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2009 Year in Reading

So this year I read 68 books and 219 manga and graphic novels. This is up a bit from last year’s totals. For books I tended to read a lot of easy mysteries, romances, and fantasy novels. I read through all of the Sookie Stackhouse books that are in paperback and I really enjoyed Kate Ross’s four Julian Kestrel murder mysteries. I also enjoyed Maria Snyder’s Poison Study books. I read a little bit of non-fiction, just 6 books, and most of those were related either to research about twins or child development.

Out of the 219 manga/graphic novels I read I probably was most captivated by We Were There, Swan, and 20th Century Boys. It has been a very good year for manga. I think this year I need to get caught up a little more on regular graphic novels. I’m really behind in following Ed Brubaker’s Captain America, so I need to pick up some of the GNs I’ve missed.

Books Read, November and December 2009


12 Kingdoms 2 and 12 Kingdoms 3 by Fuyumi Ono
Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold – I’ve been meaning to read more Bujold after finishing the first three Sharing Knife books.
The Broken Vessel By Kate Ross – Now I’ve read all the Julian Kestrel mysteries!
Soulless By Gail Carriger – The paranormal romance genre is played-out, but I was entertained by this book about a soulless bluestocking with a deadly parasol running around a slightly steampunk Victorian London.
The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes
My Body Lies Over the Ocean by J.S. Borthwick
In the Bleak Midwinter and A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming – These are very good murder mysteries about a female ex-army helicoptor pilot turned Episcopal priest who finds herself caught up in a murder investigation in her new parish.

Manga and Graphic Novels

Aria #5
Swan 6-14
Oh! My Brother #1
Skip Beat #19
Apothecarus Argentum #8
20th Century Boys #5
Lovers in the Night
.hack//Legend of the Twilight Complete Collection
Honey Hunt #3
Liberty Liberty!
Mikansei No. 1
Momogumi Senkei #1
Papillon Volume 4
Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden 1-8 (reread), #9
Happy Cafe #1
V.B. Rose #1 and 2
Night Head Genesis #1
Nana #19
Vagabond #4
All Star Superman Volume 2
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes, Vol. 3
Incredible Hercules Vol. 1: Against The World

Books Read, September and October 2009

I forgot to keep track of my September reading, so some of this is a half-remembered reconstruction:


The Julian Kestrel Mysteries – Sometimes it is a little sad to stumble across a series of books written by an author who is no longer living. Once you’ve finished the series, you’re left without the happy anticipation of a new adventure featuring one of your favorite characters. The Julian Kestrel mysteries would be a good pick for anyone who enjoys fiction set in the regency era AND murder. I’ve read three of the four books in this series.

Cut to the Quick – Kestrel is introduced in this volume, where an acquaintance of his is saddled with an inconvenient fiancee. Kestrel is a regency dandy and he uses his supposed preoccupation with cravats to lure his murder suspects into not taking him seriously. Things don’t go well for Kestrel when he is invited to a house party and an attractive female corpse shows up in his bed.

Whom the Gods Love – A paragon of society is bludgeoned to death, and the murder victim’s father asks Kestrel to solve the murder. Kestrel ends up untangling a complicated history of deceit, as the murder victim wasn’t the man he appeared to be.

Devil in Music – Kestrel’s most personal case takes place in Italy, where he investigates a cold case in which a patron of the arts is murdered on the evening a mysterious young English tenor goes missing.

Storm Glass and Sea Glass by Maria V. Snyder

You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

Manga and Graphic Novels

Wild Act 1-5
Flat Earth Exchange #1 and 2
Papillon 1-4
Karakuri Odette #1
Black Bird #1
Animal Academy 2
Takeru #2
We Were There #1-5
Ooku: The Inner Chambers #1
Maria Holic #1
Mad Love Chase #1
Detroit Metal City #2
The Color of Heaven
Tsubasa: Those With Wings #3
Shinobi Life #3
Bloody Kiss #2
Game X Rush #2
Mikansei #1
Kaze Hikaru #1
High School Debut #11
Nana #18
Rasetsu #2
Swan #1, 3, and 4
A Tale of an Unknown Country #1

Books Read, August 2009


Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
The Lord of the Sands of TIme by Issui Ogawa
The Barbed Rose by Gail Dayton
Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic by Kathleen Duey

Manga and Graphic Novels

High School Debut #10
Nana #17
Bloody Kiss #1
Game X Rush #1
Vampire Knight #1, 2 (reread)
Honey Hunt #2
Marmalade Boy #1-8
Maid Sama #2
Tsubasa: Those With Wings #2
Phantom Dream #2
Ludwig II #1
Fruits Basket #23
Children of the Sea #1
Maria Holic #1
Rasetsu #1
Tail of the Moon Prequel: The Other Hanzo(u)
The Color of Earth
The Color of Water

Books Read, July 2009


Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
Poison Study, Magic Study, and Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson

Manga and Graphic Novels

Two Flowers for the Dragon #2
Boys Over Flowers #36
Detroit Metal City #1
Shirley #1
Emma #8
Angel and the Aromatic Bitters by Erica Sakurazawa
Nana #16
Tsubasa: Those With Wings #2
Phantom Dream #3
Prince Valiant Volume 1
Marmalade Boy #1-3
Power Pack Classic Volume 1
Immortal Iron Fist #4
The Photographer

