Friday Morning Bookclub

January 2, 2010

Favorite Book of 2009

Filed under: Favorite Books,Literary Tidbits — Esther @ 9:58 am

The Friday Morning Bookclub’s choice for Book of the Year is “The Help”.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!  But was it my personal choice for my favorite book of the year?  Friday Morning Bookclub voted among a field of 12 books.  This past year, I read a total of 45 books.  I had a lot more books to choose from.  Could I choose just one as my favorite?

I loved “The Seamstress” by Frances de Pontes Peebles.  The tale of two sisters in 1920’s Brazil, this novel totally captivated me.  Beautifully written, with a fascinating plot.

I have always loved the novels of Pat Conroy, and this year’s “South of Broad” did not disappoint.  I relished turning each page of this engrossing saga of a young man from Charleston and his group of friends.

“Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” (even the title makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside) by Jamie Ford is a beautiful love story.  The subject of Japanese Internment Camps during WWII is one that I was not familiar with, and I found the book to be fascinating.

I jumped the gun a little, and read February’s Book Club selection, “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout in December.  I must say I loved this book!  One I found difficult to put down.  Surely on my list for my favorite reads of 2009.

However, in my mind there is really no contest.  If one were to ask me what was my favorite book of 2009, I don’t think there would be much hesitation before I answered……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

It would have to be “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.  And to find out why, you’ll just have to read it!!



  1. Esther,
    Since I couldn’t get into P & P, I started reading The ART of racing in the Rain. What can I say— I totally agree, I read it in three days. Loved it!!! I have told everyone I know that has a dog or in my case dogs– they have to read this book. Susan, I’m glad you’re enjoying P & P
    but for me I think a huge part of the problem was the timing. We went to our house in Deep Creek with family, it snowed everyday, everyone was reading a book they couldn’t put down- and there I was trying to focus on this book. All I wanted was to put my feet up, drink a cup of tea, have music playing in the background and READ a book I couldn’t put down. P & P was just too hard for me to get into– and because I had brought other books with me– it was very easy to close P & P put it back in the suitcase and grab another book that I knew friends had loved.
    I think this is the first time I haven’t read our book club selection, I promise not to make a habit of it. Whatever you’re reading, enjoy!!!

    Comment by audrey — January 3, 2010 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

    • If you REALLY can’t get into the book….. why don’t you watch the movie or read the cliff notes? It really is a good story and you will still be able to join in the discussion and actually contribute from a different point of view! Last night, I turned on the television and P&P was on. I quickly turned it off because I did not want to spoil the book. I do plan to watch the movie once I finish reading.

      Comment by susanbright — January 3, 2010 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

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