Peter of KyusiReader suggested that I post my best and worst books for 2009. So, for this year’s wrap-up, here’s my list of faves and flops (in no particular order):
1. Gates of Fire ————————- Steven Pressfield
2. The Historian ———————— Elizabeth Kostova
3. Before The Dawn ——————— Nicholas Wade
4. Exile ———————————– Richard North Patterson
5. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell —Susanna Clark
6. Memoirs of a Geisha —————- Arthur Golden
7. The Book of Joe ——————— Jonathan Tropper
8. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters – Gordon Dahlquist
9. The Shack —————————– William P. Young
10. The Eyre Affair ——————— Jasper Fforde
11. Remember Me? ——————– Sophie Kinsella
12. Good Omens ———————— Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
13. The Last Time I Saw Mother -——- Arlene J. Chai
Most Disappointing :
1. Full Bloom ————————— Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes
2. Danse Macabre ———————- Laurell K. Hamilton
3. Day of Confession —————— Allan Folsom
4. The Scot, The Witch and The Wardrobe — Annette Blair
In terms of discovering great stories and authors, I must say 2009 has been quite a profitable reading year for me with only four duds to mar the good streak.
As we approach the end of this year, let me make an assessment of my reading progress before I turn to greet the New Year armed with another set of resolutions.
With only about forty three books reviewed, I’ve been very slow indeed. A lot of books on my ON THE SHELF page are still waiting to be picked up (those not bordered in red) as my choices have diverted from the list from time to time.
This year has not seen too much reading and blogging activity on my part, with major slacking during the summer months. I had a reading slump early this year which I attribute to distraction from other interests.
This is also a year where I’ve discovered that reading challenges actually do me good. They goad me to stick to my reading list and finish them within the deadline. So for 2010, I shall be joining more.
No formulated New Year resolutions yet except to exceed this year’s dismal reading record. But the most important thing I should remember before racing toward that goal is enjoyment. No point reading without it.
That being said, let me wish all of you :