2009 Books

Nerd that I am, I’ve decided that I need an alphabetized list of all the books I’ve read in 2009, organized by genre.

Books Assigned for Class/Textbooks

The Beast in the Jungle, Henry James.
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath.
The Body Artist, Don DeLillo.
Carmilla, Sheridan Le Fanu
Circle of Quiet, Madeleine L’Engle
The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West.
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson.
The Haunted Hotel, Wilkie Collins.
Lady Audley’s Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon.
A Lost Lady, Willa Cather.
The Origins and Development of the English Language, 4th ed., Thomas Pyles & John Algeo.
The Same Stuff as Stars, Katherine Paterson
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner.
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston.
Three Lives & Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963, Christopher Paul Curtis.
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins.
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle.


1984, George Orwell.
Boy Next Door, Meggin Cabot.
Cemetery Dance, Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child.
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.
Coming Home, Barbara Jean Hicks
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury.
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens.
The Host, Stephenie Meyer.
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson.
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy.
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Shem Creek, Dorothea Benton Frank.
Sophie’s Heart, Lori Wick.
Too Late the Phalarope, Alan Paton.
Water for Elephants, Sarah Gruen.


American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work, Susan Cheever.
Captivating, Jon & Stasi Eldredge.
Ghosts, Apparitions, and Poltergeists: An Exploration of the Supernatural through History, Brian Righi.
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer.
Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Roanoke Island: The Beginnings of English America, David Stick.
Why Buffy Matters: The Art of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Rhonda V. Wilcox.

Children’s/Young Adult Literature

3 Willows, Ann Brashares.
Along for the Ride, Sarah Dessen.
Anne of Avonlea, L. M. Montgomery.
Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery.
Anne of the Island, L. M. Montgomery.
The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness.
Avalon High, Meg Cabot
Being Nikki, Meg Cabot.
Best Foot Forward, Joan Bauer.
The Best School Year Ever, Barbara Robinson.
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak.
Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer.
The Gammage Cup, Carol Kendall
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Hard Love, Ellen Wittlinger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J. K. Rowling.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling.
Holes, Louis Sachar.
Homecoming, Cynthia Voigt.
How to Be Popular, Meg Cabot.
I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak.
Jinx, Meg Cabot.
Just Listen, Sarah Dessen.
The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness.
The Last Days, Scott Westerfeld.
Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld.
The Light Princess, George MacDonald.
Lock and Key, Sarah Dessen.
Love, Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli.
One Whole and Perfect Day, Judith Clarke.
Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers, Judy Blume, ed.
Rules of the Road, Joan Bauer.
The Sea of Trolls, Nancy Farmer.
Slam, Nick Hornby.
Standing Tall, Joan Bauer.
That Summer, Sarah Dessen.
Things You Either Hate or Love, Brigid Lowry.
This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen.
The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen.
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt.
Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson.
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin.
When It Happens, Susane Colasanti.

Comic Books/Graphic Novels

30 Days of Night, Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.
30 Days of Night: Dark Days (Book 2), Niles & Templesmith.
30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow (Book 3), Niles & Templesmith.
Angel Omnibus, Volume 1, Peter David, etc.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Note from the Underground.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. Volume 1: Issues 1-5.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. Volume 2: Issues 6-10.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. Volume 3: Issues 11-15.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. Volume 4: Issues 16-20.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8. Volume 5: Issues 21-25.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Slayer, Interrupted.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara.
V for Vendetta, Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

Short Stories (I’ve read so many, I figured these had to count, too.)

Mary Elizabeth Braddon: “Eveline’s Visitant” and “The Shadow in the Corner”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “The Captain of the Pole-Star”

Amelia Edwards: “The New Pass”

Julia Horatia Ewing: “Amelia and the Dwarfs”

Sheridan Le Fanu: “The Familiar,” “Green Tea,” and “Mr. Justice Harbottle”

Elizabeth Gaskell: “The Old Nurse’s Story”

R.S. Hawker: “The Botathan Ghost”

O. Henry: “The Gift of the Magi” and “A Retrieved Reformation”

Zora Neale Hurston: “Sweat”

Rudyard Kipling: “The Mark of the Beast”

Flannery O’Connor: “A Circle in the Fire,” “Good Country People, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” and “The Life You Save May be Your Own”

Mrs. Oliphant: “The Open Door”

Christina Rossetti: “Speaking Likenesses”

Bram Stoker: “The Judge’s House”

3 thoughts on “2009 Books

  1. Harvin says:

    Pure curiosity question: how many of these book are first-time reads?

    • Haley says:

      Of the 51 currently on the list, 34 are first time reads.

      Oddly enough, you commented at the exact same time that I added the 51st book to the list. Stop that, Siamese twin!

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