It’s odd to believe that we have two weeks left of the year to go. It is especially irksome when I look at my shelves and see the wonderful books that came out in 2009 that I simply haven’t read yet. I feel most shameful. Then I think hang on a second I have two weeks to go, I can probably polish off another five or six of them by then and that is where you will be coming in shortly!
Last year I did a list of the books at the end of the year that I had meant to read but hadn’t and ten seemed a huge amount to me then. I think this years list will exceed that, we will see when I compile it below, which is odd considering I have read more books this year than I have any other year. I blame a new love of all classics in particular sensation novels partly and the fact that I still had so much I wanted to read at the end of 2008. From my should have read list last year I have only read two of the books I intended to in 2009 (though lots more I didnt intend to), it’s not promising is it?
So now I will hand it over to all of you as you were so helpful with my Gran’s list last week. Which of the following books published in 2009 that I have on the TBR must I really try and read before the year is through?
- The Devil’s Paintbrush – Jake Arnott
- All The Nice Girls – Joan Bakewell
- The Death of Bunny Munro – Nick Cave
- War on the Margins – Libby Cone
- The Solitude of Prime Numbers – Paolo Giordano
- The Lieutenant – Kate Grenville
- The Other Half Lives – Sophie Hannah
- The Believers – Zoe Heller
- A Beginners Guide To Acting English – Shappi Khorsandi
- Pretty Monsters – Kelly Link
- Hells Belles – Paul Magrs
- One Day – David Nicholls
- The Angels Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
- The First Person and Other Stories – Ali Smith
- Noah’s Compass – Anne Tyler
- Legend of a Suicide – David Vann
Actually that’s not as bad as I thought it would be. So over to you… which of these books must I try and devour by the end of the year and why? Which books published in 2009 have I missed and should have tracked down? I am looking forward to your thoughts as ever.