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Books I read in 2009

Gina deJong
The list author says: "Well, last year was probably my dullest reading year! I didn't have too many books that blew me away, I also didn't read as much as I usually do. SO, this year I am going to have to just read more!! update: as of september I am getting a decent amount of reading in - yay!! read on....."
Just One Look
Just One Look
"I read this at my husband's request, he loves this genre! And it was nice to take a break from my usual picks. I actually finished the book in a few days and enjoyed it!!"
Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen
Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen
"This was a great read - really engaging story!!! loved the characters!"
The Friday Night Knitting Club
The Friday Night Knitting Club
"This book had a lot of potential with some great characters..they just didn't get developed enough to love them. In the end it was a nice story overall."
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
"I don't know how this ended up on my to be read shelf?? It is a very fast read, but I was just confused!"
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
"this was just a story about said title. There was no connection for me, the story was pretty bland...nothing in the plot made me want to pick this up and just read and read."
The Fiery Cross (Outlander)
The Fiery Cross (Outlander)
"continuing the Outlander series...it is always great to keep up with this story! but wow 1430 pages - it was slow at times. this could easily have been a GREAT 800 page book!!"
Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
"I shamefully admit I don't know much about the holocaust and I loved how the author bounced between modern day and the 40's. A great story, very fast read!!"
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
"this was soooooo interesting, loved the format, the writing, the characters - great read!!"
The Wednesday Letters
The Wednesday Letters
"fast easy read, nice little story!"
The Tea Rose: A Novel
The Tea Rose: A Novel
"This book had fabulous characters, wonderfully engaging story!!!! LOVED IT! highly recommended!!!!! it's been a long time since a book made me sit and finish - even with 300 pages to go!!"
Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury
Where is the Mango Princess? A Journey Back from Brain Injury
"Non-fiction story of a man who was in an accident, suffered major brain damage - he survived and weaved his way back into his former life. It was written by his wife. The story is interesting as I have not read this subject but the wife/author is nauseating!!!!! I could not wait to get her voice out of my head! good thing it was short!"
Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
"I am not totally sold on this series, I thought it was supposed to be funny?? The story and characters are just okay - I guess the series is good for a very light read!!!"
Loving Frank: A Novel
Loving Frank: A Novel
"This book was good, the author did an amazing job telling the story! The writing was wonderful! The characters Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress Mamah were a bit pathetic and hard to love - the story was interesting though!"
Dead Until Dark  (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1)
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 1)
"when I finished this book, I wasn't 100% sold! Sure it was a good read and it was interesting - but I wanted something more substantial or more of something!! I started on book 2 right away and once the characters came more to life and the stories got deeper - I WAS HOOKED!!"
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2)
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 2)
"book 2 really picked up - expanded the story and the characters and I could not put it down!!!!! Very good and very interesting series!!!!"
Girls in Trucks
Girls in Trucks
"hmmm.....very interesting story! I gonna classify it as "stoned Chick lit" definitely held my attention and had me reading and wondering how it would turn out - I am still wondering!"
Moloka'i (Large Print)
Moloka'i (Large Print)
"really good book - very interesting topic reading about the hawaiians that contracted leprosy and were sent to an island."
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3)
Club Dead (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 3)
"Book #3 in the Sookie Series - this one did not disappoint!1 I zipped through it and am ready for more!!"
Dead To The World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 4)
Dead To The World (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 4)
"hmmm...the storyline for this 4th in the sookie stackhouse series was boring and kind of dumb...for me! Took me a week to finish the little book! I'm looking forward to some change in events in #5!"
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
"We are farmers and eat very healthy and there were a lot of things to learn ~ if you don't know the first thing about where your food comes from, you really should give this a read!"
My Husband's Sweethearts
My Husband's Sweethearts
"a super light read - great characters and a nice story - I read it in 1 short afternoon!"
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time
"the content of this book was really interesting - it's really too bad the author had such a boring way of telling it!!!!!"
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 5)
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, Book 5)
"book #5 of the series - I'm not sure why I love the series so much..because it is so weird and a lot of times, I laugh and think, oh sure, lol! The writing really makes it ~ I think!!!!!"
Shopaholic & Baby
Shopaholic & Baby
"(Audio)I am so glad this is the last of the series(so far) The other books seemed to have a better witty balance to the brainless schemes of Becky - this one was just all around brainless!"
Cover the Butter
Cover the Butter
"Once again I have come upon yet another book that I couldn't finish!! I gave it to 100 and there was just nothing that grabbed me. I need to start researching my picks better! I think I have way too much confidence to find happiness in this book - it was just bleh!"
The Lucky One
The Lucky One
"(audio)I always go back to Nicholas Sparks when I just want a nice, good story-telling! The Characters were not nearly as loveable as his other books. and this was highly predictable, but held my interest throughout!"
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
"The story was great...but it takes big effort on your part..the author doesn't do it for you. I made the mistake the first half of the book, assuming at any time the author was going to further develop the characters for me. Pay very close attention to develop them and root for them. I didn't really find that until the book was 2/3 done."
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)
A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander)
"(audio) this was definitely more on par with the earlier books, lots of action and intrigue and cliffhangers!!"
Marked: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels)
Marked: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels)
"Some teen books do really well in crossing over to an adult crowd - this one did not! I won't even bother to continue the series."
My Hands Came Away Red
My Hands Came Away Red
"An okay book - good story line, but it could have been so much more, deeper, more descriptive. I liked the characters though!"
Those Who Save Us
Those Who Save Us
"Overall - just okay! how many times can the author write a scene with the nazi officer taking sexual advantage of the main character - it got so old afterwhile! no real substance and the ending is all way too predictable!"