Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Favorite Reads of 2009 (Best Books of the Year list)

2009 was a great year for reading. But it was a banner year especially in terms of my reading Westerns. In previous years, this underappreciated genre had comprised perhaps around 10% of my annual reading, but last year they really took hold of me, and a solid one-third (44) of the 125 books I read in 2009 were Westerns!

Of course, there was also the usual assortment of crime, horror, general (i.e., "literary") fiction, nonfiction, and even a respectable amount of science fiction and fantasy, especially since I discovered good sword-and-sorcery through my introduction to Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber. In any case, 2009 was a solid year for reading in general — I discovered some great authors who have since become favorites — and this is the best of what I read.

For more on why I chose these particular books as the best of the year, click on the link to read the original review. I'm taking a break until January 4. Happy holidays! I'll be back with a review of — you guessed it! — another Western.


Joseph A. West said...

Craig, thank you for including my novel in your favorite books list. I am honored indeed, and it makes me dare to hope that, after 30 novels, one day I might even get my name above the title!

Craig Clarke said...

You're welcome. Thank you for writing such an engaging story of redemption that stays grounded in reality.

my-kids-blog said...

Happy new year 2010. Success for you.

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