December 31st, 2019

Whale fluke

Forty-one books, 41 books, 41 books, 41 books...

Not as many books this year.

I slowed down my reading. Not deliberately: mainly it was due to being occupied. Really, having as active a job as I've had for the past 13(!) months has made me take more time to read most books than I'd like to take. I was well short of my "average of a book a week" goal.

That said, here are the 41 books. I'm currently in progress on Erin Morgenstern's second novel, The Starless Sea.

January
Travels With Charley: in search of America — John Steinbeck, 1962
Henry and the Clubhouse — Beverly Cleary, 1962
Why Read Moby-Dick? — Nathaniel Philbrick, 2011
Word By Word: the secret life of dictionaries — Kory Stamper, 2017
Whiteout: Melt — writer Greg Rucka, artist Steve Lieber, originally published 1999-2000
Guardians of the Galaxy: Angela, six-issue comic story, writer Brian Michael Bendis, main artist Sara Pichelli with contributions from Francesco Francavilla and Kevin Maguire. Originally published 2013.
Plastic Man — six-issue comic miniseries, writer Gail Simone, artist Adriana Melo. Published 2018-2019.

February
Otis Spofford — Beverly Cleary, 1953
On Stranger Tides — Tim Powers, 1987
Ribsy — Beverly Cleary, 1964
Binti: Home — Nnedi Okorafor, 2017

March
Salman Rushdie: Step Across This Line: collected nonfiction 1992-2002
Binti: the Night Masquerade — Nnedi Okorafor, 2017
Silver on the Road: the Devil's West book 1 — Laura Anne Gilman, 2015

April
The Cold Eye: the Devil's West book 2 — Laura Anne Gilman, 2017
A Local Habitation — Seanan McGuire, 2010. The second October Daye novel.
Beezus and Ramona — Beverly Cleary, 1955

May
Red Waters Rising: the Devil's West book 3 — Laura Anne Gilman, 2018
Kill the Farm Boy — Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, 2018
Fifteen — Beverly Cleary, 1956

June
Wild Cards III: Joker's Wild. Collaborative novel (not a short story collection) written by George R. R. Martin, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Leanne C. Harper, Walter Simons, Lewis Shiner, John J. Miller, and Edward Bryant. Edited by GRRM. Published 1987.
Batman: Whatever happened to the Caped Crusader? — Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert, originally published 2009. Collection also includes Batman stories "A Black and White World," "Pavane," "Original Sins" and "When is a Door," written by Gaiman.
Head On — John Scalzi, 2018

July
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac — Jhonen Vasquez. Collects the first seven issues of the series.
Star Wars: Leia: Princess of Alderaan — Claudia Gray, 2017
The Bell Jar — Sylvia Plath, 1963

August
The City in the Middle of the Night — Charlie Jane Anders, 2019
Summer Knight — Jim Butcher, 2002. Book 4 of the Dresden Files.

September
Brontë: Poems — by Emily Brontë (1818-1848). Collection published 1996.
Surrender the Pink — Carrie Fisher, 1990

October
Unlocked: an oral history of Haden's Syndrome — John Scalzi, 2014
The King of Elfland's Daughter — Lord Dunsany, 1924
Aftershock: help, hope and healing in the wake of suicide — David Cox and Candy Arrington, 2003
West Coast Avengers Vol. 1: Best Coast — Kelly Thompson and Stefano Caselli. Includes Issues 1-4 and two stand-alone stories. Collected 2018.
West Coast Avengers Vol. 2: City of Evils — Kelly Thompson, Danielle Di Nicuolo, Gang Hyuk Lim, and Moy R. Includes Issues 5-10.

November
From Doon with Death — Ruth Rendell, 1964
The Luckiest Girl — Beverly Cleary, 1958
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens — 2015 novelization by Alan Dean Foster, adapted from the screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt
The Music of James Bond — Jon Burlingame, 2012

December
Gone Tomorrow — Lee Child, 2009. A Jack Reacher novel.
The Life of Frederick Douglass: a graphic narrative of a slave's journey from bondage to freedom — written by David F. Walker, art by Damon Smyth, colors by Marissa Louise, letters by James Guy Hill. Published 2018.