If you had to choose to live within a novel, which would it be?
What were your favorite books of the year? (Books that were new to you in 2009, if not necessarily published this year.)
This year, I started The Literary Omnivore. I’ve been a voracious reader for years, and I decided book blogging would be a wonderful creative outlet for me somewhere in October, after a presentation at my school about “e-portfolios”. The book blogging community has been more than welcoming- thank you, ladies! It’s been one of the best things about this year, up there with the inauguration, Dragon*Con, and my first semester of college.
In order to answer this question, I’ve put together a top ten list of the books I read this year. I try to read widely, but I must admit- I have a predisposition for fantasy and strong female characters, which shows in this list.
I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I’ve run out of recently published books to post about- between NaNoWriMo and school, I haven’t had time to catch up with Publishers Weekly. My apologies! This week’s Literary Horizon, then, focuses on fantastical titles that will come to us later this winter.
The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde
I’ve heard of the Thursday Next series off and on–I’ve seen fellow students walking around with a copy, and, of course, it was recommended in Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust. (I must mention that I drew up a great deal of my reading list from Pearl’s Book Lust and More Book Lust, which is why it pops up in my reviews so often.) The more I heard about it, the more I liked it–alternate history, a dash of science fiction, a dollop of detection, and a heaping spoonful of action/adventure… it’s almost perfectly engineered for me. It’s a marvel I haven’t gotten around to reading them before! Obviously, I started off with the first in the series, The Eyre Affair.