Favorite Books of 2009

I read a lot of great  books in 2009, but the ones that I chose to share were books that made me think, made me feel and that have stuck with me. Here goes…

1. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan – a retelling of a fairy tale, this stunning book about the power of the human spirit has continued to resonate with me.
2. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – a quietly moving book about one of the most courageous things a person can do – begin their life over in another country.
3. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann – this book celebrates both the small and large acts that people do to bring them closer to one another and closer to their own spirits.
4. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout – a series of stories that revolve around a woman who is both difficult and generous.
5. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga – a fictional autobiography narrated by a poor lower caste Indian boy transformed by murder into a modern Indian businessman.
6. Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon – three seemingly separate narratives join surprisingly at the end to form a book about relationships and identity.
7. Little Bee by Chris Cleave – a heartbreaking story of modern political realities, personal courage and and our responsibilities to our fellow men (and women).
8. Field of Blood by Denise Mina – the first of a series that I just discovered; the gritty setting and smart, working class heroine are perfectly captured.
9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – another young adult title, and second in a series, this book about a future United States that is on the verge of revolution leaves you yearning for the finale.
10. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – okay, I really haven’t finished this yet, but so far it’s a fascinating look at the reign of Henry VIII through the eyes of  whip smart and efficient Thomas Cromwell. The writing is just so intelligent and funny. I’m predicting it will make my top ten of 2009… 

~ Dori

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