This is my first time participating in this challenge and I really enjoyed it!!
I want to thank Robin
from My Two Blessings
for hosting this challenge!!
I wanted to read 29 but only completed 19 books.
Here is the list of the books that I did finish:Sonata for Miriam
by Linda Olsson- I absolutely loved this book. A favorite for this year for sure. I will be posting my thoughts later this week and offering up my gently-read copy as a giveaway!!Who By Fire
by Diana Spechler- This was a great read which came highly recommended by several fellow bloggers. I will post my thoughts about this one later this week too.Laika
by Nick Abadzis- graphic novel about the first dog sent into space by the Soviet Union. Thanks to Nymeth for reviewing this book on her blog a while ago. It was so moving and it made me cry. Another book that I need to post my thoughts about!!Skim
by Mariko Tamaki- another graphic novel that I really enjoyed. I was intrigued by the cover art and had to take this book home with me from the library. I wasn't let down!!Love and Other Natural Disasters
by Holly Shumas- even though the subject matter (husband has emotional affair while wife is 8 months pregnant) left a bad taste in my mouth, the book was well written and there was a lot to talk about in regards to the subject matter. Thanks Mel at Lit*Chick for suggesting this one.Still Alice
by Lisa Genova- this book made me an emotional wreck. I highly recommend this to everyone!! A must read for 2009!!!Bliss
by Lauren Myracle- a great YA book that is very, very dark, sinister and creepy!!The Polysyllabic Spree
by Nick Hornby- this book was hazardous to my TBR list!! And now I can't wait to read the other 2!The Wednesday Sisters
by Meg Waite Clayton- not a bad book but not a great one either. Just so-so for me.The Sugar Queen
by Sarah Addison Allen- I really enjoyed this book but I loved her first one more!! Still, I can't wait until her 3rd novel is released later this year!The School of Essential Ingredients
by Erica Bauermeister- I adored this book!! Everything about it was wonderful and for those that love food and books about cooking, food, and relationships...this one is for you!!Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel- this is a superb graphic novel! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great graphic novel read, and especially to those that have never tried reading a graphic novel.Interpreter of Maladies
byJhumpra Lahiri- her first collection of short stories and my first foray into reading a book of short stories. Wonderful experience.Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen- I'm so glad that I read this. I've watched the movie versions so many times that the words in the book came alive for me!!The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel
by David Wroblewski- I never did post my thoughts about this and I think I really should because this book really touched me. I loved the entire story even though I didn't make the connections with Hamlet/MacBeth (whatever!!) I just enjoyed this book immensly...when it ended the tears were rolling down my checks.Cross Country
by James Patterson- yes, I know a lot of people diss Patterson but I love Alex Cross so I won't say I'm sorry for reading this series...I like it!The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer- told in letter form much like 84, Charing Road, this book was simply marvelous!! One of the best of the year for me!A Mercy
by Toni Morrison- very deep and emotionally raw book. One that I feel I should re-read some day.Sweet Life
by Mia King- another book with food as a key element and a great storyline!
The Books I didn't finish:
- The Lady Elizabeth
- The Jane Austen Book Club
- The Heretic's Daughter
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
- Cellist of Sarajevo
- God of Animals
- Anna Karenina
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
But I have every intention of reading them sometime this year...
Thanks for reading to the end of this extremely long post!