Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 Books Read

It's that time of year again... Time to wrap up last year's reading list and begin one for 2009. At last count, 2008 was left after reading 73.5 books. (The .5 is for the last book, which I started on December 31st and finished today.) That's up 3.5 from the year before. Not a great gain, but it's probably better than in 2006 - before I began keeping track.

As before, they're in the order in which they were read - with the most recent book at the top.

Obsession Untamed by Pamela Palmer (12/5/09)
Crystal Healer by Lynn Viehl (11/26/09)
The Accidental Sorcerer by K.E. Mills (11/18/09)
Soul Magic by Jennifer Lyon (11/17/09)
Shadowlight by Lynn Viehl (11/16/09)
Intertwined by Gena Showalter (11/7/09)
Dune by Frank Herbert (10/29/09)
Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher (10/17/09)
Rampant by Diane Peterfreund (10/16/09)
Make Her Pay by Roxanne St. Claire (10/9/09)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (9/19/09)
Mean Streets by Butcher, Green, Richardson & Sniegoski (9/13/09)
Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer (9/12/09)
Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost (9/11/09)
Cold Midnight by Joyce Lamb (9/9/09)
Hunt Her Down by Roxanne St. Claire (9/5/09)
The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter (9/3/09)
Prey by Rachel Vincent (9/2/09)
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (8/31/09)
Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (8/30/09)
Monster Hunters: Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey (8/26/09)
Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund (8/25/09)
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher (8/24/09)
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent (8/21/09)
Cutting Edge by Allison Brennan (8/14/09)
Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison (8/8/09)
Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper (8/5/09)
Charmed and Dangerous by Toni McGee Causey (8/4/09)
Marco Polo by Keith Miles & David Butler (6/27/09)
Highland Scoundrel by Monica McCarty (6/20/09)
Eve of Darkness by SJ Day (6/14/09)
Burning Alive by Shannon K. Butcher (6/13/09)
Vamped by Lucienne Diver (6/10/09)
Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon (6/9/09)
Death Masks by Jim Butcher (6/6/09)
Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (6/5/09)
Master of Craving by Karin Tabke (6/3/09)
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (6/2/09)
Highland Warrior by Monica McCarty (5/30/09)
Beyond Varallan by SL Viehl (5/25/09)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (5/23/09)
Fatal Secrets by Allison Brennan (5/23/09)
Wives and Sisters by Natalie R. Collins (5/19/09)
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (5/12/09)
Shoot/Don't Shoot by J.A. Jance (5/3/09)
Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs (4/30/09)
Small Favor by Jim Butcher (4/26/09)
Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus (4/22/09)
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance by Various (4/2/09)
Sudden Death by Allison Brennan (3/29/09)
Killer Year: Stories to Die For... by Various (3/22/09)
Deader Still by Anton Strout (3/20/09)
Dead To Me by Anton Strout (3/19/09)
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher (3/17/09)
Highlander Outlaw by Monica McCarty (3/13/09)
Superstition by Karen Robards (3/11/09)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (2/27/09)
Vanish by Tess Gerritsen (2/25/09)
Footloose by Leanne Banks (2/22/09)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (2/19/09)
Deal Me In by Cynthia Thomason (2/18/09)
Grow Up America! by Dr. Michael Hurd (2/17/09)
Pride by Rachel Vincent (2/12/09)
Dogs and Goddesses by Crusie, Stuart and Rich (2/7/09)
Jewel of Atlantis by Gena Showalter (2/4/09)
About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken (2/3/09)
StarDoc by S.L. Viehl (1/30/09)
At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost (1/29/09)
Whisper No Lies by Cindy Gerard (1/28/09)
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (1/27/09)
Devil May Ride by Wendy Roberts (1/23/09)
Stay the Night by Lynn Viehl (1/22/09)
Smiley's People by John LeCarre (1/18/09)
La Vita Nuova by Dante (1/12/09)
Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter (1/5/09)
Omega Games by S.L. Viehl (1/4/09)
The Stone Bull by Phyllis A. Whitney (1/3/09)
The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell (started in 2008... finished 1/2/2009)

ETA: Just for kicks, I decided to add the date I finished the book to this year's list.


2008 Books Read

It's that time of year - time to start a new list of the books I've read. Last year the total ended up being 70 books (give or take a book because I didn't start keeping track until several months into the year). This year we'll see if I can do a better job.

I don't have a set number of books I'm planning to read, so we'll see what 2008 brings. (In date order, so the last book I read is at the top, rather than alphabetical which was a bit of a pain.)

