Thursday, February 12, 2009

Books Read 2008

To be a writer, you must read. I have heard that lesson over and over, but I always think about the day that I decided I wanted to write. I loved to read so much and I knew this is what I wanted to do. I always had a reading book with me in school, and I rode the school bus for two or more hours a day so it helped keep boredom at bay when my friends departed the school bus.

I wanted to read about 100 books/comics in 2008. I didn't come to close to my goal, but I am not beating myself up over it. I have a lot going on: Core Con, writing, work, friends, family, our Europe trip in December....

Here's what I did end up reading. I read a lot of the same authors: Shannon Hale, Gail Carson Levine, Jacqueline Carey, Cornelia Funke, Neil Gaiman, and ,my favorite, Juliet Marillier. It was a pretty good year for books! I also some Alan Moore comics and lots of Joss Whedon comics related to Buffy, Angel, and Firefly/Serenity.

I am about to finish The Mists of Avalon. After visiting Stonehenge and Glastonbury (Avalon), it was hard to resist finally picking up the book. I am so glad that I waited to read it! It has taken me about a month to get through it, and it feels like a lifetime. However, it does go over the lifetime of the main characters, the voices of the novel all women in Arthurian times.

So, here's what I ended up reading (not in order).

2008 Books I have read:

1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
2. Watchman by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
3. The Hunter's Moon by OR Melling
4. The Summer King by OR Melling
5. The Lightbearer's Daughter by OR Melling
6. Buffy Season 8 comic (ongoing)
7. Buffy Omnibus Vol 1 (comic)
8. Buffy Omnibus Vol 2 (comic)
9. Angel: After the Fall Vol 1
10. Timecat by Lloyd Alexander
11. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
12. Princess Nevermore by Dian Curtis Regan
13. the goose girl by Shannon Hale
14. enna burning by Shannon Hale
15. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
16. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
17. river secrets by Shannon Hale
18. Wanted (graphic novel) by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones
19. Tales of the Slayers (Buffy comic)
20. Death (Sandman comic) by Neil Gaiman
21. Fray (Buffy comic)
22. Austenland by Shannon Hale
23. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
24. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (graphic novel)
25. Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
26. Serenity 1-3 (Firefly comics)
27. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
28. M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
29. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
30. Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
32. The Two Princesses of Banmarre by Gail Carson Levine
33. Buffy Omnibus Vol 3 (comics)
34. Buffy Omnibus Vol 4 (comics)
35. Tales of the Vampires (Buffy comic)
36. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
37. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
38. Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
39. Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey
40. Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
41. Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger
42. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
43. Angel: After the Fall Volume #2 (Angel comic)
44. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
45. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
46. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
47. Rapunzel's Revenge (graphic novel) by Shannon Hale
48. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
49. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
50. Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
51. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
52. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
53. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
54. Heir of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
55. Buffy Omnibus Vol.5 (comic)
56. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
57. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

This year truly was about discovering and enjoying the writing of several specific authors and the start of lifelong reading graphic novels/comics. I love the variety and the amount of imagination in all of these. I hope to be on someone's list with at least one of them someday.


posted Feb 7, 2009 2:46 PM by Natasha Heck

Picture of my favorite book, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.

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