the year in books 2010

And so the year draws to a close, and I continue the one tradition you can rely on here at Click Clack Gorilla: a list of the books I’ve read over the past year. What can I say, I’m a book geek, and I keep a list. For any other book geek bloggers reading this, I’d love to see your own list. If you make one, link up in the comments below, pretty please with a frozen cherry on top.

This year was rather P.K.Dick-heavy, as I reread my entire collection of his works. Best of the year were The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (fucking amazing-worthy of at least a hundred exclamation points, but I will save your eyes) and Into the Forest by Jean Hegland. What can I say, I love apocalyptic fiction. Worst of the year were Valis and The Divine Invasion by P.K. Dick and The Worthing Saga by Orsen Scott Card, each of which I had to force myself to finish and which I intend never to read again.

Last year most of my reading list got lost among too-oft switched journals, and I had a humble total of 26 titles. Apparently this year I have shunned most social contact in favor of pressed wood pulp and words written by strangers (though I do know the author of several titles on the list—woot woot!) with a total of 56.

Here’s to a new year in books! If I was the type to make New Year’s resolutions, and I am not—I prefer to make lists that I will never complete all year long—mine might be to finally read Kafka in the original German and to get my own damn book finished and onto the shelf already. Here, here!

1. What We Leave Behind by Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay
2. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (reread)
3. The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula LeGuin
4. A Canticle for Lebowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
5. Der Schrechsenmeister by Walter Moers
6. You Who Hear Tell Others by Finn
7. Ronja Räubertochter by Astrid Lindgren
8. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
9. Travels with Lizbeth by Lars Eighner
10. Ghosty Men by Franz Lidz
11. Mongo: Adventures in Trash by Ted Botha
12. Vulcan’s Hammer by P.K. Dick (reread)
13. When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do by Hyde Flippo
14. Garbage Land by Elizabeth Roythe
15. The Bells in Their Silence by Michael Gorra
16. Going Green by Laura Prichett
17. Those Crazy Germans by Steve Sommers
18. Man in the High Castle by P.K. Dick (reread)
19. Radio Free Albemuth by P.K. Dick (reread)
20. Counter Clock World by P.K. Dick (reread)
21. The Simulacra by P.K. Dick (reread)
22. Clans of the Alphane Moon by P.K. Dick (reread)
23. A Scanner Darkly by P.K. Dick (reread)
24. Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner
25. We Can Build You by P.K. Dick (reread)
26. I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Into the Mind of Philip K. Dick by Emmanuel Carrere (reread)
27. Now Wait for Last Year by P.K. Dick (reread)
28. Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
29. Rocket Queen 2 (zine)
30. Comet Bus 52 (zine) by Aaron Cometbus
31. The Worthing Saga by Orsen Scott Card
32. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
33. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
34. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
35. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
36. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien
37. Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
38. Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody
39. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
40. The Telling by Ursula LeGuin
41. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by P.K. Dick (reread)
42. Valis by P.K. Dick
43. The Divine Invasion by P.K. Dick
44. Dwelling Portably 1990-1999 by Bert & Holly Davis
45. Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins
46. Time Out of Joint by P.K. Dick
47. Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and With (Almost) No Money by Dolly Freed
48. Land of Lost Souls by Cadillac Jack
49. Wild Ducks Flying Backwards by Tom Robbins
50. Big Hands by Aaron Lake Smith (zine)
51. Lost in Deutschland by Brian Melican
52. Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins
53. Bad Habits by Cristy C. Road
54. Indestructible by Cristy C. Road
55. Xenophobe’s Guide to the Germans
56. Stinking Creek: The Portrait of a Small Mountain Community in Appalachia by John Fetterman

What were your favorite books this year? I always love me a good recommendation…

0 Comments on “the year in books 2010

  1. Damn girl! You need to do this post about once a month, that list is overwhelming.

    Have you read The Road? Definitely apocalyptic, great easy read, and hard to get out of my mind.

    I’m putting Hunger Games on my library list right now…

    Also, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is one of my all time favorite books, but I think that’s partly because I grew up reading it. Some of the sequels were ok too, but haven’t read the Worthing Saga.

    OH, AlSO! Infected by Scott Sigler – such an easy read it’s almost a guilty pleasure, but really kept us interested.

  2. Wow, that’s some list. I think I will have to start keeping a list too. I’m trying but at the moment can’t remember most of the books I’ve read this year. I’ve reread a lot – I often do this around August/September as it seems that’s the time I feel the need to just chill out and read without having to concentrate at all. So out come the Georgette Heyers again (regency romances, but Jane Austen style rather than bodice rippers), the Little House series and one or other of my favourite fantasy stuff.

    I’ve only started reading some (post-)apocalyptic fiction recently and quite enjoy it. The Road was difficult to read (not so much because of the subject matter, it was the writing style that bothered me) and World made by Hand has a very disturbing violent bit towards the end but all in all I can see myself reading more of this type of stuff in the future. I’m also discovering and rediscovering some nice book blogs too. Between blogs and the abebooks newsletter I should never be stuck for ideas!

  3. Wow, four books about Germans! I loved the Xenophobe’s Guide, but haven’t looked at the other three. I just took a re-read through A Walk in the Woods a couple of weeks ago. Still funny.:-)

  4. Frugal Vegan Mom: You know, that’s a pretty good idea. A monthly book geek out post.

    I really love “Ender’s Game” too. Worthing Saga was just, oh I don’t know, just wasn’t up to the par I’ve expected from him since reading “Ender’s Game” I suppose. I’ll look into “Infected.” I tend to have a lot of trouble finding English language books at the libraries here that I want to read, but my fingers are already crossed.

    Moonwaves: I did read “The Road,” and quite enjoyed it, strange writing style and all. In fact I found the whole thing quite interesting in a study in experimental writing style sort of way. Am also rather haunted by a lot of that book’s images. Especially all the folks who survive whatever it is that has happened on that world by eating people. *Shudder.*

    I’ve never heard of World Made by Hand. It’s just gone on my list to check out.

    fishie: Wooo! Going to go read your list now.

    ian: Yes, the repetition of that subject matter is due to writing for the Young Germany website a lot. Reviewing books is def up there on dream jobs, so I review books for them as often as I can convince a publisher to send me a free copy. Of all those books about Germany on there, I think I’d recommend “Lost in Deutschland” the most. It’s a Brit’s perspective on the country (and why he loves it), and it’s a pretty funny read.

  5. I just got A World Made By Hand with my Christmas money. Its by James Howard Kunstler, who is a friend of KMO’s, and who incidentally lives in Saratoga. I’m hoping I might get to meet him when I’m there at the end of the month.

  6. Wow, I’m totally humbled by your 56 books. You’re my new hero! I agree with you, reading Kafka in the original German is definitely on my list for someday — I just have this sneaking suspicion that it’s a 100 times better than the English translation.

  7. Mandi: What can I say, I spend a lot of time behind book pages. 🙂 I have that same sneaking suspicion as well. The few things that I have read in both the original and in the German translations have always irritated me in their inability to really convey the authors’ mastery. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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