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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 year:

1. Shalador's Lady, Anne Bishop
2. Thief Eyes, Janni Lee Simner
3. Ice, Sarah Beth Durst
4. Fast Ships, Black Sails, ed. Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
5. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, Atul Gawande
6. Loving Will Shakespeare, Carolyn Meyer
7. The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel, Salman Rushdie
8. The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
9. So Yesterday, Scott Westerfeld
10. Generation, Sharon Kraus
11. The Great Death, John Smelcer
12. The White Witch, Janet Graber
13. Fire, Kristin Cashore
14. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
15. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
16. The Beacon at Alexandria, Gillian Bradshaw
17. Wizard's Hall, Jane Yolen
18. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan
19. Silver On The Tree, Susan Cooper
20. Greenwitch, Susan Cooper
21. Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson, Sheila Solomon Klass
22. The Dark Is Rising, Susan Cooper
23. Jackaroo, Cynthia Voigt
24. Z for Zachariah, Robert C. O'Brien
25. Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld
26. The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness
27. Thus Was Adonis Murdered, Sarah Caudwell
28. How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care), Ross W. Duffin
29. Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, Barbara Ehrenreich
30. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
31. Thomas the Rhymer, Ellen Kushner
32. White Sands, Red Menace, Ellen Klages
33. Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay
34. The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson
35. Letters from an Actor, William Redfield
36. Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, Maggie Stiefvater
37. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
38. Prophecy of the Sisters, Michelle Zink
39. Rampant, Diana Peterfreund
40. The Blue Sword, Robin McKinley
41. A Certain Slant of Light, Laura Whitcomb
42. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!, Richard P. Feynman
43. Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, Barbara Ehrenreich
44. Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play, James Shapiro
45. The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness
46. Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times, Elizabeth Wayland Barber
47. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson
48. The Eye of the World, Robert Jordan
49. The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
50. Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English, John H. McWhorter
51. Fool: A Novel, Christopher Moore
52. Bee Season, Myla Goldberg
53. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
54. A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, James Shapiro
55. Vintage: A Ghost Story, Steve Berman
56. The Language of Bees, Laurie R. King
57. Into the Wild, Sarah Beth Durst
58. Ancient Rome on 5 Denarii a Day Philip, Matyszak
59. The Tree Shepherd's Daughter, Gillian Summers
60. Basil in Mexico: A Basil of Baker Street Mystery, Eve Titus
61. A Curse Dark as Gold, Elizabeth C. Bunce
62. Girl in the Arena, Lise Haines
63. I, Claudius, Robert Graves
64. Extras, Scott Westerfeld
65. The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders, Emmanuel Guibert
66. Wonderful Tonight: An Autobiography, Pattie Boyd
67. The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir, Sarah Manguso
68. The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson
69. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
70. The Shadow Queen, Anne Bishop
71. Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson
72. The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson
73. Kindred, Octavia E. Butler
74. The Fall of The Kings, Ellen Kushner
75. Maps and Legends, Michael Chabon
76. Bloodhound, Tamora Pierce
77. Mean Streets, Jim Butcher
78. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel
79. Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn
80. Magic Study, Maria V. Snyder
81. Bone Crossed, Patricia Briggs
82. Turn Coat, Jim Butcher
83. Living With Ghosts, Kari Sperring
84. Specials, Scott Westerfeld
85. Watchmen, Alan Moore
86. The Little Sleep: A Novel, Paul Tremblay
87. Terrier, Tamora Pierce
88. Grass for His Pillow, Lian Hearn
89. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
90. The Wild Orchid: A Retelling of "The Ballad of Mulan", Cameron Dokey
91. This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation, Barbara Ehrenreich
92. Tangled Webs, Anne Bishop
93. The Seven-percent Solution, Nicholas Meyer
94. Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder
95. Moon Called, Patricia Briggs
96. Monty Python's Tunisian Holiday: My Life with Brian, Kim Howard Johnson
97. Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson
98. Melting Stones, Tamora Pierce
99. Making Book, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
100. Ironside, Holly Black
101. Iron Kissed, Patricia Briggs
102. Graceling, Kristin Cashore
103. Kin, Holly Black
104. The Cooper's Wife Is Missing: The Trials of Bridget Cleary, Joan Hoff
105. The Burning of Bridget Cleary, Angela Bourke
106. Bones of Faerie, Janni Lee Simner
107. Blood Bound, Patricia Briggs
108. Ash, by Malinda Lo
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