Freckles1987's 100 Books
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Short and to the point, great academic read on Hitler's influences and 'context.
2. Hitler (Profiles in Power by Ian Kershaw
Another great academic read on Hitler, more biographical.
3. Germans into Nazis by Peter Fritzche
Is it obvious I took a class on Nazi Germany yet? For the hobbyist I would highly recommend this book. If you are only going to read one text on 'everyman Nazis' it would be a race between this one and Browning's Ordinary Men.
4. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland by Christopher R. Browning
5. Women in Nazi Society by Jill Stephenson
Academic, interesting, not too enthralling.
6. War in the Hebrew Bible by Susan Niditch
Perhaps my favorite non-fiction read of 2009. I would (and have) recommended this to most everyone I know. Niditch takes a look at violence and war as represented in the Torah, contrasts it with contemporary warfare, and with actual laws about violence in the Hebrew Bible. I know it sounds tedious, but it's fantastic.
7. Like a Bird in a Cage: the Invasion of Sennacherib in 701 BCE by Lester L. Grabbe
This is a collection of short essays on the invasion of Jerusalem by Sennacherib in 701 BCE. A good overview of the topic, although nothing special.
8. Indian Survival on the California Frontier by Albert L. Hurtado
Today this seems dated, but when it came out in the 1980s is was very profound! This was one of the first academic texts to discuss the effects of disease, environmental change, and European settlers on Native Americans in California.
9. The King of California by Mark Arax, Rick Wartzman
Arax and Wartzman are journalists but nonetheless provided a great (and long) history of agriculture and special interests in California. This is a captivating and thought provoking read, but still light.
10. Green Versus Gold by Carolyn Merchant, ed.
Green Versus Gold is a collection of primary documents relating to the environmental history of California. Great for a class.
11. The Tain by Thomas Kinsella, ed.
This is an epic from the British Isles that I would highly recommend. Action packed.
12. The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee
My first light read of 2009! I admit to a soft spot for Tanith Lee, and while this is usually classified as YA, I felt it was appropriate for adults as well. Lee's mix of stomach churning discomfort and unusual romance always gets me.
13. Heir to Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
I love Marillier. I read quite a few by her this year. However, this one was not my favorite. I recommend Cybele's Secret and Wildwood Dancing.
14. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
I saw the movie first, in comparison the book seemed rather flat and shallow. But still enjoyable. I would definitely recommend the book in conjunction with the movie though.
15. Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier
Good! Captivating. A romance set in Turkey about a Romanian merchant's daughter. There's a bit of intrigue, magic, and deception as well.
16. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Blah. (Twilight fans please don't take offense.)
17. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
I was the same with Harry Potter. I waited for them all to come out. Read them all, was disappointed.
18. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
It started getting really painful here.
19. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
20. The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith H. Beer
Could have used a bit more...flair in the writing style. But a great story, the title is pretty self explanatory.
21. The Rose: A Novel Based on Beauty and the Beast by Jennifer Baker
Pretty crappy, or at least nothing special, but I love beauty and the beast retellings. I'll read them all no matter how bad.
22. To Weave a Web of Magic by Claire Delacroix, Lynn Kurland, Patricia McKillip, Sharon Shinn
Fantasy/romance short story collection. A nice distraction, and I always enjoy McKillip and Shinn.
23. The Queen in Winter by Claire Delacroix, Lynn Kurland, Sarah Monette, Sharon Shinn
Another fantasy/romance short story collection.
24. The Gilded Chamber by Rebecca Kohn
A novel of Queen Esther. While I don't know how historically accurate this is, I enjoyed it immensely. Biblical fiction has had a special place in my heart since the Red Tent.
25. Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
‘That’s wrong!’ cried Wolf. ‘Have you forgot
‘To tell me what BIG TEETH I’ve got?
‘Ah well, no matter what you say,
‘I’m going to eat you anyway.’
The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
A few weeks later, in the wood,
I came across Miss Riding Hood.
