Tuesday, December 15, 2009

favorite books of 2009

I've never put up a best of the year list this early--I always feel like it cheats the books I may read right up till the end of the year. But this month I've mainly been rereading old favorites and my library hold list is really light, so the chances that I'll read something new and completely amazing in the next two weeks is fairly slim (and if so, I'll just have to remember to add it to 2010's list). With that said, 2009 was a pretty great year (for books, and in general: my brother got married, I got new teeth, xxmerge was incredible, and I crushed my goal of 250 books and still have time to crush it more), and since I read so many books, I have a top 20 and not a top 10. In alphabetical order by author:

Emily Arsenault's The Broken Teaglass
Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire
Gillian Flynn's Dark Places
James Fuerst's Huge
Joshua Gaylord's Hummingbirds
Lauren Grodstein's A Friend of the Family
Lisa Lutz's Revenge of the Spellmans
Dara Horn's All Other Nights
Marjorie Kernan's The Ballad of West Tenth Street
Sarah Hall's How to Paint a Dead Man
Kent Meyer's Twisted Tree
Christian Moerk's Darling Jim
Kate Morton's The House at Riverton
Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor
Sara Shepard's The Visibles
Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me
Colm Toibin's Brooklyn
Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You


Anonymous said...

Love Is a Four-Letter Word was #21, right? ;)

wordnerdy said...

If I'd had any non-fiction on the list, it'd be on there! I only do novels though, since I hardly read any non-fiction.

I used my Goodreads ratings to narrow the list--and I did give it 5 stars--so it was my #1 non-fiction book!

Stef said...

Would you consider posting a graphics novel list, too? ^__^ I NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO READ DAMMIT

wordnerdy said...

I did already!! http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2009/12/2009-graphic-novel-roundup.html

wordnerdy said...

Or just scroll down to December 1st, or click on the "comics" tag on the left . . .