Monday, January 5, 2009

Ten Good Books

2008 was a dry year, a bit oaky, but plenty of legs. I actually don't know enough about wine to add anything more to that assessment, so I'll stop. What I'm trying to say is that I didn't really read many books at all, and the ones I did either didn't stand out or were dry and boring. That doesn't stop me, however, from bringing you "Ten Good Books." After looking back at my bad books caterwauling, I decided that I'd better bring you something to enjoy. So without further ado, here is my list (culled from the 2006-2007 reading lists) of decent, enjoyable books.

Ten Good Books in No Particular Order
  1. The Meadow James Galvin: beautiful, lyrical, made me cry
  2. Singer of Souls Adam Stemple: fantasy; gritty first novel
  3. A Dirty Job Christopher Moore: delightful, sarcastic, witty, irreverent (his best, IMHO)
  4. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho: a perennial must-read for those who journey
  5. The Lightning Thief Rick Riorda: YA fun first book to series
  6. Mortal Engines Philip Reeve: YA fantasy; incredible world-building
  7. The Chalion Series: Lois McMasters Bujold: fantasy; world-building; masterful storyteller; I'm in awe
  8. The Widow's War Sally Gunning: feisty, sad, made me cry
  9. Mimus Lilli Thal: fantastical, odd, want to read the next one
  10. Odd Thomas Series Dean Koontz: don't usually read Koontz, but this was fun
Any books I should add to my must-read list for 2009? Let me know, please. I might as well get started. We're five days into the new year already!


inlandempiregirl said...

I put some of my favorite books on my blog side bar on the shelf. I hope to do a post on them also. I just got the Widow's War from a friend. I better read it now!!

Alex Moore said...

it left me with a sort of odd aching feeling at the end... i'm not certain that's a good thing, but it was a good read. and it made me oh so thankful that i'm a woman living in the usa in the 21st century. not that the rest of the world and other time periods don't have their charm...but i am most thankful, nonetheless.