the year in books 2009

Every time I finish reading a book I write down the date, the title, and the author on the last page of my journal. It’s fascinating and exciting to look back over the years at all of the things I’ve read and to remember how each affected what I was living and breathing at the time.

Inspired by a lovely friend’s posting of a similar list (and I thought I was the only one who kept lists like this, long live the book punks!) that I thoroughly enjoyed perusing, I have decided to post my own list because I figure it just might spur a few conversations, and I really like conversations about books. Unfortunately I can’t find the journal I used at the start of the year, so the list is incomplete, and begins in April 2009. I’m also pretty sure that I read a mountain of zines that I completely failed to include.

1. Die 13-1/2 Leben des Käpt’n Blaubär by Walter Moers
2. The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving by John Hoffman
3. Declarations of Independence by Howard Zinn
4. Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
6. Despite Everything by Aaron Cometbus (reread)
7. Empire of Scrounge by Jeff Ferrell
8. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas by Tom Robbins
9. The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved by Sandor Ellix Katz
10. Double Duce by Aaron Cometbus
11. Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins
12. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon
13. Eye in the Sky by P.K. Dick
14. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
15. Patterns of Culture by Ruth Benedict
16. The Bandit Queen of India by Phoolan Devi
17. Bukaka Spat Here by I Forgot to Write Down the Authors’ Names
18. Rocket Queen (zine–anon author I believe)
19. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (reread)
20. Barrel Fever by David Sedaris (reread)
21. Rumo by Walter Moers
22. Die Stadt der Träumende Bücher by Walter Moers
23. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
24. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (reread)
25. Access All Areas by Ninjalicious (reread)
26. Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash by Susan Strasser

17 Comments on “the year in books 2009

  1. yay! i love book lists! i see travels with charley had a place in both of our years. i keep track on ’cause social networking is best when it’s about books. yes.

  2. tee hee. you are said “lovely friend” in case you didn’t already that figure that out yourself. i was briefly a member of goodreads, but deleted it in an internet “I’m on too many sites where too much information about me is everywhere” freak out a few days later. what i should have done is kept goodreads and deleted all of the others.

  3. What did you think of Graveyard Book? I don’t think we ever talked about it.

  4. I quite like The Graveyard Book. Light reading, but enjoyable. For some reason the only detail I really remember clearly now is how at the beginning he describes how an apple tree was the result of a picnic 30 years previous. I really liked that line.

  5. Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me…Richard Farina
    Pilgrim At Tinker Creek….Annie Dillard
    The Dresden Codex…unknown Mayan
    And Then The Hail Came….George Steffanos
    The Real Messiah: The Throne of St. Mark and the True Origins of Christianity…Stephan Huller
    Ghosts Of Vesuvius…Charles Pellegrino
    and many, many more…

  6. Oh, what a good idea. I’m gonna do that now. And yay Phoolan Devi! Did you see Derrick Jenen’s new book about trash?

  7. fenu: That looks like a sweet recommendation list. You a list keeper too?

    Tara: I am so reading that Jensen book right this very second. Heh. It’s great. And I was really excited to get it in the mail and find out how thick it is. Hurray for a new year in books! Can’t wait to see your list.

  8. read “of men and mice” this year, too. “travels with charly” I actually read while living in my wagen. good read. love steinbeck.. try reading “rule of the bone”, dropout-traveling book.. don’t remember the author, read a hell lot of books this year, I liked the three Philip K. Dick books I had, Houllebeq’s latest books, Henry Miller, Boroughs reread, Celine was mad.. also some newer german authors..I am too bad at memorizing names. should start keeping lists or keep a diary or something like that. I like your blog.

  9. “The Graveyard Book” was summer reading for our current sixth graders. It did not go over well. It was deemed too scary (and maybe violent?) and it will not be on the docket for next year…unfortunately. All of our efforts at including contemporary books seem to get shot down by over-protective parents.

  10. Hi I was interested to know what fenu thought of the Ghosts of the Vesuvius? I have never heard of the Real Messiah. What’s that about?

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