Monday, January 4, 2010

Best of 2009

I thought it might be best to start off 2010 with an overview of what I did and did not read last year as well as some details on what I really liked and didn't like!

When I look back, I read 143 books in 2009. That actually seems a little low to me so I'm wondering if I missed some books along the way. Either way, it's looking to be about 140-145 for the year.  I'm aiming for at least 150 books in 2010 (although more would be nice!). This year was a great year for me and reading. I rediscovered my passion for books and reading when I stumbled across Goodreads and the Books on the Nightstand podcast. I'd always read books,even when I wasn't getting more than 3 hours of sleep just after the twins were born but I had somehow lost my passion for them, just reading because that's what I do, not so much for the enjoyment. Well, that has all changed! I've gotten very involved in a wonderful book group on Goodreads and have been doing a number of reading challenges which has been a blast! That will continue in 2010 and I'm sure I'll be posting more about the challenges as the year goes on ...

(in no particular order)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

These were my absolute favorite books of the entire year of 2009! They are the ones I'm recommending to everyone, constantly!


Favorite Fiction:

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
In the Woods by Tana French
Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Favorite Young Adult:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Gone by Michael Grant
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Favorite Graphic Novel:
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

Favorite Non-fiction:
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
Columbine by Dave Cullen 

Favorite Dystopic Fiction:
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Gone by Michael Grant
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

If you're interested in some Best of 2009 lists, you might want to check out the following links ...

Publisher's Weekly's List
The Willa List
Bunch of Grapes List
Books on the Nightstand

I'll be back soon with a few reviews. I just finished up my first 3 books of 2010 so I need to get my thoughts organized and the reviews posted!


  1. Oh my ... I don't know what to say, I'm so touched and honored that you feel we added to your enjoyment of reading. I can't think of a better compliment. Thank you!

    I think I have to read Columbine. That's another book that I'm sorry I missed.

    Thanks again, Amy. You made my night!


  2. Ann beat me to it, so I'll just simply say thanks for the kind words about Books on the Nightstand!!

  3. Cullen , who first reported on the story for the online magazine Salon, acknowledges in the book's source notes that thoughts he attributes to Klebold and Harris are conjecture gleaned from the record the pair left behind.

    Jeff Kass takes a more straightforward approach in "Columbine: A True Crime Story," working backward from the events of the fateful day.
    The Denver Post

    Mr. Cullen insists that the killers enjoyed "far more friends than the average adolescent," with Harris in particular being a regular Casanova who "on the ultimate high school scorecard . . . outscored much of the football team." The author's footnotes do not reveal how he knows this; when I asked him about it while preparing this review, Mr. Cullen said he did not necessarily mean to imply that Harris was sexually active. But what else would such words mean?

    "Eric and Dylan never had any girlfriends," the more sober Mr. Kass writes, and were "probably virgins upon death."
    Wall Street Journal

  4. Great list--thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for sharing your list! I just got the Hour I First Believed and am glad to see it on your list. I loved Lamb's She's Come Undone and I Know These Things to be True so I am looking forward to this one. I was apprehensive because I read Wishin' and Hopin' by him over the holidays and was not thrilled.

    Sounds like The Hour I First Believed didn't disappoint you and I hope I feel the same way!

  6. I'm honored to be on your list, Amy! SO happy to hear that you enjoyed the book!

    Matthew Dicks