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2009 Best of Books List


Last year will go on record as the worst year ever for me reading books. How bad was it? My average for the previous five years was 150 books read a year. This last year I checked in at a measly 70. This is a direct by- product of my becoming a full time writer again. I started writing the first novel in March and the second in June. More writing equalled less reading.

This next year I plan on carving more time out of my schedule for reading. Less TV and video games (although video game minutes took a big hit this last year also). I love reading and over my winter break I got some great reading time in before getting sick.

I went through my measly list of books and pulled out my ten favorites from the year. Some of them came out during this past year, others were books I finally got around to reading. It was a light year on the mystery novel front and I was surprised to have only one mystery on the list. These books tickled my reading fancy for various reasons. Hopefully you can find a new author you might want to try out. Also feel free to add me if you have a Goodreads (click here) account and you can see my books from my better reading years.

In No Particular Order:

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Emissaries From The Dead by Adam-Troy Castro

Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Thunderer by Felix Gilman

Lamentation by Ken Scholes

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S. G. Browne

The Water Room by Christopher Fowler

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2 Responses to “2009 Best of Books List”

  1. Lesley says:

    >I love book recommendations! (And how well timed as I have a couple B&N gift cards at hand.) Thank you for this list. I'm going to seek out a few of these.And UGH. I COMPLETELY tanked on my reading this year. Blogging/Tweeting/Facebooking completely threw me off my reading game. This year I vow to take back the control again.Happy New Year to you and yours, Christopher! I hope 2010 is good to you.

  2. Merri says:

    >You count how many books you read? I have NO IDEA how many books I read in a year. Not even ballpark. I know its more than ten and less than umm I have no idea. This is why I'm not an accountant.

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