2009 Books

Books read in 2009, with links to reviews and/or reactions, if applicable. I do not have the proper schedule for when I read the rereads this year, so I will include all rereads after the first-time reads. They will therefore not be in the right order.

January
Favorite: Uglies

1. Betrayal by Robin Wasserman
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
4. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
5. Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
6. Austenland by Shannon Hale
7. Truth by Robin Wasserman
8. Alex and Me by Irene Pepperberg
9. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
10. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
11. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
12. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

February
Favorite: Ella Minnow Pea, Pretties, The Good Earth, and The Nature of Jade

13. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
14. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
15. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
16. The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
17. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
18. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
19. The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
20. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
21. Sky Burial by Xinran
22. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
23. Messenger by Lois Lowry
24. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
25. Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen
26. Enchanted Night by Steven Millhauser
27. The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

March
Favorite: Never Let Me Go

28. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
29. Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
30. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
31. Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld
32. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
33. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
34. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
35. Quidditch Through the Ages by JK Rowling
36. Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
37. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
38. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
39. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
40. Bogus to Bubbly by Scott Westerfeld
41. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
42. The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci
43. The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
44. Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci

April
Favorite: The Hunger Games

45. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
46. How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier
47. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
48. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
49. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
50 The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton
51. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
52. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
53. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
54. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
55. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
56. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
57. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
58. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanne Greenberg
59. Mansfield Park: Revisited by Joan Aikin

May
Favorite: Cry, the Beloved Country

60. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
61. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
62. We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin
63. Liza of Lambeth by William Somerset Maugham
64. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
65. The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
66. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
67. Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
68. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
69. Sorcerers and Secretaries by Amy Kim Ganter
70. Pickup Games by Marcia Mickelson
71. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
72. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
73. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

June
Favorite: Wild Roses and Death Comes for the Archbishop

74. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
75. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
76. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea by Valerie Zenatti
77. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
78. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
79. Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
80. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
81. Yemen (Enchantment Series) by Liz Sonneborn
82. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
83. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
84. Atonement by Ian McEwan
85. The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
86. Tithe by Holly Black
87. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban
88. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
89. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
90. Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
91. Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar
92. Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

July
Favorite: Tender Morsels

93. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
94. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
95. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn
96. Kin by Holly Black
97. The Sky Always Hears Me and the Hills Don’t Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
98. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
99. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
100. Mind-Rain by Multiple Authors
101. Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake
102. The Trial by Franz Kafka
103. Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle
104. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
105. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

August
Favorite: The Trial, Crossed Wires, and After

106. The Trial (graphic novel) by Franz Kafka
107. Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton
108. Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
109. Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel
110. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
111. Aya by Marguerite Abouet
112. Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart
113. So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld
114. Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
115. The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
116. Breathless by Jessica Warman
117. After by Amy Efaw
118. After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr
119. Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin
120. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
121. Kampung Boy by Lat
122. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
123. Jane Eyre (graphic novel) by Charlotte Bronte
124. Dead Days of Summer by Carolyn Hart

September
Favorite: Between Mom and Jo

125. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
126. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
127. Time of my Life by Allison Winn Scotch
128. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
129. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
130. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
131. Evermore by Alyson Noel
132. Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
133. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
134. The House With a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs
135. Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

October
Favorite: Rebecca

136. A Passage to India by EM Forster
137. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
138. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
139. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
140. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
141. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
142. Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley
143. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
144. In a Perfect World by Laura Kasischke
145. The Professor’s Daughter by Joann Sfar
146. My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
147. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
148. Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry
149. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
150. Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi
151. Skim by Mariko Tamaki
152. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
153. The Dreaming (vol 1) by Queenie Chan
154. The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
155. Gray Horses by Hope Larson

November
Favorite: The Arrival

156. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
157. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
158. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
159. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
160. Clubbing by Andi Watson
161. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
162. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
163. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by Vladimir Nabokov

December
Favorite: Born on a Blue Day

164. Amphigorey Too by Edward Gorey
165. Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
166. A Step from Heaven by An Na
167. Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto
168. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
169. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
170. Wake by Lisa McMann

Rereads (in order of when they were first read):

171. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
172. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
173. Players in the Game by Dale Wasserman
174. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
175. The Painted Veil by William Somerset Maugham
176. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
177. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
178. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
179. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
180. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
181. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
182. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
183. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
184. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Note: Unfortunately, I lost my reviews of several books since their original postings, which is why some links are missing. I also didn’t write reviews for my reread of the Harry Potter series in 2009.

Favorite books of 2009:*
Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
After by Amy Efaw
Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton
The Trial (graphic novel) by Franz Kafka
Runner-up: Harry, a History by Melissa Anelli

*Note: These are the books I particularly recall as favorites from 2009, though the list was far more extensive than this at the time. See the link below for the complete list.

End of Year Stats: 2009 in Books

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