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Top Books of 2009!...

Since I'm pretty sure I won't have enough time to read any more than one book in the next two days before I'm off to another state (without regular computer access), I think it's time to list Robin's five-star reads for 2009 (which is fun for me, hehe). Those which were actually published in 2009 will be in blue font. I'll list five-star rereads in a separate group. And finally, I'll put the Honorable Mentions in here, as well (four+ stars) -- those are books that I really liked and will definitely read again (and buy if I don't already own them), but they weren't the instant 'oh-my-gosh, I love this' reads, like the five-star reads were.

Above all, remember this is just one reader's opinion -- one of the best things about books is the variety -- there's something for everyone!

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Out of 247 books read this year, my Top Books of 2009 (27 of them) are as follows:

ALIBI JUNIOR HIGH, by Greg Logsted (tween boy)
BALLAD, by Maggie Stiefvater m_stiefvater (YA urban fantasy)
BLINDMAN'S BLUFF, by Faye Kellerman (adult suspense)
THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z, by Kate Messner kmessner (tween, upper MG)
CARTER FINALLY GETS IT, by Brent Crawford (YA, boy)
CATCHING FIRE, by Suzanne Collins (YA dystopian)
THE CITY OF GLASS, by Cassandra Clare (YA urban fantasy)
COLUMBINE, by Dave Cullen (adult, nonfiction)
CRACKED UP TO BE, by Courtney Summers (YA contemporary)

THE DECEPTION OF THE EMERALD RING, by Lauren Willig (adult mystery-ish)
THE DEMON'S LEXICON, by Sarah Rees Brennan sarahtales (YA urban fantasy)
DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER, by Ally Carter (YA adventure)
FLASH BURNOUT, by L.K. Madigan lkmadigan (YA boy)

GAMER GIRL, by Mari Mancusi (YA contemporary)
GIVE UP THE GHOST, by Megan Crewe megancrewe (YA ghost)
HUNGER, by Michael Grant (YA dystopian)
INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER, by Julie Halpern (YA contemporary)
INVISIBLE I, by Stella Lennon and Melissa Kantor (YA mystery)
NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL, by Justina Chen Headley (YA contemporary)
ONCE A WITCH, by Carolyn MacCullough (YA fantasy)
THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY, by David Levithan (YA free verse)
THE SEASON, by Sarah MacLean (YA historical romance)
SHIVER, by Maggie Stiefvater m_stiefvater (YA urban fantasy)
THE SPLENDOR FALLS, by Rosemary Clement-Moore (YA fantasy)
WHEN YOU REACH ME, by Rebecca Stead (upper MG/tween)
WINGS, by Aprilynne Pike (YA urban fantasy)

THE WIZARD HEIR, by Cinda Williams Chima (YA fantasy)

Honorable Mentions (26):

20 BOY SUMMER, by Sarah Ockler (YA contemporary)
AS YOU WISH, by Jackson Pearce watchmebe (YA fantasy)
CANDOR, by Pam Bachorz (YA dystopian)
CRASH INTO ME, by Albert Borris (YA contemporary)
DOUBLE-CLICK FOR TROUBLE, by Chris Woodworth (tween boy)
THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, by Kristina Springer kpringer (YA contemporary)
THE ETERNAL KISS, ed. by Trisha Telep (YA urban fantasy short stories)
FIRST BOY, by Gary Schmidt (tween boy)
HATE LIST, by Jennifer Brown (YA contemporary)
THE HOURGLASS DOOR, by Lisa Mangum (YA fantasy)
HUSH, HUSH, by Becca Fiztpatrick bec_fitzpatrick (YA urban fantasy)
JESSICA'S GUIDE TO DATING ON THE DARK SIDE, by Beth Fantaskey (YA urban fantasy)
JUMPING OFF SWINGS, by Jo Knowles jbknowles (YA contemporary)
MAGIC UNDER GLASS, by Jaclyn Dolamore fabulous_frock (YA fantasy)
THE MASK OF THE BLACK TULIP, by Lauren Willig (adult mystery-ish)
A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL, by Kristen Walker walkwrite (YA contemporary)
NEED, by Carrie Jones carriejones (YA urban fantasy)
POWERS, by Deborah Lynn Jacobs (YA paranormal)
PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME, by Alicia Thompson (upper YA contemporary)
THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE PINK CARNATION, by Lauren Willig (adult mystery-ish)
THE SEDUCTION OF THE CRIMSON ROSE, by Lauren Willig (adult mystery-ish)
SILVER PHOENIX, by Cindy Pon cindy_pon (YA fantasy)
SUCKS TO BE ME, by Kimberley Pauley (lower YA urban fantasy)
WAITING TO SCORE, by J.E. MacLeod jgurtler (YA boy contemporary)
WALK OF THE SPIRITS, by Richie Cusick (YA paranormal)

And the Five-Star Rereads:

COVER OF NIGHT, by Linda Howard (adult suspense)
HARRY POTTER (4-7), by JK Rowling (YA fantasy)
THE SQUAD, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes jenlyn_b (YA adventure)
THIS ROUGH MAGIC, by Mary Stewart (adult suspense)

There you have it! My reading year in a nutshell...and now I'm gearing up for 2010 -- let's see if I can read even more :)
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