But what a change! No cloak of red,
No silly hood upon her head.
She said, ‘Hello, and do please note
‘My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.’
Black had some interesting ideas in Valiant, overall I thought it was sort of flat though.
27. The Tourist in Yosemite, 1855-1985 by Stanford E. Demars
Academic look at tourism in Yosemite, had some great photographs.
28. Chalice by Robin McKinley
YA fantasy/romance by McKinley (author of the best Beauty and the Beast retelling). Personally, I couldn't get into it, but the world she created was fascinating.
29. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
The vocabulary asides threw me.
30. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Enjoyable, guilty pleasure. The first is definitely the best. I haven't seen True Blood (only trailers and ads), but so far the characters seem pretty dead on.
31. The Safe-Keeper's Secret by Sharon Shinn
Feel good YA fantasy. Very creative and original, and I was drawn to her characters. I don't want to discuss too much and give away the plot...
32. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
33. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
34. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
35. Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harrs
36. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The ending will haunt me. I don't usually want too conclusive conclusions, but this time, the not-knowing is driving me nuts.
37. Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
Expansive. Bizarre. Enthralling.
38. Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones
Retelling of Tam Lin. Enjoyable, despite the fact that the romantic undertones were really hard to believe.
39. The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders
Truly bizarre. Great illustrations. Easily read within an hour. Recommended.
40. The Truth-Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn
Another in the Safe-Keeper's Secret trilogy.
41. The Dream-Maker's Magic by Sharon Shinn
42. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
43. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
44. The Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko
A Russian author, urban fantasy. Three connected stories about a secret organization at war with 'the Daywatch.' I believe it's the first in a trilogy. Rather overcomplicated at times, by Lukyanenko provides great descriptions.
45. Elemental Magic by Sharonn Shinn, Rebecca York, Carol Berg, Jean Johnson
A collection of fantasy/romance short stories.
46. A Faerie Tale by Paige Burns, et al.
Pretty risque fantasy/romance short stories.
47. Boys that Bite by Mari Mancusi
YA urban fantasy about vampires. Definitely for kids/teens.
48. Stake That by Mari Mancusi
Part two of Boys that Bite. While its obviously aware of its silliness, doesn't stop the author from going to new extremes. The romances are very forced as well, characters tend to stray out of character.
49. Girls that Growl by Mari Mancusi
Parodies itself, but still...
50. An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina
I think everyone knows this one.
52. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
53. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
54. The Magicians: A Novel by Lev Grossman
55. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
56. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
57. Ambient Findability by Peter Morville
58. Lilah: A Novel by Marek Halter
59. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
60. Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange
61. The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
62. Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked by Catherin Orenstein
63. The Medicine Cabinet of Curiosities by Nick Bakalar
64. Masks by Fumiko Enchi
65. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
66. What-The-Dickens by Gregory Maguire
67. The Hidden Library of Tanith Lee by Mavis Haut
68. The Song of Songs by Ariel Bloch, Chana Bloch, Robert Alter
69. A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong
70. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
71. Fitcher's Brides by Gregory Frost
72. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays by Albert Camus
73. Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins
74. Bismarck and the Development of Germany by Otto Pflanze
75. No Go the Bogeyman by Marina Warner
77. Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist by Peter Berkowitz
78. The Crimes of Love by the Marquis de Sade
79. Let Me Go by Helga Schneider
80. A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
81. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
82. The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan
83. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
84. Management Basics for Information Professionals by G. Edward Evans
85. Foundations of Library and Information Science by Richard E. Rubin
86. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
87. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
88. Marked by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
89. The More I See You by Lynn Kurland
90. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
91. Dada and After by Alan Young
92. Moltke and the German Wars, 1864-1871 by Arden Bucholz
93. Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
94. Secrets beyond the Door by Maria Tatar
95. The Face of Another by Kobo Abe
96. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
97. The Box Man by Kobo Abe
98. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami