Friday, January 1, 2010

Best of 2009

Here are my favorite books read in 2009:

- Fiction -

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout

The Believers by Zoe Heller

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Honorable Mentions:
"The Women" & "The Tortilla Curtain" both by T.C. Boyle

- Nonfiction -

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town
by Nick Reding

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks by Robin Romm

That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for My Sister
by Terrell Harris Dougan

Note: If you like end-of-the-year-best-of lists, there is a comprehensive list of the lists at largehearted boy.

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Alyce said...

I have only read one of the books on your list, but it's one I liked (That Went Well).

Happy New Year!

sherry said...

I think I first read about "That Went Well" on your blog a long time ago. Good book, eh?

Alison (Alison's Book Marks) said...

Sherry, Thanks for stopping by Alison's Book Marks!

You've got a great list too!

To answer your question, I do read non-fiction, but the topic has to really appeal to me, which isn't very often. I've read lots of non-fiction about the Yankees, Natalie Wood, and I loved The Tipping Point. I don't usually read memoirs, but I've read two this year, one I loved (Jeannette Walls) and one, not so much.

I'm always open to suggestions, though!

Pam said...

I added all of these to my list, except for The Help, since I've already read it!

phd in yogurtry said...

Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp

this may be the book I was looking for, read a review about it, couldn't remember the title, on a recent book-finding mission. glad to hear you recommend it!

POD said...

Well, I read this list over the weekend but my connect at home is so freaking slow -- I could not comment.
Love Tortilla Curtain and of course, Drinking. There are a few others I'd read (if you'd send it!) haha

Anonymous said...

Wonderful list. I also enjoyed The Believers and Olive Kitteridge...and I love Drinking: A Love Story. I am happy to see someone recommend Methland--I thought it looked very interesting.