My Top Books of 2009

So I was planning on doing my top 10 books I read in 2009.  “Sure,” I thought, ” I can pick 10 out of the almost 215 I read.”  Then I made my initial list, and there were 26 books on it, and I wondered how I was supposed to choose between things like The “Hunger Games” and “Her Fearful Symmetry,” between “Hate List” and “Time of My Life.”  I read such a variety of different books, that I just didn’t think it was going to work to compare such different books.  Instead, I’m going to list my top few (up to 5) from a few different categories.  In no particular order:

Young Adult Literature
This is a category of books I probably hadn’t read since Middle School, boy have young adult books changed, they’ve gotten AWESOME.
The Hunger Games
series by Suzanne Collins
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
Nothing But Ghosts by  Beth Kephart
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Hate List by Jennifer Brown (can you believe it? on my ‘best of’ list and I haven’t reviewed it yet)

Women’s Fiction
I was totally scared of these books before this year, I thought they would be “fluffy,” but it turns out that there is a lot of depth in a lot of women’s fiction
Time of My Life by Allison  Winn Scotch
Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
The Widow’s Season by Laura Brodie
When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge
Real Life and Liars by Kristina Riggle

Historical Fiction
Interestingly, although this is my favorite genre and I read a lot of good books in this genre, I didn’t have a lot that really stood out, and most of them that did weren’t in my comfort area of the Plantagents and Tudors.
The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles
The Sunne in Splendor by Sharon Kay Penman
Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliot (even though this has a bit of historical fantasy in it, it was a great book)

Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman
First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage by Eve Brown-Waite
In The Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White

The books with the best story and narration
America, America by Ethan Canin
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfeld

General Fiction (and one dytopian)
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (pubs January 2010)
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvsit
The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal by Sean Dixon
City of Refuge by Tom Piazza

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