Books I've Read in 2009 (January - June)

A Listmania! list by Bookworm Girl (Phoenix, AZ USA)
 
Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette (P.S.)
1.  Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette (P.S.) by Sena Jeter Naslund
The list author says:
  "Historical fiction which follows the tale of Marie Antoinette from her marriage & arrival in France to her death by guillotine. Told from the 1st person POV of Marie Antoinette.

Started Dec 30th, Finished Jan 6th"
$16.05   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul
2.  Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul by John Eldredge
The list author says:
  "Christian inspiration which evaluates the 3 core desires of a woman's soul: to be loved/romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in her own adventures, and to unveil beauty. A book for women after the author's phenomenal success with the companion book for men, Wild at Heart.

Started Jan 7th, Finished Jan 25th"
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The Nature of Monsters
3.  The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark
The list author says:
  "Historical fiction set in early 18th century London in the shadows of St Paul's Cathedral. A young, country girl finds herself pregnant, unmarried & in the employment of an unscrupulous apothecary. She becomes the unwilling participant in her master's experiments to prove that maternal impression can turn fetus into monster.

Started Jan 24th, Finished Feb 7th"
$12.90   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The History of Love
4.  The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The list author says:
  "One of those rare books that continues to resonate even after you've finished. A poignant story of an elderly Jewish survivor of the Holocaust who has never forgotten the love he lost 60 yrs earlier and a young girl named for a character in his long lost novel searching to ease the loneliness of her widowed mother.

Started Feb 7th, Finished Feb 9th"
$9.54   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews) | 44 customer discussions

Die Trying  (Jack Reacher)
5.  Die Trying (Jack Reacher) by Lee Child
The list author says:
  "Jack Reacher is randomly caught up in the street kidnapping of a young FBI agent by Montana militia extremists. Attractive female. Fist-to-fist fighting and lots of guns. Hero walks away alone in the end. Overall a fun, light read. Typical Jack Reacher novel, what else can I say!

Started Feb 11th, Finished Feb 17th"
$7.04   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,313 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation
6.  The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation by Michael Medved
The list author says:
  "Talk-radio host Michael Medved addresses 10 distorted myths that Americans believe about our country. Clear, concise arguments based on facts & historical records that renew pride in our American heritage.

Started Feb 18th, Finished Mar 12th"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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Sarah's Key
7.  Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
The list author says:
  "Contemporary fiction based on the real history of the Velodrome d'Hiver roundup in 1942 Occupied Paris which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Jewish men, woman and children at Auschwitz. The interwoven story of a young girl who escaped the roundup and an American journalist whose family remains linked to the girl 60 years later.

Started Mar 13th, Finished Mar 14th"
$8.41   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,312 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Anna Karenina
8.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "Recognized as one of the greatest love stories in classic literature, the plot revolves around Russian heroine, Anna Karenina, who leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. It tackles many themes in the modernization of Russia: religion, social classes, marriage and divorce, European influence. The ending is both tragic and enlightening.

Started March 21st, Finished Apr 5th"
$11.66   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Balance Your Life and Work: How to Get the Best from Your Job and Still Have a Life (Steps to Success)
9.  Balance Your Life and Work: How to Get the Best from Your Job and Still Have a Life (Steps to Success) by unknown
The list author says:
  "A quick read, part of a business guide series. Caution: this book was published in London. Thus, it was written for a British audience with reference to UK websites and labor laws. Not much new material for me. However, I liked the exercises to determine what triggers push you off balance towards the extremes of work & life balance.

Started Mar 29th, Finished April 2nd"
Used & New from: $2.64

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The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
10.  The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama
The list author says:
  "This book was written in 2005 and covers then-Senator Obama's positions on Republicans versus Democrats, the Constitution, Religion, Race, Globalization, Family Values. Overall the book is consistent with his 2008 presidential campaign platforms. I read this book for insight on how he might run his Presidency.

