Books read 2009, and to read in 2010

Last year I only managed to read 18 books. Pretty poor going. They were:

Microserfs - Douglas Coupland
Magnetism and other stories - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Everything Is Miscellaneous
The Eternal Champion - Michael Moorcock
Phoenix in Obsidian - Michael Moorcock
The Sailor on the Seas of Fate - Michael Moorcock
Dying Inside - Robert Silverberg
Breakthrough - Richard Cowper
Brontomek! - Michael Coney
To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Philip Jose Farmer
Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
400 Billion Stars - Paul J. McAuley
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Tactics of Conquest - Barry Malzberg
Secret Harmonies - Paul J. McAuley
Inside Intel - Tim Jackson
Imperial Earth - Arthur C. Clarke
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller Jr.

Of those, The Road was easily the best. I dread to think what a shambles the film will turn it into.

I've also updated my list of important books to include one or two I read last year, and some others I remembered. Plus I created a separate section for my favourite sf books.

This year I'm planning to read some sf classics. Here's the list I'm starting from (as I already have copies of all these):

A Case of Conscience - James Blish
Downward to the Earth - Robert Silverberg
Man Plus - Frederik Pohl
Venus Plus X - Theodore Sturgeon
Davy - Edgar Pangborn
The Space Merchants - Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth
The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
Blood Music - Greg Bear
Stand on Zanzibar - John Brunner
Time Out of Joint - Philip K. Dick
The Embedding - Ian Watson
The Fifth Head of Cerberus - Gene Wolfe
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
On Wings of Song - Thomas M. Disch
Ringworld - Larry Niven
The Child Garden - Geoff Ryman

Let's see how I get on.



Did you ever get round to reading Ringworld? It's an awesome book.. Niven actually followed it up, with a return to the Ringworld, to fix all the physics he broke in the first book! ;)

Haven't got round to that

Haven't got round to that yet :) Will probably have a crack at The Man in the Maze next, or possibly some Barry Malzberg, or maybe even Sundiver!

Great lists of books.

Great lists of books.

Arthur C. Clarke rules

Arthur C. Clarke's books are definitely my favorite choice when it comes to a good read.
I must add that even though I respect electronic books, a real book is a totally different feeling. :)

A Case of Conscience, read

A Case of Conscience, read this one first...great book i ever read

I read it. I quite enjoyed

I read it. I quite enjoyed it, though I thought it was a bit difficult to follow the main philosophical argument: could have been communicated more clearly, I felt. And the tone of it was a little odd. Still, nice read.

As you reach adulthood, it's

As you reach adulthood, it's hard to find time to read ANYTHING. I think the amount you read is excellent. Remember, reading should be for your enjoyment...not a task.

i am agree with your

i am agree with your arguments. Need topics about this


Its can be very difficult to find the time to sit down with a good book, and even more difficult not to get distracted while reading. I try to put a side half an hour at the end of each day to focus on some reading.

Is it just me or does

Is it just me or does reading books seem old school. I'm not just talking about reading hard copy rather than online, but books in general. I've heard it's still one of the best ways to "exercise" you mind.