Sunday, January 03, 2010

Books Read in 2009

I'll do a separate "Reading Year in Review" post, in which I talk about favorites and such. This is mainly for record-keeping. In 2009, I read a grand total of 202 books - by far the most books I've ever read during the time I've kept track.

1. 84 Charing Cross Road - Helene Hanff
2. I Choose to be Happy - Missy Jenkins
3. We're in This Boat Together - Camille F. Bishop, Ph.D.
4. A Civil General - Stinebeck and Gill
5. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
6. Flight, Vol. 1 (graphic novel) - various/anthology
7. Daylight Runner - Oisin McGann
8. Austenland - Shannon Hale
9. Alpine Americas - Olaf Soot & Don Mellor
10. Recovering Me, Discovering Joy - Vivian Eisenecher
11. Never Say Diet - Chantel Hobbs
12. Grace for the Afflicted - Matthew S. Stanford
13. Katie & Kimble - Linda Thieman
14. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall - Bill Willingham
15. American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang
16. Written in Blood - Sheila Lowe
17. The Feast of Love - Charles Baxter
18. No Experts Needed - Louise Lewis
19. The Porcupine Year - Louise Ercrich

20. A Lovely Little War - Angus M. Lorenzen
21. Lessons from San Quentin - Bill Dallas
22. When God & Grief Meet - Lynn Eib
23. Houston, We Have a Problema - Gwendolyn Zepeda
24. The Giggler Treatment - Roddy Doyle
25. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day - Winifred Watson
26. For Women Only - Shaunti Feldhahn
27. The Book of Unholy Mischief - Elle Newmark
28. Out of Time - Paul McCusker
29. For Men Only - Shaunti & Jeff Feldhahn
30. Surviving Financial Meltdown - Ron Blue & Jeremy White
31. Hate that Cat - Sharon Creech
32. A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick
33. I Do Again - C & J Scruggs
34. Word Gets Around - Lisa Wingate

35. Haunted Encounters: Ghost Stories from Around the World (anthology) - various
36. Zig-Zagging: Loving Madly, Losing Badly - Tom Wilson
37. It's a Green Thing - Melody Carlson
38. Throw Out 50 Things - Gail Blanke
39. The Musician's Daughter - Susanne Dunlap
40. Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs - Ellen Kennedy
41. As Shadows Fade - Colleen Gleason
42. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home - Thelma Meyers
43. Ghost Cats of the South - Randy Russell
44. Images of Madison County - Stephen Kirkpatrick
45. An Offer You Can't Refuse - Jill Mansell
46. Love Begins in Winter - Simon Van Booy
47. 10 Things I Hate About Christianity - Jason T. Berggren
48. Yesterday's Embers - Deborah Raney
49. Agent to the Stars - John Scalzi
50. Who by Fire - Diana Spechler
51. The Ever-After Bird - Ann Rinaldi
52. The Girl She Used to Be - David Cristofano
53. Otto Grows Down - Michael Sussman, illus. by Scott Magoon
54. Monkey, Monkey, Monkey - Cathy MacLennan

55. SLOB - Ellen Potter
56. The King with Horse's Ears - Batt Burns
57. How I Got to be Whoever it is I Am - Charles Grodin
58. Go Back and Be Happy - Julie Papievas
59. Real Solutions for Busy Moms - Kathy Ireland
60. Spiced - Dalia Jurgensen
61. The Lost Hours - Karen White
62. So Not Happening - Jenny B. Jones
63. . So Long Status Quo - Suzy Flory
64. The Blood of Lambs - Kamal Saleem
65. Living Fossils: The Grand Experiment, Vol. 2 - Dr. Carl Verner
66. Fire Me - Libby Malin
67. Stop the Traffik - Steve Chalke

May 2009
68. The House in Grosvenor Square - Linore Rose Burkard
69. The Wonder Singer - George Rabasa
70. I Am the Central Park Jogger - Trisha Melli
71. No Touch Monkey - Ayun Halliday
72. Memory's Gate - Paul McCusker
73. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti - Giulia Melucci
74. A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy - Charlotte Greif
75. On the Run - Bill Myers
76. Love Begins in Winter (reread) - Simon Van Booy
77. The Dead and the Gone - Susan Beth Pfeffer
78. A Lucky Child - Thomas Buergenthal
79. The Non-Runners' Marathron Guide for Women - Dawn Dais
80. Gossamer - Lois Lowry
81. Evolution: The Grand Experiment - Dr. Carl Werner
82. The Nonesuch - Georgette Heyer
83. Olivia Kidney - Ellen Potter
84. Holly's Inbox - Holly Denham
85. Last Night in Montreal - Emily St. John Mandel

