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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.

Thursday Book Links

For today, a collection of interesting book-related links. Check them out…

Here is a list of the Top 10 Coolest Independent Bookstores in the U.S. Of the list, I've been to Powell's, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, The Strand, the Elliott Bay Book Company and City Lights.

Did you read about the woman who reads a book every day? According to The New York Times, Nina Sankovitch, author of the Read All Day blog, has read a book every day this year. (Wow.) Her blog has some lovely pictures of her reading, and a list of all of the books read so far in 2009, linked to her reviews. She has some great choices on the list.

A few years ago, I was in a book club with some friends. After discussing the book each meeting, we'd cast the book as if it were a Hollywood movie, suggesting actors for all the main roles. My friend Larissa did that recently with Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You (reviewed here). Take a look at her post on City Sparkle DC listing her casting choices – I think she did a great job.

And finally, do you watch Mad Men? I love this post from author Rachel Shukert offering unsolicited advice to unhappy suburban housewife Betty Draper.