Friday, January 2, 2009

Christine reads

Well believe it or not “blogless Christine” is actually blogging. Peaknit and I thought it might be fun to co-blog our year of reading. In addition to a love (or um, obsession) with yarn, we also share a love for a good story.

While I don’t always get a book a week done there’s nothing I enjoy more then getting totally sucked into a story. My philosophy of reading is to read what you enjoy and so this list is mostly made up of contemporary fiction with a dash of nonfiction thrown in every once in awhile.

Looking over my 2008 list, it was obviously a year with some fluff, whether it was the Twilight series or a few books from the Gossip Girl series. With two one week beach vacations I really was able to plow through a ton which allowed me to read more then I did 2007 (55 books). I copied Peaknit by bolding the books I’d recommend, and like her I’m rather judicious in my recommendations. It's too bad I didn't have 8 recommendations, my mosaic would have looked much better!

1. Life on the Refrigerator Door : Alice Kuipers
2. Paint it Black : Janet Fitch
3. Basic Black : Cathie Black
4. Other People’s Love Letters : Bill Shapiro
5. Songs Without Words : Ann Packer
6. Her Last Death : Susanna Sonnenberg
7. Lost and Found : Jacqueline Sheehan
8. Gossip Girl #1: Cecily Von Ziegesar
9. Before I Die : Jenny Downham
10. The Other Boleyn Girl : Philippa Gregory
11. Freddy and Fredericka : Mark Helprin
12. You Know You Love Me : Cecily Von Ziegesar
13. All I Want Is Everything : Cecily Von Ziegesar
14. Curse of the Spellmans : Lisa Lutz
15. Gatsby’s Girl : Caroline Preston
16. Because I’m Worth It : Cecily Von Ziegesar
17. I Like It Like That : Cecily von Ziegesar
18. The Cure for Modern Life : Lisa Tucker
19. Belong to Me : Marisa de los Santos
20. The Geography of Bliss : Eric Weiner

21. Change of Heart – Jodi Picoult
22. The Constant Princess – Philippa Gregory
23. The Secret Between Us : Barbara Delinsky
24. I was Told There’d Be Cake : Sloane Crosley
25. Certain Girls : Jennifer Weiner
26. The Divorce Party : Laura Dave
27. Twilight : Stephanie Meyer
28. Fieldwork : Mischa Berlinski
29. Everyone Else’s Girl : Megan Crane
30. New Moon : Stephanie Meyer
31. Eclipse : Stephanie Meyer
32. Bookends : Jane Green
33. Queen of Babble In The Big City : Meg Cabot
34. One Good Turn : Kate Atkinson
35. A Thousand Splendid Suns : Khalid Hosseini
36. Free Food for Millionaires : Min Jin Lee
37. Suddenly : Barbara Delinsky
38. Comfort Food : Kate Jacob
39. Whistling in the Dark : Kesley Kagen
40. The Opposite of Love : Julie Buxbaum
41. Rachel’s Holiday : Marian Keyes
42. Breaking Dawn : Stephanie Meyer
43. Beginner’s Greek : James Collins
44. Earthly Pleasures : Karen Neches
45. The Department of Lost and Found : Allison Winn Scotch
46. The Host : Stephanie Meyer
47. Where is the Mango Princess? : Cathy Crimmins
48. If You Lived There : Dana Sachs
49. A Good Distance : Sarah Willis
50. Antonio’s Wife : Jacqueline Dejohn
51. The Dud Avocado : Elaine Dundy
52. The Geography of Love : Glenda Burges
53. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything : Janelle Brown
54. Here If You Need me : Kate Brasetrup
55. This Charming man : Marian Keyes
56. Three Cups of Tea : Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin
57. The Whole World Over : Julia Glass
58. Sing them Home : Stephanie Kallos
59. The Thirteenth Tale : Diane Setterfield
60. Second Thyme Around : Katie Fforde
61. Queen of Babble Gets Hitched : Meg Cabot
62. Salem Falls : Jodi Picoult
63. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict : Laurie Viera Rigler

And we’re off on our way to reading through 2009. Are there any books that are on your must read list for the New Year?
….phew I survived my first post….


  1. I think I may have to pick up some of your bolded books! Your first post ROCKS! I have the Thirteenth Tale coming in the mail via right now after Carolyn's recommendation and really need that Marisa de los Santos book - the first one I read of hers was such a prize! Thank you for joining me - I guess I can't call you "blogless Christine" anymore?! Yay!

  2. Yay!! Great idea for a blog!! I loved Splendid Suns!

  3. Hi guys!
    Great blog, I look forward to following you on your reading journey :)

  4. OK I don't know why my post links to my daugters blog but it's me Crystal!

  5. I am reading the Thirteenth Tale right now - not very far into it, but I am enjoying the twists and turns.