Favorite Books So Far, 2009

Has self already drawn up a list of the books she’s enjoyed reading, so far this year? She might have, but perhaps self is experiencing another of her senior moments.  If dear blog readers remember similar post, can someone tell her?

Let’s see, since January 1, self has read:

  • 15 novels (including several that should rightly be called “mysteries”)
  • 12 non-fiction books (a few of which could probably more rightly be referred to as “memoirs”)
  • 1 short story collection (George Saunders’ CivilwarLand in Bad Decline —  excellent!) and 1 novella collection (Jim Harrison’s The Summer He Didn’t Die —  also excellent!)

Let’s see, of the 15 novels self has read so far this year, her favorites have been:

  • Sebastian Barry’s A Long, Long Way (Do not think you know this book unless you’ve read all the way to the end, dear blog readers!)
  • John Burdett’s Bangkok 8 (a “mystery” that transcends its genre)
  • Jim Harrison’s True North (Only read if you have a strong stomach)

Of the non-fiction, self’s favorites have been:

  • Emma Larkin’s Finding George Orwell in Burma
  • Xin Ran’s Sky Burial:  An Epic Love Story of Tibet
  • Wendy Moore’s The Knife Man
  • Charles C. Mann’s 1491:  New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

Now, back to more excellent reading!  Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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