The Naming of the Books: 2014

Every year, I keep a list of the books I’ve read between January 1st and December 31st. Mostly it’s for my own reference, but I know some people enjoy talking about books so I post it every year, too. The list does not include magazines, short stories, or individual comic-book issues — and with my good friend Genevieve Valentine writing Catwoman, I read more individual comic-book issues this year than I normally do! — but it does include things like chapbooks and graphic novels/trade comic-book collections. So, without further ado, here is the list of books I read in 2014, in the order I read them:

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft Joe Hill
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1910 Alan Moore
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969 Alan Moore
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 2009 Alan Moore
1966: Untitled Bruce Lee/Phil Dick Project Robert N. Lee
Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty Ed Brubaker & Greg Rucka
Locke & Key: Head Games Joe Hill
Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows Joe Hill
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee Sarah Silverman
Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom Joe Hill
Locke & Key: Clockworks Joe Hill
The Mocking Dead Fred Van Lente
Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway Mike Carey
Lucifer: Children and Monsters Mike Carey
Lucifer: A Dalliance with the Damned Mike Carey
Lucifer: The Divine Comedy Mike Carey
Lucifer: Inferno Mike Carey
Lucifer: Mansions of the Silence Mike Carey
Lucifer: Exodus Mike Carey
Lucifer: The Wolf Beneath the Tree Mike Carey
Lucifer: Crux Mike Carey
Lucifer: Morningstar Mike Carey
Lucifer: Evensong Mike Carey
Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega Joe Hill
Marvels Kurt Busiek
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
Beneath the Surface Simon Strantzas
Goldenland Past Dark Chandler Klang Smith
The Ruins Scott Smith
Bullettime Nick Mamatas
Chimera David Wellington
Minotaur David Wellington
Myrmidon David Wellington
Outside the Dog Museum Jonathan Carroll
Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye Paul Tremblay
A Handbook of American Prayer Lucius Shepard
Snowblind Christopher Golden
Burning Girls Veronica Schanoes
Quiet Bullets Christopher Golden and Frank Cho
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn
Torn Lee Thomas
Crisis Lee Thomas
The Light Is the Darkness Laird Barron
The Troupe Robert Jackson Bennett
The God Engines John Scalzi
Horns Joe Hill
The Witches of Echo Park Amber Benson
Consumed David Cronenberg
Dare Me Megan Abbott
Dream Houses Genevieve Valentine

Normally, I aim to read 30 books a year, since that was my average for so long, but this year I managed to read 50. Of course, I read quite a few graphic novels at the start of the year and that always bumps the total up, since they don’t take as long to get through. I would be hard pressed to choose favorites this year — pretty much everything I read was strong — but Gone Girl and Dare Me were definite standouts.

One thing I notice in looking over this list is a dearth of short story collections. There’s only one: Strantzas’s Beneath the Surface. I guess this year had me more in the mood for novels than anything else. I hope to remedy this with more collections next year.

That’s it for 2014, folks! I hope you and yours have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015 filled with lots of great books!

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