Small Favor by Jim Butcher (urban fantasy)- Harry's tenth adventure involves rescuing a kidnapped gangster, being targeted by one of the summer court's most powerful fae, and the three billy goats gruff. The story moves at a breakneck speed, and is a joy from it's exciting start to emotional finish.
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Halle (fantasy)- In this touching retelling of Maid Maleen, Shannon Hale gives a voice and a name to the lady's servant, recasting her as a tough and admirable heroine.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer (science fiction)- The Host combines the excitement and romance of the Twilight Saga with a more mature plot line. I am amazed at how much I enjoyed this book
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (fantasy/historical fiction/audiobook)- An epic novel that implants the magic of a fantasy tome into the polite society of a Jane Austen novel. This was my favorite read of 2009
Midnight Nation by J Michael Straczynski (fantasy/graphic novel)- A graphic novel about one man who slips through reality and must embark on a quest to save his soul.
Peony in Love by Lisa See (fantasy/historical fiction)- Taking place in seventeen century china, Peony in Love is about a young woman who wastes away and dies, and her journey through the underworld.
Looking for Alaska by John Green (contemporary fiction)- A story of boarding school, first love, faith and tragedy. The best funny/sad book I've ever read.
Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty (contemporary fiction)- The fifth and final Jessica Darling novels ends this coming of age story on a perfect note. I suffered and survived through high school, college, and the post college years alongside Jessica, making this tale (about her mid twenties) a somewhat bittersweet read.
Blankets by Craig Thompson (contemporary fiction/graphic novel) This behemoth of a graphic novel is an intense moving of age novel that tells about finding and losing both love and faith.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore (fantasy)- This novel represents my favorite type of sword and sorcery fantasy. A tough heroine, a exciting adventure storyline, and a nice side dish of romance.
Naamah's Kiss by Jacqueline Carey (fantasy)- Carey's most recent tale of Terre D’Ange takes us 200 years into the future, and presents us with a fascinating new heroine, a great cast of characters, and the same sex and magic we've come to expect and love. I'm highly anticipating the second book in this series.
Honolulu by Alan Brennert (historical fiction)- A story about a young Korean woman who comes to Hawaii looking for education and prosperity, only to be horribly surprised. I loved watching Jin's rise from one of the lowest times of her life, to one much better.
Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip (fantasy)- One of the most beautifully written fantasies I've ever read.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (science fiction/audiobook)- An exciting dystopia about a girl who enters a televised fight to the death to save her sister's life. I really want to read the sequel, Catching Fire, as well.
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (fantasy)- A retelling of the story of Snow White and Rose Red. Tender Morsels is a emotional tale of sisterhood, motherhood, innocence, and loss that manages to hit every emotional point from sorrow to joy.
Here are a few honorable mentions:
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher- reviewed 04/15/09
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant- reviewed 05/09/09
The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan- reviewed 05/22/09
Playing with Fire by Derek Landy- reviewed 09/19/09
Frostbitten by Kelley Armstrong- reviewed 12/28/09
If you're interested in seeing a list of all the books I've read for 2009, click here.
I'm really enjoying reading everyone's total lists/top lists! Getting a few books to read for next year :)
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