Wednesday 30 December 2009

My Favourite Books of 2009

I’ve decided to follow the example of bloggers such as Adele, Reggie and Steph Su in posting a list of my top reads of 2009. Not all of the these books were published this year, but I’ve read them all in 2009. The books aren’t listed in any particular and there’s quite a few of them. I tried for five but failed. Miserably!

The Hunger Games and Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Possibly two of the best books I’ve ever read. The mixture of a kick-ass heroine, a brilliant love triangle and a terrifying dystopian world make them unforgettable. (My reviews are here and here.)

Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles
An intense and enthralling love story of Romeo and Juliet proportions. I’m beyond excited to read the sequel, Rules of Attraction, next April. (My review is here.)

The Morganville Vampires - Rachel Caine
I love me some Morganville! This is one of my favourite series’. Action-packed, traditional bad vampires and lovable characters make them incredibly compelling reads. (Here are my reviews: Glass Houses, The Dead Girls’ Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule, Carpe Corpus)

Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Another of my favourite series. And another about vampires! Truly individual lore, the irrepressible Rose and gorgeous Dimitri make them truly addictive books. (These are my reviews: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise)

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare
I know, another series. I can’t help it! I devoured the first two and nearly went mad waiting for City of Glass. Demons, Jace and forbidden love. What more could you want? (My reviews are here and here.)

Being Nikki - Meg Cabot
The mixture of Meg Cabot’s trademark humour, a geeky protagonist, some science-fiction and my sister’s threats if I didn’t put it on this list put Being Nikki on the best of 2009 list. (My review is here.)

If I Stay - Gayle Forman
A heartbreaking and beautifully written novel that should be a must-read for everyone. I doubt anyone who reads this will get to the end dry-eyed. Stock up the tissues! (My review.)

Stolen - Lucy Christopher
One of the best books I’ve ever read, it was hard to believe it was Lucy's first novel. Shocking, stunning and truly one of a kind. I've never read anything like it and I doubt I will again. (My review.)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey
Vampires again! A steady, believable love story between an endearing heroine and a gorgeous, old-fashioned vampire. The wedding chapters on beth's website were a brilliant edition to the story. Fabulous! (Here is my review.)

Fallen - Lauren Kate
A sultry atmosphere, confounding mysteries, fantastic mythology and powerful writing. This is one of my favourite supernatural reads this year. It’s going to be a hell of a wait for the next in the series. (Here’s me review.)

Ice - Sarah Beth Durst
An enchanting and gorgeously written fairytale re-telling. I never expected to love this as much as I did and I'm so glad that I gave it a chance. Perfect for fans of the weirdly wonderful. (My review.)

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
One of the most beautiful books I’ve read this year. Captivating writing, a believable and intense love story and magic made this so much better than I expected it to be. I’m normally Team Vampire, but Shiver could easily change my mind. (Here's my review.)

These are only a small proportion of the amazing books that I’ve read this year and that’s mostly due to blogging. 20009 was a brilliant book year and I think that 2010 will be even better…



  1. City of Glass is definitely my favourite book of the year. Jace rocks! Shiver was as you say beautiful.

  2. I agree with most of them as I have not read all of them.

  3. The Hunger Games is probably THE most exciting book I've ever read. Good choices!

  4. I agree with you on The Mortal Instruments. They are amazing, for obvious reasons...

  5. A couple of these are on my list too - great picks!

  6. I totally agree with the one's I've read (VA, Morganville, Perfect Chemistry) and most of the one's I haven't read are on my wish list... So great list! :)

  7. The Hunger Games- YES! I just got Pefect Chemistry for Christmas and can't wait to read it. And I now NEED to get If I Stay.

  8. Great picks! I haven't read The Hunger Games yet, but I'm really intrigued by them - the premise doesn't appeal to me, but everyone says they're amazing ... Not sure if I should give them a try or not ...

  9. We definitely have very similar tastes, because all the ones I've read of those are among my favourites too, and the rest I'm planning to read soon.

    Sounds like everyone's loving on the Morganville books this week. I really need to read them!

  10. I totally agree with Hunger Games and Perfect Chemistry!!

    Great picks, I'll have to check the others you mentioned out :-)

  11. This is a great list and I have many of the same books on my 2009 list. :)

  12. Great list! The only ones I've read are Shiver and The Hunger Games. If I Stay is under my Christmas tree. :-)

  13. Haven't read all on your list, but I want to! Definitely agree that Shiver and City of Glass were awesome. Though I didn't really like City of Glass's ending. :(
    Great pick!

  14. great list. i still have to read city of glass. happy 2010!

    btw: you've been awarded

  15. ooh I really need to read Perfect Chemistry and Jessica's guide to dating! Great picks:)

  16. Who doesn't love hunger games with all their physical and mental being? ;-D
    I NEED need need (times infinity) the fourth book in the mortal instruments. Why can't it come out already!?!

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