Monday, January 4, 2010

Top 10 Books of 2009

So, it's true. I've been avoiding all potentially great books for at least a month now because, of the 72 books I read this year, narrowing it down to just 10 was agonizing. In fact, I failed. My top 10 list is 11 books long (but who's counting?). Here's what happened... Traditionally, the only book on my list that's ranked is #1. This year, for the first time ever, there was a tie for #1. The other 9 books are listed chronologically in the order in which they were read.

1. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
1. Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving
Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman
Fragment by Warren Fahy
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Bite Me: A Love Story by Christopher Moore
Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron by Jasper Fforde

All of these books are out except Bite Me, which you can look forward to reading in April. Reviews of all of these books can be found posted to this blog this year, but as I have no idea how to link them, I'm afraid you'll have to hunt them down yourself.

Comments? Interested in sharing your own list? Please post below!


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  2. Hi Susan

    Mine's a bit longer and will take a long while to post so here's the link for it , its SFF oriented as I read those books much more.


  3. Very much appreciate the condensed list(s) of "must-reads". Thanks! Currently working through the Suzanne Collins books - GREAT!