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I know what I like, and I'm not afraid to fangirl all over it.

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Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide, #2)
Douglas Adams
The Castle of Otranto
Horace Walpole
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis
The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver
E. Lockhart
Seeing Redd
Frank Beddor
The Last Olympian
Rick Riordan
Blood Promise
Richelle Mead
Shiver
Maggie Stiefvater
The Summer I Became a Nerd - Leah Rae Miller Extremely enjoyable fun read. There were a few great laugh out loud moments and the romance was cute. This is a perfect summer read and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something nerdy and whimsical.
Only Human - Gareth Roberts Maybe 3.5 stars since I'm in a good mood.

It was a very interesting idea, but I found myself having to put the book down to have a break from my building boredom with the story. Something about the novel's premise just did not captivate me as it should have.

I am disappointed that the complex characters of the Ninth Doctor and Rose were not handled as well as I would have hoped, with no character development at all. While I understand that they are fully "developed" characters already, it is still true that everyone learns something from their adventures.

I think that if it had not been for the Doctor Who element, I would not have continued reading past the 40% mark, but I'm glad I did as it was wrapped up nicely in the end.

Overall, I would say that the main thing missing from this is a love for the subject matter; without that passion for Doctor Who from the author, the characters fall flat and the story just never gets off the ground at all.
Envy - Anna Godbersen This series is just so amazing!

I must say, I did not see that ending coming. It was difficult to not immediately start the next one after reading that!
Leviathan  - Scott Westerfeld It's nice to read a book that is original, and Scott Westerfeld has done it again. I would even go so far as to say that this series looks to be even more promising than his Uglies series.

I will admit, I at first had my reservations about Deryn's storyline, as the 'girl dresses as boy to get into army' thing has been done so many times before, but I soon warmed to it. What redeemed this story, in my eyes, is that she is not a typical female character: she doesn't whine about the men being unfair to her (or treating her the same as everyone else); and she doesn't go all angst-y about whether or not to tell everybody (this only pops up a couple of times, and not for long).

In the end, I got so into the novel that I was practically screaming at it when Deryn decided to capture Alek, and so I believe that a book so able to draw me in well deserves its five stars.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling The short stories are so beautifully written, and really echo the kinds of tales told to children in real life. The baddies always get beaten, and the good people win.

If only real life were so magical.
Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift Simply amazing.

Once you realise that it is not simply about a man travelling to strange exotic places, but is instead an incredible satire on the social and political issues of the time when it was written. Of the many satirized things, it includes the monstrosity of man, scientific discovery, and philosophical debates about man's humanity.

Truly brilliant on every level, and certainly not just a silly book for children.