2009: The year that went by

Another year has gone by. As usual, I tried to read 50 books this year, but failed. At the end of the year, I console myself by saying what matters is quality and not quantity. Quality wise, I read some good books last year. There were some disappointments too.

The top 10 books I read in 2009 in no order:

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
A Certain Ambiguity – Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal
A Sleep and a Forgetting – William Dean Howells
The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller
The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Eating India – Chitrita Banerji

Some decent books out there. Apart from the first one, none of them made me sit up and take notice.

Some honorable mentions which did not make it to the list:

Paths of Glory – Jeffrey Archer
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

The Name of the Rose should have been on the top 10 list but the only reason why it isn’t is because I knew it would be good. I know, lame excuse, but there it goes.

The best book of the year has to be:

The Book Thief – Markus Zuzak

I can’t say enough about this book.

There is stiff competition for the worst book of the year:

The Road – Corman McCarthy
The Bell Jar – Syliva Plath
I read two new authors who were on my read-them-now list.

Umberto Eco
Milan Kundera

Both were delightful. I was impressed by Eco’s wit. I liked Kundera’s book for its philosophical content.

I discovered some new authors by chance.

Markus Zuzak
William Dean Howells
Sarah Waters

Howells was the best and the most unexpected. Sarah Waters was a chance discovery. I loved her book and am going to definitely read more from her.

I read one book which was on my list since ages.

Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

This was my five year plan, but was happy to finish it in 5 days. Liked The Fountainhead better than this, may be because I read it when I was too young.

Best surprise

The Book Thief – Mark Zuzak.

I didn’t expect it to be so good when I picked it up.

Worst Disappointment

The Road – Corman McCarthy.

Don’t even get me started on this.

Posted in 2009, Books. 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “2009: The year that went by”

  1. Clint Says:

    I liked both The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. I agree that The Fountainhead is a better book, but only because Atlas gets real preachy toward the end. Also, I don’t agree with Rand’s view on life, but it was interesting to read books from someone with that philosophy. Great list though, you’ve inspired me to pick up some.

  2. anaamica Says:

    Hi Clint. What books on my list do you plan to read? I highly recommend The Book Thief if you haven’t read it already.

  3. Clay Barham Says:

    If we want to turn our country around, we need to refocus on individual interests and not community interests, as is the position of Obama, the Democrats, socialists, liberals and everyone else who wants to split up the booty from America. A new book, SAVE THE PEBBLE DROPPERS & PROSPERITY, coming to Amazon and now on claysamerica.com, tells how America did it in the first place, and shows us how to repeat the means of regaining our prosperity. America has drifted into meaningless altruism to the point we cannot earn our way back without being accused of insensitive greed. There is a big difference between the results of focusing on community or individual interests as described so well by Ayn Rand. We are past the crossroads of understanding. Claysamerica.com

  4. Clint Says:

    I haven’t yet read it. Do I get extra points if I actually steal the book?

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