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2009 Top Ten Reads
Books that entertained and/or impressed us most in 2009

Books listed in no specific order
Not everyone chose to participate.


 


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Read their 2010 New Year's Resolution on reading!

 

Barbara Buhrer

  1. Virgin of Small Plain - Nancy Packard
  2. Blackman's Coffin - Mark DeCastrique
  3. Company of Liars - Karen Maitland  [review]
  4. Leaves of Fortune - Linda Barry
  5. The Tales of Beadle the Bard - JK Rowland [review]
  6. No Less Than Victory - Jeff Shaara
  7. The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton  [review]
  8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer/Anne Barrows
  9. The Secrets of the Christmas Box - Steven Hornsby  [review]
  10. Charlotte McNallly Series - Hank Phillippi Ryan [air time] [face time] [prime time]

Beth ellen
Beth says NO NEW BOOKS until she read the ALL of the ones she has...

  1. Writer Ferrets, Chasing the Muse - Richard Bach
  2. Laughter of Dead Kings - Elizabeth Peters  [review] - audio
  3. Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk - Boris Akunin  [review]
  4. Hogfather - Terry Pratchett
  5. The Puppy Bomb - James Lynch  [review]
  6. A Guide to the Birds of East Africa - Nicholas Drayson  [review]
  7. Drood - Dan Simmons  [review] - audio
  8. Darkly Dreaming Dexter - Jeff Lindsay
  9. The Cat Who Wished to be a Man - Lloyd Alexander
  10. Agenda for a Sustainable America - John C. Dernbach, editor [review]

Beverly Rowe
Bev wants to catch up on more classics, and to ferret out more new great writers.

  1. Bones of the Hills - Conn Iggulden  [review]
  2. The First Man in Rome - Colleen Mc Cullough
  3. An Honorable German - Charles McCain   [review]
  4. No Such Creature - Giles Blunt  [review]
  5. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
  6. Certain Jeopardy - Jeff Struecker   [review]
  7. A Plague of Secrets - John Lescroart   [review]
  8. A Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult
  9. Sunflowers - Sheramy Bundrick   [review]
  10. Vengeance Road - Rick Mofina   [review]

Brenda Weeaks
Brenda wants to read more nonfiction in 2010

  1. A Matter of Justice - Charles Todd  [review]
  2. Dear John - Nicholas Sparks  [review] - audio
  3. Between the Plums - Janet Evanovich  [review] - audio
  4. Alex Cross’s Trial - James Patterson / Richard Dilallo  [review] - audio
  5. The Earl of Hampton- Linda Balsamo  [review] - deaf character
  6. Merry, Merry Ghost - Carolyn Hart  [review]
  7. Death on the Holy Mountain - David Dickinson  [review]
  8. DeKok and the Dead Harlequin - A. C. Baantjer  [review]
  9. The Elixir of Death - Bernard Knight  [review]
  10. Death of a Witch - M. C. Beaton  [review]

C.R. Lindemer
Christine wants to double her number of books read in a year for 2010

  1. A Nation of Farmers - Sharon Astyk & Aaron Newton
  2. Unless - Carol Shield
  3. The Solace of Open Spaces - Gretel Ehrlich
  4. Gardens in the Dunes - Leslie Marmon Silko
  5. The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show - Ariel Gore
  6. Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
  7. The Shack - William P. Young
  8. The Man Who Made Lists - Joshua Kendall
  9. We Were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates
  10. Going Bovine - Libba Bray

Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

  1. Blackbringer - Laini Taylor   [review]
  2. Silksinger - Laini Taylor  [review]
  3. The Child Thief - Brom  [review]
  4. Initiation - Susan Fine  [review]
  5. Rescuing Seneca Crane - Susan Runholt  [review]
  6. The Mystery of the Third Lucretia - Susan Runholt   [review]
  7. 20 Boy Summer - Sarah Ockler  [review]
  8. A Grey Moon Over China - Thomas A. Day [review]
  9. Lady Vernon and Her Daughter - Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway  [review]
  10. Strange Angels - Lili St. Crow   [review]

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Carolyn wantsn to give more books as gifts. And to make at least 50% of them from newbie or emerging authors.

