January 3, 2010

Fourth Quarter Reading 2009

My final book count for the year ended at 199. Last year it was 149. Apparently, I do not like round numbers. Also, hey! Fifty books more this year than in 2008.
  1. Girlfriend Material - Melissa Kantor
  2. More depth than I would have expected. I find myself thinking about this book somewhat regularly.
  3. Front and Center - Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  4. It's hard for me to believe that this was from the same author who wrote Princess Ben. 
  5. Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians - Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  6. So funny. I immediately bought copies for both my libraries. 
  7. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute - Jarrett J Krosoczka
  8. A quick, delightful read. These are excellent entry books into the world of Graphic Novels.
  9. Chasing Lincoln's Killer - James L. Swanson
  10. So well done. My mom read my copy and loved it, and I gave the adult version to both of Bart's dads for Christmas.
  11. Touch - Francine Prose
  12. Can hardly remember this book at all. Never a great sign.
  13. No Talking - Andrew Clements
    Only my second Andrew Clements, but FAR better than Frindle in my opinion.
  14. Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine
  15. It's a bit hard for me to read these kinds of books, but this one was quite well-done and I loved the parallels to To Kill A Mockingbird.
  16. Atonement - Ian McEwan
    I don't really know what to say about this one. I knew what the ending was before it got there. Also, the swearing really lessened my enjoyment of this book. 
  17. The Girl with the Silver Eyes - Willo Davis Roberts
  18. I'd rather read Matilda, frankly. I think this book hasn't aged all that well.
  19. How to Steal a Dog - Barbara O'Connor
  20. I could not believe how much the kids at my schools loved this book. 
  21. My Haunted House - Angie Sage
  22. Most certainly the shortest book I read this year.
  23. Stitches: A Memoir - David Small
  24. I get depressed just thinking about this book.
  25. Found - Margaret Peterson Haddix
  26. A great book, but I have zero interest in reading the sequel.
  27. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice - Phillip M. Hoose
  28. Really a fine book.
  29. Amos Fortune, Free Man - Elizabeth Yates
  30. I had never even heard of this Newbery winner. Pretty good. 
  31. Miracles on Maple Hill - Virginia Sorensen
  32. So delightful. Can't wait to read this one to my kids.
  33. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village - Laura Amy Schlitz
  34. I have avoided this book since all the negative responses to its winning the Newbery. But then I loved it.
  35. Rabbit Hill - Robert Lawson
  36. I felt like an old person when I read this book, since I was so on the side of the farmers, rather than the animals.
  37. How I Live Now - Meg Rosoff
  38. Started out strong, but then dragged on until I nearly lost my will to live.
  39. Call it Courage - Armstrong Perry
  40. Call it Boring.
  41. Lincoln: A Photobiography - Russell Freedman
  42. I loved this book. Time to pick up his book about Eleanor Roosevelt.
  43. Medina Hill - Trilby Kent
  44. Wish it could have been a smidge better. I donated my copy to my library, but no kids have read it yet. I want to know what they think of it. 
  45. Jumped - Rita Garcia-Williams
  46. I am so not the ideal audience for these kinds of books. Gritty is not my style.
  47. These Is My Words - Nancy E. Turner
  48. My very favorite book of the year.
  49. The First Part Last - Angela Johnson
  50. Such a typical Printz kind of book.
  51. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices - Paul Fleischman
  52. Fun to listen to on CD. 
  53. A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama - Laura Amy Schlitz
  54. I didn't realize until just now that this is the same author as "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!" I am very observant.
  55. So You Want to be President? - Judith St. George
  56. Delightful and funny.
  57. Babymouse: Skater Girl - Jennifer L. Holm
  58. Liked the Lunch Lady books better. 
  59. Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days - Vanessa Farquharson
  60. Interesting, but I'm not giving up my toilet paper any time soon.
  61. The Matchlock Gun - Walter D. Edmonds
  62. Bless this Newbery title for being short.
  63. Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem - Jack Prelutsky
  64. I loved this book. Jack Prelutsky is brilliant and clever.
  65. The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had - Kristin Levine
