Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Reviews of 2009

I had written one massive summary post to go up tomorrow but have decided to split off the list of reviews and post that today. After all, we wrote over 150 review posts this year!

Here are almost all of our reviews for 2009 (except for a few library visits where I did quick children's book reviews). I have starred our favorite reads -- including East Lynne, The Age of Wonder and Un Lun Dun. If you started following us later in the year, we would love it if you visited some of our past reviews.


*Bleak House - Charles Dickens
The Reluctant Widow - Georgette Heyer
The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie (Poirot)
The Robe of Skulls - Vivian French 1
People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
Bonjour, Babar - Jean de Brunhoff 1
The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling 1
Drood - Dan Simmons
The Rabbit and the Turtle - Eric Carle 1
By the Pricking of My Thumbs - Agatha Christie (Tommy & Tuppence) 2
*The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey - Trenton Lee Stewart 1
*The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman 1


Revelation of Fire - Alla Avilova
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 2
The Conqueror - Georgette Heyer
The September Society - Charles Finch
Winter in Madrid - C.J. Sansom
*The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Library Mouse - Daniel Kirk 1
Postern of Fate - Agatha Christie (Tommy & Tuppence)
*The Seance - John Harwood
The Spiderwick Chronicles - Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black 1 2
The Kingmaking - Helen Hollick


Little Miss Spider - David Kirk 1
*Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk - Boris Akunin
Poirot Investigates - Agatha Christie (Poirot) 3
The Invention of Everything Else - Samantha Hunt
Swim Little Fish! and Dinosaur Stomp! - Paul Stickland 1
*The Black Tower - Louis Bayard
*Vienna Blood - Frank Tallis
*The Last Dickens - Matthew Pearl


Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark - Donna Lea Simpson
*Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 2
King's Fool - Margaret Campbell Barnes
*Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear
Sherlock Holmes in America - ed. Martin Greenberg 3
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
*Mother of the Believers - Kamran Pasha
The Dead Beat - Marilyn Johnson 4
Mrs. McGinty's Dead - Agatha Christie (Poirot)
The Crimes of Paris - Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler 4
*The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley
The Man's Book - Thomas Fink 4
The Lying Tongue - Andrew Wilson


What Would Jane Austen Do? - Laurie Brown
The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire - C.M. Mayo
Stone's Fall - Iain Pears
*Tanka Tanka Skunk! - Steve Webb 1
*Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Why Shoot a Butler? - Georgette Heyer
The Unfinished Clue - Georgette Heyer
Behold, Here's Poison - Georgette Heyer
The Glassblower of Murano - Marina Fiorato
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren 1
A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy - Charlotte Greig


My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl 1
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Katherine Howe
*The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
*Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People - Farahad Zama
Cousin Kate - Georgette Heyer
Night at the Museum - Milan Trenc 1 2
The Rossetti Letter - Christi Phillips
*The Pet Dragon - Christoph Niemann 1
Distant Waves: A Novel of the Titanic - Suzanne Weyn 5
*Un Lun Dun - China Miéville 5
The Devlin Diary - Christi Phillips
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type - Doreen Cronin 1


Wicked Plants - Amy Stewart 4
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
The Last Days of the Lacuna Cabal - Sean Dixon
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke 1 2
Not A Box and Not a Stick - Antoinette Portis 1
Hippolyte's Island - Barbara Hodgson
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat - Lynne Jonell 1
*Of Bees and Mist - Erick Setiawan
An Edible History of Humanity - Tom Standage 4


Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
Inkspell - Cornelia Funke 1
Elephant and Piggie Series - Mo Willems 1
*The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold - John le Carré
Cowboy & Octopus - Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith 1
The Game - Diana Wynne Jones 5
*The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone - Dene Low 1
Ice Land - Betsy Tobin
Inkdeath - Cornelia Funke 1
The Puzzle King - Betsy Carter
Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell


The Color of Magic - Terry Pratchett
God Is an Englishman - R.F. Delderfield
The Composer is Dead - Lemony Snicket 1
*The Somnambulist - Jonathan Barnes
The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss - Claire Nouvian 4
The House at Midnight - Lucie Whitehouse
To Serve Them All My Days - R.F. Delderfield
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, Every Friday and New Pet - Dan Yaccarino 1
Ghostwalk - Rebecca Stott
The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett
*The Green Knowe Series - L.M. Boston 1
The Ghost Stories of Muriel Spark 3


Birds of a Feather - Jacqueline Winspear
*The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories - Joan Aiken 1 3
*The Man in the Picture - Susan Hill
*The Magician's Elephant - Kate DiCamillo 1
In A Glass Darkly - Sheridan Le Fanu 3
Wonderland - Tommy Kovac and Sonny Liew 6
The House of Lost Souls - F.G. Cottam
The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme - Bobbi Katz and Adam McCauley 1
*The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science - Richard Holmes 4
Pretty Monsters - Kelly Link 3 5
Half-Minute Horrors - editor Susan Rich 1 3
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Cain Saga: Forgotten Juliet - Kaori Yuki 3 6
*Spellbinder - Helen Stringer 1
The Manual of Detection - Jedediah Berry
My Rotten Life: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie - David Lubar 1
The Unburied - Charles Palliser


The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet - Reif Larsen
In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles - Chris Welles Feder 4
Toot and Puddle - Holly Hobbie 1
Her Fearful Symmetry - Audrey Niffeneger
*Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson
The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd 1
The Handy Answer Book for Kids (and Parents) - Gina Misiroglu 1 4
The Broken Teaglass - Emily Arsenault
No Wind of Blame - Georgette Heyer
Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow
When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead 1
Papier-Mâché Monsters - Dan Reeder 4
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations ... One School at a Time - Greg Mortenson 4
Mercury Falls - Robert Kroese
Ophie Out of Oz - Kathleen O'Dell 1
The Simple Art of Murder - Raymond Chandler 3
The Old Capital - Yasunari Kawabata


Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Float: Classic Lit Signs on to Facebook - Sarah Schmelling
Big Fish - Daniel Wallace 2
*East Lynne - Ellen Wood
Holiday Grind - Cleo Coyle
*The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma - Trenton Lee Stewart 1
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer
Albert - Lani Yamamoto 1
Mort - Terry Pratchett
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
Runt Farm series - Amanda Lorenzo 1
Mr. Timothy - Louis Bayard
43 Old Cemetery Road series - Kate Klise 1

1 - Children and/or youth book
2 - Book v. Movie post
3 - Short stories
4 - Non-fiction
5 - YA book
6 - Graphic novel

Looking forward to another year at WeBeReading,
K and Z


  1. You are amazing! Hope you have a great reading year in 2010 too!

  2. You and Z read a lot of great books this year. :-)

  3. That's an impressive list of reviews! I see a few favorites of mine there as well. And I think I need to add East Lynne to my pile for next year. Happy reading in 2010!

  4. Wow! I'm very impressed. I read only 77 books and still have a bunch that I didn't review. What am I doing wrong?????? Overthinking I think!

  5. I have never thought of doing a list of all my reviews from the year before, its a really good idea, and makes for interesting reading.

  6. Aww, thanks Lenore! So are you!

    Feline - Thanks! We hope to read even better books in 2010!

    Danielle - I hope that you get to East Lynne because it's a really fun book!

    Jenners - What are you doing wrong? Spending time cleaning your house. :)

    Simon - I really like the way that it brings everything together for a quick browse.