Best and Worst of 2009

December 31, 2009

Well, since everyone else is doing year-end lists, I might as well get in on the fun! I’ll start off by listing the best books I read this year and then get into the ones I hated. Bear in mind that these aren’t necessarily books that were published in 2009, so you might not find them sitting on cardboard displays at the bookstore right now; they’re just ones that I got around to reading this year. Also, I’m not going to limit myself to an arbitrary number like Top 5 or Top 10. I don’t have a ton of titles on either list, so I might as well just put them all here (in no particular order). Oh, and I might not have published reviews for all of these yet, as I have a queue of about 30 reviews pending!

Best Books Read in 2009:

  • Going Rogue by Sarah Palin
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • 1st To Die by James Patterson
  • The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  • A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill O’Reilly
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen
  • Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor
  • Push by Sapphire
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards

Worst Books Read in 2009:

  • Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • The Shack by William P. Young
  • Serena by Ron Rash
  • First Family by David Baldacci
  • The Likeness by Tana French
  • Dave Barry Does Japan by Dave Barry
  • The Killing Floor by Lee Child
  • Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman
  • The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer

4 Responses to “Best and Worst of 2009”

  1. Hey Julie,

    Thanks for my including my book. I’m glad you liked Columbine.

  2. Thanks, Dave! Your book was amazing. It was very gripping, and continued to occupy my thoughts for a good, long time after I turned the final page.

  3. I found your blog by googling spoilers for “Dear John”, baiscally I wanted to find out what all the hype was about and you subsequently saved me from attempting to read it, so thank you for that!
    I quite like your review format and certainly agreed with alot of your points on certain reviews.
    I’m guessing you have fairly diverse tastes in books based on some of the stuff I’ve seen here. I’d like to throw out a few of suggestions for you and will say nothing more than that I consider these worth reading, otherwise you may form your own opinions:
    1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    2. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
    3. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    4. The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery
    5. The Road by Cormack McCarthy

  4. Hi Kristen,

    Thank you very much for the suggestions. Of the books on this list, I’ve only read the Setterfield novel. I’ll have to try the others sometime!


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