reading 2009

Here you will find not only a list of every book I read in 2009 (from the inception of this blog, I mean), but also a list of reading challenges in which I participated. Since I changed the format of my challenges for 2010, the look of this page differs from that one.


R.I.P IV (8/4)

Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings is sponsoring the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge for the fourth year running. This a challenge running from 1st September till 31st October, exhorting participants to explore an eerier variety of book as autumn slowly rolls in and we have time to enjoy the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.

Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural.

I will be participating in Peril the First, in which readers read any Four books from any spooky sub-genre. I do not anticipate any difficulties with spicing up my reading with spookiness!

Horror and the occult have always had a prominent place in my reading, from small kid time till now. Some of the more perilous books I’ve read since starting this blog include some excellent juvenalia such as several John Bellairs books Spellbound, Tales for the Midnight Hour, as well as Faerie Tale, Anno Dracula, Jane Eyre, and a number of Cornell Woolrich books.

I have not yet decided what will be read for this challenge, though it may include The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Norton Book of Ghost Stories. I look forward to this being an opportunity to find new and exciting books of this nature, and cannot wait to update!

Books read for RIP IV
1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
2. The Terror by Dan Simmons
3. The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney
4. Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, ed. by Phyllis Cert Wagner & Herbert Wise

RIP IV overflow
5. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories My Mother Never Told Me
6. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Sixteen Skeletons from My Closet
7. Hell House by Richard Matheson
8. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James


Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (Modern Library)
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
The Norton Book of Ghost Stories
The Ghost-Feeler: Stories of Terror and the Supernatural by Edith Wharton
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories

(Any left after this year, I can just add to my list for the next!)

Classics Challenge 2009 (6/6)

classicssmallClassics Challenge is hosting The Classics Challenge 2009!

Classics: We love them, we hate them, now we are going to challenge ourselves to read more of them.

**Choose Your Level (Keep reading for Bonus)
1. Classics Snack – Read FOUR classics
2. Classics Entree – Read FIVE classics
3. Classics Feast – Read SIX classics

1. Cross-posting with other challenges is allowed (and encouraged!)
2. Audiobooks are fine
3. Re-reads are acceptable, BUT books must be finished after April 1st to count for the challenge
4. Lists don’t have to be set in stone; you can change your selections at any time.
5. Have Fun!!
6. You do NOT need a blog to participate.

**Bonus!! (Optional)
Last year we compiled a list of books that we think might be considered classics one day. I’ve wiped out that old list so we can start fresh, but to get an idea of what others suggested last year, see HERE. To start off the list, I’m going to suggest Atonement by Ian McEwan.

Being ambitious, I’m opting for the Classics Feast!

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
2. White Fang by Jack London
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
4. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
5. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
6. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Alternate: Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, ed, by Phyllis Cerf Wagner & Herbert Wise

TBR Lite Challenge (5/6)

OPTION B: read 6 books in 12 months ~ you CAN change your reading list throughout the year

1. The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry
2. A Factory of Cunning by Patricia Stockley
3. Dark Angels by Karleen Koen
4. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
5. Lady into Fox by David Garnett
6. Brief Gaudy Hour by Margaret Campbell Barnes

For my TBR Lite Reading Challenge list, I selected books on the lighter side of my TBR list, to give those books a chance to shine. After all, there are plenty of classics and haute literature books on the list with their own challenges!

Christmas Reading Challenge (3/3)

Over at The True Book Addict, Michelle is hosting the Christmas Reading Challenge.

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The Christmas Reading Challenge:

  • Will run from Thanksgiving Day, November 26 through New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2009
  • You can choose 1 – 3 books…I know it seems a small amount, but it’s a busy time of year and the challenge is only a little over a month.
  • These must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore or a book of Christmas short stories (sorry, no children’s books, but YA novel is okay).
  • I will have a list of new Christmas books coming out and some old favorites to recommend.
  • Be sure to come back and link your post here on Mr. Linky.  This is my first time using it so if it doesn’t work, leave your link in the comments.  Please leave a comment after you post your link in Mr. Linky. Thanks!

I love themed reading and challenges, and I love Christmas, so how could I resist? (I’ve actually been mulling over my own seasonal challenge, but I’m not sure I’m ready to take that sort of thing on yet.) I can’t wait to get started, but I suppose we have to get through Thanksgiving first! (Hmm, what pies will I be baking … ?)

