2009 Books Read
85 8.51. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel - Jonathan Safran Foer
This book was recommended to me by a co-worker who I spend 75% of my time with each week.
December 2008/January 2009.
7 7.32. Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel - Marie Phillips_IV
1 83. The Night Villa: A Novel - Carol Goodman
2 84. A Noble Radiance (Guido Brunetti, No 7) - Donna Leon
Another great Venetian crime novel in one of my favorite series.
1 85. Signora Da Vinci - Robin Maxwell
15 7.56. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touche... - Bret Witter,Vicki Myron
Got this book for my mom for Christmas. Not gonna lie, I cried like a baby.
12 9.17. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Ever... - Elizabeth Gilbert_III
However cliche this sounds, this book changed my life and my way of looking at and dealing with things. Ironically and coincidentally, co-worker and I ended up to reading it at the same time.
6 5.58. The Witches of Eastwick - John Updike
I picked this up at Costco in December with the intention of reading it right away. It sat on my 'to read' shelf for a while, and I happened to pick it up and start reading it the week that John Updike died. Creepy!
It ended up not being anything like what I expected (I haven't seen the movie, and didn't know anything about either). For some reason, it took me three times the amount of time it usually takes me to read a book to finish this one.
30 7.49. The Reader (Oprah's Book Club) - Bernhard Schlink
Wow. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I am in no way surprised that Kate Winslet won the Oscar for her role in this.
Started 2/28/09. Finished 3/1/09.
41 8.210. The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
Another recommendation from co-worker. I went to buy it, and realized we already had it at home! Sweet!
I think this is the best/my favorite that I've read so far this year!
Started 3/1/09. Finished 3/4/09.
6 811. The Monsters of Templeton - Lauren Groff
Probably my favorite book I've read so far, second to The Thirteenth Tale.
Started 3/5/09. Finished 3/8/09.
2 412. I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee - Charles J. Shields
Ever since I first read To Kill A Mockingbird in 7th grade, I've been totally obsessed with it. I've read it multiple times. Recently, we did it at the theatre where I work. This book (the only official/authorized biography of Harper Lee) was passed around by the director and cast for research, reference, inspiration, etc. I knew I needed to read it, but also knew I needed to wait til I was a little removed from the show to be able to read it. I got it used from Amazon.com for $3!!! I started it last night, and will most likely read it in spurts here and there.
This book ended up being somewhat of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, it was still pretty good. But it was rather dull, and no where near as good as I expected from what the Mockingbird cast had said.
Started 3/9/09. Finished 3/19/09.
1185 713. Twilight (Twilight Saga, Book 1) - Stephenie Meyer
I read this book when it first came out a few years ago and loved it. Anyways, the movie is coming out on DVD this month, and I haven't seen it. I thought I'd take the opportunity to reread it before I see the movie since it's been a few years since I read it. Plus, a bunch of people at work are reading these books for the first time, and for some reason I want to reread them now...I realize this takes me off the course of finishing stuff that's been on my "to read" shelf for a while. Oh well...what's life without a few guilty pleasures?? :)
Started 3/10/09. Finished 3/13/09.
977 6.914. New Moon (Twilight Saga, Book 2) - Stephenie Meyer
Figured I'd reread the whole series before the movie came out :). Plus, all 3 of the PA's on my current show are now currently reading the series. Crazy.
Started 3/13/09. Finished 3/14/09.
898 7.215. Eclipse (Twilight Saga, Book 3) - Stephenie Meyer
See above 2 notes.
Started 3/15/09. Finished 3/18/09.
780 7.116. Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) - Stephenie Meyer
See above 3 notes.
Started 3/20/09. 3/22/09.
8 817. People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
Excited to start my first book post Twilight Series Reread. Awesome.
The structure of this book was fascinating. I loved the way it told two stories at once, the story of the scientist and the story of the book, by means of structure and what not. Great book!!
Started 3/22/09. Finished 4/2/09.
18 8.918. Time Travelers Wife - Audrey Neffenegger
Another re-read for me. I first read this book while I was studying abroad in the spring of 2006. I absolutely loved it. I realized I couldn't remember much about it, so I decided to read it again. It's just as amazing the second time around--if not better!
Started 4/3/09. Finished 4/7/09.
34 7.819. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
This movie was one of my favorites as a kid. I found the book for $1.98 at Half-Price Books on my day off. I had been wanting to read it for a while, so it was meant to be that I found it.
So I started this before leaving for Illinois for the summer, and when I got here I had ZERO time to read. I have since had time to start reading again, and plan to pick this up and finish it soon.
1 820. Comfort Food - Kate Jacobs
Now that both of my shows here at Illinois Shakes are open, and I'm not working 14+ hour days any more, I have time to dig into my stack of books to read again! I can't tell you how strange it was to do for WEEKS without reading. It was really awful, actually.
Anyways, I picked this up because I absolutely LOVED Kate Jacob's "The Friday Night Knitting Club" and its sequel "Knit Two." "Comfort Food" took a little while to be able to get into it, but now that I am, I'm hooked.
Now that it's finished, I'd still say that I loved it. It had some very predictable parts to it, but sometimes I like when things work out just like we predict/want them to in a book. So I didn't mind, especially since I think it was meant to be a feel good book.
Started 7/1/09. Finished 7/7/09.
1 521. The Italian Lover - Robert Hellenga
This book was pretty good, however it took me a while to get through it b/c it moved pretty slowly. I did like that it had multiple story lines all interconnected to each other.
Started 7/8/09. Finished 7/23/09.
2 822. The Glassblower of Murano - Marina Fiorato
Started 7/23/09. Finished 8/10/09.
48 8.223. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
1 924. The Brontë Project: A Novel of Passion, Des... - Jennifer Vandever
2 1025. A Sea of Troubles - Donna Leon
11 7.726. Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel - Audrey Niffenegger
New book by the same author as The Time Traveler's Wife. LOVED it.
Started 9/29/09. Finished 10/7/09.
269 7.627. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Started 10/8/09. Finished 10/8/09.
0 028. The House at Riverton: A Novel - Kate Morton