Best Books of 2009

Illustration Friday: Cracked

In 2009 I read at least 76 books/volumes, and reviewed 74 to some degree.

Best novel: Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens (reviewed in April)

Best non-fiction: 70 Years a Showman – “Lord” George Sanger (reviewed in March)

Best anthology: Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – M R James (reviewed in May)

Worst: Cartland’s Impetuous Countess (reviewed in October) was bad, but not in the same way as Haile’s Space Train which makes me want to force people to read it – fortunately I’ve given it back to Peter M Ball, so you’re all safe (from me) for now… (read in February, but earned its own post)

Most influential: My God, It’s a Woman – Nancy Bird (I’ve since brought back a copy from my grandmother’s house signed “Happy landings – Nancy Bird”).

So, here are the books I’ve read this year (not including magazines, short comics, reference books and books I’ve read parts of out of order, eg I’m pretty sure I made it through Pride & Prejudice again with my father, but we usually start with the visit to Pemberley and work our way around and back to there, and I lose track). I’ve put in links to the reviews for each month at the bottom of the post:


  1. Bath Tangle – Georgette Heyer
  2. Regency Buck – Georgette Heyer
  3. Life Expectancy – Dean Koontz
  4. White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
  5. A Company of Swans – Eva Ibbotson
  6. Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
  7. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
  8. Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan
  9. Devil’s Cub – Georgette Heyer
  10. The Corinthian – Georgette Heyer
  11. The Talisman Ring – Georgette Heyer
  12. Space Train – Terrence Haile
  13. Young Miles: The Warrior’s Apprentice – Lois McMaster Bujold
  14. Young Miles: The Mountains of Mourning – Lois McMaster Bujold
  15. Penhallow – Georgette Heyer
  16. Flowers for Mrs Harris – Paul Gallico
  17. The Dolphin Crossing – Jill Paton Walsh
  18. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K Dick
  19. Avalon High – Meg Cabot
  20. Victoria and the Rogue – Meg Cabot
  21. Teen Idol – Meg Cabot
  22. Size 14 is not Fat Either – Meg Cabot
  23. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  24. Once on a time – A. A. Milne
  25. Horn – Peter M Ball
  26. Lud-in-the-mist – Hope Mirrlees
  27. Making Money – Terry Pratchett
  28. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith
  29. A Civil Contract – Georgette Heyer
  30. A Room with a View – E M Forster
  31. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
  32. Serena – Sylvia Andrews
  33. Worldshaker – Richard Harland
  34. Life through Cellophane – Gillian Polack
  35. The Impetuous Countess – Barbara Cartland
  36. The Two Pearls of Wisdom – Alison Goodman
  37. The Pipes of Orpheus – Jane Lindskold
  38. Four and Twenty Blackbirds – Cherie Priest
  39. The Enemy – Lee Child
  40. Canal Dreams – Iain Banks
  41. The Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
  42. The Dragonfly Pool – Eva Ibbotson
  43. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold


  1. The Amazing, Remarkable Monsier Leotard – Eddie Campbell and Dan Best (graphic novel)
  2. Fables 10: The Good Prince (issues 60-69) – Bill Willingham, et al
  3. Suburban Glamour – Jamie McKelvie
  4. Dr Horrible one-shot comic
  5. The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr Punch – Neil Gaiman, ill. Dave McKean
  6. Phonogram – The Singles Club 2.1-2.4 – Kieron Gillen, ill. Jamie McKelvie, et al
  7. Flight #1

Non Fiction

  1. My God, It’s a Woman – Nancy Bird
  2. The Narrow Road to the Interior – Bashō
  3. Illustrating Children’s Books – Salisbury
  4. The Great Hunger – Cecil Woodham Smith
  5. 70 Years a Showman – ‘Lord’ George Sanger
  6. The Southern Cross Story – Charles Kingsford Smith
  7. Early Birds – HC Miller
  8. iWoz – Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
  9. Underfoot in Show Business – Helene Hanff
  10. How Language Works – David Crystal
  11. Status Anxiety – Alain de Botton
  12. The Hidden Art of Homemaking – Edith Schaefer
  13. Flying Nurse – Robin Miller
  14. Beasts in my Bed – Jacquie Durrell
  15. Adventures in Two Worlds – A J Cronin
  16. White Rabbit – Bruce Marshall
  17. For the Love of God – Don Carson (finished New Year’s Eve – not reviewed)
  18. Bible (with NT & Psalms twice)


  1. Miracle and other Christmas Stories – Connie Willis
  2. 13 Problems – Agatha Christie
  3. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary – M. R. James
  4. Paper Cities – Ekaterina Sedia
  5. All but a Few – Joan Aiken
  6. Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #41
  7. Dreaming Again – Jack Dann (ed.)
  8. The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm – Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow (ed.)












2 thoughts on “Best Books of 2009

  1. Whew! Well done.

    I *know* I started to keep track of mine…

    Also, when at your place last, I picked up an autobiography of the life of a doctor, who grew up in the Victorian era and practiced through the turn of the century and the world wars. Fascinating to read of his younger years, but then I had to leave.

    PS I just finished the first Vorkosigan book ever to give me mixed feelings… not because of writerly skill, but content… it was Mirror Dance. Unusual reaction for me reading Bujold!

  2. I expect to see more reviews from you this year!

    And I was going to say that was probably AJ Cronin, but I think he starts a bit later than that. Was it Life Among the Doctors?

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