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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Year in Reading

As of the writing of this post, I’ve read 129 books in 2008. Not my highest total, but not too bad, all things considered.

Here are some of the books I read this year that I really enjoyed. With one exception, I listed only the first book in a series, if I started and enjoyed a series this year. I have been reading a lot of supernatural fantasy, but I’ve read some other good stuff as well this year.

January:
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Supernatural fantasy. The latest installment in the Mercy Thompson series.

February:
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon
Mystery set in Venice. The first in her Inspector Guido Brunetti series. I spent much of the year reading the rest of this series.

The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson
Supernatural mystery. The first book in the Repairman Jack series. I’ve still got a couple books left in this series, but not many.

THUD by Terry Pratchett
Fantasy. Discworld. I really don’t need to say more, do I?

March:
Tithe by Holly Black
Young adult urban fantasy.

Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman & Yoshitaka Amano
Fantasy, graphic novel. This was a reread, because sometimes you just need a Neil Gaiman fix.

White Knight by Jim Butcher
Supernatural mystery. Installment in the Harry Dresden series.

April:
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Supernatural fantasy. Sequel to Magic Bites.

May:
The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Fantasy anthology. Lots of folklore too.

June:
Fables Vol 10: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham et al.
Fantasy, graphic novel. You really need to be reading this series.

July:
Runaways: Dead End Kids by Joss Whedon et al.
Young adult graphic novel. Joss Whedon takes over Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways series and does well.

Hellboy Vol 1: Seeds of Destruction by Mike Mignola
Supernatural fantasy, graphic novel. The start of the Hellboy series.

August:
Girl Genius Vol 7: Agatha Heterodyne and the The Voice of the Castle by Phil Foglio et al.
Young adult, steampunk, graphic novel. This is another series you need to be reading.

September:
Precious Dragon by Liz Williams
Fantasy mystery. The third book in the Detective Inspector Chen series.

October:
The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner
Fiction.

A Fistful of Sky by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Urban fantasy. Reread. Awesome.

November:
Territory by Emma Bull
Historical fantasy. The story that leads up to the shoot-out at the OK Corral.

City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
Non-fiction. The reconstruction of La Fenice in Venice as only John Berendt could tell it.

The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri
Mystery. This is the first book in the Inspector Montalbano series, but not the best; I really started to like the series around book three.

December:
Why Mermaids Sing and Where Serpents Sleep by C.S. Harris
Historical mystery. Installments in the Sebastian St. Cyr series. I love these books.

Thirteen Orphans: Breaking the Wall by Jane Lindskold
Urban fantasy. Start of a new series.

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