Thursday, December 31, 2009

Our Best Reads of 2009

This year, at Reading for Sanity, we have read and reviewed over 250 books!
Here we have compiled a post featuring our 20 favorites. It was a difficult task to narrow it down, but you won't go wrong picking up these reads in the coming year.

Adult Fiction

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

You know this one has to be good,
it was chosen by three of us:
Mindy, Kari and Heather

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

"This book will be a classic,"
according to Kim

The Help - Kathryn Stockett

Mindy claims
"You'll love this book."
Heather wholeheartedly agrees

Rainwater - Sandra Brown

Picked by Kim
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Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Heather calls this one
"A timeless classic"

Ahab's Wife - Sena Jeter Naslund

Picked by Emily
"Thought provoking and delicious writing"

Still Alice - Lisa Genova

"An unforgettable tale"
declares Heather

The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory

Kim calls this
"An enthralling novel"

The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton

Heather found this to be
"A magical mystery"

Wicked - Gregory Maguire

Kim found this one to be
"A much darker, much more sensual, much more "grown up" take on the classic story."

Adult Non-fiction

Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Emily declares this one to be

The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

Emily thought this one was

The Gift of Fear - Gavin De Becker

Mindy said this one
"should be at the top of your books I MUST read list"

Into the Mind of Babes - Lisa Guernsey

Emily says,
"I think of something from this book at least once a week, it has influenced how I spend my time every day"

Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster

This is Kari's pick.
"Insanely witty, brutally honest, a bit crass, but overall entertaining read."

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver

Mindy calls this book
"Some tasty food for thought."

Young Adult Fiction

The Host - Stephanie Meyer

Emily found this book to be
"A fun read"

Graceling - Kristin Cashore

Kari says this novel is
"Adventure mixed with a woman's lib touch"

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Kari picked this one.
Mindy and Heather also enjoyed reading it in 2008.

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

The sequel to The Hunger Games
Both Mindy and Kari have this book among their favorite 2009 reads.

What was the best book you read in 2009? Certainly there are one or two that you're dying to tell everyone about. Let us know here. We'd hate to miss out on a great read.

HAPPY 2010!


Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

Great list! So many I have read, so many I haven't. Looks like I have a lot of make up to do in 2010.
One of my favorite books this year: The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton -- it was a reissue of an out of print book. Loved it.

LOVED Bitter is the New Black. Pee your pants funny!

MindySue said...

Holy COW, I didn't realize that we'd read that many! You guys have done an amazing job this year and this site wouldn't be anything without you! Great post Heather!

MindySue said...

I want to tack on "Archangel" by Sharon Shinn as one of my best YA (or A for that matter) fiction picks. It's just plain fun.

Lisa said...

I keep seeing Still Alice on "best of" lists. I think I need to get it moved to the top of the tbr pile.


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