December 31, 2009

Goodbye, 2009

This has been a pretty great year for us, with a lot of fun trips, a cross-country move, the sale of our house, graduation, and the beginning of new jobs.

As far as reading goes, I'd categorize this as the year of Sarah Dessen, the year of non-fiction, and the year of the Newbery.

I looked through all the books I read this year to pick out my favorites and I realized that I marked 68 as four or five stars. There were really so many great books - a terrific year!

My favorite 10 books of the year, more or less in order:

1) These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
2) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
3) If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
4) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
5) Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
6) Fire by Kristin Cashore 
7) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
8) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
9) Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larsen
10) The Luxe by Anna Godberson

Watch for my 2010 goals in the next few days - I've been working hard on them!

Now we're off to have a nice family dinner and then to see Sherlock Holmes, which, you know, is clearly the perfect way to end the year.


  1. Jellicoe Road is MELINA Marchetta. You know, accuracy in blogging and all :)

    Also, I loved Sherlock Holmes. We'll have to discuss.

  2. We share some of the same choices! Great reading year.

  3. Um, what is Catching Fire doing at number 7? If you go back and read your review, it belongs much much higher in the order! :)

  4. This reminded me of how great Jellicoe Road was. I loved that book!
    Happy New Year which I hope is all full of some really really great books.

  5. Your Little Brother link isn't right, just so you know. Thanks!

  6. 2009 was big for you! Happy New Year!

  7. I just started These is My Words two hours ago. Already loving it.

    I hopefully will have a post soon of the books I pulled off of Vicki's shelves that I intend to get through before they come back on April 15. A couple of my choices (including said one just named) will thrill you. :)

  8. These is My Words is my #1 for this year too.

  9. I also liked several books on your list.

    I'm stopping by to say happy new year and I'm glad I found your blog.

  10. Thanks for the reading tips and for all the 2009 book recommends! Have a great 2010!!

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  12. We went to see Sherlock Holmes on New Year's Eve too. I thought it was really good!

    I still haven't gotten around to the Guernsey Literary... or to These Is My Words. Mostly because they just always have an enormous hold list, which I am not allowed to get to the top of.

    One day I will just have to step up and buy them! ;)

  13. Happy New Year. Would you believe your post just showed up in Reader this morning? I have no idea what is going on.

    Great list. Thanks for all of your reviews.

  14. Jellicoe, Little Brother, and Fire all made my favs list this year as well. And I just generally find Dessen such a comfort read.

    Here's hoping for equally good reads in 2010.


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