35 Books I Remember Reading in 2009

I thought my last post for the year had to be some kind of round-up of 2009, so I naturally turned to the books I read.

From the list, you’ll see that I have wide-ranging reading interests. I have gone/am currently going through a serious addiction to historical fiction (Tracy Chevalier, Jan Guillou, Philippa Gregory, and Diana Gabaldon). Maybe this is because one of my own works “in progress” is a piece of historical fiction.

In addition to the list below, I also read quite a number of books on herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and gardening. And of course, lots of children’s books.

Each book listed is linked to its page on Amazon, just in case you want to know more about it. I’ve forgotten some, but here is a list of what I remember reading:

1. The Road to Jerusalem, by Jan Guillou

2. Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie

3. Does My Head Look Big in This?, by Randa Abdel-Fattah

4. Pope Joan, by Donna Woolfolk Cross

5. If Today Be Sweet, by Thrity Umrigar

6. The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar

7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

8. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

9. Teta, Mother and Me, by Jean Said Makdisi (the sister of the great late Edward Said)

10. Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

11. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri

12. The Mistress of Spices, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

13. The Sum of Our Days, by Isabel Allende

14. The Lady and the Unicorn, by Tracy Chevalier

15. Balthasar’s Odyssey, by Amin Maalouf

16. Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

17. The Arabian Nights, translated by Husain Haddawy (I can read and reread the Arabian Nights/Thousand and One Nights forever)

18. Finding Nouf, by Zoё Ferraris

19. My Year Inside Radical Islam, by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

20. The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

21. The View From Garden City, by Carolyn Baugh

22. Bitter Is The New Black, by Jen Lancaster

23. Bright Lights, Big Ass, by Jen Lancaster

24. Such A Pretty Fat, by Jen Lancaster

25. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, by Fannie Flagg

25. The Constant Princess, by Philippa Gregory

26. The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory

27. The Boleyn Inheritance, by Philippa Gregory (a second reading)

28. The Queen’s Fool, by Philippa Gregory

30. The Virgin’s Lover, by Philippa Gregory

31. The Other Queen, by Philippa Gregory

32. The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory

33. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (a second reading)

34. Dragonfly in Amber, by Diana Gabaldon (a second reading)

35. Voyager, by Diana Gabaldon (will finish reading it tonight, actually)

What’s your list?


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