Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2009 favorites--books

I read a lot of books this year. A lot. Reading is what helps to de-stress me. Anyway, since we DVRed the new episode of Lost (Yippee!!), I am going to devote my free time tonight to the two-hour premiere. Instead of thinking of something deep and meaningful to post here (and what's different about that, you're asking), I'm going to slap up a few of my favorite books from 2009.

Before this book, I didn't even realize that one of the small outlying British islands was held captive by the Germans in ww2. Lovely storyline and great history.
This is a YA novel from Neil Gaiman. He creates the most amazing worlds.

The amazing sequel to "The Hunger Games." A hard read, but a good one. I can't recommend this series enough. My review is here.

Yes, the cover art is truly awful. It's like a Gunne Sax/bodice-ripping nightmare. Don't let that deter you from the novel. It is the third mystery in a series, set in Victorian England. Loved it.

The Help was, in my opinion, a great novel that caused many, including myself, to ask hard questions about our family history. Again, often not an easy read, but worthwhile. I missed the characters when the book was finished.
My review.

This has become one of my favorites. A book that follows a tough young woman in frontier Arizona at the turn of the last century. If you can get through the heartbreaking first chapters, you'll be hard-pressed to put it down.

As always, you can friend me on Goodreads, where you will find all my books and reviews.
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  1. OOH. I met Neil Gaiman a couple of weeks ago. I happened to be reading the Graveyard Book and told him I was enjoying it. He shook my hand and thanked me. He was with his fiancee Amanda Palmer. She hugged me. It was awesome.

  2. I heard him read a selection from his book on NPR last year and he was such a fabulous reader. I felt myself hanging on every word. It's the only book of his I've read though, so I've got to branch out. And the best part is, I bought it in perfect condition at a library sale for 50 cents!

  3. I haven't read Coraline but I saw the film. The story is brilliantly creepy and the art design is glorious. Definitely rent it but don't show it to the kids. REPEAT - IT IS NOT A KIDS FILM!
    P.S. 2 and half more weeks!!!

  4. I want to read the book about The Channel Island occupation. There was a series a few years ago from England called Island at War. You should watch it if you haven't.

    The Hunger Games sounds interesting. It's a very similar plot to a Japanese film called Battle Royale, which I haven't steeled myself to watch yet. I hear it's brutal but I love the idea.


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