*Flex*

Here’s the list of the (good and not so good) books I read in 2009. I set out to read 1 a week, found that I had much more time on my hands than I would admit to anyone, and barreled through about 80. Some were quick reads (YA genre and Sookie Stackhouse series – great for padding numbers), so I’m only slightly boastful. But if I can’t brag here, where can I, I ask you?

January:
1. The Inheritors by William Golding
2. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
4. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
5. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
6. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer (forgive me)
7. No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July
8. A Window Across the River by Brian Morton
9. Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
10. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

February:
11. A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
12. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
13. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
14. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
15. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
16. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
17. Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield

March:
18. Fragile Things  Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman
19. Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond
20. All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding by Carol Wallace

April:
21. One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding by Rebecca Mead
22. Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone by Jenni Ferrari-Adler
23. The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer

May:
24. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
25. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
26. Holes by Louis Sachar
27. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
28. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
29. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

June:
30. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
31. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
32. Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson
33. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
34. Too Big to Miss by Sue Ann Jaffarian
35. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
36. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris

July:
37. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
38. The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham
39. Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan
40. Now You See It … by Richard Matheson

August:
41. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
42. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
43. Disturbing the Peace by Richard Yates
44. Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
45. The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman
46. Family Sentence: The Search for My Cuban-Revolutionary, Prison-Yard, Mythic-Hero, Deadbeat Dad by Jeanine Cornillot
47. A Mercy by Toni Morrison

September:
48. Rules by Cynthia Lord
49. Tomorrow by Graham Swift
50. Undercover by Beth Kephart
51. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
52. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

October:
53. Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
54. Chilly Scenes of Winter by Anne Beattie
55. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
56. Who Will Run the Frog Hospital by Lorrie Moore
57. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
58. Like Life by Lorrie Moore
59. Birds of America: Stories by Lorrie Moore
60. The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
61. Blankets by Craig Thompson

November:
62. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
63. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
64. Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson
65. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Thompson
66. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris
67. The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart by Alice Walker
68. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
69. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
70. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

December:
71. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
72. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
73. Fordlandia by Greg Grandin
74. Madeleine is Sleeping by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
75. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
76. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
77. American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell
78. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
79. City of Thieves by David Benioff
80. Good Enough by Paula Yoo

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About bunkercomplex

My name is Andrea, and I'm a 23 year old Southern California girl and a newly minted Speech-Language Pathologist. When I’m not high-fiving 8-year-olds for finally producing a good /r/ sound, I fill my time with Peter Gabriel, Ayn Rand, Phil Hendrie, bicycles, Korean stationery, movie marathon nights, and baking. You can email me at bunkercomplex@gmail.com.
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2 Responses to *Flex*

  1. brook says:

    This is truly inspiring. Barbara Kingsolver will be presenting writers’ workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico February 19-23. I just signed up. It looks like a rare opportunity to meet her. Are you going?

  2. Hi, first I want to say great blog. I don’t always agree with your blogposts but it’s always a nice read.
    Keep up the nice blogging.

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