Reading 2009

I got a Kindle for Christmas last year and my reading has increased significantly. I read 45 books in 2009 compared to 30 in 2008. Of those, 27 were Kindle books. I’m also still a big audio book fan, listening to 17 audio books this year.  I’d like to shoot for a goal of 52 books in 2010, but realistically I think I’ll be more around 40. Last year was unique and I had an unusual amount of free-time and travel time to get a lot of reading in. But I still hope to take advantage of my time and enjoy some more great books in 2010. Any recommendations or must reads? Always looking for a good book.

I enjoyed most of the books I read in 2009, with just a few duds in there. Here’s my list with the highest rated first.

Title Author Rating
Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout *****
Brooklyn Colm Toibin *****
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë *****
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer *****
American Pastoral Philip Roth *****
The Love of a Good Woman Alice Munro *****
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Alan Bradley *****
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini ****
Great Expectations Charles Dickens ****
Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 Annie Proulx ****
Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann ****
Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You Alice Munro ****
Goodbye, Columbus : And Five Short Stories Philip Roth ****
Agnes Grey Anne Brontë ****
Knockemstiff Donald Ray Pollock ****
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens ****
My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse ****
Night Elie Wiesel ****
Revolutionary Road Richard Yates ****
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut ****
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen ****
The Forever War Dexter Filkins ****
The Good Earth Pearl S. Buck ****
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford ****
The White Tiger Aravind Adiga ****
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson ****
Tell No One Harlan Coben ****
The Humbling Philip Roth ****
The Northern Clemency Philip Hensher ****
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Bronte ****
The Uncommon Reader Alan Bennett ****
Little Bee Chris Cleave ****
When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris ****
A Separate Peace John Knowles ***
Breakfast of Champions or Goodbye Blue Monday! Kurt Vonnegut ***
Caught Stealing Charlie Huston ***
Cranford Elizabeth Gaskell ***
Sabbath’s Theater Philip Roth ***
Six Bad Things Charlie Huston ***
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson ***
The Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton Lee Stewart ***
UR Stephen King ***
Where Angels Fear to Tread E. M. Forster ***
Serena Ron Rash **
Until Proven Guilty J.A. Jance **