Weekly Geeks 43

When i first started this post, i was wondering if i could even get to 10 books published in 2009 that i would recommend. the couple i could think of off the top of my head wouldn't be on my top of the year list but i wondered about including them since i needed a full 10. Then i decided that i didn't need to recommend by default and felt that whatever number i came up with would be good enough. So here is my list, with category and the rating i gave the book out of 7.

The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins- non-fiction, science/biology, 7
The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan- fiction, horror/thriller, 5
The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff-fiction, historical, 5
Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne, non-fiction, science/biology, 7
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins- fiction, young adult, 6
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry- fiction, mystery, fantasy, 6

I've got the new Stephen King from the library and it has been getting awesome reviews. so that may end up on here as well. I can't believe how many i've read this year that came out in December of 2008 that i can't add to this list! oh well.


  1. Hi Melanie,
    I'm new to your blog, courtesy of ICLW. I am just starting to do book reviews on my blog, as a separate page. I have asked for suggestions online from forums I belong to, and on my blog. Hopefully, this weekend I will have something to post.
    I would love to know how and why you started. I think you don't need to regret the number of books you haven't reviewed...just celebrate the sum of what you have achieved in 2009. I'm so glad I came upon your blog and look forward to reading more.
    Lisa - Your Great Life #195 ICLW

  2. I'd be in the same boat as you--would never read 10. But as long as the 7 are quality, hurrah!

  3. I have the hardest time with these lists. What I loved totally depends on my mood of the moment, if that makes sense.

  4. Surprisingly I've read 12 so far, which is very unusual for me. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Manual for Detection, and The Magician's Elephant are definitely at the top of my list for best reads of the year.

  5. Lisa- I started book blogging just for myself. I just wanted to keep track of what i'd read, whether i enjoyed it, series to keep up with, that kind of thing. as i found more of the whole book blog community i've just tried to participate and learn what i can from others. I would say my only advice is to be real. If you hate a book, go ahead and say so, the same way you should if you love a book!

    Andi- i just tend to read what i feel like, i don't normally run out to get the latest book. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

    softdrink- i'm glad i started rating things. it made this post so much easier.

    Carl-I've been waiting on Sweetness @ the library for a while but keep getting The Magician's Elephant mixed up with Water for Elephants, neither of which i've read yet!

  6. Why out of 7?

    I can see out 3, out of 5, even out of 10, but not out of 7.

    I haven't read any of the ones on your list.

    I've read a fair number of books this year (though, not necessarily published this year) - kind of disappointed, last year seemed to be a much better reading year.

  7. Because 5 is too few, 10 is too many, and you need an odd number so you can have and exact middle! :)

  8. I like your list!

    I added poetry books too, making it more than 10.

    Weekly Geeks: Top Books of 2009

  9. Love your list. I've read so many good things about Catching Fire lately. I don't read much YA, but I can't wait to get my hands on that one!


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