Books I read in 2009

Books I read this year:
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Books I listened to this year:
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1 by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension: Mistborn Book 2 by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of Ages: Mistborn Book 3 by Brandon Sanderson
Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (terrible book)
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Getting Things Done by David Allen
The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Crucial Confrontations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
Influencer by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler
The Dip by Seth Godin
Mort: Discworld #4 by Terry Pratchett
Sourcery: Discworld #5 by Terry Pratchett
Wyrd Sisters: Discworld #6 by Terry Pratchett
Pyramids: Discworld #7 by Terry Pratchett
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Incomplete listens:
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Incomplete reads:
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien (2 chapters left)
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood (1/3rd of the way through)
The Duck That Won the Lottery by Julian Baggini (1/3rd of the way through)
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (1/3rd of the way through)
Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath (1/3rd of the way through)
The Power of Less by Leo Babauta (1/3rd of the way through)
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (only a few chapters in)
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White (mostly finished)
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca (only a few chapters in)
El Principe Caspian by C.S. Lewis (reading this in Spanish was incredibly boring. I have no intention of finishing it.)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (only a few chapters in)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (have read this before, but thought it’d be nice to read it again before Christmas. Only got a few chapters in.)

I love love love audio books. I spend a lot of time on the subway and walking around the city. I’ve spent hours on the couch playing tetris on my phone while listening to books.

I can’t help but read multiple books at once. I intend to finish them, I really do. When I’m home, though, I tend to spend all my time on the computer so it’s harder to finish paper (or electronic) books.

Books, Reading


  1. anna

    Comments: My nephew is named Ender. Just sayin. I hated The Alchemist more than all its hype. What did you think?

    Suggestions for 2010 based on 2009: Man is the Measure, Reuben Abel (nonfiction) Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, Orson Scott Card East of Eden, John Steinbeck

  2. Ransom

    Hey, I read mistborn just the other month! Fun stuff.

    In linguistic circles, Elements of Style is widely disparaged. I hear good things about “Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace” by Joseph William, though.

    Anna Karenina’s awesome. You ought to love it.

  3. Ryan

    You didn’t like The Alchemist? Really? I absolutely loved it. I bought it in Spanish (was originally written in Spanish) because I liked it so much (though I have to start it, surprise surprise).

    Thanks for the suggestions, both of you!

  4. Gina WOW. Good job, Ryan! I only read (REALLY read) 15 books this year. No audio books. =p
  5. Tara

    Audiobooks are THE way to go. I especially enjoy listening to audiobooks that have British narrators. My favorite of the year was “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” Genius.

    Are you on Goodreads?

  6. Ryan I’ve been on there for a few years, but haven’t been active in updating it. I spent an hour today updating it so yes, I am on Goodreads.