Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 In Books

   The obligatory annual book list! Really more for my personal memories than anything else. Titles in bold are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! :)

January 2009
  1. About A Boy by Nick Hornby (a present from my friend, Domini)
   2. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
   3. The Savior by Eugene Drucker
   4. If On A Winter's Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino
   5. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
   6. Death In Venice by Thomas Mann
   7. The Associate by John Grisham (TJ! I have yet to return this to you!)
   8. Till Debt Do Us Part by Chinkee Tan
   9. Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
   10. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama

February 2009

   11. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
   12. The Firm by John Grisham
   13. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
   14. Obama: From Promise to Power by David Mendell
   15. That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
   16. Defying Hitler by Sebastian Haffner

March 2009

   17. Watchmen by Alan Moore/ Dave Gibbons
   18. Cries of the Heart by Ravi Zacharias
   19. Introduction to Critical Theory: From Horkheimer to Habermas by David Held
   20. Songmaster by Orson Scott Card
   21. The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles (waves to Meewa)
   22. Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy by William Barrett (waves to Meewa again :)  )

April 2009

   23. The Discovery of the Child by Maria Montessori
   24. How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill
   25. Mr. Cavendish, I Presume by Julia Quinn
   26. The Maggot by John Fowles
   27. The Last of the Just by Andre Schwartz-bart
   28. First Meetings in Ender's Universe by Orson Scott Card
   29. Empire by Orson Scott Card
   30. Slumdog Millionaire by Vikram Swarup (generously lent to me by Christian)
   31. The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori
   32. Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster
   33. French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
   34. Without Reservations: The Travels of An Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach
   35. Daily Grace for Teachers: Devotional Reflections to Nourish Your Soul
   36. Darcy's Story by Janel Aylmer (I regret wasting my time on this one... it's like Pride and Prejudice, copy paste version)
   37. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
   38. Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
   39. How to Be An Effective Teacher: The First Day of School by Harry Wong et al
   40. Book Lover (aka Literary Longing in L.A.) by J. Kaufman and K. Mack
   41. Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
   42. Blindness by Jose Saramago
   43. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
   44. Why Do Catholics Do That? A Guide to the Teachings and Practices of the Catholic Church by Kevin Orlin Johnson, PhD
   45. Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser
   46. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
   47. The Cave by Jose Saramago

June 2009

   48. Letters to a Young Teacher: The Art of Being Interesting by Joseph V. Landy, SJ
   49. Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn
   50. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
   51. Birds Without Wings by Louis De Bernieres
   52. Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
   53. The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis (Volume 1)
July 2009   
   54. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
   55. All the Names by Jose Saramago
   56. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
   57. Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man by Steve Harvey
   58. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
   59. Dune by Frank Herbert
   60. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
   61. Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
   62. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

August 2009

   63. Bright Arrows by Grace Livingston Hill
   64. All Through the Night by Grace Livingston Hill
   65. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
   66. Romain Rolland's Essays on Music, edited by David Ewen
   67. Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman's Soul
   68. Confessions of An Impatient Bride by Rissa Samson-Kawpeng
   69. Grand Obsession: A Piano Odyssey by Perri Knize

September 2009

   70. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
   71. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
   72. Georges by Alexandre Dumas
   73. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
   74. Counseling Friends In Need by Dr. Harold J. Sala
   75. Camelot 3000 by Mike Barr / Brian Bolland
   76. The Red Prophet (Graphic Novel Version) by Orson Scott Card
   77. Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
   78. Red Prophet (novel version) by Orson Scott Card

October 2009

   79. Prentice Alvin by Orson Scott Card
   80. Alvin Journeyman by Orson Scott Card
   81. Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias
   82. Ex Libris: Confessions of A Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
   83. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
   84. The Portable Matthew Arnold edited by Lionel Trilling

November 2009

   85. The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
   86. To Fly Again: Surviving the Tailspins of Life by Gracia Burnham and Dean Merrill
   87. The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian by Robert E. Howard
   88. Lion of Ireland by Morgan Llywelyn
   89. Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year by Esme Raji Codell
   90. The Little Book by Selden Edwards

December 2009

   91. A Russian Journal by John Steinbeck
   92. The King of Torts by John Grisham
   93. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
   94. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
   95. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
   96. Vlad: The Last Confession (The Epic Novel of the Real Dracula) by C.C. Humphreys
   97. Dancing at Midnight by Julia Quinn
   98. How to Marry A Marquis by Julia Quinn
   99. Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley
  100. Brighter than the Sun by Julia Quinn
  101. The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person In the World by A.J. Jacobs
  102. Clara by Janice Galloway


2007 in books (only the last quarter ... Total read = 29 tomes)

2008 in books  (Total read = 66 tomes)

Happy New Year, everyone!


  1. so many books! Buti you have time to read all of them! :)t

  2. Happy New Year!!

    Hehe I've mastered the art of cramming my reading fixes while traveling to and fro, and making use of every spare minute spent waiting in line or for someone, etc.

    Ako rin, nagulat at the end of my list. Ganun na pala ka-dami! Kaya dapat palaging may libro sa bag :)

  3. Weeee!!! This is one whole shelf, Gabi!
    I still have to read my copy of Ex Libris: Confessions of A Common Reader, I know Lizette immediately slipped her two copies in our boxes without even uploading them.haha ;-) She's a dear.

    ( I would like to write a longer comment but time online is limited. I'll come back to this list soon! =) )

  4. Wow! How I wish I could have read at least 20% of what you have read but that's actually my new year's resolution to do more reading than computering. I have a collection of Chicken Soup but have not read the Christian Woman's Soul. Happy New Year to you and your family! 2009 was a good year The Madz were here.

  5. Awesome, gabi :) Hope to talk with you about books also :) Happy new year

  6. GRAAAABE, how do you find time? do you speed-read or something? woah, cool... O_O

  7. wowie! daming books! :) good job for finding reading time! :) happy new year! sorry, your other book's still with us. we have lots to read din here at home eh. we can't get through all of them fast enough! hahaha! :)

  8. Yes, I'm very grateful to Lizette. Ex Libris is a light but wonderfully funny and memorable read! You have a great treat in store for you!!!

  9. Happy New Year too, Ma'am!! :) Here's hoping 2010 brings you more opportunities to be with Bianca and the rest of your family.

  10. Thank you, and Happy New Year too!! :)

  11. Haha! Thanks Mika! I squeeze in 10-15 minutes of reading time before going to bed, and literally seize every spare minute of the day. I always have a book in my bag. I honestly think I'm getting faster at reading as time goes by. Practice makes perfect! :)

    Also, not all the books above are "heavy" reads, some are light and "fluffy" so I went through them quickly... compared to deep Dostoevsky books that take ages to process.

    How about you? Would love to look at YOUR book list! :)

  12. i didn't keep track last year eh. but this year i will na, i started keeping a journal. i realized i forget most of what i read if i don't write it down somewhere, so parang sayang. but this year i will. you'll see it in 12 months time :)


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