Books and Movies: 2009

For the past few years, I tracked which movies that I saw in the theatre. It was fun to look back and see how many (and what) I’d seen, and this year I decided to take it a step further and add books and graphic novels into the mix, with the help of Goodreads. (I also decided to allow movies I saw on DVD, even though that tally turned out to be just one.)

I ended up tying 2007’s movie tally with 20 films, and amusingly enough that was also the number of novels I read. As for graphic novels… well, let’s just say the final tally was a wee bit higher.


  1. The Women (the 1939 version)
  2. Frost/Nixon
  3. Watchmen
  4. Every Little Step
  5. Star Trek
  6. Little Ashes
  7. Away We Go
  8. Up
  9. Public Enemies
  10. The Hurt Locker
  11. (500) Days of Summer
  12. Paris
  13. Inglorious Basterds
  14. An Education
  15. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire
  16. A Room With a View
  17. A Serious Man
  18. Fantastic Mr. Fox
  19. Up in the Air
  20. A Single Man


  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  2. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
  3. Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
  4. All Seated On The Ground by Connie Willis
  5. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
  6. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  7. Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories by Craig Laurance Gidney
  8. The Cabinet of Light by Daniel O’Mahony
  9. The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
  10. Shell Shock by Simon A. Forward
  11. Farthing by Jo Walton
  12. The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories by John Kessel
  13. Listening Is an Act of Love edited by Dave Isay
  14. A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
  15. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
  16. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  17. Psycho by Robert Bloch
  18. After the Quake by Haruki Murakami
  19. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  20. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Graphic Novels:

