Thursday, December 31, 2009

Best Books of 2009

The end of the year seems to be a popular time for "Best of" Lists. I couldn't miss the opportunity to make my own Best List. Of course mine is going to be all about books. Of the 87 books I've read in 2009, 13 of them received a 4 or 5 star rating. Looking back over those, 4 rose to the top as my choice for Best Books of 2009. And one book which I gave 3 stars to continues to come to mind when people ask for book recommendations. So I just had to give it a place on Best Books of 2009 list.

Pam's Five Best Books of 2009

The Help by Kathryn Stockett - The only book to receive a perfect 5 stars.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan - The book I fought for (and lost) to be the 2010 RARI selection

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - The first book I have nominated for the 2011 RARI selection

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert - A surprisingly uplifting book considering the depressing topic

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson - The best 3 star book I've ever read. I'm still thinking about it all these months later.

2009 was a great book year for me. I read quite a few memorable and recommendation worthy books. How about you? What are your top books of 2009? I'd love to hear from you. After all 2010 is just around the corner and I can always use some recommendations.


Andrea (ace1028) said...

I think we were posting at the same time, only I didn't pick my top ten yet! ;) I'll be adding your batch to my list. The Help is already at the top of it! I think one of my fave reads was The Girl Who Stopped Swimming. It was a really good book.

Anita said...

The Help really has stayed with me and I've told everyone about it. I'll have to review my lists, I have to say The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan really had an impact on me too.
The Girls from Ames was also a favorite.
I looked at The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, as Andrea mentioned, I may want to read that.

Anita said...

Oh, and I'm a loser, I only read 17 books last year, my goal is at least 24...........rough year.

Sandy said...

87 books in one year! That is incredible! I am pleased to say I have read all five of your top best or at least tried to. I couldn't get into Mudbound and I know I need to try again. The other four I thought were very good, too. Can't wait to see what you come up with for 2010.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Anita, I LOVED The Middle Place. Excellent book.

Diane said...

I also love (4) of your top 5 books and hope to read the 5th one, Mudbound, in 2010.

Hope that you have a Happy and Healthy New Year. May all they books that your read in 2010 be terrific.

Karen said...

You read EIGHTY-SEVEN books this year??

Wow! I think I've read fewer than 20. I need to make more time for reading in 2010.

The best books I read this year were The Hunger Games and The 13th Hour. Although I think Hunger Games actually came out in 2009.

Gamma Sharon said...

I am still thinking about "The Gargole" too! Have you read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Girl who played with Fire"? They are written by Stieg Larsson. I think those 3 were my favorites this year.


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