Since I didn't finish The Children's Book yesterday, I can definitively say -- thanks to Goodreads -- that I read 108 books in 2009, of which 99 were new to me, 21 nonfiction, and 46 young adult; I told myself it would be okay if this was not a year of writing, as long as it was a year of reading.
Best nonfiction of the year is a six-way split:
- 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, by James Shapiro
- Women's Work: The first 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
- Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English, by John McWhorter
- Letters from an Actor, by William Redfield
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel
- The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande
Favorite fiction...yikes...I'll go with
- Bones of Faerie, by Janni Lee Simner
- Thomas the Rhymer, by Ellen Kushner
- The Green Glass Sea, by Ellen Klages
- I, Claudius, by Robert Graves
- The Beacon at Alexandria, by Gillian Bradshaw
- Bloodhound, by Tamora Pierce, which joins Lioness Rampant and Squire as a favorite
- Catching Fire and Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
- The Mistborn Trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson, except for the last five pages!
Disappointments of the year were Christopher Moore's Fool, Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters, Malinda Lo's Ash, Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence
and, upon re-reading, Cynthia Voight's Jackaroo. None of them was bad, per se, but they sounded so interesting! And then...weren't!
There were several books I should have read when I was younger; if only The Blue Sword and the Dark is Rising sequence had caught me at just the right age! They were still lovely.
Behind the cut, in rough reverse order, is a list of ( the books I've read this yearCollapse )