I know everyone is doing a top 10, but I like the number seven. It’s a powerful, magical number and I like power and magic. I wish I had some.

Also I only read 25 books in 2009 (much time going into children and writing in the precious quiet moments.) Choosing ten of those seemed a little too much, but five seemed too little, so…seven. Perfect number. Also, obviously not all of these books were actually published in 2009, but it’s a good reflection of the kinds of books I read this year.

#7 CORALINE, by Neil Gaimen. Not just creative but very well done and just the right amount of creep.


#6 THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, by Mary E. Pearson. This really got me thinking about medical technology, ethics, and spiritual answers to life’s inevitable end. I also enjoyed her simple yet poetic prose.


#5 A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The perfect book to get you in the right spirit of Christmas.


#4 OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell. We like to think our success is all about us, but it’s not. This book shows you why. Outliers made me reevaluate not only myself but society as well.


#3 FIRE by Kristin Cashore. Better than GRACELING, and I loved GRACELING. Anyone who can write a five-hundred page novel that I hate to put down at any point has got some skills.


#2 THE PRINCESS BRIDE, by William Goldman. Perfect wit. Clear, concise writing that makes it look so easy. The only “story within a story” frame I have ever read that I thought actually worked to its advantage.


And my number one pick for my books read in 2009 is…

#1 HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE (Series read in the same year get one slot!) What can I say? I seriously can’t wait for the third!


Merry Christmas! I’m off to see The Nutcracker at the Joffrey Ballet with my Mom, sister, and daughter.

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