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My 2009 Reading List
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I didn't post much (i.e. at all) during the latter part of 2009, but on his estimable blog Mark Terry posted his 2009 Reading List and that's something I can do. It's always interesting to snoop at other people's bookshelves.

I managed to read more books in 2009. Some were rereads. The length of the list below is a bit deceptive because many of the novels are very short. I like concise books but four Maigret mysteries are about half a modern fantasy doorstop.

For my own interest I divided the books into very rough classifications to see what I'd read. As you can see, my taste is all over the place. (Although almost exclusively in the past) No wonder I can never decide what to read next or to write for that matter.

Non-fiction 13

The Story of Philosophy -- Will Durant (1926)
Pragmatism - William James (1907)
Essays of Schopenhauer -- Arthur Schopenhauer (1860)
Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard III -- Horace Walpole (1768)
The Career Novelist -- Donald Maas (1996)
Historical Ghosts and Ghost Hunters - H. Addington Bruce (1908)
The Christian Topography -- Cosmas Indicopleustes (536)
Wonderful Balloon Ascents -- Fulgence Marion (1870)
Meteorology -- Aristotle (350 BC)
The Pilgrimage of Etheria -- M.L. McClure and C. L. Feltoe, ed (381)
Secrets of the Pharoahs --Ian McMahan (1997)
Life Among the Savages -- Shirley Jackson (1951)
Love Conquers All -- Robert Benchley (1922)

Fiction 71

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror 20

Science fiction 6

A Canticle for Leibowitz -- Walter Miller (1960)
The City and the City -- China Mieville (2009)
The Puppet Masters -- Robert Heinlein (1951)
A Journey to the Interior of the Earth -- Jules Verne (1864)
The Deep Range -- Arthur C. Clarke (1957)
The Einstein Intersection -- Samuel R. Delany (1967)

Fantasy/Horror 14

Carnacki the Ghost Finder -- William Hope Hodgson (1912)
Carnacki, Supernatural Detective and Others -- William Hope Hodgson
The Night Land - William Hope Hodgson (1912)
At the Mountains of Madness -- H.P. Lovecraft (1930)
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath -- H.P. Lovecraft (1927)
Something From the Nightside -- Simon R. Green (2003)
Neverwhere -- Neal Gaiman (1997)
The Dying Earth - Jack Vance (1950)
20th Century Ghosts --Joe Hill (2005)
All Hallows Eve -- Charles Williams (1945)
The Sword of Welleran -- Lord Dunsany (1909)
She - H. Rider Haggard (1886)
Duma Key -- Stephen King (2008)
Hyperboria -- Clark Ashton Smith (1930s)

Mystery/Crime 27

Mystery (Whodunnit) 13

The Big Bow Murder -- Israel Zangwell (1892)
The Clue of the New Pin - Edgar Wallace (1929)
Dead Man's Folly -- Agatha Christie (1956)
Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets -- Georges Simenon (1931)
Maigret Goes Home -- Georges Simenon (1931)
Daughter of Time -- Josephine Tey (1952)
The Hollow Man (The Three Coffins) --John Dickson Carr (1935)
In the Shadow of the Wolf -- R. Austin Freeman (1913)
The Lady in the Lake -- Raymond Chandler (1943)
Death of a Harbormaster -- Georges Simenon (1932)
Death Comes as the End-- Agatha Christie (1944)
Maigret and the Burglar's Wife -- Georges Simenon (1951)
The Cat's Eye -- R. Austin Freeman (1923)

Crime 14

Deadlier than the Male -- James Gunn (1947)
River Girl -- Charles Williams (1951)
Into the Night -- Cornell Woolrich (1964)
The Ministry of Fear -- Graham Greene (1943)
I Should Have Stayed Home -- Horace McCoy (1951)
A Hell of a Woman -- Jim Thompson (1954)
Nothing in Her Way -- Charles Williams
Sin in Their Blood -- Ed Lacy (1952)
The Postman Always Rings Twice -- James M. Cain (1934)
Black Wings Has My Angel -- Eliot Chaze (1953)
They Shoot Horses Don't They -- Horace McCoy (1935)
The Big Caper -- Lionel White (1953)
The Colorado Kid -- Stephen King (2007)
A Bullet for Cinderella -- John D. MacDonald (1951)

General Literature - 24

The Turn of the Screw - Henry James (1898)
To the Lighthouse -- Virginia Woolf (1927)
Rabbit Run -- John Updike (1957)
Fight Club -- Chuck Palahniuk (1996)
Tortilla Flat -- John Steinbeck (1935)
Appointment in Samarra -- John O'Hara (1934)
Notes From the Underground -- Fyodor Dosoyevski (1864)
Ballistics - Billy Collins (2008)
The Call of the Wild -- Jack London (1911)
Maggie, A Girl of the Streets -- Stephen Crane (1893)
The Trial - Franz Kafka (1926)
Moby Dick -- Herman Melville (1851)
Silas Marner - George Eliot (1861)
Persuasion -- Jane Austen (1816)
The Stranger - Albert Camus (1942)
Nausea -- Jean-Paul Sartre (1938)
Nine Horses -- Billy Collins (2002)
The Haunting of Hill House -- Shirley Jackson (1959)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle -- Shirley Jackson (1962)
The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (1922)
The Day of the Locust -- Nathanael West (1939)
The Throwback -- Tom Sharpe (1978)
Journey to the End of the Night -- Louis Ferdinand Celine (1935)
God Bless You, Mr Rosewater -- Kurt Vonnegut (1965)

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