Saturday, December 26, 2009

Books of 2009

It is recommended that high schoolers read at least 25 books a year. I am not in high school. And when I was, I nearly read roughly double that amount. Yearly.
The yearly Nerdfighter book challenge is to read 50 books in a year. I beat that. ... Well, I didn't double it, but I came a few books shy of quartering it.
So, without further adieu, here is the list of novels (both graphic and not) that I have finished over the course of 2009.

  1. Death: The High Cost of Living (Neil Gaiman)
  2. The Graveyard Book (“)
  3. Storm Front (Jim Butcher)
  4. Fool Moon (“)
  5. Death Masks (“)
  6. Blood Rites (“)
  7. Paper Towns (John Green)
  8. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (Grant Morrison)
  9. The Sandman vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes (Neil Gaiman)
  10. The Sandman vol. 2: The Doll’s House (")
  11. The Sandman vol. 3: Dream Country (")
  12. The Sandman vol. 4: Season of Mists (")
  13. The Sandman vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (")
  14. The Sandman vol. 7: Brief Lives (")
  15. Black Hole (Charles Burns)
  16. Black Orchid (Neil Gaiman)
  17. The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller)
  18. Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
  19. The Secret Agent (Joseph Conrad)
  20. The 13 Clocks (James Thurber)
  21. Batman: Hush Vol. 1 (Jeph Loeb)
  22. Batman: Hush Vol. 2 (Jeph Loeb)
  23. Journey into Fear (Eric Ambler)
  24. Casino Royale (Ian Fleming)
  25. The Human Factor (Graham Greene)
  26. Welcome to the Jungle (Jim Butcher)
  27. Mean Streets (Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson, Thomas E. Sniegoski)
  28. Fragile Things (Neil Gaiman)
  29. The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (John LeCarre)
  30. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Bryan Lee O’Malley)
  31. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (“)
  32. Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness (“)
  33. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (“)
  34. An Abundance of Katherines (John Green)
  35. Looking for Alaska (“)
  36. Run For Your Life (James Patterson)
  37. Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe (Bryan Lee O’Malley)
  38. Cross Country (James Patterson)
  39. The Strain (Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan)
  40. Turn Coat (Jim Butcher)
  41. Max (James Patterson)
  42. Sweet Jesus, I Hate Bill O’Reilly (Joseph Minton Amann and Tom Breuer)
  43. Fair And Balanced, My Ass! (“)
  44. Light House: A Trifle (William Monahan)
  45. Breathers (S.G. Browne)
  46. Schuyler’s Monster (Robert Rummel-Hudson)
  47. Grave Peril (Jim Butcher)
  48. The Da Vinci Cod (Don Brine)
  49. The Dust of 100 Dogs (A.S. King)
  50. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W (Gabriel Brownstein)
  51. Fight Club (Chuck Palahnuik)
  52. Y: The Last Man- Vol. 1 Unmanned (Brian K. Vaughn)
  53. City of Thieves (David Benioff)
  54. Shutter Island (Dennis Lehane)
  55. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (Neil Gaiman)
  56. Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman)
  57. Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)
  58. American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
  59. Cruddy (Lynda Barry)
  60. Transmetropolitan Vol. 1 (Warren Ellis)
  61. Transmetropolitan Vol. 2 (Warren Ellis)
  62. Transmetropolitan Vol. 3 (Warren Ellis)
  63. Runaways Vol. 1 (Brian K. Vaughn)
  64. Aertheric Mechanics (Warren Ellis)
  65. About the Author (John Colapinto)
  66. I Am Legend (Richard Matheson)
So, what have we learned? That I read a shit-ton of Neil Gaiman? That's kind of a no-brainer. And what can I say? It's good stuff!
Now, since this post is being published while I'm away, there are a few books I'm currently working on that I'd like to add to the list, including Lewis Black's Nothing Sacred, Matt Ruff's Set This House in Order, and Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything is Illuminated. If I have completed those by midnight on January 1st, 2010, then I shall have read a grand total of 69 books in 2009.
I have 2 final things to say: 1) Get your mind out of the gutter. 2) I impressed myself. Will you accept this challenge next year? Read 50 books. Or more. It's on.

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