Books Read in the Year of Our Lord 2009

As I batten down the hatches for the winter storm coming our way, I find myself thinking of things to do when stuck inside. Long have I loved curling on the couch, steaming tea in one hand and novel in the other. These days, I can only curl up in peace if the Bairn is asleep, but I still find occasion to loose myself in a good book.

This year, I surprised myself with the amount of books read: Sixty! I can only attest to the escape they gave me from diapers and dishes and I promise I never let the Bairn fend for himself while I read. Well, not long anyway.

This was the year of the series. I reread a few goodies (Harry Potter and Outlander) and scorched through some new ones. In fact, I would hazard to say the majority of the list are books in a series.

Here is my list. Enjoy and please consider keeping track yourself and sharing your literary finds at the end of 2010.

Total Books Read – 60
Most Books Read in One Month – 9 in August
Least Books Read in One Month – 1 in November
Average Books Per Month – 5

Best Book Read (hands down no contest!) – World War Z by Max Brooks. Zombies with a real world twist. I loved, loved, loved this book. Everyone should read it.

Best Second (or third!) Round Read – Castle of the Wolf by Sandra Schwab. I read this for the 3rd or 4th time and I have to say that it just never gets old to read such a great gothic romance!

Book that surprised me by not being as ridiculous as I thought the premise sounded: Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke. Shape-shifting dragons and star-fated romance. Sounds all kinds of terrible, I know, but I assure this series is fabulous!

If you want to know which books were bad, they will not appear on this list. Taking Nancy Pearl’s advice, I refuse to waste precious time on bad books. I give them about 50-100 pages and then move on. I did throw a few down in disgust, but I have blocked them from my mind and thus this list. This list is, therefore, books that were good enough to be finished, savored, enjoyed, and, some of them, read again next year.

January – 3
Stone of Tears – Terry Goodkind
Blood of the Fold – Terry Goodkind
Temple of the Wind – Terry Goodkind

February – 2
Voyager – Diana Gabladon
Soul of the Fire – Terry Goodkind

March – 3
Faith of the Fallen – Terry Goodkind
Lie By Moonlight – Amanda Quick
For My Lady’s Heart – Laura Kinsale

April – 4
Pillars of Creation – Terry Goodkind
The Red Scarf – Kate Furnivall
Mr. Darcy’s Diary – Amanda Grange
Naked Empire – Terry Goodkind

May – 6
In the Shadow of the Ark – Anne Provoost
Castle of the Wolf – Sandra Schwab
The Hidden Heart – Laura Kinsale
The Black Knave – Patricia Potter
Fountain of Dreams – Josie Litton
Mr. Knightly’s Diary – Amanda Grange

June – 8
Chainfire – Terry Goodkind
The High King’s Tomb – Kristen Britian
World War Z – Max Brooks
Captain Wentworth’s Diary – Amanda Grange
The Demon’s Librarian – Lillith Saintcrow
Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 – David Petersen
Her Man of Affairs – Elizabeth Mansfield

July – 8
Phantom – Terry Goodkind
Before Midnight – Cameron Dokey
Love is Hell – Marr, Westerfeld, Larbalestier, Zevin, Stolrz
Peter and Max – Bill Willingham
The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 2: The Burning Bridge – John Flanagan
The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 3: The Icebound Land – John Flanagan
Confessor – Terry Goodkind
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall – Bill Willingham

August – 9
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K. Rowling
The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 4: The Battle for Skandia – John Flanagan
The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 5: The Sorcerer in the North – John Flanagan
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J. K. Rowling
Kiss of Fire – Deborah Cooke
Kiss of Fury – Deborah Cooke
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling

September – 8

Kiss of Fate – Deborah Cooke
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – J. K. Rowling
Halfway to the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
One Foot in the Grave – Jeaniene Frost
At Grave’s End – Jeaniene Frost
Tribes – Seth Godin

October – 4
The Starfish and the Spider – Brafman and Beckstrom
Crowdsourcing – Jeff Howe
Ready for Responsibility – Dr. Bob Barnes
The Wisdom of Crowds – James Surowiecki

November – 1
Fool’s Puzzle – Earlene Fowler

December – 4
The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson
Irish Chain – Earlene Fowler
Shiver – Maggie Stifvater
Wikinomics – Don Tapscott

–Jane, thinks life without books would be a terrible life indeed