So I ended 2009 with 116 books read. Not bad… and it confirms my suspicion that I spend entirely too much money on books.
Of those books, my favorites were:
- Caine Mutiny (Herman Wouk)
- Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
- Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives (Jim Sheeler)
- Fixing Hell (Larry C. James)
- From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava (Jay Kopelman)
- A surprisingly good–albeit long–read. Captain Queeg is insane. If you’re interested in psychology and the US Navy circa WW2, I’d recommend it.
- No surprise here. I’ve read this book every year since second grade.
- Have you seen Taking Chance? This book is about the same thing and about a hundred times sadder. There’s a picture of a sailor escorting his best friend’s body home that is permanently imprinted on my brain.
- Written by the Army psychologist sent into Abu Gharib after the scandal broke to find out why and make sure it didn’t happen again. Behavioral psychology and the Army — two of my favorite things.
- Touching… plus the picture of Lava on the cover reminds me of Bones
(And as always, I loved everything I read by Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, and Linda Lael Miller.)
My least favorites?
- Julie and Julia (Julie Powell)
- The Lucy Stone books (Leslie Meier)
- I’m not opposed to the occasional f-bomb in a book — one of my favorite types of books is military memoirs. I am opposed to dropping it in ever other sentence because you’re not as great a writer as you think are. Plus, the book is supposed to be about cooking, but she manages to drop in criticisms of Republicans about once a page. And not justified criticism, mostly just name calling. Yes Julie, we get it: You hate Republicans. One of the very few books I’ve ever taken back to the store to get my money back. Julie Powell is an immature self centered brat.
- I love mysteries. I love cheesy mysteries (hello, I read all the Hannah Swensen books!). These books are just… blah. I couldn’t get into them. I couldn’t even get through them when I was in student pool at OCS going through about a book a day and reading anything I could get my hands on to make time pass. I made my way through two and gave up on the series. The stories aren’t very interesting and I can’t stand the main character.