Books Read 2009

Well, it is the last day of 2009 and I have managed to read 64 books this year, better than 2008 but there is still room for improvement! I have put links to my reviews of the books that I have enjoyed most this year and there have been a fair few. I had some new books from Santa which I will be blogging about in the new year plus the lovely people sent me a copy of Sharon Owen's book The Seven Secrets of Happiness which is out in paperback in January, I started it yesterday and so far so good! What have been your favourite books of 2009 and what are you looking forward to in 2010?

1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
2. A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
3. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
4. The Love of her Life by Harriet Evans
5. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
6. The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson
7. Shouting at the Shipmen by Tim Geary
8. Love Letters of Great Men edited by Ursula Doyle
9. The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse
10. Polly by Freya North
11. The Abortionist's Duaghter by Elisabeth Hyde
12. After You'd Gone by Maggie O'Farrell
13. Bergdorf Blondes by Plum Sykes
14. Friend of the Family by Lisa Jewell
15. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
16. The Parasites by Daphne Du Maurier
17. The Mistress of Mellyn by by Victoria Holt
18. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
19. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer
20. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
21. Best Intentions by Emily Listfield
22. Daphne by Justine Picardie
23. State of Happiness by Stella Duffy
24. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander Mc-Call Smith
25. The Truth about Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell
26. Life's Too Short to Frost a Cupcake by Rosie Wilde
27. Wedding Season by Katie Fforde
28. The Vampyre by Tom Holland
29. Secrets by Freya North
30. Sanctuary by Nora Roberts
31. A Crowded Marriage by Catherine Alliot
32. Look Who it Is by Alan Carr
33. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
34. Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel
35. The Gift by Cecilia Ahern
36. Running in Heels by Anna Maxted
37. The Lost Daugter by Diane Chamberland
38. Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House by M.C. Beaton
39. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
40. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
41. Thinking of You by Jill Mansell
42. A Spring Affair by Milly Johnson
43. The Seance by John Harwood
44. The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton by Catherine Alliott
45. The Believers by Zoe Heller
46. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
47. A Romantic Getaway by Sarah Monk
48. Tell Me Something by Adele Parks
49. Rumour Has It by Jill Mansell
50. Holly Would Dream by Karen Quinn
51. Memoirs Are Made of This by Swan Adamson
52. The Love of My Life by Louise Douglas
53. The Suspicions of Mr Wilcher by Kate Summerscale
54. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
55. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Aherne
56. The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell
57. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
58. The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
59. The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
60. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
61. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
62. Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
63. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold by Alexander McCall Smith
64. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters


Anonymous said...

What an interesting list of books, I shall visit some fo your favourites over the next (hungover) day or so when all I want to do is lounge about. Hope you have a fabulous New Years Eve and see you in 2010!

Karen said...

Some great reading Dot! The Book Thief was my top read from last year - I still can't get it out of my head.

Kim said...

Happy New Year!
Love the list, Dot. I think you did brilliantly well reading 64 books in 2009. I managed 51 and only partially read one of those so perhaps you could say 50.
I'm with Karen on The Book Thief as it was my favourite read of 2009but I also loved GLPPPS by Mary Ann Shaffer, which came in a very close second and then in joint third Beyond Black by Hilary Mantell and My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. All of the stories and characters are still very clearly fixed in my mind.
So 2010 should be a great reading year as I already have a glorious TBR pile and that is without all the fab titles I will be hunting for from my wish list.
I have really enjoyed your reviews, Dot and thank you for introducing me to The Book Thief and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, both of which I read because you made them sound so special.

Dot said...

Simon- thank you,Happy New Year, hope the hangover wasn't too bad!

Karen- I know what you mean about The Book Thief, I'm always trying to get my husband to read it.

Kim- thank you, you did well with 51 books! I am going to aim for 100 this year but we shall see! Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, looking forward to hearing about it!

Christie said...

I've added you to my Must Read list because anyone who loved The Vampyr is a friend of mine. (Although my copy was called Lord of the Dead - definitely the same book, though!) Also - you loved The Time Traveler's Wife...so, clearly, we're kindred spirits! Next you'll be telling be you're a fan of 'Buffy'!

Dot said...

Christie- Thank you for adding me! I have to admit that I was a bit of a buffy fan when I was yonger! The Time Traveler's Wife was one of my favourite books from last year, I think I will be re-reading it again this year at some point. Your blog is lovely, I shall be popping back to see what you have been reading, Happy New Year!

Becky said...

It ust be really great to look over what you've achieved trhoughout the year, and think about what you've enjoyed and what you havn't.

64 books is a lot - im aiming for 60 this year and Im not sure ill get there.

My favourite read of 2009 would either have been Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell or The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox. I found them amazing!

Dot said...

Becky- It is nice to be able to look back and see what books I have enjoyed. I tried reading Gone With the Wind last year but I unfortunately gave up, might have to give it another got this year as I only ever hear good things about it.

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