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What Erica Read in 2009.

In reverse order. Is this fascinating or what?

38 books in 2009.

Marathon Man William Goldman I loved this book.
The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy I went to see John Irving speak, and I just love his books and have read all of them except for the brand-new one, which I now have signed by him, yeah!, and I've actually read quite a few books because of his recommendations embedded in his own fiction. This book he spoke about in the interview, so I decided try it, even though Hardy (unlike Dickens, whom Irving also loves) had never spoken to me before. I read this entire book on my Blackberry (thank you, Wattpad and the Gutenberg Project) and I was very pleasantly surprised! I quite enjoyed it. I didn't get all the references, and certainly didn't look any of them up... but I was engrossed in the story and enjoyed the language. I mean, in a way I hated the story, but I was engrossed nonetheless. Maybe I'll read Tess one of these days after all.
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story Lemony Snicket Of course it counts.
The Irresistible Henry House Lisa Grunwald A GREAT book. Another pre-publication free book, my fourth, sent to me as an early reviewer by Library Thing, will be published in March of 2010.
While I Was Gone Sue Miller This was a pretty good novel. I liked how it wasn't clear what the big story was, in a way, but it was compelling enough to keep reading and wait and see.
"I've signed... one of those living wills. Fred has it. He's the executor." She pronounced it murderously: executtor.
The Road Cormac McCarthy As I mentioned in a couple of tweets, I had trouble ignoring the mental images from the movie "Zombieland" that kept occurring as I was reading this. In my head, the narrative sometimes read:
The boy sat tottering. I wash a dead man's brains from his hair. That is my job. Double tap.
Confessions of a Closet Catholic Sarah Darer Littman More great kid-lit that was left on my to-read list after being the assistant librarian at an elementary (Hebrew day) school. This was quite good and I quite recommend it for your young adult.
Stumbling on Happiness Daniel Gilbert  
See Under: Love David Grossman  
Little Brother Cory Doctorow I read this book entirely on my Blackberry, which felt appropriate, and which means I didn't realize until just now that it's not even out in paperback yet. I almost never read hardcover books! But I read free electronic versions!!
XKCD: Volume 0 Randall Munroe Thanks, Dad!
Breaking Dawn Stephenie Meyer I also read this book entirely on my Blackberry. Crazy!
Eclipse Stephenie Meyer  
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho  
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Ken Kesey After all these years, I had never actually read this... and didn't know the ending! Until about a day before I finished it, someone mentioned it in casual general-American-culture-reference conversation, and almost blew it completely for me (I love not knowing - it's part of why I don't read very many books more than once... the suspense is a big part of the enjoyment for me. Most movie trailers today give away WAY too much of the movie, if you ask me. I cover my eyes halfway through and start yelling, "Enough! Stop it! I was convinced two minutes ago! Don't show me the whole thing!" And then I get kicked out of the theater and I never get to find out how it ends. Or any other movie, for that matter.)
The Playgroup Nelsie Spencer I love it that a great many of my friends have read this book and passed it on, and that we've all signed our names in the front, and that we'll continue passing it around... but let's be honest, I hated this book.
The School of Essential Ingredients Erica Bauermeister  
Motherless Brooklyn Jonathan Lethem  
Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card  
Setting Free the Bears John Irving  
The Well of Lost Plots Jasper Fforde Book 3 of the Thursday Next series
New Moon Stephenie Meyer Am I into Serieses? Book 2 of the Twilight Series
Goodbye, Columbus Philip Roth  
Pincher Martin William Golding  
In The Land of Israel Amos Oz
I think that the nation-state is a tool, an instrument... but I am not enamored of this instrument.... I would be more than happy to live in a wold composed of dozens of civilizations, each developing in accordance with its own internal rhythem, all cross-pollinating one another, without any one emerging as a nation state: no flag, no emblem, no passport, no anthem. No nothing. Only spiritual civilizations tied somehow to their lands, without the tools of statehood and without the instruments of war.
But the Jewish people has already staged a long-running one-man show of that sort. The international audience sometimes applauded, sometimes threw stones, and occasionally slaughtered the actor. No one joined us; no one copied the model the Jews were forced to sustain for two thousand years, the model of a civilization with the "tools of statehood." For me this drama ended with the murder of Europe’s Jews by Hitler. And I am forced to take it upon myself to play the "game of nations" with all the tools of statehood.... To play the game with an emblem, and a flag, and a passport and an army, and even war, provided that such war is an absolute existential necessity. I accept those rules of the game because existence without the tools of statehood is a matter of mortal danger, but I accept them only up to this point. To take pride in these tools of statehood? To worship these toys? To crow about them? Not I. If we must maintain these tools, including the instruments of death, it must be not only with glee but with wisdom as well. I would say with no glee at all, only with wisdom--and with caution. Nationalism itself is, in my eyes, the curse of mankind.
Flaubert's Parrot Julian Barnes  
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Finally.
"One thing's sure and nothing's surer
The rich get richer and the poor get--children."

It is invariably saddening to look through new eyes at things upon which you have expended your own powers of adjustment.
Maus I and II Art Spiegelman Wow, awesome.
The Wife Meg Wolitzer No, seriously, why is *everyone* Joe's colon?? (p28)
Rich Dad, Poor Dad Richard Kiyosaki  
Slam Nick Hornby  
Sway Ori and Rom Brafman This started out slow but got much better a little bit in. My very favorite bit is the Israeli army commanders experiment on pages 98 and 99, and there is advice for a dead-beat freelancer like myself on page 122. I'd love to read the whole study, "Pygmalion goes to boot camp".
The Reader Bernhard Schlink Yes, I saw the movie too - very true to the book. Both were compelling and well-done.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Oliver Sacks This is a shockingly difficult read for such a popular book. Does anyone ever read it, or do they just talk about it as though they have? I was a cognitive science major and it took me half a year to wade through this. I mean, yeah, the stories are interesting but the writing suuuuuuucks, no? Is it just me?
Twilight Stephenie Meyer Not gonna lie: I loved it and I want to read the rest of them. Damn.
Stella Anaïs Nin with whom I share a birthday.
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin My god is this poorly written. Such a waste of an amazing story and an amazing guy. Painful to read.

I have here lists of just about every book I've read in past years, though some years are nicely formatted and some are a big mess. One day I'll get them all looking nice, but when? Oh yeah, the 23rd...

Here we go. This is some thrilling stuff, folks! We have: 2008 in reverse order because I'm a little bit busy right now, 2007 and 2006, pretty clean, and 2005, very messy. We have 2004, also messy but slightly more interesting. Here is 2003 and 2002, which I think aren't as bad.

Hey, what's your favorite book ever? What would you recommend as a Great Book to just about anyone? E-me!

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Last modified December 31, 2009