2009’s top books

Like I mentioned before, it’s time to discuss some lists.  2009 is two months shy of being over, but the list-people over at Omnivoracious and Publisher’s Weekly have decided that it’s time to put this year’s books in their place.  With the fall release season over, I guess the literati have settled in for the winter to wine, dine and reflect on the year.  Lucky them.  So here we are!  If you were wondering what books to read this winter, here are some guaranteed good ones.

Omnivoracious’s Top Books of 2009
1.  Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
2.  Strength in What Remains by Tracey Kidder
3.  Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
4.  Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
5.  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
6.  Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad
7.  The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
8.  The City & The City by China Mieville
9.  Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
10.  The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba
(Check out the remaining 90 books in the list.)

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 of 2009
1.  The Age of Wonder by Richard Holmes
2.  Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
3.  Big Machine by Victor Lavalle
4.  Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey
5.  A Fiery Piece in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan
6.  In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin
7.  Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
8.  The Lost City of Z by David Grann
9.  Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford
10.  Stitches: A Memoir by David Small


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