  1. Juvenile Court - Leora Krygier,
  2. Story Structure Demystified - Larry Brooks - eBook
  3. Your Truest Self - Janice Lynn Lundy
  4. Become a Real Self-Publisher - Michael N. Marcus,
  5. Bartlett's Rule - Chelle Cordero Vanilla
  6. Bang the Keyes - Jill Dearman
  7. Memoirs Sou - Nan Phifer, Walking
  8. Women Writing for a Change - Mary Pierce Brosmer
  9. Successful Social Marketing - Dana Lynn Smith - e-Book
  10. The Well-Fed Writer- Peter Bowerman

Chris Querry

  1. The Furious Longing of God - Brennan Manning
  2. Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed - Philip Hallie
  3. Titanic's Last Secret - Brad Matsen
  4. Siren's Feast - Nancy Mehagian [review]
  5. Lessons for the Living - Stan Goldberg [review]
  6. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe - J. Randy Taraborrelli [review] - audio
  7. Let Your Life Speak - Parker Palmer
  8. The Hiding Place of Thunder - Keith Remer
  9. King for Kids - Clayborne Carson
  10. Pope John Paul II - Caroline Pigozzi [review]

Claudia VanLydegraf

  1. Liberty & Tyranny - Mark E. Levin  
  2. Real Change - Newt Gingrich  
  3. The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown   [review]
  4. Dakota Cipher -William Dietrich 
  5. The Islamist - Ed Husain  [review]
  6. The Last Oracle - James Rollins  [review]
  7. Black Order - James Rollins  
  8. The Alexander Cipher - Will Adams  [review]
  9. The Secret Doorway - Paul Hutchins  [review]
  10. The Last Ember - Daniel Levin  [review]

Deb Adams
Deb wants to read more fiction in 2010...

  1. The Forgotten Woman - Arun and Sunanda Gandhi   [review]
  2. Girlforce - Nikki Goldstein
  3. Shaolin Qi Gong - Shi Xinggui
  4. Mare’s War - Tanita S. Davis
  5. Escape Under the Forever Sky - Eve Yohalem
  6. Gaia’s Garden - Toby Hemenway
  7. Kiyo’s Story - Kiyo Sato
  8. The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering - Sharon Mehdi
  9. The Hidden Life of Deer - Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
  10. Looking for Marco Polo - Alan Armstrong

Deb Kincaid
Deb K. wants to read more food & gardening, and holistic health books in 2010

  1. My Name is Sangoel - Williams, Mohammad, Stock
  2. Through Endangered Eyes - Rachel Allen Dillon
  3. Operation Redwood - S. Terrell French     [review]
  4. The Subversive Copy Editor - Carol Fisher Saller  [review]
  5. Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
  6. Smart Mama's Green Guide - Jennifer Taggart
  7. You Are Here - Christopher Potter
  8. Earth Talk by E – Environmental Magazine Editorial Team
  9. April & Oliver - Tess Callahan  [reviews]
  10. The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

Dennis Collins

  1. Dead On - Robert W. Walker   [review]
  2. Desert Lost - Betty Webb  [review]
  3. Fault Line - Barry Eisler    [review
  4. Of all Sad Words - Bill Crider   [review]
  5. Never Tell a Lie - Hallie Ephron   [review]
  6. New York Dead - Stuart Woods   [review]
  7. Night Watchman - Mark Mynheir   [review]
  8. The Well Meaning Killer - Miranda Phillips Walker   [review]
  9. Winter of Secrets - Vicki Delany   [review]
  10. Worst Fears Realized - Stuart Woods   [review]

Donna Satterlee Ross
Donna wants to find more Young Adult writers who keep their language and situations CLEAN! (so I can actually share them with her nieces if shelike them.)

  1. Have a New Kid Friday - Kevin Leman
  2. Devilish - Maureen Johnson
  3. Scarlett - Cathy Cassidy
  4. Truancy Origins - Isamu Fukui   [review]
  5. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
  6. Elsewhere - Gabrielle Zevin
  7. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
  8. Kissing the Bee - Kathe Koja
  9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart
  10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares

Elise Cooper

  1. Pursuit of Power - Vince Flynn
  2. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly  [Jo's review]
  3. The Silent Man - Alex Berenson
  4. The Hunted - Brian Haig
  5. To Try Mens Souls - Newt Gingrich

Emily Decobert

  1. Forgiven - Shelley Shepard Gray   [review]
  2. Italian for Beginners - Kristen Harmel  [review]
  3. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Viera Rigler  [review]
  4. The Betrayal of the Blood Lily - Lauren Willig   [review]
  5. Figures in Silk - Vanora Bennett  
  6. The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorne - Liz Johnson  [review]
  7. Hungry Woman in Paris - Josefina Lopez  [review]
  8. Julian Comstock - Robert Charles Wilson  [review]
  9. How Succesful People Think - John C. Maxwell  [review] - audio

