best book lists 2009

I put together a few best book lists so you can copy and paste them and take them along with you to the bookstore. Hope you had a good year in reading, I can see by the lists that I missed way too many good reads and need to hit the books in the coming year!


Cheever: A Life – Blake Bailey

Await Your Reply – Dan Chaon

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon – Neil Sheehan

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders –Daniyal Mueenuddin

Big Machine – Victor LaValle

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science – Richard Holmes

Stitches – David Small

Shop Class as Soulcraft – Matthew B. Crawford

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi – Geoff Dyer

Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon – David Grann


The Bolter – Frances Osborne

Dreaming in Hindi – Katherine Russell Rich

Little Bee – Chris Cleave

Blame – Michelle Huneven

Losing Mum and Pup – Christopher Buckley

Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

Say You’re One of Them – Uwem Akpan

Some Things That Meant the World to Me – Joshua Mohr

The Invisible Mountain – Carolina De Robertis

Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness – Tracy Kidder


Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It – Maile Meloy

Chronic City – Jonathan Lethem

A Gate at the Stairs – Lorrie Moore

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel – Jeannette Walls

A Short History of Women – Kate Walbert


The Anthologist – Nicholson Baker

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

Finch – Jeff Vandermeer

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – Lydia Davis

White Is for Witching – Helen Oyeyemi

Asterios Polyp – David Mazzucchelli

Blame – Michelle Huneven

Flying – Eric Kraft

Every Man Dies Alone – Hans Fallada

Brothers – Yu Hua


The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Anthologist – Nicholson Baker

The Book of Genesis Illustrated – R. Crumb

Asterios Polyp – David Mazzuchelli

Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It – Maile Meloy


Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

The Next Thing on My List: A Novel – Jill Smolinski

Firefly Lane – Kristin Hannah

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time – Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel – Jamie Ford

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  2. Thanks for sharing!

    Ah, I have not been keeping up with my reading lately…have a stack of books waiting for me before the year is done and I am just not sure that is going to happen.

    So for now, no more new books for me 😦

  3. Oh dear, I need to get reading. Although many of these are on my shelves or on my wish list I have only read one, Stitches.

  4. Cute pic Lilli! I had 7 books from the library that I took back and hadn’t read any of them!

  5. i love these end of the year book lists. it’s always fun to see books i’ve already read and have a handy resource for the library or bookshop. thanks!! missing though, I think are two books I loved which came out this year – atwood’s the flood and kingsolver’s the lacuna. really delighted to see local talent dan chaon – love both await your reply and his earlier novel you remind me of me

    for me it’s been a good year of reading. i soon am taking a long train ride and have wolf hall checked out for the trip! I love train and plane trips specifically for the time provided of uninterrupted reading!

    may 2010 be a good year of reading for you!

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