I was so excited when my boxes (four boxes!) of pretty new Hannah West books came that I immediately set up a Goodreads giveaway for Hannah West: Sleuth in Training (link goes directly to the give away). Then the good people at Two Lions publishing stepped in to offer 20 (twenty!) hardcover copies of Hannah West: Sleuth on the Trail. You should enter!
- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
- The Financial Lives of Poets by Jess Walter
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
- Stitches by David Small
- The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
- The Family Man by Elinor Lipman
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
- Little Bee by Chris Cleave
I’m often excited about a book right after I read it, and in the past my Top Ten lists have leaned toward most recently-read loves. But this year I was diligent about putting my books on goodreads (although I was a total slacker about writing real reviews and my tags aren’t all that helpful — yet). I kept a Favorites of 2009 “book shelf” and just threw things on there when I was particularly blown away. Out of the 95 books I read, 23 made it to that shelf. Getting it down to ten was hard, and Little Bee and Stitches were often in jeopardy of being bumped (by Jonathan Tropper and Richard Russo; two worthy authors if you’re going to be edged out). Oh, and The Oxford Project, my favorite nonfiction book of the year, didn’t make it to the final top ten. I think I’d better hit “publish post” before I monkey with this some more.