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2009 Stand-outs

Announcing the Sonderbooks Stand-outs for 2009 -- The books I read in 2009 that I most enjoyed.

After a year of reading, these are the books that stand out in my mind and make me smile.

I will divide the books into categories, so I don’t have to compare dissimilar books. Within each category, I’ve ranked the books by how much I enjoyed them. Each category except Rereads, that is. This year I revisited some of my all-time favorite books, some on audiobooks, and I don’t have the heart to rank any of them as less than Number One. But I want to call them Stand-outs, because they do stand out. So I’m listing them in alphabetical order by author.

Here are my favorite reads from 2009. I hope you enjoy them, too!

Happy Reading!



Left to Tell
  1. Left to Tell
    by Immacule Ilibagiza
  2. Led by Faith
    by Immacule Ilibagiza
  3. I Do Again
    by Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs
  4. French by Heart
    by Rebecca Ramsey

The Trance of Scarcity
  1. The Trance of Scarcity
    by Victoria Castle
  2. Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow
    by Karen Casey
  3. The Sacred Romance
    by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
  4. Loving What Is
    by Byron Katie
  5. I Need Your Love -- Is That True?
    by Byron Katie
  6. The Language of Letting Go
    by Melody Beattie

Claudette Colvin
  1. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
    by Philip Hoose
  2. The Lincolns
    by Candace Fleming
  3. 14 Cows for America
    by Carmen Agra Deedy
  4. Never Smile at a Monkey
    by Steve Jenkins

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  2. The Help
    by Kathryn Stockett
  3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    by Muriel Barbery
  4. Heart and Soul
    by Maeve Binchy
  5. His Majesty's Dragon
    by Naomi Novik
  6. Still Life
    by Joy Fielding
  7. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People
    by Farahad Zama


Children's Fantasy and Science Fiction
When You Reach Me
  1. When You Reach Me
    by Rebecca Stead
  2. The Graveyard Book
    by Neil Gaiman
  3. Any Which Wall
    by Laurel Snyder
  4. Odd and the Frost Giants
    by Neil Gaiman
  5. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
    by Grace Lin

Home of the Brave
  1. Home of the Brave
    by Katherine Applegate
  2. Walk Two Moons
    by Sharon Creech
  3. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    by Mildred D. Taylor
  4. Lucky Breaks
    by Susan Patron
  5. The Case of the Missing Marquess
    by Nancy Springer

Home of the Brave
  1. Jeremy Draws a Monster
    by Peter McCarty
  2. Orangutan Tongs
    by Jon Agee
  3. Pigs Make Me Sneeze!
    by Mo Willems
  4. A Birthday for Bear
    by Bonny Becker
    illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
  5. Bubble Trouble
    by Margaret Mahy
    illustrated by Polly Dunbar
  6. The Lion and the Mouse
    by Jerry Pinkney
  7. Little Panda
    by Renata Liwska

Rampant
  1. Rampant
    by Diana Peterfreund
  2. Fire
    by Kristin Cashore
  3. Forest Born
    by Shannon Hale
  4. A Curse Dark as Gold
    by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  5. Graceling
    by Kristin Cashore
  6. Dreamdark: Silksinger
    by Laini Taylor
  7. Once a Princess
    by Sherwood Smith
  8. Lips Touch: Three Times
    by Laini Taylor
  9. Princess of the Midnight Ball
    by Jessica Day George


Marcelo in the Real World
  1. Marcelo in the Real World
    by Francisco X. Stork
  2. Project Sweet Life
    by Brent Hartinger
  3. Stealing Heaven
    by Elizabeth Scott
  4. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
    by Gary D. Schmidt
  5. The London Eye Mystery
    by Siobhan Dowd


Wonderful Rereads
In Alphabetical Order