86. If your kid eats this book everything will still be okay - Dr. Laura Zibners
87. Crazy for the Storm - Norman Ollestad
88. Don't Call Me a Crook - Bob Moore
89. The Lone Ranger & Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie
90. Nothing but Trouble - Susan May Warren
91. The King's Legacy - Jim Stovall
92. Scared - Tom Davis
93. In the Sanctuary of Outcasts - Neil White
94. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe
95. Rubber Side Down: The Biker Poet Anthology, ed. by Jose Gouveia
96. The Unit - Ninni Holmqvist
97. The Corinthian - Georgette Heyer
98. Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
99. A Summer Affair - Elin Hilderbrand

100. Cousin Kate - Georgette Heyer
101. Valley of the Shadow - Tom Pawlik
102. The Castaways - Elin Hilderbrand
103. During My Nervous Breakdown I Want to Have a Biographer Present - Brandon S. Gorrell
104. Through the Fire - Shawn Grady
105. Shimmer - Eric Barnes
106. The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children - Stormie O'Martian
107. Overheard in New York - Morgan Friedman & Michael Malice
108. The Sword and the Flute - Mike Hamel
109. The Myrtles Plantation - Frances Kermeen
110. The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
111. The Imposter's Daughter - Laurie Sandell
112. God*Stories - Andrew Wilson
113. The Plight of the Darcy Brothers - Marsha Altman
114. Sweetwater Run - Jan Watson
115. Offworld - Robin Parrish

116. The Missionary - Carmichael & Lambert
117. Ex Libris - Anne Fadiman
118. Paper Towns - John Green
119. June Bug - Chris Fabry
120. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (promo book)
121. Evernight - Claudia Gray
122. The Daddy Longlegs Blues - Mike Ornstein, illus. by Lisa Kopelke
123. All the World - Liz Garton Scanlon; illus. by Marla Frazee
124. Chicken Dance - Tammi Sauer; illus. by Dan Santat
125. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre - Amanda Grange
126. Hugh & Bess - Susan Higginbotham
127. The Woodstock Story Book - Linanne Sackett and Barry Levine
128. TSI: The Gabon Virus - Paul McCusker
129. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
130. Christianish - Mark Steele
131. New Tricks - David Rosenfelt
132. Don't Shoot! We're Republicans! - Jack Owens
133. Darling Jim - Christian Moerk
134. Secret Society - Tom Dolby
135. Godmother - Carolyn Turgeon
136. The Eternal Smile - Gene Luen Yang
137. Enthusiasm - Polly Shulman
138. Visions of America - Joseph Sohm

139. Vanishing - Candida Lawrence
140. The Greatest Knight - Elizabeth Chadwick
141. Abide with Me - John H. Parker
142. Bundle of Trouble - Diana Orgain
143. House of Dark Shadows - Robert Liparulo
144. Sometimes We're Always Real Same-Same - Mattox Roesch
145. 31 Hours - Masha Hamilton
146. The Treasures of Venice - Loucinda McGary
147. Pale Phoenix - Kathryn Reiss

148. The Unlikely Disciple - Kevin Roose
149. Breaking the Bank - Yona Zeldis McDonough
150. To Serve Them All My Days - R. F. Delderfield
151. Day by Day Armageddon - J. L. Bourne
152. Crossing Myself - Greg Garrett
153. The Maze Runner - James Dashner
154. Cheating Death - Sanjay Gupta
155. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
156. Not Becoming My Mother - Ruth Reichl
157. The Sneeze - Anton Chekov
158. Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville - Jeff Smith
159. Bone, Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race - Jeff Smith
160. Bone, Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm - Jeff Smith
161. Psmith in the City - P. G. Wodehouse
162. Cross My Heart & Hope to Spy - Ally Carter
163. No Idea - Greg Garrett
164. Bone, Vol. 4: Dragonslayer - Jeff Smith
165. Christian the Lion - Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
166. The Bible Salesman - Clyde Edgerton
167. Constance & Tiny - Pierre Le Gall
168. Constance & the Great Escape - Pierre Le Gall

169. Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
170. A Climate for Change - Hayhoe & Farley
171. Found - Margaret Peterson Haddix
172. $20 Per Gallon - Christopher Steiner
173. Among the Hidden - Margaret Peterson Haddix
174. The Church of Facebook - Jesse Rice
175. Bone, Vol. 5: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border - Jeff Smith
176. The Blue Umbrella - Mike Mason
177. Into the Wild - Sarah Beth Durst
178. Against Medical Advice - Patterson & Friedman
179. The Foundling - Georgette Heyer
180. How to Lower your Cholesterol with French Gourmet Cooking - Chef Alain Braux
181. The Wizard of Oz (condensed) - L. Frank Baum; illus. by Charles Santore
182. Letters to Darcy - Tracy Ramos
183. How to Roast a Lamb - Michael Psilakis
184. Logan's Run - William F. Nolan & Geo. Clayton Johnson

185. Tickle Tut's Toes - Julie Appel & Amy Guglielmo
186. Catch Picasso's Rooster - Julie Appel & Amy Guglielmo
187. One Simple Act - Debbie Macomber
188. Specials - Scott Westerfeld
189. The Christmas Secret - Donna Van Liere
190. Life After Genius - M. Ann Jacoby
191. Schooled - Gordon Korman
192. Mass Casualties - Spc. Michael Anthony
193. Terror in the Towers - Adrian Kerson
194. Beyond the Night - Joss Ware
195. The Reptile Room - Lemony Snicket
196. The Sum of His Syndromes - K. B. Dixon
197. Among the Hidden - Margaret Peterson Haddix
198. A Circle of Souls - Preetham Grandhi
199. Those Christmas Angels - Debbie Macomber
200. How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
201. Spellbinder - Helen Stringer
202. Look Who's Laughing Now (collection) - selected by Ann Spangler

Whew! I'll come back and add links if I ever have the strength. What a year!


  1. You had a great year in books!

  2. Kathy,

    Thanks! As I was typing my list up, I realized it's going to be very hard to narrow down to a few favorites. I really read a lot of good books!

  3. When it comes to favorites, I usually type next to the title if I really liked it. I may give a book an A+ but it may not be a favorite. :)

  4. Krista,

    I wait till the end of the year to choose favorites, simply because I never know if a book is going to stick with me. I consider that the true test. If I read something in January or June and still remember it vividly at the start of the next year (and I liked it), it's a favorite. I've been surprised to find that some books I gushed about are completely forgotten by the end of the year!

  5. What a great reading year! I hope this year is just as great as last year was.

  6. Vasilly,

    Thank you! It's been great, so far. I've finished three books and I'm enjoying those that I'm reading. Hope you have a terrific reading year, too!

  7. Congrats on making it to over 200! I'd love to accomplish that one of these years!!

  8. Michelle,

    Thanks! I didn't plan on shooting for 200, but it was fun to hit that high mark! :)

  9. What, or which novels to start with rather, would you suggest to a naive reader like me who reads only popular novels like those of Khalid Hossieni, John Grisham, P G Wodehouse, Stephan King and Dan Brown ??

  10. Anonymous9:49 AM

    I love Sherman Alexie. Good list.

  11. Amar,

    I'd suggest that you experiment with a variety of reading material to find what you like. What are your special interests? You can start by looking for books with a setting you like or a character doing something you'd like to learn about.

    I read a little of everything, myself, and that's been true for so long that I've learned to ignore the bestseller lists. I already know most of those books are not for me. Instead, I go either to the library or a bookstore and flip through books whose covers and/or titles grab me. I read the cover blurb or jacket-flap info, then I do what I call the "flip test".

    The flip test involves flipping through a book and randomly stopping to read a passage. It's amazing how well the flip test works. I'll read several random passages. If I find that I want to read on, even though I've flipped to the middle of a book and have no way of knowing the context, I'll give the book a go. If none of the random passages interest me or I find myself drifting into other thoughts as I read, I put the book down.

    Be willing to try anything, even outside of your comfort zone. Books are for entertainment, but it's good to be challenged by them, as well.

    I hope that helps!


    Sherman Alexie is made of awesome. :)


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