Thursday, December 31, 2009

Books Read in 2009

Well, we've come to the end of yet another year-- can you believe it? I really don't know where the time went, personally.

This past year, I managed to by pass my reading goal in 2008 (I barely managed to finish 200 books last year). Yeah!


However, I fell drastically behind in reviewing, as I'm sure you know by now (yes, I know, I've complained about it a lot lately). I do plan on changing next year--- more on that later in this post.
But, considering everything I have going on in my life, I did a great job this year, I know. :)


Here was my grand total for the year of 2009:


Books Read: 261
Pages Read: 94,069
Average Rating: 4.05/5 Stars *Perhaps I'm being too generous with the ratings?*
Challenges Completed: 2/2 (LT 999 Challenge and LT Paranormal 99 Challenge)
Reviews Written: 42
ARCs Reviewed: 17

As I've been saying for the past few months, next year I will write more reviews. This year has been pathetic--- over 250 plus books, and not even 1/5 of those books received a review from me. 2010 will bring about many changes on this blog, one of which will be that besides the books I receive to review (which are few, but I do review them all), I am going to promise to review at least one out of every three books I read. The reviews may not all be that long, but I am going to at least sit down and post a review for 1/3 of the many books I hope to read next year.


 
Here is the list of every book I read this past year. *Good thing I kept the list updated throughout the year-- can you imagine how sore my fingers would be if I'd had to do this all last minute (like I did last year...)? Ouch!*



January:

1. Mysteria Lane by MaryJanice Davidson (and other authors)
2. Night Falls Darkly by Kim Lenox
3. Double Fantasy by Cheryl Holt
4. Thirty Nights with a Highland Husband by Melissa Mayhue
5. Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
6. Never Deceive a Duke by Liz Carlyle
7. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
8. The Great Scot by Donna Kauffman
9. Double Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy
10. Nothing But the Truth by Avi
11. Reason to Believe by Jessica Inclan
12. Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
14. The Hollow by Nora Roberts
15. Caine's Reckoning by Sarah McCarty
16. The Pagan Stone by Nora Roberts
17. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
18. A Gentle Rain by Deborah Smith
19. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
20. Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
21. Cradle and All by James Patterson
22. White Wolf by Susan Edwards
23. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
24. Touch of Evil by C.T. Adams


Feburary:

1. A Garden in the Rain by Lynn Kurland
2. Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark
3. No Place like Home by Mary Higgins Clark
4. Blood of Roses by Marsha Canham
5. Witch Season *2-in-1-Book* by Jeff Mariott
6. Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
7. Ghost Moon by Rebecca York
8. Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine
9. Desperately Seeking a Duke by Celeste Bradley
10. Warrior Princess by Frewin Jones
11. Flirting With Temptation by Kelley St. John
12. Marked by Passion by Kate Perry
13. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
14. Seeing Red by Susan Crandall
15. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
16. Kill for Me by Karen Rose
17. Immortal by P.C. Cast and Other Authors
18. Eternal by Cynthia LeitIch Smith
19. Blood Lines by Eileen Wilks
20. Castles by Julie Garwood


March:

1. Trouble in High Heels by Leanne Banks
2. Seducing a Scottish Bride by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
3. The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe
4. A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer
5. The Seduction of an Unknown Lady
6. Passion Unleashed by Larissa Ione
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
8. Wild Card by Lora Leigh
9. Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
10. Flying Home by Rachel Ann Nunes
11. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
12. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn
13. Stargazer by Claudia Gray
14. The Cat by Jean Johnson
15. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
16. Moving Violations by Lora Leigh (E-book)
17. Perfect by Judith McNaught
18. Vampire Diaries Return: Nightfall by L.J. Smith
19. Time Share: Amelia’s Journey by Lora Leigh (E-Book, Short Story)
20. Bound by Shadow by Anna Windsor
21. The Bargain by Julia Templeton


April:
1. Hunted by P.C. and Kristin Cast
2. Enslave Me Sweetly by Gena Showalter
3. Max by James Patterson
4. Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
5. Vamps by Nancy A. Collins
6. Night Life by Nancy A. Collins
7. Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
8. Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh (E-Book)
9. Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare
10. Warrior: The Time Hunters by Angela Knight
11. Secret Circle #2 by L.J. Smith
12. Eternal Pleasure by Nina Bangs
13. Night World Volume 2 by L.J. Smith
14. The Nightkeepers by Jessica Andersen
15. The Sound of the Rain by Anita Stansfield
16. Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake
17. A Little Magic by Nora Roberts
18. The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne
19. Elephant Run by Roland Smith


