Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Best of 2009

Thought I would do my best reads and/or listens of 2009. It seems this year it was either feast or famine. I probably started more books than I finished and at first glance, I did not think there were many I would care to call favorites. I also got my Kindle this year, so several books I read were actually long short stories (is there such a thing?) or novellas that introduce a new author or series. I tend to read a lot of these as they are free. It was a year of 61 print books and 176 audiobooks. It's an eclectic list, but I've always tended to read most anything. So here is my list (in no particular order):

Several series made the list this time.
House of Night series by PC and Kristin Cast
Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
Chintz n China series by Yasmine Galnorn
Farseer series by Robin Hobb

Single stand alones or first in a series where I haven't read more yet.
Wild's Call by Jeri Smith-Ready
Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Along Came a Demon by Linda Welch
Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways by Traci E Hall
The Walk by Lee Goldberg
The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang

Now for my favorite audios. As you can probably tell by the numbers, I am a huge audio fan. I can listen to them while I drive to work, take a road trip, lunch at work while I play mindless computer games, while I seriously play World of Warcraft at home, and just about anytime I don't have sit down, quite time. I listened to some old favorites again and found new ones to love.

Harper Hall series by Anne McCaffrey (read by Sally Darling)
Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (will make the list again next year cause I'm in the middle of it right now)(read by Kate Reading & Michael Kramer)
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child (Pendergast series - read by Rene Auberjonois)
Playing for Pizza by John Grisham (read by author)
Austenland by Shannon Hale (read by Katherine Kellgren)
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (read by author - wonderful book)
Murder Room by PD James (read by Charles Keating)
Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson (read by author)
The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir (read by Rosalyn Landor)


Brook Stableford said...

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 2010. I just signed up. It looks like a rare opportunity to meet her. Are you going?

Kathy said...

No, that's a bit far for me. I have met her before though. She and her husband were in Dallas a couple of years ago where she did a presentation on "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle". She is truly one of the best authors of our time.