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What I’m Reading: 2008 in Review

And now, as Erin did on her blog yesterday, I’m going to partake in my annual tradition of listing everything I read over the year. This list includes books, short stories (in quotation marks) and graphic novels (marked with an asterisk), and also includes books I re-read this year, not just first-timers. Looking over the list, I’ve decided that I need to read more in 2009. This isn’t a resolution, per se (if you don’t make resolutions you can’t feel bad about failing to accomplish them) but I used to get a lot more reading done.

2008 Reading List:

1. The Frasier Scripts (1999) by Christopher Lloyd & the writers of Frasier – A-
2. “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” (1971) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – A
3. “The Polish Boy” (2002) by Orson Scott Card – A-
4. Betty and Veronica: Bad Boy Trouble (2007) by Melanie J. Morgan (B-)*
5. “Teacher’s Pet” (2003) by Orson Scott Card – B+
6. “Ender’s Game” (1977) by Orson Scott Card – A
7. “Investment Counselor” (2000) by Orson Scott Card – B+
8. First Meetings in the Enderverse (2005) by Orson Scott Card – B+
9. “The Cold Equations” (1954) by Tom Godwin – A+
10. Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004) by Jeff Lindsay – B+
11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 1 (2007) – B*
12. True Confessions of a Fanboy (2007) by James and Johnny Jacobs – C
13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (2007) by Joss Whedon – B+
14. “The Book of Sand” (1971) by Jorge Luis Borges – B
15. “The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant” (1985) by W.D. Wetherell – B+
16. Shadow of the Giant (2005) by Orson Scott Card – B+
17. Amelia Rules!: The Whole World’s Crazy (2006) by Jimmy Gownley – A*
18. Rumors (Stage Play, 1988) by Neil Simon – B+
19. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 2 (2007) – C+*
20. “The Pedestrian” (1951) by Ray Bradbury – B-
21. “Geraldo No Last Name” (1991) by Sandra Cisneros – C
22. “The Other Wife” (1951) by Colette – C+
23. Playing For Keeps (Podiobook, 2008) by Mur Lafferty – A
24. Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card – A
25. Duma Key (2008) by Stephen King – B
26. Burnout (2008) by Rebecca Donner – C-*
27. Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys (1992) by Dave Barry –A
28. The Rubber Room (Stage Play, 1995) by Pat Cook – B+
29. Sheldon: Pure Ducky Goodness (2005) by Dave Kellett – B+*
30. Sheldon: The Good, the Bad and the Pugly  (2007) by Dave Kellett – B+*
31. You Suck (2007) by Christopher Moore – B+
32. Hamlet (Stage Play, 1599) by William Shakespeare – A+
33. The Time Machine (1895) by H.G. Wells – A-
34. Harbinger: The Beginning (2008) by Jim Shooter – A-*
35. Dearly Devoted Dexter (2005) by Jeff Lindsay – B
36. Unity Saga Vol. 1 (1994) – A-*
37. Sheldon: 62 Percent More Awesome (2007) by Dave Kellett – B+*
38. Unity Saga Vol. 2 (1994) – B*
39. Unity Saga Vol. 3 (1994) – B+*
40. X-O Manowar: Birth (2008) by Jim Shooter, Steve Englehart & Bob Layton – A-*
41. Sheldon: A Blizzard of Lizards (2007) by Dave Kellett – A-*
42. Bless Me, Father (Stage Play, 1974) by Craig Alpaugh – B+
43. Hack/Slash Omnibus Vol. 1 (2008) by Tim Seeley – B+*
44. Flatland (1884) by Edwin A. Abbott – A
45. New X-Men Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 (2008) by Grant Morrison – B+*
46. The Brief History of the Dead (2006) by Kevin Brockmeier – A
47. Julius Caesar (Stage Play, 1599) by William Shakespeare – A
48. Heaven Book Four: Wasteland (Podiobook, 2008) by Mur Lafferty – B
49. Iron Man: Doomquest (2008) by David Michelinie & Bob Layton-A-*
50. How to Make Webcomics (2008) by Brad Guigar, Dave Kellett, Scott Kurtz & Kris Straub – A
51. The Office and Philosophy (2008) edited by J. Jeremy Wisenewski – B
52. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Vol. 3 (2008) – B-*
53. Wanted (2005) by Mark Millar – C-*
54. Green Lantern Corps: The Sinestro War Vol. 1 (2008) – A*
55. Green Lantern Corps: The Sinestro War Vol. 2 (2008) – A+*
56. Penny Arcade: The Case of the Mummy’s Gold (2008) – B+*
57. Walt Disney Treasures: Uncle Scrooge-A Little Something Special (2008) – B+*
58. A Year at the Movies (2002) by Kevin Murphy – A
59. PVP Keeps Trekkin’ (2008) by Scott Kurtz – B*
60. The Complete Peanuts: 1967-1968 (2008) by  Charles M. Schulz – B+
61. The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye (2008) by Joseph Delaney – B+
62. “The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind” (1953) by Ray Bradbury – C
63. The Unnamables (2008) by Ellen Booraem – B-
64. My Custom Van (2008) by Michael Ian Black – B+
65. Paradox in Oz (1999) by Edward Einhorn – A
66. Watchmen (1987) by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons – A+*
67. The Alcoholic (2008) by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspiel – C+*
68. The Vampire Survival Guide (2008) by Scott Bowen – B-
69. The Best Halloween Ever (2004) by Barbara Robinson – C+
70. “The Invalid’s Story (1877) by Mark Twain – B-
71. The Book of Lies (2008) by Brad Meltzer – A
72. 7th Son: Descent (Podiobook, 2006) by J.C. Hutchins – A-
73. Starman Omnibus Vol. 1 (2008) by James Robinson – A-*
74. Yokai Attack: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide (2008) by Hiroko Yoda & Matt Alt – B-
75. 7th Son: Deceit (Podiobook, 2007) by J.C. Hutchins – B+
76. New X-Men Ultimate Collection Vol. 2 (2008) by Grant Morrison – B+*
77. The Invisibles: Bloody Hell in America (1998) by Grant Morrison – B-*
78. 7th Son: Destruction (Podiobook, 2007) by J.C. Hutchins – A
79. The Soddyssey and Other Tales of Supernatural Law (2008) by Batton Lash – B+*
80. The Invisibles: Counting to None (1999) by Grant Morrison – B-*
81. Don’t Drink the Water (1967) by Woody Allen – A-
82. Green Lantern: In Brightest Day (2008) edited by Geoff Johns – B+*
83. Tales of Supernatural Law (2000) by Batton Lash – A*
84. Twilight (2006) by Stephanie Meyer – B-
85. Twisted Toyfare Theatre Vol. 9 (2008) – B+*
86. DuckTales: The Gold Odyssey (2008) by Bob Langhans – B*
87. Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader: Jingle Bell Christmas (2008) – B+
88. Love and Capes Vol. 1: Do You Want to Know a Secret? (2008) by Thomas A. Zahler – A+*
89. Sonovawitch (2000) by Batton Lash – A-*
90. Ender in Exile (2008) by Orson Scott Card – B+
91. The North Pole Employee’s Handbook (2008) – B-
91. The Autobiography of Santa Claus (1995) by Jeff Guinn – A+
92. How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas (2005) by Jeff Guinn – A-
93. Mini-Marvels: Rock, Paper, Scissors (2008) by Chris Giarrusso – A*

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2 Responses to “What I’m Reading: 2008 in Review”


  1. January 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Hi, Blake! Thanks for posting this awesome list — lots of great recommendations here — and thanks for checking out my 7th Son podcast novel trilogy. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the series. Thanks so much, and may all the books you read in 2009 be awesome!

  2. January 1, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve got the first two already in the works — re-reading Orson Scott Card’s wonderful Speaker For the Dead and reading (for the first time) Michael Davis’s really good Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street.

    I’m looking forward to having more of your work up there in the 2009 list! Personal Effects is already on my Amazon wish list, and I eagerly await the print edition of Descent. Happy New Year, man!


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