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2009 Read

Here are the books I have read for year 2009 

The Write-up Summary of the year can be found here: Reading Habit Analysis for 2009

1. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight Saga  (Book 2), Binding: Paperback, Pages: 563, Publisher: Atom, Little Brown, 2006
Finished: January 3  

2. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight Saga  (Book 3), Binding: Paperback, Pages: 628, Publisher: Atom, Little Brown, 2007
Finished: January 6

3. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Series: Twilight Saga  (Book 4), Binding: Hardback, Pages: 754, Publisher: Atom, Little Brown, 2008
Finished: January 10 

4. Outlier : The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Binding: Hardback, Pages: 299, Publisher: Allen Lane, Penguin, 2008
Finished: January 15

5. Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood
Binding: Paperback, Pages: 247, Publisher: Virago Books, 2007
Finished: January 18

6. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
Binding: Paperback, Pages: 339, Publisher: Harper Flamingo, 2001
Finished: January 29

7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 282
Publisher: Faber & Faber, 2005
Finished: February 5

8. One for My Baby by Tony Parsons
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 378
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2002
Finished: February 13 

9. The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 444
Publisher: Myrmidon, 2007
Finished: February 20

10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 434
Publisher: Atom Books, 2006
Finished: February 24

11. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 321
Publisher: Atlantis Books, 2008
Finished: February 28

12. Hard-boiled Wonderland and The End of the World by Haruki Murakami
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: Virago Books, 2003
Finished: March 4

13. Traveler’s Tale : China
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 346
Publisher: Traveler’s Tale, 2004
Finished: March 8

14. The Grand Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 379
Publisher: Penguin Classics, 1975, 2008
Finished: March 17

15. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 606
Publisher: Black Swan, 2009
Finished: March 20 

16. No time for Goodbyes by Linwood Barclay
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 437
Publisher: Orion, 2007
Finished: March 21 

17. The Girl who played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 569
Publisher: Maclehose Press, 2009
Finished: March 30

18. Eat Love Pray by Elizabeth Gilbert
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 349
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2007
Finished: April 2

19. Adventure Capitalist by Jim Rogers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 342
Publisher: Wiley, 2004
Finished: April 5

20. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Publisher: Little, Brown, 2009
Finished: April 8

21. New Europe by Michael Palin
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Publisher: Phoenix, 2008
Finished: April 11

22. Duende by Jason Webster
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 289(?)
Publisher: Black Swan, 2003
Finished: April 13

23. Andalus by Jason Webster
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Publisher: Black Swan, 2005
Finished: April 22

24. The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Publisher: Bantam Books, 2007
Finished: April 24

25. Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 279
Publisher: Robinson, 2001
Finished: April 22

26. Marrying Buddha by Wei Hui
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 241
Publisher: Robinson, 2005
Finished: April 23

27. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Publisher: Phoenix, 1998
Finished: April 23

28. In Free State by V.S. Naipaul
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 247
Publisher: Picador, 1973, 2001
Finished: April 27 

29. In Arabian Nights by Tahir Shah
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Publisher: Doubleday, 2008
Finished: May 2 

30. The Rules of Parenting by Richard Templar
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 239
Publisher: Pearson – Prentice Hall, 2008
Finished: May 4

31. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 617
Publisher: Sphere, 2008
Finished: May 7 

32. iGuerra by Jason Webster
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Publisher: Black Swan, 2007
Finished: May 14

33. Tutankhamun : The Book of Shadows by Nick Drake
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 383
Publisher: Bantam Press, 2009
Finished: May 21

34. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 522
Publisher: Jonathan Cape, 2004
Finished: May 24

35. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 607
Publisher: Vintage, 2003
Finished: June 2

36. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 442
Publisher: Canongate, 1995, 2007
Finished: June 6

37. Girls Of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2007
Finished: June 9

38. Game Control by Lionel Shriver
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 277
Publisher: Harper 1994, 2009
Finished: June 14

39. Q&A : Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 382
Publisher: Black Swan, 2005
Finished: June 17

40. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Publisher: , 2007
Finished: June 21

41. The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Publisher: Pearson – Prentice Hall, 2007
Finished: June 24

42. Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2009
Finished: June 29

43. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Publisher: Vintage Classics, 1995, 2005
Finished: July 3

44. The Lonely Planet Story – Once While travelling by Tony and Maureen Wheeler
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Publisher: Crimson, 2009
Finished: July 10

45. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 307
Publisher: Picador, 2006
Finished: July 11

46. Chinese Whisper by Jan Wong
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Atlantic Books, 2009
Finished: July 14

47. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 629
Publisher: Penguin Books, 1993
Finished: July 19

48. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 278
Publisher: Jonathan Cape, 2003
Finished: July 21

49. Digging America by Anne Tyler
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 277
Publisher: Vintage, 2006, 2009
Finished: July 25

50. The Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Publisher: Picador, 1996, 1998
Finished: July 27

51. The Bridget Jones : The Edge of Reasons by Helen Fielding
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 422
Publisher: Picador, 1999, 2004
Finished: July 31

52. Salmon Fishing in Yemen by Paul Torday
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 329
Publisher: Phoenix, 2007
Finished: August 2

