Category Archives: Year In Review

Happy New Year!

Hello EDIWTB readers and book lovers everywhere – happy new year! I hope that 2010 brings you many hours of reading and the joy of discovering new books and authors. My main new year’s resolution is a simple one: to read more. I need to spend fewer hours on the computer and more hours actually reading. I know, hard to do as a book blogger! But that’s my biggest frustration – not getting through enough books. I fear that the publicists I know are going to put me on a no-review list and cut me off, because the books they send me must appear to go into a black hole. But I promise that I have the best of intentions and really do hope to get to them in the near future. They are in a safe place.

Grodstein I thought I’d share my favorite two books from 2009. One wasn’t published in 2009, but I read it in 2009 – The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. For me, the hype was merited. That book has stayed with me since I read it last summer. Here is my review of it, as well as a comparison of the movie and the book. My second favorite is a recent read – Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein. Just my type of book – a meaty family drama that’s well-written and wryly observed – and reviewed here.

Here’s to another year of great reading!!

Top Books of the Year – 2009

A lot of sites/papers have come out with their lists of the top books of the year. Here are a few of the ones I have seen:

  • You can also browse The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2009. I was happy to see Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (which I wrote about here), Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann (which I wrote about here), and Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (which I wrote about here) on the list, and I was intrigued by the blurb about Penelope Lively's Family Album ("It’s the slow, inexorable way everyone comes to acknowledge the suppressed event
    at the heart of this domestic novel that makes it quietly devastating."). Maybe someday I will actually read some of these books.
  • Flashlight Worthy Books' Best Books of 2009 as selected by readers. Noteworthy: Sag Harbor again and The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which I finally own, thanks to my husband who gave it to me for Hanukah! Hope to start it soon. And while you're there, check out the Best Book Club Selections of 2009 as chosen by "Great Book Bloggers", including me!
  • Here's Amazon's Top 10 List, which is topped by Let The Great World Spin. And here's the Top 100 (lots of familiar titles on this list, including The Help and Andre Agassi's Open, which for some reason I want to read).
  • And finally, my beloved Entertainment Weekly's The Best Fiction (sneaky EW won't post the whole list online – you have to have the print version), which includes The Help, Await Your Reply, Let the Great World Spin and This is Where I Leave You.

Whew. That was a lot of links!

So, EDIWTB readers, what are your picks for the best books of 2009? Please share them here.