Archive for January, 2010

The Best of 2009

Books I REALLY Looked forward to which actually lived up to the hype:
Echo in the Bone. Frankly, Diana Gabaldon could have written 200 pages of this book about her dachshunds, and I still would have locked myself in the bathroom and kept refilling the tub with hot water while I read about Claire and Jamie.
Book I didn’t know was coming out which still made me gasp audibly when I saw it in the store:
The Crowning Glory of Calla-Lily Ponder. This one wasn’t as good as her first, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood but it was still good. The reviews on Amazon aren’t very nice, though, and tend to pin the problems of this novel on Wells’ battle with Lyme Disease.
Most disturbing Book I Read in 2009:
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best Young Adult Novel:
The Hunger Games and Chasing Fire, both by Suzanne Collins. Oh my fluffy heck. These book were sooooo good. I can’t wait for the third book in the trilogy to be released later this year.

Best Non-Fiction of the Year:
The Unlikely Disciple, by Kevin Roose. Ok, so this kid from Brown University decides he’s going to withdraw for a year and mosey on down to Virginia to spend a couple of semesters at Liberty University….home of Jerry Falwell. Only he’s not a Christian. It was really entertaining. He had the expected revelation that “Christians can be nice people and aren’t all hypocrites!”

Best Re-Reads of the Year:
Harry Potter, Book 7
Other Books I really Enjoyed:
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett. I always enjoy the Discworld novels and was happy when this one came out!
Best Book Tool of the Year:
My Kindle will win this every time, hands down. I use it every day, and I can troll through Amazon for hours at a time, looking for new samples to download.
Best Book Recommendation Blogs of 2009
The Oh Really – a fellow Mississippi Librarian — I puzzle over her posts, trying to work out which research emporium she’s working at in Jackson

And Finally

Best Book of 2009:

Her Fearful Symmetry. While Gabaldon’s books are my favorite SERIES, Audrey Niffennegger’s first best seller–Time-Traveler’s Wife–is one of my top 10 Books of All Time. When I saw Symmetry on the “Coming Soon” list, I wrote the date it was being released on my calendar. It was lovely.

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I Love Free WordPress

Dude, WordPress is so much nicer to me that Blogger was. I had a blog for several years before I got married, and didn’t want to start up there again, mostly because of how much I hated Blogger.

I just worked on my site and added links to blogs I read and sites I like to visit and it was SO EASY.

I often see other bloggers complaining about wordpress and updates and such, but I haven’t gotten far enough into this to need to do updates and whatnot, so I’ll just sit happily in my little cocoon of love.

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