Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Fave Books of 2009!

Wow. 2009 seemed to be a really busy reading year for everyone!

Well, my official books read total was 205. I thought that I had read more, but the official "Books Read" monthly notebook does not lie. That total is books I read for fun, ones I reviewed for SLJ, and ones that I listened to in audiobook format.

Here is a list of some of my favorite books from this past year, broken into my own "genre" categories (or stolen from yabooknerd's fantastic year end list). Not all of these books were published in 2009. I tried really hard this past year to read books that were recommended to me over and over, some of them being much older!

In no particular order:

Best Endings of Great Series
The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan

Silvertongue - Charlie Fletcher

Best Follow Up Book
Everwild - Neal Shusterman

Best Fantasy Books
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn - Alison Goodman

The Books of Umber: Happenstance Found - P.W. Catanese

Quick and Fun Paranormal Romance
Moonlight - Rachel Hawthorne

Best Ghost Story
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Best Realistic Fiction
The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han

Best Science Fiction AND Flat Out Romance Triangle (Quadrangle?)
The Host - Stephenie Meyer

Best Steampunk
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld

Best Dystopia Novels
The Maze Runner - James Dashner

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

Best Mythology Book
Radiant Darkness - Emily Whitman

Best Mystery
Death by Bikini - Linda Gerber

Best New "Got Me Hooked" Series
Chicagoland Vampires - Chloe Neill

Best Tween Book
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life - Wendy Mass

Best Adventure
Bloody Jack - L.A. Meyer

Best Fairy Tale Retellings

Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale - Donna Jo Napoli

Princess Ben - Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Best "New to Me" Author
Maria V. Snyder - Poison Trilogy, Glass Trilogy

Utterly Shocking, Yet Compelling
Living Dead Girl - Elizabeth Scott

Book That Had Me Bawling
Before I Die - Jenny Downham

Best Use of Librarians in Story
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians - Brian Sanderson

Historical Fiction
Samurai Shortstop - Alan Gratz

Killer Unicorns, Need I Say More?
Rampant - Diana Peterfreund

1 comment:

  1. Does JacketWhys know about that Death by Bikini cover? It's great! I can't do a "Best of 2009" list, let alone keep an actual list of what I've read. I could never be that organized! There were three or four books I really loved in 2008. There were some really good books this year, but none that reached quite that same level for me. Or at least, none that I can think of at the moment.