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My long overdue "The Books I read in 2019" post

It’s late, but the end of March is as good time as any other, or?

I’m rather happy with the outcome of last year’s list and I managed to read quite a few books. As always there is a lot of Neil Gaiman in there, and I also during this year have re-read quite a bit of his work.

While many of the books were audiobooks actual physical books have made a huge comeback here, and by now I don’t know why I ever though that digital books were such a clever idea. Don’t get me wrong, I still read on and enjoy my Kindle, and it’s very handy to keep in the bag, but a real book is just such a much better experience. Especially when reading a graphic novel, it feels like holding a piece of art, which came apparent to me when reading Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels, Snow, Glass, Apples and the adaptation of American Gods (while awaiting the last volume I still have The Graveyard Book waiting for me here, and yes, I read the book twice that year).

During the last year I also discovered a few, prior unknown to me authors, of which Joe Hill (especiallly his short stories in Full Throttle and during this year Locke & Key), David Matheson and Clive Barker in the horror genre stood out for me.

In the non-fiction department Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens - A Brief Histroy of Humankind was an eye-opening read and Ryder Carroll’s The Bullet Journal Method, Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism and James Clear’s Atomic Habits had been very inspiring.

But now to the list (alphabetical order, for chronolically see the Book-Log)

The Books I read in 2019

  • Adam Savage: Ever Tool’s a Hammer
  • Agatha Christie: The Mysterious Affair At Styles
  • Alan Moore/Dave Gibbins: Watchmen
  • Andrew Pyper: The Demonologist
  • Arthur Machen: The Great God Pan and other weird Stories
  • C.S. Lewis: Prince Caspian
  • C.S. Lewis: The Horse and His Boy
  • C.S. Lewis: The Last Battle
  • C.S. Lewis: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • C.S. Lewis: The Magicians Nephew
  • C.S. Lewis: The Silver Chair
  • C.S. Lewis: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Cal Newport: Digital Minimalism
  • Clive Barker: The Hellbound Heart
  • Cory Doctorow: Overclocked
  • Dale Bailey: In the Night Wood
  • David Gerrold: The Martian Child
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce: Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth
  • Homer/Emily Wilson: The Odyssey
  • James Clear: Atomic Habits
  • James S.A. Corey: Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse, #8)
  • James S.A. Corey: Vital Abyss (an Expanse novella)
  • Jeffrey Konvitz: The Guardian
  • Jeffrey Konvitz: The Sentinel
  • Joe Hill: Full Throttle — Stories
  • Joe Hill: Heart-shaped Box
  • Leslie S. Klinger: In the Shadow of Edgar Allen Poe
  • M.R.James: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary
  • Margaret Atwood: The Testaments
  • Mike Rhode: The Sketchnote Handbook
  • Nathan Ballingrud: Wounds
  • Neil Gaiman: M” is for Magic
  • Neil Gaiman: A Study in Emerald
  • Neil Gaiman: American Gods Vol.1 (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Coraline (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Fortunately the Milk
  • Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
  • Neil Gaiman: Murder Mysteries (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: My Ainsel — American Gods Vol.2 (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere (re-read)
  • Neil Gaiman: Smoke And Mirrors
  • Neil Gaiman: Snow, Glass, Apples (Graphic Novel)
  • Neil Gaiman: Stardust
  • Neil Gaiman: The Anansi Boys (re-read)
  • Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book
  • Neil Gaiman: The Graveyard Book (re-read)
  • Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (re-read)
  • Neil Gaiman: The Problem of Susan
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sandman Vol.1 — Preludes and Nocturnes
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sandman Vol.2 — The Doll’s House
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sandman Vol.3
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sandman Vol.4
  • Neil Gaiman: The Sleeper and the Spindle
  • Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
  • Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains (Graphic Novel-ish)
  • Neil Gaiman: Trigger Warning
  • Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean: Violent Cases
  • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
  • Ray Bradburn: Zen in the Art of Writing
  • Ray Bradbury: The Illustrated Man
  • Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep
  • Raymond Chandler: The High Window
  • Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe book 4)
  • Rayond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely
  • Richard Matheson: Hell House
  • Richard Matheson: Nightmare at 20000 Feet
  • Ryder Carroll: The Bullet Journal Method
  • Sheridan Le Fanu: Carmilla
  • Stephen Fry: Heroes — Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • Stephen King: Bag Of Bones
  • Stephen King: The Stand
  • Susan Trott/Libby Spurrier: The Man On the Mountain Top
  • Sylvain Neuvel: Only Human (Themis Files #3)
  • Sylvain Neuvel: Sleeping Giants
  • Sylvain Neuvel: Waking Gods (Part 2 in the Themis Files)
  • Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites
  • Terry Pratchett: The Colour of Magic
  • Terry Pratchett: The Light Fantastic (#2 in the Discworld series)
  • Terry Pratchett: The Unadulterated Cat
  • V.E.Schwab: Vengeful
  • Yuval Noah Harari: Sapiens - A Brief Histroy of Humankind

For this year’s list you may check my Book-Log or the Reading-Tag.