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**JANUARY**

1. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks--372 pages--4 stars

2. The Sachem by Donald Clayton Porter--372 pages--4 stars

3. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke--534 pages--4 stars

4. The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig--385 pages--4 stars

5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón--487 pages--4 stars

6. North Carolina Impressions by Jim Hargan--80 pages--5 stars (Mostly photos, but I'm counting it and the next one anyway!)

7. Blue Ridge Parkway Impressions by Cara Ellen Modisett--80 pages--5 stars

8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy--897 pages--3 stars

**FEBRUARY**

9. Dissolution by C.J. Sansom--390 pages--4 stars

10. Coraline by Neil Gaiman--192 pages--3 stars

11. Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani--336 pages--4 stars

12. A Lion Among Men Volume Three in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire--312 pages--2 stars

13. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez--348 pages--3 stars

14. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith--352 pages--4 stars

15. Don't Look Down by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer--373 pages--2 stars

16. The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian--388 pages--4 stars

17. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz--340 pages--4 stars

18. Portrait in Sepia by Isabel Allende--304 pages--3 stars

19. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop--375 pages--4.5 stars

**MARCH**

20. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde--378 pages--4 stars

21. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt--460 pages--4 stars

22. 100 Photographs That Changed the World by Robert Sullivan--176 pages--5 stars

23. Renno by Donald Clayton Porter--324 pages--4 stars

24. Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom--503 pages--4 stars

25. The Audacity of Hope Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama--375 pages--5 stars

26. Water for Elephants--335 pages--4 stars

27. The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child--597 pages--3 stars

28. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin--673 pages--3 stars

29. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray--403 pages--4 stars

30. Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop--496 pages--4 stars

31. Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer--277 pages--4 stars

32. The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall--517 pages--3 stars

33. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones--329 pages--5 stars

34. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik--356 pages--4 stars

Laura, I usually only read one book at a time, but I found that I did better if I read Audacity along with something else. It's very interesting, and I'm glad I read it, but he makes you think a lot and I needed breaks from that. You're an Obama fan, though, right? You would probably enjoy it.

W.H., this is not the place for this kind of thing. This is my reading list. Feel free to comment on it. Don't plug your writing in here. I've asked Lori to delete your comment.

**APRIL**

35. Tomahawk by Donald Clayton Porter--305 pages--4 stars

36. One Child by Torey L. Hayden--254 pages?--5 stars

37. Salt A Novel by Isabel Zuber--352 pages--3 stars

38. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin--728 pages-5 stars

39. Dear Jane Austen A Heroine's Guide to Life and Love by Patrice Hannon--157 pages--3 stars

40. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett--973 pages--4 stars

41. Bound South A Novel by Susan Rebecca White--345 pages--3 stars

**MAY**

42. Sovereign by C.J. Sansom--583 pages--3 stars

43. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris--292 pages--4 stars

44. Fool A Novel by Christopher Moore--311 pages--2 stars

45. Lisey's Story by Stephen King--513 pages--4 stars

46. Asheville Impressions by Bob Schatz--80 pages--5 stars

47. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving--617 pages--4 stars

48. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin--185 pages--4 stars

49. The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint--269 pages--5 stars

50. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson--128 pages--3 stars

51. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak--368 pages--4 stars

52. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier--416 pages--5 stars

53. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan--279 pages--4 stars

54. The Tale of Despereaux Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo--270 pages--5 stars

55. Sabriel by Garth Nix--292 pages--3 stars

56. Graceling by Kristin Cashore--471 pages--5 stars

57. It Happened on the Outer Banks by Molly Perkins Harrison--146 pages--3 stars

58. The Woods by Harlan Coben--324 pages--3 stars

**JUNE**

59. War Cry by Donald Clayton Porter--327 pages--3 stars

60. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly--404 pages--4.5 stars

61. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly--389 pages--5 stars

62. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins--460 pages--3 stars

63. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen--276 pages--4 stars

64. A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith--403 pages--3 stars

65. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik--398 pages--4 stars

66. Ambush by Donald Clayton Porter--310 pages--3 stars

67. Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith--re-read--320 pages--5 stars

**JULY**

68. The Last Wife of Henry VIII A Novel by Carolly Erickson--326 pages--3 stars

69. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson--465 pages--3 stars

70. Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières--436 pages--3 stars

71. how i live now by Meg Rosoff--194 pages--3 stars

72. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin--420 pages--4 stars

73. What the Mouse Found and Other Stories by Charles de Lint--64 pages--4 stars

74. Trader (Newford Book 7) by Charles de Lint--352 pages--4 stars

75. Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child--435 pages--4 stars

76. Emma Brown by Clare Boylan--464 pages--3 stars

77. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay--293 pages--4 stars

78. Maus I A Survivor's Tale My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman--159 pages--5 stars

79. Maus II A Survivor's Tale And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman--136 pages--5 stars

*JG wrote: "JANUARY*

1. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks--372 pages--4 stars

2. The Sachem by Donald Clayton Porter--372 pages--4 stars

3...."

1. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks--372 pages--4 stars

2. The Sachem by Donald Clayton Porter--372 pages--4 stars

3...."

People of the Book was good.

Shadow of the Wind was superb. :)

I'd like to re-read The Shadow of the Wind sometime now that I know how everything turns out. I was so afraid of who was going to die! :-)

**AUGUST**

80. Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by Fannie Flagg--396 pages--3 stars

81. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See--253 pages--3.5 stars

82. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink--218 pages--2 stars

83. The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif--529 pages--3 stars

84. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins--374 pages--4 stars

85. The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd--776 pages--3 stars

86. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop--448 pages--4 stars

87. Good Poems for Hard Times--edited by Garrison Keillor--344 pages--3 stars

88. Abundance A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund--545 pages--4 stars

89. The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff--364 pages--3 stars

90. The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman--291 pages--3 stars

91. Persepolis 1 The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi--153 pages--4 stars

Okay, I blew past 80 already, without really even realizing it. I just might make 120! It depends on work, I guess. I get most of my reading done there, and I'm about to start training new people and we're coming up hard on cold and flu season, and that's our busiest time. I still think I'll make it!

**SEPTEMBER**

92. Fragile Things Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman--360 pages--4 stars

93. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly--339 pages--4 stars

94. Persepolis 2 The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi--192 pages--4 stars

95. Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny--175 pages--3 stars

96. Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West--291 pages--3 stars

97. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull--332 pages--5 stars

98. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins--391 pages--5 stars

99. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris--266 pages--4 stars

100. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon--226 pages--4 stars

101. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch--499 pages--4 stars

**OCTOBER**

102. Simon's Cat by Simon Tofield--240 pages--4 stars

103. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill--316 pages--4 stars

104. The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent--332 pages--3 stars

105. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz--443 pages--4 stars

106. Cujo by Stephen King--304 pages--3.5 stars

107. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley--270 pages--3 stars

108. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson--317 pages--4 stars

109. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld--425 pages--3 stars

110. Rose Madder by Stephen King--420 pages--3 stars

111. The Unofficial Guide to San Francisco by Richard Sterling--404 pages--4 stars

112. Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore--300 pages--4 stars

113. You Suck A Love Story by Christopher Moore--328 pages--4 stars

114. The Ruins by Scott Smith--319 pages--3 stars

115. Misery by Stephen King--338 pages--4 stars

116. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier--348 pages--3 stars

117. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix--314 pages--4 stars

118. Moonlight in Odessa by Janet Skeslien Charles--342 pages--4 stars

119. Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas--305 pages--3 stars

120. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson--503 pages--4 stars

121. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer--629 pages--4 stars

122. Olive Kitteridge A Novel in Stories by Elizabeth Strout--270 pages--4 stars

123. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder--409 pages--5 stars

124. Mama Makes Up Her Mind And Other Dangers of Southern Living by Bailey White--229 pages--4 stars

117. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix--314 pages--4 stars

118. Moonlight in Odessa by Janet Skeslien Charles--342 pages--4 stars

119. Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas--305 pages--3 stars

120. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson--503 pages--4 stars

121. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer--629 pages--4 stars

122. Olive Kitteridge A Novel in Stories by Elizabeth Strout--270 pages--4 stars

123. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder--409 pages--5 stars

124. Mama Makes Up Her Mind And Other Dangers of Southern Living by Bailey White--229 pages--4 stars

**DECEMBER**

125. The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig--400 pages--3.5 stars

126. The Stupidest Angel A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore--275 pages--3.5 stars

127. Un Lun Dun by China Miéville--474 pages--5 stars

128. Black Mountain Breakdown by Lee Smith--240 pages--3 stars

129. Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews--194 pages--4 stars

130. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George--336 pages--3 stars

131. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King--405 pages--4 stars

132. Madapple by Christina Meldrum--410 pages--4 stars

133. The Bright Forever by Lee Martin--282 pages--4 stars

134. Under the Dome by Stephen King--1074 pages--4 stars

Congratulations JG...I'm extremely impressed with how much you were able to read this last year. There are several on your list that I have read and several that I would like to read. Thanks for sharing!

### Books mentioned in this topic

Inkheart (other topics)The Shadow of the Wind (other topics)

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose (other topics)

Blue Ridge Parkway: Impressions (other topics)

North Carolina Impressions (other topics)

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### Authors mentioned in this topic

Lauren Willig (other topics)Donald Clayton Porter (other topics)

Geraldine Brooks (other topics)

Cornelia Funke (other topics)

Jim Hargan (other topics)

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message 1:by JG (The Introverted Reader) (new)My sort of challenge: 80 books read in 2009.