I think I need to spend less time online. Oh... maybe I'd better keep these comments fairly short.
Anyway - here goes
23 Neil Gaiman (two graphic novels count as one), The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes; The Sandman The Dollshouse
I've read almost everything else by Neil Gaiman, but somehow had managed not to read any of The Sandman! They are terrific, though at times rather disturbing. I understand that they build, and that the complexity increases as you work your way through the series. I need to go downtown and buy #3 and 4 (and 5 and 6...)
24 Frances Hardinge, Fly By Night. I didn't find this anywhere near as compelling as Gullstruck Island, but I did enjoy it. It reminded me quite a bit of Joan Aiken, but missing a strong central character to relate to.
25 Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Ms Hempel Chronicles
Lit fic, a collection of stories that more or less adds up to a novel about a middle-school teacher. Very acutely observed and at times amusing, but ultimately rather sad and depressing. Perhaps I identified too much with Ms Hempel.
26 Susan Cooper, King of Shadows
For some reason I've been deliberately not reading this for some time, perhaps because I thought I'd read too many things that involved the central conceit which is outsider person finds him or herself acting in play with William Shakespeare's company. But I should have known better. It's wonderful. I'm not sure I quite "got" how the time travel worked, but it made a certain kind of sense, and I loved the details about acting. Very moving overall.
27 Geraldine McCaughrean, The Death Defying Pepper Roux. A romp, but a romp with substance. A boy is told that he's going to die on his fourteenth birthday, and he runs away in order to escape his fate. Picaresque, madcap adventure, but with ideas about the way we see, or don't see, the people around us, about relationships, about faith, about life, really. Can McCaughrean write a bad book?