Book Bonanza 2009


Here’s what I read in 2009. My favorites of the year are bolded. I definitely read WAY more graphic novels than “regular” novels this year, largely thanks to the Berkeley Public Library [being awesome].

I also sharply fell off on reading novels this year for various reasons.. researching different projects took a lot of my reading time and involved reading bits of different books and articles which I did not feel counted toward this list. But, graphic novels! They are awesome.


Cosmopolis – Don DeLillo
The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
Inside Scientology: How I Joined Scientology and Became Superhuman – Robert Kaufman
Nightshades: The Paradoxical Plants – Charles B. Heiser
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon
The Killing Joke – Alan Moore
The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
Candy – Terry Southern
Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands – Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
Spider Kiss – Harlan Ellison
Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture – Ariel Levy
A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick
The Cheese Monkeys – Chip Kidd
California’s Napa Valley: 160 Years of Winemaking – William Heintz
Where The Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media – Susan J. Douglas
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Promethea, Book 1 – Alan Moore
Maus I – Art Spiegelman
Maus II – Art Spiegelman
Napa – Jim Conaway
Icelander – Dustin Long
Black Swan Green – David Mitchell                                                   Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home (Season 8 Part 1) – Joss Whedon/ Georges Jeanty
The Tent – Margaret Atwood
A Year at the Movies – Kevin Murphy
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You (Season 8 part 2) – Brian K. Vaughan/Joss Whedon/Georges Jeanty
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life – Bryan Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Bryan Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness – Bryan Lee O’Malley
Top 10: The Forty Niners – Alan Moore, Gene Ha
Serenity: Those Left Behind – Joss Whedon, Will Conrad
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together – Bryan Lee O’Malley
Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe – Bryan Lee O’Malley
Smax – Alan Moore, Zander Cannon
Serenity: Better Days – Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad
Buffy TVS: Tales of the Slayers – Joss Whedon, et al.
The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes (Vol. 1) – Neil Gaiman
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Century: 1910 – Alan Moore
Promethea, Book 2 – Alan Moore
Batman: Year One – Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli
Transmetropolitan: Lust for Life (book 2) – Warren Ellis
Promethea, Book 3 – Alan Moore
A Question of Attraction – David Nicholls
Tom Strong’s Terrific Tales, Vol 1 – Alan Moore
Love and Rockets: Music for Mechanics (Volume 1) – Los Bros Hernandez
Midnight Days – Neil Gaiman
Tom Strong, Volume 2 – Alan Moore
Promethea, Book 4 – Alan Moore
Promethea, Book 5 – Alan Moore
Transmetropolitan: Tales of Human Waste (Volume 0) – Warren Ellis
Tom Strong, Volume 3 – Alan Moore
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Frank Miller
The Road – Cormac McCarthy
Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories (Vol. 1) – Warren Ellis
Planetary: The Fourth Man (Vol. 2) – Warren Ellis

Total: 59. To be fair a lot of these were pretty short, so it’s kind of cheating.

So, I only named 9 favorite books/novels there (counting Maus as one unit, and it is a graphic novel anyway, but it’s a very novelistic one..)

My favorite graphic series of the year:


Scott Pilgrim


any Joss Whedon comics

Also Transmetropolitan and Tom Strong, though I still need to read more of both.

I forgot to mention another resolution in my New Year’s post. READ MOAR!! As always.


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