Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 A Year in Review

What an amazing year this has been.

I started the year here:

With them:

I had better seats than Oprah! What an amazing experience!

As far as reading goes, I read 45 books this year and didn’t finish 1. Not too bad for a mom of three, part-time librarian, PTA vice president and someone who suffered a reading road block late in the year. Hopefully I will do better next year. If not, I’m totally satisfied.

So here they are – my books for 2009:

(Books in BOLD were book club selections for 2009)

1. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
2. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
3. Mona Lisa in Camelot by Margaret Leslie Davis
4. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
5. Prisoner of Tehran, by Marina Nemat
6. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
7. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
8. The Unthinkable by Amanda Ripley
9. The Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
10. Confessions of a Shopoholic by Sophie Kinsella
11. Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell
12. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
13. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
14. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

15. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
16. Live Boldly by Mary Ann Radmacher
17. Julie by Catherine Marshall
18. The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery
19. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson
20. The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton
21. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
22. Back When We Were Grownups by Anne Tyler
23. Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Reichl
24. Johnstown Flood by David McCollough
25. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
26. Peace Like a River by Lief Enger
27. Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
28. These Is My Words by Nancy Turner
29. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
30. Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles
31. Austenland by Shannon Hale
32. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
33. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
34. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
35. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
36. Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
37. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James
38. Betsy Tacy and Tib by Maud Hart Lovelace
39. Am I Not a Man? by Mark Shurtleff
40. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
41. Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy by Stephanie Barron
42. The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker
43. Rainwater by Sandra Brown
44. La’s Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith
45. Persuasion by Jane Austen

Did not finish:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Happy Reading in 2010!!!


rhapsodyinbooks said...

I think you had a great reading year! And with "better seats than Oprah, it can't get much better! :--)

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!!!

Amused said...

Looks like a great year to me!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! May this year be the best of the best. :)

Heather O. said...

You never told me how you liked Enemy Woman. The first chapter made me sob like a baby (or, um, a nursing mother) and I haven't picked it up since. Worth it, now that I don't have a baby suckling at my breast?

I think it's great you left only one book unfinished. I've been in a bit of a slump lately, and have left THREE books unfinished: People of the Book, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and The Disagreement. There are probably others, but those are the ones that are sitting on my shelves, mocking me. I did finally drag myself through The Song of Humpback Whales, and can, with confidence, say I will probably never read Picoult again.

Thanks for the list. Now I will have a reference for a good book when I hit the library this year.

You really should read Omnivore's Dilemma before you come out here. We could even take a road trip out to the farm in Swope, if you're up to it. If not, I'll try to lay my hands on some eggs and chicken from there for you. Can't wait!

Brook Stableford said...

This is truly inspiring. Barbara Kingsolver will be presenting writers' workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico February 19-23 2010. I just signed up. It looks like a rare opportunity to meet her. Are you going?