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2009 Books Read

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1. 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.
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People who added this item 7  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
2. Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel - Marie Phillips_IV
January 2009.
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People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
3. The Night Villa: A Novel - Carol Goodman
January 2009.
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4. A Noble Radiance (Guido Brunetti, No 7) - Donna Leon
Another great Venetian crime novel in one of my favorite series.

January 2009.
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5. Signora Da Vinci - Robin Maxwell
February 2009.
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
6. 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.

February 2009.
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People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (8 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
7. 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.

February 2009.
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8. 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.

Finished 2/27/09
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People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
9. 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.
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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
10. 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.
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
11. 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.
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12. 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.
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13. 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.
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People who added this item 1006  Average listal rating (558 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating
14. 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.
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People who added this item 915  Average listal rating (513 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
15. Eclipse (Twilight Saga, Book 3) - Stephenie Meyer
See above 2 notes.

Started 3/15/09. Finished 3/18/09.
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16. Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) - Stephenie Meyer
See above 3 notes.

Started 3/20/09. 3/22/09.
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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
17. 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.
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People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 8.9  IMDB Rating
18. 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.
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People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
19. 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.

Started 4/13/09.

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.

People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
20. 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.
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21. 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.
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People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
22. The Glassblower of Murano - Marina Fiorato
Started 7/23/09. Finished 8/10/09.
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People who added this item 48  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating
23. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
August 2009
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24. The Brontë Project: A Novel of Passion, Des... - Jennifer Vandever
August 2009
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25. A Sea of Troubles - Donna Leon
September 2009
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People who added this item 11  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
26. 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.

People who added this item 281  Average listal rating (134 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
27. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Started 10/8/09. Finished 10/8/09.
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28. The House at Riverton: A Novel - Kate Morton
Started 10/9/09.

People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
29. The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel - Anita Diamant

People who added this item 25  Average listal rating (13 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
30. The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly_II



Here is the list of books I've read so far this year. Now that I'm out of college, my inner book work has really grown. I read so much between graduation and the end of 2008 that I thought it would be cool to make a list and keep track of what I've read.

If I haven't rated a book yet, then I'm either currently reading it or it's next on my 'to read' shelf.

If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!!

Due to the craziness of my summer work schedule, my reading during the months of May and June was next to nothing. Hopefully it won't happen again this year!

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