Books Read in 2009

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  • Book titles that appear underlined when you scroll over them will take you to a book review on my blog.

  • We Interrupt This Broadcast - Joe Garner
  • A Mini-Book Blogger read. This interesting book recapped the most amazing news stories from the past century. As an added bonus, a dvd with the actual radio stories.

  • Inside Oscar - Danny Peary
  • One of the books to get if you're a hardcore movie buff. Peary picks apart every Oscar win from the beginning, nominating alternate best pictures, actor and actress

  • Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
  • The coming of age book for the past fifty years. Holden Caufield is a whiny brat that can't seem to connect with anyone. An interesting read.

  • a mercy - Toni Morrison
  • An Early Reviewer read. It was short but I had to reread the beginning about four times to understand waht was going on. From there I never really got into the book.

  • From Time to Time - Jack Finney
  • The second book in a time travel series. Starts off so interesting as it presents alternate timelines and the main character going back to the 1880s. The plot seems to get lost near the end as Finney dwells on his historic photos and figures.

  • The Geography of Hope - Chris Turner
  • An Early Reviewer read. Written by a Canadian journalist, it presents an optomistic view of global warming, giving examples of how companies and people the world over are turning to green energy.

  • Mount Appetite - Bill Gaston
  • A Can-Con collection of good short stories.

  • Richard Bolitho: Midshipman - Alexander Kent
  • A good introduction to the Richard Bolitho series. A little short though.

  • The Little Foxes - Lillian Hellman
  • A good play about the greed of a Southern family. Regina is the mother of all ice queens.

  • Persuasion - Jane Austen
  • In my opinion the best Jane Austen novel. There's no romantic subplot but it has the best love letter I've ever read in any story.

  • Patty Duke & the Mystery Mansion - Doris Schroeder
  • An experiment in children's books from the 60s that ended in disaster. Not only was this book boring but I found myself criticizing the plot and characters of the story, not a good sign.

  • Stand into Danger - Alexander Kent
  • Bolitho is now an officer and on his way to the Americas to deal with the stirrings of a revolution. The officer in command of the British fleet is a prideful blowhard though.

  • The Stone and the Maiden - Dennis Jones
  • Mandine Dascaris must save her kingdom from invasion and betrayal. A good standard fantasy read.

  • The Whispering Mountain - Joan Aiken
  • A disappointing read taking place in Wales. Owen Hughes has to find a magic harp to clear his name.

  • Ex Libris - Anne Fadiman
  • A great collection of essays about books and personal libraries. An amazing read!

  • The Princess Bride - William Goldman
  • A comedic, medieval action romance where the Dread Pirate Roberts, Princess Buttercup and Prince Humperdink all have a role to play.

  • Sloop of War - Alexander Kent
  • Bolitho now has command of his own ship but he's in the midst of the American Revolutionary war. As well, his first lieutenant, Tyrell is obsessed with gaining personal glory.

  • In Gallant Company - Alexander Kent
  • Bolitho is aboard the 80 gun Trojan. France has joined the American rebels and must be stopped

  • Enemy in Sight - Alexander Kent
  • Bolitho has a variety of problems in this story. His wife is going to give birth without him. He has to blockade the French fleet while being commanded by an imbecile, a running theme in the Bolitho books.

  • The Star Machine - Jeanine Basinger
  • An amazing book about actors from the golden age of Hollywood. Readers learn both the good and bad about the stars.

  • Brother & Sister - Joanna Trollope
  • A story about family and the joy and heartache of adoption. She really makes the characters real.

  • Treachery at Sharpnose Point - Jeremy Seal
  • This book is about 'wreckers', how people living along the coast of England used to lure ships to their doom and loot them of their cargo

  • A Separate Peace - John Knowles
  • An interesting look at a boys boarding school back in the 50s.

  • The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
  • A different retelling of the Merlin/Arthur story. An interesting take, starting with Merlin's story and how he became a wizard.

  • The Droughtlanders - Carrie Mac
  • The world has run out of water and only the privileged few live in safe havens. Others are exiled to the harsh realities outside the city. A great YA read.

  • Up at the Villa - Somerset Maugham
  • A very short but almost uninteresting read. Mary Panton, recently widowed is in Italy, forced to make a difficult decision because of a man named Karl Richter.

  • Beowulf on the Beach - Jack Murnaghan
  • A great read for those who love literature. Murnighan gives a summary, what's sexy about the books and what readers can skip.

  • Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips
  • A fun read with Greek gods set in a modern time period.

  • A Writer's House in Wales - Jan Morris
  • A interesting description of Morris' house and life in Wales.

  • Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
  • A disappointing read about the last days of an aristrocratic family.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy
  • An great book about British spies rescusing French aristocrats from the jaws of a guillotine. It has a modern feel to and and was an enjoyable read.

  • The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
  • The first detective story. Very long and really not that interesting.

  • Pride & Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith_An interesting premise that falls through in the end. It's easy to distinguish between Austen's writing and Grahme-Smith's. As well, some of Lizzie's actions are completely incongruous with her original character.

  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  • One of the best books I read all year. Bradbury's description reads like poetry and the story keeps you on your toes.