Books I Read in 2009

This is probably not a comprehensive list but in the spirit of moving into a new year I tried to remember all of the books I read over the past year.   Titles in bold are those I read for the first time this year that I recommend most highly.

In no particular order, books I read in 2009:

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowing*
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling*
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling*
  • Harry Potter’s Bookshelf by John Granger
  • Harry Potter & Imagination by Travis Prinzi
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Name of This Book is  Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (the author’s “real” identity, like the book, is secret)
  • Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
  • Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty
  • Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty
  • Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty
  • Mexican High by Liza Monroy
  • The White Rose by Arthur R. Schulz
  • Faust by Goethe
  • The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis*
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger*
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  • The Mysteries of Udulpho by Ann Radcliffe
  • Dangerous Liaisons by Francois de Laclos
  • Pamela by Samuel Richardson
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel DeFoe
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  • The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs
  • The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs*
  • The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs*
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green*
  • Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle*
  • The Donkey Gospel by Tony Hoagland
  • The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
  • America’s Prophet by Bruce Feiler
  • The Rover by Aphra Behn
  • A History of the Church in the United States & Canada by Robert Handy
  • The Female Brain by Louanne Brizandine
  • Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge
  • Waking the Dead by  John Elderedge
  • How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
  • About a Boy by Nick Hornby*
  • Paper Towns by John Green*
  • Churched by Matthew Paul Turner
  • The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder*
  • An Excellent Marriage
  • Geektastic (various authors)
  • Fear & Trembling by Kierkegaard
  • Dante in Love by Harriet Rubin
  • The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
  • Counterfeiter by Moritz Nachstern
  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare*
  • Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare*
  • As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare*
  • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
  • Henry IV part I by William Shakespeare
  • Henry IV part 2 by William Shakespeare
  • Henry V by William Shakespeare
  • The Tempest by good ol’ Billy Shakes
  • Letters to a Young Evangelical by Tony Campolo
  • Crunchy Cons by Rod Dreher
  • Angry Conversations with God by Susan Isaacs
  • Paul was Not a Christian by Pamela Eisenbaum
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
  • A Seat at the Table by Joshua Halberstam
  • What Would God’s Pottery Do? by Gideon Lamb and Jeremiah Smalchild
  • The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit*
  • Wet Magic by E. Nesbit
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leeanna Renee Hieber
  • Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

This includes most of the titles I read for various courses which is why there’s so much Shakespeare and 18th Century/Restoration literature. I’ve had a lovely start to my “reading year” with about a chapter of Ulysses tackled along with the new Eldredge book Love & War and the first half of Megan McCafferty’s Perfect Fifths, the final book in her beloved Jessica Darling series. It’s hard to concentrate on one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century when you just want to find out whether Marcus Flutie and Jessica Darling finally get back together, let me tell you. It’s sort of embarrassing, but what can you do? Sorry, James Joyce. I’m trying.

What were your favorite reads this year?


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2 responses to “Books I Read in 2009

  1. Wow, that is a long list of books. My goal was to just read 50… and I had to finish off the list with a few picture books. My favourites included Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, East of Eden, and all of Miriam Toews books (I highly recommend her work, especially “A Complicated Kindness,” it gave me a whole new perspective on the mennonite lifestyle).

  2. Wow, you’ve been busy.

    Now I have this weird urge to list what I read… meeeh time….

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