Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Reading Wrap-Up

I'm going to try to keep this as short and simple as possible. My only real reading goal for 2009 was to read more books than the 42 I read in 2008, so I set 50 books as a target to aim for. And I very nearly made it. I've read 49 books at this point. And if I could realistically hope to finish the one I'm reading now by tonight at midnight, I could claim 50! That's unlikely to happen, but it is raining with more of the same predicted for later on. And we don't have any parties planned. So I suppose a literary marathon might not be out of the question. Just have to see what the evening brings.

For 2010, I have two goals. First, I want to read at least as many books as I read this year - more, if possible. And second, I want to try to be more faithful about reviewing each book, even if it's just a "thumb's up/down" approach - especially for books I'm reading for challenges. Of course, I'm a world-class procrastinator, so I'm not sure how far I'll get with that one, but we can hope.

I'm not going to include a lot of statistics or analysis. And I'll do a separate post about some of my favorites from this year's batch. So here's the list of books read in 2009 (listed as they were read), with links to reviews:
  1. Drawers & Booths, by Ara 13 (2007; 215 pages; fiction)
  2. Cover Her Face, by P.D. James (1962; 250 pages; mystery fiction)
  3. The Master, by Colm Toibin (2004; 338 pages; fiction)
  4. Rest in Pieces, by Rita Mae Brown (1992; 347 pages; mystery fiction)
  5. Hotel Du Lac, by Anita Brookner (1984; 184 pages; fiction)
  6. Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem (1961; 204 pages; science fiction)
  7. Index to Murder, by Jo Dereske (2008; 259 pages; fiction)
  8. Land of Marvels, by Barry Unsworth (2009; 287 pages; fiction)
  9. The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton (1920; 285 pages; fiction)
  10. The Great Victorian Collection, by Brian Moore (1975; 213 pages; fiction)
  11. Blasphemy, by Douglas Preston (2008; 524 pages; fiction)
  12. Angels & Insects: Two Novellas, by A.S. Byatt (1992; 340 pages; fiction)
  13. The Private Patient, by P.D. James (2008; 352 pages; fiction)
  14. Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown (2000; 572 pages; fiction)
  15. The Way Through the Woods, by Colin Dexter (1992; 296 pages; fiction)
  16. The Book of God and Physics, by Enrique Joven (2009; 350 pages; fiction)
  17. The Old Man and Me, by Elaine Dundy (1963; 231 pages; fiction)
  18. Brimstone, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (2004; 500 pages; fiction)
  19. The Optimist's Daughter, by Eudora Welty (1972; 109 pages; fiction)
  20. Ellen Foster, by Kaye Gibbons (1987; 126 pages; fiction)
  21. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O'Brien (1971; 233 pages; fiction)
  22. To Dance with the White Dog, by Terry Kay (1990; 241 pages; fiction)
  23. The Unit, by Ninni Holmqvist (2006/2009; 268 pages; fiction)
  24. Moon Tiger, by Penelope Lively (1987; 208 pages; fiction)
  25. The Longshot, by Katie Kitamura (2009; 191 pages; fiction)
  26. The Valley of Fear, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1914; 320 pages; fiction)
  27. The Mothman Prophecies, by John A. Keel (1975; 288 pages; nonfiction)
  28. The Angel's Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (2009; 470 pages; fiction)
  29. Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant (2009; 402 pages; fiction)
  30. The Fire, by Katherine Neville (2008; 445 pages; fiction)
  31. Grave Goods, by Ariana Franklin (2009; 337 pages; fiction)
  32. Fear the Worst, by Linwood Barclay (2009; 400 pages; fiction)
  33. Rabbit Is Rich, by John Updike (1981; 467 pages; fiction)
  34. Victory Over Japan, by Ellen Gilchrist (1984; 277 pages; fiction)
  35. Dance of Death, by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (2005; 560 pages; fiction)
  36. The Man in the Picture, by Susan Hill (2007; 145 pages; fiction)
  37. The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill (1983; 160 pages; fiction)
  38. New Year's Eve, by Lisa Grunwald (1997; 366 pages; fiction)
  39. From Doon with Death, by Ruth Rendell (1964; 226 pages; fiction)
  40. The Friend of Madame Maigret. Georges Simenon (1950; 186 pages; fiction)
  41. The Lair of the White Worm. Bram Stoker (1911; approx. 120 pages; fiction)
  42. Homer & Langley. E.L. Doctorow (2009; 208 pages; fiction)
  43. The Uncommon Reader. Alan Bennett (2007; 120 pages; fiction)
  44. The Lover. Marguerite Duras (1984; 117 pages; fiction)
  45. The Lesson of the Master. Henry James (1888; approx. 63 pages; fiction)
  46. Stardust. Joseph Kanon (2009; 506 pages; fiction)
  47. Santa Clawed. Rita Mae Brown (2008; 240 pages; fiction)
  48. Christmas Card Magic. Margaret Perry (1967; 127 pages; nonfiction)
  49. Crewel Yule. Monica Ferris (2004; 245 pages; fiction)
  50. [Maybe] The Inn at Lake Devine. Elinor Lipman (reading now)


  1. that's a wonderful list. I loved Angels and Insects and some of the others. I think you did great reading all those books! :-)

  2. You had a great year in books! I saw lots of great titles on there.

  3. Congratulations on the 49 books read in 2009! I've been a bit absent over the last month or so, but wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year filled with interesting books!


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