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2009 Round-Up

On my old tybalt_quin account, I used to do a round-up of stats at the end of each year, together with a summary of resolutions and intentions for the forthcoming year. I see no reason to discontinue this fine tradition.

Accordingly, I present to you the following stats:

Total Number of Books Read In 2009: 78.

Favourite YA Book Read In 2009: I'm going to cheat and go for a series - Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices and A Darkling Plain (together, the Mortal Engines Quartet) by Philip Reeve completely blew me away with their imagination and aventure. Hester Shaw is one of my all-time favourite characters in YA fiction.

Favourite 'Grown-Up' Book Read In 2009: This is a tough one because I've been on a Dorothy L. Sayers kick this year and I do love her books. That said, I'm going to go with Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, mainly because even though I was familiar with the TV show, the book still surprised and delighted me.

1. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (STARTED IN 2008).

2. Gordath Wood by Patrice Sarath.

3. Burial by Neil Cross.

4. How To Raise Your Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden (STARTED IN 2008).

5. Knife by R. J. Anderson.

6. The Coroner by M. R. Hall.

7. The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

8. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

9. Shadowmancer: The Curse of Salamander Street by G. P. Taylor.

10. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

11. Magic’s Child by Justine Larbalestier.

12. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve.

13. Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve.

14. Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve.

15. A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve.

16. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

17. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

18. The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith.

19. The 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison.

20. The Poison Garden by Sarah Singleton.

21. Bloodline Rising by Kate Moran.

22. The Black Book Of Secrets by F. E. Higgins.

23. Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones.

24. The Last Siege by Jonathan Stroud.

25. Nightrise by Anthony Horowitz.

26. The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan.

27. Triskellion by Will Peterson.

28. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr.

29. Wanted by Mark Millar, J. G. Jones and Paul Mounts.

30. Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan.

31. Changeling by Steve Feasey.

32. Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams.

33. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

34. The Medusa Project: The Set-Up by Sophie McKenzie.

35. The Doomsday Machine by Catherine Webb.

36. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire by Derek Landy.

37. The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter.

38. Stone Heart by Charlie Fletcher.

39. Pride And Prejudice And Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

40. Parasite Positive by Scott Westerfeld.

41. The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman.

42. The Ashleys: Lipgloss Jungle by Melissa de la Cruz.

43. Sovereign by C. J. Sansom.

44. A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.

45. Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson.

46. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

47. Nightmare Academy: Monster Revenge by Dean Lorey.

48. The Stormcaller by Tom Lloyd.

49. Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge.

50. Changeling: Dark Moon by Steve Feasey.

51. Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel.

52. Revelation by C. J. Sansom.

53. Harm’s Way by Colin Greenland.

54. What Price Liberty? How Freedom Was Won And Is Being Lost by Ben Wilson.

55. The Pain Merchants by Janice Hardy.

56. Temeraire by Naomi Novik.

57. Restoration London: Everyday Life In London 1660 - 1670 by Liza Picard.

58. Break by Hannah Moskowitz.

59. What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell.

60. Handcuffs by Bethany Griffin.

61. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

62. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay.

63. Mr Stink by David Walliams.

64. The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

65. Foundling by D. M. Cornish.

66. Fallen by Lauren Kate.

67. Bloodprint by Kitty Sewell.

68. Arthur & George by Julian Barnes.

69. Danny Baker Record Breaker: The World’s Biggest Bogey by Steve Hartley.

70. Acts of Violence by Ryan David Jahn.

71. Stray by Rachel Vincent.

72. In The Teeth of the Evidence by Dorothy L. Sayers.

73. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers.

74. The Scandalous Life Of The Lawless Sisters Criminally Illustrated With What Was To Hand by Philip Ardagh.

75. The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers.

76. Dawn Of The Dumb by Charlie Brooker.

77. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.

78. What I Was by Meg Rosoff.

Total Number of Films Seen In 2009: 22

Favourite Movie of 2009: It's a split between Watchmen and Moon. I thought that Watchmen was a good adaptation of the original graphic novel with a strong ensemble cast and the changes that were made to the story, worked well. Moon was a great low budget movie with a wonderful central performance by Sam Rockwell.

