It’s 0546 as I begin this post and I’m so late to the End of 2009 Party! I woke up early just to play catch up with all the other book bloggers in posting their Reading 2009 lists/best ofs (ok so really I am jetlagged, having slept just a few hours on the 12 hour flight from Taipei to SF and 0 hours on the Singapore-Taipei leg – I did however, manage to catch up on a serious backlog of movie-viewing and watched Inglorious Basterds, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Zombieland, Love Happens, This Is It, parts of 9 and No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (or 不能沒有你)).
This is where most book bloggers talked about their favourite reads of 2009, but I don’t think I’ll go that route and instead mention some of my favourite author discoveries of 2009.
J.G. Ballard – He’s probably most famous for Empire of The Sun, which I loved reading when I was a teen. I never stopped to consider his other books until this year, when I picked up Cocaine Nights. But it was the very hefty collection of his complete short stories that made me a fan. I couldn’t help but love these fascinating little insights into the worlds he created, especially the way many of the stories were very auditory.
Octavia Butler – I’m not sure when I first heard of Butler, but it was only after reading Eva’s review of Fledgling that I decided to pick up Butler’s Parable of the Sower. And was blown away. Fledgling was also an amazing read.
Simon van Booy – Love Begins in Winter is the one book that I’ve been recommending to my friends. The short stories in this collection are just simply, beautiful.
Here are the rest of my reads in 2009. Looking back, I realise that 2009 was a great year for reading. There was far more variety than in previous years – a lot more graphic novels, translated works and non-fiction. Of course, there are plenty of gaps, which I hope to fill (little by little) in 2010 and beyond.
I hope your 2010 will be one of happiness, love, good food and of course, plenty of good reads!