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It seems that I read twenty-seven books this year. October was so busy that I hardly read any, and didn't keep good notes about what I did read, and then that continued for the rest of the year. Luckily for everyone in the English-reading, SFF-loving world, I have enough information to list the top three in a few categories, so here they are for YOU.

Novels:

The Knights of the Cornerstone - James P. Blaylock
Boneshaker - Cherie Priest
A College of Magics - Caroline Stevermer

Collections:

The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories - Jeffrey Ford
Pretty Monsters - Kelly Link
In the Palace of Repose - Holly Phillips

Anthologies:

The Living Dead - ed. John Joseph Adams
Wastelands - ed. John Joseph Adams
Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2008 - ed. Rich Horton

It was a big year for fantasy in my world, it seems. I can live with that. I also mixed a little bit of reality into my reading, but not enough to mess up my escapism.

Non-fiction:

The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life - Noah Lukeman
Writing the Breakout Novel - Donald Maass


If you've read these books, what did you think of them? And which books stood out for you in 2009?

Happy New Year!

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 1st, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
Happy New Year from Seattle. The fireworks went off on the Needle about an hour ago. My favorite novel read the previous year (regardless when published) is Couch by Benjamin Parzybok. Gotta love the post-modern mind that can spin off a quest from the act of moving a couch.

I have a Jeffrey Ford collection in my to-be-read stack. This one is called Drowned Life. I scooped it up at a going-out-of-business sale, primarily because of the good things I've heard about the one you read. I've liked most everything of his I've come across, particularly The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque.

My sf book group is reading Cherie Priest's Boneshaker in March. Looking forward to it! Our fearless leader knew he would have our attention when he said "steampunk".
sphinx_n_herhat
Jan. 1st, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Hi. The above is from me. Forgot to log in.
jongibbs
Jan. 1st, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
If I could only ever have one book on writing, it would be Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass.

Happy New Year :)
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