2009 in books

This is the list of books I read in 2009. I´m glad I managed to read a lot despite getting my Bachelor´s degree and moving. Although 100 would´ve been nice too 🙂

1.) We have always lived in the castle (Shirley Jackson)

2.) Saint Joan (Bernard Shaw)

3.) Plum Lucky (Janet Evanovich)

4.) Murder in the Cathedral (T.S. Eliot)

5.) Bad Monkeys (Matt Ruff)

6.) The Yiddish Policemen´s Union (Michael Chabon)

7.) The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)

8.) Air Mail (Charles Bukowski)

9.) Der Vorleser (Bernhard Schlink)

10.) Firmin (Sam Savage)

11.) Slam (Nick Hornby)

12.) The Man with a Load of Mischief (Martha Grimes)

13.) South of the border, West of the Sun (Haruki Murakami)

14.) Carry me down (M.J.Hyland)

15.) Clementine (Sara Pennypacker)

16.) Fool on the Hill (Matt Ruff)

17.) Atonement (Ian McEwan)

18.) Vorhang auf für Clementine (Sara Pennypecker)

19.) Hagoromo (Banana Yoshimoto)

20.) Heimkehr (Bernhard Schlink)

21.) Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Roald Dahl)

22.) The Tales of Beedle the Bard (J.K. Rowling)

23.) Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit (P.G. Wodehouse)

24.) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)

25.) A Great and Terrible Beauty (Libba Bray)

26.) 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth (Xiaolu Guo)

27.) The Hostile Hospital (Lemony Snicket)

28.) Rebel Angels (Libba Bray)

29.) The Sweet Far Thing (Libba Bray)

30.) The Carnivorous Carnival (Lemony Snicket)

31.) The Slippery Slope (Lemony Snicket)

32.) The Grim Grotto (Lemony Snicket)

33.) The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (Trenton Lee Stewart)

34.) UFO in her Eyes (Xiaolu Guo)

35.) Look Back in Anger (John Osborne)

36.) Love (Toni Morisson)

37.) Wicked (Gregory Maguire)

38.) A Prayer for the Dying (Stewart O´Nan)

39.) A Man for all Seasons (Robert Bolt)

40.) The Awakening (Kate Chopin)

41.) The Willoughbys (Lois Lowry)

42.) I am the Messenger (Markus Zusak)

43.) Thin Man (Dashiell Hammett)

44.) The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 (Sue Townsend)

45.) The Ball (Iréne Némirovsky)

46.) Anne of Ingleside (L.M.Montgomery)

47.) Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

48.) Anne of Avonlea (L.M.Montgomery)

49.) Anne of the Island (L.M. Montgomery)

50.) Anne of Windy Poplars (L.M. Montgomery)

51.) Anne´s House of Dreams (L.M. Montgomery)

52.) Top Girls (Caryl Churchill)

53.) Cosmopolis (Don DeLillo)

54.) Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem)

55.) The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)

56.) The War against Miss Winter (Kathryn Miller Haines)

57.) The Prisoner´s Dilemma (David Edgar)

58.) Erinnerungen an meine traurigen Huren (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

59.) The Group (Mary McCarthy)

60.) Clouds of Witness (Dorothy L. Sayers)

61.) Much Obliged, Jeeves (P.G.Wodehouse)

62.) Winter in June (Kathryn Miller Haines)

63.) The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (Dorothy L. Sayers)

64.) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Shaffer & Barrows)

65.) Easy to Kill (Agatha Christie)

66.) Endless Night (Agatha Christie)

67.) The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery)

68.) The Monsters of Templeton (Lauren Groff)

69.) Sulfuric Acid (Amélie Nothomb)

70.) The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (Jeanne Birdsall)

71.) The Secret Diaries of Adrian Mole 1999-2001 (Sue Townsend)

72.) L´Ultima Lacrima (Stefano Benni)

73.) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley)

74.) The Magicians (Lev Grossman)

75.) The Behaviour of Moths (Poppy Adams)

76.) A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Mohammed Hanif)

77.) The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)

78.) The Little Girl who was too Fond of Matches (Gaétan Soucy)

79.) Nocturnes (Kazuo Ishiguro)

80.) Fingersmith (Sarah Waters)

81.) Wild Seed (Olivia E. Butler)

82.) The Clothes They Stood Up In and The Lady in the Van (Alan Bennett)

83.) Rape. A Love Story (Joyce Carol Oates)

84.) A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)

85.) The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson)

86.) I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)

87.) Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)

88.) The Gates (John Connolly)

89.) Die Freibadclique (Oliver Storz)

90.) Hallowe´en Party (Agatha Christie)

My books acquired pile is (thankfully) a bit shorter:

1.)Die Freibadclique (Oliver Storz)

2.) The Gates (John Connolly)

3.) The Early Diaries (Susan Sontag)

4.) Songs for the Missing (Stewart O´Nan)

5.) Too Many Books, Too Litte Time (Sara Nelson)

6.) Agatha Christie- An Autobiography (Agatha Christie)

