Book Talk

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good

2009 book recommendations list collage

Thanks to all the excellent recommendations from my like literary-minded friends, 2009 was a year filled with good books. Here is a complete (I think…) list of books I read in 2009. I would recommend every one except #s 22, 37, 38, and 39.

  1. Schooled by Gordon Korman
  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  3. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews
  4. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
  5. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  6. Lost by Sarah Prineas
  7. Stolen by Sarah Prineas
  8. The Creative Family by Amanda Soule by Nancy Springer
  9. The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
  10. The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer
  11. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
  12. The Case of the Bizarre Boquets by Nancy Springer
  13. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
  14. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  15. Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard
  16. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  17. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  18. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  19. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  20. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  21. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  22. The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
  23. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  24. Holes by Louis Sachar
  25. Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster W. Cline
  26. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  27. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  28. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
  29. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  30. The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
  31. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  32. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  33. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Dean and Shannon Hale
  34. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  35. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
  36. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  37. I Am Morgan Le Fay: A Tale From Camelot by Nancy Springer
  38. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  39. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Here are some of the books on my list for 2010:

  1. The Books of Bayern series by Shannon Hale
  2. This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis
  3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  4. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  5. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  6. These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
  7. Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
  8. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  9. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  10. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
  11. Midwives by Chris Bojhalian
  12. Slob by Ellen Potter
  13. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

And lots more! What’s on your To-Read list this year?


1 Kris Graff January 14, 2010 at 10:18 am

I loved Hunger Games and Catching Fire both. I am waiting for the next book. And I loved The Lightening Thief. My whole family has read/listened to it and the rest of the series. I think it is one of my 7 year olds favorite books.

2 Jen T January 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I put my 2009 reading list on my blog.

Why didn’t you like The lightening thief? My family loved it! My favorite book was The Gurernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I agree that The Actor and the Housewife was not a fave either. Funny, but just a weird idea. Loved The hunger games and Catching fire. Book 3 comes out later this year! Can’t wait!

3 Kelsey January 14, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I think I was expecting something a little more sophisticated? out of The Lightning Thief. I’ll have to try reading it again later – the first time I picked up The Goose Girl I read about 100 pages and thought it was totally boring. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and loved it! Maybe that will happen with The Lightning Thief. I’ll definitely give it another try…I can’t wait for Catching Fire!

4 Melissa January 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

I’ve not heard of most of the books on your list! I don’t read as much as I used to as I get drawn into the computer so easily!! But I did make a reading resolution for the year. I blogged about it here:

5 Adele Aston January 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

I loved the Hunger Games and Catching Fire. You will not be disappointed with book #2 in that series. I cannot wait for #3 to come out! I’m set to read Water for Elephants and I also just picked up the series of the “Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel”

6 LeeseChristine January 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm

You should definitely give The Lightning Thief another try! I loved the whole series. I did listen to mine on my iPod though and that helps a lot I think. Actually getting to hear the characters makes a big difference. I also loved the Goose Girl, and I am glad that you ended up loving it too. I have a new book club with two of my friends and we are reading some great books that I may have never picked for myself, and I am having a blast with it. I am learning to enjoy reading again!

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