Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Favourite books in 2009

A number of bloggers have been chatting about their favourite books read in 2009. I felt it was time I did the same, but then I had a look at my notebook and due to the schermozzle that 2009 turned out to be, I only read about 40 books, which I suppose isn't too bad, but I'd aimed for 50.

So this year, I am aiming for fifty again, and am off to a good start having finished reading Engleby, by Sebastian Faulks today - but I shall blog a review about that tomorrow.

As for this year's books? I read quite an eclectic mix, so I have put my favourites into loose categories, and in some I haven't been brave enough to make a call and have listed two books. Yes, I'm indecisive, but put it down to the quality of the books, not my lack of fortitude...

Best Crime fiction:

The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Best General Fiction:

First Touch of Light by Ruth Pettis

Best Historic Fiction:

Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
Banquo's Son by Tania Roxborogh

Best Biography:

Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime By Joanne Drayton

Best Memoir:

Chance is a Fine Thing by Philip Temple
The Madonna in the Suit Case by Huberta Hellendoorn

To help me along in my quest to read fifty books this year I have signed up to Dorte's 2010 Global Reading Challenge. I've opted for the easy challenge, which is to read a book from an author you haven't read before from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. I thought it would be a good way to broaden my reading horizons.

My reading horizons are always gladly expanded by reading the books written by people I interview on the Write On Radio Show. I already have four books on that pile itching to be read.

Then there is the pile of books I have succumbed to upon entering the University Book Shop, which include a few "chunkers" which will slow my rate down a bit. But never mind, I am keen and eager, I just have to find the time...


TK Roxborogh said...

My blog isn't really the place to do what you've done so I'm gonna crash your party and do it here:

Best Memoir:
Madonna in a suitcase
The End of Darwin Road

Best YA:
My Candlelight Novel by Joanne Horniman (though I don't really think it counts as YA)
About Griffen’s heart by Tina Shaw

Best NZ Fiction:
Containment by you!
Magpie Hall by Rachel King

Best 'other' fiction:
Echo in the Bone

Best Non- Fiction:
Actaully these keep being my best cos I read and re-read them:
Shakespeare: the invention of the human by Harold Bloom
Story by Robert McGee

Erin said...

I have gone back and counted, and must confess that I too read 40 books. Sometimes it feels like more then that... My top list:

Best Memoir:
The Middle Place by Kelly Xorrigan

Best Fiction:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Best Nonfiction:
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Best NZ Nonfiction:
Island of the Lost by Joan Druett

Best NZ Fiction:
Containment by Vanda Symon
and Magpie Hall by Rachael King

Best Historical Fiction:
Suite Francais by Irene Nemirovsky

The Rejection Queen said...

Congrats on getting published. I hope I can say the same for me soon.