Saturday, January 2, 2010

Year in Review: 2009

It is the time for reminiscing and I have been enjoying everyone's wrap-up posts. 2009 was a good year, as far as books and blogging went. I read 110 books, which is about average for me (I will post a list soon); I reviewed about 90 books; and I posted 404 blog entries (much to my surprise).

In going over my reading list for the year brings back memories of some really good reads -- and a few I really disliked. There were a couple of books I got from publishers or publicists that I was very impressed with (The Tricking of Freya, Good for the Jews, and Basil's Dream, in particular), but my favorite books of 2009, in alphabetical order, were:

The Age of Reagan by Steven Hayward (Internet Review of Books review here)

Changing Places by David Lodge (reviewed here)

Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger (reviewed here)

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney (winner of the Costa Book Award; reviewed here)

2009 favorites was the Booking Through Thursday question this week, although I am late to add my link.


  1. You had a great year of blogging! I read Franny and Zooey in high school and loved it but don't really remember it. It sounds like it warrants a re-read. Happy New Year!

  2. You've had a great year! Infidel was one of my favorites in 2008, and I loved Changing Places, too.

  3. Franny and Zooey is on my "to be read" National Book Award list. Fingers crossed I can get to it this year.

  4. This makes me want to look back, too, although my numbers won't be anywhere near yours. Very impressive!

  5. I just got The Tenderness of Wolves not too long ago. Glad to see that it was a fave of yours.

  6. I read Infidel a couple of years ago and thought it was such a good book!

  7. We had a houseful of people yesterday for a holiday brunch, so I am slow to get to comments.

    Bermuda and C.S. -- F&Z is worth reading -- or a re-read. I don't know why it took me so long to get to it, but I really liked it. It stuck with me.

    JoAnn & Alyce -- We read Infidel for Book Club. It knocked my socks off. I've recommended it to many. I listened to the author read the audio book, which was particularly powerful.

    J.G. -- I'd love to see what your favorites are!

    Nicole -- Tell me what you think of Tenderness. I thought it was great. I also think it is a good novel to give as a gift because it is unlikely that someone has read it and I think it has some general appeal. A safe bet. But I'd like another opinion.

    Happy reading!

  8. sounds like it's been a great year!


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