Here we have compiled a post featuring our 20 favorites. It was a difficult task to narrow it down, but you won't go wrong picking up these reads in the coming year.
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
You know this one has to be good,
it was chosen by three of us:
Mindy, Kari and Heather
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
"This book will be a classic,"
according to Kim
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
"You'll love this book."
Heather wholeheartedly agrees
Rainwater - Sandra Brown
Picked by Kim
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Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Heather calls this one
"A timeless classic"
Ahab's Wife - Sena Jeter Naslund
Picked by Emily
"Thought provoking and delicious writing"
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
"An unforgettable tale"
The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
Kim calls this
"An enthralling novel"
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
Heather found this to be
"A magical mystery"
Wicked - Gregory Maguire
Kim found this one to be
"A much darker, much more sensual, much more "grown up" take on the classic story."
Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Emily declares this one to be
The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
Emily thought this one was
The Gift of Fear - Gavin De Becker
Mindy said this one
"should be at the top of your books I MUST read list"
Into the Mind of Babes - Lisa Guernsey
"I think of something from this book at least once a week, it has influenced how I spend my time every day"
Bitter is the New Black - Jen Lancaster
This is Kari's pick.
"Insanely witty, brutally honest, a bit crass, but overall entertaining read."
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver
Mindy calls this book
"Some tasty food for thought."
Young Adult Fiction
The Host - Stephanie Meyer
Emily found this book to be
"A fun read"
Graceling - Kristin Cashore
Kari says this novel is
"Adventure mixed with a woman's lib touch"
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Kari picked this one.
Mindy and Heather also enjoyed reading it in 2008.
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
The sequel to The Hunger Games
Both Mindy and Kari have this book among their favorite 2009 reads.
What was the best book you read in 2009? Certainly there are one or two that you're dying to tell everyone about. Let us know here. We'd hate to miss out on a great read.