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Books Read in 2009

I've been using GoodReads this year, and I'm in love with it. It's such a great tracking tool for everything I want to read, have read, or am somewhere in the middle of reading and am wondering if I want to continue (or where the book has gotten off to).

Looks like I didn't quite make the 50 count this year, but it's the closest I've come in the past four/five years that I've been keeping track. So that's something. But, let it be a lesson that I need to try and finish what I've started, if I had, I'd have gotten to 50. I had the time, just got lazy.

Mothstorm - Philip Reeve
Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras, #1) - Margaret Weis
Feast of Fools (The Morganville Vampires, #4) - Rachel Caine
Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures In Japan - Aimee Major Steinberger
A Masterpiece for Bess (Tales of Pixie Hollow, #7) - Lara Bergen
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn
Unshapely Things (Connor Grey, #1) - Mark Del Franco
Kitty Goes to Washington (Kitty Norville, Book 2) - Carrie Vaughn
No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, #7) - Kelley Armstrong
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
The Zen of Zombie: Better Living Through the Undead - Scott Kenemore
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare - G.K. Chesterton
The Stolen Throne (Dragon Age, #1) - David Gaider
The Princess and the Hound - Mette Ivie Harrison
Before Midnight: A Retelling of "Cinderella" (Once Upon a Time) - Cameron Dokey
The Storyteller's Daughter - Cameron Dokey
Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel" (Once Upon A Time) - Cameron Dokey
The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan" - Cameron Dokey
The Door in the Hedge - Robin McKinley
Rose Daughter - Robin McKinley
Confessions of a Teen Sleuth - Chelsea Cain
Rastus Reilly: Or Dashiell Hammett, Charles Dickens, H.P. Lovecraft, Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy on Bad Acid - Steve Kelly
Spindle's End - Robin McKinley
Belle: A Retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" (Once Upon a Time) - Cameron Dokey
Transports of Delight - Spike Milligan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) - J.K. Rowling
Beauty Sleep: A Retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" (Once Upon a Time) - Cameron Dokey
Chicks with Sticks (It's a Purl Thing) - Book 1 - Elizabeth Lenhard
The Rock & Roll Queen of Bedlam: A Wise-Cracking Tale of Secrets, Peril, and Murder! - Marilee Brothers
Orphans of Chaos (Chronicles of Chaos, #1) - John C. Wright
Fugitives of Chaos (Chronicles of Chaos, #2) - John C. Wright
The Affinity Bridge - George Mann
The Dogs of Bedlam Farm: An Adventure with Sixteen Sheep, Three Dogs, Two Donkeys, and Me - Jon Katz
Walking Dead (Walker Papers, #4) - C.E. Murphy
The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1) - Frank Beddor
The Plutonium Blonde (Daw Book Collectors) - John Zakour
Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld, #8) - Kelley Armstrong
84, Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff

Uglies (Uglies, #1) - Scott Westerfeld
Pretties (Uglies, #2) - Scott Westerfeld
Specials (Uglies, #3) - Scott Westerfeld
Rescuing the Spectacled Bear - Stephen Fry
Eleven Minutes: A Novel (P.S.) - Paulo Coelho
The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke
Inkheart (Inkheart, #1) - Cornelia Funke

Started, not Finished:
Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey - Isabel Fonseca
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith
History Is Dead: A Zombie Anthology - Kim Paffenroth
The Gem Collector - P.G. Wodehouse
Fugue State - Brian Evenson
Cthulhu Unbound (Volume 1) - Thomas Brannan


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Jan. 5th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
About dogs, yes, but to me that's what the whole book I read was about. The fact that he doesn't know anything and was trying to learn. I hadn't read any of his others, and I already had been spoiled on it, so it's not surprising to see a bunch of Collie enthusiasts wouldn't really like him.

From a reading/writing perspective, I happen to like his writing. And I think he does love his animals, even if he doesn't know what he's doing. But pet owners that actually know what they're doing are few and far between, or there wouldn't be nearly as many abandoned and euthanized pets as there are.
Jan. 5th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
The trouble isn't with his writing, or even that he's a clueless pet owner (which he is) the trouble is in the fact as he styles himself an expert on "troubled dogs," border collies and stock work. He goes on radio shows and in various appearances giving horrible advice to other clueless pet owners. He really knows nothing at all about stockwork.
Jan. 5th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Not really knowing much other than the one book I've read, I can't help but wonder how much of that is him wanting to look like an "expert" and how much is people assuming because he writes about dogs he should talk about them. We like to make celebrities and experts out of people in every media, so it's not a surprise that his publishers/PR agents style him as one, much like it can't be a surprise that someone out there listens to him without double checking facts.
Jan. 5th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
i made it to 49 and a bit- i would have made it to 50, but i lost the book i was reading in NYC :/
Jan. 5th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, sad!
Jan. 5th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
meh, if i count kids books though, i read about a billion for 2009. esp if you count RE-reading kids books ^_^
Jan. 6th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
How was The Plutonium Blonde? I was looking at the series in the bookstore a while ago and made a mental note of it as something I might like.
Jan. 6th, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
It wasn't bad. It's a mystery novel parody which is funny, although I've heard that the series itself doesn't necessarily stand-up, because the jokes get a little old, through the different books. But one of them is good.
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