Some Favorites from 2009

Compared to the voracious readers in this library, I complete a rather piddly number of books a year, especially since the recent addition of a couple little ones to my life. So this task of choosing my top books of the year had to be culled from a rather small population of choices. With that said, here you are – some favorite books of 2009:

Honestly Dearest, You’re Dead by Jack Fredrickson & September Society by Charles Finch

I list these two mysteries together because they are similarly well-written and interesting stories with engaging protaganists. The similarities end there as both the main characters (hard-boiled private detective vs. elegant amateur sleuth) and setting (modern day town near Chicago vs. Victorian era London and Oxford) couldn’t be more different.  But mystery lovers will enjoy giving both of them a try!      [Note: These are the second novels in series featuring both sleuths but are standalones.]

The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

I’m not sure why, but I seem to be drawn toward novels that have a focus on the wonder and delight of good food. (New Year’s resolutions #1 and #2 – stop reading books about food and start working out…or maybe I should just read those books while working out…hmmm…) Anyway, it’s a treat of a novel about savoring life regardless of what life might dish out.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

After a horrible accident, Mia finds herself outside of her near lifeless body, able to see and hear those around her. As she watches the efforts of those trying to save her, she thinks back on her short but full life.  A life that will never be the same should she decide to stay in it. Don’t let the “young adult” label keep you from reading this thoughtful and moving book.

— Julie

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