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Well, it is that time of year again. Time to call out the new books I read last year that nailed a 5 out of 5 points on my scoring system. And time to call out the rest of my reads in all their glory.

This year was a good year for reading. There wasn't much I read that I didn't like, though obviously some books worked better for me than others. So without further ado, here are the top 5-star books of this year.

1. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, NK Jemisin
2. I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood Ali with Delphine Minou
3. Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler
4. The Broken Kingdoms, NK Jemisin
5. Towers of Midnight, Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan
6. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini


Innocent Mage, Karen Miller,  (Book Club: Mom, my choice)
The Princess Bride, William Goldman
The Warrior of World's End, Lin Carter
Glass Coffin Girls, Paul Jessup


Blackout, Connie Willis
Monster, A. Lee Martinez
Writers of the Future, Volume XXIV

Awakened Mage, Karen Miller
The City & The City, China Mieville
Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler
Changeless, Gail Carriger
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms , N.K. Jemisin
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced, Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui
The Wayfarer Redemption, Sara Douglass (Book Club: Mom, Mom's choice)
The Mage in Black, Jaye Wells
Belong, edited by Russell B. Farr
Eve: The Burning Life, Hjalti Danielsson (Book Club: Mom, my choice)
Anathem, Neal Stephenson
Yukikaze, Chohei Kambayashi
Green Rider, Kristen Britain (Book Club: Mom, Mom's choice)
Empress, Karen Miller
Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling
The Fortress of the Pearl, Michael Moorcock
Red Hood's Revenge, Jim C. Hines (Book Club: Mom, my choice)
The Riven Kingdom, Karen Miller
First Rider's Call, Kristen Britain (Book Club: Mom, Mom's choice)
Hammer of God, Karen Miller
Template, by Matthew Hughes
Other Lands, by David Anthony Durham (Book Club: Mom, my choice)
Blameless, by Gail Carriger
Wizards, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
Werewolves, by Alice Carr (Paul Jessup)
Noise, by Darin Bradley
Hidden Empire, by Kevin J. Anderson (Book Club: Mom, Mom's choice)
The Lone Star Stories Reader, edited by Eric T. Marin
All Clear, by Connie Willis
The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson (Book Club: Mom, my choice)
The Broken Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy
Rigor Amortis,  edited by Jaym Gates and Erika Holt
The House of Discarded Dreams, by Ekaterina Sedia
The Last Stormlord, by Glenda Larke  (Book Club: Mom, Mom's choice)
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini



It's been a good reading year, though I didn't read as many new books as I'd like. Some time was spent rereading items on my shelf, seeking the comfort of familiarity. And there are some books that I really really really want (Beth Bernobich's Passion Play comes to mind)  that I haven't bought yet to read because I am waiting on them to come out in paperback (I try to avoid buying hardcover nowadays, painful though it is sometimes when I desperately desire a certain book).

But yeah, a good year overall.


( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Wow...that's impressive!
Jan. 4th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
It would be more impressive without those limpid two-book months. Accursed April, July, and August! :P
Jan. 4th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky when I have two-book months ;o)
Jan. 4th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
It's the dogs, isn't it? They are eating all your books right before you finish the last page, so you are unable to claim having read any of the books.
Jan. 4th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
No, they're just energy vampires...
Jan. 4th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, that's even worse. They leech all your energy through long walks and frisbee tosses, leaving you nothing for reading. You should clone yourself. That solves lots of problems (and creates new ones, but hey, not everything can be perfect!).
Jan. 4th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'd need one clone to mop floors full-time...and no clone would put up with that for long.
Jan. 4th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Maybe the clones and you can rotate duties. :)
Jan. 4th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ha! If I'm gonna have clones, I'm not mopping floors!
Jan. 4th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
I am betting your clones would feel the same way. Aren't fewer chores spread around better than all chores on one person, clone or otherwise? Have mercy on your poor dopplegangers! :P
Jan. 5th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Adrian Simmons, here.

Heck of a list. Way more than me.

I wanted to let you know that I'm trying to get a writing retreat set up in Norman and I had planned to get you on the original invite list, but I couldn't find your email address, then I kind of lost track of it, and now the retreat will be happening in a scant two weeks!

If you are interested, let me know (adrian_simmons@netzero.net) and I can get you all the details.
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Sure thing. I'll pop you an email in just a moment. Bill told me a little bit about the retreat last night at our writing group meeting, and it definitely sounded interesting. :)
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