One Half of the Year Gone… Whats your Favorite read in ’09 to date?

Best read 2009

My question today is, 6 months in…. what is the best book you have read so far this year?  It doesn’t have to be a new release.  It can be new or old.  If you are a book blogger and have reviewed this book,  please leave a link so we can see your review.  I am looking for name of book, author, and maybe a line or two about the book.

Lets make this fun – I will take responses on this from now until August 16.  Then I will do a random drawing from the comments for a $15 Gift Card to Amazon.

*Book Bloggers:  You can earn a bonus chance to win by linking the book review (Jan – July 09) to this post and add the meme that I have put on this post to your post.  Leave me a comment here with the link.

I have two that I can not choose between….

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

Dragon House by John Shors

The giveaway portion of this post is now closed – the winner was Karoline!

*Winners are chosen by using

74 thoughts on “One Half of the Year Gone… Whats your Favorite read in ’09 to date?

  1. Hi, just arrived from Book Blogs.

    My favourite read so far must be THE OBSERVATIONS By Jane Harris. A debut novel, it’s original, warm, funny, well observed and full of ‘real’ characters.

    However, I must also mention TWISTED MINDS By Hilary Norman as the most chilling, so full of evil intent and malice – quite stomach churning.

  2. Wow, this is a really hard one. Here are the four that stick out as the top, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Shack by William Young and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I would almost have to flip a coin but I guess The Shack would win. It moved me the most, made me want to read it again, and I have loaned it to so many people I am going to have to go buy another copy for myself! Of course, the other 3 are also off on trips of their own.

  3. The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, has really stayed with me the past few months. I find myself thinking about it when I read other books. It was very well done.

    Hard to choose, there are a few more good ones.

    JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com


  4. That’s a tough question. Hmm…I have two and they are two authors new to me: Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliott and A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander.

    Thanks for the contest and thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog looks great! Keep up the good work.

  5. Wow, Sheila! That’s difficult…It’s kind of a toss-up between one I read a couple of months ago and the one I just finished. I love Joyce Maynard’s “Labor Day,” and just did a review of it on Amazon…later I’ll review it on one of my blogs.

    But if I had to choose…I guess that it would be Elizabeth Berg’s “Home Safe,” about a woman whose husband unexpectedly dies, leaving her bereft…but the worst of it is, she is a writer with sudden writer’s block and somedays, she can barely get out of bed!

    Here’s the link:

  6. Oh such a hard decision…

    Mine would be Mr Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange. It is a classic vampire tale with a twist of immortal romance, and was just beautiful.

  7. hmmm….This is hard. I can narrow it down to three. For some reason all three can be described as “post-apocalyptic” .

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I know some were bothered by the harshness of the book, but I found the harshness only made the wonderfully loving relationship between the father and son stand out even more. That and the lyrical style is simple and elegant.

    Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory. I reviewd the book for my blog though I did not post it unitl 8/2. I first read the book in Feb. and fell in love with it. I will post my review after this pharagraph. I loved it because of the interesting relationship between a human being and the “demon” possessing him.

    The third book was The Suicide Collectors by David Oppegaard. It is the story of a man named Norman who is one of the few survivors of The Despair. A unexplained phenomenon that causes the vast majority of the planet to take their own lives. It to me was a love story more than anything else. The love of a man for his wife and the love of a man for his life and the life of others. The author is from MN as well and I love when someone from my home state writes something that is so compelling.

  8. As of today there are 4 books that I have rated a 5/5 for 2009. They are:

    Nefertiti by Michelle Moran: Lush, beautiful and entrancing novel about Queen Nefertiti told from her sister’s POV

    Perfect on Paper by Maria Murnane: Funny, chick lit about figuring out who you are and what you want. Very reminicient of Bridget Jones

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford: I honestly loved this book. I cried the last 1/4 of the book. Wonderful history lesson and romance.

    The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly: A lush, romantic historical fiction work by a very talented author. It’s the first of a trilogy.

  9. It’s got to be The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It started off slowly, but once I got into it I absolutely could NOT put it down. I read all but the first twenty pages in one day.

  10. My favorite is a tie between Moloka’i and Honolulu from Alan Brennert. I read Moloka’i with my book club and learned that he was releasing Honolulu.

    Both books brought to life to very different sides of Hawaiian history. Very beautifully told with rich, dynamic characters.

