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Martin Gardner (1914 – 2010) Mathematician, Science Writer. His annotation of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is highly entertaining.
Ruth Park (1917-2010) Author. Playing Beatie Bow is an excellent time travel story.
J. D. Salinger (1919-2010) Author. Catcher in the Rye
Sid Fleischman (1920-2010) Author. The Whipping Boy. Newbery medal.
Patricia Wrightson (1921-2010) Author (fantasy). The Dark Bright Water. Hans Christian Anderson medal.
Donald H. Tuck (1922-2010) Bibliographer. Hugo medal. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Eva Ibbotson (1925-2010) Author (fantasy). Which Witch? and The Secret of Platform 13
Erich Segal (1937 – 2010) Author and Academician. Love Story
Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) Comics writer. American Splendor and Our Cancer Year.
Stephen Joseph Cannell (1941 – 2010) Mystery writer and TV show creator. Appeared most recently in the TV show Castle.
Takeshi Shudo (1949-2010) Main writer for Pokemon.
John Steakley (1951-2010) Author (sci-fi and horror). Armor and Vampire$ (much, much, much better than the film by John Carpenter).
Stephen Perry (1954 – 2010) Scriptwriter. Thundercats cartoon and comics.
Jennifer Rardin (1965-2010) Author (paranormal fiction). Jaz Parks series.
Ruth Park – Guardian
J. D. Salinger – NYTimes
Patricia Wrightson – Times
Donald H. Tuck – Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Stephen Joseph Cannell – NYTimes
Takeshi Shudo – Suite 101
John Steakley – Dallas News
Stephen Perry – Tampa Bay Online
Jennifer Rardin – Guardian
I thought I had read very little the past year but this isn’t bad. 158 titles, depending on your judgment of what a ‘real’ book is.
I put in bold the titles I especially liked.
Juvenile Fiction (Listed alphabetically by title)
- Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
- Andrew Lost: In the Garden by J. C. Greenburg
- Andrew Lost: On the Dog by J. C. Greenburg
- Aphrodite the Beauty by Joan Holub
- Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer
- Bargain Bride by Evelyn Lampman
- Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
- Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs
- Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson
- Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe
- Cam Jansen and the School Play Mystery by David A. Adler
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Newbery)
- Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Newbery)
- Crunch by Leslie Connor
- Danny Dunn, Scientific Detective by Jay Williams (rereading)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
- Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne
- Don’t Sit On My Lunch by Abby Klein
- Dragon Magic by Andre Norton (rereading)
- Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key
- Fairy’s Return by Gail Carson Levine
- Frognapped by Angie Sage
- Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz (Newbery)
- Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka
- House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block
- Iron Ring by Lloyd Alexander
- Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
- Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
- Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka
- Light Maze by Joan North
- Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman
- My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian
- Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr
- Pharaoh’s Daughter by Julius Lester
- Skate Park Challenge by Jake Maddox
- 39 Clues: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
- Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
- Uncle Pirate by Douglas Rees
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newbery)
- White Captives by Evelyn Sibley Lampman (rereading)
- Worry Web Site by Jacqueline Wilson
Teen & Adult Fiction (listed by author surname)
- Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh
- Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
- Geektastic edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
- Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (rereading)
- Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot
- Original Miss Honeyford by Marion Chesney
- Our Lady of Pain by Marion Chesney
- Building of Jalna by Mazo De La Roche
- Bite (anthology) Laurell K. Hamilton et. al.
- Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
- From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
- Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer
- To Seduce a Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt
- To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt
- Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
- Christmas Wish by Betty Neels
- Edge of Winter by Betty Neels
- Romantic Encounter by Betty Neels
- My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult – post 1, post 2
- Under Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher
- Dancing in Midnight by Julia Quinn
- Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
- Androids are Coming. edited by Robert Silverberg.
