Thursday, December 31, 2009

Finishing up the 2009 books

And now, we're back with the last few straggling books to count for 2009! In a short while, Chris and I will depart to watch The Princess and the Frog before coming home for a late dinner and champagne... but first, the books! =)

51. NINE PRINCES IN AMBER by Roger Zelazny
I had never read anything by Zelazny before this year... but my roommate at Odyssey, Lisa (waves!), wrote a short story that was partially based on the same conceit of the book...and the short story totally rocked. So I had to read the book too. =) And I'm happy to say that I like both.

52. ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS by Neil Gaiman
I liked it, even though it was short.

53. THE JOY OF PICKLING by Linda Ziedrich
We've made so many things from this book this year, and they're all good. My kosher sour pickles are seriously some of the best pickles ever. Mmmm... .pickles..... =)

54. THE JOY OF JAMS, JELLIES, AND OTHER SWEET PRESERVES by Linda Ziedrich
We've done apple jelly from this and quince jelly is next up.

55. FIGGS AND PHANTOMS by Ellen Raskin
This was good, but not as good as THE WESTING GAME.

56. HOT GIMMICK, Volume 1--3 Volumes in one edition by Miki Aihara
This was so twisted and just not right that it turned out to be a fun read.

57. DONBURI MANIA by Kentaro Kobayashi
This was not as great a cookbook as I wanted, but the Loco Moco dish is quite tasty.

58. HARUMI'S JAPANESE COOKING by Harumi Kurihara
We're quite fond of the ginger pork, which we make as ginger chicken, along with the garlic fried rice. =)

59. EVERYDAY HARUMI by Harumi Kurihara
This was another Harumi cookbook (hmm, you couldn't guess that?), although I don't like the formatting in this one as much.

60. A PRECIOUS JEWEL by Mary Balogh
An old one, but a good romance nonetheless.

And now, the grand list, for your edification purposes.

  1. HARUMI'S JAPANESE HOME COOKING by Harumi Kumihara
  2. THE TEN PERCENT SOLUTION by Ken Rand
  3. MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY by Winifred Watson
  4. CHILDREN OF THE DUST by Louise Lawrence
  5. THE STEPSISTER SCHEME by Jim C. Hines
  6. PUPPY LOVE by Nancy Krulik
  7. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
  8. EMMY AND THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING RAT by Lynne Jonell
  9. EMMY AND THE HOME FOR TROUBLED GIRLS by Lynne Jonell
  10. HA'PENNY by Jo Walton
  11. HALF A CROWN by Jo Walton
  12. FIRST COMES MARRIAGE by Mary Balogh
  13. SKINNED by Robin Wasserman
  14. LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott
  15. THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss
  16. WHAT WOULD EMMA DO? by Eileen Cook
  17. THEN COMES SEDUCTION by Mary Balogh
  18. MAGIC TO THE BONE by Devon Monk
  19. MIDNIGHT NEVER COME by Marie Brennan
  20. GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
  21. AT LAST COMES LOVE by Mary Balogh
  22. SEDUCING AN ANGEL by Mary Balogh
  23. THIS DUCHESS OF MINE by Eloisa James
  24. THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
  25. FIRE by Kristin Cashore
  26. THE WINDUP GIRL by Paolo Bacigalupi
  27. WHAT HAPPENS IN LONDON by Julia Quinn
  28. A DUKE OF HER OWN by Eloisa James
  29. FOREST BORN by Shannon Hale
  30. WHO KILLED AMANDA PALMER by Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman
  31. STIFF by Mary Roach
  32. THE LITTLE ICE AGE by Brian M. Fagan
  33. THE END OF OVEREATING: TAKING CONTROL OF THE INSATIABLE AMERICAN APPETITE by David Kessler
  34. DEVLIN'S LUCK by Patricia Bray
  35. THE BABY NAME WIZARD by Laura Wattenberg
  36. BOOK CRUSH by Nancy Pearl
  37. DEADLY COMPANIONS: HOW MICROBES SHAPED OUR HISTORY by Dorothy H. Crawford
  38. WILDWOOD DANCING by Juliet Marillier
  39. HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY by Justine Larbalestier
  40. BOUND BY YOUR TOUCH by Meredith Duran
  41. DON'T TEMPT ME by Loretta Chase
  42. SLIGHTS by Kaaron Warren
  43. NORSE CODE by Greg van Eekhout
  44. SOULLESS by Gail Carriger
  45. TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT by Lisa Kleypas
  46. CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins
  47. THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE by Jennifer Ashley
  48. LOST by Jacqueline Davies
  49. LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green
  50. OOKU, VOLUME 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga
  51. NINE PRINCES IN AMBER by Roger Zelazny
  52. ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS by Neil Gaiman
  53. THE JOY OF PICKLING by Linda Ziedrich
  54. THE JOY OF JAMS, JELLIES, AND OTHER SWEET PRESERVES by Linda Ziedrich
  55. FIGGS AND PHANTOMS by Ellen Raskin
  56. HOT GIMMICK, Volume 1--3 Volumes in one edition by Miki Aihara
  57. DONBURI MANIA by Kentaro Kobayashi
  58. HARUMI'S JAPANESE COOKING by Harumi Kurihara
  59. EVERYDAY HARUMI by Harumi Kurihara
  60. A PRECIOUS JEWEL by Mary Balogh

2 comments:

Angelo said...

Happy New Year! I saw you read Nine Princes In Amber.. I first met Zelazny's work back in August. What a great story. I still have issues with the acid-trip-like crossovers that sometimes take 4-5 pages of woods...then trees...blue sky...turned dark...fairy dust settling around my eyes...turning rainbow...then gold...yellow lights in houses far below...a bend...the forest beyond... "ghosts...shadows of ghosts...images of probability...might-bes and might-have-beens...probability lost...probability regained..." (from "Sign of the Unicorn", book 3) blah blah blah, but the overall story was very good.

If you liked Nine Princes, I highly recommend going to the bookstore and picking up the entire chronicle, "The Great Book of Amber." It includes all TEN books of Amber, and takes you on one of the most unique and interesting fantasy rides I've ever read. In fact, I'm basing the jumps in a short story about time-travel partly on the way the princes jump across worlds in Amber.

If you do pick up the rest of the series, I'd love to hear what you think about it.

Soratian said...

*waves back* Glad you enjoyed Nine Princes in Amber, and second the suggestion to keep reading (well at least the end of the 1st series).

So excited about your trip to Japan in April! Husband and I still talking about previously-mentioned honeymoon, and we still haven't figured out when to go, but maybe if we manage a July date, we can meet up in Tokyo (wouldn't that be so surreal and fun?).