  66. So good. So so good. 
  67. Lips Touch: Three Times - Laini Taylor
  68. I keep wondering: do teens really like this book or is it a book that adults THINK teens should like? 
  69. The Rules of Survival - Nancy Werlin
  70. I keep trying to write about this book. It was so intense but brilliantly done.
  71. Splendor - Anna Gobersen
  72. This series petered off a bit for me. 
  73. Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith - Deborah Heligman
  74. So interesting, but far more YA than I was expecting. For some reason, I thought it'd be middle grade level. Not so.
  75. The Middle Place - Kelly Corrigan
  76. I liked it while reading it, but have kind of forgotten about it since.
  77. East - Edith Pattou
  78. I was never so surprised as when a girl at church recognized this book and said it was one of her favorites. How had I never even heard of it?
  79. Soulless - Gail Carriger
  80. What an odd combination of Victorian England and vampires.
  81. Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? - Louise Rennison
  82. I laughed myself silly reading this one. Oh, Georgia, how I love you. 
  83. Shug - Jenny Han
  84. Good, but it's no "The Summer I Turned Pretty."
  85. The Actor and the Housewife - Shannon Hale
  86. Delightful! I loved this book, as you well know.
  87. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson
  88. A very fast, gripping read, but I had to skip a few too many pages for me to feel comfortable recommending.
  89. Daddy-Long-Legs - Jean Webster
  90. Sweet, but so obviously old. Also, so obvious what the ending was.
  91. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver
  92. Fascinating, but I still bought strawberries this week.
  93. Sunshine - Robin McKinley
  94. I don't know what it was, but this book did nothing for me. I checked it out three times and renewed it twice more before I finished it.
  95. Kit's Wilderness - David Almond
  96. Printz committee, I just do not understand you at all.
  97. Silent to the Bone - E. L. Konigsburg
  98. What an odd book. E. L. Konigsburg, you kind of perplex me. 
  99. The Year of Secret Assignments - Jacyln Moriarty
  100. Frankly, pretty forgettable.
  101. Lovestruck Summer - Melissa C. Walker
  102. Austin, how I miss you.
  103. The Everafter - Amy Huntley
  104. Quite delightful. A fast, weekend read.
  105. Absolutely Normal Chaos - Sharon Creech
  106. Skip this, go straight to Walk Two Moons.
  107. M.C. Higgins the Great - Virginia Hamilton
  108. I realized I do not like books set over a period of just a day or two. Also, nothing happens in this book. Be warned.
  109. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking rat - Lynne Jonell
  110. So terrific. I loved this book. 
  111. Calamity Jack - Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale
  112. Good, but not as good as Rapunzel's Revenge.
  113. The White Darkness - Geraldine McCaughrean
  114. Another Printz pick that had me completely stymied. Where do they FIND these things?
  115. Sisters in Sanity - Gayle Forman
  116. If I Stay was far superior. I wonder why she switched publishers.  
And that's 2009.

6 comments:

  1. PS: Google Reader must be working again!

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  2. 199-wow.
    50 more--double wow.
    That's why you own a blog called EVERYDAY reading...
    Why the randomness of a list of 61?
    (curious)

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  3. I had always wondered this, but now I am convinced the following statement is absolutely true: we don't read the same books. I have only heard of (checking again to be sure) six of the books on your list, and only read three of them.

    And now I have carefully noted the ones that you liked the best and will be investigating further to see if I should add them to my List...so thank you for that. :o)

    xox

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  4. You read M.C. Higgins! Oh gosh, I cannot even begin to recreate the discussions we had after reading it for class. Everyone hated it, and to top it off, we were studying Freudian lit theory... enter a million and a half inappropriate jokes. It was ridiculous.

    I thought it was a very strange book, but I could see how it would stand ahead of the pack when it was written in the 70s. Lots of interesting stuff going on in there. Entertaining stuff? Maybe not.

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  5. I used to LOVE reading a Joyful Noise with a friend when I was young. I should check that out again.

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