The books of fiction I have read in 2009 sorted alphabetically by title (* indicates re-read):

1. 1919 – John Dos Passos
2. A Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
3. A Gate at the Stairs – Lorrie Moore
4. A Short History of Women – Kate Wallbert
5. Afterwards – Gina Berriault*
6. Alexander’s Bridge – Willa Cather (1912)
7. Bartleby, the Scrivener – Herman Melville
8. Boyhood – J.M. Coetzee
9. Brooklyn – Colm Toibin
10. Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell
11. Embers – Sandor Marai
12. Everyman – Philip Roth
13. Falconer – John Cheever
14. Ghost Dance – Carole Maso
15. Ghostwritten – David Mitchell
16. John the Revelator – Peter Murphy
17. Lark and Termite – Jayne Anne Phillips
18. Libra – Don DeLillo
19. Love and Summer – William Trevor
20. Netherland – Joseph O’Neill
21. Number9Dream – David Mitchell
22. Numbers in the Dark – Italo Calvino
23. One Hundred Years of Solititude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
24. Paris Trance – Geoff Dyer
25. Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
26. Quarantine – Jim Crace
27. Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia – Samuel Johnson
28. Samedi the Deafness – Jesse Ball
29. Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
30. Swallowing the Sun – David Park
31. That Old Cape Magic – Richard Russo
32. The Big Money – John Dos Passos
33. The Closers – Michael Connelly
34. The Dying Animal – Philip Roth
35. The Fall – Albert Camus*
36. The Gravedigger’s Daughter – Joyce Carol Oates
37. The Immoralist – Andre Gide*
38. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman – Laurance Sterne
39. The Known World – Edward P. Jones
40. The March – E.L. Doctorow
41. The Museum of Dr. Moses – Joyce Carol Oates
42. The Quiet American – Graham Greene
43. The Road – Cormac McCarthy
44. The Shawl – Cynthia Ozick
45. The Sheltering Sky – Paul Bowles
46. The Son – Gina Berriault*
47. The Song of the Lark – Willa Cather
48. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski
49. The Stranger – Albert Camus*
50. The Stranger Next Door – Amelie Nothomb
51. The Vagrants – Yiyun Li
52. The Waves – Virginia Woolf
53. They Came Like Swallows – William Maxwell
54. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
55. Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson


6 Responses to 2009

  1. anokatony says:

    One thing that would be nice here is the link to your blog entry for each of these 2009 reads. But that might be a little much also.

  2. Kerry says:

    Good point, Tony. That should have been obvious to me. It constitutes a little work, but would save my visitors a fair amount of trouble. Thanks, I will remedy the oversight.

  3. Mustafa says:

    I must say that my 2009 Books Purchased list is much more impressive than my 2009 Reads list—I should start a blog and just publish the former and maybe no one will notice that I’m not actually getting in much reading. Truth is I’ve never been a fast reader, unlike some members of my family who can literally (pun?) consume two books a day; two books a month for me is more like it, so I have to be choosy. I do enjoy, though, going through lists like yours because there are a few things on it I can connect with—i.e. Willa Cather and Vladamir Nabakov are two of my favorite authors. I recently subscribed to the Library of America and they publish their complete works in, relative to the price, very nice volumes.

    My goal for 2010: to read 50 books, so on January 1 early I’m gonna have to get crackin’.

  4. Mustafa says:

    Oh btw, Vladamir Nabakov (not to be confused with Vladimir Nabokov) is the author of “Speek Memry.”

  5. Kerry says:

    I am doing my level best to keep the “Books Purchased” list and the “Books Read” list close to even. In fact, I actually ran a slight, very slight, surplus of “Books Read”. I had a little more time this year and put quite a bit more effort into finishing books. I am going to try to push towards 100 books in 2010.

    Come back for my 2009 recap during the first week of January. I am trying to squeeze in a few “highly regarded” 2009 works before the end of the year (I have only read seven 2009 works so far).

    Thanks for the comment!

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