999 in 2009 – Final Thoughts and Comments (long post)


First, I will never again commit to reading so many specific books in one year – I like to wander around in my reading. I was fine at the beginning of the year, but by the end was scrambling to fill in holes when I had other things I wanted to read.

Second, I will have to continue to keep up some book challenges. There were books on this list I would have never picked up if I hadn’t been challenged, such as Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury or Let Me Go by Helga Schneider.

Third, I was surprised that Mt. Bookpile couldn’t supply more books. I figured I would have more to fit the different categories. But then, many of the library books were audio books, which I don’t keep at home.

Here is my thoughts on the categories:

Easiest to Finish – New Books Published in 2009 – I probably finished this one at least twice over, if not three times

More Difficult Than I Guessed – Books With the Word “Heart” in the Title – I didn’t have as many of these on Mt. Bookpile as I thought. I also didn’t want them all to be romance novels.

Author Most Represented on List – Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb – What can I say? She’s very prolific and I like her books.

Here are my choices (today – this could change tomorrow) for the best books in each group:

New Books in 2009 – Horizon by Lois McMaster Bujold
Place Name in the Title – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Time Travel – The Little Book by Selden Edwards
Facial Feature – Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury
Written Before 1900 – Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
“Heart” in the Title – Dragonheart by Todd McCaffrey
Author Whose Last Name Starts With “Y” – Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto or China Dolls by Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan
Stand Alone Mysteries – Bone by Bone by Carol O’Connell
Translation – Kallocain by Karen Boye


Most Recommended – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Best Feel Good – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Best Romance – Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
Best Twist – Promises in Death by J.D. Robb
Least Memorable Book – Truly, Madly Manhattan by Nora Roberts
Longest Book – Hawaii by James Michener (or was it Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott?)
Most Chilling Antagonist – The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
Most Confusing – The City at the End of Time by Greg Bear
Most Interesting Non Fiction – Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey
Most Suspenseful – The Shimmer by David Morrell
Most Tedious – The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
Most Unexpected – Kallocain by Karen Boye
Sexiest – Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy
Shortest Book – How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? or How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Was on Mt. Bookpile the Longest – Dragonwings by Laurence Yep