My Year in Reading (2009)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's crazy how fast each year goes by, increasing in speed each year I get older!
I like looking back at what I read all year. It's crazy how the things I read in the beginning of the year I feel like I just read!

So here is a summary and smattering of my year in reading:

How amusing and ironic is it that I started off the year reading Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin! I'd only seen a few episodes of the show but was interested in the memoir they wrote. It was a quick, interesting read and I finished it that first day. Who knew just how much of this year would be taken up by news of the couple!

I read both New Moon and Eclipse that month, as well as Chelsea Cain's Sweetheart which is a great thriller series! I also read The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, and ugh(!), that was sooo long and boring. It had good potential but tried to do too much.

Another that had good potential but ultimately disappointed was The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, which I read in February. I enjoyed the first half but didn't like where it went after that. I also spent a few days that month away at a conference and have very clear memories of the books I took with me on that trip, lol! They include The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst, True Colors by Kristin Hannah, Oxygen by Carol Cassella, and While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky. (Actually I think I bought a couple of those while I was on my trip). I definitely didn't read all those while on my trip, but they were all very good!

The next 4 months were lacking in anything memorable. I did read Breaking Dawn that month which I did not like and thought was so weird. One of the prettiest covers of books I read this year was from June, Moloka'i. It was also very good. July brought the absolutely adorable Ella Minnow Pea. I started reading this one while laying out on a beach towel at the springs. Love when books bring back great memories from when I was reading them!

I started on a roll of great books in August, including my favorite of the year, Shanghai Girls by Lisa See!!! I also thoroughly enjoyed, that month, Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain, Crossing Washington Square by Joanne Rendell, and these were followed in my level of enjoyment by The Shadow of the Wind and Olive Kitteridge.

September brought a non-fiction book, which is different for me, NurtureShock. I loved this book though and thought it was so interesting! A great read for those who are interested in child psychology. Another great one from that month was the mother-daughter memoir, Bending Toward the Sun.

In October I took the latest from my favorite chick lit author, Sophie Kinsella's Twenties Girl, with me on my trip to NYC!! Despite a plane ride there and back and a few days spent with family in which I had plenty of reading time, I only read about half during that entire time! My trip was sooo fun and exciting that it even took away from me wanting to read. Anyway, though it was quite a bit ridiculous, I enjoyed that book. This was a slow month for me and the only other book I read was by a new-to-me author, Jess Walters. I reviewed his The Financial Lives of the Poets and will be looking for more books by him in the new year!

November and December were also filled with some wonderful books, but those are more recent so I'm sure you remember including The Help which FINALLY got around to reading and was so glad I did! I read Push by Sapphier prior to seeing the movie, Precious. I recently finished, but have yet to review, Little Bee, which is one I still need time to think about. And my last book of the year is After You by Julie Buxbaum which I'm enjoying!

In all, assuming I finish my current read by the end of the 31st, I will have read 85 books!

Below is a list of my top books for the year!

Best Published in 2009
  1. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  3. April and Oliver by Tess Callahan
  4. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
  5. NurtureShock by Po Bonson and Ashley Merryn
Runners Up Published in 2009
  1. Crossing Washington Square by Joanne Rendell
  2. The Memory Collector by Meg Gardiner
  3. While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky
  4. Oxygen by Carol Cassella
  5. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
  6. Matters of Faith by Kristy Kiernan

Best Series (started or continued) in 2009
  1. Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series by Chelsea Cain (Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart)
  2. Jo Beckett series by Meg Gardiner (The Dirty Secrets Club, The Memory Collector)
  3. White House Chef series by Julie Hyzy (State of the Onion, Hail to the Chef)
Best Read in (but published prior to) 2009
  1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  2. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  3. The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner

Guilty Pleasure Reads
(I really liked them but they don't go on a best of list)
  1. Unsweetined by Jodi Sweetin
  2. sTori Telling by Tori Spelling
Biggest Let Downs which means they wer built up really high first!
  1. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  2. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrolbrewski


Amanda said...

This is an interesting way at looking at your year!

I actually don't know how many books published in 2009 that I read. Not many. Probably less than 10.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, I like your list! There are several on it that I've read, like "The Help" and "Sweetheart." I couldn't make myself do "Evil at Heart," though. Maybe later!

I've been meaning to read "Crossing Washington Square," and I DID read "Twenties Girl."

Also read your guilty pleasure book, "sToriTelling."

Thanks for sharing in such an organized fashion, too!

Jenny said...

Amanda -- I've recently started to pay more attention to everything about the publishing of the books... I think I may keep track of the publishing dates when I list all my books this year. (I also count pages and what day I finished).

Laurel -- That series is definitely sick and twisted! It was fun to list them this way!

Trisha said...

That's a great way to recap your year.

hcmurdoch said...

I just finished Shanghai Girls today and REALLY liked it! Happy New Year!

Laughing Stars aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

What a great post! I love the way you gave us a glimpse of how your reading year unfolded, and I loved all your favorites lists. Happy New Year, Jenny!

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

I listened to Dirty Secrets Club this year and enjoyed it, but it wouldn't have made it anywhere near the top of my list. Maybe it's one that works better in print than on audio...

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