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Final 2009 book list

Just finished #77!

1. The Warrior's Apprentice by LM Bujold
2. Hart's Hope by Orson Scott Card [x] [L]
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (audio)
4. A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt
5. Persuasion by Jane Austen [x]
6. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke [x]
7. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen (audio)
8. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman [x]
9. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett [x]
10. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett [x] [L]
11. An Assembly Such as This (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman) by Pamela Aidan
12. Duty and Desire (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman) by Pamela Aidan
13. Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell [x]
14. These Three Remain (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman) by Pamela Aidan
15. Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead [x]
16. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott [x]
17. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (audio) [x]
18. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett [x]
19. The Face by Dean Koontz
20. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson [x]
21. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery [L] (audio)
22. Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery [L] (audio)
23. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson [x]
24. Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery [L] (audio)
25. Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson [x]
26. Mistborn: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson [x]
27. Anne's House of Dreams by LM Montgomery
28. The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card [x]
29. Anne of Ingleside by LM Montgomery
30. The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari [x]
31. Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey [x]
32. Relentless by Dean Koontz [x]
33. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson [x]
34. Zel by Donna Jo Napoli [x]
35. The Call of Earth by Orson Scott Card [x]
36. The Ships of Earth by Orson Scott Card [x]
37. Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card [x]
38. Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card [x]
39. Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card [x]
40. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [x]
41. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [x]
42. Jane Austen for Dummies [x]
43. Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
44. Frankenstein: City of Night by Dean Koontz
45. Frankenstein: Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz [x]
46. Persuasion by Jane Austen
47. How to Live on Mars by Robert Zubrin [x]
48. The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
49. Frederick Wentworth, Captain: None But You by Susan Kaye [x]
50. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
51. Frederick Wentworth, Captain: For You Alone by Susan Kaye [x]
52. Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore
53. The Hero Strikes Back by Moira J. Moore
54. Heroes Adrift by Moira J. Moore
55. Heroes at Risk by Moira J. Moore [x]
56. Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey [x]
57. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
58. Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson [x]
59. Good-Bye, Pink Pig by CS Adler [x]
60. Help, Pink Pig! by CS Adler
61. The Giver by Lois Lowry [x]
62. The Devil's Eye by Jack McDevitt
63. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
64. Thief! Said the Cat by Louise Munro Foley
65. Blood! Said the Cat by Louise Munro Foley [x]
66. Alcatraz versus the Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson [x]
67. Poison! Said the Cat by Louise Munro Foley
68. Lightning by Dean Koontz
69. The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells [x]
70. Remember Me 2: The Return by Christopher Pike
71. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks [x]
72. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman [x]
73. Breathless by Dean Koontz [x]
74. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
75. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran [x]
76. Watchers by Dean Koontz
77. The Ships of Air by Martha Wells [x]



I read 77 books this year, 45 of them I read for the first time and the others were re-reads of past favorites.

As I was formatting the list, a couple of names jumped out to me: Brandon Sanderson, Jane Austen, and Orson Scott Card. Brandon Sanderson's a new author for me -- I found one of his books recommended while browsing the bookstore out in the Concord mall -- it was actually Mistborn 2, but Mistborn 1 was sold out, so I got Elantis instead. And while I have issues with some parts of Mistborn, I absolutely love Elantris. His YA series is also very cute, and I bought his new novel in hardcover, which should tell you something right there. Definitely my favorite new author of 2009.

Jane Austen is noteable because I finished reading all of her novels this year... almost. Try as I might, I just can't get through Emma. But I adore Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

Orson Scott Card is always a mixed bag for me. His writing is almost always amazing, but it seems to rewire my brain and make it hard for me to write. It's strange. I have a couple more of his in my queue, both from the Enderverse and his Homecoming series. I'll get around to them eventually.

Books I'll definitely read again and would recc to others:
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Frederick Wentworth, Captain: None But You by Susan Kaye
Frederick Wentworth, Captain: For You Alone by Susan Kaye
Heroes at Risk by Moira J. Moore
Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Alcatraz versus the Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson
The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
The Ships of Air by Martha Wells

Books I'm fairly apathetic about:
Hart's Hope by Orson Scott Card
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride by Helen Halstead
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card
Relentless by Dean Koontz
The Call of Earth by Orson Scott Card
The Ships of Earth by Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Jane Austen for Dummies
Frankenstein: Dead and Alive by Dean Koontz
How to Live on Mars by Robert Zubrin
Good-Bye, Pink Pig by CS Adler
Blood! Said the Cat by Louise Munro Foley
Breathless by Dean Koontz

Books that sucked or were disappointing:
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey
Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey
The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari
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