happy new year!

i finally did it! i finally read 50 books in 2009. (i counted the shorter graphic novels as 1/2.) here’s the list:

1. One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty – i always love to read about a writer’s love of books and this was a short but good read.
2. Miles From Nowhere by Nami Mun – unbearably bleak at times but something beautiful too.
3. Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork – finished with tears in my eyes. very real, touching story about an autistic teenager and growing up.
4. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell – fun and thought-provoking read
5. The Ginseng Hunter by Jeff Talarigo – has a short story feel to it, characters with no names, just faces
6. Delicate Edible Birds by Lauren Groff – collection of short stories. dark and lovely.
7. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett – all readers are equal
8. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – it was ok. got bored with 100 pages left so i skipped to the end. didn’t feel like i missed anything.
9. French Milk by Lucy Knisley – loved this book! photos and drawings make for a satisfying memoir.
10. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn – another memoir about France and food
11. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan – i’m a huge fan of Michael Pollan
12. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – this got me started on a Hardy kick
13. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
14. Tess of d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy – my favorite
15. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy – depressing in a my-kind-of-book way
16. The Godfather by Mario Puzo – one of the rare times i liked the movie more than the book
17. Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow – a reread and i might just read it again
18. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe – never read it before so i gave it a go. i was annoyed most of the time but i finished it.
19. Not Becoming My Mother by Ruth Riechl – kind of disappointing. i love her other memoirs. this was more of a very expensive essay turned hardcover book.
20. Beloved by Toni Morrison – Morrison is a literary goddess. no one can write like her.
21. The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz – a kind of how-to for Americans trying to assimilate to Paris life. hilarious and full of recipes!
22. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – sparse language, short sentences, dark imagery. so good i refuse to see the movie.
23. A Drifting Life by Yoshiro Tatsumi – a graphic novel memoir. amazing.
24. The Photographer by Didier Lefevre – there are no words to describe this book. you just have to read it. i bought it as soon as i finished it.
25. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – fast paced and fun. i refuse to see the movie. i’m sure they butchered it.
26. Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder – awesome story about a man who escapes the genocide in his country and then goes back as a doctor to build a free clinic
27. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway – loved it so much i want to do an independent study class on just Hemingway
28. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – my first Gaiman book. i think i might be a fan. i’ve added his Sandman series to my reading list.
29. Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nichols –
30. The Color of the Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
The Color of Water by Kim Dong Hwa
31. Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
32. Wildflower by Mark Seal
33. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
34. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
35. The Imposter’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell
36. Forest Born by Shannon Hale
37. William S and the Great Escape by Zilpha Keattey Snyder
38. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
39. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
40. Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love by Lauren Tarshis
41. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – didn’t like it in high school and i still don’t like it now
42. The Immoralist by Arthur Gide
43. If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino – must read more Calvino!
44. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
45. The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa
The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang
46. Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson – GREAT book. a sequel of sorts to Three Cups of Tea
47. Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago
48. The Alchemist by Michael Scott – YA book/series
49. The Magician by Michael Scott
50. The Samurai’s Garden – Gail Tsukiyama

i don’t believe in resolutions since i don’t know anyone who actually keeps them (myself included). so i will just set another goal. 60 books for 2010!

i hope your new year is filled with love, laugh, happiness and good books!