Books of 2009

This are the books I’ve read in 2009, according to my Goodreads account. I put an asterisk (*) next to the ones I liked a lot. The ones in bold are the ones I’ll always think of when I think of 2009.

The Last Game (Phil Jackson) LOL how funny is that this of all books is the last thing I read all year? It feels strangely, hilariously appropriate in its irrelevance : )
Targeting Immigrants:Government, Technology and Ethics
(Jonathan Xavier Inda)
*El Astillero (Juan Carlos Onetti)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers) -reread
The Aleph (Jorge Luis Borges) – from his Collected Fictions
*Ishmael: An Adventure in Mind and Spirit (Daniel Quinn)
*The Savage Detectives (Roberto Bolaño) reread
The Graduate (Charles Webb)
An introduction to philosophy graphic novel whose name I can’t remember
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
*The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
*To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
Poor People (William T. Vollmann)
Into Thin Air (Jon Krakeur) – reread
*The Portrait of a Lady (Henry James)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke) – reread
*Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
New Dawn on Rocky Ridge (Roger Lea MacBride) – children’s book
The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Into the Beautiful North (Luis Alberto Urrea)
*Rayuela (Julio Cortázar) – in Spanish
To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) – reread
Author, Author (David Lodge) -reread
Deaf Sentence (David Lodge)
Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty (Muhammed Yunus)
*Ghosts (Cesar Aira)
Home Truths (David Lodge)
The Seven Madmen (Roberto Arlt)
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (Richard Yates)
The Easter Parade (Richard Yates)
Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
*2666 (Roberto Bolaño)
The Meaning of Life (Terry Eagleton)
Dry: A Memoir (Augusten Burroughs)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie) – YA novel
An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter (Cesar Aira)
Nazi Literature in the Americas (Roberto Bolaño)
*Last Evenings on Earth (Roberto Bolaño)
First Stop in the New World (David Lida)
By Night in Chile (Roberto Bolaño)
The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (Benjamin Dangl)
Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life (Jon Lee Anderson)
Batman: the Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller) – graphic novel
Understanding Comics: the Invisible Art (Scott MacCloud) – graphic novel
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling) – children’s book
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (J.K. Rowling) – children’s book
*A Mercy (Toni Morrison)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1 (Alan Moore) – graphic novel
How I Became a Nun (Cesar Aira)
Fables: Legends in Exile, Volume 1 (Bill Willingham) – graphic novel
*Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (Bill McKibben)
Keep the Aspidistra Flying (George Orwell)
*The Mad Toy(Roberto Arlt)
The Wild Palms (William Faulkner)
The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler) – reread
*When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Pema Chodron) – self-help
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (Phillip K. Dick)
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Anne Tyer)
Ubik (Phillip K. Dick)
***Saint Maybe (Anne Tyler) – reread
*La casa verde (Mario Vargas Llosa)
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (Phillip K. Dick)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
Pilgrims and Other Stories (Elizabeth Gilbert)
Siddhartha (Herman Hesse) – reread
True Crime: Rodolfo Walsh and the Role of the Intellectual in Latin American Politics (Michael McCaughan)
Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card) [reread]
Distant Star (Roberto Bolaño)
*Los rios profundos (Jose Maria Arguedas)
*Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
*Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Los adioses (Juan Carlos Onetti)
Thirteen Moons (Charles Frazier)
*The Ministry of Special Cases (Nathan Englander)
*Respiracion artificial (Ricardo Piglia) – reread it in English, read it first in Spanish
*This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Drew Gilpin Faust)
*Don Quixote (Cervantes); re-read in English, Edith Goodman translation
The Last Full Measure (Jeff Shaara)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)
Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Doris Kearns Goodwin) – finished in New Year)

 

I count 81 books–not bad! Not bad at all! 8D

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