This has been a banner year for books.... lots of the heavy hitters had books coming out this fall.... but I MUST come clean- I didn't read any of them. I personally prefer "light" books, and my list of best books of 2009 features just that type of book (with one or two exceptions).
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen (PB released in 2009)- A great tale of sisters set in a very tiny town in the deep south, circa 1970's. A wonderful, lay in bed on a Sunday afternoon read!
Richest Season (PB released in 2009)- A great story about finding your true selfe before it's too late.
School of Essential Ingredients- a cooking school that teaches more than just kitchen techniques. Truly magical! I read an advance copy of this book about 16 months ago, and the images of the Italian kitchen are STILL with me... one of the few books I will re-read, ever.
Addition- a love story featuring a heroine with severe OCD focussing on numbers and counting. A feel good book, for those of us with some quirks.
Spunky and Forthright Gals- books with characters under 25, but great reads for those of us over 25!
Dust of 100 Dogs- a female pirate coming back to rural PA after living and remembering 100 lives as dogs... need I say more??
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie- think Miss Marple meets Roald Dahl. Brilliant cozyish type mystery with one of the most intellegent, witty 12 year olds you'll find in literature!
The Good Girl Books- a personal favorite genre- clean YA lit with girls you'd have wanted to been friends with in Middle and High School
My Life in Pink and Green- 12 year old Lucy saves her family drugstore by turning it into the hip spa high schoolers swarm to.
Same Difference- 17 year old artist just doesn't feel like she fits in anymore. Sometimes you have to leave home and friends to find home and friends.
The Cupcake Queen- another one with middle school angst set amongst a sweet indie shop. Great for moms and tweens.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate- the tween good girl book set in turn of the century Texas. Great book for any young budding scientist.
Books for the younger readers, that won't bore mom and dad-
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom- a mix of chapter book and graphic novel. This one is a HUGE hit at Aaron's school... perfect for any youngster with an interest in Diary of a Wimpy Kid type books.
Duck! Rabbit!- well what do YOU think it is, a duck or a rabbit??
Blueberry Girl- is there anything Neil Gaiman can't do brilliantly? this beautful poem is lusciously illustrated to make any parent want little girl to read this aloud to!
The Busiest Street in Town- sometimes we need to just slow down! (and eat gingersnap cookies)
Turkey Trouble- uh-oh it's almost time for Thanksgiving supper... but never fear, turkey has a quite unique solution to his troubles!
14 Cows for America- Based on one of the most endearing stories that came out of September 11, 2001 (good luck reading this one without tears of joy!)