Books Read in 2009

A few months ago, I added a Reading List page that lists the books I’ve read over the past couple of years.  (There’s a link at the top of this page.)  The books in the list that are underlined are ones that I reviewed.  If you click on them, you’ll be directed to my review for that particular book.

In 2009, I read 70 books.  My favorite books published in 2009 were Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, Catching Fire (the second in the Hunger Games series) by Suzanne Collins, and the graphic novel Locke & Key: Head Games by Joe Hill.  Other books published in 2009 that deserve honorable mentions include The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, Wings by Aprilynne Pike, Once Dead, Twice Shy and White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison, The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block, and The Hidden by Tobias Hill.  I also reviewed Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce, which won’t be released until 2010 (in a couple of weeks, in fact), but that also deserves an honorable mention.

Some of my favorite books that I happened to read in 2009 but that were released in previous years were the graphic novels by Neil Gaiman (the Sandman series, Death: The High Cost of Living, and Murder Mysteries), the Fables series by Bill Willingham (I am addicted!), and the brilliant and darkly intriguing writing of Mike Carey (the Lucifer series and the Felix Castor series).  I also read several books by Christopher Moore (LambThe Stupidest Angel, and You Suck, to name a few) that had me embarrassing myself in public with loud outbursts of uncontrollable laughter.

What were some of your favorite books of the past year?


  1. “The Help” was my favorite book in 2009 (read it twice)…thanks for your review and recommendation. I also just finished “The Hunger Games” and loved that…again, thanks for the review and recommendation. 🙂


  2. Thank you. I’m glad you enjoy the reviews and find good book recommendations here. I have a lot of promising books in my review pile, so there will be plenty more to come in 2010!


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