Started April 1st, Finished April 9th"
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,086 customer reviews) | 38 customer discussions

The Book Thief
11.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The list author says:
  "Wow! I won't forget this book for a long time. Beautiful, sad, heart-wrenching. Narrated by Death, this story is of a young girl in WW2 Germany, of her relationship with her foster-parents, of her friendship with the Jewish man hidden in her basement and of her developing love with the boy next-door.

Started April 10th, Finished April 11th"
$8.52   Used & New from: $2.38
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16,238 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism
12.  Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism by Sean Hannity
The list author says:
  "This book was written in 2003. Its main theme is the acceptance of good versus evil in this world. How do we learn from the past (Nazism, Communism) and how do we apply those lesson to today and the future (War on Terror). Interesting to read this book so many years later and be reminded of all that was happening in current events prior to the 2004 election.

Started April 9th, Finished April 17th"
$12.27   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,639 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Ghost War
13.  The Ghost War by Alex Berenson
The list author says:
  "John Wells Series, Book # 2. An exciting new voice in the spy thriller genre, set in today's post 9/11 world. Alex Berenson's first novel won the 2007 Edgar Award. John Wells, unconventional CIA agent, is back in action; this time the focus of the plot is America's relationship with China and North Korea.

Started April 12th, Finished April 19th"
$9.62   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

The World According to Clarkson (Penguin Celebrations)
14.  The World According to Clarkson (Penguin Celebrations) by Jeremy Clarkson
The list author says:
  "Jeremy Clarkson is a presenter on the popular show Top Gear. This book compiles his Sunday Times columns from 2001-2003. A funny read if you keep in perspective his OTT personality. Random musings on diverse topics such as the environment, weather, EU polices, technology like the Concorde & jet engines, gardening, and even the office Christmas party.

Started Apr 19th, Finished Apr 29th"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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The Alexandria Link: A Novel (Cotton Malone)
15.  The Alexandria Link: A Novel (Cotton Malone) by Steve Berry
The list author says:
  "Cotton Malone Series, Book # 2. Cotton is back with many of the same characters from The Templar Legacy. This time his son's been kidnapped, and he's led on a search across the globe with his ex-wife to rescue his son and find the lost library of Alexandria. A fun, light, engaging read!

Started Apr 20th, Finished Apr 24th"
$9.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
16.  The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A. J. Jacobs
The list author says:
  "The book chronicles one man's attempt to live biblically over the period of a year, 9 mos on the Old Testament and 3 mos on the New Testament. The author (a secular Jew, mid-30's) embarks on an intellectual journey in pursuit of spiritual enlightment. Humorous, insightful, an entertaining read and best of all shared with raw honesty.

Started April 20th, Finished June 28th"
$13.11   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (999 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
17.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "So I admit to reading this book because of the movie. A short story, took me less than 1/2 hr to finish. Thought provoking. What if your life moved backwards in time? How would society react to you? How would you feel about those around you? Would your family love or detest you?

Started Apr 25th, Finished Apr 25th"
$9.95   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
18.  The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester
The list author says:
  "The Victorian-era tale of the intersecting lives of two men who would never have met except for the making of the Oxford English Dictionary: the British professor who was the chief editor and the American madman who contributed more than 1000 entries from his cell in an English sanitorium for criminals.

Started Apr 25th, Finished Apr 25th"
$13.61   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (727 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Angels & Demons - Movie Tie-In: A Novel
19.  Angels & Demons - Movie Tie-In: A Novel by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "The writing is not as mature as Da Vinci Code, but the plot is actually more interesting! The secret society Illuminati attempts to destroy its enemy the Catholic Church by using antimatter to blow up the Vatican while Papal elections are being held. The conflict of whether science and religion can coexist adds a nice subtext to the plot.

Started Apr 26th, Finished Apr 27th"
$16.00   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,173 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

The Uncommon Reader: A Novella
20.  The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett
The list author says:
  "The Queen of England becomes an avid reader - to the shock and horror of her household and subjects - and discovers her humanity. Loved the descriptions of what it's like to become absorbed in the world of books. Enjoyed the literary references & the dry humor, but writing was a bit pedantic. Too many words that I couldn't find in my pocket dictionary!

