Friday, January 1, 2010

Non-Food Post - Books Read in 2009

Yes, this is a food blog. So why is my first post a non-food post? reason, except that 2009 is over, and therefore, this is the first post that I have ready.

So, here's the list of books I read in 2009. 22 more than in 2008, but 2008 had some brutal ones, like A Linguistic History of English and The Origins and Development of the English Language. 2009 was more fluffy. Looking over the list, the most brain-intensive was probably Guns, Germs and Steel (highly recommended). And if you're looking for something to totally screw with your head, completely piss you off, or possibly both, try House of Leaves.

The Valkyries – Paulo Coelho
A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin
A Clash of Kings – George R. R. Martin
A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin
A Feast for Crows – George R. R. Martin
Genghis: Birth of an Empire – Conn Iggulden
The Gnostic Mystery – Randy Davila
First Rider’s Call – Kristen Britain
Dragon Champion – E. E. Knight
Eldritch Horrors: Dark Tales – Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, ed.
Coraline – Neil Gaimon
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
The Alexander Cipher – Will Adams
Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin
Spiders of Allah – James Hider
Garlic and Sapphires – Ruth Reichl
Something from the Nightside – Simon Green
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
Come On In! – Charles Bukowski
The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson
Tales of Ordinary Madness – Charles Bukowski
Baking Cakes in Kigali – Gaile Parkin
The Way of the Wolf – E. E. Knight
Something Blue – Emily Giffin
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Draegon Taymerz – A. Steve Zimm
The United States of Arugula – David Kamp
Black Widow – Patrick Quentin
The Sexual Life of Catherine M. – Catherine Millet
Postmortem – Patricia Cornwell
C is for Corpse – Sue Grafton
ghostgirl – Tonya Hurley
ghostgirl: Homecoming – Tonya Hurley
Walking in on Mum and Dad: Adventures in Embarrassment – Brian King
A Knight of the Word – Terry Brooks
Night World No. 1 – L. J. Smith
Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant – Jenni Ferrari-Adler
Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
K is for Killer – Sue Grafton
Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond
From the Borderlands – Elizabeth E. and Thomas F. Monteleone, eds.
House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
Sons of the Oak – David Farland
Stephen King – Under the Dome
Mia King – Table Manners
L is for Lawless – Sue Grafton
N is for Noose – Sue Grafton
Best Food Writing 2004 – Holly Hughes, ed.
Angel Fire East – Terry Brooks
Heat – Bill Buford
Dragon Avenger – E. E. Knight

I hope you all had a pleasant New Year, and I wish you the best for 2010.


Pam said...

Oh, House of Leaves - I've been contemplating a rereading of it sometime soon. If it keeps snowing in Boston for the rest of the winter like it has so far, I'll have plenty of days cooped up in bed to get through it. There are parts of it that still haunt me years after reading.

What did you think of Under the Dome? I bought it for my brother but haven't read it yet myself...

My list for 2009 is here.

Vicki said...

Hi Pam - House of Leaves was definitely a mind-trip. Under the Dome was good, a lot better than some of King's recent stuff, but nowhere near as good as his older stuff.

Thanks for your list, it just made my to-read list longer! Seems like everyone's read P&P&Z but me :)