2009 Reading

Here I’ll list and briefly comment on each book I read this year (the number is already in the high 30s, so this will be fun to do). I expect to do longer reviews of some books. These will feature on the main page as blog posts and will be linked to here. In future, look for lists of books read to my son, lists of books I’ve read in the past, want to read sometime, want to read soon, am ashamed never to have read, am not ashamed to never have read, among other things. I’m a bit of a listaholic.

Books Read 2009

Listed in order read & by month of completion.


46. One Step Behind by Henning Mankell


45. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

44. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

43. The Princess of Burundi by Kjell Eriksson

42. Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell

41. Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh

40. Lovecraft (a graphic novel) by Hans Rodionoff, Enrique Breccia & Keith Giffen

39. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

38. The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn

37. The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell

36. D’Aulaire’s Norse Myths

35. At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft

34. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid

33. Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk

32. Underground by Haruki Murakami

31. Lost in the Meritocracy by Walter Kirn


30. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

29. Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

28. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

27. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

26. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

25. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

24. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

23. Descartes Bones by Russell Shorto

22. Bad Mother by Ayelet Waldman

21. The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin


20. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

19. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

18. The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa

17. How Right You Are, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

16. The Moon Pool by A. Merritt

15. Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon

14. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

13. Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell

12. Elsewhere, U.S.A. by Dalton Conley

11. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett


10. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

8. Body of Knowledge: One Semester of Gross Anatomy by Steve Geigerich

7. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

6. The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee

5. What I Talk about When I Talk about Running by Haruki Murakami

4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


3. How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely

2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

1. Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut



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