I've always wanted to belong to a book club, one where the members actually read the books and wanted to discuss them, and would suggest interesting books to read. Sadly, I have yet to find such a book club in the real world. But I am hoping to have better luck online.
So consider this the first meeting of the J-TWO-O Online Book Club -- or book swap. And to get the ball rolling, I made the following list of 10 of the Best Books I Read in 2009 (listed alphabetically, by author, not by order of preference):
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett
My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'homme
After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton
Bitter Is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil
Tomato Rhapsody by Adam Schell
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Of course, after creating this list, and seeing it on my computer screen, I immediately thought of dozens of other great fiction and non-fiction books I'd read the last year or nine. However, to spare you (and myself) I whittled the list down to the top 25 best (or most interesting or entertaining or thought-provoking) books I've read since the beginning of 2000 (though if you include the 10 from the first list, it would be my top 35).
Herewith, 25 More Great Books for You to Peruse:
The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams
The Language of Baklava Diana Abu-Jaber
The Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Martha Washington: An American Life by Patricia Brady
The Emperors of Chocolate by Joël Glenn Brenner
Casino Moscow by Matthew Breszinski
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The Wedding Officer by Anthony Capella
The Perfect Store: Inside eBay by Adam Cohen
Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Chasing Kangaroos by Tim Flannery
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Seabiscuit: An Amercican Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
French Lessons by Peter Mayle
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
The Book Seller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage
So what were some of the most interesting or entertaining or funny or thought-provoking books you read this year or this decade?
Please share the titles (and authors) of some of the best books you read either this past year or this past decade in the comments. (Note: You don't need to have a blog or a URL or a Google account to leave a comment. You can be anonymous or just type in your name -- or a pseudonym -- in the "Name" space, no URL necessary.)
Wishing you all good reading and a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.
And GO JETS!
ADDENDUM: Just wanted you all to know that I have nothing against The Help by Kathryn Stockett. In fact, I've been wanting to read it for over a month, but there was a long waiting list at my local library and I only got a copy this week. But I am looking forward to reading it -- and putting it on my Top 10 Books of 2010 list. ;-)
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