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At the moment my tally for 2009 stands at 138 books. If I can force myself through the rest of The Secret History of Science Fiction by tomorrow night, it will be 139, but that book will not feature in this post regardless, so onward.

Seven excellent (fiction) books:

M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves
Roberto Bolaño, 2666
A. S. Byatt, The Children's Book
Kelly Link, Pretty Monsters
Neal Stephenson, The System of the World
Shaun Tan, The Arrival
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Books I gave as gifts:
Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren
Adam Gopnik, Angels & Ages
A. S. Byatt, The Children's Book
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Shaun Tan, The Arrival

This was the year I rediscovered sff; hell, this was the year I rediscovered reading for fun. I very much hope that I can keep up the reading in 2010; my goal is to expand my reading range, as well as, in general, to read at least 100 books. We'll see. On that note...

Five 2010 books I want now: 
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane
Lord Sunday by Garth Nix
Cast in Chaos by Michelle Sagara
City of Night by Michelle West

With two prominent exceptions, all the non-fiction books I read this year were excellent, and are recommended. Relatedly, I didn't post about Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama, but it's great, and I think it's a book (along with The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing) that every U.S.-ian should read.

All the links go to the Dreamwidth entries, but there may be more discussion on the LJ posts.

And beneath the cut, without links-back or italics,
the full list:




Roberto Bolaño

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Charles C. Mann

A Companion to Wolves

Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear

A Warning to the Curious

M.R. James

A Wizard Abroad

Diane Duane

Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

Vladimir Nabokov

All the Windwracked Stars

Elizabeth Bear

Angels and Ages: A Short Book on Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life

Adam Gopnik


Malinda Lo

Asterix in Britain

R. Goscinny & A. Uderzo

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

Julian Rubinstein

Bitter Angels

C.L. Anderson

Black Ships

Jo Graham

Bleach vol. 35

Kubo Taito

Bleach vol. 36

Kubo Taito


José Saramago


Tamora Pierce

By the Mountain Bound

Elizabeth Bear

Cast in Silence

Michelle Sagara


Robin McKinley

Clockwork Phoenix

Mike Allen, ed.

Clockwork Phoenix 2

Mike Allen, ed.

Consider the Lobster

David Foster Wallace


Sarah Monette

Dark North

Gillian Bradshaw

Doctor's Orders

Diane Duane

Dogs: Bullets & Carnage vol. 3

Miya Shirow

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller

Dreams from My Father

Barack Obama


Elizabeth Bear

Europe Central

William T. Vollmann


Jo Walton

Fast Ships, Black Sails

Jeff & Ann VanderMeer, eds.

Fever 1793

Laurie Halse Anderson

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Holly Black & Cecil Castellucci, eds.

Glass Bead Games

Elise Matheson, ed.

God Stalk

P.C. Hodgell

Gouhou Drug vol. 1


Gouhou Drug vol. 2


Gouhou Drug vol. 3


Hagane no Renkinjutsushi vol. 21

Arakawa Hiromu

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi vol. 22

Arakawa Hiromu

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi vol. 23

Arakawa Hiromu

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi vol. 8

Arakawa Hiromu


Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett

Hokushin Denki vol. 1

Otsuka Eiji et al.


Diane Duane

Kobato vol. 3



Ursula K. LeGuin


Scott Westerfeld

Lincoln's Virtues: An Ethical Biography

William Lee Miller

Lovecraft Unbound

Ellen Datlow, ed.


Hope Mirrlees

Magic for Beginners

Kelly Link

Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands

Michael Chabon

Melting Stones

Tamora Pierce


Sarah Monette

Moominsummer Madness

Tove Jansson

My Enemy, My Ally

Diane Duane

Nameless (draft)


Never Learn Anything from History

Kate Beaton

New Amsterdam

Elizabeth Bear

Odd and the Frost Giants

Neil Gaiman

Otaku: Japan's Database Animals

Azuma Hiroki


Catherynne M. Valente

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Marjane Satrapi

Pretty Monsters

Kelly Link

Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

Caroline Weber

Ribon no Kishi vol. 1

Tezuka Osamu

Ribon no Kishi vol. 2

Tezuka Osamu

Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan

Hugh Thomas

Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime

Christopher Bolton et al, eds.

Rosemary and Rue

Seanan McGuire


Joanne Harris

Seven for a Secret

Elizabeth Bear

Sources of Japanese Tradition vol. 1

Donald Keene et al, eds.

Spock's World

Diane Duane

Storm from the Shadows

David Weber

Strangers from the Sky

Margaret Wander Bonanno


Robin McKinley

Swordhunt/Honor Blade

Diane Duane

Tales from Outer Suburbia

Shaun Tan

Terra E... vol. 1

Takemiya Keiko


Emma Bull

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

The Bell at Sealey Head

Patrica McKillip

The Bone Key

Sarah Monette

The Book of Atrix Wolfe

Patrica McKillip

The Children's Book

A.S. Byatt

The City & the City

China Miéville

The Court of the Air

Stephen Hunt

The Crow

Alison Croggon

The Crow Goddess

Patricia Finney

The Dead Isle (draft)


The Drowning City

Amanda Downum

The Empty Chair

Diane Duane

The Final Solution

Michael Chabon

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Catherynne M. Valente

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman

The House with a Clock in Its Walls

John Bellairs

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

The King in the Window

Adam Gopnik

The Kingdom on the Waves

M.T. Anderson

The Mirador

Sarah Monette

The New Weird

Jeff & Ann VanderMeer, eds.

The Queen in Winter

Sarah Monette et al.

The Red Tree

Shaun Tan

The Rest Is Noise

Alex Ross

The Romulan Way

Diane Duane

The Sandman, Vol. 4: Season of Mists

Neil Gaiman

The Sandman, Vol. 5: A Game of You

Neil Gaiman

The Silver Branch

Rosemary Sutcliff

The Singing

Alison Croggon

The Starry Rift

Jonathan Strahan, ed.

The Stranger

Albert Camus

The Summer of the Ubume

Kyogoku Natsuhiko

The System of the World

Neal Stephenson

The Tale of Murasaki

Liza Dalby

The Virtú

Sarah Monette

The Vulcan Academy Murders

Jean Lorrah

The Wounded Sky

Diane Duane

The Zanzibar Cat

Joanna Russ

To Visit the Queen

Diane Duane

Troll's Eye View

Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling, eds.

Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia

Samuel R. Delany

Tsubasa vol. 25


Tsubasa vol. 26


Tsubasa vol. 27


Tsubasa vol. 28


Vested Interests: Cross-dressing and Cultural Anxiety

Marjorie Garber

Victory of Eagles

Naomi Novik

War for the Oaks

Emma Bull

Whales on Stilts!

M.T. Anderson

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin

xxxHOLiC vol. 12


xxxHOLiC vol. 14


xxxHOLiC vol. 15