What I Enjoyed the Most in 2009

23 December, 2009

It’s almost the end of the year and the time for lists, so I thought it would be appropriate to list my most enjoyable reads of the year. There haven’t really been any duff reads and I think I only gave up on two books earlier in the year before I started my blog in July.

1) The most enjoyable thing this year was starting my blog! I was really nervous about this and, having been surreptitiously reading book blogs for about a year beforehand, I felt rather intimidated at the professional manner in which many blogs are maintained. They are all so lovely, funny and well thought out. But I took the plunge and I’m really glad I did, because it’s so much fun and I’ve met some incredibly nice bloggy people.

It’s made me think a lot more about why I read and the books that I choose. I also found it surprisingly hard to write a negative review and made me think about the honesty in my writing.

2) OK books, here we go. In 2009, I really liked reading and writing about:

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
Love Marriage by V.V. Ganeshananthan
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
The Boat by Nam Le
The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas

I also liked the following which I didn’t write about, as I read them before I started blogging, but highly recommend:

The Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erickson
The Book of Other People edited by Zadie Smith
Alexandria by Lyndsey Davis
All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen
In the Woods by Tana French
Tokyo Year Zero by David Peace
Singled Out by Virginia Nicholson

I realise that I haven’t written about my favourite book of the year, Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erickson since I read it way back in January, but as I’ll be reading the second installment in the 10 book sequence next year, I promise to write a big juicy post about the Malazan Book of the Fallen series when the time comes.

3) I found some amazing book challenges this year including RIP IV and the Japanese Literary Challenge 3 which put me in touch with some lovely people, the Clear Off Your Shelves Challenge which actually motivated me to read something off my TBR shelf and the Women Unbound Challenge which has made me veer towards some thoughtful reading. I’m also enjoying the Hello Japan! challenge which has made me look at Japan anew.

4) I also reconnected with my love for Japanese drama and film. This year’s favourites were Crows Zero, Sakuran and Gokusen.

♥  Thank you to everyone who has taken their time to read my blog and post comments. I always enjoy hearing from you and I look forward to getting to know you all a lot more next year!

And I’ll leave you with my favourite book and cover art of the year.

8 Responses to “What I Enjoyed the Most in 2009”

  1. softdrink Says:

    I loved Kafka on the Shore…it was such a trip!

    Have you read Tana French’s second novel? I liked it so much better than In the Woods (although I admit I’m in the minority on not really liking In the Woods).

    • chasing bawa Says:

      No, I haven’t read The Likeness yet. I’ve been waiting for it to turn up at my library, but no show, so I just might have to buy it next year. I’ve heard so many good things about it and many people have said it’s even better than In the Woods. I think she’s got a third book coming out soon.

  2. Michelle Says:

    Ah! I’ve read none of the books you read and liked this year. Though I have on my radar Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch, and I definitely want to read more of Murakami and Tanizaki.

    This reminds me. I should probably post something to formally end the year too…

  3. savidgereads Says:

    What a lovely post, nice to get all of your thoughts on books and blogging in 2009 in such a lovely way.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  4. Danielle Says:

    I loved The Night Watch and The Likeness, too. Last year Singled Out was one of my favs as well.

    Have a Very Merry Christmas!

  5. Bellezza Says:

    I, too, loved Kafka On The Shore and A Game of Thrones. Will you be reading the rest of Martin’s Fire and Ice series? I bought them all on eBay in a fit of passion, but I haven’t read any after the first. Some day…

  6. Michelle Says:

    Just dropped by to let you know that I tagged you for a meme at my blog. I do hope you join. =)

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