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Books Read 2009

Full List of Books Read in 2009.  10 of the Best listed here.

December
95 Gold – Blaise Cendrars  ***
94 Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout  ****
93 The Doomsters – Ross MacDonald  ***
92 Carter Beats the Devil -Glen David Gold  *****
91 Perfume – Patrick Suskind  *** 1/2
90 Do You Think You’re Clever? – John Farndon ****
89 The Man Who Loved Books Too Much Allison Hoover Bartlett  ***

November
88 Clisson and Eugenie – Napoleon Bonaparte  ***
87 The Passport – Herta Mueller  ***
86 The Cure for All Diseases Reginald Hill (Audio) /2 *** 1/2
85 The Silver Swan – Benjamin Black  ** 1/2
84 Talking about Detective Fiction – P D James  ****
83 Dismissed Dead – Rod Brammer  ***
82 The Private Patient – P D James (Audio Book)  ** 1/2
81 A Selection from Citylit Berlin  ****
80 A Selection from Citylit London  ****
79 The White Castle – Orhan Pamuk  **
78 The File – Timothy Garton Ash  ***

October
77 Miss Hargreaves – Frank Baker  ***
76 Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day Winifred Watson  ****
75 The Allure of Chanel – Paul Morand  ***
74 Ordinary Thunderstorms – William Boyd  ***
73 Fighting It! – Regi Claire  ****
72 The Girl With The Golden Eyes – Honore de Balzac  **
71 The Bethlehem MurdersMatt Rees  ****
70 Falling Mortals – Jennifer Johnston *

September
69 Basil – Wilkie Collins ***
68 Glasshopper Isabel Ashdown  *** 1/2
67 The Death of the Author – Gilbert Adair  *****
66 The Sufferings of Young Werther – Goethe  *** 1/2
65 The Chronicles of Clovis – Saki  ****
64 The Glass Room – Simon Mawer  ***
63 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher – Kate Summerscale  ****
62 BBC National Short Story Award 2008 – Various ****

August
61 The Salati Case – Tobias Jones  ***
60 Pharos – Alice Thompson  *** 1/2
59 The Year of the Flood – Eduardo Mendoza  *** 1/2
58 A Cool HeadIan Rankin  ***
57 One City, One Trust – Alexander McCall Smith, Ian Rankin, Irwine Welsh  *** 1/2
56 My Driver – Maggie Gee  *** 1/2
55 Adam Gould – Julia O’Faolain  *** 1/2
54 A Selection from The Atlantic Ocean Andrew O’Hagan ****
53 Inkheart – Cornelia Funke  ***
52 The House at Riverton – Kate Morton  **

July
51 Fists Pietro Grossi  *** 1/2
50 My Cleaner – Maggie Gee  ****
49 Top 10 Berlin  *****
48 98 Reasons for BeingClaire Dudman  ****
47 Struwelhitler: A Nazi Story BookDr Schrecklichkeit  ****
47 Struwelpeter – Translated by Mark Twain  ***
46 Struwelpeter – Heinrich Hoffmann  *****
45 Berlin Tales – Edited by Helen Constantine  ****
June
44 The Wall Jumper – Peter Schneider  ****
43 Emil and The Detectives – Erich Kastner  *** 1/2
42 The Illustrated Brighton Moment Various ****
41 A Village Romeo and Juliet – Gottfried Keller  ***
40 All My Friends are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufmann  ***
39 The Blind Side of the Heart – Julia Franck  ****
38 Ice Cold – Andrea Maria Schenkel  ****
37 The Luminous Life of Lily Aphrodite – Beatrice  Colin  *** 1/2

May
36 The Jew’s Beech Annette von Drolste-Hulshoff  ***
35 Three Bags Full – Leonie Swann  ***
34 ScottsboroEllen Feldman  ****
33 The Murder Farm – Andrea Maria Schenkel  *** 1/2
32 The WildernessSamantha Harvey  *** 1/2
31 The Mystery of the Enchanted Crypt – Eduardo Mendoza  *** 1/2
30 The Invention of Everything Else – Samantha Hunt ***
29 Home – Marilynne Robinson  *****
28 No Word from Gurb – Eduardo Mendoza  ****
27 Burnt Shadows – Kamila Shamsie  ****

April
26 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieAlan Bradley  ****
25 Mystic Pig – Richard Katrovas  **
24 Me and Kaminski – Daniel Kehlmann  ***
23 Molly Fox’s Birthday – Deirdre Madden  *** 1/2
22 Dear Everybody – Michael Kimball  ***** Author Interview
21 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie  ** 1/2

March
21 March Violets Phillip Kerr  ***
20 The Caledonian Kitchen  ****
19 Shakespeare on Toast – Ben Crystal  ****
18 The Big Over Easy – Jasper Fforde  ****
17 The Earth Hums in B-Flat – Mari Strachan  *** 1/2
16 The Letters – Fiona Robyn  ***
15 Fleck – Alaisdair Gray  ***
14 The Blue Fox – Sjon  *** 1/2
13 The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett  ****

February
12 Summer In February – Jonathan Smith  ***
11 The Outlander – Gil Adamson  ***
10 The Emperor of Ice-Cream – Brian Moore  ****
09 Child’s Play – Carmen Posadas  ***
08 The Hidden – Tobias Hill  ** 1/2
07 The Road Home – Rose Tremain  *** 1/2

January
06 A Night Out With Burns – Selected by Andrew O’Hagan  ****
05 Beyond Sleep – W F Hermans  *****
04 The Two Faces of January – Patricia Highsmith  ***
03 Grace Alex Pheby *** / Post-interview revision ****
02 Royal Highness – Thomas Mann  ** 1/2
01 What A Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe ***** (R)

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One thought on “Books Read 2009

  1. I love these lists – very inspirational and intimidating, I could not read sooo many books in one year and I already ‘d say I read a lot! Thanks for the ideas, what else to read (not that I would ever run out of ideas 🙂

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