There are some good readers on here, I thought it might be nice to share some of the books we enjoyed most in 2009.
Since I started working at the bookshop my reading has picked up and my tbr (to be read) piles have grown exponentially (3 piles beside the bed and one on the bed)
Anyhu, without further ado here are my favourite reads from 2009 (not all of them are new and they are not in any particular order).
The Millenium Trilology by
Stieg Larsson. -
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
The Girl who played with Fire and
The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest. Great reading, the second two are the best two, some quite nasty things happen in the first book and (in my opinion) it took a couple of chapters to get into. It is unfortunate that Stieg has since passed away (and there is a fair bit of consipracy about his death given he was a journalist who exposed extreme right wingers and pro Nazi) .
of course the first book is now a movie and I might have to take K.
The Uncommon Reader -
Alan Bennet, anybody read this delightful novella about what happens when the Queen (of England) discovers a love of reading? Worth the few hours it takes to read it.
As The Earth Turned Silver -
Alison Wong. A debut novel from a New Zealander writer, a beautiful told story set in Wellington at the turn of last centuary. It is the tale of forbidden love (a Pakeha (caucasian) widow and a Chinese man) that has tragic consequences (I cried). It is picked to win something at the next NZ book awards by staff at my shop.
Three Cups of Tea by
Greg Mortenson - a great read about an awesome man, it's good press for American's who have had a bad international rep for some years. When George Bush was bombing Afghanistan, Greg was building schools in the poorest and most remote parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, including schools for girls - and he is doing this with the help and support of the local villages (mostly). This book really is an eye opener and I look forward to reading his sequel "Stones into Schools".
and last but not least by
Patrick Ness, the first two books in the Chaos Walking series (young adult fiction that easily crosses into adult fiction),
The Knife of Never Letting Go and
the Ask and the Answer. Imagine being a teenage boy and living in a small rural town where you could hear everybodies thoughts and everybody could hear your thoughts. There are no woman either. This is a book that is impossible to put down and as soon as I read it I had to read the sequel. I can't wait for the third in the series which comes out in March 2010 (I think).
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