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"Ring, happy bells, across the snow"

Happy birthday to elwe and mamomo, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

And best wishes to all of you, my friends, for a very merry New Year's Eve and a fantastic 2009!

* FYI, I've updated my list of favorite links.

* In the new year I plan to use my LiveJournal to keep up more effectively with what I've been reading, for my own benefit if for no other reason. To that end, I thought I'd post my list of the books I've read "cover to cover" since I moved, which effectively means the last eighteen months.

First, a disclaimer: Since a great deal of my reading consists of articles, essays, lone book chapters, and short stories, this list doesn't exactly reflect my reading habits as a whole. It also fails to include books I've read completely but out of regular chapter sequence (which happens for various reasons, such as when I've read chapters of books in progress, and then read the other chapters when the books were published). On the other hand, I am an unrepentant rereader, and I have counted rereads as well as original reads (and, in fact, two of the books on the list are there twice because I reread them over the recent months). All that said, I thought it would be nice for me to keep track of those books I've read "cover to cover," and this is my start:

Books I've Read

Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Magic Goblet by Emilie Flygare-Carlén
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Those Who Hunt by Night by Barbara Hambly
The Kracken Wakes by John Wyndham
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
The Sharing Knife: Legacy by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Dupin Mysteries by Edgar Allan Poe
Crossroad by Barbara Hambly
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments by Benjamin Constant
The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
Classic Vampire Short Stories by Rudyard Kipling, E.T.A. Hoffman, Edgar Allan Poe, E.F. Benson, and Bram Stoker
The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Vampyre by John Polidori
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Houses of Stone by Barbara Michaels
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien)
Writers of the Dark: Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft by Fritz Leiber and H.P. Lovecraft (edited by Ben J.S. Szumskyj and S.T. Joshi)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
The Dealings of Daniel Kesserich by Fritz Leiber
The Lighthouse at the End of the World by Jules Verne
Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald
Logan's Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson
Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans edited by Terry L. Anderson, Bruce L. Benson, and Thomas E. Flanagon
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale by Sean Astin
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter
The Big Time by Fritz Leiber
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The Sharing Knife: Passage by Lois McMaster Bujold
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Captain's Surrender by Alex Beecroft
Omnilingual by H. Beam Piper
Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
The Dead of Night by John Marsden
A Killing Frost by John Marsden
The Romance of Morien by Anonymous (translated from medieval Dutch by Jessie L. Weston)
Darkness, Be My Friend by John Marsden
Burning for Revenge by John Marsden
The Arkham Sampler: Winter 1949, All Science-Fiction Issue edited by August Derleth (Hey, it's book length!)
The Night is for Hunting by John Marsden
The Other Side of Dawn by John Marsden
While I Live by John Marsden
The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth
The First World Fantasy Convention: Three Authors Remember by Robert Bloch, T.E.D. Klein, and Fritz Leiber
Circle of Flight by John Marsden
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Classic Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, W.L. George, A.M. Burrage, and Guy de Maupassant
The Birds and Don't Look Now by Daphne du Maurier
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White
Trilby by George du Maurier
Pulptime: Being a Singular Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, H.P. Lovecraft, and the Kalem Club, As If Narrated by Frank Belknap Long, Jr. by P.H. Cannon
Tales of the Occult by Arthur Machen, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Robert Chambers, William Hope Hodgson, et. al.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Mathilda by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Ghost Stories, Volume One by M.R. James
Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle by Janet Todd
A House-Boat on the Styx by John Kendrick Bangs
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bédier (translated by Hilaire Belloc)
The Return by H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire
Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters by Anne K. Mellor
Watermind by M.M. Buckner
Five Sci-Fi Short Stories by H. Beam Piper by H. Beam Piper
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The Man with the Strange Head and Other Early Science Fiction Stories by Miles J. Breuer
The Day the Earth Stood Still and Other Stories by Harry Bates
The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Read Every Day
Arthurian Book of Days: The Greatest Legend in the World Retold Throughout the Year by Caitlin and John Matthews

Currently Reading
A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
Mary's Country by Harold Mead

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850


( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
That's a goodly book list.

A very happy New Year to you too.

May 2009 bring you joy, peace, health, happiness and whatever else you would like.

*Hugs you*
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! *hugs you back* You inspired me to start taking note of what I was reading, by the way.

May your 2009 be peaceful and rewarding!
Jan. 2nd, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am glad to hear that.

Thank you so much.
Dec. 31st, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
I've read at least 28 of those books, but none of them recently enough to discuss them.

I used to keep a notebook listing the books I read. Now I keep that plus an Excel spreadsheet. It does get hard to keep track of what you've already read when years and hundreds of books have gone by.
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Wow - great minds read alike, eh? *wink* I really like your idea of an Excel spreadsheet. That's clever!

Happy 2009 to you!