- The New Girl by R. L. Stine
- Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
- Watch Your Back by Donald E. Westlake
- What’s the Worst that Could Happen by Donald E. Westlake
Comics (Listed alphabetically by title)
- Anita Blake: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, Stacie Ritchie #1
- Anne Frank by Sidney Jacobson
- Babymouse: Queen of the World by Matthew & Jennifer Holm
- Bachelor Prince by Debbie Macomber, Misao Hoshiai
- Batman: Crime Time by Bill Matheny
- Black and White by David MacAuly (Caldecott Medal)
- Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakoji #1
- Bleach by Tite Kubo #1, #2, #3
- Bone: The Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith #4
- Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith #1 (rereading)
- Bone: Eyes of the Storm by Jeff Smith #3
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Michael Burgen, Jose Alfonso Ocampo Ruiz
- Breaking Up by Aimee Friedman
- Butteflies, Flowers by Yuki Yoshihara #1
- City of Light, City of Dark by Avi
- Copper by Kazu Kibuishi
- Empowered by Adam Warren #1
- Fall in Love Like a Comic by Chitose Yagami #1, #2
- Foiled by Jane Yolen, Mike Cavallaro
- Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya #1, #2, #3
- Geisha by Andi Watson
- Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
- In Odd We Trust by , Dean Koontz, Queenie Chan
- Justice League Unlimited: United We Stand by Adam Beechen
- Other Side by Istvan Banyai (wordless)
- Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto #1, #2, #3
- Peach Fuzz by Lindsay Chibos, Jared Hodges #1, #2, #3
- Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci, Jim Rugg
- Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
- Scooby-Doo in The Agony of De Feet! by Robbie Busch
- Scott Pilgrim: Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Shinobi Life by Shoko Konami #1
- Spider-Girl: Touch of Venom by Tom Defalco
- Spider-Girl: Bedeviled by Tom Defalco
- Spider-Girl: Fun and Games with the Fantastic Five by Tom Defalco
- Stepping on Roses by Rinko Ueda #1, #2
- Stitches by David Small
- Tail of the Moon by Rinko Ueda #1
- Tiny Titans: Welcome to the Treehouse by Art Baltazar
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Young Kim
- Usagi Yojimbo: The Ronin by Stan Sakai #1
- Usagi Yojimbo: The Samurai by Stan Sakai #2
- W.I.T.C.H. : Between Light and Dark #4
- Zebrafish by Sharon Emerson
- Zinc Alloy vs. Frankenstein by Donald Lemke
Nonfiction (listed alphabetically by author surname)
- Time Traveller Book of Rome and Romans by Heather Amery (rereading)
- Caribbean Pirates by George Beahm
- Sandman Companion by Hy Bender
- Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain
- Past Imperfect edited by Mark C. Carnes (rereading)
- What Do Illustrators Do? by Eileen Christelow
- Don’t Know Much About the Pilgrims by Kenneth Davis
- Philosophy of Horror by Thomas Fahy
- How to Talk to Your Dog by Jean Craighead George
- How to Talk to Your Cat by Jean Craighead George
- Art of the Comic Strip by Shirley Glubok
- Online Kids by Preston Gralla
- Ultimate Indoor Games Book by Veronika Gunter
- We Gotta Have It by Esther Iverem
- Talking about Detective Fiction by P. D. James
- Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul Janeczko
- Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Jones (rereading)
- 5001 Nights at the Movies by Pauline Kael
- True-Or-False Book of Cats by Patricia Lauber
- You Wouldn’t Want to be a Roman Gladiator! by John Malam
- Weird U.S. by Mark Moran
- Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
- Pick Me Up by Jeremy Leslie, David Roberts
- Write Your Own Graphic Novel by Natalie Rosinsky
- So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George, David Small (Caldecott Medal)
- So You Want to Be an Inventor? by Judith St. George
- Smart Aleck’s Guide to American History by Adam Selzer
- Swords, Spears, and Sandals: The Story of the Roman Legions by Richard Suskind
- Great Shark Stories by Valerie Taylor
- Paperfolding to Begin With by Florence Temko (rereading)
- Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh
- Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine? by Mark Todd
- Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
- Story of Three Whales by Giles Whittell
- Five MORE Tomes to See You Through Your Turkey Coma (npr.org)
- One Crazy Summer wins Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor (rbk12blog.com)
- An Open Letter to Stephenie Meyer About ‘The Host’ (thegloss.com)
- Caldecott, Newbery winners named (cbc.ca)
This is for you, B-
Remember when I promised to think up a summer reading list? Yeah…
Most of these titles are funny. A lot of them are older because I thought you might not have heard of them.
