Essential Books 2009

It was hard to choose, but here are the best books I read in 2009. If you want more info, click the links:

1.   The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. If you only read it in your high school English class, you should go back and try it again. I feel like the Lost generation is happening all over again with mine.

2.    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is Young Adult, and you can’t help but fly through it. Original, action-packed, political with a little romance.

3.    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Do not believe what they tell you. This is not a love story. But it is completely brilliant.

4.    Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. SO, so funny. But if you don’t get irony or wit, don’t bother.

5.    On Writing by Stephen King. Non-fiction, King writes about what he’s been doing for 40 years, writing. He also adds a small autobiographical section and a sort of journal of how he recovered after nearly being killed by a car.

6.    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larrsson. The trouble with these books is that once you hit a certain point, it’s impossible to stop. I was up to 6 a.m. one night reading the first and the second’s ending is unbelievable. I will warn you, it takes a little while to get into the first one, give it 150-200 pages.

7.    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. Eugenides writes more beautifully than anyone I’ve read in my life. Gorgeous prose. This book was a Pulitzer winner and its easy to see why.

8.   Travel Writing by Peter Ferry. Quirky and original.

9.    When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. So funny. I was laughing out loud, but the end, a day to day journal while he’s quitting smoking, kind of drags.

10.   The Handmaiden’s Tale by Margaret Abbott. Post-Apocalyptic is one of my favorite topics and this book looks at everything from a woman’s prospective. The role women play in Abbott’s book is pretty shocking, but she makes it completely believable.

Honorable Mentions: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, My Life in France by Julia Child, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

And The Best True Story, but Worst Written: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Everyone really should read this even though it felt like pulling teeth to get through it. The story is amazing. And Mortenson wrote his newest book, Stones into Schools, by himself. It’s in book stores now.

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One Response to Essential Books 2009

  1. the observer says:

    i’m so glad you put this list on here w/ these awesome summaries. it’s my new reading list!

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