This is the first beginning-of-the-year for this blog, and I’ve not done this before in this format. I also do a hardcopy newsletter, and there I created a table, but no tables here. So here goes.
My reading for 2009 by type:
- Adventure ……… 4
- Anthropology …. 2
- Children’s ………. 2
- Bio / Autobio ….. 5
- Fantasy & S-F …. 17
- General fiction … 2
- Graphic novel ….. 13
- Historical fiction . 1
- Humor …………… 1
- Mystery …………. 32
- Non-fiction …….. 11
- Poetry ……………. 1
- Total: ……………..91
My goal is to read 104 books a year (an average of 2 per week) but I rarely make it. My wife says I’m always reading, but it must not be so. Maybe it’s the time I spend looking at blogs, or doing the simple chores of life, like paying the bills and tending the house and yard. Anyway, in my world, 91 books ain’t bad. Of course, if I were to divide the number of unread books here by 91, I’d undoubtedly have a number greater then the expected years left to me, so I won’t so that.
Here are my favorites for the year, not necessarily published in 2009 – most were not – but that’s when I read them.
- Spade and Archer by Joe Gores – enjoyable prequel to Hammett’s Maltese Falcon.
- The Last Colony by John Scalzi – conclusion to trilogy began with book above.
- Old Man’s War by John Scalzi – best recently-written SF I’ve read in years.
- Seven Conquests – Poul Anderson – old short story collection
- War and Pieces – Bill Willingham – graphic novel in Fables world
- Tin Roof Blowdown – James Lee Burke – mystery set just after Katrina hit.
- Red Knife – William Kent Krueger – the Cork O’Connor series
- The Case of the Amorous Aunt by Erle Stanley Gardner – I like all the Perry Mason books, but I thought this was an especially good one.
- Dawnspell (The Bristling Wood) by Katharine Kerr – third in fantasy series that’s all very good.
- The Trouble With Aliens by Christopher Anvil – science fiction short story collection. Every one of these collections from Baen Books has been a top favorite.
- The Disappeared by Kathryn Kristine Rusch – a science fiction police procedural set on the moon, very well done.
- Heaven’s Keep by William Kent Krueger – the latest Cork O’Connor mystery