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Jennifer Brozek's Best Reads of 2009

On top of the 500+ short stories I read as slush, I did manage to read 50 books this last year. I don't think I'm going to finish another one between now and the first.

Jennifer Brozek's Best Reads of 2009

These are from the list of books I read in 2009. I really don't care when they were published.

Best non-fiction book: "The 10% Solution" by Ken Rad
(Honorable mention: "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman)

Best anthology/collection: "Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Strange Journeys" by Ken Scholes
(Honorable mention: "Shadows of an Emerald City" edited by JW Schnarr)

Best sci-fi book: "Old Man's War" by John Scalzi

Best horror/thriller book: "Duma Key" by Stephen King

Best urban paranormal book: "Rosemary & Rue" by Seanan McGuire


50 Books Read:

1. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
2. The Starry Rift by James Tiptree Jr.
3. Shadowrun 4th Edition, 20th Year Anniversary Version
4. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
5. Lisey's Story by Stephen King
6. The World is Dead anthology edited by Kim Paffenroth
7. On Writing by Stephen King
8. A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon by Ken Scholes
9. UR by Stephen King
10. The Monster Inside Idea by R. Thomas Riley
11. Mama's Boy and Other Dark Tales by Fran Friel
12. Locke & Key by Joe Hill
13. Cause of Death by Keith D. Wilson
14. Fugitive: How to Run, Hide and Survive by Kenn Abaygo
15. The Stand: Captain Trips graphic novel
16. Ravens in the Library anthology edited by Phil Brucato & Sandra Buskirk
17. This Other Eden by Michael Hemmingson
18. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
19. The Editor is IN by Ken Rand
20. Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby
21. The Dark Tower: Treachery graphic novel
22. Shelf Life anthology edited by Greg Ketter
23. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
24. By Blood We Live, edited by John Joseph Adams
25. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
26. The 10% Solution by Ken Rand
27. Duma Key by Stephen King
28. Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Strange Journeys by Ken Scholes
29. Shadows of an Emerald City edited by JW Schnarr
30. Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelaney
31. Locke & Key 2 by Joe Hill
32. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
33. Debris by Barry Napier
34. Just After Sunset by Stephen King
35. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
36. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
37. Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
38. Black Swan, White Raven edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
39. The Grey King by Susan Cooper
40. Dune by Frank Herbert
41. Old Man's War by John Scalzi
42. The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
43. Dead to Me by Anton Strout
44. Open Your Eyes by Paul Jessup
45. The Last Reef by Gareth Powell
46. I Remember the Future by Michael A. Burstein
47. Vacation by Jeremy C. Shipp
48. Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper
49. From Idea to Story in 90 Seconds by Ken Rand
50. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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mabfan
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
I really like Ken Rand's books on writing.
jennifer_brozek
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
They are really good. Every one I've read has helped my writing in some way and that is pretty awesome considering how long I've been doing this and how many books on writing I have read. All of Ken Rand's stuff stays on my "easy to reach" writing shelf.
xjenavivex
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Have you read Tiptree before?
jennifer_brozek
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I had not and I was not impressed. So Seanan recommended a Tiptree anthology for me.
xjenavivex
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
I have a collection at the house. I was told to read the Screwfly Solution. If you read it, I would like your thoughts.
jennifer_brozek
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
That is the story I've been recommended to.
xjenavivex
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Cool. I will try to get to it shortly and maybe we can chat about it. I'd like that.
rthomasriley
Dec. 31st, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading TMWI, Jennifer :)
jennifer_brozek
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
You are welcome.
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