Books read in June 2011

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The Struggle – L.J. Smith
Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
The Fury – L.J. Smith
The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
A Thousand Acres – Jane Smiley
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Amy Bender
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
Swamplandia! – Karen Russel
Hairstyles of the Damned – Joe Meno
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
Assassination Vacation – Sarah Vowell
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Ever Seen – Christopher McDougall
A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin
Once a Runner – John Parker, Jr.

Total: 16 (some jump, eh?)

Favorite (tie): The Blind Assassin and A Thousand Acres
These two books were very different, but at their cores, they both strike at the idea of sisterhood in an insightful way. I like both Atwood’s and Smiley’s writing styles and found their novels compelling.

Least favorite: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I wanted very badly to like this book, but I just…didn’t. I didn’t think most of the additions were clever or provocative enough to warrant the sorts of praise I’ve heard heaped upon this mash-up.