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BOOK PROJECT: Books 26-29

December 26th, 2010 (11:39 pm)

This year has seriously sucked, book-wise, but I'm trying to get back in the swing of things.

26. Omega, Jack McDevitt
The next book in the Academy Series. I struggled to get through it. I had enjoyed Chindi quite a bit, but Omega was a lot slower.

27. Metatropolis: Cascadia - the anticipated followup to Metatropolis, this was another audiobook with stories taking place in the same shared universe. I enjoyed this, possibly more than the original, because the stories felt more linked than they did in the first audiobook.

28. Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
I tried and failed to get through Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl which won a ton of awards, including sharing this year's Hugo. So I wasn't quite sure how this would go. It's YA, in the current theme of "YA = books with kids as protagonists" because I really felt this book stood up to the adult reader. (But then, I feel the same way about Westerfeld's stuff. It's YA, and yet I struggle with it being called YA.)

29. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, James Swanson - I'd been toying around with reading this for a while and I'm glad I did - there was a LOT about Lincoln's assassination I really didn't know. Like the fact that he took seven hours to die.

I will probably get one or two more books in for the year, but this will be the lowest # of books I've ever read in a year. In 2005 I read 49 books, and I've been over 50 every year since. I'm really disappointed in myself but next year I will do better. :)