Started Apr 28th, Finished Apr 29th"
$10.33   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (336 customer reviews)

3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club)
21.  3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club) by James Patterson
The list author says:
  "A group called August Spies claims responsibility for a series of murders which appear to be motivated as a protest against anti-capitalism. Lindsay finds loves again after her heartbreaking loss in Book 1. A shocking plot twist delivers tragedy to the club in the middle of the book.

Started May 1st, Finished May 1st"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)

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Anger Management For Dummies
22.  Anger Management For Dummies by W. Doyle Gentry
The list author says:
  "I read this book for tips in dealing with difficult customers and colleagues as well as understanding how better to relate to others who are in an angry mood. Useful tips, wide series of topics including stress management & health. Highly recommended.

Started May 5th, Finished May 10th"
$17.24   Used & New from: $1.21
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
23.  The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
The list author says:
  "Book # 1. 15-year old twins, Sophie & Josh, discover they are part of an ancient prophecy with the power to save (or destroy) the Earth & its hidden magical worlds. Nicholas Flamel, the famous alchemyst of history, must awaken their magical powers while keeping them safe from the Dark Elders & their hired thug, John Dee.

Started May 2nd, Finished May 3rd"
$8.38   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (544 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
24.  The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott
The list author says:
  "Book # 2. The twins have transported from San Francisco to Paris. John Dee is still hot in-pursuit. Josh is tricked into believing John Dee is good, and Nicholas is evil. The twins' magical powers grow stronger. Includes historical figures such as Joan of Arc, Comte Saint-Germaine, Machiavelli.

Started May 4th, Finished May 6th"
$9.63   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Message in the Haunted Mansion (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories)
25.  The Message in the Haunted Mansion (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories) by Carolyn Keene
The list author says:
  "Couldn't resist reading this book in memory of my childhood favorites! Nancy & her friends visit San Francisco to help renovate an old Victorian house into a modern B&B hotel. Why are the renovations plagued by a series of accidents?

Started May 8th, Finished May 8th"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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The Bobbsey Twins: Or, Merry Days Indoors and Out
26.  The Bobbsey Twins: Or, Merry Days Indoors and Out by Laura Lee Hope
The list author says:
  "Another nod to one of my favorite children's series!

Started May 9th, Finished May 9th"
$22.99   Used & New from: $5.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

The Great Gatsby
27.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "I thought it would be interesting in today's economy to reread this classic tale of decadence in the Jazz Age of the 1920s. Self-made, self-invented, mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies this decade's excesses prior to the Great Depression: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings.

Started May 10th, Finished May 10th"
$8.29   Used & New from: $1.76
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5,262 customer reviews)

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
28.  Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1) by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "Bella moves from sunny Phoenix to rainy Forks, WA and befriends a family of vampires. The writing is too melodramatic (even for young adult lit); I would've liked less mushy love plot and more action. However, still engaging enough to rush out and read the next book in the series!

Started May 11th, Finished May 15th"
$8.79   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,923 customer reviews) | 297 customer discussions

New Moon (The Twilight Saga)
29.  New Moon (The Twilight Saga) by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "Bella's vampire boyfriend, Edward, and werewolf best friend, Jacob, battle with each to win her love.

Started May 15th, Finished May 17th"
$10.33   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,206 customer reviews) | 127 customer discussions

Wuthering Heights (Oxford World's Classics)
30.  Wuthering Heights (Oxford World's Classics) by Emily Brontë
The list author says:
  "The dark and tragic love story of Catherine and Heathcliff, one of the most famous and original Victorian-era classics. I especially enjoy how the book is organized around contrasts: between life at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, between the older and younger generations, between love and revenge.

Started May 18th, Finished May 22nd"
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,721 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Eclipse (The Twilight Saga Book 3)
31.  Eclipse (The Twilight Saga Book 3) by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "The Cullen vampire and Quileute werewolves must set aside their hatred for each other and unite as a team in order to fight a pack of uncontrollable young vampires and protect the humans of Forks (and Bella too, of course!).

