2009 Reading Wrap-Up

I always find it interesting to break my reading down by genres – it gives me a good big picture view of what my year of reading was like.

2009 could be summed up as “Outlander series” + “Stephanie Plum” series + YA fiction. Personally, it was a hard year for a lot of different reasons, and I think that’s probably why my reading leaned more heavily toward what I would consider pleasure reads, comfort reads, and/or escapist entertainment.

Looking over this list, I can see a few goals shaping up for 2010 – some of which I have already addressed in my Year of Reading Deliberately post. I definitely want to read more non-fiction in 2010, as well as more classics, poetry, and short fiction.

It looks like the final tally for 2009 is going to be 151 books – which is a record for me. If I was more ambitious, I would take the time to link each title that I reviewed to the corresponding review post, but it would take forever. If you’re interested in a review of a particular title, head over to my Reviews by Author and Reviews by Title pages.

Christian non-fiction: (4 titles)

The Case for a Creator for Kids by Lee Strobel and Rob Suggs (MG)
The Case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel and Rob Suggs (MG)
He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado
The Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor (MG)

Classic fiction: (7 titles)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Watsons by Jane Austen
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Contemporary fiction: (33 titles)

Testimony by Anita Shreve
Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith
The Laws of Harmony by Judith R. Hendricks
The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne
The Sense of Paper by Taylor Holden
Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center
Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton
The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale
Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult
The Sister by Poppy Adams
The Way Home by George Pelecanos
The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie
The Promised World by Lisa Tucker
Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson (YA)
Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson (YA)
The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart (YA)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (YA)
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (YA)
Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares (YA)
Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares (YA)
Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted (MG)
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall (MG)
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff (MG)
The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter
No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern (YA)
When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge
Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak

Essays: (2 titles)

Housekeeping vs. the Dirt by Nick Hornby
In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction edited by Mary Paumier Jones and Judith Kitchen

Graphic novels/memoirs: (8 titles)

Blankets by Craig Thompson
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies
Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Black: The Birth of Evil by Matt Hansen, Bob Strachan, and Ted Dekker
Red: The Heroic Rescue by Matt Hansen, Bob Strachan, and Ted Dekker
White: The Great Pursuit by Matt Hansen, Bob Strachan, and Ted Dekker

Historical fiction: (20 titles)

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Love Letters by Madeleine L’Engle
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Back Creek by Leslie Goetsch
The Wet Nurse’s Tale by Erica Eisdorfer
The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark
Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (YA)
The Mayflower Adventure by Colleen Reece (MG)
Plymouth Pioneers by Colleen Reece (MG)
Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (YA)

Non-fiction: (6 titles)

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
The Boys’ War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War by Jim Murphy (MG)
Dear Fatty by Dawn French
The Geography of Love: A Memoir by Glenda Burgess
The Intellectual Devotional: American History Edition by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheimer
The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs

Multi-cultural fiction: (2 titles)

The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Multi-genre anthologies: (1 title)

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008 edited by Dave Eggers

Mysteries: (22 titles)

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
High Five by Janet Evanovich
Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich
Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
Plum Lovin’ by Janet Evanovich
Plum Spooky by Janet Evanovich
Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
In the Woods by Tana French
O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King
Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Poetry: (2 titles)

Evidence: Poems by Mary Oliver
Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: Poems by Raymond Carver

Short fiction: (1 title)

Speaking with the Angel edited by Nick Hornby

Speculative fiction: (42 titles)

Gossamer by Lois Lowry (MG)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (MG)
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart (MG)
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (MG)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (MG)
The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay (MG)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (MG)
Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
Sea Changes by Gail Graham
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (YA)
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (YA)
Specials by Scott Westerfeld (YA)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (YA)
Extras by Scott Westerfeld (YA)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (YA)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (YA)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (YA)
The Twelve by William Gladstone
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (YA)
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (YA)
Wings by Aprilynne Pike (YA)
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (MG)
Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson and Ned Rust (MG)
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (YA)
Fire by Kristin Cashore (YA)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (YA)
The Dead of Night by John Marsden (YA)
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (YA)
The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle (MG)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (MG)
A Killing Frost by John Marsden (YA)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (YA)
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (YA)
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (MG)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (YA)
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (YA)
Darkness Be My Friend by John Marsden (YA)
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien (YA)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (MG)
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (YA)
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (YA)

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26 Responses to 2009 Reading Wrap-Up

  1. Ash says:

    Wow! A lot of reading this year. I’m in awe.
    .-= Ash´s last blog ..The Time Traveler’s Wife =-.

  2. You had an amazing year, Carrie! I wish you luck this next year in reaching your goals. Have a Happy New Year.
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..2009: A Year in Review (A Bit on the Long Side) =-.

  3. Kathy says:

    Wow, you had a fantastic year in books! Happy New Year!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..2009 Challenge Wrap-Up =-.

  4. Kathleen says:

    151 books is AMAZING! Happy, happy, New Year!
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Say Goodbye to 2009 =-.

  5. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    You did a great this year. Have a happy and safe new year.
    .-= Vasilly´s last blog ..Favorite Books of 2009 and Wrap-up Post =-.

  6. You had a great reading year! And isn’t it fun just to rip through a series like you did with Janet Evanovich?!!!

    Happy New Year – I hope your 2010 is even more successful!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..December 31, 2009 – New Year’s Eve Blue Moon =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Rhapsody – yes, I loved reading all of the Plum books this year – just hate that I have to wait for the next one!

  7. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    Happy New Year and congratulations on a fantastic reading (and blogging) year! I
    .-= JoAnn´s last blog ..Reflection and Resolutions =-.

  8. Rebecca says:

    I love the way you broke it down by genre. You have read several books this year that I am hoping to read in 2010.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..New Year Read-a-thon Commencement =-.

  9. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit
    says:

    Looks like a great list of books. Here’s to another great reading year.
    .-= Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)´s last blog ..Cheers to a Prosperous 2010 =-.

  10. Anna says:

    Wow, you’re a reading fiend! Wishing you all the best in 2010!
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Everything Austen Challenge: Completed =-.

  11. Michelle says:

    Nothing wrong with pleasure/entertainment reads I’d say. You’ve got quite an eclectic list here with great variety. I hope that 2010 treats you well and you have the opportunity to diversify your reading in the way you would enjoy most.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..An Abundance of Gratitude =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – thanks! I hope your 2010 is a year of abundant reading as well.

  12. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Wow!!! What an awesome list of books. I’m so impressed! Wow!

    Just stopping by to say happy hew year!
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Weekend Cooking: Movie Review: Julie & Julia =-.

  13. Kailana says:

    Lots of good looking books read! Happy reading in 2010!
    .-= Kailana´s last blog ..Madeleine L’Engle Read-Along =-.