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Read 100 books this year (2011)


 

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Joanna Neilson has written 2 entries about this goal

Last few books!

And the final few books were:

88. Little Fuzzy – Henry Beam Piper (K, Sweet book, Fuzzies are awesome)
89. A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters – Julian Barnes (Um, typical ‘literature’)
90. Just After Sunset – Stephen King (Great as always, short stories)
91. Freaks – Tess Gerritsen (K, short but good intriguing read)
92. The Voice in the Fog – Harold MacGrath (K, readable, no Conan Doyle….)
93. Habibi – Craig Thompson (Outstanding Graphic Novel, loved it)
94. The Gate: 13 Dark & Odd Tales – Robert J Dupree (K, fun, creepy collection)
95. Rashoumon – Ryusuke Akutagawa (K, short but effective, moral questions here)
96. Raven’s Bride – Kate Silver (K, Not my usual genre, but really liked this)
97. Strangers – Gardner R. Dozois (Amazing, absorbed into it, hated the cover though)
98. Liquid Fear – Scott ichoson (K, free book but felt unmoved, didn’t really like much)
99. Devil Music & 18 Other Stories – David McAfee (K, strong collection of short stories)
100. Point Horror: The Accident – Diane Hoh (Nostalgia, and time, meant this was chosen to sign off the year)



Almost there!

The Kindle I got for my birthday on Halloween has massively helped with this, especially as there are lots of shorter stories available which, for the sake of completing the resolution, and as I didn’t set a minimum word count for the books, exactly, I am willing to count on the list.

The List so far:

January

1 Boneshaker – Cherie Priest (steampunk)
2 Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman (short stories)
3 Coldheart Canyon – Clive Barker (Hollywood ghosts)
4 Never Trust a Rabbit – Jeremy Dyson (mindaltering stories)
5 Coraline – Neil Gaiman (read in a train journey to London and back)

February

6 Tulku – Peter Dickenson (boy, religion, Tibet)
7 Kraken – China Mielville (disappointing and long)

March

8 The Little Friend – Donna Tartt (very atmospheric)
9 Sandman Slim – Richard Kadrey (fast moving gritty fantasy)
10 Song of Kali – Dan Simmons (mystical, very creepy)
11 The Great God Pan & The Hill of Dreams – Arthur Machen (Lovecraft recommended!)
12 Necroscope 1 – Brian Lumley (not as good as his Lovecraft stories)
13 The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith (as good as the Matt Damon movie)

April

14 God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens (excellent arguments)
15 Marnie – Winston Graham (need to see the film now)
16 5 People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Alborn (Meh)
17 Black & White – Jackie Kessler & Caitlin Kitredge (great superhero story)
18 The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis (an alternative view on meaning of Heaven)
19 Dreadnought – Cherie Priest (steampunk, decent story)
20 A Song of Stone – Iain Banks (unsympathetic, harsh)

May

21 The City & the City – China Mieville (snore, took ages to get through)
22 Psycho – Robert Bloch (as good as the film!)

June

23 Dune – Frank Herbert (not bad, took forever)
24 Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber (excellent, don’t want to watch show now)
25 The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury (excellent mix of stories)
26 The Children of Cthulhu – Various, Ed. John Pelan & Benjamen Adams
27 Quantum of Solace – Ian Fleming (various short stories about Bond, liked it)
28 What I talk about when i talk about running – Haruki Murakami (good mindset)

July

29 In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (insightful)
30 Retromancer – Robert Rankin (got into this, last in series)
31 The Dead Walk – Zombie short stories (from NYCC 2007!)
32 A Voyage to Arcturus – David Lindsey (amazing imagery once it got going)
33 The Man Who Fell to Earth- Walter Tevis (also rewatched film, great story)
34 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (not bad, probably need to re-read)
35 Friday Night in the Beast House – Richard Laymon (short dirty and sweet)
36 The Best of Robert Heinlein – Collection of works, only ‘Man sold moon’ sucked

August

37 The Keeper – Sarah Langan (very King, but not as well done)
38 How to Be A Woman- Caitlin Moran (really funny, lent it to a friend)
39 The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (Pretty good actually)
40 VURT – Jeff Noon (Cyberpunk via Lewis Carroll & Burroughs)
41 Birthday Stories – Haruki Murakami (great mix of his short work)
42 Love – Angela Carter (self hate in the 60s)

September

43 From Hell – Alan Moore (yes, it’s a graphic novel. A HUGE one)
44 Love All The People – Bill Hicks (great summaries of his acts)
45 Game of Thrones Vol One – George R R Martin (amazing, really loved this)
46 American Scream The Bill Hicks Story – Cynthia True (absorbing biography, very sad)
47 Money – Martin Amis (so very 1980s but relevant today)
48 After Dark – Haruki Murakami (Short but spooky, very spooky, wtf?)
49 Cell – Stephen King (proper pulp apocalypse story)

October

50 Nocturnes – Kasuro Ishiguro (a few stayed with me)
51 Full Dark No Stars – Stephen King (great collection of omg stories)
52 The Magician – W Somerset Maugham (LOEG Oliver Haddo eeeevil)
53 Lady with the Lapdog & Other Stories – Chekov (good stories, thin girl obsession tho)

November (I have a kindle now!)

54 Moon Called – Patricia Briggs (book 1, loved it)
55 Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe (dated, but all right until its annoying non-end)
56 Takers – Chris Davis (K, excellent first release from Plotfish!)
57 30-Something & Over It – Casey Edwards (K, good style, lifestyle is a dream)
58 Blood Bound – Patricia Briggs (book 2, still loving it, back to werewolves)
59 Don’t Look Now & Other Stories – Daphne Du Maurier (she rocks)
60 The Tunnel – A L Thorne (K, creepy and short)
61 Iron Kissed – Patricia Briggs (3rd book, I cried buckets)
62 Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami (finally read it, unsatisfying overall)
63 Bone Crossed – Patricia Briggs (4th books, happy!)
64 Silver Borne – Patricia Briggs (5th book, V> HAPPY!!)
65 The Psychopath Test – John Ronson (interesting if not rigourous)
66 When God Laughs & Other Stories – Jack London (K, oh, I love Jack London)
67 Room – Emma Donoghue (simple, didn’t like POV character)
68 River Marked – Patricia Briggs (6th & last one so far! Still love Mercy)
69 Appaloosa – Robert B Parker (Film made shot for shot to this!)
70 Cry Wolf – Patricia Briggs (and on to Alpha & Omega book 1)
71 Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham (K, LOVED this, tho Phil is a pill)
72 Catching Caroline – Sylvia Day (K, short saucy historical vamp & free!)
73 The Lake & 17 Other Stories – David McAffee (K, liked these a lot)
74 Hunting Ground – Patricia Briggs (A&O book 2, that’s it for now)
75 Dark Harvest – Norman Partridge (short but enjoyable horror fantasy)
76 A Little Girl in my Room & Other Stories – Claire Farrell (K, creepy, liked most)
77 Silent Blade – Ilona Andrews (K, liked this a lot, future sci fi romancey)

December

78 Thirst (Ava Delaney) – Claire Farrell (K, great story, will get sequel)
79 Peekers – Kealan Patrick Burke (K, short, nightmare fuel!)
80 On the Prowl – Patricia Briggs et al (K, liked most of these & 1 is porn!)
81 The Damned Thing – Ambrose Pierce (K, short but all right)
82 Offbeat 10 short stories – David Heaton (K, nice mix not all satisfying)
83 Shatterboy – Scott William Carter (K, very short, all right, sad)
84 Brown Wolf & Ohter Stories – Jack London (K, still love Jack London!)
85 Aleisteir Crowley the Beast Demystified – Roger Hutchinson (learned a lot about the guy)
86 Anthem – Ayn Rand (K, reads like Orwell fanfic, interesting tho)
87 Mile 81 – Stephen King (K, mini-novella, liked it a lot)



 

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