My Favorite Reads of 2009!

Have I mentioned before how much we like to talk about books here at Rocky River Public Library? (Once or twice maybe?) Need more convincing? Then this week will do the trick for sure! We’re all going to be treating you to lists of our favorite books from the past year. We decided it would only be fair to keep the list at ten or less (I’m sure we could have all gone a little crazy without that limit!) and the books could have any publishing date but must have been read in 2009 (because there shouldn’t be a time limit on finding a new favorite book!)

With those ground rules in mind, I thought I would try to focus my list a bit. I decided to pick books that I enjoyed so much that I know I’ll be rereading them for years to come! So, in alphabetical order by author (hello? I am a librarian!) , here are some of my favorite reads in 2009:

1. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
This book isn’t coming out until March of 2010 but I was given the chance to review it for Library Journal -and I loved it! (You can put it on hold anytime as it’s in our catalog now! Hurray!)
2. The Moral Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
All three of these books were so much fun to read and they make a good next selection for Twilight fans.
3. Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean.
Also a lucky find, courtesy of Library Journal. This is the start of what promises to be an amazing series. I’m totally rooting for Miss Dido Kent!
4. Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford.
Book three (out of the five on this list) to come from … LJ! (Can I take a moment here to say, “Thank You!!” to Library Journal for sending me such quality books to review?) Jane Austen as a vampire should have made for a bad, bad book but this was so fun to read! And it was a good mystery story to boot!
5. Hunger by Michael Grant.
This is the second book in the Gone series. It’s just as creepy and engaging as the first book.
6. Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey.
Soooo good! Can a book be gritty and charming? Yes, this book has both in spades! Really, do yourself a favor and read this book!!
7. Dog on it by Spencer Quinn.
The story is told by Bernie, the dog. I was surprised at how much I liked seeing things from the dog’s point of view. It was smart *and* funny.
8. Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn.
Ah, Lady Julia Grey… This is the third in the series and they just keep getting better!
9. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams.
An interesting story about polygamy; filled with fascinating characters.
10. The Betrayal of the Bloody Lily by Lauren Willig.
The latest book in the Pink Carnation series, but it’s surely not the last. (Thank goodness!) You can read this book on its own, but I’m guessing you’ll wind up reading them all in the end!

So, there you go. That’s ten of the books that I loved reading over the past year and I hope that you’re interested enough to give some of them a chance to make it to your list of favorites! Enjoy!


P.S. If you want to know the other two titles provided by Library Journal… come on in and we’ll talk!

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