Christmas Challenge Books
1. The Joyous Season by Patrick Dennis
2. Christmas Stars: Fantastic Tales of Yuletide Wonder ed. by David G. Hartwell
3. The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s [sic] A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

Some books I’m considering include
Christmas Forever (SF anthology)
Christmas Stars (SF anthology)
A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales (SF anthology)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (old favorite)
The Joyous Season by Patrick Dennis
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Shivers for Christmas ed. Richard Dalby (horror tales anthology)

2009 Holiday Reading Challenge (5/5)

Nely at All About {N} is hosting a 2009 Holiday reading Challenge!. Since I just can’t get enough challenges or holiday fun, I’m signing up!

Challenge Requirements:

1- Challenge will start Friday, November 20 and will end Thursday, December 31.

2- You can read anywhere from 1 to 5 books for the challenge and, of course, if you’re like me, you are more than welcome to surpass that number.

3- And now, here’s the clincher… they must be holiday related books. That’s right, the holiday doesn’t really matter, but it would be more “jolly” if your choices were Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.

4- The size of the book does not matter, nor does the genre. It is also okay for the book to overlap with other challenges. The only thing I ask is that they are not children’s books. YA is okay. And so are re-reads. I for one tend to read the same books every Christmas – they are tradition.

5- To sign up – leave a link back to your challenge post. There will also be a post for review links as well as one for challenge wrap-ups.

6- And…. there will be goodies. That’s right, we’ll call them presents. At the end of every week that the challenge is running I will choose one winner from the review links and I will allow them to pick a book of their choosing (of course, I will provide a list). Meaning the more books you read, review and link up, the more chances you have at winning a “present”.

Holiday Books Read
1. The Joyous Season by Patrick Dennis
2. Christmas Stars: Fantastic Tales of Yuletide Wonder ed. by David G. Hartwell
3. The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s [sic] A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford
4. A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales, ed. by Brian M. Thomsen
5. Shivers for Christmas, ed. by Richard Dalby

100+ books challenge (129/100)

One of the first book challenges I joined was the 100+ Reading Challenge, hosted by J. Kaye over at J. Kaye’s Book Blog. As the name would suggest, the goal was simply to read over a hundred books in 2009. I joined a little late (I didn’t even start this blog till mid-April), but I had a good feeling that this was one challenge that would present few difficulties for me. I had always wanted to keep track of my reading, but I always lost lists, or just stopped adding to them. The 100+ Challenge kept me organized, both with my read list and posting reviews both here and with links on the challenge pages.This Challenge also helped alter my reading habits, getting me out of my re-reading rut (I do love re-reading books!), and provoking me into looking for new and interesting books at the library, something I hadn’t done for some time. I didn’t like that my re-reads were so far outpacing my new books in my tracker, so I made a lot of effort to change that–and read some damn fine books in the process. I also liked going through reviews by other participants, just to see how they were doing, and what sorts of books they were reading.

I’m sure I’ll participate again next year, but I think I’ll try to hit the 200+ Club in 2010. Wish me luck.

100+ Reading Challenge: 20 April – 6 November (completed)

