Cameron’s Adventures in Book Lists Part One

This entry, and the one following it, will be talking about book lists. In particular, I’ll be talking about my adventures in keeping a yearly book list. Now why am I making this a topic for discussion? One reason is because since I started keeping track of the books I’ve read I’ve been able to see where my tastes run and also can easily recall whether I’ve read a book or not. Another reason is because it allows me to show my friends just how much I actually read on a yearly basis and provide them an opportunity to find books they may like. Now, I can’t promise that it will be an overly exciting blog entry, but for those of you considering keeping a list of your own, perhaps this will give you an idea of the in’s and out’s of listing.

Anyways, I first got the idea to keep a yearly book list when I was subbing for a friend of mine one year. She had a poster in her classroom which showed the number of books a person read equal to the amount of pages read per year. It was a pretty interesting poster and it got me thinking of just how many books I actually did read on average per year. I knew that I read a lot, but never thought to associate a number to my actual reading. Thus the keeping of a yearly book list began. Mind you, at the time when I started, the idea of how many pages I read yearly didn’t matter as much to me, though this has changed in recent years.

At this time I wish to say to readers to feel free to copy and paste any or all of my lists into a separate document to review titles at a later. I’ve read a vast range of genres and topics over the years, so there’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. 🐱

I began keeping a book list in 2006. My goal at the time was to keep it fairly simple, and I didn’t discriminate between novels and anime.

 

2006 Book List:

1. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

2. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

3. The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure by Adam Williams

4. Begging for Change by Sharon G. Flake

5. Trickster’s Choice by Tamara Pierce

6. Trickster’s Queen by Tamara Pierce

7. Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

8. Lost by Gregory Maguire

9. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

10. Witch Child by Celia Rees

11. Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

12. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

13. The Riddles of Epsilon by Chrisitine Morton-Shaw

14. Sorcery Rising by Jude Fisher

15. Wild Magic by Jude Fisher

16. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket

17. Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

18. Falcondance by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

19. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

20. Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher

21. Sorceress by Celia Rees

22. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

23. Out of the Ruins by Sally S. Wright

24. Inkspell by Cornellia Funke

25. Sebastian by Anne Bishop

26. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

27. Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton

28. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton

29. Nightseer by Laurell K. Hamilton

30. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier

31. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton

32. Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier

33. Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan

34. The Purple Emperor by Herbie Brennan

35. Minion by L.A. Banks

36. The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

37. Godslayer by Jacqueline Carey

38. Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton

39. Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton

40. The Burning Times by Jeanne Kalogridis

41. Sunshine by Robin McKinley

42. Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

43. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

44. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

45. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

46. The Wereling: Wounded by Stephen Cole

47. The Wereling: Prey but Stephen Cole

48. The Wereling: Resurrection by Stephen Cole

49. Talyn by Holly Lisle

50. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

51. Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography

52. The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket

53. Seeker by William Nicholson

54. Blood Ties Book One: The Turning by Jennifer Armintrout

55. Doppleganger by Marie Brennan

56. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

57. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

58. Series of Unfortunate Events: The End by Lemony Snicket

59. Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister

60. Tall, Dark, & Dead by Tate Hallaway
Anime

Graphic Novel Series:
Tokyo Mew Mew,
Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode,
Peach Fuzz,
Fushigi Yugi,
Magic Knights Rayearth,
Angel Sanctuary,
Fruits Basket,
Ceres: Celestial Legend,
From Far Away,
Imadoki!,
Absolute Boyfriend,
Demon Diary

 

Like I said, my reading was all over the place when I first started listing. I could have counted each book in the anime series that I read as a separate entry, but chose not to because while they were books, I really didn’t see them as being countable “novels.” To this day, I still don’t typically count them in my book lists. I also began to question whether plays should be counted or not because of their general format. Regardless of my uncertainties, by the end of the year I at least had a base line number to work with as far as my amount of reading per year was concerned.

