Books Read in 2009

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This is my annual wrap up post of books read for the year. I do this every year, and then start a clean fresh column of books read. I move this list over into the section marked “my favorite pastime”, so you can find my books read by the year. It’s hard to believe, I’ve been doing this for 3 years! I think that this year, I will put my rating by the link, because there really is no way to tell if I liked a book or struggled to find the will to finish it!

1. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell.
2. She’s Not There: A Poppy Rice Novel by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith.
3. Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake-Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington.
4. The Likeness: A Novel by Tana French.
5. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen.
6. Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen.
7. Innocence by Kathleen Tessaro.
8. Toast by Nigel Slater.
9. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell.
10. When Will There Be Good News?: A Novelby Kate Atkinson.
11. The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn: A Novel (P.S.)by Janis Hallowell.
12. Paperback Originalby Will Rhode.
13. Serena: A Novelby Ron Rash.
14. Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foodsby Nina Planck.
15. Heartsickby Chelsea Cain.
16. The Good Guyby Dean Koontz.
17. The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Deadby David Shields.
18. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (P.S.)by Barbara Kingsolver.
19. The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Wayby Diahann Carroll.
20. The Embracerby Gary Wolf.
21. Red House: Being a Mostly Accurate Account of New England’s Oldest Continuously Lived-in Houseby Sarah Messer.
22. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pieby Alan Bradley.
23. The Gin Girlby River Jordan.
24. Between, Georgiaby Joshilyn Jackson.
25. The Monster of Florenceby Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi.
26. The Girl Who Stopped Swimmingby Joshilyn Jackson.
27. The School of Essential Ingredientsby Erica Baurmeister.
28. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulaneby Kate DiCamillo.
29. Columbineby Dave Cullen.
30. Belle Weather: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Scattered Hissy Fitsby Celia Rivenbark.
31. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennoxby Maggie O’Farrell.
32. What the Dead Know: A Novelby Laura Lippman.
33. Garden Spells (Bantam Discovery)by Sarah Addison Allen.
34. Wishful Drinkingby Carrie Fisher.
35. The Spellman Files: A Novelby Lisa Lutz.
36. Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip–Confessions of a Cynical Waiterby Steve Dublanica.
37. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: Or On the Segregation of the Queen/A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmesby Laurie R. King.
38. My Latest Grievanceby Elinor Lippman.
39. The Last Chinese Chef: A Novelby Nicole Mones.
40. Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman’s Sweet Journey from Unhappy Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Bakerby Gesine Bullock-Prado.
41. Azincourtby Bernard Cornwell.
42. Courting Troubleby Lisa Scottoline.
43. The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novelby Garth Stein.
44. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghettiby Giulia Melucci.
45. The Wordy Shipmatesby Sarah Vowell.
46. When You Are Engulfed in Flamesby David Sedaris.
47. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (P.S.)by David Wroblewski.
48. Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffinby Kathy Griffin.
49. The Weight of Silenceby Heather Gudenkauf.
50. A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indianaby Haven Kimmel.
51. Straight Man: A Novelby Richard Russo.
52. I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max.
53. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Tableby Molly Wizenberg.
54. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage)by Stieg Larsson.
55. Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat, and Freaksby Lisa Lampanelli.
56. A Woman of Independent Meansby Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey.
57. No One Heard Her Screamby Jordan Dane.
58. The Sugar Queen (Random House Reader’s Circle)by Sarah Addison Allen.
59. The Helpby Kathryn Stockett.

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  1. says

    I am so impressed! Looks like a huge variety as well. I hope you’ll tell us your favorite, or your top 5.
    I didn’t do nearly as much reading this year as I usually do. Even if I read a “not so great” book, I try to finish it. I’ve seen a number of those on my nightstand this year. Why is that? Maybe life it too short to keep reading stinky books! What do you think?

  2. says

    That’s an impressive list! I think I read 3 books this year. Have you ever read the book 1,000 White Women? I’m recommending it, it’s one of my favorites.

  3. says

    We read a lot of the same stuff! I am reading The Help now and LOVED the Outliers book. I am reading another called What the Dog Saw by the same author. This is a neat idea. I think I will do this in 2010!

  4. says


    How did you like Outliers, I’ve been thinking about getting it but wasn’t so bowled over by Blink.

    I will have to check out Wishful Drinking, I liked her other stuff.

  5. says

    You read some wonderful books-The Poisonwood Bible, Confections of a Master Baker-The Help-If you enjoyed The Help-read Someone Knows my Name aka The Book of Negroes-incredible they were my favorite two of the year. I just returned from Canada-the author is Canadian and there you can purchase it as an illustrated book-if I had not read it and did not have 5 million more books to read it would be on my shelf.f it is a collector for sure. Their large book store their is Chapters-there is also are you on Goodreads-I am going to send you me email-so we can exchange.

  6. says

    i am so glad to hear you will add your ratings, i even check my/your library thing and not all yours have stars there either… so yes, please share if its a 5 star winner or 2 star clunker!

    i shared a dozen books on your list, and you have a few i still want to read, i love seeing what others are reading. i am making 100 my goal again this year.

    stop by my blog, i am trying to get food for thought a reality, i have been reading with little pics in mind for the kitchen and its a great new twist on reading!

  7. says

    You are amazing! With everything else you have going on, you read 59 books – wow.

    Question: Is “The Help” the last book you read in 09 or the first?

  8. says

    Wow Pam…. You ARE a reader… I have never been much of a reader —so could go about 10 yrs. before reading that many books. BUT–I admire people who do love to read.

    Can’t believe you find time to cook like you do, read like you do, and blog like you do… WOW—I’m impressed…

    Did you get snow??? We got some–not much for just a tad!!!!


  9. says

    Hi.. I loved seeing your read list of 2009! I also do this, have done for two year.. at the end of 2009 I began to rate them!

    Happy New Year and heres to your reading 2010!

    Priscilla x

  10. says

    I see you don’t have “She Got Up off the Couch” on there. I’m waiting to see what you think before I get it. I just finished Sue Grafton’s U Is for Undertow. Much darker than her others.

    Oh, I’m so glad you’re going to rate them.

  11. says

    Wow, Pam. That’s some list. Holy cow. I long for the day I can get through a book without being interrupted or fall asleep a few pages in. Everyone keeps saying that when both my kids are finally in school FT, “I won’t know what to do with myself.” I beg to differ.

  12. says

    That’s a lot of books. Good for you. I enjoyed Molly Wizenberg’s Homemade Life that was on your list. I just finished Chocolate & Zucchini and liked it so much I gave a copy (not mine) to my brother-in-law.

    Have you read “The Sharper Your Knive the Less You Cry” by Kathleen Finn? It’s a story about attending Le Cordon Bleu, a place we’ve all dreamed of at one time or another.

  13. says

    I am so jealous, I wish I had time for half as many books. I may manage 4 a year with my busy schedule and can’t put them down when I get started.


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