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Dear Readers,

This past year I read 72 books. Last year I read 73. Hey, I’m nothing if not consistent in my bookreading, eh?

In no particular order, here are the twenty most memorable books I read in 2009. Following each title is my one to three word response, not quite a review, just more of a stream-of-consciousness “reply” to that book. Enjoy the list!

  1. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver secret passion
  2. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood hope for future
  3. The Magicians by Lev Grossman freaky scary
  4. Generosity: An Enhancement by Richard Powers happiness possible?
  5. Secrets to Happiness by Sarah Dunn New York relationships
  6. WWW: WAKE by Robert J. Sawyer Internet, alive!
  7. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers flood and blood
  8. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith love in England
  9. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff books and friends
  10. Ms. Hempel Chronicles by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum ambivalent teacher
  11. A Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith horses and Florida
  12. Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents by Minal Hajratwala Gujaratis rock!
  13. The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd sobering prediction
  14. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie achingly funny
  15. Nation by Terry Pratchett alternate reality
  16. The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett wise queen
  17. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke adventure!
  18. Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins brave sister
  19. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows satisfying story
  20. The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson thrillingly different

So, now I want to know from you– what was one (or more) of your favorite books from 2009. If you want to share, go to this short, simple form and fill it out. I’ll share the results with you in a week!

Happy New Year, all!

December 2009