Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Books Read in 2009: lots of sci-fi and romance, a bit about food and two amazing testimonies to Christ's love

Here’s a list of the books I finished in 2009; I count 65 total. These are books I read in their entirety; there are more I read large chunks of (like The Well-Trained Mind) that I’m not counting for this list. (Lots of health books, homeschooling books and history books skimmed.)

 Best new finds in terms of authors were Shannon Hale, Julie Czerneda and Susanne Collins.  I hope to read more of all three in the near future.

 Never Silent and Introduction to the Devotional Life were both amazing, and worthwhile reading for anyone.

 Sayers, Kelly, Bujold, Lee&Miller, Loveless, Gunn and Rowling were old friends that I’ll visit with many more times, I trust.

 No Lewis this year. That’s weird.

 I’d like to add “the Bible” to this list, but I count things in the year I finish them, so that’ll go on 2010’s list (I’ve got the epistles of John, Jude and Revelation still to go).

 Hmmm. Wonder if I can break 100 next year?  J

 Without further ado, the list, separated into non-fiction and fiction (I've bolded those that were particularly excellent, or that I particularly enjoyed):


Are Women Human? – Sayers, Dorothy

3 Fat Chicks on a Diet – Barnett, Suzanne, Jennifer and Amy

Writing the Breakout Novel – Maass, Donald

The Big Skinny – Lay, Carol (skimmed recipes at end)

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement – Joyce, Kathryn

Never Silent: How Third World Missionaries Are Now Bringing the Gospel to the US – Barnum, Thaddeus

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite – Kessler, David A.

The Midwife – Worth, Jennifer *not entirely sure if this was fiction or memoir, or a combination of the two*

Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need – Snyder, Blake

Introduction to the Devotional Life – de Sales, St. Francis

The No S Diet – Engels, Reinhard and Kallen, Ben

Under the Table: Saucy Tales from Culinary School – Darling, Katherine

Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes – Franklin, Emily

In Defense of Food – Pollan, Michael




Engaging Father Christmas – Gunn, Robin Jones

Marrying the Captain – Kelly, Carla

Agent of Change – Lee, Sharon and Miller, Steve

Carpe Diem – Lee, Sharon and Miller, Steve

Conflict of Honors – Lee, Sharon and Miller, Steve

Plan B – Lee, Sharon and Miller, Steve

The Uncommon Reader – Bennett, Alan

The Sharing Knife: Horizon – Bujold, Lois McMaster

The Children of Men – James, P. D.

Betsy, Tacy – Lovelace, Maud Hart

I Dare – Lee, Sharon and Miller, Steve

Quo Vadis – Sienkiewicz, Henryk

The Partner – Grisham, John

The Riddle of the Reluctant Rake – Veryan, Patricia

Local Custom, Lee, Sharon and Miller, Steve

Quiver – Spinner, Stephanie

The Moon’s Shadow – Asaro, Catherine

The Last Queen – Gortner, C. W.

The Lady of the Lake – Scott, Sir Walter

Lord Valentine’s Castle – Silverberg, Robert

The Surgeon’s Lady – Kelly, Carla

The Other Queen – Gregory, Philippa

Handle With Care – Picoult, Jodi

Hood – Lawhead, Stephen

On a Whim – Gunn, Robin Jones

The Grand Hotel – Kelly, Carla et al

A Thousand Words For Stranger – Czerneda, Julie E.

Survival – Czerneda, Julie E.

Little House in the Big Woods – Wilder, Laura Ingalls

The Hunger Games – Collins, Suzanne

Ties of Power – Czerneda, Julie E.

To Trade the Stars – Czerneda, Julie E.

Migration – Czerneda, Julie E.

The Actor and the Housewife – Hale, Shannon

Regeneration – Czerneda, Julie E.

Only Uni –Tang, Camy

Twilight – Meyer, Stephanie

Catching Fire – Collins, Suzanne

Betsy-Tacy and Tib – Lovelace, Maud Hart

Harmony – Bentley, C. F.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Rowling, J.K.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Rowling, J. K.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Rowling, J. K.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling, J. K.

 Eclipse – Meyer, Stephanie

New Moon – Meyer, Stephanie

Stand-In Groom – Dacus, Kaye

Breaking Dawn – Meyer, Stephanie

Austenland – Hale, Shannon

What Angels Fear – Harris, C. S.

The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer – Stephenson, Neal

This is the first year I've ever kept track of every book I've read, and it's interesting to see what my reading habits really are.  I knew I liked fiction better than non-fiction, but I didn't know the gap was so extreme. On the other hand, I read a lot online and in magazines, and most of that is non-fiction.

Also, I read too many books about food.

Anyone else ever been surprised when they've kept track of something like this?

peace of Christ to you,

Jessica Snell


Amber said...

I've been keeping track of every book I've read since I graduated from college - I have the last few years in LibraryThing (http://www.librarything.com/catalog/sapsygo&tag=2009) and the rest on my computer. I read 69 books last year, although I wasn't as good at keeping track last year as I usually am so I suspect it was more. What surprises me most is when I come across a book I read but have no memory of reading. That didn't happen this year, but I did have two books I read that I knew I had read before, but I thought it was only once. It turned out I had read them twice before, much to my amazement. I will cut myself a little slack because I read them both at a very difficult time in my life... but aren't our memories such amazing things?? They can be so much less reliable than I'd like to think they are!

Jessica said...

Amber, I'm impressed with not just the sheer number of books there, but the number of classics. Wow!

Amber said...

Part of that is due to the ebook reader I inherited from a friend. I love reading books on that device, and I'm also not in the position where I can buy books for it... so I tend to go to Project Gutenberg and get good stuff. It has gotten to the point where I find it difficult to read most modern books though. I find they often have too much fluff, angst and overly described sins.