Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Reading is an Art

Something a little different, for the New Year!

 I made a goal for myself this year to read 100 books.

AND- I did not do that. 

I did read 73 though!

In semi-order of being read:

1      The Art of Tangled by Jeff Kurtti. Loved the character design pages!

2.       Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.  One of her earlier works but still good!

3.       Dracula by Bram Stoker.  I enjoyed this book quite a bit.

4.       Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.(reread) Wow, Stephen Moffat you changed a lot! In a good way!

5.       Time Machine by H.G. Wells.  Oh H.G., Social commentary in SciFi? That’s crazy talk!

6.       The Prince by Machiavelli.  This book made a lot of sense. EVIL sense. 

7.       Little Women by Louisa May Alcott(rererereread) Just checked, this book is still amazing. And probably her masterpiece. 

8.       Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott (ALL THE REREADS) But you’re my favorite.

9.       Glinda of Oz by Frank Baum.(reread)  Lots of pretty descriptions and characters but hardly any plot? Frank Baum, you knew ten-year-old me so well!

10.   The Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton.  I’d enjoy you more if you weren’t so racist, Chesterton.

11.    Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  I like my mythology unabridged.  But you get an A for effort.

12.   Just so stories by Rudyard Kipling.(reread)  Still great- although this is one of the few books that probably needs some censoring…

13.   Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.(reread)  Really fun to reread after seeing Sherlock. Did you know Moriarty had a brother?

14.   Walden by Henry David Thoreau.  I think I just unlocked some new academia level.  I actually was reading this while reading The Prince. Talk about philosophical whiplash.

15.   Aesop’s fables by Aesop.  Some of these are super weird- basically the ones you hear are the sane ones.

16.   Thewouldbegoods by Edith Nesbit.  Hilarious first-person child narrative.

17.   The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells.  H.G. stop being so cool.

18.   Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.  I read this because of the Betsy-Tacy series. It was the most gothic novel/penny dreadful/purple prosy/ mysteries I have ever read. I LOVED it.

19.   An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott.  Not really my favorite book by her- but still lots of good parts!

20.   Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Definitely more of a satire than her other books.  But I kind of liked that.

21.   Personality Types by Riso/Hudson.  A book about a new-ish and fairly complex personality theory called the enneagram.

22.   Harry Potter and Sorcerers’ Stone by J.K.  Rowling.  Yes, that’s right I JUST started reading these.

23.   The Invention of Hugo Cabaret.  A graphic novel that tells a great story about how automatons and film making and things being connected and gaah I can’t describe it! Really fast read just go do it!

24.   The Hunger Games (1st book) by Suzanne Collins.  They call it the Hunger Games because you will eat all this food while reading it.

25.   Percy Jackson and the Titans Curse(book3) by Rick Riordan.  I love this series.

26.   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.  Okay, this is pretty good.

27.   Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan.  I love this series.

28.   Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan.  Great story! Too bad it’s over…

29.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.  Wow! This made SO MUCH more sense than the movie! But…time turners…and…gah

30.   Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol.  Graphic Novel that really visually gets the line between cute and super creepy.

31.   Mislaid Magician by Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. Third book in a magical regency period series told almost completely in letter form.

32.   The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.  Wait, hey this story keeps going??? Yes!

33.   The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.  Rick Riordan, you’re trying to make me care about the difference between Greek and Roman Mythology aren’t you? Well, it’s working.

34.   Fairest(reread) by Gail Carson Levine.  I’m sorry, but this is the BEST retelling of Snow White.

35.   Book of Enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede. Short story collection- worth reading but I like her longer works better.

36.   Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud.  This is everything you’ve thought about comics in the perfect words and the perfect medium. 

37.   Boundaries by Cloud/Townsend.(reread) Definitely one of the best Christian self-help books out there. It understands both theology and psychology. Kudos book!

38.   Wonderland by Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew.  A really beautifully illustrated book, with some of the Disney Alice in Wonderland characters,  that fools you into thinking there’s a plot but NOPE.

39.   Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry Thoreau.  Worth Reading

40.   Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.  A really funny, sad and whimsical read.  Peter Pan you’re a bit more creepy than Disney led me to believe.

