This year I read some books. This is not an unusual occurrence.* What makes this year special is that I kept track of what I read. A bunch of my friends were Reading 100 Books in a Year, which I had no aspirations to do, but it was fun to keep track with them.
Total books read: 32. This is a lame number, especially considering most of them were mostly pictures, which is why one of my New Year’s goals is to read 52 novels. But anyway, here are the 32 books, with some thoughts. I only reviewed one, apparently, which is a link. I’ve only listed some of the artists involved in the graphic novels because I am lazy.
The year began with some intense Sandman.
1. A Game of You, Neil Gaiman
2. Fables and Reflections, Neil Gaiman
3. Brief Lives, Neil Gaiman
4. Worlds’ End, Neil Gaiman
5. The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman
6. Models, Inc, Paul Tobin—I fully admit that I bought this because of the cover. Come on, how could I not?
7. Soulless, Gail Carriger
8. The Naughty List, Suzanne Young
9. The Amazing Change-Bots, Jeffrey Brown—one of my favorite books of the year.
10. Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Ben Templesmith
11. The Wake, Neil Gaiman
12. Black Orchid, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
13. Unwritten, Mike Carey—this was one of those “perfect Grace” books that was pretty awesome for a while and then lost me.
14. Not Quite Dead Enough, Rex Stout
15. 33 Snowfish, Adam Rapp
14. Hellboy: Wake the Devil, Mike Mignola
15. Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others, Mike Mignola
16: Hellboy: The Title I Have Forgotten, Mike Mignola
17. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
18. A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray
19. Lone Wolf and Cub volume 1, Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
20. Chew, volume 1, John Layman and Rob Guillory
21. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede—yes, rereading one of my childhood faves. :)
22. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Dorothy L. Sayers
23. Searching for Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede
24. Living Dead Girl, Elizabeth Scott—this book was almost too intense for me. I’m glad I read it but I don’t think I’m ever going to read it again.
25. Ender’s Shadow, Orson Scott Card—reread of one of my favorite favorite books of all time.
26. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June, Robin Benway
27. All-Star Superman Volume 1, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
28. Sandman Mystery Theatre: The Tarantula, Matt Wagner
29. The Unidentified, Rae Mariz—buy this. One of my friends wrote it and everyone’s giving it rave reviews.
30. All-Star Superman Volume 2, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
31. Graceling, Kristin Cashore
32. Chew, volume 2, John Layman and Rob Guillory
33/34. In progress: The Child Thief, Brom and Sandman Mystery Theatre: The Face and The Brute, by Matt Wagner
Ta-da! Really with very few exceptions I greatly enjoyed all the books I read this year. Either my standards are going down or I’m getting more astute at figuring out what I’m going to like. Hmmm.
*aside: “occurrence” is one of those words I can never spell properly, for whatever reason. yeah.