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1 Year, 97 Books, 1 Winner

5 Apr

Ladies and gentleman, it’s time for that most prestigious of completely unheard of awards, that supreme honour of being recognised by a customer services agent as a good writer, that award with no prize and a readership of around five….the Tapdancing Lexicon Book of the Year!

I read lots of books this year (just shy of the 100 I was shooting for), in my usual eclectic mix of mystery, fantasy, science fiction, crossover fiction, and classics, but one book – one series, really – stood out to me above the rest.

There was definitely a last minute bit of competition. I was given the first three books of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series for Christmas. Aaronovitch’s series is British (duh) and modern which does tend to raise it in terms of books I can relate to, plus it’s about wizards, it’s dark without being oppressive, and the mysteries and plot twists make it impossible to put down.

But.

The Iron Druid Chronicles.

Wow.

Kevin Hearne’s series follows the life of Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2000 year old druid, as he struggles to stay alive in a complex world full of living mythologies. Every pantheon of gods you can think of is represented in these books, but most notably the Irish Tuatha Dé Danann, who I have been fascinated by since I read The Hounds of the Morrigan for the first time.

Most importantly, however, this series has the best character ever to come out of a work of fiction. He is brilliant, witty, brave, and supremely loyal. I refer, of course, to Atticus’s dog, Oberon the Irish wolfhound.

The books are liberally scattered with geeky jokes, which will always delight me and make me feel validated, plus they do a nice job of recognising different cultures.

So, if you’re looking for an excellent fantasy series that’s not too ‘high fantasy’, that will make you laugh and cry, and create the effect of having a book superglued to your hand, I can’t recommend Hounded enough as a starting point.

I gave it as a Christmas and birthday present three times in two months.

Books read 12/3/2014-12/3/2015

Snuff by Terry Pratchett*
Persuasion by Jane Austen*
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett*
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie*
Terrier by Tamora Pierce
Animorphs: The Invasion by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Visitor by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Encounter by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Message by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Predator by K A Applegate
For the Win by Cory Doctorow*
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett*
Animorphs: The Capture by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Stranger by K A Applegate
Animorphs: The Alien by K A Applegate
Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J K Rowling
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Avengers Prime: Volume One by Brian Michael Bendis and Alan Davis*
I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
A Dance with Dragons I: Dreams and Dust by George R R Martin*
Catacombs by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough*
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan*
Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga by Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns*
Pawn by Aimée Carter*
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen*
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan*
A Dance With Dragons Part 2: After the Feast by George R R Martin*
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan*
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan*
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan*
Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Hounded by Kevin Hearne*
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Shirley by Charlotte Brontë*
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Hexed by Kevin Hearne*
Hammered by Kevin Hearne*
Tricked by Kevin Hearne*
The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes by Gareth Rubin*
Bridget Jones’s Diary: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding*
United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid*
Trapped by Kevin Hearne*
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë*
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
Sourcery by Terry Pratchett
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Perseus Spur by Julian May
Hunted by Kevin Hearne*
Sisters by Barbara Mortimer*
The Martian by Andy Weir*
Orion Arm by Julian May
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch*
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë*
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
The Magic in the Weaving by Tamora Pierce
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen*
Sagittarius Whorl by Julian May
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris*
The Power in the Storm by Tamora Pierce
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch*
Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch*
Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch*
The Fire in the Forging by Tamora Pierce
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett*
Feed by Mira Grant
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch*
Deadline by Mira Grant
Blackout by Mira Grant
Countdown by Mira Grant
San Diego 2014: The last stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea by Mira Grant*
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant*
Parasite by Mira Grant*
Symbiont by Mira Grant*
Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch*
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
The Healing in the Vine by Tamora Pierce
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris
Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris
An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris
Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris*
A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris*
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris*
The Julius House by Charlaine Harris*
Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris*

*50 books read for the first time

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