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My best 2009 reads

I went through and sorted out which books I’ve read (so far) this year that were actually published this year (in the United States, anyway). I was surprised to find that a little over half of the books I’ve read this year were published in 2009, so I had a lot to choose from!

1. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (nonfiction, memoir, international, cause)
2. Saints in Limbo by River Jordan (Christian fiction, magical realism?)
3. Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart (YA literary fiction)
4. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (fiction, international)
5. The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry (fiction, mystery)
6. Lost Mission by Athol Dickson (Christian fiction, faith)
7. The Only True Genius in the Family by Jennie Nash (fiction)
8. Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum (nonfiction)
9. Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall (fiction, southern)
10. Faces in the Fire by T.L. Hines (Christian fiction, suspense)

Books I haven’t read yet, but think might make my list: The Help. I’m inching up the wait list at the library, but I don’t know if I’ll get it finished in this calendar year. I’m sure there are others, but this is a big one, and I’m not thinking of other titles.

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BBAW reading meme

BBAW09_Celebrate_BooksToday’s Book Blogger Appreciation Week prompt is in the form of a meme:

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?

Actually, I don’t look up unfamiliar words I read immediately. I’m now in the habit of writing them down, along with the page number and part of speech, in a notebook I keep with my current read. Once I’ve finished the book, I create a blog post with all the new words, and it’s then I look them up. Words from my reading is a regular feature here (on Wednesdays), and I’ve also created a page with all the words from my past Words posts. The process of writing them down, typing them, looking them up, typing the sentence containing the word, etc., I hope helps me learn and remember all the new vocabulary I garner from my reading. Otherwise, I haven’t really garnered them, have I?

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?

I’m pretty much a one-book-at-a-time girl. I have thought recently, though, that I could perhaps manage a nonfiction, a fiction, and a poetry title all at once. I bet the time spent on each would be pretty uneven (weighted toward the fiction, naturally), but it may help me read more (and incorporate a bit more nonfiction and poetry into my reading) — instead of a lull between books, I envision that I’d be able to step from the finished fiction title into the nonfiction title, at least for a little while, rather than the brief but bewilderingly frequent break between books. Is this how those of you with multiple reads manage it? Or do you, like me, mostly read only one book at a time?

Booking Through: Recent Informative

btt2Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is, again, short and sweet: What’s the most informative book you’ve read recently?

This is a tough one. I read mostly fiction, although I certainly believe fiction can inform. I’d say I learned something (at least) from reading A Disobedient Girl and City of Refuge, but I guess I have to say Holy Roller at the moment. Other titles are sticking out to me, but I can’t articulate why, so I’ll leave them in my head awhile longer.

What’s the most informative book you’ve read recently?

Booking Through: Recent fluff

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is: What’s the lightest, most “fluff” kind of book you’ve read recently?

I think the lightest, fluffiest book I’ve read recently is probably The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y’Barbo. The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo is pretty fluffy, too, though.

Do you read fluffy books? Why or why not? What’s the most recent?

Booking Through: Recent best

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday question was predictable, but still a good question: What’s the best book you’ve read recently? (Tell me you didn’t see this one coming?)

While last week to choose a recent worst read, I stretched the definition of recent to include as far back as last November, this time, I’ve been reading so many good books, I cut “recent” down to reviewed in the last month, and I’m still having trouble narrowing it down.

In the end, it has to be Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart, though. The writing is quiet, unassuming, but somehow also transcendent. Love it.

Booking Through: Recent worst

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday question: What’s the worst book you’ve read recently? (I figure it’s easier than asking your all-time worst, because, well, it’s recent!)

Well, let’s see. I could answer this a few ways. The only book I’ve abandoned so far in 2009 is Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo. I certainly didn’t enjoy it. It didn’t do what it claimed to do. But the question does include the word read, which may imply completed. So. After I thought about it for awhile, two really awful books I’ve read in the past year popped into my mind. I’m not going to choose one; they’re equally terrible in my opinion.

My worst recent reads:
Fog Over Finny’s Nose by Dana Mentink and
Recipe for Murder by Lisa Harris

I guess I could do the delimiting by recent, rather than by worst — I read Recipe for Murder more recently than Fog Over Finny’s Nose — but I did read them very near each other in time.

What’s your worst recent read?

2nd annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week

bbaw-button2009The second annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week is set for September 14-18. The brainchild of My Friend Amy, BBAW is “A week where we come together, celebrate the contribution and hard work of book bloggers in promoting a culture of literacy, connecting readers to books and authors, and recognizing the best among us with the Second Annual BBAW Awards. There will be special guest posts, daily blogging themes, and giveaways.”

There’s still time to register, as well as to nominate your favorite book blogs in a myriad of categories — nominations close August 15.

Amy posted a little meme to help people learn about BBAW:
1) What was the highlight (something that happened, a post, an activity, etc.) of BBAW for you last year?
2) What is one new blog you discovered during BBAW last year?
3) What tips would you share to help others get the most out of their BBAW experience?

It’s very hard for me to pick one highlight; last year’s BBAW was a very fun and exciting time. The sheer volume of book bloggers was eye-opening and surprising to me. It was also pretty fun when some of the blogs I knew won in their categories.

I’m having a hard time remembering what blogs I discovered when. I think I found Devourer of Books during last year’s BBAW, though.

Last year, I decided to join in at the very last minute; this made it not as good for me as it could have been. My advice to you: Register now! Go read the nominations list now (the list is long!), so you can start thinking about which blogs to nominate and still make some nominations before the deadline. Join in, participate, have fun!

Booking Through: Recent funnies

btt2Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is nice and short: What’s the funniest book you’ve read recently?

The funniest book I’ve read recently … Well, a few come to mind:

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh and Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome are both very funny, although it’s been a few months since I read either of them. More recently, I read Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall, and while it’s not a humor book — it’s actually quite serious overall — at some points (more than one) I was laughing out loud. Review to come next week; it’s set to be released August 4, 2009.

What books have had you laughing recently?