Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 Book List Part 2

Here are the audiobooks I listened to in 2009:

The Sword of Truth Book 10: Phantom
The Sword of Truth Book 11: Confessor
Pontoon (Lake Wobegon Novels)
Service With a Smile (A Blandings story) - PG Wodehouse
"A" is for Alibi
"B" is for Burglar
"C" is for Corpse
"D" is for Deadbeat
"E" is for Evidence
"F" is for Fugitive
"G" is for Gumshoe
"H" is for Homicide
Anansi Boys
Catch Me If You Can
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Anglo Files - A Field Guide to the British
Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution
Wikipedia Revolution, The: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia
The Monkey's Raincoat
Three Cups of Tea - One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations... One School at a Time
Calendar Quest, A 5,000 Year Trek through Western History with Father Time

I'll remember this year as the year I discovered non-fiction on audio disc.
After several years of long-format fantasy, [The Wheel of Time (well worth a listen), the Magic Kingdom of Landover (a classic comedy fantasy series) and The Sword of Truth (some interesting ideas but there were long parts of books 6 and on that I was bored stiff during)] I wanted a change. I dabbled in thriller/mysteries - the Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series, The Monkey's Raincoat and also in Sci Fi - Orbit, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, but for some reason the non-fiction portions of my library's web page kept calling me, and I'm glad I answered.

Non-fiction Highlights for the year:
Patriot Pirates about the war at sea during the American Revolution
The Wikipedia Revolution about the founding of Wikipedia
Three Cups of Tea, the story of a mountain climber and how he created a foundation to build girl's schools in Afghanistan and Iraq.
XXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXXX - the audio book I finished today so I won't talk about it until next year's round-up

Fiction highlight of the year:
Anansi Boys a book by Neil Gaiman, read by Lenny Henry of Chef

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 Book List Part 1

So last Jan 1st, 2008 I decided to keep track of all the books I read or listened to using my LibraryThing profile. You can see the 2008 list here.

The big news this year on my reading situation was the arrival of my Kindle DX in June.

Books I have finished in 2009:
Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep Book 1: Blackstaff Tower
Ed Greenwood Presents Waterdeep Book 2: Mistshore
The Citadels Book 4: Sentinelspire
The Dark Disciple Book 3: Amber and Blood
Draconomicon: Chromatic Dragons
Adventurer's Vault
The Empryean Odyssey Book 2: The Fractured Sky
Small Gods [library]
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War, Vol. 1 [library]
Opening Atlantis [library]
Dragon Magic
The Immortal Iron Fist, Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story [library]
Abolethic Sovereignty Book 1: Plague of Spells
The United States of Atlantis [library]
The Lanternlight Files Book 1: The Left Hand of Death
Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus, Vol. 3 [library]
Ravenloft: Shadowborn
The Haunted Lands Book 3: Unholy
Thorn of Breland Book 01: The Queen of Stone
Martial Power
Cairo, A Graphic Novel [library]
The Complete Persepolis [library]
Flight Volume 5 [library]
The Savage Sword Of Conan, Vol. 5
Kong, King of Skull Island
The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island
Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead
Dungeon Delve
The Making of Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Pathfinder Chronicles: Classic Monsters Revisited
Grantsville Gazette II
1634: The Ram Rebellion
Ruled Britannia
The Wilds Book 01: The Fanged Crown
Red Sands
Player's Handbook 2
The Little Nugget
Book: The Sequel
Bill The Conqueror
Money In The Bank
***June 15th Kindle DX arrived***
The Adventures of Sally [Kindle]
1632 [Kindle]
1633 [Kindle]
The Ring of Fire [Kindle]
Grantsville Gazette I [Kindle]
The Clicking of Cuthbert [Kindle]
For Love of Mother-Not [Kindle]
Pride and Prejudice [Kindle]
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem[Kindle]
A Princess of Mars [Kindle]
The Gods of Mars [Kindle]
The Warlord of Mars [Kindle]
Down and Out In The Magic Kingdom [Kindle]
Thuvia, Maid of Mars [Kindle]
The Chessmen of Mars [Kindle]
Eberron Player's Guide
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Kindle]
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe [Kindle]
Life, the Universe and Everything [Kindle]
The Briar King [Kindle]
The Charnel Prince [Kindle]
The Blood Knight [Kindle]
Monster Manual 2
The Lost Symbol [Kindle]
Divine Power
The Savage Sword Of Conan, Vol. 6
Revenge of the Giants
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1) [Kindle]
Thorn of Breland Book 2: Son of Khyber
Wheel of Time Book 12: The Gathering Storm
Barmy In Wonderland
The Draconic Prophecies Book 1: Storm Dragon
The Draconic Prophecies Book 2: Dragon Forge
City of Ember
The Fall of Highwatch
Urusei Yatsura Volumes 1-15
Arcane Power
Eberron Campaign Guide
The Plane Below: Secrets of the Elemental Chaos
James Cameron's Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora - An Activist Survival Guide - finished Dec 31st.

Just like last year, a lot of fantasy, D&D books and graphic novels.
But new this year were some classics - Jane Austin, more Sci Fi - Alan Dean Foster, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Douglas Adams, and some mainstream fiction - Dan Brown, James Patterson, JK Rowling.

This year's new to me PG Wodehouse's novel was "Barmy In Wonderland".

Highlights for the year were "Book: The Sequel", "Pride and Prejudice", "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", and "The Gathering Storm" - Book 12 in the Wheel of Time and the first published since Robert Jordan's death which Brandon Sanderson helped finish.

Most Disappointing goes to Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" which is very similar to the other books and since it takes place in Washington DC and deals with the Free Masons felt an awful lot like the novelization of the movie "National Treasure 3".

Looking at the list today I noticed I have stopped going to the library since June. I can check out audio books through my library website and I have a NetFlix subscription so I'm not going for movies or TV shows. Since Amazon offers 10-15 free books every month for download to the Kindle I am getting eBooks faster than I can read them.

My 2009 audio book list tomorrow!