Friday, January 01, 2010

2009 Reading Wrap-Up

2009 was a banner reading year for me. Because I am not working I had lots of time to read, but because of medical issues I was unable to read for about 3 months. Based on that I think 94 books is a really high number. I also "discovered" many authors that were new to me, as well as many first time authors.
Here are my top 10 favorites of 2009, in no particular order. They may not be the most critically acclaimed, but they are the ones I enjoyed, am still talking about, and wanted to share with everyone. What's really interesting is that 7 of them are ARCs, and only 2 are by authors I've read in the past.
  1. The Little Giant of Aberdeen Countyby Tiffany Baker
  2. Rock Bottomby Michael Shilling
  3. Busy Woman Seeks Wifeby Annie Sanders
  4. The Scarecrowby Michael Connolly
  5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyby MaryAnn Shaffer
  6. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  7. The Impostor's Daughterby Laurie Sandell
  8. The Helpby Kathryn Stockett 
  9. The Language of Beesby Laurie R. King
  10. The Swan Thievesby Elizabeth Kostova
I didn't include any of the medieval or Tudor historical fiction on this list because the ones I read were all great, so I didn't want to choose just one.

2009 Book List Overall
  1. Void Moon by Michael Connelly
  2. Rock Bottom by Michael Shilling
  3. Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly
  4. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
  5. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazill
  6. Tribute by Nora Roberts
  7. The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
  8. Blue Smoke & Murder by Elizabeth Lowell
  9. The Dallas Woman's Guide to Gold Digging with Pride by J. C. Conklin
  10. Mademoiselle Victorine by Debra Finerman
  11. Above the Law by Tim Green
  12. Apologize, Apologize! by Elizabeth Kelly
  13. The Poyson Garden by Karen Harper
  14. Hungry Woman in Paris by Josefina Lopez
  15. Family Acts by Louise Shaffer
  16. Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Anne Dayton & May Vanderbilt
  17. Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word by Linda Kelsey
  18. The Alexander Cipher by Will Adams
  19. Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders
  20. B is for Beauty by Alberto Ferreras
  21. The Last Coyote by Michael Connolly
  22. Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn
  23. The Cradle by Patrick Somerville
  24. Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker
  25. Sister's Choice by Emilie Richards
  26. Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  27. Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton
  28. The Scarecrow by Michael Connolly
  29. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by MaryAnn Shaffer
  30. Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Childs
  31. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  32. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
  33. The Way Home by George Pelecanos
  34. The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Keene
  35. King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes
  36. Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman
  37. Access Denied by Denise Vega
  38. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauen Willig
  39. I'm So Happy for You by Lucinda Rosenfeld
  40. Ms. Taken Identity by Dan Begley
  41. Sisters & Husbands by Connie Briscoe
  42. April & Oliver by Tess Callahan
  43. Try Fear by James Scott Bell
  44. Get Real by Donald E. Westlake
  45. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
  46. Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey
  47. Mommy Tracked by Whitney Gaskell
  48. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  49. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig
  50. Dune Road by Jane Green
  51. A Separate Country by Robert Hicks
  52. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
  53. Evenings at the Argentine Club by Julia Amante
  54. The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higgenbotham
  55. The Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy
  56. The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
  57. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
  58. Outside In by Courtney Thorne-Smith
  59. Odd Mom Out by Jane Porter
  60. Off Season by Anne Rivers Siddon
  61. Angels All Over Town by Luanne Rice
  62. Breakwater by Carla Neggers
  63. The Imposter's Daughter by Laurie Sandell
  64. Celebutantes - A. Goldberg & R. Khalighi Hopper
  65. Just Breathe - Susan Wiggs
  66. The Inn at Eagle Point - Sherryl Woods
  67. The Boleyn Wife - Brandy Purdy
  68. Perfect Timing by Jane Mansell
  69. Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton
  70. Miss Harper Can Do It by Jane Berentson
  71. Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware
  72. Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
  73. Doors Open by Ian Rankin
  74. Nine Dragons By Michael Connolly
  75. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  76. Among Thieves by David Hosp
  77. Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton
  78. Roses by Leila Meacham
  79. Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
  80. The Luxe by Anna Godberson
  81. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  82. Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale
  83. The Wives of Henry Oades by Johanna Moran
  84. Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
  85. Lone Star Legend by Gwendolyn Zepeda
  86. The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  87. Falling Out of Fashion by Karen Yampolsky
  88. Rumors by Anna Godberson
  89. The Ruby Ring by Diane Haeger
  90. The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis
  91. The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
  92. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett
  93. Envy by Anna Godberson
  94. Black Hills by Nora Roberts



Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth,
I love your book list! Happy New Year:)

Diane said...

So many of the books on your lists were favorites of mine too either this year or previous years. You should feel proud - a great 2009 and best in 2010 to you.

Shelia said...

Happy New Year, Elizabeth! Wow, what a list of books! I wish you many blessings for this new year!
Take care, Dear One and be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Toni said...

Great wrap up! Congrats on your successful year. Happy 2010!

Mary said...

Happy New Year, Elizabeth. You read some wonderful books last year!

Alyce said...

I've heard great things about most of the books on your top reads list. Congrats on reading so many books in 2009!

Happy New Year!

Zitmeds said...

Wow, what a list of book!!!!

Barbara said...

Elizabeth, Congrats, that is quite a list and I see some I am going to try.

Happy New Year to you, hope it is an even better one than 2009.


Tina said...

Looks like you had a great reading year. Here's hoping that 2010 is just as great for you.