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2009 Book Award

Ever since Google ate my original book blog, I’ve been grieving the loss of all those book reviews I did. I mean, there were probably about 25 of them. SO SAD. I was tempted to just redo all of them for this blog, but just the thought of doing all that work all over again made me throw up a little bit and I decided not to do it.

Did I mention that I was SO ILL about that whole Google thing? *sigh*

However, now that I’ve got you, my trusty Readers, I think we can halfway remedy the situation by exchanging our own personal Best Book of 2009 Awards. Which book did you read this year that you just can’t stop thinking about? Which book is it that you relentlessly demand that all of your friends read? What is it about that book that has made you so obsessed? Whichever book you choose does not have to be published this year – you just have to have read it this year.

As soon as the idea for this post came into my head, I knew which book I would pick, and anyone who knows me in real life is going to roll their eyes because I talk about this author ALL THE TIME: The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton. This book was so wonderful to me that I could barely speak for days after finishing it. I wanted to crawl into the pages of this book, meet the characters, learn more about the secrets the protagonist had uncovered. I wanted to brainwash myself and read it all over again with a fresh start.

I think the reason I liked it so much was the multiple timelines / storylines. I have always liked books that take you along two or more seemingly unrelated paths, and then you start to see them touching just a little bit… and then they sort of run parallel to each other…. and then they start to intersect and you’re like HOLY COW I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING.

Love it. Absolutely love it.

So, what about you? Which book would you name as the Best Book of 2009 that you read? I can’t wait to see your recommendations!

7 thoughts on “2009 Book Award

  1. The book I loved the most this year was Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. I know, it's a classic, but I've been in a 20th century lit mode for a while. And reading a lot of Hemingway. So there you go.

    I feel like I'm neglecting today's authors in favor of past greats, though. Maybe I should support working writers today instead of burying my nose in people who've already won Pulitzers and died and stuff…

    Maybe in 2010?

  2. I think my fave read of the year would be Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I really enjoyed the setting and the plot – and the characters were very real. Katniss is complex and nobody's pawn. A very compelling YA story.

  3. That's tough. I've read a lot of great books this year. I'd have to say my favorite was SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvator. It was a bit slow to start but once it got its hooks into me there was no way I could put it down. Loved it! I'll have to check out THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN, that sounds excellent.

  4. Some great picks! And yall have given me some more good options to put on my "to read" list. Keep 'em coming! Oh, and Simon, don't worry about it. Some of my favorite authors are Alexandre Dumas and Jane Austen…

  5. The one I remember the most is my most recent read, LOST MISSION by Athol Dickson. Like you described about your pick, this book had several story lines that come together in the end. The book I spent the most time with was Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE–read the book and watched several DVD versions.

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