What I Read: 2008 Edition

2008 was a good year for me, reading-wise. Not spectacular, but solid. I built up my To-Be-Read pile rather than knocking some of it down, but that’s okay – a glance at the titles stacked on deck has me really looking forward to 2009.

I’ll post my Top Ten later in the week, but for now here’s a look at all the books I read over the past 12 months:

SLASH by Slash with Anthony Bozza
MONKEY LOVE by John Paul Allen
MISTER B. GONE by Clive Barker
THE HARVEST by Scott Nicholson
HARD ROADS by Steve Vernon
DUMA KEY by Stephen King
MONEY SHOT by Christa Faust
LOSING LATITUDE PART 1: DEATH, DADS, AND DEMONS by Cory Cramer
LOSING LATITUDE PART 2: THE PAST COMES BACK TO HAUNT US by Cory Cramer
DEAD SEA by Brian Keene
TWILIGHT by William Gay
DARK DELICACIES II: FEAR  edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb
GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD by Michael Chabon
THE HELLBOUND HEART (20th Anniversary Edition) by Clive Barker
HELLBOY: EMERALD HELL by Tom Piccirilli
BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE
 by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
COLD HOUSE by T.M. Wright
BONE SOUP by T.M. Wright
SELDOM SEEN IN AUGUST by Kealan Patrick Burke
THE DANGEROUS ALPHABET by Neil Gaiman and Chris Grimley
THE NIGHT CLASS by Tom Piccirilli
HITMAN: MY REAL LIFE IN THE CARTOON WORLD OF WRESTLING by Bret Hart
THE COLD SPOT by Tom Piccirilli
A WHISPER OF SOUTHERN LIGHTS by Tim Lebbon
COFFIN COUNTY by Gary Braunbeck
THE SOUND OF MIDNIGHT by Charles L. Grant
DARKER DISCOVERIES edited by James R. Beach
BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN by Haruki Murakami
CHILDREN OF THE NEW DISORDER by Tim Lebbon & Lindy Moore
INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer
CLOSE TO SHORE by Michael Capuzzo
EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES by Lynn Truss
OCCASIONAL DEMONS by Rick Hautala
WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson
WHO CAN SAVE US NOW? edited by Owen King and John McNally
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN by Cormac McCarthy
BRIMSTONE TURNPIKE edited by Kealan Patrick Burke
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
FLESH IS FLEETING…ART IS FOREVER by Gary Braunbeck
THIN THEM OUT by Kim Paffenroth and R.J. & Julia Sevin
THE PINES by Robert Dunbar
ELSEWHERE by William Peter Blatty
GUN WORK by David J. Schow
THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins
JUST AFTER SUNSET by Stephen King
OLD FLAMES/RIGHT TO LIFE by Jack Ketchum
BATMAN: DEAD WHITE by John Shirley

This is a fairly diverse list for me. There is, of course, a good helping of horror, but also more nonfiction, more biographies (even if they are by a guitar player and a wrestler, they count), and more crime/noir. I fell in love with the Hard Case Crime series this year, and already have several lined up for 2009. I’ve also got some other things out of my comfort zone in the lineup for next year – some philosophy, more nonfiction, and the like. I’m toying with the idea of keeping a running list here at the site – watch the list of pages up top to see if it appears.

See you in a couple with my Top Ten.

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