I won't bore you with the entire list in one chunk. I'll break it into pieces that are a tad easier to digest. But I will be going in chronological order. These are the books I read in 2009. I'll rate on a scale of 1-5, 5 being best in my opinion. I read an even 60 books, and I've already devoured five in 2010. To some that will be a mediocre number, to others it is outrageous. Reading is what I do, just ask my husband. So onto the list in size-able chunks...
First, the books I reread in 2009:
Beauty by Robin McKinley - 5
I will read this book over and over again. It is beautiful and imaginative, and I always want more when I'm done.
Cane River by Lalita Tademy - 2
Very well researched historical fiction.
Harry Potter 6 by J.K. Rowling - 3
Reread just before watching the movie.
A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers - 3
Well written christian fiction. Not overtly religious and annoying. A great story.
An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers - 3
Goes with A Voice in the Wind.
Emma by Jane Austen - 2
I hate to give her a 2, but gosh do I hate Emma. She is so stuck-up!
Marley and Me by John Grogan - 4
Reread this with Albert. I'm still laughing at some of the things he writes.
Wicked by Gregory Maquire - 2
I love the imagination it takes to pull an old story out and remake it. But I'm not into politics and he turns Oz into a modern day political debate.
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer - 2
Reread for the movie.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer - 4
Ten times better than the Twilight books. She is an amazing writer, she just needed a better subject.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - 5
I read this one twice this year. She creates a world that sounds horrible, but I want to crawl inside and live there all the same.
A little disclaimer: these are all my opinion. I don't think I have the right to say whether these books should be best sellers or not. But if they are above a 3 I would highly recommend them to you. And even if they are a 2 or a 1, you should read them anyways just to broaden your horizons. Books open your mind.
Read. Read. Read. Just don't read one type of book. Read different books by various authors so that you develop different styles.
--R. L. Stine