January 7, 2010


In 2009, I read/listened to 64 books. (Adult titles are noted with an asterisk.)

I don't usually include picture books that I've read, but I must share one delightful picture book I read again and again this year: A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee. I'm a big fan of Marla Frazee's work, especially her fabulous illustrations for Mrs. Biddlebox. In A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, she captures the spirit of young children beautifully. What a fun read!

Books that I dipped into or didn't finish aren't on the list.

And I discovered that when I don't watch TV, I get a lot more reading accomplished. Hmm. Imagine that.

I'd LOVE to hear about your favorite books from 2009. And what's on your bookshelf for 2010 so far?

Now, onto the list:

1. Roscoe Riley Rules #1 Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs -- Katherine Applegate (Illustrated by Brian Biggs)
2. *The Middle Place -- Kelly Corrigan
3. where i live -- Eileen Spinelli (Illustrated by Matt Phelan)
4. Good Enough -- Paula Yoo
5. *Tears of the Desert - A Memoir of Survival in Darfur -- Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis
6. Ivy and Bean -- Annie Barrows (Illustrated by Sophie Blackall)
7. Loser -- Jerry Spinelli
8. Rules -- Cynthia Lord
9. *Bliss to You (Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life) -- Trixie Koontz, Dog (as told to Dean Koontz)
10. Violette Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning -- Danette Haworth
11. Hate That Cat -- Sharon Creech
12. Day of Tears -- Julius Lester
13. Project Mulberry -- Linda Sue Park
14. Stanley, Flat Again -- Jeff Brown
15. *The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir -- Bill Bryson (CD)
16. Flat Stanley -- Jeff Brown
17. First Boy -- Gary D. Schmidt
18. The Wednesday Wars -- Gardy D. Schmidt (CD) Read by Joel Johnstone
19. *I Feel Bad About My Neck And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman -- Nora Ephron
20. *The Book That Changed My Life (71 Remarkable Writers Celebrate the Books that Matter Most to Them) -- Edited by Roxanne J. Coady and Joy Johannessen
21. *Invitation to the World -- Richard Peck
22. Trouble -- Gary D. Schmidt (CD) Read by Jason Culp
23. *Handle with Care -- Jodi Picoult
24. wintergirls -- Laurie Halse Anderson
25. Mudville -- Kurtis Scaletta
26. *Writing the Breakout Novel -- Donald Maass
27. *The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing -- Melissa Bank
28. Savvy -- Ingrid Law
29. What I Saw and How I Lied -- Judy Blundell
30. *The Gingerbread Girl -- Stephen King (CD) Read by Mare Winningham
31. *The Help -- Kathryn Stockett
32. The Chosen One -- Carol Lynch Williams
33. *Plot and Structure -- James Scott Bell
34. The Moon of the Alligators -- Jean Craighead George
35. *The House on Mango Street -- Sandra Cisneros
36. Because I Am Furniture -- Thalia Chaltas
37. When You Reach Me -- Rebecca Stead
38. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 -- Beverly Cleary
39. Love, Aubrey -- Suzanne Lafleur
40. Goofball Malone, Ace Detective, Follow That Flea -- Stephen Mooser
41. Carter Finally Gets It -- Brent Crawford
42. Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story -- Paula Yoo (Illustrated by Dom Lee)
43. The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life -- Sid Fleischman
44. Smiles to Go -- Jerry Spinelli
45. Runaway -- Wendelin Van Draanen
46. Angry Management -- Chris Crutcher
47. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs -- Betty Birney (CD) read by Joseph Buttler)
48. *Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight -- Alexandra Fuller
49. Holes -- Louis Sachar
50. *Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days: An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest Son . . . Came to Live With Us for Three Months -- Judith Viorst
51. *How I Write -- Secrets of a Bestselling Author -- Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof
52. * From a Buick 8 -- Stephen King (CD)
53. Stargirl -- Jerry Spinelli
54. *The Writing Life -- Annie Dillard
55. Make Lemonade -- Virginia Euwer Wolff (CD) Ready by Heather Alicia Simms
56. True Believer -- Virginia Euwer Wolff
57. I Can't Keep My Own Secrets (Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure) -- Edited by Smith Magazine
58. This Full House -- Virginia Euwer Wolff
59. The Magician's Elephant -- Kate DiCamillo
60. Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice -- Phillip Hoose
61. *Post Secret (Confessions on Life, Death and God) -- Frank Warren
62. Jumped -- Rita Williams-Garcia
63. *Anybody Can Write -- A Playful Approach -- Roberta Jean Bryant
64. Marcelo in the Real World -- Francisco X. Stork


Jill said...

Wow! Great list. Are those all library books or can I...um...borrow some?!

For you and all the other people out there who think four days of doing nothing but reading would be the best vacation ever, check out this "Reader's Retreat" in New Hampshire. It sounds heavenly!!

Wild About Words said...

I'm in. How do you find out about these things? Sounds fabulous!

Jill said...

I read it on another blog. BTW, you've inspired me to start keeping my own list. Thanks!

Danette Haworth said...

I've read several of your favorites! I love Where I Live by E. Spinelli. Have your read Summerhouse Time, also by ES?

Also, I liked Violet Raines. heh-heh.

Wild About Words said...

Danette, I enjoyed Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli. I'll have to read Summerhouse Time. And Violet Raines will live forever as one of my all-time favorites. How could it not?!