Monday, December 28, 2009

2009: my year in books

This past year I rekindled my love of reading.  I have always loved reading, but I seemed to only indulge myself during breaks from school.  This year I decided to keep a book journal, and as I look back on this year, I was able to keep the habit going even when studying.

This year I wasn't able to physically travel the world, but my reading took me to many different countries, time periods, perspectives, and worlds.  This is my year in books.

January - Catcher in the Rye (loved it)
February - This Boy's Life, a memoir
                 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Loved it! Can you believe I had never read it?!?)
                1984  (thoroughly enjoyed)
March - The Genesis Code (hated it)
              Prince Caspian
              Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight  (tragic, yet beautiful)
May - Uncle Tom's Cabin (Adored it!)
          Hands of My Father (memoir of a boy growing up with deaf parents - recommended if interested)
June - The Three Musketeers (Possibly favorite book of the year - fun summer read)
July - Slaughter-House Five
August - The Count of Monte Cristo (enjoyed it, but not as much as musketeers)
September - The Kite Runner (Loved it!)
                    A Thousand Splendid Suns
                   Catch-22 (I would recommend it)
                  The Poisonwood Bible  (another good one)
December - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  (murder mysteries aren't my thang- but it was well written)
                   The Painter from Shanghai

I read so many good ones this year, it's hard to pick a favorite....

I looked through the list of 1001 books you should read before you die, and I had only read 23 of them.  My only "New Years Resolution" is to up that number, if only by 1 in this next year.

Does anyone have any suggestions for reading this next year?


  1. Several of my possible suggestions you already checked off your list this year (Kite Runner, Thousand Splendid Suns). Here are some for you:
    Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time; Same kind of different as me; hmm... I will have to let you know if I think of any more! :)

  2. Thanks - I read "Curious Incident" a few years back & LOVED it, I will check out "Same kind of different"

  3. Wow you knocked out a lot of classics, I hope that this year for me is as enriching as 2009 was for you.