Booking Through Thursday: 2009 in Review

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.

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Review: Labyrinth

by Kate Mosse



Labyrinth is one of the recommendations I picked up while in Ireland and England this summer. In nearly every Waterstone’s I set foot in, there was a shelf dedicated to staff recommendations. In one of the London locations, Labyrinth received a glowing review from a Waterstone’s employee. This recommendation, then, came from an anonymous Brit who works at Waterstone’s. Thanks, anonymous Brit who works at Waterstone’s.

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Sunday Salon: The List


This spring, I finally decided to put together a notebook of book recommendations and books I wanted to read. I drew up the initial recommendations from Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust and More Book Lust, and wrote them all down in a small, green notebook in blue pen. It doesn’t have an official name as of yet. For now, it is simply the List.

Two weeks ago, I was sitting at my desk when I suddenly thought, Is Temeraire on the List? I began to flip through the List frantically. (Temeraire, incidentally, was not on the List. It is now.) After that, I decided to supplement the official List with a spreadsheet, to make it easier to determine what exactly I’ve put on it.

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Teaser Tuesday: Labyrinth


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“I have been happy here. This city has treated me–us–well.”
èrs is no longer safe. Not for you, not for the books.”

pg. 186 of Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your 2 ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!