Reading Update: Odd coincidence, just read The Magic Thief and Savvy, two top middle-grade novels, both fantasy, and both use this sort of off-putting style in places, of doubling words, like soggy boggy (Savvy) and black dark (Thief). It was most marked in Savvy and it took me a while to adjust to the style, but then I liked it. Read each in one day.
7. The Magic Thief, Sarah Prineas
6. Savvy, Ingrid Lawq
5. Coraline, Neil Gaiman
4-4.5 A Storm of Swords and A Feast for Crows, George RR Martin
2-3. A Game of Thrones, and A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin, epic fantasy.
1. Jennie, The Romantic Years, the first volume of an old biography of Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother, an American.
8-23 All 16 books in Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna series
1-7 Harry Potter, 1 through 7. Amazing how little I remembered of Deathly Hallows.