Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: The Year in Books

This has been a busy year, as evidenced by the lack of activity around here. We took a fabulous two week vacation over the summer and had a really amazing time in Ireland. In my mind, that sort of represents the end of my blogging: after two weeks away, it was hard to get back to the computer.

Photo by SodaBoy

However, looking at my archives, that's not entirely true -- I have been more or less absent all year. One benefit of blogging less is reading more, at least compared to some years. Without further ado, I present the list of books I read in 2009:

  • Hoot [fiction] by Carl Hiassen
  • Fieldwork [fiction] by Mischa Berlinski
  • Scarlet Feather [fiction] by Maeve Binchy
  • The Hour I First Believed [fiction] by Wally Lamb
  • The Islandman [memoir] by Tomas O’Crohan
  • Baby Proof [fiction] by Emily Giffin
  • The Watchmen [graphic novel] by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood [non-fiction] by Taras Grescoe
  • McCarthy’s Bar [travel] by Pete McCarthy
  • The Way That I Went [non-fiction] by Robert Lloyd Praeger
  • Catherine, Called Birdy [fiction] by Karen Cushman
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life [non-fiction] by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Terror on the Burren [fiction] by Re O Laighleis
  • Frog Haven [fiction manuscript] by Mary Stebbins Taitt
  • Digging to America [fiction] by Anne Tyler
  • Budding Prospects [fiction] by T.C. Boyle
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization [non-fiction] by Thomas Cahill
  • Jaywalking with the Irish [travel] by David Monagan
  • Good Omens [fiction] by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  • Adirondack Peak Experiences: Mountaineering Adventures, Misadventures, and the Pursuit of “The 46” [essays] edited by Carol Stone White
  • Cannery Row [fiction] by John Steinback
  • Mt. Everest: Confessions of an Amateur Peak Bagger [travel] by Kevin Flynn
  • Northanger Abbey [fiction] by Jane Austen
  • To See Every Bird on Earth [non-fiction] by Dan Koeppel
  • Handle with Care [fiction] by Jodi Picoult
  • Jaguar: One Man’s Struggle to Establish the World’s First Jaguar Preserve [non-fiction] by Alan Rabinowitz
  • Parable of the Sower [fiction] by Octavia Butler
  • Storkbites [memoir] by Marie Etienne
Happy New Year!! And happy reading in 2010...


Brook Stableford said...

This is truly inspiring. Barbara Kingsolver will be presenting writers' workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico February 19-23. I just signed up. It looks like a rare opportunity to meet her. Are you going?

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