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Some books I enjoyed in 2009

I didn't track my books at all this year and I tend to just grab a lot of things as they come to hand and read them, so I honestly have no idea how many books I read this year... a lot, I guess. This isn't a list of all the books I read, just a list of some things that I enjoyed this year. Highlights of the year, I guess, and in no particular order.

-The Sugawara Akitada Mysteries by I.J. Parker (Published order is different than Chronological order, which is annoying)- Murder mysteries set in Heian Japan, which I loved almost as much for the setting as the mysteries, but both were excellent and the books well researched. I wished there were more.

-The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher -I think these need little explanation... or far more than I'm going to write. Regardless I loved them, not necessarily high literature, but great stuff, waiting for the next one.

-The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle (reread for the umpteenth time)- Now I read this right after reading several other books on Robin Hood, including Lady of the Forest and Lady of Sherwood by Jennifer Roberson, and this one is still and always my very favorite Robin Hood. The flavor of it is just what I expect of Robin Hood, the pen and inks (by Howard Pyle also) are beautiful.

-Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - I loved the anime and wanted desperately to get my hands on the book. I finally did, and found it very different frome the anime, but equally wonderful. They're just different enough to be two very wonderful works.

-Pride and Prejudice (another reread)- Love this, the time period, the language, the romance and misunderstanding, all beautiful.

And finally worst read of the year: The first half of Twilight. I did not finish it, I won't.

I read and reread a LOT more stuff, of course, but these were the main highlights of the year. I have a huge list of TBRs this year and will track them a bit more this year, though I'm not setting a number goal.


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Jan. 1st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
I love the Dresden series! Dresden is just so much fun to read. He's so sarcastic and witty. It's great. Do you know about the next one coming in April?
Jan. 1st, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
I loved the series too! XD He is sarcastic and witty and uses some of the most original metaphors, which I love. I wasn't sure exactly when the next one is coming out, but now that I do I'll be waiting eagerly. Thanks for the heads up. :)
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