Here is what Literary Escapism writes:
For the second year running, welcome to the Weekly Geeks Book Bloggers Top 10 of 2009.
You always see these “Top Whatever” lists that the newspapers/publishers put out and, for a second year in a row, we the book bloggers are going to put out our own Top 10 list. This week, the Weekly Geeks team and I are asking you to come up with your own Top 10 Books that were published in 2009 (books that were reprinted or re-released are not eligible, sorry).
Now, the idea is to only choose books that were published in 2009, regardless of what country you live in. If a book was released in the US in 2008, but released in your country in 2009, that’s okay. I know there is still a month in a half left of 2009, but if you know there is a book coming out between now and Dec. 31st, then it’s still eligible.
This year, I am also asking for something a little more specific. When you submit your novels, you must include the genre it is from as well. Last year, when I was trying to categorize everything, I had to guess on a lot of novels and I know there were some people who disagreed with my choice. If there are any contradictions in genres (say if a book was selected for two genres), then the Weekly Geek Staff will vote on where it goes (please?).
If you see a Top 10 list somewhere else, add it to the Mr. Linky, even if they aren’t a part of Weekly Geeks. We’re trying to gather as many lists as we can, so we can come up with a nice comprehensive list. You’ll have two weeks to come up with your list before I begin compiling the voting booths. Then we’ll put it to a vote. Last year, we ended up with over 1300 individual voters and I know we can make it just as big this year.
So what are your top 10 books of 2009?
I read a lot of great books published this year and expect to squeeze a few others in before the year ends, but this is my top ten as of today:
- A Disobedient Girl, by Ru Freeman (Literary Fiction)
- Last Night In Twisted River, by John Irving (Literary Fiction)
- The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (Historical Fiction)
- The Mechanics of Falling, by Catherine Brady (Short Story Collection)
- Last Night in Montreal, by Emily St. John Mandel (Literary Fiction/Contemporary Fiction)
- Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran (Historical Fiction)
- Everyone is Beautiful, by Katherine Center (Women’s Fiction)
- The Laws of Harmony, by Judith Ryan Hendricks (Women’s Fiction)
- Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories, by Simon Van Booy (Short Story Collection)
- The Cradle, by Patrick Somerville (Contemporary Fiction)
**A side note given the latest controversy surrounding the Publisher’s Weekly Top Ten and their failure to name a book written by a female author: MY top ten included SEVEN books written by women!