I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs last night and saw a few were listing their top 10 reads of 2009 so I decided to list mine. I am always looking for a good recommendation. I had a bit of a crazy year and did not get to read to many books on my own so most of these were from my book club but I did enjoy them. I have them listed 1-10 top right to left.
#1 Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society ~ Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Loved this book. Very sweet and opened me up to what it was like during the war.
#2 No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club Diary of a 60th year ~ Virginia Ironside
This was a funny and insightful read especially if you are over 45.
#3 The Help ~ Kathryn Stockett
Just finished for book club. We loved it!
#4 American Bloomsbury ~ Susan Cheever
Picked this up at my local used book store and really enjoyed it. I am planning on catching up on some classics I have not made time for in the past!
Because of this book my daughters are checking out these authors also.
#5 People of the Book ~ Geraldine Brooks
I did a lot of research while reading this book. Made me want to learn more.
#6 Plainsong ~ Kent Haruf
Book club pick. We enjoyed the characters and story in this book.
#7 Mudbound ~ Hillary Jordan
Book club pick. Good story lines, again one to make you think about life.
#8 Without a Map ~ Meredith Hall
Book club pick. Sad story. Makes me a more loving Mom and person.
#9 Viel of Roses ~ Laura Fitzgerald
Book club pick. Cute story, makes you want to keep reading.
#10 Edgar Sawtelle ~ David Wroblewski
Hated the end so hated the book at first. Made up my own ending :) and now I keep remembering snippets and have fond memories of this story.
I have lots of books on my shelf that I have picked up at sales and need to read so my goal is to focus on these this year. I may pass on the club pick if I don't think I'll like it but that is often the case and then I find a gem that would never have read. This is why I love book club. It forces me out of my comfort zone. I would never have read The Road, Ahabs Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and more.
On my list to read now are:
Loving Frank, next months pick
Her Fearful Symmetry, reading now and loving it.
Traveling with Pomegranates
Half Broke Horses
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Scarlet Letter
The Used World
Change Me Into Zeuss Saughter
And I have been reading and will finish And The Ladies of The Club. written by a local lady about our town! Old book but I'm enjoying it.
So heres to a new year and adventures in books! Take a break from TV and start a book if you aren't reading now!