  1. Dororo Vol. 3 by Osamu Tezuka
  2. Solanin by Inio Asano
  3. Oishinbo A La Carte: Japanese Cuisine by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  4. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 1 by Naoki Ursasawa
  5. Tsubasa Vol. 19 by CLAMP
  6. Dead, She Said by Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson
  7. MPD Psycho Vol. 3 by Eiji Otsuka and Sho-u Tajima
  8. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 7 by Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki
  9. Scott Pilgrim Vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  10. Scott Pilgrim Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  11. My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill by Jean Regnaud and Émile Bravo
  12. Call of the Wild by Patrick McDonnell
  13. Miss Don’t Touch Me by Hubert & Kerascoet
  14. I Saw You…: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections edited by Julia Wertz
  15. Why I Killed Peter by Alfred & Olivier Ka
  16. Tsubasa Vol. 20 by CLAMP
  17. DMZ Vol. 6: Blood in the Game by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli
  18. Phoenix Vol. 8: Civil War, Part Two by Osamu Tezuka
  19. Blade of the Immortal Vol. 20: Demon’s Lair by Hiroaki Samura
  20. Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Vol. 1 by Koji Kumeta
  21. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1910 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
  22. The Complete Peanuts Vol. 6: 1961-1962 by Charles M. Schulz
  23. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
  24. Batman: Year One Hundred by Paul Pope
  25. Hulk Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 1 by Peter David and Todd McFarlane
  26. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 2 by Naoki Ursasawa
  27. In the Flesh by Koren Shadmi
  28. First Time by Sybiline and various artists
  29. Oishinbo A La Carte: Sake by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  30. A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  31. Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 7: The Mist & the Phantom of the Fair by Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle, and Guy Davis
  32. French Milk by Lucy Knisley
  33. 20th Century Boys Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa
  34. A Distant Neighborhood Vol. 1 by Jiro Taniguchi
  35. The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
  36. Wolverine: Prodigal Son Vol. 1 by Antony Johnson and Wilson Tortosa
  37. Superman Chronicles Vol. 1 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
  38. Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  39. Bourbon Island 1730 by Appollo and Lewis Trondheim
  40. Batman Chronicles Vol. 2 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane
  41. Real Vol. 3 by Takehiko Inoue
  42. Real Vol. 4 by Takehiko Inoue
  43. Fairy Tail Vol. 5 by Hiro Mashima
  44. Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi
  45. Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip Book Three by Tove Jansson
  46. Nana Vol. 14 by Ai Yazawa
  47. You Have Killed Me by Jamie S. Rich and Joëlle Jones
  48. Hikaru No Go Vol. 13 by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata
  49. Hikaru No Go Vol. 14 by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata
  50. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
  51. Hellblazer: Scab by Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Stefano Landini
  52. Showcase Presents: The Doom Patrol Vol. 1 by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney, Bruno Premiani, and Bob Brown
  53. The Best of Simon and Kirby by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
  54. Parker: The Hunter by Richard Stark and Darwyn Cooke
  55. 20th Century Boys Vol. 2 by Naoki Urasawa
  56. Phoenix, Vol. 10: Sun, Part One by Osamu Tezuka
  57. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 3 by Naoki Urasawa
  58. Mijeong by Byun Byung-jun
  59. Detroit Metal City Vol. 1 by Kiminori Wakasugi
  60. Yokai Doctor Vol. 1 by Yuki Sato
  61. Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith
  62. Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry
  63. Oishinbo A La Carte: Ramen and Gyoza by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  64. Vagabond Vol. 28 by Takehiko Inoue
  65. Children of the Sea Vol. 1 by Daisuke Igarashi
  66. Popeye Vol. 1 by E.C. Segar
  67. The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert
  68. Prince Valiant Vol. 1: 1937-1938 by Hal Foster
  69. Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 2 by Jack Kirby
  70. Nana Vol. 15 by Ai Yazawa
  71. Hikaru no Go Vol. 15 by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata
  72. 20th Century Boys Vol. 3 by Naoki Urasawa
  73. Real Vol. 5 by Takehiko Inoue
  74. Black Jack Vol. 2 by Osamu Tezuka
  75. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 4 by Naoki Urasawa
  76. Barefoot Gen Vol. 1 by Keiji Nakazawa
  77. Ôoku: The Inner Chamber Vol. 1 by Fumi Yoshinaga
  78. 20th Century Boys Vol. 4 by Naoki Urasawa
  79. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Vol. 1 by Hiroyuki Asada
  80. The Big Kahn by Neil Kleid and Nicholas Cinquegrani
  81. Hikaru no Go Vol. 16 by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata
  82. Little Nothings Vol. 2: The Prisoner Syndrome by Lewis Trondheim
  83. Nana Vol. 16 by Ai Yazawa
  84. Awakening Vol. 1 by Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn
  85. Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 2 by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez
  86. The Punisher Vol. 10: Valley Forge, Valley Forge by Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov
  87. Yotsuba&! Vol. 6 by Kiyohiko Azuma
  88. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 8 by Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki
  89. Japan As Viewed By 17 Creators by Various creators
  90. ACME Novelty Library Vol. 19 by Chris Ware
  91. Neptune by Aron Nels Steinke
  92. Festering Romance by Renee Lott
  93. What a Wonderful World! Vol. 1 by Inio Asano
  94. X-Men: Misfits Vol. 1 by Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and Anzu
  95. West Coast Blues by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jacques Tardi
  96. Far Arden by Kevin Cannon
  97. Thor Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 1 by Walter Simonson
  98. Monsters by Ken Dahl
  99. What a Wonderful World! Vol. 2 by Inio Asano
  100. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 5 by Naoki Urasawa
  101. Showcase Presents: Eclipso by Bob Haney, Lee Elias, Alex Toth, and Jack Sparling
  102. Driven By Lemons by Joshua Cotter
  103. Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
  104. Dark Entries by Ian Rankin and Werther Dell’Edera
  105. Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 6 by Naoki Ursasawa
  106. Dungeon, The Early Years Vol. 2: Innocence Lost by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, and Christophe Blain
  107. Year of Loving Dangerously by Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo
  108. Oishinbo A La Carte: The Joy of Rice by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
  109. Incognito by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
  110. Beanworld Book 3: Remember Here When You Are There! by Larry Marder
  111. Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture Vol. 1 by Ishikawa Masayuki
  112. Luna Park by Kevin Baker and Danijel Zezelj
  113. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
  114. Children of the Sea Vol. 2 by Daisuke Igarashi
  115. not simple by Natsume Ono
  116. Filthy Rich by Brian Azzarello and Victor Santos
  117. Bloom County: The Complete Library Vol. 1 by Berkeley Breathed
  118. Years of the Elephant by Willy Linthout
  119. Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
  120. The Punisher MAX: From First to Last by Garth Ennis, Richard Corben, Lewis Larosa, John Severin
  121. 20th Century Boys Vol. 5 by Naoki Urasawa
  122. A Distant Neighborhood Vol. 2 by Jiro Taniguchi
  123. xxxHolic Vol. 13 by CLAMP

5 thoughts on “Books and Movies: 2009

  1. Dave says:

    # The Host by Stephenie Meyer

    Oh Greg, I thought better of you

  2. It was for book club; we’d heard that it was for adults and better written.

    We all agreed that it was pretty bad, but in the hands of a good writer it might have been good. Ah well.

  3. […] went and tracked how many movies, books, and graphic novels I saw/read over the course of the year. Last year’s tally had me at at 20 movies, 20 books, and 123 graphic novels. This year? 31 movies, 21 books, and 124 […]

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