2009 was a pretty crazy year for me. I changed jobs, moved to a new town…..well, I guess that’s all I really did, but that was a pretty big deal. During the last 12 months, while I was working, visiting friends and family, going to Boston (woohoo LeakyCon!!), ALA, and other things, I read 397 books! (That is not including the books that I re-read or read twice during the year like all of Stephenie Meyer’s books, the Princess Diaries series and Let it Snow…..yes, feel free to judge me).
Here is the breakdown of the books, since my mind still likes to revert back to high school and think like a math nerd:
Juvenile Fiction: 129
Young Adult: 88
NonFiction Picture Books: 10
Juvenile NonFiction: 53
Graphic Novels: 29 (wow! That is much higher than I thought it would be….must be all the Babymouse)
Beginning Chapter Books: 21
Adult Fiction: 48
Adult NonFiction: 19
So, if I only count JFiction, YA, and the two adult categories, that is really only 284 “real” books. So the actual number isn’t that impressive. I’m actually surprised the YA number isn’t higher, because it felt like all I did was read YA books, but apparently that is not true. My goal each year is to read 400 books. I consider the goal achieved for 2009 because of the books I re-read. I’ve met that goal the last two years, and hopefully I can do it again this year.
Now, with reading so many books, there are quite a few that I feel lukewarm about…..but there are others that I find to be so completely mind-blowingly awesome that I can’t help but think about them afterwards. Here is a list of the books I read this year that were sooooooo good that I would pick them up again right now and read them all over again (in no particular order). Now, be warned that these are books that I LOVED, not necessarily books that are destined to win awards or anything like that…..I tend to not be a fan of many of the “best books.” Not that I want to insult any of the books on the list either…..oh well, just read it.
Chalice by Robin McKinley
Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
Forever Princess by Meg Cabot (I actually feel this way about the whole series, but this is the one that really stands out….especially since I’ve read it 3 times this year!)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins
As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (I keep wanting to type Crisco instead of Cristo…..teeheee)
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Magician’s Nephew by Kate Dicamillo
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Two is Enough: A Couple’s Guide to Living Childless by Choice by Laura S. Scott (I don’t know if I would really read this book again, but it was really fantastic and totally reinforced my choice to never have kids.)
Since I am so passionate about books that I love…….I also feel the same force of passion about books that I do NOT love. There were several books that I read this year that made me so mad and I disliked them so much that I wanted the book to end with a fiery explosion where all of the characters died (yes, I know that is completely outrageous, but when I hate a book, I REALLY hate it). I’m not saying these books are bad…….I know at least a couple of them are really well-liked by some of my friends……but I couldn’t stand them.
Nightmare at the Book Fair by Dan Gutman
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
The Twits by Roald Dahl (I’ve read several of his books this year, and realized that I just don’t like his writing……sorry Amber!)
Specials by Scott Westerfeld
Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (any of this series actually)
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington
Nerds by Michael Buckley
Well, that is my reading year in a nutshell…..it was a year where I discovered Meg Cabot, Agatha Christie, and Wendy Mass. My goal for this year is to read more adult nonfiction and branch out and read a few more boy books. I would also like to read more classics like Austen and Dickens…..we will see how that goes.
Happy Reading Everyone!!!
P.S. Sorry I was too lazy to link to all the books, but I am still in vacation lazy mode. Also too lazy to add pictures…