  11. Earlier this year I read Wuthering Heights for the first time and was completely enthrawled by it. I could feel Catherine’s anguish and deep love for Heathcliff. I can’t believe I waited this long to read it. I loved it.


  12. Hm Sheila, great question….I’d have to say Legacy by Cayla Kluver =) It just intrigued me and kept my attention, lately I’ve been a little bored with the material I’m reading….so hopefully another winner comes my way soon! ;P

  13. Hmmm-Cleopatra by M. George, Nefereti -M. Moran and the Guersey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Oh and how can I forget Shanghai Girls-I really enjoy Lisa See’s later works.

    I know this is four and your asked for two.

    Everything Moran writes is fantastic.

    This is a great post for getting new ideas.

    Thanks Sheila

  14. Hi, I saw this question on Book Blogs. Really made me think. I’m going to try to pick a book that came out this year, because otherwise I’ll fall back on my perennial favorite “Gone with the Wind”, which is not really fair to the newer books. 🙂

    I’d have to say it’s John C. Maxwell’s “Put Your Dream to the Test”, which I found very inspiring. I’d recommend it for a writer (or anyone, really) who needs a bit of motivation. Here’s the link to my review:


  15. I would have to say the best book I’ve read this year is What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman.

    mittens0831 AT aol Dot com

  16. My favorite reads so far this year are the two books by Tana French — In the Woods and The Likeness. Both are superb thrillers.

    For nonfiction, I loved An Apple A Day by Joe Schwarcz, which explores issues about the food we eat. Very engaging.

  17. I agree with my mom wholeheartedly ” The Sabbathday River” was by far the best book I read this year. Even though the book is ten years old it’s a fresh and impulsive read that doesn’t let you go. I highly recommend it.

  18. This is a hard one. I’ve read so many great books this year already. I really enjoyed Girl With a Pearl Earring. The Sidewalk Artist was so good that I wanted to read it again as soon as I finished it! My current read is also great – The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy (also my current giveaway). So many books, so little time!

  19. This is a tough question as I have read some great books sor far in 2009, some classics some by new to me authors.

    If I must choose one it would be “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak with “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barberry
    a close second.

  20. My favorite book so far this year is Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. Heartbreaking, triumphant and a spectacular display of the strength of the human spirit. It was one of my favorite finds of the year.

  21. Thanks for this unique giveaway. The best book that i read this year has to be Sea of Lost Love by Santa Montefiore. Emotional and beautifully written novel.

  22. Mine is Revolutionary Road by Richard Ford. After seeing the movie, I was compelled to read the book. Although written in 1961, the book stands up well today. As a writer, I was impressed by his prose, not a clumsy word. I plan to read more of his work.

  23. I’ve read through all the comments and added several books to my wishlist. I always like seeing what other people have loved in their reading.

    I think my favorite read so far is The Story of Forgetting by Stephan Merrill Block. My review was posted Aug 2, but I finished it in July. It was written by a 24-yr-old and it shows so much insight and depth. The writing is beautiful and the characters so complete that I won’t stop thinking about them for a long, long time. I especially liked the old hunchback, Abel.

    A few other strong contenders are
    Language of the Bees by Laurie R. King
    Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear
    Skeletons at the Feast”> by Chris Bohjalian
    Still Life by Louise Penny

  24. So hard to pick! It’s a three-way tie between Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre, Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. It’s really fun to read other people’s entries!

  25. Didn’t do too much reading this year – school was so busy! Luckily, blogging has gotten me back into the habit of making time for reading. My favorite read so far has been Atwood’s The Robber Bride. It was absolutely delicious in every way. Her writing is so decadent – like a wonderful piece of chocolate cake. The descriptions are rich and fulfilling. They pull you into the book in new and exciting ways so that you become the characters – feeling their accomplishments and disappointments.

    Link to my review:

    I’ve never won anything so winning this would be so exciting!

  26. My favorite book so far this year would be Take One by Karen Kingsbury. She is an amazingly talented contemporary Christian Fiction writer. Check her out! She has written many books!

  27. Ooops! I forgot to include my email in my post!!

    My favorite book so far this year would be Take One by Karen Kingsbury. She is an amazingly talented contemporary Christian Fiction writer. Check her out! She has written many books!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  28. Three books have rated a 5/5 so far this year.

    Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rolvaag

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