Sunday, January 03, 2010

Reads in 2009: The Fifty Best

I read 368 books in 2009. That is my best reading year ever! I chose 50 books that I really liked out of them. I should probably have narrowed it down and made a top five or something, but this was fun. So, without further interruption, these are my top reads of 2009.

Graphic Novels:

Bone - Volume 1: Out From Boneville by Jeff Smith
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci & Jim Rugg
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale
Laika by Nick Abanzis
Maus: A Survivor's Tale - Volume 1 - My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Fables - Volume 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

Manga Books:

Dramacon Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova
Miki Falls - Book 1: Spring by Mark Crilley
Emma - Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori

Adult Novels:

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Peter & Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham
Tatiana & Alexander (Bronze Horseman Trilogy, Book 2) by Paullina Simons
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Dark Queen Series - Book 5: Twilight of a Queen by Susan Carroll
Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear (Book 6)
Girl meets boy by Ali Smith
The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Black Ships by Jo Graham
Grave Goods: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel by Ariana Franklin (Book 3)

Fantasy Novels:

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega Series, Book 2)
Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Series)
Twilight of Avalon (Twilight of Avalon Trilogy, Book 1) by Anna Elliott
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (Skulduggery Series, Book 1)
Mercy Thompson Series - Book 4 - Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Canadian Fiction:

Fall by Colin McAdam
The Day The Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
The Outlander by Gil Adamson
Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint
JPod by Douglas Coupland

Teen Novels:

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Willow by Julia Hoban
Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
Moon & Sun: The Ruby Key (Book One) by Holly Lisle
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Skellig by David Almond
The Thief (Book 1, The Queen's Thief Series) by Megan Whalen Turner
Gossamer by Lois Lowry
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely Trilogy, Book 1)
East by Edith Pattou
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (Uglies Series - Book 1)
Looking for Alaska by John Green

Audio Book:

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

***Edited to add: A comment on this post made me think I should clarify something. For series like Fables and Bones I just included the first book in my best of lists, but really I love the whole series! I just thought including one book from each would be the easiest method.


  1. Hi! Great list. So many books also on my TBR. I've heard so many good things about Graceling. I must pick it up soon.:)

  2. I'm nodding my head in agreement with so many of your picks: Peter and Max, Bone, The Plain Janes, Rapunzel's Revenge. . .Sad to say I haven't read anything from your Canadian or fantasy lists.How could I forget about East? *sigh* I guess I'll reread it this year so I can place it on my best of 2010 list. ;)

  3. I am glad you had such a great reading year, Kelly. Maybe some of that will rub off on me for this new year. :-)

    I am glad to see Fingersmith on your list of favorite adult novels. It's winning the poll on my blog right now, so I may be reading that soon. I really want to get to Garden Spells and Cleopatra's Daughter this year. And Old Man's War.

    I got a copy of Gil Adamson's book based on your recommendation and am looking forward to reading that.

    Thanks for sharing, Kelly! I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

  4. I wholeheartedly agree about Cleopatra's Daughter. Maus is on my to-read list, and I'm going to have to borrow my daughter's copy of Bone as I've been hearing such good things about it.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  5. So many great titles on your list! I just ordered The Complete Bone for my sons - but I'm going to have to read it, too. :)

  6. Ummm....just WOW!! That's more than a book a DAY Kelly :p Nuts, lol. But awesome! I can't believe that you just read the first volume of Fables this year! It seems like you started that series ages ago. And I'm so excited to read The Outlander!! I'm anticipating reading that one a lot because of you!! Hope this year is just as good for you :D

  7. Wow, you must read really fast! I love that you picked 50 favorites, and organized them by category. And I forgot to count Leviathan so I guess that brings me to a whopping 86 books for the year, LOL.

  8. I'm totally at awe! Kelly, 368 books!!! You just had an out of this world reading year in 2009. Well done!

  9. oh my gawd! how awsome is that!?! Did you find time to sleep at all during 2009?? lol

    I've added fingersmith to my wish list I need to find a used hardback copy.

    you're incredible kelly!! I hope you have a absolutely fabulous 2010!

  10. A lot of great books on here! I now have the first volume of Bone and can't wait to read it!

  11. ...... 368! That's insane. I am SO IN AWE of you right now.

  12. Wow! You've had a great reading year Kelly. There's some really great books in there!

    Did you get my email by the way?

  13. What an awesome reading year. I was glad to see Howls Moving Castle on the list, DWJ is awesome. I can't wait for her next one.

    There are a lot of books here I want to read this year, like Leviathan and The Outlander.

  14. What a fabulous list! I see many I've read agree with you, many that are on my tbr list and I'm really pleased to see Peter and Max on your list. I only disagree with you on one book (out of the ones I've read of course), Laika. And for Fables, can't we just just say Fables (all volumes) it would be so hard to pick the best one!

  15. Some great books on your list and I am so glad you put Fables 1 on there. Also it's great to see Girl Meets Boy on your lost as I loved that book :) Maybe se you in the manga challenge in 2010 and I hope to be around lots more this year. Here's to a great 2010 for you :) Oh and why oh why have I still not read Hunting Ground? Shocking...

  16. So glad you posted this! I've been waiting for your best of list. It makes it clear that you definitely don't review all the books you read! 368- that's amazing! Congratulations on such a good reading year! See, even though you were worried about times when you weren't reading much, you clearly were doing well with it, anyway :-)

  17. Your reading year was phenomenal and I loved reading your fave's many great ones to choose from!!!

  18. Unsurprisingly, we share a lot of favourites :P Congrats on a great reading year, and happy reading in 2010!

  19. Wow, you had a great reading year and you've a great list there! :)

  20. Holy moley! You read a ton of books. I hope 2010 holds all kinds of wonderful reads for you too!

  21. Oh wow! I wish I could read that many books.

    Here's wishing you a great reading year ahead!

  22. Wowza! What a list. And so very nice to see my debut, The Day the Falls Stood Still, included.


  23. Wow, what a great year! And nice list of favorite books. I love seeing everyone's year in review posts.

  24. Sheesh. You have a top 50, and that's my entire reading list for 2009!! Scary....

    Haven't read many of yours. Wicked Lovely, which I loved. Looking for Alaska, Loved! Garden Spells, which I liked. Fables. Loved. We have very similar tastes. I just need to find time to read 368 books!! Awesome job!

  25. fun list! congrats on SO many books. I love that I've read some of these - but too few. I have many on my tbr.

  26. Wow, I didn't think it was even possible to read that many in a year! I'll be consulting your top 50 often, I think, some good stuff on here!

  27. Congratulations Kailana!!! 368 and Nymeth and Eva are the goddesses of book reading! lol I'm with Stephanie, I think reading 50 or (in my case) 78 books, is excellent! So I do bow down to you three. I think I would have to give up sleeping to get anywhere close to that! but, you all enjoyed and reviewed what you read, and you had fun reading, so it doesnt' matter the total, just that books are getting read! But if we handed out your book list, like Eva's, is one for us all to draw from! I'm still waiting for Bone-Crossed to come out in mass market!!! Really anxious now that I see it on your list.....Skellig almost made it on mine, but I only had a top 10 list or it would have. I've been hearing good things about The Day The falls Stood Still, thanks for reminding me about it!! And I keep picking up The Outlander, maybe it's time I just buy it!! Like Pat, I'm now looking for Fingersmith also. I'm so glad you enjoyed your reading year! Well done. I hope next year is just as good for you!!

  28. If you ever get a chance to watch the recently released DVD about Jeff Smith I highly recommend it. It is extremely well done, very fun, and made me want to read Bone all over again.


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