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Best reads of 2009

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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Looks like you have some good stuff here Jaine. I guess working in a bookshop helps, shame the damned things are so expensive these days.
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Definitely need to get a copy of this one.
almost 11 years ago
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Everytime I've been into waterstones this book has grabbed my attention, I keep meaning to get it, especially now it's a trilogy. That's a shame about the writer's death, I had no idea.
almost 11 years ago
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I like the sound of this book but I sometimes find weepy stories easy to watch rather than read. Hope it gets made into a film.
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sounds interesting, I quite like young adult fiction such as Harry Potter
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I have been negligent in my reading this year (not that I am that devoted to a good read in other years). I pulled out some old books I had around the house. The usual rereads of Jane Austen. And I have a stack by my bed which has collected so much dust an archaeological dig is requred. In it I found a few short story collections and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. That was sweet - then I saw it was made into a TV series for HBO so I got to read and see the series in the year. I have this thing I do. I buy a book then I make up my own stories in my own mind what the book is about and why ultimately I don`t want to read it. Then I read it and it is nothing like I would expect. I think I am just a lazy reader and a procrastinator. Right now I am reading the three Biggest Loser books my cousin gave me. I need inspiration not procrastination. Seriously though Jaine...if you find a marvel of a book during the year please let us know. I like to hear what people I like like to read! I know it`s different strokes....but still your opinion is valued.
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I think I'll check this and the sequel out for the girl. Sounds interesting!
almost 11 years ago
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I think working in a bookstore (with a coffee shop attached) is sort of an ideal job. ;D When I'm in a bookstore, I jot down interesting titles and run to my local library. I've read over 120 books last year. Reading's great entertainment for me.
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thanks for your recommendation. i want to read Lassons first. hmmm i have been reading books for practical purposes for my work recently. miss novels~~ btw i didnt know you were working in book store. envy you~
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very interesting, thanks! time to get back to the library...
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You're not kidding when you said you work for a book store and "enjoy" every moment of it. I definitely will make it my priority to check out at least one of these. I really have to read more...last year, I don't think I even...read, pathetic huh :-(
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hmm... sounds interesting... will have to look out for this book. :)
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definitely sounds like fun to be working in a bookstore. I would really enjoy it too. hehee... :)
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great recommendations........
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This sounds like one I'd like to read too ... am needing to get back to my own pile of books though ... Gail Tsukiyama's (think I blogged them a while back) :D
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