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90) Julian Comstock, Robert Charles Wilson

Near-future (late 22nd century), but reads to me like alternate history. Society as we know it has collapsed -- the oil ran out, there was disease, etc. In the aftermath, the US apparently took over Canada, and conservative religion pretty much took over the government. The Presidency is semi-hereditary, term limits are a thing of the past, and technology is mostly gone. This is the story of a young man from the current ruling family, told by his commoner friend, as he tries to survive and subvert his uncle's reign. It's long, and I ended up taking a break from it a couple of times to read other works, but it's well-told. It was up for the Hugo in 2010.

91) Mansfield Park, Jane Austen, via LibriVox

It's Jane Austen. There's family drama, class contrasts, and romance. Since I hadn't read it before, I will refrain from spoilery summaries in case you haven't either. As I was approaching the end, I wondered how all those loose ends were going to get wrapped up; they did.

92) Blue Christmas, Mary Kay Andrews

Technically a novella, according to the afterword, but I'm counting it anyway. It's over 200 pages and has chapters. It's a Christmas tale following Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze, but no one dies in this one. There's a bit of a mystery, but mostly it's just another chapter in the lives of the characters from the two novels. If you like light Southern mysteries, you';; probably like the novels; if you like them, you'll probably enjoy this, too.
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I'm so behind on book logging...

?.60) Esther
?.61) Ezra (for real)
?.62) Nehemiah
?.63) Malachi

All I have left are the ends of Job, Revelation, and Psalms.

I realized I mostly haven't noted the audiobooks I listened to at home while cleaning, etc.; these will be in the order I come to them scrolling down my LibraryThing list, not the order read. It's possible one or two were actually from late last year, but mostly this year; it's also possible I skipped over some I think were last year which were actually this year, so it should balance out.

76) City of Bones, Michael Connelly

It's a police procedural. Entertaining enough, not a series I'm going to go devour.

77) Lost Light, Michael Connelly

Same series as the previous, but not the main character is retired, so he's playing by slightly different rules.

78) Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

What Christianity means to Lewis. Mostly, I agree with his view, though there are places I'd quibble, and places where his cultural context shows.

79) Possible Side Effects, Augusten Burroughs

If you like David Sedaris, you'll probably like this.

80) The March, E.L. Doctorow

Civil War, particularly Sherman's March returning north. Maybe the first novel I've read from the Yankee POV -- not that I've read a lot of Civil War novels.

81) Act of Treason, Vince Flynn

Spy / suspense novel.

82) The Summons, John Grisham

Tried to read Grisham years ago, and bounced off. This wasn't bad. Southern family / legal drama.

83) Salem's Lot, Stephen King

Vampires. No sparkling.

84) The God of Animals, Aryn Kyle

Family drama

85) Light in Shadow, Jayne Ann Krentz

A psychometric interior designer, a couple of murders to solve, and a romance plot.

86) Ten Big Ones, Janet Evanovich

A Stephanie Plum novel. They are what they are, I guess; this was my first one.

87) Lisey's Story, Stephen King

Interesting parallel-reality novel of a widow being stalked by a crazed fan or her late husband.

88) The Colorado Kid, Stephen King

More a novella-length work, I think. Two old newspapermen filling the young intern in on the real local mystery.

89) The Ghost, Robert Harris

Political suspense / crime

I think that's all...
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?.56) 1 John
?.57) 2 John
?.58) Zechariah
?.59) 3 John

4 more OT books, plus the remainders of Ezra and Psalms; the only NT book left is the Revelation.

75) The Kingdom of the Gods, by N.K. Jemisin

The conclusion to the trilogy that begins with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. As with book two, this was not the book I expected -- she has a way of surprising me! The character I expected it to be about is in the book, though; that story does get told. Because it's the end of a trilogy, I don't want to say too much for fear of spoilers. It ties the story up nicely; there's potentially room for a follow-on, but it's not necessary, and I'm not even sure whether or not it would be a good idea.
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?.53) Daniel
?.54) John
?.55) Haggai
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74) A Dance with Dragons, via Audible

Martin does what he does. While this is the same reader as three of the previous four books, he bugged me a lot more in this one than I recall he doing in the past. Little to no verbal distinction betweens what a character though and what a character said, some characters voices were horrid, he pronunciation of "Unsullied" sounds like "Unsolid", "loyal" turned into "leel", and I need to flip through a printed copy to figure out what he was actually saying in a couple of places -- I'm fairly sure he didn't call "Abel the bard" a panda....
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73) Aphrodite's Kiss, by Julie Kenner

Light paranormal romance. If that's not your usual cup of tea, there are others with more crossover appeal; I picked up this series because I have enjoyed her other works, like the Demon Hunting Soccer Mom books. I didn't dislike this at all -- it was a delightful break from some heavier reading -- but it didn't really stand out, either.
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?.50) Jeremiah
?.51) 2 Peter
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?.48) Obadiah
?.49) 1 Peter
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?.45) 2 Kings
?.46) 2 Chronicles
?.47) Lamentations
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Neglected to update a few:

?.42) Zephaniah
?.43) 2 Corinthians
?.44) James

Fiction-wise, I'm in the midst of a few longer books, thus no updates.
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72) Startide Rising, by David Brin, via Audible

Part of my ongoing "read the Hugo winners" project. It was OK, but I didn't love it. Might've worked a little better in print; I think some of the names that were a little too similar in audio may have been spelled differently enough to be less confusing.
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?.41) Habakkuk

And one I accidentally left off the previous post:

71) Beguilement (The Sharing Knife, v1), by Lois McMaster Bujold (ebook)

I enjoyed it. It held my attention. And yet, thinking back, not much actually _happened_. There was one big fight and one major life event, but clearly this is the beginning of the larger tale; it doesn't have an overall plot and resolution of it's own. The age difference between the male and female leads would squick me in real life, but I accept more in fiction, so it didn't bother me so much. I'll most likely keep going with the series, but I haven't picked up the next one yet. Unlike print books, I don't worry much about ebooks going out of print or becoming impossible to lay hands on, so I'm in less of a hurry, and I have a bit of a backlog I want to read from. (not too much, as I was not a big early adopter, but past Hugo packets and such.)
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70) [reread] A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeline L'Engle, on CD, read by the author

Found it on the used table at Readers, Inc. a while back, and I like to listen to audiobooks on CD while I do housework. It had been decades since I last read this; it was nice to revisit.

?.40) Nahum
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69) One Salt Sea, by [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire

Yay for Toby books! 5th in the series; if you haven't read them, start with Rosemary and Rue; I'll try not to be spoilery here.

I don't like plot-summary reviews, because they're always a little spoilery, so I'll just say that that was NOT how I expected the particular interpersonal situation to resolve. Gracious. Seanan, is your middle name Joss? :P
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68) Spellwright, by Blake Charlton

Didn't like this one as much as I'd expected; I just couldn't really get into it for some reason. Too much angst, maybe? I probably won't pick up the sequel.
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67) Cannery Row by John Steinbeck, via Audible

Every time I take the coastal route north, I feel like I should read some Steinbeck. I meant to listen to this on the way to and / or from Westercon, but forgot to load it on my ipod. It wasn't bad, but I prefer books with plot.
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