Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Books Read 2009

In 2008, I kept a list of everything I'd read. My goal was to read 100 books, and I came pretty darn close to my goal... topping in at 99 books. This year, I figured I'd redouble my efforts. And, I did it! I can't believe it. Over a hundred books read this year. 111! Hurrah!

Once again, I read a whopping amount of vampire fiction, most of it geared for teens. I tried to keep current, but I did a lot of "catch-up" reading too, and discovered a few new authors that I really liked. Generally, when I discover a new series that I enjoy, I sit down and read everything I can find by that author. My favorite new authors, or at least, "new-to-me" authors were Brandon Sanderson and Libba Bray.

This upcoming year, I don't think I'll push myself so hard. I think I'll give myself permission to skip earlier books in a series too, instead of going back and trying to play catch-up so much.

With no further ado, here is the complete list for 2009:
1 Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss their Favorite Television Show - ed. Glenn Yeffeth

2 Curtains: A High School Musical Mystery - Michael Dahl
3 Night Road - A.M. Jenkins
4 Leaving the Saints - Martha Beck
5 Blue Bloods - Melissa de la Cruz
6 Storm Front: A Novel of the Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
7 Masquerade: A Blue Bloods Novel - Melissa de la Cruz
8 Ceramic Houses & Earth Architecture: How to Build Your Own - Nader Khalili
9 Earthbag Building: The Tools, Tricks and Techniques - Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer
10 Evernight - Claudia Gray
11 Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Novel - Richelle Mead
12 From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris

13 Great Monologues for Young Actors, Vol. 3 - Craig Slaight, Jack Sharrar
14 My First Scene Book: Acting Out, Acting Up, Acting Right - Kristen Dabrowski
15 Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City - Kirsten Miller
16 Revelations: A Blue Bloods Novel - Melissa de la Cruz

17 Boys Over Flowers v. 1 - Yoko Kamio
18 Boys Over Flowers v. 2 - Yoko Kamio
19 Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
20 The Chosen One - Carol Lynch Williams
21 The Other Woman - ed. Victoria Zackheim
22 Forever Lily - Beth Nonet Russell
23 Chance Fortune and the Outlaws - Shane Berryhill
24 We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes - Patrick Jennings
25 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic - Alison Bechdel
26 42 Miles - Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
27 Enemies and Allies - Kevin J. Anderson

28 Freak Show - James St. James
29 Decorating With Books - Marie Proeller Hueston
30 Unchosen: The Hidden Lives of Hasidic Rebels - Hella Winston
31 Dishes - Rich Wallace
32 Yam: Bite Size Chunks - Corey Barba
33 Disney's Kilala Princess v. 4 - Rika Tanaka, illus. Nao Kodaka
34 Lucky Breaks - Susan Patron
35 Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
36 Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians - Brandon Sanderson
37 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home - Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty
38 The Loners: The Secret Lives of Superheroes - Cebulski and Moline
39 Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
40 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - Jeff Kinney
41 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw - Jeff Kinney
42 Take the Mummy and Run: The Riot Brothers Are on a Roll - Mary Amato

43 Trouble - Gary D. Schmidt
44 Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn
45 The Tale of Desperaux: Graphic Novel - Matt Smith, David Tilton
46 Dairy Queen - Catherine Gilbert Murdock
47 Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
48 The City of Ember - Jeanne dePreau
49 Gingerbread - Rachel Cohn
50 Simon Bloom: The Gravity Keeper - Michael Reisman
51 Mothstorm - Philip Reeve
52 Church of Lies - Flora Jessop and Paul T. Brown
53 Interworld - Neil Gaiman & Michael Reeves
54 The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan - Nancy Springer
55 Edwards Eyes - Patricia MacLachlan
56 Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson

57 L.A. Candy - Lauren Conrad
58 Magic Thief - Sarah Prineas
59 Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature - Robin Brande
60 Prom - Laurie Halse Anderson
61 True Meaning of Smekday - Adam Rex
62 Savvy - Ingrid Law
63 Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
64 Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America-and Found Unexpected Peace - William Lobdell
65 Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown

66 Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #2: The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery - Sarah Pennypacker

67 Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt - Megan McDonald
68 Eon: Dragoneye Reborn - Alison Goodman
69 Hunted - P.C. and Kristin Cast
70 Princess Academy - Shannon Hale

71 Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson
72 Magic Thief: Lost - Sarah Prineas
73 Found - Margaret Peterson Haddix
74 Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson
75 Heat - Mike Lupica
76 Council of Evil - Andy Briggs
77 M or F? - Lisa Papademetriou and Chris Tebbetts


78 Parenting Inc. - Pamela Paul
79 One of those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies - Sonya Sones
80 What my Mother Doesn't Know - Sonya Sones
81 What my Girlfriend Doesn't Know - Sonya Sones
82 Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University - Kevin Roose
83 The Kind of Friends We Used to Be - Frances O'Roark Dowell
84 Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street - Michael Davis
85 The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
86 Clementine - Sarah Pennypacker


87 Graceling - Kristin Cashore
88 Official Book Club Selection - Kathy Griffin
89 Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins


90 Reformed Vampire Support Group - Catherine Jinks
91 A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
92 Rebel Angels - Libba Bray
93 The Sweet Far Thing - Libba Bray
94 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - Jeff Kinney
95 Blood Promise - Richelle Mead

96 Babymouse: Our Hero - Jennifer and Matthew Holm
97 Babymouse: Beach Babe - Jennifer and Matthew Holm
98 Babymouse: Rockstar - Jennifer and Matthew Holm
99 Babymouse: Camp Babymouse - Jennifer and Matthew Holm
100 Babymouse: Skater Girl - Jennifer and Matthew Holm
101 Babymouse: Queen of the World - Jennifer and Matthew Holm
102 Dragonbreath - Ursula Vernon
103 Accidental Millionaire - Gary Fong

104 Stargazer - Claudia Gray
105 Evermore - Alyson Noel
106 Mother Poems - Hope Anita Smith

107 Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman
108 Blue Moon - Alyson Noel
109 Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
110 Hancock Park - Isabel Kaplan
111 The Dream Stealer - Sid Fleischman


  1. Wow, that's impressive. I use an excel spread sheet to keep up with mine, and try to make some note about the plot or my response. It jogs my memory later when I can't remember what book that was!

  2. I do the same! Well, I did. I'm using Google Docs instead of Excel now, which works much the same, but is handy if I want to pop in a quick note about a book while I'm on a different computer.

    I've been meaning to get involved with Good Reads or Shelfari... but haven't so far. Yet another time-sink on the internet. lol.



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