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Books read in 2009

January 5, 2010 2 comments

This is my annual summary of books read during the calendar year.  This year I finished 79 volumes (but 81 actual books if you include a 3-in-1 volume).

Once again, the books were mostly science fiction and fantasy based.

I re-read a number of books, either because the next book of the series was released or I just wanted something familiar.

  • I’ve started to read the early books in the Sword of Truth series (Goodkind) after watching the TV adaptation via Netflix.  I’ve actually gotten farther in the series than I had previously and will likely finish the series in 2010 — those books are big!
  • The Deryni books by Katherine Kurtz are some of my favorites and I was thrilled to see that audio versions were released through http://www.audible.com, so I’ve had the opportunity to revisit that world.  The next several books have recently been released and I have them all queued up for the near future.
  • And, every once in a while, I need a Star Wars fix.  This year, I concentrated on the X-Wing novels which are some of my favorites, especially the series written by Allston.

I read 4 books this year which were part of The Essential Man’s Library book listing from which I challenged myself to read 50 of the 100 for my 101 in 1001 days project:

57. Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post (07/19/2009)
61. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (11/06/2009)
53. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (11/16/2009)
10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (12/24/2009)

As part of that project, I also read a number of the Witch World novels, something I’d always intended to do but never had the time.

This year was much more multi-media oriented than past:  a good number were audios but I also read quite a few on my Amazon Kindle (and Kindle for iTouch) which I’ve enjoyed a lot.

Was able to catalogue all of Janet’s and my books on librarything — you can see my library here —  which will help me find my books and, hopefully, ensure I don’t continue to buy the same ones over and over again.

January

Valiant — Jack Campbell (science fiction)
Birthright: The Book of Man — Mike Resnick (science fiction)
Kingdom’s Dawn — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
Kingdom’s Hope — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
Kingdom’s Edge — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
Hyperion — Dan Simmons (science fiction)
Whipping Star — Frank Herbert (science fiction)
Kingdom’s Call — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
The Tar-Aiym Krang — Alan Dean Foster (science fiction)
The Wind in the Willows — Kenneth Grahame (children’s fiction classic)
Kingdom’s Quest — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)
Kingdom’s Reign — Chuck Black (Christian fantasy)

February

For Love of Mother-Not — Alan Dean Foster (science fiction)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard — J.K. Rowling (fantasy)
The Final Empire — Brandon Sanderson (fantasy)
The Kingdoms & The Elves of the Reaches book 1 — Robert Stanek (fantasy)

March

The Ruins of Gorlan — John Flanagan (fantasy)
Oliver Twist — Charles Dickens (classic fiction)
The Burning Bridge — John Flanagan (fantasy)
The Icebound Land — John Flanagan (fantasy)
Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed…. — Thomas E. Woods, Jr
The Battle for Skandia — John Flanagan (fantasy)
Orcs — Stan Nicholls (fantasy)
Rogue Squadron — Michael A. Stackpole (star wars)

April

Wedge’s Gamble — Michael A. Stackpole (star wars)
The Krytos Trap — Michael A. Stackpole (star wars)
The Bacta War — Michael A. Stackpole (star wars)
Wraith Squadron — Aaron Allston (star wars)
Iron Fist — Aaron Allston (star wars)
Solo Command — Aaron Allston (star wars)
The Courtship of Princess Leia — Dave Wolverton (star wars)
Storm Front — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Fool Moon — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)

May

The Fellowship of the Ring — J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy)
Furies of Calderon — Jim Butcher (fantasy)
Grave Peril — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Summer Knight — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Academ’s Fury — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Death Masks — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
Blood Rites — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)

June

Dead Beat — Jim Butcher (paranormal fantasy)
The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World — Stephen J. Nichols (history)
Cursor’s Fury — Jim Butcher (fantasy)
The Way of Shadows — Brent Weeks (fantasy)

July

The Magic Thief — Sarah Prineas (fantasy)
Nightwings — Robert Silverberg (science fiction)
The Silmarillion — J.R.R. Tolkien (fantasy)
The Case of the Missing Message — Charles Spain Verral (YA mystery)
Captain’s Fury — Jim Butcher (fantasy)

August

Sum VII — T.W. Hard (science fiction)
Case of the Counterfeit Coin — George Wyatt (YA mystery)
Storm Over Warlock — Andre Norton (science fiction)
Princeps’ Fury — Jim Butcher (fantasy)
The Winds of Dune — Brian Herbert (science fiction)
Birthright: The Book of Man — Mike Resnick (science fiction)  read again
The Secret of the Old Mill — Franklin W. Dixon (YA mystery)
Wizard’s First Rule — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)

September

Local Custom — Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (science fiction)
Deryni Rising — Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
Deryni Checkmate — Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
Stone of Tears — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)
Blood of the Fold — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)
Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold! — Terry Brooks (fantasy)
Temple of the Winds — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)

October

The Lies of Locke Lamora — Scott Lynch (fantasy)
Soul of the Fire — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)
High Deryni — Katherine Kurtz (fantasy)
Faith of the Fallen — Terry Goodkind (fantasy)
The 5000 Year Leap — W. Cleon Skousen (politics, history)

November

A Separate Peace — John Knowles (fiction)
Animist — Eve Forward (fantasy)
A Natural History of Latin — Tore Janson (history)
Tarzan of the Apes — Edgar Rice Burroughs (fiction)

December

Witch World — Andre Norton (science fiction)
Web of the Witch World — Andre Norton (science fiction)
Red Seas Under Red Skies — Scott Lynch (fantasy)
The Picture of Dorian Gray — Oscar Wilde (fiction)
The Cathars — Sean Martin (history)
Three Against the Witch World — Andre Norton (science fiction)

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