Faith Smith

  1. Forbidden Nights with a Vampire – Kerrelyn Sparks   [review]
  2. Caleb– Sarah McCarty   [review]
  3. Stakes and Stilettos – Michele Rowan   [review]
  4. A Highlander’s Temptation – Sue-Ellen Welfonder   [review]
  5. This Duchess of Mine – Eloisa James   [review]
  6. The Model Man - Nicole McCaffrey  [review]
  7. Devil of the Highlands – Lynsay Sands   [review]
  8. Passion Untamed – Pamela Palmer   [review]
  9. Guardian – Angela Knight    [review]
  10. Heart of the Witch – Alicia Dean   [review]

Jan Fields
Jan wants to venture outside fantasy now and then in 2010

1. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
2. The Maze Runner - James Dasher
3. Ruined - Paula Morris
4. Malice - Chris Wooding  [review]
5. The Forest of Hands and Feet - Carrie Ryan
6. Fallen - Lauren Kate
7. Zoobreak - Gordon Korman
8. Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson   [review]
9. The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History - Adam Selzer  [review]
10. The Mousehunter - Alex Midway   [review]

Janie Franz

  1. King of Nod – Scott Fad  [review]
  2. Defending Angels – Mary Stanton  [review]
  3. Stealing Trinity – Ward Larsen  [review]
  4. A Hemorrhaging of Souls – Nicola Furlong  [review]
  5. Cross-Eyed Dragon Troubles - Gloria Oliver   [review]
  6. In the Shadow of Gotham – Stefanie Pintoff   [review]
  7. George Washington Stepped Here - K. D. Hays  [review]
  8. Cabal of the Westford Knight - David S. Brody  [review]
  9. Leaps Of Faith–Karina and Robert Fabian(eds)  [review]
  10. Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom - Tim Byrd  [review]

Jennifer Akers
Jen A. wants to revisit banned or challenged books from the Top 100 Novels of the 20th century

  1. Kensington’s Soul - Faith V. Smith   [review]
  2. Seven Ways You Screw Up Your Life - Marti Lawrence    [review]
  3. She Wore Emerald Then - Magdalena Ball & Carolyn Howard-Johnson  [review]
  4. The Momnificent Life - Lori Radun    [review]
  5. Corn Flakes With John Lennon - Robert Hilburn [review]
  6. Tips For Freelance Writing - Yvonne Perry
  7. Twitter Power - Joel Comm    [review]
  8. Tragedy in Tin Can Holler – Rozetta Mowery    [review]
  9. Healthy For Life - Ray D.Strand, MD
  10. Every Monday Matters - Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza

Jen Oliver

  1. The Broken Window - Jeffery Deaver
  2. Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife - Mary Roach
  3. Ghost Hunting - Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson
  4. Hide - Lisa Gardner
  5. Breakheart Hill - Thomas H. Cook
  6. The Call of the Wild/White Fang - Jack London
  7. Blue Smoke - Nora Roberts
  8. Mutiny on the Bounty - Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  9. Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer
  10. Persuader - Lee Child

Jo Rogers

  1. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold  [Beth's review]
  2. The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks  [review]
  3. Evil Beside Her – Kathryn Casey [review]
  4. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova  [Carisa's review] - audio
  5. Cat Playing Cupid – Shirley Rousseau Murphy  [review]
  6. I Can See You – Karen Rose  [review] - audio
  7. The Secret Speech – Tom Rob Smith  [review] - audio
  8. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Deception  [review] - audio
  9. Daniel X: Watch the Skies – James Patterson w/ Ned Rust  [review] - audio
  10. Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson  [review]

Kim Malo

  1. Soulless - Gail Carriger  [review]
  2. My Life in France - Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme  [review]
  3. The Killing Way - Tony Hays  [review]
  4. Snake Agent - Liz Williams
  5. MythOS - Kelly McCullough  [ review]
  6. Red Sox Rule - Michael Holley
  7. A Carrion Death - Michael Stanley  [Rachel's review]
  8. Old Sturbridge Village Cookbook - Jack Larkin & Deb Friedman  [review]
  9. Chris Dreams Big - Chris Dudley and Chris Love-Dudley  [review]
  10. The Collaborator of Bethlehem - Matt Beynon Rees

Laura Hinds

  1. The Echo Within -Robert Benson  [review]
  2. The House on Tradd St. - Karen White
  3. A Little Learning - Jane Tesh   [review]
  4. All The Living -CE Morgan  [review]
  5. Revenge of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
  6. The Manual of Detection - Jedediah Berry
  7. The Slide - Kyle Beachy
  8. Spin a Wicked Web -Cricket McRae
  9. Everything Matters - Ron Currie Jr.
  10. Secondhand Spirits - Juliet Blackwell

Leslie Halpern
Leslie plans to continue reading a balanced mix of fiction and nonfiction, but this year to do her reading while riding the exercise bicycle instead of lying down on the couch.