7.) A Case of Exploding Mangoes (Mohammed Hanif)

8.) The Magicians (Lev Grossman)

9.) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Alan Bradley)

10.) The Behaviour of Moths (Poppy Adams)

11.) Sulfuric Acid (Amélie Nothomb)

12.) The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (Jeanne Birdsall)

13.) The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole 1999-2001 (Sue Townsend)

14.) The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery)

15.) The Prisoner´s Dilemma (David Edgar)

16.) Motherless Brooklyn (Jonathan Lethem)

17.) Stories from the New Yorker 1940-1950

18.) Stories from the New Yorker 1950-1960

19.) Beloved (Toni Morrison)

20.) Canadian Short Stories

21.) The Witches (Roald Dahl)

22.) Neither here nor there (Bill Bryson)

23.) Sophie´s World (Jostein Gaarder)

24.) Atonement (Ian McEwan)

25.) Short Stories (Sherwood Anderson)

26.) Endless Night (Agatha Christie)

27.) Yeats is Dead!

28.) The Willoughbys (Lois Lowry)

29.) Rebel Angels (Libba Bray)

30.) The Sweet Far Thing (Libba Bray)

31.) Waiting for Godot (Samuel Beckett)

32.) A Concise Chinese- English Dictionary for Lovers (Xiaolu Guo)

33.) Love (Toni Morisson)

34.) The Vile Village (Lemony Snicket)

35.) The Penultimate Peril (Lemony Snicket)

36.) The End (Lemony Snicket)

37.) Horseradish (Lemony Snicket)

38.) I am the Messenger (Markus Zusak)

39.) Pomegranate Soup (Marsha Mehran)

40.) Seven Up (Janet Evanovich)

41.) The Monsters of Templeton (Lauren Groff)

42.) The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)

43.) Die Bibel nach Biff (Christopher Moore)

44.) Lipshitz 6: two angry blondes (T Cooper)

45.) Other Voices, Other Rooms (Truman Capote)

46.) The War of Don Emmanuel´s Nether Parts (Louis de Bernieres)

47.) The Human Stain (Philip Roth)

48.)The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (Tom Wolfe)

49.) The Cement Garden (Ian McEwan)

50.) On Chesil Beach (Ian McEwan)

51.) Der Ball (Irene Nemirovsky)

52.) The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)

53.) The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)

54.) Riven Rock (T.C. Boyle)

55.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone (J.K. Rowling)

56.) Brick Lane (Monica Ali)

57.) Flaubert´s Parrot & The World in 10 1/2 Chapters (Julian Barnes)

58.) The Blind Assassin (Margaret Atwood)

59.) Bluebard´s Egg (Margaret Atwood)

60.) Hard Times (Charles Dickens)

61.) Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (Oscar Wilde)

62.) Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (Erich Kästner)

63.) Loriots Heile Welt (Loriot)

64.) Vorhang auf für Clementine (Sara Pennypecker)

65.) I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith)

66.) Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)

67.) Firmin (Sam Savage)

68.) Der Vorleser (Bernhard Schlink)

69.) Bad Monkeys (Matt Ruff)

70.) Plum Lucky (Janet Evanovich)

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8 thoughts on “2009 in books

  1. Congratulations! 90 books is awesome and is as good as 100! On ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ by T.S.Eliot – is it by the same gentleman who wrote ‘Wasteland’ and won the Nobel Prize? Has he written a murder mystery?? Amazing! I am tempted to get and read it soon! How did you find ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’? It was interesting to see ‘Thin Man’ by Dashiell Hammett in your list 🙂 I have this book on my TBR list. It was also interesting to see Dorothy Sayers’ ‘Clouds of Witness’ on your list. I have that on my TBR list too 🙂 How did you find this book? You seem to love classic murder mysteries 🙂

    It was wonderful to see Jostein Gaarder’s ‘Sophie’s World’ on your ‘Books Acquired’ list. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this beautiful book, whenever you get around to reading it.

    I loved Chandler’s ‘The Big Sleep’ when I read it. It has some interesting one-liners. Ishiguro’s ‘The Remains of the Day’ is one of my favourite books 🙂 Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. Oscar Wilde’s fairytales are wonderful!

    Happy Reading!

    1. Thanks! Yes, it´s by “the Wasteland”-T.S.Eliot and about the murder of Thomas Becket. It´s well-written, a play, but not terribly exciting as a mystery 🙂 Hugo Cabret is fantastic, amazing story and drawing. I´ve read The Thin Man because I´m basically addicted to the movies with Myrna Loy and William Powell, but they are even better than the book they´re based on. As for crime fiction, I´ve been trying to find out whether I like crime as a genre or just cosy crime in Agatha Christie stories. Jury´s still out on that 🙂

      I hope I´ll like Sophie´s world and will definitely review it when I get to it. Same for The Big Sleep, I haven´t even seen the movie version of that.

  2. It was an amazing year of reading for you! Very impressive! I should take some tips from you on managing my time so I can read 90 books. =)

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