- An Old-Fashioned Girl / Louisa May Alcott (1870) Historical. Poor but proud girl falls for rich, feckless boy.
- Powder and Patch / Georgette Heyer (1923) Historical. “Geek falls for cheerleader” plot set in Regency England.
- Gaudy Night / Dorothy Sayers (1935) Mystery Series. At her college reunion, she is stalked by an
- Mara, Daughter of the Nile / Eloise Jarvis McGraw (1953) Historical. A young linguist becomes a spy in Ancient Egypt.
- A Thurber Carnival / James Thurber (1960) Humor, Short Stories.
- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress / Robert Heinlein (1966) Science Fiction. The Moon rebels from Earth.
- The Hot Rock / Donald E. Westlake (1970) Caper Series.
- The Clairvoyant Countess / Dorothy Gilman (1975) Mystery, w/Sequel. A psychic solves mysteries.
- Another Fine Myth / Robert Aspirin (1978) Fantasy Series. A loser magician hires a demon as his teacher.
- So You Want to Be a Wizard / Diane Duane (1983) Fantasy Series. Two kids find a manual for wizards.
- Moonflash / Patricia McKillip (1984) Science Fiction, w/Sequel. A girl escapes her suffocating community.
- A Natural History of the Senses / Diane Ackerman (1990) Nonfiction.
- Wild Magic / Tamora Pierce (1992) Fantasy Series. A girl can talk to all animals.
- Dead Until Dark / Charlaine Harris (2001) Mystery/Fantasy Series. A vampire walks into her bar.
- Jenna Starborn / Sharon Shinn (2001) Science Fiction. Jane Eyre in space.
- Bet Me / Jennifer Crusie (2004) Romance.
- Peeps / Scott Westerfeld (2005) Horror, w/Sequel. Vampire boy struggles to be good.
- The Lightning Thief / Rick Riordan (2005) Fantasy Series. Demi-god must prove his innocence.
- Freaks: Alive On the Inside / Annette Curtis Klause (2006) Fantasy. “Normal” boy runs away from the circus, gets in a real mess.
- American Born Chinese / Gene Yang (2007) Graphic Novel.
Now, I’m waiting for yours.
Just some movies releasing in the beginning of the year that I’d like to see. Some of these I’ll watch at home.
Daybreakers – SF Horror. Scientist opposes the dominant species: vampires. I like some mad scientist in my vampire flicks.
When in Rome – Romantic Comedy. Girl in Rome pursued by unlikely suitors. I like Rome on film and have a soft spot for Kristen Bell. seen
Lightning Thief – Fantasy Adventure. Teen tackles the Olympians. I’m a sucker for Greco-Roman mythology.
Wolfman – Horror. Please, let it be anything but embarrassing & lame.
Shutter Island – Thriller. Man investigates a missing patient at a hospital for the criminally insane on an island in a hurricane. Intelligent and heartwarming, I’m sure.
Cop Out – Buddy Cop. Kevin Smith directs. I’ll watch it but I dunno.
The Crazies – Horror. Something’s in the water. I like its simplicity.
Hot Tub Time Machine – Comedy. Four men time travel to the 1980s. They admit in the trailer that it’s stupid.
The Runaways – Biopic. Looking forward to this one although I don’t know their music.
Clash of the Titans – Fantasy. Perseus kills CGI monsters. Liked the original for its effects mostly.
How to Train Your Dragon – Fantasy. Viking named Hiccup adopts a baby dragon. I’ll watch it mostly because it’s animated.
Mother – Drama. Mother hunts for murderer to exonerate her son.