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2009 Year In Review, or The Nine Books I’m Glad I Read

by Ann-Katrina

As I look back at the books I read in 2009, I’m lost in a swirl of emotions—mostly good, but some less so. There were many books I loved, but only a few made the top of my “books I’m glad I read” list. (I tried to narrow it down to five, but it just wasn’t working for me.)

Island of the Blue DolphinsThe Last UnicornThe Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeWuthering HeightsWuthering HeightsThe Lightning ThiefThe Man Who Loved Books Too MuchThe Miles Between

Revisiting Childhood

  • Island of the Blue Dolphin by Scott O’Dell: This was a book I read as a child and has great sentimental value to me. Reading it again was like traveling back in time.
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle: The movie was something I loved and learning that there was a book left me breathless. I only wish I could have continued the journey. (review)
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: All I will say about this is I cried again.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis: Ah, the memories. This book was the inspiration for my magical closet under the stairs which would transport me to my own little world.

Books I Should Have Read Sooner, But Didn’t

  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: It’s amazing how much presumption can cloud one’s judgment. This book made me want to fall in love. (book notes)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: Where to begin? This book was a wild ride. Especially when you consider that everyone was bat**** crazy. Corrupted love spanning generations…what could be better? (teaser, sunday sketch)
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: This book was pure unadulterated fun to read. Somehow everything just clicked—the emotions, the adventure, the humor.

Books That Stayed With Me

  • The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett: The lengths to which someone would go for love of a good book. Read more like a novelized memoir of Hoover discovering the world of book antiquities rather than the memoir of a man who loved books too much.
  • The Miles Between by Mary Pearson: A book must connect with me on a deep level to draw tears. This book did just that…and it made me cackle in the same breath. A sweet fairytale that deals with a tough subject. (sunday sketch)

There’s still quite a few books that I’ve yet to review, but would like to. That will probably take up most of the early weeks. And although I’m a little sad to see 2009 go, I look forward to discovering some wonderful titles in 2010.

Comments on 2009 Year In Review, or The Nine Books I’m Glad I Read

  1. # She wrote on January 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm:

    I cried for Flowers for Algernon, too. ;)

    Also, Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe… what! I love the series more and more the more I read it. I recently picked up the nice leatherboundy compilation of the Narnia series from B&N. It was only $20– I couldn’t resist.

    Great list!
    .-= She´s last blog ..Year End Wrap Up! ! ! =-.

  2. # Connor Cochran wrote on January 4, 2010 at 7:59 am:

    Actually, you *can* continue the journey you started with THE LAST UNICORN. Peter wrote a sequel/coda novelette called “Two Hearts” that won the Hugoand Nebula Awards a few years ago, and this year he is publishing three new Schmendrick stories (all set before THE LAST UNICORN) through Conlan Press.

  3. # Audrey/brizmus wrote on January 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm:

    The Last Unicorn! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  4. # Teaser Tuesdays: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan - Today, I Read… wrote on January 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm:

    [...] the first book in the series, The Lighting Thief, and enjoyed it very much. In fact, it made my 9 books I’m glad I read in 2009 list. For the longest, I’ve been meaning to pick up the second book and continue [...]

  5. # Ann-Kat wrote on January 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm:

    @she: good to know i’m not the only one who cried for that book. i was scared to re-read it because i knew i’d end up crying all over again. lol and narnia for $20…niiiiice. i think i paid about $25 for my boxed set; not too shabby if i do say so myself.

    @connor: i’ve already picked up a copy of the line between which contains two hearts, but i’m excited to hear about the upcoming work. *squee* like a schoolgirl! ^_^

    @audrey: i know, right?!?

  6. # 2010 In Review: The 9 Books I’m Glad I Read This Year wrote on December 31, 2010 at 3:50 pm:

    [...] year I selected 9 books I was glad I read and decided to make it an annual feature. This year is was difficult to select only 9, so I ended [...]

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