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Books read in 2009

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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  1. January 5, 2010 at 4:09 am

    I read the entire Tarzan of the Apes series when I was a teen and I really enjoyed them. Periodically I've gone back and reread some. Tarzan of the Apes was not the best one, but if you liked it you should give some of hte rest of them a try.Pat

  1. January 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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