These are my favorite books out of all the books I read in 2009. They weren’t necessarily published in 2009. In fact, I think only two of them were. They are in order by when i read them. I don’t think I’d be able to pick one of these that I enjoyed more than the others so there is no real “Number 1.”
1. Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
Atwood’s vision of a future dystopia is so well described that it seems eerily possible that this is, in fact, bound to be our future.
2. Cormac McCarthy – No Country for Old Men
Even though the subject matter of this novel is not my typical fare, McCarthy’s writing style is amazing. He has a wonderful ear for dialog. I really want to read All the Pretty Horses and The Road. I should also watch the film adaptation of this, but it seems a bit gruesome for me. I’d rather read gore than watch it.
3. Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games / Catching Fire
This series is riveting. I don’t think I’ve met a person who doesn’t love the story. This is dystopian fiction at its best, and it just happens to be young adult literature. I truly think these will be classics one day.
4. Audrey Niffenegger – Her Fearful Symmetry
This book is getting mixed reactions compared to The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I really adored it. I felt much more connected to the characters than in her debut, and I enjoyed how offbeat they all were. The ending wasn’t perfect, but everything else about the book was perfect to me.
5. Muriel Barbery – The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Once I got used to the writing style of this novel, I couldn’t put it down. I just loved the two main characters, and I was so sad to finish reading the book.
6. Haruki Murakami – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
This was a favorite of mine most likely because I’m just getting into running, but Murakami’s writing is perfect for a book on running. I have a feeling I will re-read this one in the future.