Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sunday Favorites - Books Read in 2009

I've really been trying to get my act together in 2011, but I've had a lot of distractions, mainly the cold and television :0(

I want to try to put together my list of books that I have read in 2010 so I thought it might motivate me to publish for my Sunday Favorites post an old post from January 4, 2010 in which I listed all the books I had read in 2009.

So here's my list and I hope to get my 2010 list done sometime this week. Please visit the lovely Chari of Happy to Design and see what other great "blasts from the past" others are sharing this Sunday!

A favorite post
originally posted on 
January 4, 2010

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book. ~Author Unknown

1. Faith of My Fathers ~ John McCain
2. Bitter Grounds ~ Sandra Benitez

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx

3. Twilight ~ Stephanie Meyer
4. New Moon ~ Stephanie Meyer
5. Eclipse ~ Stepanie Meyer
6. Breaking Dawn ~ Stephanie Meyer

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~Anna Quindlen, "Enough Bookshelves," New York Times, 7 August 1991

7. Odd Thomas ~ Dean Koontz
8. The Disappearance of Lyndsey Barratt ~ John Wilson
9. The Wedding ~ Nicholas Sparks

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. ~P.J. O'Rourke

10. A Day To Pick Your Own Cotton ~ Michael Phillips
11. The Color of Your Skin Ain't the Color of Your Heart ~ Michael Phillips

A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work, 1958

12. Mrs. Kimble ~ Jennifer Haigh
13. A Million Little Pieces ~ James Frey

My test of a good novel is dreading to begin the last chapter. ~Thomas Helm

14. Good in Bed ~ Jennifer Weiner
15. At First Sight ~ Nicholas Sparks
16. rising ~ Darnella Ford

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

17. Duplicate Keys ~ Jane Smiley
18. Icy Sparks ~ Gwyn Hyman Rubio

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. ~Christopher Morley

19. The Nanny Diaries ~ Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
20. Promise Not To Tell ~ Jennifer McMahon
21. Lovely Bones ~ Alice Sebold

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television. ~Andrew Ross

22. Lost and Found ~ Carolyn Parkhurst
23. Losing It ~ Valerie Bertinelli
24. I know this much is true ~ Wally Lamb

A house without books is like a room without windows. ~Heinrich Mann

I'm starting 2010 by reading a book my sweet daughter April gave me for Christmas.
It's Julie & Julia by Julie Powell.

What are you reading in the New Year?


  1. Good list!! I didn't really enjoy The Lovely kind of creeped me out. But I have friends who loved it, so what do I know? ;)

  2. Enjoyed seeing your book list for 2009 and see that I have read some of the same books. I did like The Lovely Bones. As for the Twlight series, I only read the first one and only purchased it because I had run out of things to read & needed a long book for a flight home from Australia. For a good vampire series, it has to be Anne Rice.

    I am visiting from Chari's Sunday Favorites, looked through many of your past book reviews will look forward to reading your future reviews.

  3. This is a great post..can see why it is one of your favorites.:)
    xo bj

  4. Good list! I've read some of these and others I haven't heard of. My resolution this year was to read more so thanks for helping me get started! Happy New Year!

  5. Great list. I have slacked off on my reading this past year but hope to do much better in 2011.

  6. I must admit I read only non-fiction books such as biographies,books of general knowledge, and especially 'how to books'-books that teach me how to do certain useful things.
    Good Luck with your reading list in 2011!

  7. Amanda @ Serenity Now - Lovely Bones was even made into a movie. I haven't seen it but I understand it didn't follow the books very well. It was a difficult story to follow.

  8. Honey at 2805 - I really enjoyed the Twilight series even though I really disliked Bella! My daughter loaned me the books so I figured since the whole world was going gaga for Twilight I might as well climb aboard as well.

  9. bj - Thanks for commenting. I hope to have my 2010 list up this week.

  10. Climb2Nowhere - I'm glad it gave you some ideas for reading material. I tend to buy lots of books simply because where I buy them at they're only like 80cents a piece so they are very varied. Happy Reading in 2011!

  11. JarieLyn - I have to read each night before I go to calms me down.

  12. DUTA - I love to read biographies, but I have to read so much at work, boring insurance policies and such that when I do read at home I just want something to take me away from the day to day. But I'm glad you read the type of books that you do because I know you share so much of your knowledge with your readers!

  13. Hi Alicia... compliled a great list of book reads here, my friend! One of my favorite authors is Nicholas Sparks...I love all of his books! I must admit that I don't read like I used to...although I get plenty of reading through all my blogs! My eyes just aren't what they used to be. I have been considering laser surgery but I'm not even sure that I would be a candidate for that procedure yet.

    Well dear lady, it was sooo nice to have you for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week! This was a great complilation of good books...thanks for sharing your list with us!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  14. Chari at Happy To Design - I love Nicolas Sparks as well. The Notebook movie makes me cry buckets! I'm sorry to hear about your eyes, maybe laser surgery is the answer!


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