10 January 2010

50 Books - 2009

I fell short again this year of my goal to read 50 books in the year. I came closer than the previous year. My guess too is that if I added in the cook books, craft books, other instruction books, plus books that I referenced a chapter here, a chapter there, in actualilty I far surpassed that goal. Add in the back of cereal boxes, magazines, newspapers, web-articles, etc, etc, and I have inundated myself with information which is of course a good thing.

My final counted tally of full books though stands at 43, and here is the list:

1) The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
2) Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
3) The Hour I First Believed - Wally Lamb
4) Look Me in the Eye - John Elder Robison
5) The Gathering - Anne Enright
6) Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson
7) On Chesil Beach -Ian McEwan
8) The End of the Alphabet - CS Richardson
9) Tales of Beedle the Bard - JK Rowling
10) Daniel Isn't Talking - Marti Leinmbach
11) The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway
12) Tomorrow - Graham Swift
13) Born on a Blue Day - Daniel Tammet
14) Skeletons at the Feast - Chris Bohjalian
15) Mr Pip - Lloyd Jones
16) The Shack - Wm P Young
17) Remembrance of Things Paris - Ruth Reichl
18) World Made by Hand - James Howard Kunstler
19) Through Black Spruce - Joseph Boyden
20) Death by Rubber Duck - Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie
21) Girls in Trucks - Katie Crouch
22) A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
23) The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
24) Inside the Whale - Jennie Rooney
25) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society - Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
26) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
27) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
28) Watership Down - Richard Adams
29) A Member of the Wedding - Carson McCullers
30) The Witch of Portobello - Paulo Coelho
31) The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery
32) Coventry - Helen Humphreys
33) Still Alice - Lisa Genova
34) The Painted Veil - M. Somerset Maugham
35) All Our Worldly Goods - Irene Nemirovsky
36) Where We Have to Go - Lauren Kirshner
37) Fruit: The Story of a A Boy and His Nipples - Brian Francis
38) Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
39) Gourmet Rhapsody - Muriel Barbery
40) The Wife's Tale - Lori Lansens
41) The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
42) Night - Elie Wiesel
43) The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls

I'm going to aim for the same goal this year and see if I make it.


PrairiePeasant said...

I keep a list but I've never counted. Some of my best reads from this year are on your list. Which are your faves, and any you don't recommend?

Carol said...

I have to admit to being very disappointed by Jodi Picoult.
I absolutely DO NOT recommend "Daniel Isn't Talking" especially if you are a family raising a child with autism, as I think it is so unrealistic and full of false hope.

I really like most things Nemirovsky.
A couple of my favorites of the year: "The Guernsey Literary Society", and "Still Alice".
"Death by Rubber Duck" is very eye-opening.

Please feel free to share your faves too.