Posted by: Ms. Matson | December 31, 2009

A Year in Books

This is the first year I have been a conscious reader.  I have read purposely, writing down thoughts and opinions on some of the books I have read, and keeping track of everything I’ve finished.  Looking over my list is both satisfying and challenging.  I don’t think I’ve ever had such a productive reading year.  I had a lot of fun with most of the books I’ve read in 2009.  At the same time, I can tell that I need to read more broadly.  Most notable, I ought to read more non-children’s/young adult books.  My list is rather unbalanced, with only six of 43 books read falling into the “grown-up” category, and two of those were read as homework.  That’s one of my personal challenges for next year – read more “grown-up” books.  My TBR lists are ready and waiting for the new year!

My 43 finished reads:

Children’s  and Young Adult Books:

  1. McKinley, Robin. The Hero and the Crown. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1984. Newberry Medal 1985. Fantasy.
  2. Hale, Shannon. The Goose Girl. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003. Fantasy/Fairy Tale.
  3. McKinley, Robin. The Blue Sword. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1982. Newberry Honor 1983. Fantasy.
  4. Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Gypsy Game. New York: Delacorte Press, 1997. Realistic fiction.
  5. Alexander, Lloyd. The Book of Three. Chronicles of Prydain 3. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1964. Fantasy.
  6. McKinley, Robin. Beauty. New York: Harper Trophy, 1978. Fairy Tale.
  7. Hale, Shannon. Princess Academy. New York: Bloomsbury, 2005. Newberry Honor 2006. Fantasy.
  8. Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. New York: Scholastic, 2005. Fantasy. (reread)
  9. Hale, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007. Fairy tale.
  10. Ryan, Pat Muñoz. Becoming Naomi León. New York: Scholastic, 2004. Realistic fiction.
  11. Hale, Shannon. Enna Burning. New York: Bloomsbury, 2004. Fantasy.
  12. Spinelli, Jerry. Stargirl. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. Realistic fiction.
  13. Spinelli, Jerry. Smiles to Go. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. Realistic fiction.
  14. Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped. New York: Scholastic, 2001. Realistic fiction.
  15. Levine, Gail Carson. The Wish. New York: HarperTrophy, 2000. Fantasy (Light).
  16. Hale, Shannon. River Secrets. New York: Bloomsbury, 2006. Fantasy.
  17. Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life As We Knew It. Orlando: Harcourt, 2006. Fiction.
  18. Riordan, Rick. The Battle of the Labyrinth. New York: Hyperion, 2008. Fantasy. (reread)
  19. Riordan, Rick. The Last Olympian. New York: Hyperion, 2009. Fantasy.
  20. Spinelli, Jerry. Love, Stargirl. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Realistic fiction.
  21. Timberlake, Amy. That Girl Lucy Moon. New York: Hyperion, 2006. Realistic fiction.
  22. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Twisted. New York: Viking, 2007. Young adult realistic fiction.
  23. Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007. Young adult dystopian fiction.
  24. Creech, Sharon. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. New York: Scholastic, 2003. Realistic fiction.
  25. Malley, Gemma. The Declaration. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007. Dystopian fiction.
  26. Shulman, Polly. Enthusiasm. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006. Realistic fiction.
  27. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. Historical fiction.
  28. Friesen, Gayle. The Isabel Factor. Towanda, NY: KCP Fiction, 2005. Realistic fiction.
  29. Perkins, Mitali. Secret Keeper. New York: Delacorte Press, 2003. Historical fiction.
  30. Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Young adult dystopian fiction.
  31. Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. New York: Hyperion, 2008.  Young adult realistic fiction.
  32. Konigsburg, E.L. The View from Saturday. New York: Scholastic, 1996. Newbury Medal. Middle grade realistic fiction.
  33. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone. New York: Scholastic, 1999. (reread)
  34. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. New York: Scholastic, 2000. (reread)
  35. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. New York: Scholastic, 2001. (reread)
  36. Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire. New York: Scholastic, 2009. Young adult dystopian fiction.
  37. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. New York: Scholastic, 2002. (reread)


  1. Rivers, Francine. The Atonement Child. 1997. Christian fiction.
  2. Hale, Shannon. Austenland. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007. Fiction.
  3. Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. New York: Doubleday, 2002. Fiction.
  4. Kunstler, James Howard. World Made by Hand. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2008. Fiction.
  5. Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
  6. Latterell, Carmen M. Math Wars: A Guide for Parents and Teachers. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2008. Non-fiction, education


  1. Have you read Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli yet?-as I see you like his work if you have not it is a simply beautiful deeply wise book I loved-I will read his other books soon-which of the 3 you read do u like best?

  2. I haven’t read Milkweed yet, thanks for the recommendation. I have a hard time choosing favorite books, but I really loved Stargirl and the sequel. I’ve read a lot of Spinelli and each have their merits, but these two just touched me. I also recommend Eggs. I thought it was very poignant.

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