  1. A View to a Kiss - Caroline Linden   [review]
  2. The Unconsoled - Kazuo Ishiguro  
  3. The Lexicon - Steve Vander Ark   [review]
  4. The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth - Francis Wilson   [review]
  5. One Reckless Summer - Toni Blake   [review]
  6. A Knight’s Temptation - Catherine Kean  
  7. Fifty is Not a Four-Letter Word - Linda Kelsey   [review]
  8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
  9. Since the Surrender - Julie Anne Long   [review]
  10. I Drink for a Reason - David Cross   [review]- audio

Linda Morelli

  1. To Sin With a Stranger - Kathryn Caskie   [review]
  2. The Most Wicked of Sins - Kathryn Caskie   [review]
  3. Kisses Like a Devil - Diane Whiteside   [review]
  4. Love with the Perfect Scoundrel - Sophia Nash   [review]
  5. Eternal Moon - Rebecca York   [review]
  6. Final Finesse - Karna Small Bodman   [review]
  7. It's Elementary My Dear Winifred - Ms Mae   [review]
  8. Loving a Lost Lord - Mary Jo Putney   [review]
  9. My Wicked Marquess - Gaelen Foley   [review]
  10. So Into You - Sandra Hill   [review]

Maxine Thompson

  1. Push - Sapphire
  2. This Wicked World - Richard L. Lange
  3. Last Breath - Michelle McGriff
  4. His Invisible Wife - Shelia Goss
  5. Betrayal - Dwayne S. Joseph
  6. Up to No Good - Carl Weber
  7. Finding Joy in Pain - Roslyn Wych-Hamilton
  8. Sassy - Gloria Mallette
  9. Deep Deception - Tina McKinney
  10. Black Water Rising - Attica Locke

Michael G'Francisco

  1. Come the Night - Angelique Armae
  2. Something in the Blood - Jeff Guinn
  3. After Midnight - Teresa Medeiras
  4. The Cure - Susan Phelan
  5. A Willfull Taste - Willa Okati
  6. Darkspawn - Lois Tilton

P.G. Forte
Pat would like to whittle down her TBR to something approaching manageable proportions in 2010!

  1. Rigger - Kelly Jamieson
  2. No Matter What - Erin Nichols
  3. Doll - Juniper Bell
  4. An Improper Holiday - K.A. Mitchell
  5. Boys of Summer - Cooper Davis
  6. Devil Take Me - Anna J. Evans
  7. Boys of the Bite - various authors
  8. Kiss and Kin - Kinsey Holley
  9. Maisone Domine - Skylar Kade
  10. Convincing Arthur -Ava March

Rachel A. Hyde

  1. The Rise of the Iron Moon - Stephen Hunt –   [review]
  2. As If By Magic – Dolores Gordon-Smith - [review]
  3. The Rise of the Iron Moon– Stephen Hunt – [review]
  4. Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld [review]
  5. Assegai– Wilbur Smith – [review]
  6. Tea Time For The Traditionally Built– Alexander McCall Smith  [review]
  7. A Perfect Death – Kate Ellis  [review]
  8. Hero Tales Vol I - Hiromu Arakawa  [review]
  9. Flower Fairies In Ribbon Embroidery & Stumpwork - Di Van Niekerk [review]

Susan Johnson
Susan wants to catch up on some of her favorite series in 2010

  1. Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris
  2. Three Weeks to Say Goodbye - CJ Box
  3. Bone by Bone - Carol OConnell
  4. The Clarinet Man - Nick Stone
  5. Sweetheart - Chelsa Cain
  6. Vanilla Ride - Joe Lansdale
  7. Skin River - Steven Siddor
  8. The Killers Wife - Bill Floyd
  9. Rain Gods - James Lee Burke
  10. Eleven Days - Donald Harstad

Willie Elliott
Willie wants to expand his reading scope to include mysteries, science fiction and biographies among other genres.

  1. The Blue Star—Tony Earley [review]
  2. Jim the Boy—Tony Earley [review]
  3. Losing Mum and Pup - Christopher Buckley [review] -audio
  4. Chasing the Bear - Robert B. Parker [review]
  5. Glenn Beck's Common Sense – Glenn Beck [review]
  6. End the Fed - Ron Paul [review] - audio
  7. The Castaways - Elin Hilderbrand [review] - audio
  8. Prelude—William Coles [review]

 

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