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February 21: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time) — or you could do something like books I liked more/less than everyone else.
I’m going with recent reads, and splitting the list between more and less.
1. Symphony for the City of the Dead; M.T. Anderson. A pretty dark, true subject often means I find a book good, but not enjoyable. This one held on to defiance in the face of tyranny, art in the face of war, and hope in times of need.
2. Hagseed; Margaret Atwood. Usually I won’t pick up a revenge story, but this is Atwood. I had to give it a try. Though there were some parts I disliked, overall I enjoyed it much more than I expected.
3. Dead Things; Stephan Blackmoore. I had enough warnings that this was more than a bit grim that I was concerned going in. But I found I really enjoyed the book, especially the world building.
4. Hold Still; Nina LaCour. This is a book about a girl who’s best friend committed suicide, and generally I don’t like the sad books. They have to be well written, and a bit hopeful to get past the tragedy for me, but this book managed.
5. Shrill; Lindy West. I picked this because of a review, but I have mixed results with memoirs of people I don’t know. She’s funny and insightful, and narrated the audiobook nicely, however.
6. The Clown Service; Guy Adams. Law enforcement (official or not) for supernatural beings and crimes makes a book I love, usually. This book was decent, but I didn’t really connect to it.
7. Behold the Dreamers; Imbolo Mbue. This is highly rated, and I was enjoying it until a character made a decision that rather ruined the rest of the story for me.
8. Iceling; Sasha Stephenson. This was a cool concept, and I enjoyed some of the characters, but I spent most of the book waiting for something to happen.
9. Deep Down Dark; Hector Tobar. The true story of 33 Chilean miners trapped for 69 days, I expected this to be riveting. Parts of it were, but the rest was confusing, with the names being difficult to keep track of, the book sorely lacking a map of the mine, and some sections rather rushed.
10. Shadow of Victory; David Weber. I enjoy this world, but this book had too many characters I didn’t connect to, and not enough of the characters I do enjoy reading about.