Good-bye 2009! Hello 2010! Can you believe it? Another year, another decade. It's been a successful reading year for me. In total, I've reviewed 87 books. That's the most books in one year I've read since starting this blog. I was so close to 100 books this year. Maybe I can do it in 2010.
So like the last 2 years, I compiled my best and worst book list into the Book-a-rama Awards ©2009. Here it is!
Best Frightening Glimpse of the Future: It's back to the future with 1984. Scary totalitarianism government creates a brutal world. 1984 still hits a nerve today.
Best Protagonist: Eleven year old Flavia De Lucefrom The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. Chemistry loving Flavia solves murders while plotting revenge on her sisters.
Best Non-Fiction: I read a lot of non-fiction this year. Biographies of authors and crooks, instructionals on how to save the planet and marketing your brand, coal miners and deadly plants. I learned a lot. But the one that inspired me the most as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. This book had me growing my own vegetables and thinking more about how far my food has to travel to get to my plate.
Best New Series: This is a tie between The Flavia DeLuce series and the Tattoo Shop Mysteries by Karen E Olson. Both The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Missing Ink are the first books in the series with the second books due out sometime next year.
Best Epic: And I do mean epic... An Echo in the Bone is the 7th in the Outlander series and while this one dragged on forever, it deserves to be on this list for all the die hard fans that have waited patiently for this book to hit the shelves.
Best Animals in Peril Book: Bunnies and violence that's Watership Down. The only way these bunnies could get in any more hot water is if they knew Glenn Close.
Best Pleasant Surprise: Michelle Moran has been on my radar for awhile but I never took the plunge until Cleopatra's Daughter. Wowie!
The Best of 2009
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Is a book for book lovers. It's atmospheric and dark with high drama. Great writing and a great story. Just the kind of book I love.
The Not So Best
I won't say these are the worst, just not as good as some of the others I've read this year. First, let's take a look at the books I couldn't finish.
Don't Call Me a Crook (DNF): I couldn't read anymore of 'Bob's' terrible list of criminal activities. Enough was enough.
My Lord John (DNF): This was Georgette Heyer's lifelong work but since it was unfinished and unedited it was a hard go to read.
Now, onto the books I wasn't wild about:
Weirdest Ending: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. LeCarre's macho spy novel ends abruptly.... Just like that.
"I Guess It's Just Me" Book: The Disappeared by Kim Echlin was in the running for the Giller Prize but it just didn't do it for me.
WTF Book: A retelling of the Biblical tale of Noah and the Ark Not Wanted On the Voyage was a metaphorical nightmare which had me saying, "WTF??!"
Dashed Expectations: I wanted more from Haunting Bombay but in the end I didn't feel it.
So that's it in a nutshell. I hope 2010 brings me more great reads. Happy 2010!