Dec. 31st, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!!! Your list of books is awesome and inspiring. As to rereading, some books are old and dear friends that call us to sit down and have a good visit once in awhile! Wishing the new year will bring you joy, contentment and productivity :) Love you!!
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Happy 2009 to you, too! You probably recognize some of those titles, as you gave them to me. ;) Hugs and love to you!
Jan. 1st, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
I decided to do one of these books read entry's as well. Decided to put the links in for each book as well, shesh what a pain in the arse that was.

Funnily there's only two books we both read. City of Ember, and The Absolutely True story of a Part-Time Indian. I adored that book!

My other reading is not quite so academic as it was mostly spent reading fan-fic, (of the slash variety).

Happiest of New Years to you.
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
I agree: The Absolutely True story of a Part-Time Indian is a fantastic book! :) I like your idea of adding links for every book, too.

Happy 2009 to you, my friend!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you!! :-D

You read Northanger Abbey. I thought you hated Jane Austen...
Anyway, I tried to read through that list, but my head almost exploded. ;)

Jan. 1st, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year to you, too! :)

Yep, you're right: I really don't like Austen at all. I felt I needed to go back to Northanger Abbey before I taught my Gothic class, though, as that book is one of the most famous parodies of Gothic fiction. That just reminded me why I'm not an Austen fan, though. Give me a Brontë any day instead! *wink*

I hope your new year is off to a terrific start.
Jan. 1st, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Wow, some golden oldies on that list! I have "The Kracken Wakes" on my short list of books to read next (Long a or short a? Funny surprise to hear that argument in the second Pirates movie.) How did you like the book?

Re "The Day the Earth Stood Still," I was so hoping the new movie would use the original story ending. It all turned out to be something of a letdown.
Jan. 1st, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten about that pronunciation argument. How funny is that? I'll admit that when I hear it in my head, it has a short a. ;)

I really enjoyed it. I love Wyndham's books in general - Day of the Triffids is a personal favorite - but I'd never read this one before. I thought it had some really haunting moments and images (the gradual flooding is downright spooky), and it built the suspense very effectively as things grew increasingly worse for the journalist protagonists (and the world). Parts were familiar from his other works, but I still found it fresh enough to keep my interest all the way. I hope you like it, too!

I was so worried about the new The Day the Earth Stood Still that I didn't see it. From what I've read, though, it does sound like quite a letdown. What a shame!
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Cripes. That's some achievement. Some of them I've even heard of *g*

I have, however, read A Wind in the Door, back in 1984, and thought it was brilliant.

Thanks for that beautiful little verse.

Happy New Year, hon. May it be good to you!
Jan. 7th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
Ha! I think it's the historian in me: I am compelled to go back to the moldy oldies. ;)

It had been decades since I read A Wind in the Door, and it was lovely to revisit it. I'm almost through with A Swiftly Tilting Planet now. What a remarkable imagination and mind L'Engle had.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2009, my friend!
Jan. 5th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
That's an amazing list, Amy! Are those all first time reads or some re-reads? I have read quite a few of the books you listed (didn't count though), but I haven't even heard of John Marsden (well, maybe, it rings a very faint bell, and I think I might be hearing things)! What kind of stuff does he write.

Happy New Year to you too! I hope that this coming year is at least as astounding as 2008 was.

Jan. 7th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm an unrepentant rereader, so a decent portion of those are rereads, I must admit. But I do seem to get something new out of good books each time I revisit them.

I have been increasingly personally and professional interested in dystopian fiction written specifically for the young adult market, and that's how I came to have recommended to me John Marsden. He's a bestselling Australian author and his Tomorrow series (and its conclusion, The Ellie Chronicles trilogy) is one of the most popular in Australian publishing history. I intended to read just the first book, Tomorrow, When the War Began, to get the flavor of the series, but the next thing I knew I'd read all ten books! The premise is that a group of high school students take a long camping trip together over the holidays in the Australian bush, and when they return, everything they know is gone: their hometown (and for that matter, their country) has been the target of a surprise - and successful - invasion. As dark alternate futures go, and as "coming of age" literature with a focus on what it means to be human, it's an excellent series. It had me hooked!

Best wishes to you, too, for a fantastic 2009!
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Wow, your reading list...you are amazing! I thought of what mine would look like and, hmmm! Let's just say it would a fifth of the length (if not shorter) and a tenth of the quality (oh, trashy fic, you are pwning me)!!

Also? Had to lol a lot at the number of Marsden books on that list! :D
Jan. 7th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
LOL - thanks! And yes, you are solely and completely responsible for my raging John Marsden addiction. Do you know I had to get the final book of the Ellie Chronicles from an Aussie bookstore, because it won't be released here until March and I simply couldn't wait to read the conclusion? Laugh if you will. *hands on hips* It's all your fault.

By the way, are you familiar with Taronga by Victor Kelleher? It was recommended to me as a good fit if I liked Marsden's work.
Jan. 13th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
I haven't ever read any Kelleher, but did look up _Taronga_ (love Wiki) - sounds like fun! I might try to track it down! :D
Jan. 13th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
I just bookmooched Taronga! Will report back when I've had a chance to read it! :D
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