2009 Wrap-up, part 2

Out of the 130 books I read this year (the final 2 to be reviewed in the next week) I gave only 3 a perfect 5 Star rating.  I’m picky.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: Book CoverThe Secret Life of Bees by Kidd Monk Kidd: Book CoverCover Image

I gave out 15 4 1/2 Stars.  To make it a top ten list I’ll choose my favorite 7 from this list.

Cover ImageCover ImageCover ImageMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by Berendt Berendt: Book CoverPride and Prejudice (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen: Book CoverCover ImageCover Image

I see none of these were published in 2009, but that can’t be helped now. 

I joined 5 Challenges and COMPLETED THEM ALL!!!!  Of course, I should confess I only finished the 100 Mile Challenge today at 3:30 pm after walking 4 miles on the treadmill 🙂 

readown3I made a goal of 50 and reached that number in October.

I finished this one in October too.  For each letter I read a title and author. 

Southern Reading Challenge BadgeI realized how little Southern fiction I read and did something about it.  I only read 3 books, but liked them all.

everythingausten2I’d never read Austen and enjoyed reading Pride & Prejudice and listening to Sense & Sensibility during this challenge.

I had 3 months to walk 100 miles.  As I’ve already confessed it came down to the wire, but I did it!

And this is a monthly challenge where I committed to reading when I could.  Of the four months, I’ve participated in 2 and look forward to more screenplays and movies in 2010.

Thanks for reading and commenting!  I appreciate each and every one of you 🙂  Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve.

12 thoughts on “2009 Wrap-up, part 2

  1. Kerri (Book Ends) says:

    I loved the Housekeeper and the Professor as well. (I mentioned it in my 2009 wrap-up). Dean Koontz used to be one of my favorite Authors when I was in University. I couldn’t stop reading his books. I’ve been thinking I’d like to go back a re-read a few.

    Happy New Year.

  2. Staci says:

    You rocked the challenges and I loved the books that you choose for your best for 2009. Indian and Bees are absolute favorites of mine. I have to read the Housekeeper for sure!!

  3. Bumbles says:

    I’m going to start The Housekeeper & The Professor next – our library closed early on New Year’s Eve and for the balance of the weekend!!! Yikes. So since my Book Blogger secret santa sent that book to me (I believe I put it on my list because of your review) it is handy and inviting.

    I like stingy reviewers. That way I know if you give it 5*’s, it is REALLY worth my time!

  4. Heather Crozier says:

    Looks like you had a very successful year! And I’m so glad I found your blog because I’ve taken quite a few ideas from you and have added them to my own blog…I love the five word reviews for movies…my Top 100 List. I also love that you have enough followers to actually have people vote on what you should read out of your own pile! If I did that I’d probably get three votes on three different books! he he! Can’t wait to see what you have in store this year!!!!!!!!!

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