Monday, December 28, 2009

Best books I read in 2009 list lists seem to have fallen out of meme status; nobody seems to click on them anymore. Back in their heyday, around 2005, they seemed to be a great way to share what you're reading. Now, however, with the advent of Shelfari, Goodreads and book blogs, the Amazon lists seem redundant. Still, I've published a list of best books I read in a year once again: 

My 2004 list has been read about 2,000 times; none of the later lists have been accessed nearly as much. I list books no matter when they were published, since it will take me a couple of years to catch up with the really hot books published in 2009. (Some of them will show up on an upcoming TBR list.) Also, this year I set a personal record, having read 65 books, thanks in part to the Young Adult sources and services class I took in June. Anyway, here's my list in the short version:

The Widows if Eastwick by John Updike
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Paper Towns by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Vibes by Kathleen Ryan
The Afterlife by John Updike
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Once the Shore by Paul Yoon
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Quiet, Please by Scott Douglas
Marketing Today's Academic Library by Brian Mathews
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
Magestrum and The Spiral Labyrinth by Matthew Hughes
Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Living With Saints by Mary O'Connell
Spud by John Van de Ruit
The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Memo
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Month of Sundays by John Updike
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis
 All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well by Tod Wodicka
The Lighthouse by P.D. James
Fortune's Folly by Deva Fagan
What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson

1 comment:

SmallWorld at Home said...

Great list. I'm going to have to come back and add a few of these to my TBR list.