May:
1.The Dreamthief by Shana Abe
2.The Truelove Bride by Shana Abe
3. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
4. Ever by Gail Carson Levine
5. Pieces of April by Diane Haeger
6. Much ado in the Moonlight by Lynn Kurland
7. Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden
8. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
9. Highland Obsession by Dawn Halliday
10. Edge of Twilight by Maggie Shayne
11. Blood Bayou by Karen Young
12. Timeless Moon by C.T. Adams
13. A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
14. Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul by Jack Canfield
15. Immortals: The Redeeming by Jennifer Ashley
16. Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward
17. The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
18. A Kiss of Fate by Mary Jo Putney
19. Wedding the Highlander by Janet Chapman
20. Demon Moon by Meljean Brook
21. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon


JUNE:
1. MacGowan's Ghost by Cindy Miles
2. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
3. Midnight Reign by Chris Marie Green
4. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
5. Innocent Fire by Brenda Joyce
6. Dark Victory by Brenda Joyce
7. Devoured by Amanda Marrone
8. A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
9. Bloodtide by Melvin Burgess
10. Stardust by Neil Gailman
11. Dawnkeepers by Jessica Andersen
12. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
13. Distracting the Duchess by Emily Bryan
14. Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon
15. Captive Moon by C.T. Adams
16. High Noon by Nora Roberts
17. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas
18. The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
19. By My Side by Nora Roberts
20. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
21. Cowboy and the Captive by Lora Leigh (E-Book Short)
22. After the Kiss by Suzanne Enoch
23. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
24. The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers
25. Waiting for Nick/Considering Kate by Nora Roberts
26. The Twilight Before Christmas by Christine Feehan
27. The Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson
28. The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide by J.R. Ward
29. Wicked is the Night by Catherine Mulvany
30. Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr


JULY:

1. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
2. Night World (Vol. 3) by L.J. Smith
3. Pure by Terra Elan McVoy
4. One with the Shadows by Susan Squires
5. Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine
6. Bound by Light by Anna Windsor
7. Wicked: Resurrection by Nancy Holder
8. Redeemed in Darkness by Alexis Morgan
9. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
10. Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
11. For the Roses by Julie Garwood
12. Sins of the Flesh by Devyn Quinn
13. Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon
14. The Rogue's Bride by Leslie Lafoy
15. Eternal Moon by Rebecca York
16. The Wedding by Julie Garwood
17. Saving Savannah by Sandra Hill (e-book short)
18. Highland Treasure by Amanda Scott
19. Highland Thirst by Hannah Howell and Lynsay Sands
20. Passage to Zarahemla by Chris Heimerdinger
21. Where's My Hero? by Lisa Kleypas and Others
22. When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
23. It's In His Kiss by Julia Quinn
24. In the Blood by Adrian Phoenix
25. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
26. Gone by Michael Grant
27. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
28. Skinned by Robin Wasserman

AUGUST:

1. Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan
2. Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (E-book)
3. Dangerous Tides by Christine Feehan
4. Oceans of Fire by Christine Feehan
5. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
6. The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
7. Marley and Me by John Grogan
8. On Danger's Edge by Lise Fuller
9. One with the Darkness by Susan Squires
10. Highland Magic by Tess Mallory
11. Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason
12. Hidden Moon by Lori Handeland
13. The Ravening by Dawn Thompson
14. Heart Dance by Robin D. Owens
15. Secret Society by Tom Dolby
16. Splendor by Brenda Joyce
17. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
18. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
19. Deepwood by Jennifer Roberson
20. Soul Song by Marjorie M. Liu
21. After Dark by Jayne Castle
22. Captive Dreams by Jayne Castle
23. Atlantis Unleashed by Alyssa Day
24. City Of by Nancy Holder
25. Devil Takes A Bride by Gaelen Foley
26. Not Forgotten by Nancy Holder


SEPTEMBER:

