byatt: I can't say enough good things about this powerhouse of a novel. Byatt earns every one of “Possession's” 500+ pages by deftly crafting an intricate, thoroughly spellbinding story of parallel romances ? two Victorian poets and the contemporary researchers who study them. Every bit as…
Jodie’s Top Picks of 2010

Jodie’s Top Picks of 2010

I thought that I’d have a hard time coming up with five good books this year. 2010 was full crap for me, reading-wise. But looking back, it was nice to see that I didn’t hate everything. Any little thing to starve off the jaded bitterness helps. 1. The Hunter by…

The Top 10 Books Amy Read 2010

These are the books that left the most lasting impressions on me this year. In no particular order: 1. Just Kids by Patti Smith — Just beautiful. 2. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan — This one made me so happy. 3. Anthropology of An American Girl…
Jodi’s favorite books of 2010

Jodi’s favorite books of 2010

Making a year-end best of list is the kind of exquisite torture that nerds of all stripes love to put themselves through. Some make arbitrary rules to extend the pain, others just dive in willy nilly with nary a second thought. I’m of the willy nilly party of list making.…