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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Books I read in 2009

  • *Olive Kitteridge: A Novel in Stories by Elizabeth Strout
    • Odd, compelling and beautiful.  As a friend of mine said -- very Maine -- where it takes place. 

  • Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
    • I love these forensic police crime novels -- the TV show Bones is based on them though the books are set in Montreal which is more interesting as a locale for me than Washington, DC where the TV show takes place.
  • Not in the Flesh by Ruth Rendell
    • Another great Inspector Wexford British murder mystery.  Love them.
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    • This was a good read too, a bit odd, but fascinating too.
  • *Someone Knows My Name: A Novel by Lawrence Hill
    • Loved this one even though I didn't want to read it and thought it would just be unrelentingly depressing.  Somehow it was fascinating, interesting, compelling and much less depressing than I thought it would be -- even uplifting in some places.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
    • An enjoyable read -- the whole novel is in letters -- I am very interested in the Channel Islands which were occupied by the Germans during WWII when some of this novel takes place.
  • Miss Julia Strikes Back by Ann B. Ross
  • Brother and Sister: A Novel by Joanna Trollope
  • *The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    • Worth ones time -- a good mystery with great plot twists
  • *A Free Life by Ha Jin
  • *Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
    • Wonderful and incredibly thought provoking especially for those of us who are mothers.
  • Death of a Snob by M.C. Beaton
  • Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
    • Books for kids 8-12 which Emma and I read together.  This was interesting and enjoyable for me too which is always a nice plus when reading together.
  • *Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
  • *The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
  • The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Well, it's not a very long list and for that I blame my new found addiction: digital scrapbooking and the laptop I got last January making my addiction so easy to indulge in any and everyroom of the house. Thank goodness I am in a book club or this list would be shorter.  I've put an asterisk next to the books I read for book club.  I may add ratings or comments at a later date, for now I'll just note the ones that I really loved.

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