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An analysis of books consumed in 2013. This year, I read 68 new books with a total of 19800 pages. Memorable Books from this year: This is not a definitive list by any means: Cooked by Michael Pollan Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson The Ocean at the End…

Yet another young adult novel set at boarding school! I’ve been attracting them this year. I’m starting to wish I could have gone to boarding school. Apparently, they make for interesting and intense upbringings. Of course, being a teenager is an intense and weird experience. I must say that young adult fiction is better now than when it was when I was a teenager. I read more adult novels from age fourteen onward than young…

This is novel’s setting tone and style is highly reminiscent of "Downton Abbey”, Edith Wharton, andHenry James. If you enjoy any of those three like I do, you’ll at least find this novel mildly interesting. Like DA, this novel has several elements of soap opera. It has many predictable moments, public humiliation, men and women with mother issues, love affairs and love squares. Most of the characters are not well drawn. The writer has just…

The last young adult I read set in an American boarding school fell short, but this one is much more interesting. It is funny and has a few hand drawn comics done by the protagonist, Winger aka Ryan Dean West. There is this sense of timelessness in the book too. There is actually very little technology mentioned in the book, but it’s focussed more on the rawness and alienation of being a fourteen year old…

I would consider myself a romantic. Perhaps more practical and analytical than some others, but one none the less. This is not the first book I have read on the scientific and anthropological reasoning behind romance, love, and sex. I quite enjoy anthropology and social science books. Indeed, I did some of my graduate work on social epidemiology. This book is a bit outdated as it was published in 2004, and in the world of…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Another captivating novel from Neil Gaiman. I think my favourite Gaiman work will always be the Sandman series, but I do love his novels. I continue to love them more and more. As a novelist and following his career over the last decade, I feel his writing has improved. This novel was dark and twisty similar to his recent works such as Coraline and The Graveyard Book.…

It's rather funny that there is an actual a niche fanfiction industry from Pride and Prejudice. I've read a few of these novels now, and even more so, fanfiction. I saw this come up on my GR and I thought, why not? This novel is, in fandom words, mostly fluff. It's many happy moments between the two families. Lots of people being happily married after. The "Darcy is a cheap drunk" trope is employed and…

Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite graphic novel authors. I have read Sandman and 1604. When I found out, he wrote a Batman novel, I knew I had to try to read it. I grew up watching "Batman: The Animated Series" and the DC Animated Universe. I am very fond of "Justice League" and "Justice League Unlimited". As a result, Batman is one of my favourite fictional characters, and my Batman will always be…

Well, this was a bit of an annoying read. I started this novel a awhile ago, but then it languished. I always have a problem finishing a book if I don't consistently work on it in a couple of sittings. In a rare Heyer situation, I did not like the female protagonist of this novel and I grew to dislike the hero too.I found her impertinent, proud, and arrogant. Even when she was shown a…

I prefer listening to Sedaris, but I could not track down the audiobook for this at the library. Now that I've read most of his collected works, I do think I prefer the later ones. This one was still good and it made me fascinated again with the character of Sedaris's mother Sharon. A lot of Sedaris's stories are really strange, but I feel they are stranger than fiction. It's hard to make some of…