I didn't forget about this. It's just that putting together these lists takes an inordinate amount of time. So, instead of fitting all the rest of the lists into this post, I'm just going to give you what we have so far. Wouldn't want you to lose interest. Besides, you may have already read everything on Part One!
Jessica at Lake Forest Park
Jessica has great taste. I remember saying this last year too. Her list this year only confirms it. I LOVE Kavalier and Clay and I can't wait to try a few of these others.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Relish by Lucy Knisley
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
Lish at Lake Forest Park
Lish has got some great little blurbs for why the books on her list rock. And she is so right about Hyperbole and a Half.
1. Saga (1 and 2) by Brian K. Vaughn - This graphic novel has been one of my vary favorite things this year. The problem with graphic novels is that sometimes I like the story and not the art or vice versa, but in this case, I'm all over both. And just a head's up--it definitely puts the *graphic* in graphic.
2. Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore - How did I miss this author? Humor, adventure, fantasy, horror, all rolled into one. Definitely right up my alley. I loved it so much I went back and read everything she's ever written. So much fun.
3. Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson - There's a reason this book has sold so well. She makes me laugh so hard I choke on my own spit. Which leads me to...
4. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh - This is a book I recommend to fans of Jenny Lawson (AKA the Bloggess) and vice versa. I've long been a fan of the website and I was thrilled to see this book come out. Again, she made me laugh so hard I choke on my own spit, which, I might add, is really, really attractive.
5. Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez - Another graphic novel series I got into. Again, this one is pretty graphic. And creepy. And awesome.
6. Shades of Milk and Honey Mary Robinette Kowal- it's like Jane Austen, but with magic. I finally read Pride and Prejudice this year (and I loved that, too) and this was a wonderful one to follow up with.
7. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead- The title sounds more like a series title, and the cover looks pretty bland, but I really got into this one. I'm excited for the follow up. I lost a lot of sleep reading this book.
8. Hounded by Kevin Hearne - Usually I don't go for the "if your a fan of ___" blurbs, but this book said "If you're a fan of Jim Butcher" and they were actually peg on. Lots of humor, mythology and action...and an excellent dog named Oberon.
9. Written in Blood by Anne Bishop - This is the first book I've read by Bishop, and I loved it. It didn't seem to get much attention, but I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel.
10. Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers - Assasin nuns sired by death himself. You're welcome.
11. Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo- high vocab, great story, superhero poet squirrel. That is not a typo. Superhero. Poet. Squirrel.
12. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Young Adult about kids that are naturals at profiling and similar skills being trained by the FBI to hunt serial killers. I read this in one night.
I'm stopping there. So many good books this year, I could just keep going...
Michael at Ravenna
Michael is Team Captain at Ravenna. We love him. And we love his reading taste. You will too.
All of It by James Salter
The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell
Benediction by Kent Haruf
The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg
The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt
The Gods of Guiltz by Michael Connelly
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly
Monument Road by Charlie Quimby
Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Jane at Lake Forest Park
Goldfinch. Again!??! I swear I did not put Jane up to adding it to her list. I don't have that kind of power.
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2. Frances and Bernard by Caroline Bauer
3. Havisham by Ronald Frame
4. Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
5. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
6. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
7. Let Him Go by Larry Watson
8. Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
9. The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
10. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
Tess at Lake Forest Park
Tess could not be more right about Fangirl. It's really, really good. In fact, I can't wait to finish writing this so I can get back to reading it.
1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
2. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (ill. by Oliver Jeffers)
3. Journey by Aaron Becker
4. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
5. Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
6. Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner
7. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
8. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
9. The Egypt Game by Zylpha Keatley Snyder
10. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Katherine at Ravenna
Katherine refused to put The Goldfinch on her list because she knew that I was putting in on mine twice. So, her list really has eleven books on it, and one of those books is The Goldfinch.
How Should A Person Be by Sheila Heti
Letters to Monica by Philip Larkin
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Civilwarland in Bad Decline by George Saunders
Stoner by John Williams
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Speedboat by Renata Adler
Gilgi by Irmgard Keun
Stan at Lake Forest Park
The titles of the first three books on Stan's list read together sound like a really awesome movie, or a super cool new band. Stan should write the movie, or form the band. That would be rad.
Bad Monkey by Carl Hiassen
Big Money by P.G. Wodehouse
Dead Lions by Mick Herron
Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
You and Me by Padgett Powell