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I meant to post this yesterday, but whatever. I read 59 books and a ton of short stories during 2009. My favorites were:

The Rookie by Scott Sigler

An AWESOME sci-fi podcast audiobook about an inter-species football league. The main character is Quentin Barnes, this totally racist nineteen-year-old amazing quarterback from a backward planet where he was playing on human-only teams. Basically, he gets his big break, but it involves having to get over his prejudice and work with his alien teammates. Which he struggles with, because he's got this humongous ego.

2001 by Arthur C. Clarke

Uh, I totally can't remember why I started reading 2001, but by the end of it, I was completely floored. I still haven't seen the movie yet. The beginning and ending of this book, though, were both mind-blowing. It's one of those books that make me, as an atheist, almost inclined to believe that there really is a greater power at work out there.

Seaborn by Chris Howard

Okay, any book with mermaids in it is going to get my vote. However, Seaborn is really strong in its own right. Howard does an awesome job of developing an entire society of people on the bottom of the ocean. There's royalty and betrayal and magic and birthrights and armies. Someone described this book as Dune combined with The Little Mermaid and it kind of is. Also, it doesn't pull punches. It's ruthless and bloody. But my favorite part of it is that it has two incredibly strong female lead characters despite being written by a man.

Some other awesome books: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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Oooh this is so, so perfect! My new years resolution is to read, at least, one novel every month and I had no idea what books to read, so this is great. Thanks for this :)

That's an awesome (and practical) resolution. My resolution is the same as last year. I still wanna read 100 books in a year! I can do it! I just... need to read more awesome urban fantasy and less old classics. And, you know, actually finish the books I start...

But if you ever want recommendations, I totally will give you soooome. Just let me know what kind of thing you want to read! Also, let me know what you end up reading. :D

I think you can totally read 100 books, I mean 59 is already a lot and more than half way there! The old classics would take a little more time to get through haha. I think that your resolution is really cool and I totally admire you for trying to do something challenging again :)

I have the same problem, not finishing certain books. I stopped reading The Trial 2/3s in because it got so... monotonous, and frankly wasn't that engaging to me :/

Oh yesss, recommendations *grabby hands* ;) Do you have any light-reading recommendations (shorter novels, etc.)? I'm thinking of starting off with easy books and then moving up from there. I like every genre, I'm not picky :)

Well, if you're not picky about genre, here are some of my favorite series at the moment:

Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty is a werewolf. And an awesome dj with a program called The Midnight Hour, which is basically Loveline for the supernatural. Personally, I like this series because of the pack dynamics--it starts off with the standard aggressive-alpha-male-dominates-young-new-female-wolf dealio, but quickly moves into Kitty carving her own place for herself. I also really like this series because it separates the human and wolf sides a little more than some series. When Kitty is a wolf, she's a wolf, and when she's human, she's pretty human. None of the the-alpha-howls-and-everyone-is-magically-spellbound stuff.

Stardoc by S. L. Viehl

Set about 2500 years in the future, iirc, a young, brilliant, surgeon named Cherijo abandons earth and sets off for an alien colony to become a trauma surgeon with nothing more than her fierce surgical skills and her iron will to guide her. She's running from her father, who did something AWFUL and MYSTERIOUS (there's plenty of backstory as the series goes on), and basically, runs into a bunch of allies and enemies and has to forget everything she knew about medicine and learn how to treat aliens she's never even SEEN let alone studied before.

Nightlife by Rob Thurman

Okay, disclaimer, I'm only halfway through the first book at the moment, but it is some of the best urban fantasy I have ever read, so. If you like truly dark urban fantasy, with monsters who are actually monstrous, and spunky, smartalecky young male protagonists, who always, always open their mouth when they should just shut it, and brothers who will go to hell and back for each other, then you should totally check out this book. And now that I think about it, you probably should START with this book, because you like Supernatural, and yeah.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Another book that I haven't quite finished, and not part of a series, but just throwing it out there, in case this is your thing. It has airships, zombies, steampunk, alternative history, kick-ass mama bears, etc.

And then Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Underworld Series

Personally, I've only read about half of the third book (which I totally thought was the first book, or I would've started with book number one), but it's basically an entire world of supernatural species--witches and sorcerers and werewolves and stuff--and there's multiple major characters that the various books focus on from what I can tell, but they're all awesome, strong, kickass, realistic female characters. If you're jonesing for some estrogen.

Oooh thank you so much for these! I think I'm going to check my library for these books :)

Seaborn sounds really good! I am most definetly going to pick that up. Thanks for the rec; happy new year!

I pimp this book to everyone. So I'm totally glad that you're psyched about it. The guy has a blog here, which is filled with art and random awesome things. Let me know how you like it! And happy new year!

59 books??? Wow, that means more than one book per week. I used to read so much many years ago. Good times. I miss them.

"2001" sounds interesting.

Maybe, but it's barely over half my goal. :(

I can't even describe 2001 and do it justice. But you should totally read it. The movie is a sci-fi classic, and the guy who helped the director create/write the movie, wrote the book at the same time, so it's... not like the movie came out and then the book, or the book and then the movie, but they're not exactly the same either. But while the movie apparently has amazing graphics/sound, from what I've heard others say about it, the ending is totally different and idk, the beginning narration seems like it would be REALLY hard for a movie to capture and give the same meaning.

Wow, sorry for babbling...

You wanted to read 100 books??? *drops dead* Wow! That was a very ambitious goal I have to say. Maybe it works out this year? Or have you lowered your goal a bit?

I mean, I've heard of Arthur C. Clarke (which Sci-Fi fan hasn't?) and I thought I had a book written by him at home, but couldn't find it yesterday while I was skimming my shelves... Either way, I've added 2001 to my goodreads-'to read' list.

And that wasn't babbling, that was helpful information :)

Nah - same goal. But I am planning on reading a lot more urban fantasy this year, so hopefully it won't take me as long to reach each book.

Awesome. Well, I hope you enjoy it!

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