Monday, December 21, 2009

LIST: Best Raidergirl3 Reads of 2009

It's time for my list of favorite reads of 2009. I find it difficult to pick, to compare such different books, so this is my result.

The Runner's Up (or how can I pick the best ten when I read over a hundred books?)

The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor - Sally Armstrong best historical fiction
I Feel Bad About My Neck - Nora Ephron best essays
Still Life - Louise Penny best mystery
eta: Wife of the Gods - Kwai Quartey best start to a mystery series (I missed this on my list!)
e=mc^2 - David Bodanis best nonfiction
The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread - Don Robertson best book I read on a blogger rec
DeNiro's Game - Rawi Hage best war book
Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen best magical realism book
Rapunzel's Revenge - Shannon Halebest fairy tale retelling
The Sister- Poppy Adams best crazy person/plus moths

the top dozen:
The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa best awww!
Beat the Reaper - Josh Brazell best action/adventure/humor
Then We Came to the End -Joshua Ferris best narrative voice
The Hunger Games/ Catching Fire -Suzanne Collins best series
Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Stout best short story collection
The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson best love story
The Outlander - Gil Adamson best western
Clara Callen - Richard B Wright best epistolary
Fingersmith - Sarah Waters best Victorian, best suspense
Twenties Girl -Sophie Kinsella best all-round easy/fun read/best published in 2009
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Sleznick best children's, and best graphic novel
The Lizard Cage - Karen Connelly best book

How many of these have you read? Do you agree on my picks? Which ones will you be looking to read?


  1. I'm happy that The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread was one of your pics.

  2. Well...I've only read a few of your choices. Garden Spells, which I liked, but didn't love. (reminded me too much of Practical Magic). But Hunger Games/Catching Fire. OH YEAH!!!

    I do have a bunch on my TBR list. Glad to see they are good!

  3. Oh my. I haven't read any of these! On the positive side, I own four of them so I will someday. Most looking forward to Hugo Cabret.

  4. Olive Kitteredge and Then We Came to the End are on my year's "best of" list too, and I just picked up Beat the Reaper at a used bookstore yesterday. Happy reading!

  5. bybee - such a great book, thanks for talking it up. Plus, Uncle Steve loves him, that's another pretty big rec.

    stephanie - I've never read Practical Magic, maybe it'll remind me too much of Garden Spells. I can't wait (and neither can my son!) for the last Hunger Games Books.

    John - none of them? I bet your kids will enjoy Hugo Cabret as well. It's not many 500 page books they get to read themselves.

    amy - you too! See if Beat the Reaper reminds you of House and the Sopranos, all rolled up together. I gobbled Beat the Reaper up one weekend, I couldn't put it down.

  6. I haven't read very many on your list.. so I'm starring this post and will get to them sometime!

    Hopefully, my list will be up next week sometime.

  7. I've only read one of them! But I'm off to check on the others.

  8. I find coming up with these lists difficult too! I enjoyed reading through yours, Elizabeth. You've got a few there that I haven't yet read but want to.

    The only one you mention that I've read is Wife of the Gods, which I did enjoy quite a bit.


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