TRL Archives – 2014

This list documents (chronicles?) the books I read. I put an X behind those that I recommend and a XX behind those that I highly recommend. Books with one X will likely only be popular with those who are fans of the genre, while XXs are those I’d recommend regardless of genre preference.

I’m not going to try to list all the books I’ve read before. I probably couldn’t come close to remembering them all. Maybe I’ll make note of them if they are related to the ones I list here –series, for instance.

Title and Author (date or approx. date starting the book)

129. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (21 Dec 2014) – XX
—–What would have been year seven at Hogwarts had Harry, Ron and Hermione gone back to school.
128. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (7 Dec 2014) – XX
———-Year six of wizard school and Snape has finally become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and the Half-Blood Prince helps Harry with his potions.
127. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (11 Nov 2014) – XX
———-Year five…two words: Delores Umbridge.
126. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (24 Oct 2014) – XX
———-Year four brings the Quidditch World Cup and the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Mad Eye Moody, and Fleur Delacour.
—–Read:  My review of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
125. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling (15 Oct 2014) – XX
———-Year three of wizard school for Harry who may be being hunted by an escaped lunatic, but the guards protecting the school may be worse than the lunatic.
—–Read:  My review of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
124. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling (9 Oct 2014) – XX
———-Harry returns for his 2nd year of wizard school and finds someone or something is petrifying students.
123. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (30 Sep 2014) – XX
———-Harry Potter never gets old. Just great story-telling set in a wonderful world.
122. Children of the Night by Dan Simmons (13 Sep 2014) – XX
—–An interesting take on vampire lore set in modern times with flashbacks that provide glimpses into the history of the real Dracula.
121. Storm Siren (Book One of the Storm Siren Trilogy) by Mary Weber (5 Sep 2014) – XX
—–A well-paced YA fantasy novel with a great blend of magic, melee, and romance…and a couple twists.
120. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede (13 Aug 2014) – X
—–A light-hearted, campy, tween fantasy that includes small references and jabs at traditional fairy tales.
119. Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King (30 June 2014) – XX
—–While some of the stories in this collection are definitely in the horror genre, a lot of them are not very spooky at all, and would serve as a good into for folks wanting to see a bit of Stephen King’s writing without the nightmares.
———-Read: My review of Nightmares & Dreamscapes
118. Rose Madder by Stephen King (15 June 2014) – XX
117. Misery by Stephen King (3 June 2014) – XX
116. Divergent by Veronica Roth (28 May 2014) – X
115. Chasing by JM Lee (17 May 2014)
114. When October Ends by JM Lee (5 May 2014)
113. This Crumbling Pageant (The Fury Triad, Volume I) by Patricia Burroughs (13 Apr 2014) – X
112. Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror edited by Laurie Lamson (5 Apr 2014)
111. Sky Raiders (Book I of the Five Kingdoms) by Brandon Mull (2 Apr 2014) – XX
110. unholy (The Haunted Lands, Book III) by Richard Lee Byers (22 Mar 2014) – X
—–A nicely wrapped up story…mostly.
109. undead (The Haunted Lands, Book II) by Richard Lee Byers (10 Mar 2014) – X
—–Ten years later and the war is still raging on.
———-Read: My review of undead
108. unclean (The Haunted Lands, Book I) by Richard Lee Byers (28 Feb 2014) – X
—–Byers’ writing style is difficult as first, but the story is pretty good
———-Read: My review of unclean
107. Dreamsongs: Volume II by George R. R. Martin (31 Jan 2014) – XX
—–some very good stories in this volume

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