Question of the Week

This week Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon issued their lists for the “Best Books of 2009”.  One might say it’s a bit early, but hey, it’s always fun to read and make lists:

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of 2009
1. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science – Richard Holmes
2. Await Your Reply – Dan Chaon
3. Big Machine – Victor Lavalle
4. Cheever: A Life – Blake Bailey
5. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon – Neil Sheehan
6. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin
7. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi – Geoff Dyer
8. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon – David Grann
9. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work – Matthew B. Crawford
10. Stitches – David Small
Amazon’s Top 10 Books of 2009
1. Let the Great World Spin – colum McCann
2. Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder
3. Wolf Hall  –  Hilary Mantel
4. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibin
5. Beautiful Creatures – Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
6. Crazy for the Storm – Noman Ollestad
7. The Girl Who Played with Fire – Steig Larsson
8. The City & The City – China Mieville
9. Stitches – David Small
10. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba

question-marksWhat do you think?  Are any of your favorites of 2009 listed here? 

In an effort to come up with a very unofficial and very unscientific list of favorites of R & R readers, we ask

“What 2009 book was your favorite?

posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services


3 thoughts on “Question of the Week”

  1. My favorite book for 2009 was Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. It had everything that keeps me reading and finishing a book – interesting plot, characters you care about, some romance, some medical twists and history.

  2. For me, “The Skating Rink” by Robert Bolano was the best book of 2009. It’s a murder mystery set in the fictional Spanish seaside town of Z. The reader knows there was a murder from the beginning, but its circumstances are slowly revealed by three characters each taking a chapter in turn. Bolano writes beautifully.

  3. My two favorite books (among many) are The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook and South of Broad by Pat Conroy. The first is a mystery and the second a family saga. It was nice reviewing my reading list for the past year. I read some great books.

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