Books 2009

This page is an archive of books read in the year 2009. (Click here for last year’s list.) If you’re interested to see my ratings for it, you can search in my booklog. The ones marked asterisk (*) are books I have read before. The bolded titles are books I recommend. The titles in strikes are books I dislike; that does not in any way mean the books would not be good reads for you, it is purely my personal preference.

Books I donated in this year

Year-end summary: 14 fiction, 14 non-fiction, 18 children, 13 young adult, 14 chick lit, 3 fantasy
Total: 81 books

December
Eragon – Christopher Paolini
Blind Submission – Debra Ginsberg
The 4th Secret of the One Minute Manager – Ken Blanchard & Margret McBride
The Witch of Portobello – Paulo Coelho
Summary: 1 young adult, 2 fiction, 1 self-help

November
The Right Attitude to Rain – Alexander McCall Smith
Cocktails for Three – Madeleine Wickham
A Lion Called Christian – Anthony Bourke & John Rendall
Fat – Rob Grant
The Gift – Cecelia Ahern
Summary: 2 fiction, 2 chick lit, 1 non-fiction

October
Angels – Marian Keyes
God Explained in a Taxi Ride – Paul Arden
The End of Mr. Y – Scarlett Thomas
Slam – Nick Hornby
So Many Books – Gabriel Zaid
The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly

Summary: 1 chick lit, 2 non-fiction, 1 young adult, 2 fantasy

September
Thanks for the Memories – Cecelia Ahern
The Wedding Girl – Madeleine Wickham
The Rights of the Reader – Daniel Pennac
Marshmallows for Breakfast – Dorothy Koomson
Kira-Kira – Cynthia Kadohata
Mercy Watson to the Rescue – Kate DiCamillo
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride – Kate DiCamillo
The White Giraffe – Lauren St John
I am Legend – Richard Matheson
Summary: 3 chick lit, 1 non-fiction, 3 children, 1 young adult, 1 science fiction

August
Sleeping Arrangements – Madeleine Wickham
Remember Me? – Sophie Kinsella
A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
Fairy Dust & the Quest for the Egg – Gail Carson Levine
Fairy Haven & the Quest for the Wand – Gail Carson Levine
Pollyanna – Eleanor H. Porter
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Summary: 2 chick lit, 3 children, 1 fiction, 1 novella

July
D is for Dahl: A gloriumptious A-Z guide to the world of Roald Dahl
The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
Friends, Lovers, Chocolate – Alexander McCall Smith
The Sky is Crazy: Tales from a Trolley Dolly – Yvonne Lee
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian – Sherman Alexie
Drop Dead Gorgeous – Linda Howard
Paddington Helps Out – Michael Bond
Blood is the New Black – Valerie Stivers
Summary: 2 children, 3 fiction, 1 non-fiction, 1 young adult, 1 chick lit

June
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

12 Days – June Kim
Arctic Diary: Surviving the Thin Ice – Sam & Richard Branson
Confessions of an Old Boy: The Dato’ Hamid Adventures – Kam Raslan
The Gatecrasher – Madeleine Wickham
Summary: 1 young adult, 1 manga, 1 fiction, 1 non-fiction, 1chick lit

May
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
*Sushi for Beginners – Marian Keyes
Lottery – Patricia Wood
The Cellist of SarajevoSteven Galloway

The Glamorous (Double) Life of Isabel Bookbinder – Holly McQueen
The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo
Summary: 2 children, 2 chick lit, 2 fiction

April
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
A Wind in the Door – Madeleine L’Engle

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be – Paul Arden
Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging – Louise Rennison
It’s OK, I’m wearing really big knickers! – Louise Rennison
*Shane – Jack Schaefer
*Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite – Paul Arden
Book Lover – Jennifer Kaufman & Karen Mack
Summary: 3 children, 2 self-help, 3 young adult, 1 chick lit

March
Honk if You’re Malaysian – Lydia Teh
A Nyonya in Texas – Lee Su Kim
Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French – Stephen Clarke
Charlie – Lesley Pearse
Winnie-the-Pooh – A. A. Milne
To Sir with Love – E. R. Braithwaite
Summary: 3 non-fiction, 1 romance, 1 children, 1 autobiography

February
A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon
*The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier
Beyond the Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
Lipstick Jungle – Candace Bushnell
Marley & Me – John Grogan
The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
Summary: 2 fiction, 3 young adult, 1 non-fiction, 1 chick lit

January
Quidditch Through the Ages – Kennilworthy Whisp (J. K. Rowling)
Tuck Triumphant – Theodore Taylor
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – E. L. Konigsburg
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets – Dav Pilkey
Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space – Dav Pilkey
Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman – Dav Pilkey
Getting the Boot – Peggy Guthart Strauss
Bootleg – Alex Shearer
Stuart Little – E. B. White
Summary: 7 children, 2 young adult

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