Monday, June 27, 2011

Extreme Mini Reviews: 2005 Top Ten

Another installment of extreme mini reviews! This one from my Top Ten of 2005:

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale: She came to the library that summer. I'd never heard of her, so I got her book and read it without knowing anything. It blew me away! It had everything! I loved it!

Beauty by Robin McKinley: An awesome retelling of Beauty and the Beast... one, if not the best one, of my favorites.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: What's there to say about this one? I was part of the craze and read it the day it came out!

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: I loved this "intellectual" look at the whole vampire/Dracula legend. This book felt real to me and creeped me out in the most perfect way. Loved it.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: It must have been a re-read that year, and it appears it made it to my top ten... again. It's probably about time of another re-read, what do you think?

A Fine Balance by Rohintin Mistry: This book about life in India still sticks with me. Really really moving and eye opening.

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke: I really enjoyed this second book of the trilogy (though not as much as the first) and it ended in a major cliff hanging that made me crazy!

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte: I remember this one having a slow start, but by the end, I was loving it. 

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman: A fun essay type book about the love of reading. I really enjoyed it.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis: A book we read for book club way back when about time traveling back to the plague years. I don't remember whole lot more about it except that it was pretty intense and really good.


  1. I love this walk back down memory lane. I am FINALLY reading The Goose Girl and I feel just like you stated. It's delicious! I love everything Shannon Hale writes. Why did it take me so long to read this one.

    Oh what the heck, I am going to use your list as my Go-to list for the next books I read!! Awesome.

    Hope that you are having a fabulous time vacationing!

  2. Loved Goose Girl but have not read any of the other books in the series. My 11 year old has, and she likes them much.

    I cannot recall one book of Robin McKinley that I have read that I have not liked. Oh wait, Chalice was not a favorite. Anyway, loved Beauty.

    Of Course, Harry Potter, but I will admit I am not that well versed on the books because I am more of the movie fan than book fan. Have not read all of them; only the last few and cannot remember their names.

    The Historian; loved it!

    Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorites too.

    The rest I have not read. I am reading my first Connie Willis book right now; BLACKOUT. I am really enjoying her style of storytelling.

    Great List there Suey! :D



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