41.   Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.  I think this is one of my favorites of the series- I’m not sure why since it’s a very slow moving book.  Harry, you really should have kept that time turner…

42.   The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie.  One of her best! Fun Fact: At least two real lives have been saved by reading this book.  Can’t tell you how, that would be a spoiler.

43.   Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede.  Historical Magical Fiction set in the Old West? Yes Please!

44.   The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie.  BEST Agatha Christie book,  that’s all I can say.

45.   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.  I think J.K. Rowling wrote this and said “DON’T write fanfiction, I dare you.”

46.   Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery.(reread) I have a love/hate relationship with this book.  It’s got some of the qualities of Anne of Green Gables- but without the humor.

47.   Journey Into Mystery book one by Marvel. WHAT??? I READ A COMIC BOOK????

48.   Paige by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge.  A slice of life-ish Graphic Novel about a girl and her thoughts and art. 

49.   Rapunzel’s Revenge by Hale.  GRAPHIC NOVEL OLD WEST RAPUNZEL LASSOS.  I mean, fun retelling of Rapunzel set in the old west.

50.   Forgetting Sorrow by Belle Yang.  A story from the perspective of a daughter listening to stories about her father and grandfather’s life in China, while dealing with her own life.  Really unusual but beautiful art style.

51.   Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulaney by Kate DiCamillo.  You will find this story either 1)melancholy yet uplifting or 2)depressingly sad.  There are no other options.

52.   Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo.  I can’t really describe this. It’s about loss and tigers, okay?

53.   When God Writes Your Love Story(reread) by Ludy.  This is a fairly good book, but it’s better for teens, I think.

54.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.  Oh man, stuff is getting exciting now!

55.   Journey into Mystery Book 2 by Marvel People.  Wow, this is pretty complex.

56.   Dealing with Dragons(reread) by Patricia C. Wrede.  I didn’t realize I had read quite so many books by her…

57.   InkSpell by Cornelia Funke.  I’m SLOOOOWLY reading this series.  The descriptions are beautiful but it’s also kind of sad in a slow sort of way.

58.   Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.  This book, I think I read in like two days.  Probably my favorite of all the Bronte novels I’ve read.

59.   Mansa Musa by Hamilton/Dillon.  It’s okay, I can read picture books- I’m an artist.

60.   The Girl Who Spun Straw into Gold by Hamilton/Dillon.(reread)  African retelling, so pretty!

61.   Way Up and Over Everything by McGill/Daly.  Yes, a picture book made me cry. Hush.

62.   The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie.  The first Tommy and Tuppence book.

63.   New Testament by Anonymous.(reread)  You know if I counted all the individual books I really could have read 100 books this year…

64.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I think this one is my favorite.  I knew almost all the spoilers beforehand but there were a few surprises.  I really enjoyed the doubt the main character goes through.

65.   How to Raise and Keep a Dragon by Nigg/Topsell. (reread) A fun faux informational book. 

66.     If I Were in Charge of the World by Edith Vorst.  See this is a children’s poetry book. Completely different.

67.   The Landry News by Andrew Clements. (reread) fun, quick book by the author of Frindle.

68.   The Perfect Bait by Bobby Chiu(audiobook) Good uh, listen with some practical advice.

69.   Necklace of Princess Fiormonde and Other Stories by Mary De Morgan.  If you like fairytales you’ll probably like these.

70.   Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson Illustrated by Dorothee Duntze. I just read it for the pictures.

71.   Thor and the Warriors Four by Marvel People.  Apparently peripheral Thor Comics are my favorite kind of comic.

72.   Youth by Isaac Asimov. I did not know the twist at the end, very surprising.

73.   Silly Kingdom by Katie and Steven Shanahan.  Short funny comic book with some of the best facial whole body expressions I’ve seen.

So those are the books I read.  Thank you for easy access to most of the classics!  I’m only shooting for about fifty books this year- but I’m hoping to read a few more books about art and artists.


  1. Love your witty comments--you remind me of Grandpa Red here! :)

  2. Finally found and read this. Good list. Great commentary! (Also, you have me to thank/blame for introducing you to peripheral Thor comics.)


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