With all the best-of, year-end lists floating around the Web, I thought I’d recap my year in books:
Books read: 67. That’s better than one per week, which isn’t too shabby. I hope to read at least 70 books in 2009.
Genres read: Fantasy, romance, mysteries, thrillers … just about everything except non-fiction. I’m not a big non-fic fan (probably because I have to read so many news stories for work).
New authors I read: Stephanie Meyer, C. L. Wilson, HelenKay Dimon, Kresley Cole, Roxanne St. Claire, Linda Lael Miller, Elizabeth Vaughn, Jackie Kesslar, Ilona Andrews, Catlin Kittredge, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Austin Grossman, Rick Riordian, Eric VanLustbaderÂ … and several others. I’ll read anyone once. I’m happy to report several of these authors made the grade for me, and I’ll be reading more of their books.
Authors I read again: Jim C. Hines,Â Lee Child, Robert B. Parker, Stephen Hunter, Marjorie M. Liu, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Elizabeth Vaughn, Lisa KleypasÂ … and several others.
Best read: Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas. Loved it. Absolutely loved it. A great contemporary romance and coming-of-age story. Must get my hands on the two sequels …
Runner-up: Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughn. A great fantasy romance with a very likable heroine.
Worst read: InterWorld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves. I just didn’t enjoy thisÂ young adultÂ book, which is a sci-fi cross between The Matrix and A Wrinkle in Time. Then again, I’m not the world’s biggest sci-fi fan to start with.
Runner-up: Twilight by Stephanier Meyer. I liked it … until Bella found out Edward was a vampire. After that, the book and its obsessiveÂ love storyÂ just didn’t work for me.
Strangest read: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. I know this take on Batman is highly lauded, but I just thought it was weird. Then again, I’ve thought most of the stuff I’ve read by Miller is weird. So maybe it’s just me.
New series I discovered and enjoyed: The Bullet Catchers series by Roxanne St. Claire and the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole. I plan on reading and catching up with both of these series in 2009.
Series I’d read before that left me a little puzzled: The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. I lovedÂ the parts of Phury’s book that dealt with John and his two friends, but the romance (what there was of it) with Phury and Cormia just didn’t work for me. Still, Ward is a great writer, and I have high hopes for the next book in the series.Â Â
Books I wrote this year: 4, which includes Spy 2 and all three of the Assassin books (I had to revise the first Assassin book so much I practically rewrote it).
Books I plan to write in 2009: I need to revise Spy and Spy 2, do another draft or two to polish Assassin 3, and write Assassin 4.Â I also want to write my urban fantasy western and maybe try my hand at a young adult novel.
What about you guys? What were some of your favorite reads (or things you wrote) for 2008? Share in the comments. And happy reading in 2009! :ww: