My Most Memorable Reads of 2009

It’s funny the way things work out.  Sometimes the books that you like the most and the ones that burrow their way into your mind and heart are two different things.  Here is a list of the books from 2009 that are still with me a month, three months, or twelve months after I read them-and badgered my family and friends into reading them- in no particular order.


  1. The Book of Night Women, Marlon James
  2. Drood, by Dan Simmons
  3. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
  4. This One is Mine, Maria Semple
  5. Runaway Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini
  6. The Disappearance of Irene Dos Santos, by Margaret Mascarenhas
  7. 31 Hours, by Masha Hamilton
  8. The Story of A Marriage, Andrew Sean Greer
  9. The Carnivore, by Mark Sinnett
  10. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, Syrie James


  1. How We Decide, by Jonah Leherer
  2. The Midwife, by Jennifer Worth
  3. Secret Daughter, by June Cross
  4. Seven, by Jacqueline Leo
  5. The Dancing Plague, by John Waller
  6. Perfection, by Julie Metz
  7. Columbine, by Dave Cullen
  8. Either You’re in or You’re in the Way, Noah & Logan Miller
  9. Nine Lives, Dan Baum
  10. Two Guys Read Jane Austen, by Steve Chandler & Terrence Hill

Children’s/Middle Grade/YA Fiction

  1. Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, Grace Lin
  2. Jane On Her Own: A Cat Wings Story, by Ursula LeGuin
  3. Hate List, by Jennifer Brown
  4. Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell
  5. A Wish After Midnight, Zetta Elliott
  6. Liar, Justine Larbalestier

Short Stories

  1. The Simplest of Acts, Melanie Haney
  2. 3:10 to Yuma, by Elmore Leonard
  3. More of This World or Maybe Another, Barb Johnson


  1. Kindred, by Octavia Butler
  2. Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

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  1. Oh Nicole, thank you for including my little collection of stories on your list too. I really appreciate it and am so glad that you enjoyed it enough to think of it. Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. Cullen , who first reported on the story for the online magazine Salon, acknowledges in the book’s source notes that thoughts he attributes to Klebold and Harris are conjecture gleaned from the record the pair left behind.

    Jeff Kass takes a more straightforward approach in “Columbine: A True Crime Story,” working backward from the events of the fateful day.
    The Denver Post

    Mr. Cullen insists that the killers enjoyed “far more friends than the average adolescent,” with Harris in particular being a regular Casanova who “on the ultimate high school scorecard . . . outscored much of the football team.” The author’s footnotes do not reveal how he knows this; when I asked him about it while preparing this review, Mr. Cullen said he did not necessarily mean to imply that Harris was sexually active. But what else would such words mean?

    “Eric and Dylan never had any girlfriends,” the more sober Mr. Kass writes, and were “probably virgins upon death.”
    Wall Street Journal

  3. FYI, GM Davis runs a local press that published Kass’ book. I will spare
    you all a tit for tat, but for the record, I never spoke to him and
    his characterizations of my author notes are perplexing/untrue.

    Sorry to draw this unpleasantness here.

  4. I’ve been thinking that I’d like to re-read the Anne of Green Gables books! I loved them so much as a kid, and the Guernsey Literary Society reminded me of them.