The year in review.

Well, in book review.

I’m happy, and somewhat relieved, to say that I achieved my goal of reading 50 books. I even went that extra mile and read 54.  (Three of which I discovered while doing all the links for this post- I need to do a better job of keeping up my list!)  It’s possible I would have gotten to 55 today, but the book I started didn’t suck me in. Boo.

I thought about doing a decade in review, but I didn’t start keeping track of what I was reading until 2003, so I’ll put that off until 2013.  Ha!

Some stats for this year:

I read 31 fiction and 23 non-fiction, which I was impressed by until I looked at last year’s numbers and saw that they were almost exactly the same.  And interestingly, looking back over the years (which I said I wasn’t going to do, but so what) I’ve averaged right around 22 non-fiction books a year, even if the fiction books have rocketed into the 90s.  It’s like I max out.

Only 2 books were rereads.

17 books came from the library

15 were bought in paperback or hardback

9 were bought on the Haunted Kindle

8 were free on the Haunted Kindle

5 were books I already owned, or was given as gifts

Most exceeded expectation: Listening below the noise: A Meditation on the practice of Silence – Anne D. LeClaire

Most failed expectation:  Resurrection Club – Christopher Wallace

Here’s the list of this year’s reads, with my favorites bolded. If you want to read my original review, just click on the title. (If the title and the author are linked separately, it’s because I wrote about the book 2 times. You know, should you want to read my multiple thoughts. And if there’s no link, it’s because I’d forgotten I’d read it until just now.)

Zoe’s Tale- John Scalzi

The Monsters of Templeton- Lauren Groff

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betsy Smith

Frankly My Dear, I’m Dead- Livia J. Washburn

I Love Dirt- Jennifer Ward

Jesus the Christ- James E. Talmage

Six word memoirs on Love and Heartbreak by writers famous and obscure- ed. Smith Magazine

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child- Marc Weissbluth

The clutter Diet –  Lorie Marrero

Mr Fooster traveling on a whim – Tom Corwin and Craig Frazier

Playful Parenting- Lawrence J. Cohen

Ms. Hempel Chronicles – Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum

Istanbul Noir

Why New Orleans Matters- Tom Piazza

AAP Guide to Toilet Training – Mark L Wolraich

Listening below the noise: A Meditation on the practice of Silence – Anne D. LeClaire

Black Butterfly- Mark Gatiss

Decline and Fall- Evelyn Waugh

Resurrection Club – Christopher Wallace

Still She Haunts Me- Katie Roiphe

You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down- Alice Walker

Pandora in the Congo- Albert Sanchez Pinol

The Manual of Detection- Jedediah Berry

The Voyage Out- Virginia Woolf

The Snows of Kilamanjaro- Ernest Hemingway

Book of Mormon

Lectures on Faith- Joseph Smith

Suffering is Optional- Cheri Huber

The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques: How to Get More Done Without Driving Yourself Crazy by Pamela Dodd and Doug Sundheim

The Creative Family by Amanda Soule

The Salvage Studio Amy Duncan and all

In Praise of Slowness- Carl Honore

What the Scriptures teach us about raising a child – S. Michael Wilcox

My Life in France- Julia Child

Gourmet Rhapsody- Muriel Barbery

The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark- Muriel Spark

The Promise of Enough – Emily Freeman

Help! My apartment has a Kitchen Cookbook – Kevin Mills and Nancy Mills

Amish Peace – Suzanne Woods Fisher

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum – Cathy Duffy

The White Garden – Stephanie Barron

Confessions of Arsene Lupin Maruice LeBlanc

A Christmas Carol- Charles Dickens

Sum: 40 Tales from the Afterlives– David Eagleman

The Housekeeper and the Professor- Yoko Ogawa

Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile- Gyles Brandreth

Before Midnight –Rex Stout

The Blonde Lady – Maurice LeBlanc

Death of a Doxy- Rex Stout

The Club of Queer Trades- GK Chesterton

The Importance of Being Ernest- Oscar Wilde

The Power of Less- Leo Babauta

Death on A Midsummer Night- Kerry Greenwood

And that’s it for this year.  I achieved (or got close to) most of my book related goals; there were a couple that fell completely by the wayside, but aren’t there always?

Anyway, for anyone still reading, what was your favorite book this year?

3 thoughts on “The year in review.

  1. First things first, I HEART the new lay out! Very delicate and pretty, like my Maryanne…

    My favorite book of 2009? Hmm…I’m gonna say it’s a tie between New York by Edward Rutherford and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Oh, and my prayer book trilogy, The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle was my biggest find this year. A good year.

  2. Quite an ambitious list; I’m impressed. Thanks for reading our book, The 25 Best Time Management Tools & Techniques.

    I’ve added a few you read to my list for this year. Wish I was a fast reader, but such is life.

    Happy reading in 2010.


  3. Thanks for reading our book in 2009! And for the nice review…I am one of the ‘bunch of other people’ who co-authored the book…

    And A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is still one of my top 5 favorite books of all time…

    Lisa Hilderbrand, Salvage Studio

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