Monday, January 01, 2018

Welcome to Book-A-Day 2018!

I seem to do this every three to four years -- long enough for my reading and posting to ebb lower, and for me to get first annoyed and then energized by that -- so it's about time again.

Like 2014, this is planned to fill the whole calendar year. (I also had earlier stints of Book-A-Day in 2006-2007 and 2010-2011.) If you wonder what kind of books these will be, the 2014 Post-Mortem is likely to still match my current reading style pretty well. And my old post on how to read a book a day could also be informative.

I expect 2018 to closely match the 2014 model: I'm starting out with fewer books "saved up" to review (six), but the point is still to post a review of something every day for the whole year, and have that need for content force me to read more.

Below this point, an index will grow, as the year goes on and I actually read books and post about them. If history is any guide, I will double-count at least once.

Today's book post will go up sometime this afternoon (since I haven't written it yet), and after that I hope to settle down to my usual noon posting time. As always, plans are not guarantees.

The Index:

1: Inio Asano, A Girl on the Shore
2: Kaori Ozaki, The Gods Lie
3: Rick Geary, The Lindbergh Child and The Saga of the Bloody Benders
4: Deborah Blum, The Poisoner's Handbook
5: Paul Theroux, The Tao of Travel 
6: Tom Gauld, Baking With Kafka
7: Richard Sala, The Bloody Cardinal
8: Ben Blatt, Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve
9: Michel Choquette, editor, The Someday Funnies
10: Frank Thorne, The Complete Iron Devil
11: Rick Geary, The Secret Room at the White House
12: Velhmann and Kerascoet, Satania
13: Peter Bagge, Fire!!
14: Mawil, Home and Away
15: Randall Munroe, Thing Explainer
16: Chris Achilleos, Amazona
17: Roger Langridge, Fred the Clown in "The Iron Duchess"
18: Cyril Pedrosa, Equinoxes
19: James Vance and Dan E. Burr, On the Ropes
20: Jonathan Barli, Vip: The Mad World of Virgil Partch
21: Steven Brust, Vallista
22: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, Sex Criminals, Vol. 4: Fourgy!
23: Jeff Lemire, Royal City, Vol. 1: Next of Kin
24: Kevin Underhill, The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance
25: Mimi Pond, The Customer Is Always Wrong
26: Sarah Glidden, Rolling Blackouts
27: Teri S. Wood, Wandering Star
28: Stephen J. Sansweet and Peter Vilmur, The Star Wars Poster Book
29: Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Mr. Higgins Comes Home
30: Michel Rabagliati, Paul Has a Summer Job
31: Colleen Frakes, Prison Island
32: Catel and Veronique Grisseaux, Bluesy Lucy
33: Lawrence Block, The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes
34: Makoto Shinkai and Yukiko Seike, 5 Centimenters per Second
35: Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth, Stumptown, Vol. 1: The Case of the Girl Who Took Her Shampoo (But Left Her Mini)
36: Jennifer Hayden, Underwire
37: Scott Rubin, Sean Crespo, and Mason Brown, editors, National Lampoon's Big Book of Love
38: Svetlana Chmakova, Brave
39: Shannon Wheeler, Sh*t My President Says
40: Nico Tanigawa, No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, Volumes 8 and 9
41: J.M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians
42:  Howard Chaykin's American Flagg!, Vol. 1
43: Jeff Lemire, Roughneck
44: Brandon Graham, King City
45: Paul Grist, Jack Staff, Vol. 1: Everything Used To Be Black and White
46: Julia Wertz, Museum of Mistakes
47: Katsu Aki, Manga Sutra, Vol. 2
48: Satoko Kiyuduki, Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, Vol. 4 and 5
49: P.G. Wodehouse, A Pelican at Blandings
50: Kate Ascher, The Works: Anatomy of a City
51: Howard Chaykin, Black Kiss and Black Kiss 2
52: Dan Piraro, Bizarro Heroes

53: Tillie Walden, Spinning
54: Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota, Lucky Penny
55: Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis, Defiance and Victory
56: Diana Wynne Jones, The Pinhoe Egg 
57: Gabrielle Bell, Everything Is Flammable
58: Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim, Poppies of Iraq
59: Paul Hornschemeier, The Collected Sequential
60: Santiago Garcia and David Rubin, Beowulf
61: Jeff Smith, editor, The Best American Comics 2013
62: Naoki Urasawa with Takashi Nagasaki, Pluto, Vol. 1 and 2
63: Haruki Murakami, Men Without Women
64: Andy Warner, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects
65: Zander Cannon, Kaijumax, Season Two: The Seamy Underbelly
66: Terry Pratchett*, The Compleat Discworld Atlas
67: Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover
68: Lorena Alvarez, Nightlights
69: Georges Perec, The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise
70: Kim Dong Hwa, The Color of Water and The Color of Heaven
71: Thu Bui, The Best We Could Do
72: Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening
73: Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone, Shade the Changing Girl, Vol. 1: Earth Girl Made Easy
74: Jonathan Lethem, editor, The Best American Comics 2015 and Roz Chast, editor, The Best American Comics 2016
75: Stewart O'Nan, The Night Country
76: Batton Lash, The Soddyssey and Other Tales of Supernatural Law and The Werewolf of New York 
77: Ryan North and Erica Henderson, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now
78: Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, and Klaus Jason, Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race
79: Kyle Baker, Nat Turner
80: Paul Grist and Phil Elliott, Jack Staff, Vol. 2: Soldiers
81: Charles Forsman, I Am Not Okay With This
82: Pascal Girard, Nicolas
83: Eleanor Davis, You & A Bike & A Road
84: Bill Corbett and Len Peralta, Super-Powered Revenge Christmas
85: Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, and Thomas Yeates, Groo Vs. Conan
86: Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen,  Descender, Vol. 4
87: Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls, Vol. 3
88: Cassandra Jean, Reindeer Boy
89: Dan Wells, Nothing Left To Lose
90: Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, Nemo: Heart of Ice, Nemo: The Roses of Berlin, and Nemo: River of Ghosts
91: Ted McKeever, Meta4 92: Jeff Lemire, Essex County
93: Nina Bunjevac, Fatherland
94: Nick Bertozzi, Lewis & Clark
95: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson and Paul Grist, The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed
96: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson and Christopher Mitten, Rise of the Black Flame
97: Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist
98: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Saga, Vol. 8
99: Gretchen Edgren, The Playmate Book
100: Masamune Shirow, The Ghost in the Shell
101: Frederik Peeters, Aama, Vol. 3: The Dust of Mirrors

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