1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls, John Bellairs
2. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring, John Bellairs
3. Gigi & The Cat, Colette
4. The Curse of the Blue Figurine, John Bellairs
5. The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
6. Strip Tease, Carl Hiassen
7. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brönte
8. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman
9. Fright, Cornell Woolrich
10. We Speak No Treason, Rosemary Hawley Jarman
11. As Meat Loves Salt, Maria McCann
12. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
13. Dragonsinger, Anne McCaffrey
14. Rendezvous in Black, Cornell Woolrich
15. The Black Angel, Cornell Woolrich
16. White Fang, Jack London
17. Faerie Tale, Raymond E. Feist
18. The Last Unicorn, Peter Beagle
19. Conan the Swordsman, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, and Björn Nyberg
20. Queen of the Black Coast, Robert E. Howard
21. Red Nails, Robert E. Howard
22. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
23. New Spring, Robert Jordan
24. The Mirror of Her Dreams, Stephen R. Donaldson
25. A Man Rides Through, Stephen R. Donaldson
26. Brief Gaudy Hour, Margaret Campbell Barnes
27. Abundance, Sena Jeter Naslund
28. The Oracle Glass, Judith Merkle Riley
29. Black Alibi, Cornell Woolrich
30. A Factory of Cunning, Philippa Stockley
31. Circus Shoes, Noel Streatfeild
32. Movie Shoes, Noel Streatfeild
33. Gemma, Noel Streatfeild
34. Gemma Alone, Noel Streatfeild
35. An Assembly Such as This, Pamela Aidan
36. Confessions of a Teenage TV Addict, Ellen Leroe
37. Rouse a Sleeping Cat, Dan Crawford
38. Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin
39. Something Blue, Emily Giffin
40. The Loving Highwayman, Helen Ashfield
41. Babyproof, Emily Giffin
42. Love the One You’re With, Emily Giffin
43. Melinda Takes a Hand, Patricia Beatty
44. The Bearkeeper’s Daughter, Gillian Bradshaw
45. Dark Angels, Karleen Koen
46. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde
47. Lacy Makes a Match, Patricia Beatty
48. Spellbound, Christopher Pike
49. Somebody’s Horse, Dorothy Nafus Morrison
50. Mademoiselle Boleyn, Robin Maxwell
51. To Dream of Snow, Rosalind Laker
52. O the Red Rose Tree, Patricia Beatty
53. Tales for the Midnight Hour, JB Stamper
54. Ballerina, Edward Stewart
55. When Christ and His Saints Slept, Sharon Kay Penman
56. A Night in Transylvania: The Dracula Scrapbook, Kurt Brokaw
57. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
58. Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder
59. Captive Bride, Carol Finch
60. Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder
61. Born to Run, Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon
62. Within the Hollow Crown, Margaret Campbell Barnes
63. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare
64. Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
65. The Concubine, Norah Lofts
66. A Long, Fatal Love Chase, Louisa May Alcott
67. Once is Not Enough, Jacqueline Susann
68. Hunger of the Beast, John Driver
69. The Marsh King’s Daughter, Elizabeth Chadwick
70. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
71. Nightwalker, Sidney Filson
72. Lady into Fox, David Garnett
73. The Terror, Damn Simmons
74. The Pistachio Prescription, Paula Danzinger
75. Swan Song, Robert R. McCammon
76. Remember Me to Harold Square, Paula Danzinger
77. There’s a Bat in Bunk Five, Paula Danzinger
78. This Place Has No Atmosphere, Paula Danzinger
79. The Morland Dynasty: The Founding, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
80. The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch, Joseph Delaney
81. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Kate Douglas Wiggin
82. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories My Mother Never Told Me, Alfred Hitchcock, ed.
83. Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 16 Skeletons from My Closet, Alfred Hitchcock, ed.
84. Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, Phyllis Cerf, Wagner and Herbert Wise, eds.
85. Shanny on Her Own, Lael Littke
86. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Süskind
87. The Morland Dynasty: The Dark Rose by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
88. Hell House, Richard Matheson
89. Meet the Austins, Madeline L’Engle
90. The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
91. The Moon by Night, Madeline L’Engle
92. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
93. Sorcery & Cecilia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, Patricia C Wrede and Caroline Stevemer
94. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
95. Anne of Windy Poplars, LM Montgomery
96. The India Fan, Victoria Holt
97. The Morland Dynasty: The Princeling, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
98. Date with a Dead Doctor, Toni Brill
99. The Story Girl, LM Montgomery
100. Witch Week, Diana Wynne Jones
101. Moccasin Trail, Eloise Jarvis McGraw
102. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder
103. The Morland Dynasty: The Oak-Apple, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
104. The Morland Dynasty: The Black Pearl, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
105. The Morland Dynasty: The Long Shadow, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
106. The Blue Castle, Lucy Maud Montgomery
107. Offbeat Bride, Ariel Meadow Stallings
108. Here Be Dragons, Sharon Kay Penman
109. The Captive, Victoria Holt
110. One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding, Rebecca Mead
111. The Joyous Season, Patrick Dennis
112. The Morland Dynasty: The Chevalier by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
113. Christmas Stars: Fantastic Tales of Yuletide Wonder, ed. by David G. Hartwell
114. The Morland Dynasty: The Maiden, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
115. The Boyfriend School, Sarah Bird
116. ‘Salem’s Lot, Stephen King
117. Rhett Butler’s People, Donald Craig
118. Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading (A Reading Memoir), Lizzie Skurnik
119. The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s [sic] A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits, Les Standiford
120. The Gathering Storm, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
121. A Yuletide Universe: Sixteen Fantastical Tales, ed. by Brian M. Thomsen
122. Christine, Stephen King
123. Ghosts I Have Been, Richard Peck
124. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
125. Shivers for Christmas, ed. Richard Dalby
126. Morland Dynasty: The Flood-Tide, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
127. The Grounding of Group 6, Julian F. Thompson
128. Treasure Mountain, Evelyn Sibley Lampman
129. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, Max Brooks


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  1. Reading Challenge: RIP V « the stacks my destination said,

    […] challenge. (Anyone with a similar problem will find any number of suitable titles, either on my RIP IV list, or under horror and categories […]

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