Extra: 101 Year One, in review (part 2: books, books, books)

And now on to a recap of the books I read in 2009, in the order read.  Click on the title to read each book’s Goodreads synopsis and reviews:

The Time Traveler's Wife (Paperback) by Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler’s Wife Niffenegger, Audrey*
Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon Outlander (Outlander, #1) Gabaldon, Diana
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Rowling, J.K.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time  (Paperback) by Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Haddon, Mark
A Certain Slant of Light (Paperback) by Laura Whitcomb A Certain Slant of Light Whitcomb, Laura
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hardcover) by J.K. Rowling The Tales of Beedle the Bard Rowling, J.K.
The House on Fortune Street: A Novel (Hardcover) by Margot Livesey The House on Fortune Street: A Novel Livesey, Margot
Revolutionary Road (Paperback) by Richard Yates Revolutionary Road Yates, Richard
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) Harris, Charlaine
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Rowling, J.K.
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) Gabaldon, Diana
The Thirteenth Tale (Hardcover) by Diane Setterfield The Thirteenth Tale Setterfield, Diane
The Art of Racing in the Rain (Hardcover) by Garth Stein The Art of Racing in the Rain Stein, Garth*
This Lullaby (Paperback) by Sarah Dessen This Lullaby Dessen, Sarah*
Water for Elephants (Paperback) by Sara Gruen Water for Elephants Gruen, Sara
Voyager (Outlander, #3) by Diana Gabaldon Voyager (Outlander, #3) Gabaldon, Diana
Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) Gabaldon, Diana
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) Rowling, J.K.
The Road (Hardcover) by Cormac McCarthy The Road McCarthy, Cormac
Moloka'i (Paperback) by Alan Brennert Moloka’i Brennert, Alan
Remember Me (Paperback) by Christopher Pike Remember Me Pike, Christopher
The Gunslinger (Dark Tower, #1) by Stephen King The Gunslinger (Dark Tower, #1) King, Stephen
Heath Ledger: Hollywood's Dark Star (Paperback) by Brian J. Robb Heath Ledger: Hollywood’s Dark Star Robb, Brian J.
On Writing (Mass Market Paperback) by Stephen King On Writing King, Stephen
1984 (Paperback) by George Orwell 1984 Orwell, George
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) by Dan Brown Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) Brown, Dan
Sloppy Firsts (Paperback) by Megan McCafferty Sloppy Firsts McCafferty, Megan
Second Helpings (Paperback) by Megan McCafferty Second Helpings McCafferty, Megan
Charmed Thirds (Paperback) by Megan McCafferty Charmed Thirds McCafferty, Megan
Fourth Comings (Hardcover) by Megan McCafferty Fourth Comings McCafferty, Megan
Perfect Fifths: A Novel (Hardcover) by Megan McCafferty Perfect Fifths: A Novel McCafferty, Megan
The Book Thief (Hardcover) by Markus Zusak The Book Thief Zusak, Markus
The Reader (Hardcover) by Bernhard Schlink The Reader Schlink, Bernhard
Q & A (Paperback) by Vikas Swarup Q & A Swarup, Vikas
The Catcher in the Rye (Mass Market Paperback) by J.D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye Salinger, J.D.
The Lovely Bones (Paperback) by Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones Sebold, Alice
The Truth About Forever (Paperback) by Sarah Dessen The Truth About Forever Dessen, Sarah*
I Am the Messenger (Paperback) by Markus Zusak I Am the Messenger Zusak, Markus
The Great Gatsby (Paperback) by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Then We Came to the End (Paperback) by Joshua Ferris Then We Came to the End Ferris, Joshua
The Hobbit (Paperback) by J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Bean Trees (Paperback) by Barbara Kingsolver The Bean Trees Kingsolver, Barbara
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Hardcover) by Katherine Howe The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane Howe, Katherine
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) Riordan, Rick
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) Collins, Suzanne
Getting the Girl (Paperback) by Markus Zusak Getting the Girl Zusak, Markus
The Color Purple (Paperback) by Alice Walker The Color Purple Walker, Alice
Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) Austen, Jane
Shutter Island (Mass Market Paperback) by Dennis Lehane Shutter Island Lehane, Dennis
To Kill A Mockingbird (Mass Market Paperback) by Harper Lee To Kill A Mockingbird Lee, Harper
Thirteen Reasons Why (Hardcover) by Jay Asher Thirteen Reasons Why Asher, Jay
Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) by Suzanne Collins Catching Fire (Hunger Games, #2) Collins, Suzanne
Needful Things (Paperback) by Stephen King Needful Things King, Stephen
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3) by Dan Brown The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3) Brown, Dan
Under the Dome (Hardcover) by Stephen King Under the Dome

King, Stephen

Most were first time reads, but a few (the Harry Potter series, for example) were my second time through.  As a child, teen, and even early 20’s I was an avid reader, but like all of my other hobbies reading took a back seat in recent years. I guess you could say I was in a reading slump.  When I did read, it was always the same books over and over (mostly Stephen King novels, but The Poisonwood Bible and Brave New World were also on standby at any time).

My online book club lists personal challenges for its members, so I chose to commit to 50 books in one year.  As you already know, faithful few readers of this blog, I met my goal and was able to exceed it by 10.   Most of the books I read on recommendation from the book club, but I picked up a few based on reviews from Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

Book club hyped books that actually lived up to the hype:

The Time Traveler’s WifeOutlander (the series, though I ran out of steam after book 4), The Thirteenth Tale, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Book Thief, Water for Elephants, Moloka’i, Jessica Darling Series (starting with Sloppy Firsts), The Hunger Games/Catching Fire, Shutter Island, and of course, Harry Potter.

Book club (or generally) hyped books that didn’t do it for me:

Thirteen Reasons Why, This Lullaby, The Lost Symbol, The Lightning Thief, Sookie Stackhouse series (to be fair, I only read book 1), Revolutionary Road, The Hobbit (I know, I know)

If forced to list 5 must-reads out of my list for the year, I would have to pick:

1) The Time Traveler’s Wife

2) The Book Thief

3) Shutter Island

4) Water for Elephants

5) The Road

I didn’t set a book goal for 2010.  I think I might focus on finishing, then re-writing, my NaNo and I would love to conjure up another screenplay for Script Frenzy in April.  I’m going to read as many books as I can now that I’m back in the habit, and I’ll continue to review them here as extras.  Thanks to the book club, I already have a long list of to-reads for 2010.

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3 thoughts on “Extra: 101 Year One, in review (part 2: books, books, books)

  1. Hmmm…just now noticed that a couple of books are out of order (hp #3, for example) but I’m too lazy to fix it now. You get the picture, anyway.

  2. Hi Ally,
    I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed reading your blog. Since I am doing the 101 mission myself I find it interesting to read about other people doing the same thing. I know how hard it is to be constant in blogging about achievements and I think it is really funny to read about yours!
    Greetings, Jirrine

  3. Impressive! And inspiring. I have quite a few on my list, but I’ve not come remotely close to your 2009 accomplishment. I’ll have to step up my game for 2010! Very interesting selections.

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