26 Books 2009: Round-up

In a bid to make this blog consist entirely of lists here's a rundown of the 33 books I read last year: January Via Delle Oche by Carlo Lucarelli Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

February The Best Game Ever by Mark Bowden The Locked Room by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

March The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky Sins for Father Knox by Josef Skvorecky Bad Vibes: Britpop and My Part in its Downfall by Luke Haines Crime Fiction by John Scaggs Cop Killer by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo The Terrorists by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

April The Blind Side by Michael Lewis The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross

May The Beautiful Game by David Conn Darkmans by Nicola Barker

June The Odyssey by Homer

July Metropole by Ferenc Karinthy Kill Your Friends by John Niven Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide by Stephen Burn

August Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

September 2666 by Roberto Bolano The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

October Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol The Manual of Detection by Jedebiah Berry Hunger by Knut Hamsun The Wages of Wins by David Berri, Martin Schmidt and Stacey Brook

November John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe Carry on, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse

December America's Game by Michael MacCambridge Tainted Blood by Arnaldur Indridason

My favourites were The Brothers Karamazov, Darkmans and John Henry Days. Least favourites, without a doubt, were Kill Your Friends and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, both execrable.

Some stats:

  • Two of the books were by women, though three were co-authored by a woman
  • Nine of the books were non-fiction
  • Fourteen were translations
  • Seven of the books were published before 1944
  • Three of the books were published in 2009