Books Read in 2009

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Rating system
1 star – If I finished it, shame on me.
2 stars – I wanted to see how it ended, but it was just okay.
3 stars – I liked it.
4 stars – I loved it.
5 stars – It was brilliant and you should read it immediately – in fact, everyone should.

1. Blankets by Craig Thompson – 4 starsreview

2. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton – 4 stars

3. Gossamer by Lois Lowry – 4 stars

4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – 5 stars

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – 3 stars

6. Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg – 3 stars

7. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (audio) – 4 stars

8. Testimony by Anita Shreve – 4 stars

9. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang – 3 stars

10. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 stars

11. O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King – 3 stars

12. Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith – 3 stars

13. The Case for a Creator for Kids by Lee Strobel and Rob Suggs (read aloud) – 3 stars

14. The Case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel and Rob Suggs (read aloud) – 3 stars

15. The Mayflower Adventure by Colleen L. Reece (read aloud) – 3 stars

16. The Love Letters by Madeleine L’Engle – 4 starsreview

17. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler – 3 stars

18. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook) – 5 stars

19. In the Woods by Tana French – 4 stars

20. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld – 4 stars

21. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart – 4 stars

22. Sea Changes by Gail Graham – 4 stars

23. Plymouth Pioneers by Colleen Reece (read-aloud) – 3 stars

24. The Laws of Harmony by Judith R. Hendricks – 5 stars

25. He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado – 5 stars

26. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons – 3 stars

27. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook) – 4 stars

28. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – 5 starsreview

29. Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex – 4 starsreview

30. Housekeeping vs. the Dirt by Nick Hornby – 4 stars

31. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway – 5 starsreview

32. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich – 4 starsreview

33. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld – 4 starsreview

34. In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction edited by Mary Paumier Jones and Judith Kitchen – 4 stars

35. 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson – 4 starsreview

36. The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne – 5 starsreview

37. Specials by Scott Westerfeld – 3 starsreview

38. Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies – 4 stars

39. Speaking with the Angel edited by Nick Hornby – 3 stars

40. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 5 starsreview

41. Evidence: Poems by Mary Oliver – 3 starsreview

42. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 stars

43. The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine – 4 starsreview

44. Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle Trilogy Graphic Novels, Book 1) by Matt Hansen, Bob Strachan, and Ted Dekker – 3 stars

45. Graceling by Kristin Cashore – 5 starsreview

46. High Five by Janet Evanovich – 3 stars

47. Justice Hall by Laurie R. King – 4 starsreview

48. Red: The Heroic Rescue (The Circle Trilogy Graphic Novels, Book 2) by Matt Hansen, Bob Strachan, and Ted Dekker – 3 stars

49. The Sense of Paper by Taylor Holden – 4 starsreview

50. Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center – 5 starsreview

51. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 stars

52. Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton – 4 starsmy review

53. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

54. Extras by Scott Westerfeld – 3 stars

55. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

56. Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson (audiobook) – 3 stars

57. Back Creek by Leslie Goetsch – 4 starsmy review

58. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – 4 starsmy review

59. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – 4 starsmy review

60. Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted – 4 starsmy review

61. The Wet Nurse’s Tale by Erica Eisdorfer – - 4 starsmy review

62. The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood – 3 stars

63. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich (audio) – 4 stars

64. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – 2 starsmy review

65. The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale – 5 starsmy review

66. The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark – 4 starsmy review

67. Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult – 2 starsmy review

68. White: The Great Pursuit by Matt Hansen, Bob Strachan, and Ted Dekker – 3 stars

69. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich – 4 stars

70. Wings by Aprilynne Pike – 5 starsreview

71. The Sister by Poppy Adams (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

72. The Way Home by George Pelecanos (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

73. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather – 4 starsmy review

74. Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman – 4 starsmy review

75. The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie – 5 starsmy review

76. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich – 4 stars

77. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – 5 starsmy review

78. The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge – 3 starsmy review

79. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart (audio) – 2 stars

80. The Promised World by Lisa Tucker – 4 stars

81. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

82. The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 4 stars

83. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich (audio) – 4 starsmy review

84. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall – 5 starsmy review

85. Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant – 3 starsmy review

86. Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson and Ned Rust – 3 starsmy review

87. Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner – 4 starsmy review

88. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

89. Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

90. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry – 5 starsmy review

91. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

92. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – 5 starsmy review

93. Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham – 4 starsmy review

94. Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares – 5 starsmy review

95. The Twelve by William Gladstone – 2 starsmy review

96. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton – 5 starsmy review

97. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (audiobook) – 5 stars

98. The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay – 5 starsmy review

99. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

100. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (read-aloud) – 4 stars

101. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich – 4 starsmy review

102. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich – 4 starsmy review

103. The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War by Jim Murphy (read-aloud) – 4 stars

104. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – 5 starsmy review

105. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

106. The Magicians by Lev Grossman – 3 starsmy review

107. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

108. The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard – 4 starsmy review

109. Fire by Kristin Cashore – 5 starsmy review

110. Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 3 stars

111. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

112. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 stars

113. The Watsons by Jane Austen – 4 starsmy review

114. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – 4 starsmy review

115. Dear Fatty by Dawn French – 4 starsmy review

116. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter – 4 starsmy review

117. The Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor (read-aloud)

118. The Dead Of Night (The Tomorrow Series #2) by John Marsden – 4 starsmy review

119. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris – 3 starsmy review

120. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – 3 starsmy review

121. The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle (audio) – 3 stars

122. Plum Lovin’ by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 stars

123. The Geography of Love: A Memoir by Glenda Burgess – 4 starsmy review

124. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton – 4 starsmy review

125. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review

126. The Giver by Lois Lowry (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review

127. A Killing Frost (The Tomorrow Series #3) by John Marsden – 4 starsmy review

128. Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors – 4 starsmy review

129. The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (audiobook) – 3 starsmy review

130. No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard – 3 starsmy review

131. Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern (audiobook) – 3 stars

132. Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich (audio) – 3 stars

133. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson – 5 starsmy review

134. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – 4 starsmy review

135. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich – 3 stars

136. The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 edited by Dave Eggers – 4 starsmy review

137. When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge – 4 starsmy review

138. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (read-aloud) – 5 starsmy review

139. The Intellectual Devotional: American History: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Converse Confidently about Our Nation’s Past by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim – 3 stars

140. Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak – 3 starsmy review

141. Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (audio) – 5 starsmy review

142. The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs – 4 starsmy review

143. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – 4 starsmy review

144. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton – 4 stars

145. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer – 5 starsmy review

146. Darkness Be My Friend by John Marsden – 4 starsmy review

147. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien – 4 stars

148. Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: Poems by Raymond Carver – 3 stars

149. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (audiobook) – 5 stars

Books I didn’t finish:

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes – I couldn’t get past the graphic language and sexual content.

Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth – made it to page 90, but was bored stiff.

Collected Poems by Donald Justice – Poetry is so individual; I have no idea why I enjoy some poets and don’t enjoy others. I just didn’t care for it.

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry – I checked this out to verify some facts about flu vaccines, and thought I would read the whole thing, but it’s just too dry and too long.

Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes – I put this on my Graphic Novels Challenge list, but it’s just not for me. I know it’s considered a classic, but I guess I don’t “get” it.

The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt – I read until page 85, but just didn’t care what happened next.