53. Then We Come to The End by Joshua Ferris
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 385
Publisher: Penguin, 2007
Finished: August 8

54. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 505
Publisher: Vintage, 1961, 2007
Finished: August 12

55. The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 378
Publisher: Sceptre, Hodder & Stoughton 2009
Finished: August 15

56. A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 354
Publisher: Chatto and Windus, Random House, 2007
Finished: August 24

57. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 310
Publisher: Penguin, 2006
Finished: August 28

58. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 933
Publisher: Abacus, 2004, 2008
Finished: August 30

59. Animal Farm by George Orwell
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 113
Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics, 1945, 2000
Finished: August 30

60. The Beach by Alex Garland
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 434
Publisher: Penguin Crime, 1996, 2007
Finished: September 1

62. This Book wills Save Your Life by A.M. Homes
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Publisher: Granta Books, 2007
Finished: (abandoned mid-way)

63. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 897
Publisher: HarperCollins, 1999, 2009
Finished: September 11

64. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 509
Publisher: Bantam Press, 2009
Finished: October 3

65. Air Mail – Letters from The Most Troublesome Passenger by Terry Ravencroft
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books, 2007
Finished: October 5

66. We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 419
Publisher: Penguin, Fig Tree, 2009
Finished: October 7

67. The Piano Teacher by Janice YK Lee
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 350
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2009
Finished: October 7

68. The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 355
Publisher: Picador, 2004
Finished: October 13

69. Intercultural Marriages -Promises and Pitfalls by Dugan Romano
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 214
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey, 2008
Finished: October 17

70. 20 Fragments of Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 204
Publisher: Chatto & Windus, Random House, 2008
Finished: October 18

71. UFO in Her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 204
Publisher: Chatto & Windus, Random House, 2009
Finished: October 18

72. Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 355
Publisher: Atlantic Books, 2009
Finished: October 19

73. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 249
Publisher: Viking, Penguin Books, 2009
Finished: October 23

74. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 390
Publisher: Jonathan Cape, 2009
Finished: October 24

75. The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 297
Publisher: Orion Books, 2009
Finished: October 28

76. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Publisher: Harper Perennial, 2009
Finished: October 30

77. The Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 195
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2005
Finished: November 1

78. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 638
Publisher: Black Swan, Random House, 2009
Finished: November 1 (Abandoned at 258)

79. Brilliant Job Hunting by Angela Fagan
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 249
Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008
Finished: November 5

80. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 602
Publisher: Maclehose Press, 2009
Finished: November 13

81. Peony in Love by Lisa See
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 399
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2008
Finished: November 15

82. Chinese Whispers: The true story of Britain’s hidden army of labour by Hsiao-Hung Pai
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2009
Finished: November 18

83. The Road from Damascus by Robin Yassin-Kassab
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 349
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2009
Finished: November 22

84. The Housekeeper + the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Publisher: Harvill Secker, Randon House 2009 (first published in Japanese in 2003)
Finished: November 25

85. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 4..
Publisher: Simon & Shuster 2009
Finished: November 29

86. Misadventures in the Middle East by Henry Hemming
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 298
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey 2007
Finished: December 2

87. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 332
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Books 2009
Finished: December 5

88. 1984 by George Orwell
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 355
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2009
Finished: December 12

89. Red Dust by Ma Jian
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Publisher: Vintage 2002
Finished: December 19

90. Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 432
Publisher: Bantam Press 2009
Finished: December 20

91. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Publisher: Vintage 1986, 1996
Finished: December 27

Graphic Novels

1. Tintin and the Seven Crystal Balls by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Mammoth, 2002
Finished: January 6

2. 3 Complete adventures in 1 Volume – Tintin, The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Shooting Star, The Secret of the Unicorns
Series:  Adventures of Tintin  (Book 3)
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 192
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 1990
Finished: January 9 

3. The Adventures of Tintin Vol. 7, The Calculus Affair, The Red Sea Shark, Tintin in Tibet
Series:  Adventures of Tintin  (Volume 7)
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 192
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company 2007
Finished: January 21

4. The Adventures of Tintin : Red Rackham’s Treasure by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont, 1945
Finished: March 15

5. The Adventures of Tintin : The Prisoners of the Sun by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont, 1949
Finished: March 15

6. The Adventures of Tintin : Land of Black Gold by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont, 1950
Finished: March 15 

7. The Adventures of Tintin : Tintin in America by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont, 1945, 1978
Finished: March 21

8. The Adventures of Tintin : Cigars of Pharaoh by Herge
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont, 1955, 2005
Finished: March 24

9. The Adventures of Tintin : The Blue Lotus by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont, 1946, 2002
Finished: March 25

10. The Adventures of Tintin : Destination Moon by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont, 1959, 1981
Finished: March 25 

11. The Adventures of Tintin : Flight 714 to Sydney by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont, 1968, 2002
Finished: March 30 

12. The Adventures of Tintin : Explorer to the Moon by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont,
Finished: April 5

13. The Adventures of Tintin : Picaroes by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont,
Finished: April 14 

14. The Adventures of Tintin : Castifiore Emerald by Herge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62
Publisher: Egmont,
Finished: May 9

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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