Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: My Year in Books

If you're an avid reader, you've got to check out Goodreads. It's a great online tool that helps me keep track of what I'm reading, what I've read, and what I want to read. Your books can be organized into lists based on parameters that you set (which is how I know exactly what I read in 2009). You can also read and/or write book reviews which you can choose to post directly to your blog (or not).

So, without further ado, here is my 2009 year in books along with a few opinions. I read a total of 35 books. Eighteen of them were completely my choice. I read 9 books for my online book club, Reader's Anonymous, and another 8 were young adult or school-related titles (since I teach young adults).

My Choice(18)

The Shack (William P. Young) Did not meet my expectations
Alex Cross’s Trial (James Patterson)
The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)
Max (James Patterson)
8th Confession (James Patterson)
Dry Ice (Stephen White)
Wicked Prey (John Sandford)
Time Bomb (Jonathan Kellerman)
The Associate (John Grisham)
My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Piccoult) Worst movie adaptation
Redeeming Love (Francine Rivers)
Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) My favorite!
Indigo Slam (Robert Crais)
Run for Your Life (James Patterson)
Kill Me (Stephen White)
Against Medical Advice: A True Story (James Patterson)
Chasing Darkness (Robert Crais)
Finger-Lickin Fifteen (Janet Evanovich) Funniest and most fun

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
The Shining (Stephen King)
The Red Tent (Anita Diamant) Suprisingly good!
The Beach (Alex Garland)
The Other Boelyn Girl (Phillipa Gregory) My favorite!
Hemlock Bay (Catherine Coulter)
Overhexed (Vicki Lewis Thompson)
The Host (Stephanie Meyer) Did not meet my expectations
Naked in Death (J. D. Robb)

Young Adult Literature or School-Related Titles (8)

Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 (Elisa Carbone)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (J. K. Rowling) Extremely disappointing
Full Tilt (Neal Shusterman)
The Killer’s Tears (Anne-Laure Bondoux)
Rumble Fish (S. E. Hinton) Extremely disappointing
Dark Water Rising (Marion Hale) Did not meet my expectations
Gregor the Overlander (Suzanne Collins) My favorite!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)
Obviously, my favorite author is James Patterson. He almost never disappoints me. I also enjoy Robert Crais, Stephen White, and Janet Evanovich.
For 2010, I will continue to read those four authors as well as other mystery/suspense novels (my favorite genre). I hope to include some nonfiction in 2010 as I only had one nonfiction title on my list for 2009. I'll continue to participate in Reader's Anonymous because I honestly read some terrific books I would not have chosen on my own. Feel free to join RA! And of course, I will read some young adult literature as it pertains to my teaching career. If you're interested in any of my reviews of these books, you can find me on Goodreads.

Happy Reading in 2010!


  1. I'm hoping for more time to read in 2010. I hope you have a wonderful new year!

  2. Wow, I've really got to start using Goodreads more. I started my account and then I haven't really done anything with it. Every time I see you've updated I wish I had. Maybe 2010...

  3. 35 books, that's a book every 10 days!

    i love sister's keepers. i tried to read jodie's other book but not as good as that one. and, I never see any good enough movie adaption to any novel :D

  4. We like a lot of the same books and authors. I just finished listening to the audiobook version of My Sister's Keeper. I thought it was an outstanding book. If you like mystery and suspense, may I recommend Michael Connelly? I liked all of them.

    I found your blog at Blog365.

  5. Again, you know I am a fan of goodreads. Altho, I just realized I haven't updated since the end of November. Yikes.

    I read 74 books in 2009. Mystery/suspense, fiction, young adult. No non-fiction. I should be ashamed.

  6. Hi, Clara again. I wanted to let you know I put your badge on Coming Back to Life! I've also signed up for Readers Anonymous. I've never been in a reading group before and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for inspiring me!


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