I’m disappointed by the number of books I read last year. I have to remember it doesn’t include short stories, articles and the large sections of books I’ve read to my father (speaking of which, I think Pride and Prejudice should be on here – I’m fairly sure we read the whole thing, if not in order). But most of them were very good, so this is a close-run thing.
Today I choose:
Fiction: The Orphan Tales – Valente
Non-Fiction: My Family and other Animals – Durrell
Graphic: Tales from Outer Suburbia – Shaun Tan
- Bellwether – Connie Willis.
- Vanishing Acts – Jodi Picoult. Least integrated supernatural elements.
- The Rum Diary – Hunter S. Thompson. Most accurate representation of journalistic rum intake.
- The Sunday Philosophy Club – Alexander McCall Smith.
- The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot.
- The Morning Gift – Eva Ibbotson.
- They’re a Wierd Mob – Nino Culotta.
- The Orphan Tales: In the Night Garden – Catherynne Valente. Most stories in one & best-deserved win.
- The Fourth Bear – Jasper Fforde.
- The Pinhoe Egg – Diana Wynne Jones.
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon. Most informative fiction.
- Labyrinths – Borges.
- The Game – Diana Wynne Jones.
- The Orphan’s Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice – Valente. See #8.
- Little Brother – Cory Doctorow. Most blistering read.
- The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon.
- Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers. Most like Da Vinci Code.
- Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy Sayers. Longest passage about a cricket match.
- Dealing with Dragons – Patricia C Wrede.
- Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen – Joanne K. Rowling. Only book I’ve read again for the first time.
- The Ladies of Grace Adieu – Susannah Clarke. Most enchanting.
- The House of Many Ways – Dianne Wynne Jones.
- The Explosionist – Jenny Davidson. Most responsible for me spending more money on books.
- The Grand Sophy – Georgette Heyer.
- Holes – Louis Sachar.
- Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle – Georgette Heyer.
- Lady of Quality – Georgette Heyer. Most surprisingly likeable heroine.
- Faro’s Daughter – Georgette Heyer.
- April Lady – Georgette Heyer.
- Angel Rising – Dirk Flinthart.
- Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #37.
- The Grinding House – Kaaron Warren. Most lingerling disturbing.
- Magic for Beginners – Kelly Link. Easiest to get lost in.
- Canterbury 2100 – Flinthart (ed).
- The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman.
- Size Twelve is not Fat – Meg Cabot.
- Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson. Most exercising my comparative faculties.
- The Fantasy Artist’s Reference File – Peter Evans. Funniest book this year.
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat – Oliver Sacks.
- Sociolinguistics – Peter Trudgill. Most conversation starters (did you know…)
- The Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes – Iona and Peter Opie.
- History of the Kings of England (Historia Regum Britanniae)- Geoffrey of Monmouth.
- My Family and other Animals – Gerald Durrell. Most copies bought to give other people (6? I think?)
- Unbeaten Tracks in Japan – Isabella Bird. Best example of how to write a fantasy epic (without the fantasy)
- Bachelor Girls – Betty Israel.
- Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi. Most compelling.
- March of the Wooden Soldiers (Fables Vol. 4).
- Return to Labyrinth, vol. 1. Most disappointing.
- The Mean Seasons: Fables Vol. 5 – Willingham et. al.
- Batman – A Death in the Family .
- Assorted short comics acquired at Supanova
- Homelands: Fables Volume 6 – Willingham, et al.
- Batman: Black and White – Miller, Gaiman, Lee, Kubert et al. Best presentation of uses of the medium.
- Arabian Nights (and Days): Fables Volume 7 – Willingham, et al.
- Batman: Black and White volume 2 – Dini, Ellis, Claremont, Azzarello et al.
- Tales from Outer Suburbia – Shaun Tan. The only one to make me cry on the bus (I think).
- Fables volume 8: Wolves – Willingham et. al. (graphic novel).
- Hellblazer: Joyride (graphic novel). Best to read near strangers on planes (heheh).
- Rapunzel’s Revenge – Hale, Hale and Hale. Best hair.
- Fables 9: Sons of Empire – Willingham et al.
All books are reviewed somewhere on this blog by the relevant month: