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Can I hear it for 116 books read in all of 2011? Heck to the yeah! For anyone caring to know, that totaled 31,574 pages.

Sadly, my TBR is really not really any smaller than when I started last year. That’s right, I have 272 books listed as “on my floor” as of today. On January 12, 2011 I had 272 books. Again, math fail. At least the number stayed the same instead of going up like last year!

This year I blame all those bookstore closings feeding my book addiction. I couldn’t help myself!

Let’s see what I can do in 2012 to remedy this crazy book thing.

I changed the way I did book reviews part way through the year. This is your chance to sound off. Just leave a comment about how you felt about my book blogging changes. Anything you’d like to see different? Anything you liked?

For the sole reason that Goodreads does this for me AND I think it’s super cool looking, here’s the covers for all 116 books I read last year (Scroll through for more book talk):

Lady Ozma’s 2011 book montage

The Christmas ShoesUndead and UnderminedFirespell (Dark Elite, #1)The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18)

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Flip this Zombie (Living with the Dead, #2)Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)Ghost Story (The Dresden Files,  #13)

Beauty QueensThe Zombie Night Before ChristmasBumped (Bumped, #1)Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells, #1)The Graveyard Book

Stork (Stork, #1)Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #4)Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal BallKitty Goes to War (Kitty Norville, #8)

Kitty's House of Horrors (Kitty Norville, #7)The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles, #2)A History of US: Book Two: Making Thirteen Colonies (1600-1740) (History of Us, 2)Kitty Raises Hell (Kitty Norville, #6)Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Kitty Norville, #5)

Serenity: Those Left Behind (Serenity, #1)The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville, #4)Tomb With a View (A Pepper Martin Mystery #6)Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville, #3)

Kitty Goes to Washington (Kitty Norville, #2)Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, #1)Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, Volume 1Bro on the GoFalling Skies

Grave Sight (Grave Sight Graphic Novel #1)Cowboys and AliensI, Q (Star Trek: The Next Generation)Gone (Gone, #1)The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, #7)

BeastlyThe Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)Desperate CupcakesShip Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)Nevermore (Nevermore, #1)

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Dead Man Talking (A Pepper Martin Mystery #5)Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Time Of Your Life (Season 8, Vol. 4)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate (Season 8, Vol. 3)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You (Season 8, Vol. 2)

Daniel X, Vol. 1 (Daniel X: The Manga, #1)Night of the Loving Dead (A Pepper Martin Mystery #4)Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8, Vol. 1)Miki Falls: Autumn (Miki Falls, #3)Miki Falls: Winter (Miki Falls, #4)

The Romanov ProphecyTombs of Endearment (A Pepper Martin Mystery #3)The Chick and the Dead (A Pepper Martin Mystery #2)Don of the Dead (A Pepper Martin Mystery #1)Outside In (Insider, #2)

Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17)Spy Glass (Glass, #3)Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore, #1)Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)Gone  (Dream Catcher, #3)

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, #1)Dramacon, Volume 1Dramacon, Volume 2 The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, #4)Revelations (Blue Bloods, #3)

Masquerade (Blue Bloods, #2)Angel (Maximum Ride, #7)Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)The Walking Dead, Vol. 14: No Way OutThe Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone

The Walking Dead, Vol. 9: Here We RemainThe Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among ThemThe Walking Dead, Vol. 10: What We BecomeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the HuntersThe Walking Dead, Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars

The Walking Dead, Vol. 7: The Calm BeforeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 4: The Heart's DesireThe Walking Dead, Vol. 5: The Best DefenseThe Walking Dead, Vol. 6: This Sorrowful LifeThe Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer

The Walking Dead, Vol. 2: Miles Behind UsThe Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone ByeBad to the Bone (WVMP Radio, #2)Vampire Knight, Vol. 2 (Vampire Knight, #2)Night School (Blood Coven, #5)

Vampire Knight, Vol. 1 (Vampire Knight, #1)Wicked Game (WVMP Radio, #1)Girls That Growl (Blood Coven, #3)Bad Blood (Blood Coven, #4)Stake That! (Blood Coven, #2)

Boys that Bite (Blood Coven, #1)River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)Soul Identity (Soul Identity, #1)Completely SmittenThoroughly KissedUtterly Charming