The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell (started in 2008... finished in 2009)
Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa by Karin Tabke
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull
Master of Torment by Karin Tabke
Exodus by Leon Uris
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Crossfire by JoAnn Ross
Birds of Prey by J.A. Jance
Phule's Company by Robert Asprin
Left to Die by Lisa Jackson
The Run by Stuart Woods
The Firm by John Grisham
The Deadliest Strain by Jan Coffey
Last Known Victim by Erica Spindler
Where There's Fire by Maureen McKade
Night Caller by John Lutz
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Dragon Actually by GA Aiken
Playing Dead by Allison Brennan
If There Be Dragons by Kay Hooper
The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hunt For Red October by Tom Clancy
Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire
Firestarter by Stephen King
The Pillars of Earth by Ken Follett
Nightwalker by Jocelyn Drake
And Then You Die by Iris Johansen
White Night by Jim Butcher
The Lost World by Michael Crichton
Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
Marseguro by Edward Willett
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
At Risk by Patricia Cornwell
The Darkest Pleasure by Gena Showalter
The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen
Twilight Fall by Lynn Viehl
Master of Surrender by Karin Tabke
Then You Hide by Roxanne St. Claire
Rites of Spring (Break) by Diana Peterfreund
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven Book II) by Brandon Mull
Congo by Michael Crichton
Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands
The Search by Iris Johansen
Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel by Ronda Thompson
The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter
No One Lives Forever by Jordan Dane
A Soldier Comes Home by Cindi Myers
The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter
The Golden Unicorn by Phyllis Whitney
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Tempting Evil by Allison Brennan
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
First You Run by Roxanne St. Claire
No One Left To Tell by Jordan Dane
Corpse Pose by Diana Killian
Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
Rogue by Rachel Vincent
I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane
Vampire Interrupted by Lynsay Sands
Vampires are Forever by Lynsay Sands
The Devil Inside by Jenna Black
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Killer Mine by Mickey Spillane
Evermore by Lynn Viehl
What You Can't See by Allison Brennan, Roxanne St. Clair and Karin Tabke
Killing Fear by Allison Brennan
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
The Remains of the Dead by Wendy Roberts
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Mike Shayne's 50th Case by Brett Halliday
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The Accidental Vampire by Lynsay Sands
Bite Me If You Can by Lynsay Sands


2007 Books Read

I thought I'd take a day off from talking about writing to talk about reading. I've been doing a lot of reading lately, and I just thought I'd share some of the books I've been burying my nose in. In fact, I'm going to try to list every book I've read this year, and keep the list going.

Here they are (in alphabetical order):

1984 by George Orwell
1st to Die by James Patterson
Afterburn by S.L. Viehl
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories to be Read with the Door Locked by Various
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Burn Marks by Sara Paretsky
Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
The Case of the Shapely Shadow by Erle Stanley Gardner
Consequences of Sin by Clare Langley-Hawthorne
Dark Need by Lynn Viehl
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Deadlock by Sara Paretsky
Die For Me by Karen Rose
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Fear No Evil by Allison Brennan
Fearless Jones by Walter Mosley
Forecast of Evil by Laura Bradford
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
The Hammer of Eden by Ken Follett
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling
Highlander Unchained by Monica McCarty
Highlander Unmasked by Monica McCarty
Highlander Untamed by Monica McCarty
The Hunt by Allison Brennan
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (read novella only)
I See You by Holly Lisle
If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Keys to the Street by Ruth Rendell
The Kill by Allison Brennan
Kiss Her Goodbye by Robert Gregory Browne
Kissed by Magic by Kay Robbins
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
Marked by Fate by Laura Bradford
Midnight Rain by Holly Lisle
Naked Once More by Elizabeth Peters
Night Lost by Lynn Viehl
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Ninja Soccer Moms by Jennifer Apodaca
Paper Money by Ken Follett
The Prey by Allison Brennan
Private Demon by Lynn Viehl
Raintree: Inferno by Linda Howard
The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund
See No Evil by Allison Brennan
The Seven Deadly Sins of Science Fiction (A compilation of shorts by various authors)
Silverlock by John Myers Myers
The Small Assassin by Ray Bradbury
Snow Bride by Margey Hilton
Speak No Evil by Allison Brennan
Stray by Rachel Vincent
Tall, Dark and Filthy Rich by Jill Monroe
Tapped Out by Natalie M. Roberts
The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough
The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Tutu Deadly by Natalie M. Roberts
Under the Rose by Diana Peterfreund
Witchy Business by Rhonda Nelson and Mia Zachary, et al
Woman Without a Past by Phyllis A. Whitney

There are probably others (the list seems too short), but halfway through the year, I've forgotten them. If I remember, they'll be added in at that time. This list does not count the unpublished books I've read as a critique partner, although they really have been worthy of being on a list like this, and they will be someday.

(If you're an author and I visit your blog, but haven't gotten to your books yet, rest assured. I'm working on it. And that includes the missing Allison Brennan novels from the two series I started in the middle. I NEED to read those.)

ETA: I read all the Allison Brennan's I missed!