The 2009 Reading List

Tomorrow I will complete reading my 65th book of the year, which is closer to my normal reading and nearly double what I managed in 2008. As usual, I saw to it I read new authors while indulging in old favorites.

Of the 65 read, a higher percentage than usual is Star Trek titles, catching up from last year and still not entirely there. Five of the books on this list are my required reading as a judge for the 2010 Scribe Awards. Not listed here are the short stories consumed as one of the final judges to serve on a Nebula Awards jury.

Among the highlights for the year include the engaging Pictures at a Revolution, about five films that showed the changes fortunes of 1960s Hollywood; Bill Schelley’s excellent biography of Joe Kubert, Man of Rock; Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book, George Crile’s Charlie Wilson’s War; Laura Anne Gilman’s Flesh and Fire, and perhaps most engaging of all was Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Beyond actual books, I devoured the usual assortment of newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, and comic books. When addressing the fifth graders last month, I outlined my daily reading, from print to the web, and there were a lot of dropped jaws. I love reading and can’t imagine life without works to stimulate the mind and enrich the soul.

Behind the cut is the 2009 list for those curious few:

Star Trek: TNG – The Sky’s the Limit Marco Palmieri, editor
Pictures at a Revolution Mark Harris
Star Trek: Greater than the Sum Christopher Bennett
Man of Rock Bill Schelley
Star Trek: A Singular Destiny Keith R.A. DeCandido
Victory of Eagles Naomi Novik
Star Trek: Fearful Symmetry Olivia Woods
Strip for Murder Max Allan Collins
Star Trek: Errand of Fury Book 3 Kevin Ryan
I Remember the Future Michael A. Burstein
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick
Star Trek: Titan – Over a Torrent Sea Christopher Bennett
Night & Day Robert B. Parker
Star Trek: Mere Anarchy Keith R.A. DeCandido, editor
Star Trek: Mirror Universe – Glass Empires Marco Palmieri, editor
College Girl Patricia Weitz
Star Trek: Voyager – Full Circle Kirsten Beyer
Crooked Little Vein Warren Ellis
Star Trek: New Frontier-Treason Peter David
Fathers & Sons & Sports ESPN
Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon Matthew K. Manning
Star Trek: Vanguard – Open Secrets Dayton Ward
Brimstone Robert B. Parker
Star Trek: Enterprise – Kobyashi Maru
Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
Vamped Lucienne Diver
Star Trek: Troublesome Minds David Galanter
Secret Identity
Craig Yoe
The Doomsday Book Connie Willis
Star Trek Alan Dean Foster
The Last Commissioner Fay Vincent
Erotic Comics Vol. 2 Tim Pilcher
Star Trek: TNG – Losing the Peace William Leisner
Summer Knight Jim Butcher
Charlie Wilson’s War George Crile
The Calling David Mack
Star Trek: DS9 – Terok Nor James Swallow
Star Trek: DS9 – The Soul Key Olivia Woods
Tales of Zorro Richard Dean Starr, editor
Enemies & Allies Kevin J. Anderson
Star Trek: Mirror Universe – Shards & Shadows Margaret Clark, Editor
Flash Forward Robert J. Sawyer
Star Trek: DS9 – The Never Ending Sacrifice Una McCormack
Saint Olivia Jacqueline Carey
Flesh and Fire Laura Anne Gilman
Seeking Spirits Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Michael Jan Friedman
Star Trek: DS9 – Terok Nor – Night of the Wolves S.D. Perry & Britta Dennison
The Colorado Kid Stephen King
The Entitled Frank Deford
Star Trek: Voyager-The Unworthy Kirsten Beyer
The Professional Robert B. Parker
Writing for Comics With Peter David Peter David
Star Trek: Enterprise – The Romulan War Michael A. Martin
Malice Chris Wooding
Monty Python’s Tunisian Holiday Kim Howard Johnson
Star Trek-Titan: Synthesis James Swallow
G.I. Joe: Above & Beyond Max Allan Collins
Star Trek: Titan – Precipice David Mack
Murder she Wrote: Madison Avenue Shoot Donald Bain
Psych    William Rabkin
The Man from Oakdale Alina Adams
Star Trek: Myriad Universe – Infinity’s Prism William Leisner, Christopher L. Bennett, James Swallow
A Painted House John Grisham
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
Death Mask    Jim Butcher
CSI: Brass in Pocket Jeff Mariotte

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