Absolutely, Positively (Lucy Valentine, #3)Don't Make Me Choose Between You and My Shoes (Domestic Equalizers Book 4)Deeply, Desperately (Lucy Valentine, #2)The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyFade (Dream Catcher, #2)

Sucker for Love (Dead End Dating, #5)Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)Just One Bite (Dead End Dating, #4)Your Coffin or Mine? (Dead End Dating, #3)The Turning (Blood Ties, #1)

Chill Factor (Weather Warden, #3)Heat Stroke (Weather Warden, #2)Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil (An Aunt Dimity Mystery, #6)Cat's Claw (Calliope Reaper-Jones, #2)Death's Daughter (Calliope Reaper-Jones, #1)

The longest book I read in 2011 was “The Way of Kings” by Brandon Sanderson. I read a bunch of interesting graphic novels. I read entire published series. I caught up on other series.I even joined a book club. I’ve missed my Ohio book club a lot. They were AWESOME.

Here’s a summary of what I didn’t get reviewed already:

“Forever in Blue” by Anne Brashares: This last installment of the Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants gave a nice full circle end to the saga of the miraculous pants. The writing was the same, the characters the same, yet it really just didn’t grab me as much as the others. Still, it’s a nice and light read.  Sometimes those are worth their weight in gold.

“Stork” by Wendy Delsol: I actually liked this book. It wasn’t quite what I expected and I wanted more information about the Stork society because I found the whole mythos interesting. Human storks? That’s just interesting. There was some Scandinavian ties with Norse mythology and that’s awesome. I like that sort of thing. I just don’t even know what to say without giving away too much of the story, which was captivating.

“Size 12 is Not Fat” by Meg Cabot: The title says it all. Amen. On to the story. Meg Cabot creates characters that I not only like, but that I can relate to in some way or another. This centers around a former teen popstar working a cruddy job and trying to make ends meet. That is just a fun character. Of course there is a smoking hot private eye love interest and college students falling down elevator shafts to spice things up. What’s not to love?

Ghost Story” by Jim Butcher: Harry Dresden is back! Only he’s dead. Creative, and it got him out of his element. It also meant that a lot of changes for Harry, like he couldn’t rely on Bob the Skull or flame spells. No magicked trenchcoat protection and no wizard’s staff. Definitely no mention of his kinetic energy bank bracelet. I like turning things on their heads. This did that. In a series as long as the Dresden, things can quickly go stale. Leave it to Butcher to laugh at this and prove he won’t let that happen. The mystery? Who killed Harry Dresden. No, I’m not spoiling it for you. Let’s just say it was pretty much exactly as I postulated following my reading of the previous book. If you want more, read the book and then talk to me. No spoilers here!

“Flip This Zombie” by Jesse Petersen: I dove right into this after reading “Married With Zombies“. It looks like the main characters have a stronger than ever marriage, but there’s still some weak links. We see how humanity takes to surviving the Zombie Apocalypse. Yes, it’s different than The Walking Dead.  That’s all right by me. I like them both for their differences. I liked the Super Zombie problem introduced and the creativity of the survivors to still dream of idyllic life somewhere.  Humans live for hope. And the laughs? They carried right through this book. Zombies + Comedy…really, the two do go hand in hand.

“Undead and Undermined” by MaryJanice Davidson: All hail Queen Betsy! I’m far more a Queen Betsy fan than a Bella Swan fan. OK, I’m also more a Sookie fan than a Bella fan. That’s a whole other topic. After the last Queen Betsy book, I was a little put off. Let’s just say it wasn’t my fave. It was dark, it was depressing, and it was just not what I’ve grown to love about Betsy. I liked the idea, but the end was just sad. This picked up where that left off. I felt a lot of “going around in circles” went on in this book, and it sure didn’t seem like a whole lot got accomplished toward the end goal we saw in the previous book. Namely: Stopping the end of the world as we know it. That was a bit of a let down. I don’t need books to have happy endings, but this leaving me hanging thing is just driving me nuts. I want to know what caused the Eternal Freeze and how they can stop it.  I was intrigued by the alternate time line. Ooops. Guess that time hopping messed things up! Which is good, what with the whole butterfly effect and all.  In the end, not my fave, but I still love Queen Betsy and team!

That leaves three books to review. They are a trilogy so I’ll give them their own post later this month.

Hope you enjoyed my book-talk! Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

–Lady O

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