In 2007 and 2008 I changed my reading habits and as a result, my book lists took on a different appearance. I decided to take out graphic novels completely and replaced them with anthologies. The listing of anthologies created a whole new problem for me as each anthology had an editor and each story within the anthology had an author. I decided to tackle this problem by placing a symbol after each title and then have the authors listed separately at the end of the entire book list. In 2007 I used a different symbol for each anthology, but in 2008 I decided to just use one symbol repeated per anthology. I will honestly say that by the end of 2008 I wasn’t happy with either method of tracking.

 

2007 Book List:

1. Beyond the Pale: The Darkwing Chronicles by Savannah Russe

2. Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick

3. Dates From Hell by selected authors*

4. Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde

5. Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace by MaryJanice Davidson & Anthony Alongi

6. Past Redemption: The Darkwing Chronicles by Savannah Russe

7. Staying Dead by Laura Anne Gilman

8. What Dreams May Come by selected authors+

9. Beauty by Susan Wilson

10. Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

11. Confessions of a Teenage Witch by Gwinevere Rain

12. Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

13. Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz

14. Hard Day’s Knight by Katie MacAlister

15. White is for Magic by Laurie Faria Stolarz

16. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

17. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

18. Ruler of the Realm by Herbie Brennan

19. Derik’s Bane by MaryJanice Davidson

20. Weather Warden: Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

21. Weather Warden: Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine

22. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

23. The Reluctant Miss Van Helsing by Minda Webber

24. Kitty Goes to Washington by Carrie Vaughn

25. You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

26. Silver is for Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz

27. Sex, Lies, and Vampires by Katie MacAlister

28. Red is for Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz

29. The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt

30. A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt

31. Kick Ass by selected authors%

32. Fire Me Up by Katie MacAlister

33. Light My Fire by Katie MacAlister

34. The Shadow Prince by Jan Zimlich

35. The Royal Treatment by MaryJanice Davidson

36. The Royal Pain by MaryJanice Davidson

37. Ghosts of Albion: Accursed by Amber Benson & Christopher Golden

38. Never After by Rebecca Lickiss

39. Men in Kilts by Katie MacAlister

40. To Tame a Wolf by Susan Krinard

41. Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson

42. Glass Houses: The Morganville Vampires – Book One by Rachel Caine

43. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

44. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

45. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

46. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

47. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

48. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

49. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling

50. The Music of the Night by Lydia Joyce

51. Touch of Evil by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp

52. Belladonna by Anne Bishop

53. Bustin’ by Minda Webber

54. Undead and Unemployed by MaryJanice Davidson

55. Undead and Unappreciated by MaryJanice Davidson

56. Undead and Unreturnable by MaryJanice Davidson

57. Blue Moon by Lori Handeland

58. Hunters Moon by Lori Handeland

59. Dark Moon by Lori Handeland

60. The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun by Robert Kaplow

61. Dhampir by Barb & J.C. Hendee

62. Thief of Lives by Barb & J.C. Hendee

63. Sister of the Dead by Barb & J.C. Hendee

64. Meow is for Murder by Linda O. Johnston

65. Undead and Unpopular by MaryJanice Davidson

66. Undead and Uneasy by MaryJanice Davidson

67. Dead and Loving It by MaryJanice Davidson

68. Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert

69. The Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair

70. My Favorite Witch by Annette Blair

71. The Scot, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by Annette Blair

72. Sex and the Psychic Witch by Annette Blair

73. Hunter’s Moon by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp

74. Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

75. Claimed by Shadow by Karen Chance

76. Bitten and Smitten by Michelle Rowen

77. Fanged and Fabulous by Michelle Rowen

78. Sword of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor

79. Chill Factor by Rachel Caine

80. Dead Girls’ Dance: The MorganVille Vampires Book Two by Rachel Caine

81. Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

82. The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King

 

*Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong & Lori Handeland

+Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rebecca York & Robin D. Owens

%Maggie Shayne, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight & Jacey Ford.

