Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best of/Book List for 2009

Here it is, my complete list of books read in 2009. And I have some dubious awards to hand out!

Best book of 2009, by far: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Award winning book that I personally hated: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Book most quoted by me: Arriving at Your Own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Book with the scariest, meanest main character EVER: Serena by Ron Rash
Book written by an author I personally know and LOVE: Tie between Embracing Coincidence (Carol Lynn Pearson) and
Inspiration Divine (Darwin Stephenson)
Book my book club loved and I personally hated: Three Cups of Tea
Most bizarre book of 2009 (but I loved it!): The City and The City by China Mieville
Book with the most "bodice ripping": Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Author with the most talent in terms of scope: Mary Doria Russell, author of The Sparrow and Dreamers of the Day
  • Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
  • Here if you Need Me by Kate Braestrup
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
  • Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • Jarrettsville by Cornelia Nixon
  • My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
  • Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
  • Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt
  • The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
  • The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
  • Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
  • The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
  • The City and The City by China Mieville
  • I'll Steal you Away by Niccolo Ammaniti
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Inspiration Divine by Darwin Stephenson
  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum Mccan
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Christine Falls by Benjamin Black
  • One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak
  • JULY
  • Fingerprints of God by Barbara Bradford Hagerty
  • The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri
  • Mentoring by Chungliang Huang
  • JUNE
  • The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard
  • 10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting by Mimi Doe
  • Boundaries by Dr.'s Cloud/Townsend
  • Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
  • MAY
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam
  • Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
  • Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
  • The English Major by Jim Harrison
  • Mallory's Oracle by Carol O'Connell
  • The Beach by Alex Garland
  • The Street of a Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
  • Away by Amy Bloom
  • Serena by Ron Rash
  • Zero Limits by Joe Vitale
  • Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate by Brad Warner
  • The Power of Focusing by Ann Cornell
  • Arriving at Your Own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy by Gene Gendlin
  • The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay
  • A Year To Live by Stephen Levine
  • Consider the Butterfly by Carol Lynn Pearson
  • White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • Etta by Gerald Kolpan
  • I'll Steal you Away by Niccolo Ammaniti

Books I've Given Up On in 2009

  • Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen
  • Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz


Literary Feline said...

One of these days I'll read The Hunger Games! I'm still not sure I'll be read Wao's book. I know some people have really liked it, but others, like you, hate it.

I enjoyed your list--such creative categories!

Here's to a wonderful New Year and many great books!

Lisa said...

Serena made Lady MacBeth look like a real sweetheart, didn't she?! What a great character.

Kailana said...

You read a lot of good books! I am looking forward to the third book by Suzanne Collins. :)

Lisa said...

Yeah, Lisa....I tell you, she scared the wits out of me!!! Whoooeeee. It takes quite an author to think of a character that mean!

Yep, can't wait for the rest of Suzanne Collins' series...should be awesome!

Anonymous said...


Lisa said...

I haven't tried to read it, but Oscar Wao does nothing for me. I read reviews and just don't get why it would be good.

I love the categories you used, since I haven't yet written my best of list I might steal the idea to do more than just "Top Ten".

Somer said...

I gave up on Oscar Wao this year, too. Did nothing for me!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

"Award winning book that I personally hated: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"

I didn't give up, but I hated this book. Award? Whatever for? My rant:

"Book with the scariest, meanest main character EVER: Serena by Ron Rash"

My grandfather was a sawyer during this same period of time, so I included him in my review of this book:

I came here to look over the "Something About Me" Reading Challenge (again) that we did in 2007. Mostly, I was thinking about Dewey, who died just before Thanksgiving in 2008. Any chance you would ever do another challenge like that?

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