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Total Number of Books Read in 2005: 402

Best hardcovers released in 2005:
Just Like That by Marsha Qualey
A Room on Lorelai Street by Mary E. Pearson
Upstream by Melissa Lion
Light Years by Tammar Stein
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Poison by Chris Wooding
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Best paperbacks released in 2005:
Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
The Alison Rules by Catherine Clark
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Swollen by Melissa Lion

Most promising debuts:
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
Light Years by Tammar Stein
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Mermaid Park by Beth Mayall

Best second and third releases:
Upstream by Melissa Lion
Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
Amazing Grace by Megan Shull
Stealing Henry by Carolyn McCullough

Best backlist titles read in 2005: My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Beyond Civilization by Daniel Quinn
Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg
Liner Notes by Emily Franklin
Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman

Best hardcover picture books released in 2005:
Fox Makes Friends by Adam Relf
Clara and Asha by Eric Rothmann

Best illustrations of 2005:
Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi (written by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black)
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg illustrated by David Christiana (written by Gail Carson Levine)

Best children's series completed:
OutCast by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski
- The first two books in this quartet, The Un-Magician and Dragon Secrets, were released in 2004; the final books, Book 3: Ghostfire and Book 4: Wurm War, were released in 2005.

Best mystery series completed:
Body of Evidence by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala
- This series started with Body Bags in 1999; the tenth book, Throat Culture, was released in 2005. I still hope more come out in this series.

Best fantasy series continued:
The Menagerie by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski
- The first book in this series, The Nimble Man, was released in 2004; the second book, Tears of the Furies, was released in 2005; the third book will hit shelves in the fall of 2006.
The Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld
- The first book in this trilogy, Secret Hour, was released in 2004; the second book, Touching Darkness, was released in 2005; the final book, Blue Noon, will hit shelves in March 2006.
Ghosts of Albion by Christopher Golden and Amber Benson
- Accursed, the first full-length Ghosts of Albion novel, was released in 2005; the next book, Witchery, will hit shelves in the fall of 2006.
Young Wizards by Diane Duane
- The first book in this series, So You Want to Be a Wizard, was released twenty years ago; the newest title, Wizards at War, was released in 2005.


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