Ten Books for 2009 (+ one that comes out after Christmas!)

The Children's Book (lovely, lush prose and period detail) 

Wolf Hall (a novel that humanizes a historical figure)

Drood (opium-soaked Wilkie Collins narrates this supernatural thriller) 

The Girl Who Played with Fire (you won't be able to wait for the final installment in the trilogy) 

The Best American Essays 2009 (a great collection of short pieces) 

Under This Unbroken Sky (a beautiful novel designed to break your heart) 

The Big Rewind (fans of the AV Club will alternately cringe and laugh throughout Rabin's memoir) 

Mistress of the Monarchy (Weir once again gives voice to a shadowy figure in British royal history) 

Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float (for Facebook and literature junkies everywhere) 

Beowulf on the Beach (upgrade your beach reading tote bag)













and my favorite contemporary author will debut his new series after Christmas - I can't wait!!


Shades of Grey by the fabulous author of the Thursday Next sequels, Jasper Fforde. 

Categories: Best of Books
by palmettobooklover on ‎11-30-2009 12:56 PM

Your recommendations lead me to believe that we have similar tastes in books.  Have you read Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.  I thoroughly enjoyed that one.  There are some amazing twists in this one.  While I usually have the twists figured out in books before they are revealed, this author totally took me by surprise with the first twist in this book.  If you haven't read this one, try it.  I really think you will like it.

by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎11-30-2009 01:07 PM

I haven't - Tipping the Velvet is in the TBR ahead of Fingersmith but I'll keep it in mind :smileyhappy:

by debbook on ‎11-30-2009 06:31 PM

I've only read 3 on your list but completely agree- Drood, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and Under This Unbroken Sky.

I'm thinking about Wolf Hall and The Children's Book ( though I couldn't get into Posession)

by Blogger Michelle_Buonfiglio on ‎12-01-2009 10:30 AM

Melissa, this looks like a wonderful list. Can you reveal a tiny bit more about the Byatt? Her "Possession" is one of my favorite books, and I also dug "Angels/Insects."

by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎12-01-2009 01:11 PM

Hi Michelle,


No problemo :smileyhappy:  Byatt starts The Children's Book in the late Victorian period and follows several families involved in the Fabian, Arts and Crafts, and revolutionary movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  What I love about this book is that Byatt fits her characters into the historical period, having them meet-up with real historical figures, and uses them to comment on the events of the time rather than imagining a different personal life for a real historical figure.  Byatt also uses that fantastic gift she has for writing in different voices because a number of characters are writers of various genres, particularly Olive Wellwood (the different voices isn't quite as extensive as Possession - which is what makes that book so fantastic - but she makes good use of it) and also brings in some elements of German fairy tales. There is a lot going on in The Children's Book but I really love it; I think all the characters and plotlines are evocative of a very turbulent time.

by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎12-20-2009 02:06 AM

Have an addendum to my list!


I just finished The Help by Kathryn Stockett and it is FANTASTIC.  Almost couldn't put it down.  I'm not sure where I'd slot it in on my list above but it would be on there! :smileyhappy:

by on ‎12-30-2009 10:58 AM

The Larsson books are so, so good!

by Moderator Melissa_W ‎01-04-2010 03:05 PM - edited ‎01-04-2010 03:06 PM

Update:  I bought, read, and loved Shades of Grey.  A great end to books released in 2009.

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