Started May 22nd, Finished May 24th"
$8.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,880 customer reviews) | 719 customer discussions

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Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga Book 4)
32.  Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga Book 4) by Stephenie Meyer
The list author says:
  "The last book of the Twighlight Saga, which was surprisingly my favorite because it's more action and less love-story than the others. Bella and Edward marry, and yes, the story ends happily ever after. Many have complained that the story wraps up too neatly with no real self-sacrifice from any of the characters, but I'm ok with that!

Started May 24th, Finished May 30th"
$6.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,825 customer reviews) | 1,023 customer discussions

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Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
33.  Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama
The list author says:
  "I read this book to understand more about our President and how his life experiences will influence how he governs our country. This book covers the period from his childhood to his law school graduation.

Started May 25th, Finished May 31st"
$8.44   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,130 customer reviews) | 15 customer discussions

The Apple Way
34.  The Apple Way by Jeffrey L. Cruikshank
The list author says:
  "Classic business book, particularly focused on innovation. 12 management lessons on Apple covering both successes and failures. I liked the bulleted summary lists at the end of each chapter. Slightly out-dated now in the post-iPhone era but still informative.

Started May 25th, Finished June 3rd"
$24.95   Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
35.  The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott
The list author says:
  "Book #3. The twins are in London now, John Dee's homeland, to learn the magic of Water from the insane King Gilgamesh. Perry is still trapped on Alcatraz Island with the sleeping magical creatures intended to be pawns of the Dark Elders.

Started June 3rd, Finished June 4th"
$13.27   Used & New from: $0.25
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)

The Tempest (Cambridge School Shakespeare)
36.  The Tempest (Cambridge School Shakespeare) by David Bevington
The list author says:
  "A romantic comedy, shorter and easier to read than most Shakespearean works. Prospero and his daughter have been banished on an Island after his brother stole his dukedom. Fate (or is it magic?) intervenes to shipwreck the King and his retinue on the Island. Families are reunited, and wrongs are righted.

Started June 5th, Finished June 6th"
$12.25   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel - Why Everything You Know is Wrong
37.  Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel - Why Everything You Know is Wrong by John Stossel
The list author says:
  "A very entertaining read! Enjoyed the excerpts of interviews, and a website supports the book where you can learn more. Covers a wide gamut of topics from global warming to lawsuits gone wild to health and parenting. A refreshing outlook without the political spin that I anticipated.

Started June 12th, Finished June 21st"
$5.98   Used & New from: $1.49
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Lady in Blue: A Novel
38.  The Lady in Blue: A Novel by Javier Sierra
The list author says:
  "This supernatural thriller is a blend of Christian legend and historical fiction. Mary Agreda, a Franciscan nun in Spain, converts thousands of Southwestern Native Americans to Christianity while never leaving Spain. 300 years later a Franciscan Father, a US intelligence agent and a Spanish reporter unwrap the mystery in parallel.

Started June 13th, Finished June 18th"
$22.70   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne series)
39.  Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Betrayal (Jason Bourne series) by Eric Van Lustbader
The list author says:
  "Drowning in grief over the recent death of his wife, Jason Bourne is haunted by memories of a woman dying in his arms. Who is she? Where? Why? In parallel Jason must race to save the life of his only friend, CI deputy director Martin Lindros, who has been captured by terrorists about to unleash a nuclear bomb in DC.

Started June 19th, Finished June 25th"
$7.79   Used & New from: $0.01
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

East of the Sun: A Novel
40.  East of the Sun: A Novel by Julia Gregson
The list author says:
  "3 young British women sail from England on a journey to India which will change their lives forever. Winner of an UK 2009 Romance of the Year novel award. Set in the late-1920s, a period when unrest in India was growing towards an independence movement from British colonization. Love, adventure, grief, family relationships. A quick summertime read.

Started June 26th, Finished June 30th"
$14.40   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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