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Jan. 7th, 2010

Let's hope this is the last list of 2009.

Anyway, here it is for posterity, my list of books read in 2009:


  Title Author Format Recommend? Notes
1 James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl Audio Highly read by Jeremy Irons (great reading)
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney Audio Mildly read by Ramon de Ocampo
3 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Steig Larsson Book Highly  
4 A Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame Audio Yes read by Jim Weiss
5 Me of Little Faith Lewis Black Book Yes partly read in 2008
6 Society without God Phil Zuckerman Book Yes  
7 Dream Park Larry Niven & Stephen Barnes Book Yes  
8 The Strain Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan Book Yes  
9 Peter Pan J.M. Barrie Audio Yes read by Donada Peters
10 The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death Charlie Huston Book Highly  
11 Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges Book Yes  
12 Matilda Roald Dahl Audio Highly read by Ron Keith
13 The First Quarry Max Allan Collins Book Yes  
14 The Giver Lois Lowry Audio Highly read by Ron Rifkin
15 Fool Christopher Moore Book No  
16 Donkey Gospel Tony Hoagland Book Highly poetry
17 My Name is Will Jess Winfield Book Mildly  
18 The Glister John Burnside Book Highly  
19 God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian Kurt Vonnegut Book Yes  
20 Late Wife Claudia Emerson Book Highly poetry
21 Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned Wells Tower Book Highly short stories
22 Gathering Blue Lois Lowry Audio Yes read by Katherine Borowitz
23 Only You Can Save Mankind Terry Pratchett Book Yes  
24 Under the Black Ensign L. Ron Hubbard Audio Mildly read by a full cast
25 Darkness in Saint Louis: Bearheart (aka Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles) Gerald Vizenor Book With caution  
26 Messenger Lois Lowry Audio Mildly read by David Morse
27 Hunt at the Well of Eternity Gabriel Hunt (i.e., James Reasoner) Book Yes  
28 An Evil Guest Gene Wolfe Book Mildly  
29 The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 2) Rick Riordan Audio Yes read by Jesse Bernstein
30 Once a Runner John L. Parker Jr. Book Highly  
31 Beat the Reaper Josh Bazell Book Highly  
32 Smonk Tom Franklin Book Highly  
33 The Nymphos of Rocky Flats Mario Acevedo Book Yes  
34 The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 3) Rick Riordan Audio Yes read by Jesse Bernstein
35 Money Shot Christa Faust Book Yes  
36 The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 4) Rick Riordan Audio Yes read by Jesse Bernstein
37 Four and Twenty Blackbirds Cherie Priest Book Yes  
38 The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson Book Yes  
39 The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book 5) Rick Riordan Audio Highly read by Jesse Bernstein
40 Vanilla Ride Joe R. Lansdale Book Yes  
41 B is for Beer Tom Robbins Book Yes  
42 Lamentation Ken Scholes Book Highly  
43 The Post-American World Fareed Zakaria Audio Highly read by the author
44 The Magicians Lev Grossman Book Highly  
45 Hater David Moody Book Yes  
46 Junior Ray John Pritchard Book Yes  
47 Murder on the Leviathan Boris Akunin Audio Mildly read by Michael Kramer
48 First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process Robert D. Richardson Book Highly  
49 A Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Newton Peck Audio Yes read by Lincoln Hoppe
50 If on a Winter's Night a Traveler Italo Calvino Book Highly  
51 Level 26: Dark Origins Anthony E. Zuiker Book No  
52 Magyk (Septimus Heap #1) Angie Sage Audio Yes read by Allan Corduner


And also, a much smaller list, the graphic novels I read in 2009:

  Title Author Recommend?
1 Marvel Zombies 2 Robert Kirkman Yes
2 White Tiger Tamora Pierce Yes
3 All-Star Superman Vol. 1 Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely Highly
4 All-Star Superman Vol. 2 Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely Highly
5 Rex Libris: I, Librarian James Turner Highly
6 Batman: The Black Glove Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely Mildly
7 Saga of the Swamp Thing Alan Moore Highly
8 Fray Joss Whedon Yes
9 Batman: R.I.P. Grant Morrison Yes
10 Louis Riel Chester Brown Mildly
11 Superman: Shadows Linger Kurt Busiek Mildly
12 World War Hulk Greg Pak Mildly

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