December 31st, 2008

Reading List 2008 (40/224)

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my reading list. What does one read after the unexpected and untimely death of one’s father? In my case, Alastair Reynolds (for characters who have it even worse than I do) and Dickens (for easy sentiment and plenty of engaging plot).

The Ill-Made Mute, Cecelia Dart-Thornton
The Lady of the Sorrows, Cecelia Dart-Thornton
The Battle of Evernight, Cecelia Dart-Thornton
Hunter’s Oath, Michelle West
Hunter’s Death, Michelle West
The Broken Crown, Michelle West
The Uncrowned King, Michelle West
The Shining Court, Michelle West
Sea of Sorrows, Michelle West
The Riven Shield, Michelle West
The Sun Sword, Michelle West
The Prefect, Alastair Reynolds
Dead By Sunset, Ann Rule
Decline and Fall, Evelyn Waugh
Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh
Starburst, Frederik Pohl
Blue City, Ross Macdonald
The Amateur, Robert Littell
The Negotiator, Frederick Forsyth
Chasm City, Alastair Reynolds
Galactic North, Alastair Reynolds
Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds
Redemption Ark, Alastair Reynolds
Absolution Gap, Alastair Reynolds
Children of the Holocaust, Helen Epstein
Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens
Hard Times, Charles Dickens
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
The Old Curiosity Shop, Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens
The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Dombey and Son, Charles Dickens
Nicholas Nickleby, Charles Dickens
Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens
Barnaby Rudge, Charles Dickens
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Sketches by Boz, Charles Dickens

I’m afraid I don’t really have the heart to do reviews, despite how terrible the Dart-Thornton series was (and with such a great premise, too!). Oh, and I really liked the West books despite the fact that given her pacing, she’s going to have to write approximately three hundred books before wrapping up the things she began. Also I’d never read Dombey and Son before, but it may be my new favorite Dickens. And that’s that.

Another forty or so books to come before 2009 begins. It looks like I’ll be coming in under 300 books for the year, which isn’t a great surprise given that I’ve been too depressed to read much recently.

Reading List 2008 (35/259)

Last reading roundup of the year:

The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett
The Talisman, John Godey
Restless Virgins, Abigail Jones & Marissa Miley
The Price of Privilege, Madeline Levine
Made to Stick, Chip Heath & Dan Heath
How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less, Melissa de la Cruz & Karen Robinovitz
Foreskin’s Lament, Shalom Auslander
Beyond Reach, Karin Slaughter
The Rules of Silence, David Lindsey
The Color of Night, David Lindsey
Mr. White’s Confession, Robert Clark
The Terror Dream, Susan Faludi
The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford
The Haunted Looking Glass, ed. Edward Gorey
Detection by Gaslight, ed. Donald R. Greene
Dragonhaven, Robin McKinley
The Neverending Story, Michael Ende
The Book of Vice, Peter Sagal
Kennedy’s Brain, Henning Mankell
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
Cheating at Canasta, William Trevor
McCain’s Promise, David Foster Wallace
The Compton Effect, Leslie Horvitz
Duma Key, Stephen King
Coma, Robin Cook
The Innocent Mage, Karen Miller
The Awakened Mage, Karen Miller
The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
A Moment on the Edge, ed. Elizabeth George
At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft
The Incredible Shrinking Man, Richard Matheson
The Darkest Evening of the Year, Dean Koontz
T is for Trespass, Sue Grafton
Killer Year, ed. Lee Child
Killing Castro, Lawrence Block

2008 needs to be over now.