 

2008 Book List:

1. Moon’s Web by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp

2. Ghost Hunter by Jayne Castle

3. If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl

4. Shadow of the Moon by Rebecca York

5. Curse The Dark by Laura Anne Gilman

6. Bring It On by Laura Anne Gilman

7. Burning Bridges by Laura Anne Gilman

8. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

9. Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris

10. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

11. Dead To The World by Charlaine Harris

12. Dead As A Doornail by Charlaine Harris

13. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

14. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

15. Weather Warden: Windfall by Rachel Caine

16. Weather Warden: Firestorm by Rachel Caine

17. Hello Gorgeous by MaryJanice Davidson

18. Drop Dead Gorgeous by MaryJanice Davidson

19. What’s a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie

20. Ain’t Myth-Behaving by Katie MacAlister

21. Sex and the Single Ghost by Tawny Taylor

22. The Vampire of New York by Lee Hunt

23. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

24. Beneath the Skin: The Darkwing Chronicles by Savannah Russe

25. Castle of the Wolf by Sandra Schwab

26. Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher

27. Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel by Ronda Thompson

28. Talyn by Holly Lisle  (re-read)

29. Captain’s Fury by Jim Butcher

30. I Hunger For You by Susan Sizemore

31. Out of This World – Anthology *

32. Moon Fever – Anthology **

33. Over the Moon – Anthology ***

34. Holy Smokes by Katie MacAlister

35. The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe

36. Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu

37. Sabriel by Garth Nix

38. Tempted in the Night by Robin T. Popp

39. Call of the Moon by Ronda Thompson

40. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

41. Lirael by Garth Nix

42. The Forest Lord by Susan Krinard

43. Lord of the Beasts by Susan Krinard

44. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

45. Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce (re-read)

46. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

47. Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce (re-read)

48. The Dream Thief by Shana Abe

49. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

50. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

51. The Landlord’s Black-Eyed Daughter by Mary Ellen Dennis

52. The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister

53. Dead Over Heels by MaryJanice Davidson

54. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

55. The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett

56. The Royal Mess by MaryJanice Davidson

57. Megan’s Mark by Lora Leigh

58. Spellbinder by Melanie Rawn

59. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding****

60. My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon*****

61. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

62. Midnight Alley: The Morganville Vampires – Book Three by Rachel Caine

63. Feast of Fools: The Morganville Vampires – Book Four by Rachel Caine

64. Storm Front – Dresden Files Book 1 by Jim Butcher

65. Fool Moon – Dresden Files Book 2 by Jim Butcher

66. Grave Peril – Dresden Files Book 3 by Jim Butcher

67. High Rhymes and Misdemeanors by Diana Killian

68. Verse of the Vampyre by Diana Killian

69. Sonnet of the Sphinx by Diana Killian

70. Free Fall by Laura Anne Gilman

71. Summer Knight – Dresden Files Book 4 by Jim Butcher

72. The Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey

73. Embrace the Night by Karen Chance

 

* J.D. Robb, Laurell K. Hamilton, Susan Krinard, & Maggie Shayne

** Susan Sizemore, Maggie Shayne, Lori Handeland, & Caridad Pineiro

*** Angela Knight, MaryJanice Davidson, Virginia Kantra, & Sunny

**** L.A. Banks, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, P.N. Elrod, Esther M. Friesner, Lori Handeland, Charlaine Harris, Sherrilyn Kenyon, & Susan Krinard

***** Kelley Armstrong, P.N. Elrod, Katie MacAlister, Jim Butcher, Caitlin Kittredge, Lilith Saintcrow, Rachel Caine, Marjorie M. Liu, & Rhonda Thompson

 

So yeah, confusing much? That’s what I thought. Neither method of anthology tracking worked for me. Either they were too distracting or too cluttered. The other problem I had with these lists was for some books I included what series they were from and where they fell within the series, and with others I didn’t. At the time I thought it was a great idea, but I quickly realized that it was probably better to just keep it title/author and not inundate the list with added information. I figured that if folks were interested in the books, they could track down whether the titles were part of a series on their own.

And so, my first three attempts into the land of book listing were complete and by the end of 2008 I had a fairly good idea of what I felt worked and what didn’t. The basic format was there. Now it was time to have some fun!

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