1. Angle: Image by Mel Odom
2. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
3. Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter
4. Till There Was You by Lynn Kurland
5. Eternal Craving by Nina Bangs
6. Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr
7. Demon Night by Meljean Brook
8. Shadow Music by Julie Garwood
9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
10. The Storm by Jean Johnson
11. Menu for Romance by Kaye Dacus
12. The Hollow by Jessica Verday (E-Book)
13. Storm of Visions by Christina Dodd
14. The Healing Spell and Other Stories by Kiki Howell (ARC)
15. Black Hills by Nora Roberts
16. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
17. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
18. Magic Under Glass by Jackie Dolamore (ARC)
19. Kiss of the Phantom by Julie Leto



OCTOBER:

1. Mythology and You by Donna Rosenberg
2. Desire Untamed by Pamela Palmer
3. The Vampire's Bride by Gena Showalter
4. The Scot and I by Elizabeth Thornton
5. A Certain Strain of Peculiar by Gigi Amateau
6. Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer
7. Atlantis Unmasked by Alyssa Day
8. The Templar's Seduction by Mary Reed McCall
9. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (ARC)
10. Star Shadows by Colby Hodge
11. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
12. A Highlander Christmas by Sophie Renwick and Others (ARC)
13. San Antonio Seduction by Louise Colln
14. Burning Wild by Christine Feehan
15. Surrender to Sin by Tamara Lejeune
16. Breakfast at Tiffany's by James Patterson
17. Universal Myths by Alexander Eliot
18 A Modern Day Witch Hunt by Kiki Howell
19. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
20. The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne

November:

1. Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
2. Red Hawk's Woman by Karen Kay
3. Never a Lady by Jacque D'Alessandro
4. Daughter of the Flames by Zoe Marriott
5. Her Only Desire by Gaelen Foley
6. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
7. Charming the Highlander by Janet Chapman
8. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
9. Loving the Highlander by Janet Chapman
10. Love is a Battlefield by Annalisa Daughery
11. Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson
12. A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans
13. Point in Time by Linda O. Johnston
14. Stay the Night by Lynn Viehl
15. Knight of Desire by Margaret Mallory
16. My Immortal Promise by Jen Holling
17. Need by Carrie Jones


December:
1. The Iliad by Homer
2. Forced Mate by Rowena Cherry
3. Meridian by Amber Kizer
4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
5. Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
6. Divine Madness by Melanie Jackson
7. Obsession Untamed by Pamela Palmer
8. Dragon Prime by Lora Leigh (E-Book Short)
9. Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (ARC Copy)
10. Fade Out by Rachel Caine
11. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
12. Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh
13. Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas
14. Beast Master by Vonna Harper (E-Book Short) 
15. The Duke Next Door by Celeste Bradley
16. Moby Dick by Herman Melville




I was going to list my top favorites, but, sadly, I just ran out of time today. *Pause*
Okay, and I got a bit lazy. It's also a bit hard to choose favorites, at least for me.

However, I've provided a list (HERE) of all 261 books I read, organized through LibraryThing. If I gave the book a 4 star or higher, I recommend it, and a 4.5 or 5 star is top notch.

Next year, I'm going to be more organized and keep a better tally of my books read, my favorites, reviews, etc. One of many New Year's Resolutions....


This will be my last post for the year. This means I won't see any of you until 2010! I hope you all have a great New Year's celebration, but don't get too wild! *Wink*


Come back on Sunday for the first ever Lusting for Covers meme-- see which cover I choose for my first post, and nominate your own cover candidate! :D



Enjoy!







Until Next Year!

5 comments :

  1. 261 books???????? Holy Canoli!
    That's great! And what a wonderful list of books too. Great job!

    Happy New Year!

    :o)

    MsM

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  2. Wow! Nice list of books!

    Happy New Year to you!

    Wishing you another fabulous year of reading :)

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  3. Since you only reviewed 1 in 5 of the books, I am very grateful that one of the ones you did review was mine! Thanks for the lovely review of Knight of Desire.

    Happy New Year!
    Margaret Mallory

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  4. MsM,
    I know, I know, that's a lot of books! But that's nothing compared to one fellow book lover I found on LT a few years ago--- she can easily read 300 plus in a year, and reviewed a good majority of them.
    Happy New Year!


    Amy C,
    Thanks. For the most part, it's not a very diverse list (3/4 romance and YA, with a few others thrown in), but hey, as long as I enjoyed reading them, who cares? I hope that you too have another wonderful year of reading. Happy New Year!


    Margaret,
    You are very welcome. I enjoyed reading Knight of Desire, and I look forward to the next two books in the series. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's!



    Enjoy!
    TBQ

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  5. This is a similarity between us because i am also a book lover........

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