Books Read, June 2090


Club Dead, Dead as a Doornail, Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Christopher’s Ghosts by Charles McCarry
Your Two Year Old: Terrible or Tender by Louise Bates Ames
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pullman
Irish Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Manga & Graphic Novels

Sand Chronicles #5
Moon Child #1-3
Skip Beat #18
Two Flowers for the Dragon #1
Ultimates #1
20th Century Boys #2
High School Debut #9
Otomen #2
Fire Inspector Nanase #2
Lapis Lazuli Crown #1
The History of West Wing
Name of the Flower #2

Books Read May 2009


Need by Carrie Jones
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (reread)
A Song for Summer and The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson – More YA historical romances, set during WWII. Plenty of character-based humor. I’m glad these books are being reprinted.
Dead Until Dark, and Living Dead in Dallas, and Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Manga and Graphic Novels

Full Moon O Sagashite #2
Queen of Ragtonia #1
Fire Inspector Nanase #1
Honey Hunt #1
Gentlemen’s Alliance #1
Boys Over Flowers #35
Venus in Love #6
Animal Academy #1
Silver Diamond #4 – Along with all the random hugging, the boys travel to the burnt-out world that Rakan came from and I can slowly see the plot elements of a full scale rebellion against the evil ayame prince start to come together.
Beauty is the Beast #1-5 – Low key slice of life manga about dorm life in a high school.
Crimson Hero #8 – I stopped regularly following this series, but I enjoyed this volume about Nobara running away to train with a renegade beach volleyball team.
Venus Cappriccio #1
Tail of the Moon #1 (reread)
Gakuen Heaven Nakajima
Bound Beauty #2
Takeru: Opera Susanoh Sword of the Devil #1
Cy-Believers #1

Books read April 2009


Spymaster’s Lady, My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne

Bollywood Posters by Jeremy Pinto and Sheena Sippy – Fabulous collection of posters, arranged by theme and year. It was interesting seeing the traditional painted posters contrasted with the ones that look more like the type of design you’d see coming out of Hollywood. The posters were arranged by genre, and even though I haven’t seen a ton of Bollywood movies I was able to recognize some of the modern actors. Many of the posters were photographed on the sides of buildings, buses, etc. Great coffee table book for the movie buff.

Mystic and Rider, The Thirteenth House, Dark Moon Defender, Reader and Raelynx by Sharon Shinn (rereads) – I tore through this series when reading it for a second time.

Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande – Slightly didactic but well-written YA novel about a girl dealing with a church protesting the teaching of evolution in her science class.

Twins from Fetus to Child by Alessandra Piontelli – Longitudinal study of 30 pairs of Italian twins. One of the more scientific twin books I’ve read, some of the parental behavior recounted like picking a favorite twin and scapegoating the other was really disturbing.

Manga and Graphic Novels

Invincible Iron Man – I waited to buy this until it was out in paperback, and it is the perfect graphic novel for someone who hasn’t read many Iron Man comics before but really liked the recent movie.
Skip Beat #17
Mixed Vegetables 3 – The plot twists in this book often seem pointlessly arbitrary and predictable. But then there are tiny moments I find utterly charming like the way the heroine twists the arm of a man trying to grope her as she serves tea at a sushi shop and delivers a lecture about how one’s hands should not touch anything but sushi at the restaurant because “sushi is life.”
Nana #15
Shinobi Life #2
Fruits Basket #22
Planet Ladder #1, 2, 3, 4
Cafe Kichijouji De #1
Pluto #2
Black Jack #4
High School Debut #8

Books Read, March 2006


Trojan Gold by Elizabeth Peters
The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn
Compass Rose by Gail Dayton


Tail of the Moon #15 – Final volume! I thought it was cute that Usagi’s little girls are all grim ninjas just like their father.
Scott Pilgrim #5
Boys Over Flowers #34 – Right now I’m more interested in what happens to Sojiro and Yuki than Tsukasa and Tsukushi.
Pluto #1
20th Century Boys #1
Maid Sama #1
Battlestar Galactica: Echoes of New Caprica
Star Trek Manga: The Ultimate Edition
Star Trek The Next Generation Manga:
Her Majesty’s Dog #11 – Too much time passed between my reading the final few volume of this series, so the last volume didn’t have quite the emotional impact I think it would have if I had been reading the series all at once.
Translucent #1
Bound Beauty #1
Bride of the Water God #1
Black Jack #3
Dorothea #1

Books Read, February 2009


The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willing – All of the books in this series are exactly the same, yet I still want to read them the minute they come out.
Cast in Fury by Michelle Sagara
Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins by Nancy L. Segal

Manga and Graphic Novels

Pixie 1
Luuna 1
Skip Beat 16 – I actually started to feel some sympathy for Sho in this volume! There was an epic confrontation between Sho and Ren, with Kyoko still being somewhat clueless about all the emotional undercurrents between the men. The final scene of this manga, with Kyoko stroking Ren’s hair was a big payoff. It is crazy how much suspense Nakamura manages to build up when leading to these small breakthroughs in Kyoko and Ren’s relationship.
High School Debut #7
Sand Chronicles #4
Nana #14
Name of the Flower #1
Watchmen (reread)
NG Life #1
Peace Maker Kurogane #1
Tsubasa: Those with Wings #1
Oishinbo #1