Monday, October 18, 2010

Tormented by Sequels

One of the things I have learned from this blogging experience: it is almost ridiculously difficult to blog about sequels.

The other day, I finished Torment, the sequel to Lauren Kate's Fallen. I am not even sure which characters I should mention, because I don't want to spoil anything for those who have not yet finished (or even started) Fallen! So, a generic reaction: I liked Torment better than Fallen, but it dragged at the end. As with so many YA series, this probably could have been condensed to half the length and still been just as good. I find this very frustrating! But my students' love it, so maybe that's just my life experience coming into play. Who knows?

I'm now reading Need by Carrie Jones. Weird, creepy, and good--so far!

Just for kicks, here are my 2010 reads-to-date:

  1. Notes from the Midnight Driver
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  3. Beautiful Creatures
  4. Ballad
  5. Her Fearful Symmetry
  6. Going Bovine
  7. The Lightning Theif
  8. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  9. Nurtureshock
  10. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
  11. Marcelo in the Real World
  12. The Lost Symbol
  13. Murder Takes the Cake
  14. Cador
  15. The Hollow
  16. The Adoration of JEnna Fox
  17. Whose Body
  18. The Great Gatsby
  19. Unwind
  20. An Expert in Murder
  21. Wondrous Strange
  22. Darklight
  23. The Chosen One
  24. Food Rules
  25. Little Brother
  26. Stopping Time
  27. The Hole We're In
  28. Garden Spells
  29. Henry's Sisters
  30. Tales from Outer Suburbia
  31. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
  32. Rubber Houses
  33. Angelology
  34. If I Stay
  35. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  36. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
  37. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
  38. Three Witches
  39. The Solitude of Prime Numbers
  40. Fallen
  41. Dead in the Family
  42. Night
  43. Tinkers
  44. The Lace Reader
  45. Spooky Little Girl
  46. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
  47. What Was Lost
  48. Little Bee
  49. Hush, Hush
  50. Teach Like a Champion
  51. Heroes
  52. The Map of True Places
  53. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
  54. The Sugar Queen
  55. Mockingjay
  56. Holding onto Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones
  57. Liar
  58. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Tenth Grade
  59. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eleventh Grade
  60. Beautiful Lies
  61. Later, at the Bar...
  62. Sharp Teeth
  63. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Twelfth Grade
  64. The GRITS Guide to Life
  65. The World's Shortest Stories
  66. The Haunted
  67. The Penelopeiad
  68. Torment
My goal is to hit 100 books by the end of the year. I'd better get reading!

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