Books I read in 2000!

This is a list of the books I read in 2000, with a few of my thoughts on each.

Go here for the before-2000 list! Go here for 2001's list!
Go here for the jump-off point of all the years I've been recording my reading list, separated by year!

12/29/00 Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window
If only Aunt Josephine had been afraid of Count Olaf like she was afraid of doorknobs.
12/23/00 Lemony Snicket
A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room
Well, look at it this way. At least Uncle Monty doesn't have to worry about finding a new assistant now.
12/18/00 Dorothy Morrison
Great book on the lore, recipes, and rituals of this time of year.
12/15/00 Francesca Lia Block
The Rose and the Beast
Retold fairy tales from Block's magically modern point of view.
12/5/00 Rebecca Wells
Little Altars Everywhere
Not as good as Divine Secrets, but worth reading if you liked its characters.
? Ravi Zacharias
Jesus Among Other Gods
I wanted to see what sort of arguments a Christian makes against any other religion. Turns out the author holds every other religion to very strict judging points, but makes excuses for Christianity when it falls short on the same points. (Example: Criticizes other religions for lack of cohesiveness, but totally ignores the fact that Christianity is the most fragmented of them all.)
11/27/00 Rebecca Wells
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Excellent book about women, families, special friendships, and Louisiana.
11/22/00 Rodman Philbrick
Freak the Mighty
This book was really damn good. I wish more authors would take the effort to make their children's books this easy to read; maybe then fewer kids would bitch about required reading.
11/11/00 Patricia Telesco
The Magick of Folk Wisdom
I kind of read this in bits now and then. Well-written book about folk magick and related subjects.
11/6/00 C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle
Last Narnia book. The ending was a bit surprising, but if you figured it out somewhere along there that this entire series was a Christian allegory, it wasn't much of a shock.
11/5/00 C.S. Lewis
The Silver Chair
My favorite Narnia book. Ooh, enchantment, and overcoming fears.
11/5/00 C.S. Lewis
The Dawn Treader
A rather humdrum ride on a ship.
11/5/00 C.S. Lewis
Prince Caspian
It's weird how these books skip around in time.
10/29/00 C.S. Lewis
The Horse and His Boy
This horse had personality, dammit!
10/29/00 C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The famous book; first written, but second chronologically. Not a bad book, deals with the redemption of a boy who's done wrong.
10/28/00 C.S. Lewis
The Magician's Nephew
Ooh, you get to see how the wardrobe that leads to Narnia came to be. I started reading this because it seemed ridiculous that I never had, and it was such a classic.
10/18/00 Neil Gaiman
Sandman III: Dream Country
Dream rescues his old lover Calliope. Then the cats revolt. And then Dream and Shakespeare consort again. And then some immortal chick learns how to die.
10/16/00 Cathy Cash Spellman
Bless the Child
Intriguing to read, I liked this because it was more in-depth than the movie could go, and answered questions it didn't. The story was quite different though.
10/15/00 Gerina Dunwich
The Pagan Book of Halloween
Did you know that Halloween's all about doing divination to find out who you're gonna marry? That's like half of this book. It was charmingly old-school, but not that helpful.
10/3/00 Neil Gaiman
Sandman II: The Doll's House
The story of Dream's love with Nada is told, and we're introduced to the "other" dream king, which is how Lyta Hall comes into the story, pregnant with Daniel, who has a surprising fate in store for him. Rose, who is a dream vortex of some kind, tells her story, and meets her "grandmother."
10/1/00 Ted L. Nancy
Letters from a Nut
Mr. Nancy spends a lot of time writing fucked up things to companies. Here they're displayed.
10/1/00 Neil Gaiman
Sandman I: Preludes and Nocturnes
The Sandman begins; a magician traps Dream of the Endless while trying to trap Death, and the world's dreams go awry. After he gets free, Dream travels around trying to get back his helmet and his ruby, and runs into lots of shit.
9/17/00 Dorothy Morrison
Everyday Magic
An EXCELLENT practical magic book for today!
9/17/00 Louis Sachar
The Boy Who Lost His Face
Not a very good book for such a good author, but enjoyable nonetheless. His others are better almost without exception.
9/10/00 Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
I'd never read it, so I picked it up of course. It's good to understand the references now.
9/8/00 J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The epic fourth Harry Potter book did not disappoint, though it did have that "let's explain everything that's happened" bit at the end, and ended up on a cliffhanger where evil has escaped into the world and there's not another book until three years later.
? 9/00 J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Had to read this to find out what was gonna happen to Harry in his third Hogwarts year. Those dementors are scary!
8/10/00 Francesca Lia Block
Um, a book of sex stories. I promise I only got it because I love the author and collect her work. I only have one question now. How the hell do you have sex with a mermaid???
7/30/00 Bertrand Russell
Why I Am Not a Christian
The title intrigued me, so I read it. Russell just makes so much sense, though if you're Christian your argument's based on faith, not on logic.
6/28/00 J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Jeaux gave me this, I had read the first Harry Potter while interning and wanted to see what was next.
6/27/00 Joan D. Vinge
I have no idea how many times I've read this. Sometimes I just have to pick up a book that I know isn't disappointing. In this third full volume of the Cat series, Cat finds answers to his Hydran bloodline.
6/20/00 Robert Silverberg, Karen Haber
The Mutant Prime
I got this and its prequel from the library because I like reading about unusual humans. This was a bit disappointing but it was all right, just too epic for my taste, at the expense of its characters.
6/6/00 Robert Silverberg, Karen Haber
The Mutant Season
I didn't much like it, but the concept intrigued me.
5/19/00 Joan D. Vinge
If I had to pick a favorite book, this would be the winner! I've re-read this I dunno how many times. It's just so perfectly written, wonderful dialogue, beautiful compelling and realistic character with enough quirk and interesting-ness to keep us reading. I love you Cat! I love you Ms. Vinge!
3/28/00 Claudia Mills
Losers Inc.
I just grabbed this while I was bored at my internship and waiting for my teacher to come back for an evaluation. This was well-written and had an interesting plot, very realistic for school-age kids.
3/21/00 J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The famous book that started it all; my fourth graders were reading it in reading group so I wanted to know what they were talking about. I think what makes Harry Potter so attractive to kids is that before he knew he was a wizard, he was just like them.
2/5/00 Eva Ibbotson
Which Witch?
Can't believe I re-read this, but I just felt like it.
1/29/00 Dave Pelzer
The Lost Boy
Continuing the story of the child who was called "It," in which he mostly lost my sympathy since he began to be responsible for the problems he had. Stopped reading the series after this.
1/11/00 Dave Pelzer
A Child Called "It"
I picked this up because I wanted to read a book that was published by HCI, 'cause I wanted editing work with them. The book was horrific in subject matter, lukewarm in writing talent, and has a typo on page 42. :)

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