Friday, September 2, 2011

August Book Roundup

Before we get to the meat of the book roundup, some crazy news. I've read 76 books this year. Which is a bit ridiculous. Especially considering that my original goal was 50 books (it's now 100). So I'm feeling pretty good about myself. Yay books!

Anyway. Moving on to the actual book roundup bit. If you don't know, here's the lowdown: At the beginning of each month I do Twitter-length reviews of the new books I read during the month prior. Genres are listed at the beginning of the reviews and my very favorites are marked with a star ().

If you've got it, let's get things started.

The Osiris Ritual by George Mann
Steampunk Mystery--Sequel to The Affinity Bridge. Once again, Sherlock Holmes in a steampunk world with elements of the occult. Truly difficult to put down!

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
YA Fiction--Anna's father is sending her to boarding school in France and she's NOT happy. Want a swoon-worthy, yet realistic teen romance? This is your book. 

Spell Hunter (née Knife) by RJ Anderson
YA Fantasy--The faeries in the great Oak have lost their magic and are dying. But no one remembers why. A perfect blend of mystery, magic, and adventure. 

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
YA Fiction--Gemma writes a letter to the man that kidnapped her. Stockholm Syndrome is always a little creepy and this book does a good job of it. Loved.

Wayfarer (née Rebel) by RJ Anderson
YA Fantasy--Sequel to Knife. Linden is on a mission to find other faeries and save her people. Lots of exciting faery lore, but Timothy was obnoxious.

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Bob Reger and Jessica Gruner
Middle Grade Mystery--Emily, err, "Earwig" has amnesia and a mystery to solve. Incredibly entertaining with a great voice and a crazy plot. Also, cat doodles.

Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide edited by Leo Cotton
Cookbook--The 1963 edition, but it has a ridiculous number of recipes. Don't drink if you're underage, but if you're not, definitely look into this book.

Red Glove by Holly Black
YA Urban Fantasy--Sequel to White Cat. Cassel's brother is murdered and his own uncertain future is looming. Everyone in this book is a slimewad. AND I LOVE IT. 

Chime by Franny Billingsley
YA Fantasy--Briony's secret has caused terrible, terrible things. The prose is haunting and dark and gorgeous. Love the voice, love the world, love everything. 

And that's all for this month! So, now I'm curious. How many books have you guys read this year? Are you meeting your goals? Are you feeling particularly prolific? Tell me about it in the comments.