Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Books Read in 2009

When I changed my blog layout over the summer, one of the things I added was a continually updating list of all the books I read during the year. I meant to post about it, but never quite got around to it. I am a voracious reader--I have been as long as I can remember. In 2008, I started keeping track of all of the books I read because I was curious about how many I read in a year. I enjoyed having the list since I tend to be on the forgetful side and sometimes forget what I've read, so I continued it in 2009. I read 56 books in 2008 and 78 in 2009. (Those numbers don't include comics--unless the comics were bound into a book--and it doesn't include crafty or cook books.) I don't know the reason for the huge difference in numbers--I guess we will see what this year brings.

Here's the final list for last year:

1. Man Plus - Frederik Pohl
2. Not With a Bang - Chapman Pincher
3. Childhood’s End - Arthur C. Clarke
4. The Space Merchants - Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth
5. The Second Trip - Robert Silverberg
6. The Margarets - Sheri S. Tepper
7. The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler
8. The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
9. He, She and It - Marge Piercy
10. Masters of Everon - Gordon R. Dickson
11. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
12. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
13. The Infinity Box - Kate Wilhelm
14. Solar Lottery - Philip K. Dick
15. The Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke
16. Sardonicus - Ray Russell
17. We Who Are About To... - Joanna Russ
18. Redwall - Brian Jacques
19. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
20. View From Another Shore - Franz Rottensteiner (ed.)
21. Batman: Year One - Frank Miller
22. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller
23. The Crucible of Time - John Brunner
24. Monument - Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
25. Imperial Earth - Arthur C. Clarke
26. Now You See It... - Richard Matheson
27. City of Illusions - Ursula K. LeGuin
28. Enchantress From the Stars - Sylvia Engdahl
29. Downward to the Earth - Robert Silverberg
30. Highway of Eternity - Clifford D. Simak
31. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells (audio)
32. Always Coming Home - Ursula K. LeGuin
33. Years of the City - Frederik Pohl
34. Matilda - Roald Dahl
35. Shock III - RIchard Matheson
36. The Peace War - Vernor Vinge
37. The Eyes of Heisenberg - Frank Herbert
38. Looking Backward From the Year 2000 - Mack Reynolds
39. Stress Pattern - Neal Barrett Jr.
40. Two Views of Wonder - Thomas N. Scortia and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (ed.)
41. Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
42. Island in the Sea of Time - S.M. Stirling
43. Planet of Exile - Ursula K. LeGuin
44. Devil in a Blue Dress - Walter Mosley
45. Those Who Watch - Robert Silverberg
46. The Santaroga Barrier - Frank Herbert
47. Spaceling - Doris Piserchia
48. Truckers - Terry Pratchett
49. Diggers - Terry Pratchett
50. Wings - Terry Pratchett
51. Woe Is I - Patricia T. O’Conner
52. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Master’s Choice - Alfred Hitchcock (ed.)
53. Five Children and It - E. Nesbit
54. He Is Legend - Christopher Conlon (ed.)
55. Tor Double #4 (Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo - John Varley and The Star Pit - Samuel R. Delany)
56. The Stars, Like Dust - Isaac Asimov
57. The Currrents of Space - Isaac Asimov
58. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
59. The Infinitive of Go - John Brunner
60. Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
61. Through Darkest America - Neal Barret, Jr.
62. In Deep - Damon Knight
63. Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
64. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture - Ariel Levy
65. A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
66. The Life of Pi - Yann Martel
67. Riddley Walker - Russel Hoban
68. Seven-Day Magic - Edward Eager
69. Reach For Tomorrow - Arthur C. Clarke
70. The Stainless Steel Rat - Harry Harrison
71. The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge - Harry Harrison
72. The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World - Harry Harrison
73. The Girl Who Owned a City - O.T. Nelson
74. King’s Blood Four - Sheri S. Tepper
75. Necromancer Nine - Sheri S. Tepper
76. Wizard’s Eleven - Sheri S. Tepper
77. The Sheep Look Up - John Brunner
78. Under the Dome - Stephen King

If anyone would like to discuss books with me or suggest any that they think I might like, I would love that. Really--please do. I would also like to take this opportunity to say that I sometimes read books because of their badness (I like bad movies too.) so please don't assume that I think the books I read are all good. Sometimes the absolute horribleness of a book makes it incredibly entertaining. At least to me.

3 comments:

Cozy said...

I enjoyed your list. I have read 12,19 and 66. I have also read some of the other authors you listed but not the books you read. I keep meaning to make my own lists and I start and then forget to record the books or have my notes and lists on bits of paper that never seem to get all in one place.
I am known to read anything and everything and my tastes are all over the place. One of the authors I find very funny in a sick way is Tim Dorsey. He writes a series based in Florida about a guy named Serge. They are sick and touching at the same time and make me laugh.

HomeMadeOriginals said...

That's an impressive list. I won't post mine because it would be rather short. Between working full time and my Etsy shop and blog, I don't get much book reading time. However, I recently read Better by Dr. Atul Gawande and really enjoyed it. I've now got his new book The Checklist Manifesto.

Liz said...

I keep my list on the computer because otherwise I would lose it too. :) It's fun to be able to look back and see what I read last year. I'm lucky that I read fairly fast which really helps me plow through the books.

Thanks to both of you for reading and commenting--I will definitely look into the books you mentioned.