Recommended Reads

I can barely believe it myself, but in the past nine months, I've read over 200 books! So, I've decided to recommend my 20 best 2009 reads, so far (though most of them were actually published before 2009, FYI):

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson
  • The Sookie Stackhouse series - Charlaine Harris
  • The Mozart Conspiracy - Scott Mariani
  • The Host - Stephenie Meyer
  • The Nightingale - Morganna Gallaway
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid
  • Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
Chick-lit/women's fiction:
  • Marley and Me - John Grogan
  • Sex, Lies and Fairytales - Kate Thompson
  • Gossip Girl - Cecily von Ziegesar
  • My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - Toby Young
  • Johnny Be Good - Paige Toon
  • The Rum Diary - Hunter S. Thompson
  • Arthur and George - Julian Barnes
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
  • Prozac Nation - Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
  • The Clothes on Their Backs - Linda Grant

As for writing, I'm finding as the light disappears, I'm putting down other people's books and picking mine up. After reading so many books, this is a *very* good thing! I'll be blogging more about my writing progress in a few days time.


  1. Good grief. You're a reading machine! I fail at reading. :(

    Next year, all this will be mine! MINE, I tells ya!

    *shakes fist*

  2. Awesome!! I am printing this list out and going to the bookstore with my gift cards. Thanks!!

  3. @ Scarlett: Next year you are welcome to be the reading machine and I'll have your word count! {^_^}

    @ Pam - Let me know what titles you get! I especially recommend Stieg Larsson (though the title listed is book 2 of 3, so get the 1st one if you choose to buy him!) and the other Crime/Thriller/Supernatural books. :0)

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed the Kate Thompson book!!!

  5. I've not read any of those -- but Catch-22 is arriving tomorrow...! I recently put in an order for a bunch of classics and that was included in my selection!

    In the last 9 months I've read... hm... 5 books maybe? An hour a night and a few trips/travels along the way. 200 is a little silly :P

  6. @P - I did! Thanks for recommending it to me in the first place! :)

    @Sebastian - 200 is ridiculously silly, I admit it! :)

    I hope you like Catch-22! I realised this time last year that I was woefully under-read on the classics; I've been trying to redeem myself this year.

  7. Hah... yes, I had the same realisation a few months ago :)

    And when I displayed my book collection on my blog that was the main thing people picked up on: very few classics (though I bet I've read more Shakespeare than most...) (for the pretty book shelf picture thing)