For What It's Worth

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Favorite Books of 2009

A few of these came out prior to 2009 but I read them this year so they are on the list.

1. WILLOW by Julia Hoban    This was my favorite book this year. A beautifully written story about a girl trying to cope with grief and guilt, who ultimately finds self acceptance and love. It's a very powerful and uplifting story.

2. WICKED GAME by Jeri Smith-Ready  Vampires, rock & roll, action packed, sexy, funny! What's not to love?? A great twist on the UF, vampire genre. I can't even remember how many times I've read this book!

3. ASPECT OF CROW TRILIOGY by Jeri Smith-Ready  The most original series I've read in a long time. This series has it all - romance, heroes, villains, battles, parallels to religion, politics. I was on an emotional roller coaster for three days!

4. BUTTERFLY TATTOO by Deidra Knight  This book took me by surprise. Story of people overcoming fear, loss and guilt to find love and become a family. A twist on the traditional love story. These characters stayed with me for a long time after I finished the book.

5. CATCHING FIRE by Suzzane Collins  The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. One of the few sequels that stands up to the first book.

6. START ME UP by Victoria Dahl  Sexy with a little bit of a mystery and lots of funny!

7. MERLE'S DOOR LESSONS FROM A FREE THINKING DOG by Ted Kerasote  Yes, it's funny like Marley and Me, but it's so much more than just a compilation of funny dog stories. It's about a true relationship between man and dog formed out of respect.

8.  THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA by Michael Pollan  Do you eat? Then read this book.

9. VISION IN WHITE by Nora Roberts  Romance with lots of laughs.

10. GOING TOO FAR by Jennifer Echols YA books really hit their stride this year and this book is one of the reasons why. The YA books out now have great writing, believable characters that you can relate to and don't rely on many of the gimmicks that a lot of the adult books do these days.

I read over 100 books this year so it was hard to narrow it down to just here are a few more that I loved but there just wasn't room:

The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost

Playing With Fire by Gena Showalter

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

The Morningstar Strain Series by Z.A. Recht

One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer by Nathaniel C. Fick

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