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Books I Read in 2009

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Revolutionary Road
Revolutionary Road
"I alternately loved the writing and feared its truth.  Anyone who would read this novel probably sees more of him/herself in Frank and April Wheeler than feels comfortable.  (2 January)"
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
"It's finally over and I'm happy for my little vampire family.  Although, I'm even more squarely a fan of Team Jacob.  (14 January)"
American Wife: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
American Wife: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle)
"How much more I could like Laura Bush if any of this novel was true!  Since "Prep," I look forward to another Sittenfeld novel.  Though for the life of me, I can't recall a single thing about "The Man of My Dreams."  (20 March)"
Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
"How does a 330-page novel fly by so quickly?  It could have been much longer and equally satisfying.  Gruen shapes characters that will stay with me for a long time, especially the charming Rosie.  I have a newfound appreciation for the circus.  (26 March) "Within minutes, I am a Jell-O-eating sheep." (69) "'He's a paragon schnitzophonic.'" (265)"
Patron Saint of Liars, The (P.S.)
Patron Saint of Liars, The (P.S.)
"I loved this novel until the very end.  The conclusion feels unfinished.  The character of Rose, however, should have tipped me off to this dissatisfaction.  (24 May)"
The Magician's Assistant
The Magician's Assistant
"I'm on an Ann Patchett downward trajectory.  This novel was so disappointing!  While I love LA, the Southern California hype was over-the-top as was the ending that tied up ends a little too neatly.  (14 June)"
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society
"Absolutely horrible.  Why didn't I just put it down?  Sometimes, you just have to quit.  (July 15)"
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
"I'm not ready to comment on this book yet, except it's exceptionally beautiful!  The characters of Renee and Paloma will stay with me for a long time.  (30 July)"
Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge
"Oh, I love Olive for all her perfect humanity. (15 August)"
Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
Middlesex: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
"After my fourth reading of "Middlesex," I am even more convinced that it is the American Novel of the twentieth century. (29 September)"
Amy and Isabelle: A novel
Amy and Isabelle: A novel
"Not nearly as polished or fulfilling as "Olive Kitteridge" and the ending just ... tacky!  (12 October 2009)"
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Me Talk Pretty One Day
"My waiting-in-line book that I keep in my car got so funny I had to take it home to finish!  (21 November 2009)"
The Scarlet Letter (Oxford World's Classics)
The Scarlet Letter (Oxford World's Classics)
"Read this book along with my English 11 students. (15 December 2009)"