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Okay, so I did read a good deal last year. This is (almost) all the books, including what I read to Matt and the manga.

A Fire Upon The Deep Vinge, Vernor
Stardust Gaiman, Neil
On Her Majesty's Occult Service Stross, Charles
Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) Butcher, Jim
The Annotated Wizard of Oz Baum, L. Frank
Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8) Butcher, Jim
White Night (The Dresden Files, #9) Butcher, Jim
Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10) Butcher, Jim
Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) Butcher, Jim
The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1) Pratchett, Terry
The Graveyard Book Gaiman, Neil
Mean Streets Butcher, Jim
The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) Black, Holly
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards, #1) Lynch, Scott
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards, #2) Lynch, Scott
The Time Traveler's Wife Niffenegger, Audrey
My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (Includes: Dark-Hunter, Related Books #7; Sookie Stackhouse, #6.1; The Dresden Files, #7.5) Elrod, P.N.
Backup (The Dresden Files, #10.2) Butcher, Jim
Many Bloody Returns (Includes: The Dresden Files, #9.1, Sookie Stackhouse, #7.1)Harris, Charlaine
Blood Lite (Includes: Dark Hunter, Related books, #9; The Dresden Files, #10.1) Anderson, Kevin J.
Anathem Stephenson, Neal
Trading in Danger (Vatta's War, #1) Moon, Elizabeth
Marque and Reprisal (Vatta's War, #2) Moon, Elizabeth
Snow Crash Stephenson, Neal
Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, #3) Moon, Elizabeth
M Is for Magic Gaiman, Neil
Interworld Gaiman, Neil
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders Gaiman, Neil
First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera, #6) Butcher, Jim
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Tanigawa, Nagaru
Strange Brew Elrod, P.N.

The Sunday Philosophy Club (Sunday Philosophy Club, #1) Smith, Alexander McCall
Mistress of the Art of Death (Mistress of the Art of Death, #1) Franklin, Ariana
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate (Sunday Philosophy Club, #2) Smith, Alexander McCall
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Smith, Alexander McCall
Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #2) Smith, Alexander McCall
Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1) Reichs, Kathy

Other Fiction
Unaccustomed Earth Lahiri, Jhumpa
Choke Palahniuk, Chuck
2666 Bolaño, Roberto
The Invention of Everything Else Hunt, Samantha
Lush Life: A Novel Price, Richard
The Shack Young, William P.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Shaffer, Mary Ann
Nation Pratchett, Terry
Ghosts and Lightning Byrne, Trevor

Non-Fiction & Essays
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays Wallace, David Foster
Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard
Hard Driving: The Wendell Scott Story Donovan, Brian
Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad Lappé, Frances Moore
Black Sabbath's Master of Reality (33 1/3) Darnielle, John

Graphic Novels & Manga
Penance: Relentless Jenkins, Paul
Watchmen Moore, Alan
Pride of Baghdad Vaughan, Brian K.
Welcome to the Jungle Butcher, Jim
Batman/Grendel Wagner, Matt
Fruits Basket, Volume 22-23 Takaya, Natsuki
Kurohime Vol.1 Katakura, Masanori Ookamigumi
Buso Renkin, Vol. 1 Watsuki, Nobuhiro
Skip Beat!, Vol. 1-19 Nakamura, Yoshiki
Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 1-28 Watsuki, Nobuhiro
Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1-21 Arakawa, Hiromu
Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight Onstad, Chris

Gaming Books
7th Sea (Seventh Sea) Player's Guide 1668 (Roleplaying Game) Leri, David; Nieson, Therese; O'Connor, William
The Legend of the Five Rings Wick, John

Books I Read to Matt
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Seuss, Dr.
The Dark Knight: I Am Batman (I Can Read Book 2) Hapka, Catherine
Clifford's Birthday Party Bridwell, Norman
Scooby-Doo! The Apple Thief (Scooby-Doo, Reader #13) Herman, Gail
The Mystery of the Jeweled Eggs (Backyardigans (8x8)) McGee, Warner
Around the World! Zalme, Ron
Someone Bigger Emmett, Jonathan
Green Eggs and Ham Seuss, Dr.
Puppy Takes a Bath Ricci, Christine
Dora's River Race Ricci, Christine
My Little Pony: Pony Party Egan, Kate
The Sweetest Spring Jordan, Apple
A Game of Hide-and-Seek Disney, RH
The Dot Reynolds, Peter H.
The Mysterious Tadpole Kellogg, Steven
"You Can Do It, Sam" Hest, Amy
Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet Seuss, Dr.
Little Music Note Dora Fairytale Hall, Susan
Clifford and the Big Storm Bridwell, Norman
Charlie Cook's Favorite Book Donaldson, Julia
A Day with Wilbur Robinson Joyce, William
Foodfight! Curry, Don
Too Many Frogs! Asher, Sandy
A Color of His Own Lionni, Leo
The Kiss That Missed Melling, David
A Rhinoceros Wakes Me Up in the Morning Goodspeed, Peter
The Very Bumpy Bus Ride Muntean, Michaela
Penelope & the Pirates Young, James
The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs (First Time Books(R)) Berenstain, Stan
Sylvester Bear Overslept Wahl, Jan
Down on the Farm with Grover; Featuring Jim Henson's Sesame Street Muppets Sipherd, Ray
Crazy Hair Gaiman, Neil
The Sesame Street pet show: Featuring Jim Henson's Sesame Street Muppets Kingsley, Emily Perl
Snow in July: Bring-It-All-Together Book (Get Ready, Get Set, Read!/Set 5) Erickson, Gina I'll Teach My Dog 100 Words (Bright & Early Books(R)) Frith, Michael
Good Night, Good Knight Thomas, Shelley Moore

Now onto the awards

Best Fiction Book I Read This Year: 2666 by Roberto Bolano
Best Non-Fiction Book IRTY: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace
Best Book IRTY that Doesn't Make Me Sound Like a Pretentious Twit: The Graveyard Book - by Neil Gaiman
Best Anthology IRTY: Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Best Book (Not From My Childhood) IRTY to Matt: Someone Bigger by Jonathan Emmett
Best Manga/Graphic Novel: Skip Beat - True Watchmen is probably better overall, but I had read it before.

Best Book that Made Me Reconsider the Author: Anathem by Neal Stephenson. I hated Cryptonomicon but I gave Anathem a shot and loved it. So I tried Snow Crash which was okay. I'm willing to try some more of his stuff now

Harry Turtledove Award for "Why Am I Still Reading This?: The Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon. She managed to make space opera dull.

Everyone Else Loved it But I Didn't: The Shack by William P. Young. I magnanimously gave it 2 stars because the author really means well. But he can't write and he can't break out of his own little christian paradigm.

Everyone Else Loved it But I Didn't (Sci-Fi/Fantasy): The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. It's okay, I suppose, but the characters did not have the style of Ocean's 11 and were all career criminals. There was no one to root for in this book.

Author Everyone Loves Who Didn't Impress Me: Charlaine Harris. Didn't read any of her novels, but several short stories were disappointing enough.

Worst Book: Kurohime Vol 1 by Kakatura Masanori - Pretty much every bad anime trope you can think of can be found here.

I didn't like it but you might: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. I kinda knew what I was getting into with this one, not so much a mystery as a procedural and lots of gory detail. Still, I felt the setting fell flat, but if you like CSI-esque stuff, it's worth checking out.

Date: 2010-01-05 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I love these things!
Edited Date: 2010-01-05 05:12 pm (UTC)



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