1. The Day The Earth Stood Still (Cert. 12A)

2. Watchmen (Cert. 18)

3. Gran Torino (Cert. 15)

4. Let the Right One In (Cert. 15).

5. State of Play (Cert. 12A)

6. X Men Origins: Wolverine (Cert 12A)

7. Star Trek (Cert. 12A)

8. Angels and Demons (Cert. 12A)

9. Last Chance Harvey (Cert. 12A)

10. Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (Cert. 15)

11. Blood - The Last Vampire (Cert. 18)

12. Public Enemies (Cert. 15)

13. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Cert. 12A)

14. Moon (Cert. 15)

15. The Proposal (Cert. 15)

16. The Ugly Truth (Cert. 15).

17. Inglourious Basterds (Cert. 18)

18. District 9 (Cert. 15)

19. Surrogates (Cert. 12A)

20. Pandorum (Cert. 15)

21. Zombieland (Cert.15)

22. Up (Cert. U)

Current Number of Books on the To Read Pile for 2010: 172

1. Untold Stories by Alan Bennett.

2. The Political Animal by Jeremy Paxman.

3. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.

4. The Pure in Heart by Susan Hill.

5. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

6. The Classical World: An Epic History of Greece and Rome by Robin Lane Fox.

7. East End Chronicles: Three Hundred Years of Mystery and Mayhem by Ed Glinert.

8. Don’t Know A Good Thing Edited by Kate Pullinger.

9. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James.

10. The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré.

11. The Accidental by Ali Smith.

12. The Collected Stories by Arthur C. Clarke.

13. On Writing by Stephen King.

13. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick.

15. The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft.

16. On Beauty by Zadie Smith.

17. Saturday by Ian McEwan.

18. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson.

19. Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre.

20. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.

21. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood.

22. Changing Planes by Ursula Le Guin.

23. Down The Angel … And Up Holloway Edited by Pulp.net.

24. Mediated by Thomas De Zengotita.

25. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell.

26. China Shakes The World: The Rise Of A Hungry Nation by James Kynge.

27. Lord Peter Views The Body by Dorothy L. Sayers.

28. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. Sayers.

29. The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld.

30. The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London by Sarah Wise.

31. Smiley’s People by John Le Carré.

32. The Cold Six Thousand by James Ellroy.

33. Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser.

34. Mother Tongue: The English Language by Bill Bryson.

35. Leviathan by Paul Auster.

36. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney.

37. The Bone People by Keri Hulme.

38. Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters.

39. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith.

40. The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

41. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.

42. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

43. Fat by Rob Grant.

44. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi.

45. A Handbook On Hanging by Charles Duff.

46. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

47. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

48. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell.

49. White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

50. Blood and Oil by Michael Klare.

51. Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis by Jeremy Leggett.

52. The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass.

53. Power Down: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World by Richard Heinberg.

54. The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.

55. Jaws by Nigel Andrews.

56. Nemesis by Bill Napier.

57. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond.

58. Gridlinked by Neal Asher.

59. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds.

60. The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer.

61. Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker.

62. Barrayer by Lois McMaster Bujold.

63. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones.

64. Summer Chills Edited by Stephen Jones.

65. Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur.

66. The Lost Art by Simon Morden.

67. The Inferior by Peadar O Guilin.

68. Past Magic by Ian R. MacLeod.

69. Innocent House by P. D. James.

70. My Side of the Matter by Truman Capote.

71. The Queen In Hell Close by Sue Townsend.

72. Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen by Gabriel García Márquez.

73. Otherwise Pandemonium by Nick Hornby.

74. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

75. The Diamond As Big As The Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

76. Happy Birthday Jack Nicholson by Hunter S. Thompson.

77. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

78. Making Money by Terry Pratchett.

79. Movie Idols by John Wrathall and Mick Molloy.

80. Kings of Comedy by Johnny Actob and Paul Webb.

81. Winter Warriors by David Gemmell.

82. Dark Moon by David Gemmell.

83. Glasshouse by Charles Stross.


84. The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

85. The Golden Age of Censorship by Paul Hoffman.

86. Extras by Scott Westerfeld.

87. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

88. He Kills Coppers by Jake Arnott.

89. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie.

90. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie.

91. Middle Eastern Mythology by S. H. Hooke.

92. West End Chronicles by Ed Glinert.

93. The Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

94. Death Message by Mark Billingham.

95. The Penguin Book of Columnists edited by Christopher Silvester.

96. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

97. The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson.

98. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer.

99. Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer.

100. Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin.

101. The Revenge of Gaia by James Lovelock.

102. The Shadow Of The Sun by Ryszard Kapuscinski.

103. The Beach by Alex Garland.

104. The Consolation Of Philosophy by Alain de Botton.

105. Regeneration by Pat Barker.

106. Empire by Niall Ferguson.

107. Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky.

108. How To Be Good by Nick Hornby.

109. The English by Jeremy Paxman.

110. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

111. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke.

112. Wannabe A Writer? by Jane Wenham-Jones.

113. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch.

114. Checkmate by Malorie Blackman.

115. Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman.

116. Necroscope by Brian Lumley.

117. Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz.

118. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

119. Pure Blood by Caitlin Kittredge.

120. My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon Edited By P. N. Elrod.

121. Stephen Fry in America by Stephen Fry.

122. One Foot In The Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

123. Dream-Songs by George R. R. Martin.

124. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

125. The Lees of Laughter’s End by Steven Erikson.

126. The Mermaids by Robert Edric.

127. The Reach of Children by Tim Lebbon.

128. One For The Money by Janet Evanovich.

129. Two For The Dough by Janet Evanovich.

130. Three To Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich.

131. Austerity Britain 1945 - 1951 by David Kynson.

132. Fuck It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin.


133. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

134. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

135. The Day Of The Triffids by John Wyndham.

136. The Graduate by Charles Webb.

137. Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen.

138. Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

139. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

140. Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

141. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

142. Triskellion 2: The Burning by Will Peterson.

143. Attack Of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre.

144. Rune Marks by Joanne Harris.

145. The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness.

146. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan.

147. Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

148. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

150. A Journal Of The Plague Year by Daniel Defoe.

151. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle.

152. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers.

153. The Lady With The Little Dog And Other Stories by Anton Chekhov.

154. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox.

155. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.

156. The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland.

157. Under Enemy Colours by Sean Thomas Russell

158. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy

159. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik.

160. The First Rumpole Omnibus by John Mortimer.

161. Legend by David Gemmell.

162. Marketing Your Book: An Author’s Guide by Alison Baverstock.

163. The Faerie Conspiracies by Holly Stacey.

164. Midsummer Legend by Janet Foxley.

165. Look Out! The Teachers Are Coming edited by Tony Bradman.

166. The Hundred-Towered City by Garry Kilworth. (STARTED IN 2009)

167. Stolen by Lucy Christopher

168. Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon

169. Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero by Dan Abnett

170. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer.

171. Family Britain 1951 – 1957 by David Kynaston.

172. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett.

Resolutions Kept In 2009: My big resolution for 2009 was to complete the first draft of Teh Novel so that I could graduate with my MA. This was achieved.

The other resolution I had was to use my Airmiles to go to the USA. This didn't quite come off, what with the whole job and home situation. Still, there is always 2010 ...

Resolutions For 2010:

1. Finish the edit of KYBS by the end of January.

2. Depending on what happens with the sale (or not) of KYBS, have at least 50,000 words in place for either the sequel (WTSL) or the new historical zombie novel that you want to write.

3. Write that ghost story that's been buzzing around my head since 2006.

4. Do an Arvon writing course.

5. Read 100 books (note to self: short books count!)

6. End 2010 in a place of my own.

7. Show the flying phobia who's boss by doing a trip to the US this year.

8. Get out more.

9. Resist the urge to automatically say 'no' to everything.

Miscellaneous Stats For 2009:

Flats Sold: 1.

Jobs Obtained: 2.

Jobs Left: 1.

All in all, 2009 was a hell of a lot better than 2008. Here's hoping that 2010 continues an upward path.

Happy New Year to you all and best wishes for 2010.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Still waiting for Worlds Taken Over: 3 or such. =)

May your next year be brilliant!
Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
Still waiting for Worlds Taken Over: 3 or such. =)

Shhh ... You'll give away the secret.
Jan. 2nd, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
172 is surely more that the average number of books in a household. How many books do you actually possess in total?
Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
No idea how many books I've got. Maybe around the 250/300 mark in total. I had a large bookcase filled with books before I moved out but took some down to the charity shops and don't actually keep many of the books I read - only the ones I really enjoyed, the history books (because I use them for reference) and signed copies. There are about 3 large boxes filled with books in the garage at the moment.
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