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Wow, this is so depressing. I initially thought I read more than the miserable number of books below – but a list is a list is a list (see previous years’: 2007, 2008).

What could be worse, is that I actually found more enjoyment with the re-reads than I did the new books. I get easily amused by the wolfish Nighteyes’ witty (and painfully honest) comebacks, and unabashedly weep with dear Fitz at the trials and tribulations that he has to go through. I imagine living in a world like Deckard’s, leap years ahead that of ours, where the sun had burned itself out and night comes to light in bursts of pulsing neon, courtesy of the leagues of gigantic billboards (if this seems uncannily similar to Ridley Scott’s version, I wonder why).

I am doing a Robin Hobb marathon – or more specfically, trying to (re-)read them chronologically this time. I have finished The Farseer Trilogy, just started with The Liveship Traders books, and will, fingers crossed, conclude the run with The Tawny Man series next year (hah!).

I should also point out that I do not want to spend close to an hour in a queue just to enter a books warehouse sale, ever again. Hmph.

Read:
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?*, Philip K. Dick
Blink, Malcolm Gladwell
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Black Swan Green, David Mitchell
After Dark, Haruki Murakami
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

The Farseer Trilogy*, Robin Hobb
Assassin’s Apprentice
Royal Assassin
Assassin’s Quest

*re-reads

Currently reading:
Ship of Magic, Robin Hobb (from The Liveship Traders Trilogy)

Tried to read this, but…:
Rant, Chuck Palahniuk
White Teeth, Zadie Smith

Warehouse sales attended:
Big Bad Wolf, 16 May 2009
Penguin/Pearson, 4 October 2009
Big Bad Wolf, 27 November 2009

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