Musing Mondays – June 29, 2009 (Mid-year reading overview)

musingmondaysMusing Mondays is hosted by Just One More Page. Today’s question:

Now that we’ve come to the middle of the year, what do you think of your 2009 reading so far? Read anything interesting that you’d like to share? Any outstanding favorites?

This has been a great year for reading so far. I think that I will look back on 2009 as the year I discovered YA lit. I have read YA before, but not in the quantities that I have been lately – and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

It’s not all YA, though. Here are some of my favorites from the first half of this year.

4-star reads:

Blankets by Craig Thompson (graphic novel)
The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (historical fiction)
Gossamer by Lois Lowry (YA fantasy)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (historical/fantasy)
Testimony by Anita Shreve (contemporary fiction)
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich (mystery)
The Love Letters by Madeleine L’Engle (historical fiction)
In the Woods by Tana French (mystery)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (YA dystopian)
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart (children’s novel)
Sea Changes by Gail Graham (magical realism)
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (historical/fantasy)
Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex (historical fiction)
Housekeeping vs. the Dirt by Nick Hornby (non-fiction)
Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich (mystery)
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (YA dystopian)
In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction edited by Mary Paumier Jones & Judith Kitchen (non-fiction)
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (children’s fantasy)
Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies (graphic memoir)
Four to Score by Janet Evanovich (mystery)
The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine (contemporary fiction)
Justice Hall by Laurie R. King (mystery)
The Sense of Paper by Taylor Holden (contemporary fiction)
Hot Six by Janet Evanovich (mystery)
Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton (contemporary fiction)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (YA fiction)
Back Creek by Leslie Goetsch (historical fiction)
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (classic)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (YA dystopian)
Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted (tween fiction)
The Wet Nurse’s Tale by Erica Eisdorfer (historical fiction)
Seven Up by Janet Evanovich (mystery)

5-star reads:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (children’s fantasy)
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (historical/fantasy)
The Laws of Harmony by Judith R. Hendricks (contemporary fiction)
He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado (Christian)
84, Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff (epistolary non-fiction)
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (historical fiction)
The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne (contemporary fiction)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA dystopian)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (YA fantasy)
Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center (contemporary fiction)

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11 Responses to Musing Mondays – June 29, 2009 (Mid-year reading overview)

  1. I got The Cellist of Sarajevo in my list and Tess is a great book!

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  2. Yvonne says:

    I’ve seen the Hunger Games on many lists today. It must really be good.

  3. Sherrie says:

    Hi!
    Have read the first 2 books of the Scott Westerfeld series, Uglies and Pretties. Am waiting for the third book Specials to come back to the library. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    http://sherriesbooks.blogspot.com/2009/06/musing-mondays_29.html

  4. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Gautami – The Cellist of Sarjevo was excellent, wasn’t it? I have a feeling it will show up on a lot of lists today.

    Yvonne – it is! It’s a real page-turner.

    Sherrie – I liked the Uglies series, but thought the first two were the best.

  5. kay says:

    Like you, 2009 is the year I really discovered YA fiction! I had read some before but not as much, and I discovered new authors and genres. I just began The Hunger Games, and I really want to read Graceling; glad to see you liked those!

  6. Nise' says:

    I have re-discovered YA this year too! Loving it. I love, love the Outlander series and am curious as to what you loved about Dragon Fly in Amber over the others. I am listening to the series this year.

  7. iliana says:

    So glad to see In The Woods made your top reads so far :) I loved that book and highly recommend her sequel, The Likeness.

    I really want to read Hunger Games. Everyone is loving that book!

  8. Lisa says:

    There are so many wonderful books on your list I don’t know where to start! I just started reading The House at Riverton yesterday and i’m really liking it. I read The Last Bridge last month and was blown away by it. Mudbound was one I read last year and I told anyone who would listen to me about it. YA is a genre I haven’t read a lot of but I have enjoyed those I did read. Fantastic list of books!

  9. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Kay – Graceling was my follow-up to The Hunger Games, and it saved me from the reading slump that can often follow an excellent book. :)

    Nise’ – I’m listening to the Outlander series this year, too! I can’t remember why DIA struck me more than the others. I think part of it was I was much more emotionally involved in the sections where Claire had to leave Jamie, and when she found out he had survived Culloden.

    Iliana – I have The Likeness on my to-read list and I plan on reading it soon. And yes, you should definitely pick up The Hunger Games!

    Lisa – I haven’t heard of Mudbound – I’m clicking over to Amazon to see what it is!

  10. It does look like you’ve had a great year so far, Carrie! So many wonderful books. I’m having a good year too. I might not be reading as much as I would like, but I’m enjoying what I am reading.

    Good luck with the second half of the year!

  11. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    LF – thanks. :)