Can you hear that sound? The death knell of 2009?  Strange year, this year of 2k plus 9. I know a lot of people had worse years than I did but it was still an odd sort of year and I’m not entirely sure I liked it.

What I did like, however, were a great deal of the books I read this year. “Best” is probably not exactly what I mean, “Favorite” would likely be more apt. But regardless, here is a year-end list-esque thing:

The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I know, I’m the last person in the world to read it but I loved it and I think I appreciated it more now than I might have had I found it years ago.

The Hunger Games & Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. It takes a lot for a book series to turn me into a flailing fangirl. I flail for this series. I have already reserved August 24th 2010 for reading book 3.

The Likeness by Tana French. I read In the Woods last year and loved it, but I think I loved this one more. It reminded me a bit of The Secret History, so I guess it was that kind of year.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. I am an atmosphere junkie but I very rarely find a modern-set fictional world that I want to live in. This one is an exception.

The to-read pile for 2010 is already building up, and I’m going to attempt to read more next year than I managed this year.

Categories: books


Liz · December 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Yay Beautiful Creatures! And how awesome was The Likeness? I was entirely expecting a typical cop story but it’s just so atmospheric and *internal*.

erin · December 31, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Yay, indeed! And I loved The Likeness, I’m big on books with a strong sense of *place* and I didn’t want to leave that house, seriously.

Liz · January 1, 2010 at 12:33 am

Me neither, that house was awesome. I wanted to explore it all. BC struck me the same way, I wanted to live in Gatlin, and I’m the girl who ran screaming from a much larger small-Southern-town than that!

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