I read twenty books in total in 2009. This is not a lot. Less than two a month. Considering I've been known to read five in a week before (my whole degree was based around my ability to read five books a week) this is pretty shocking. That said, we're coming into the second week of February and I am only halfway through the new Terry Pratchett. Which I started about two days after Christmas. Must make more time to read. 14 - Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
I'm struggling to remember anything about this book. Shall we, instead, talk about how ace s4 of Dexter was? IT WAS SO ACE. Anyway, like the first Dexter book, this was somewhat underwhelming. I think it's just that the concept lends itself well to a TV show - you get the depth of emotions and ambiguities from the actors, and the supporting cast is more fleshed out - whereas in the book, it all comes off rather lifeless.15 - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling
I was actually reading this back in July, before seeing the film. It made me cry. So did the film. I miss new HP books.16 - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Gael Marquez
One of those books I read because I felt like I should, y'know? It was good. But I didn't love it in the way that a lot of people loved it, even though I can kind of see why other people do.17 - Getting the Girl by Marcus Zusak
The Book Thief was one of my favourite books read recently. I also adored one of his other books, I Am The Messenger. But this was just... not the book I was hoping for. He'd raised my expectations, and I just found this sort of sweet and harmless, but forgettable.18 - Dawn of the Dumb by Charlie Brooker
I love Charlie Brooker. I picked this up cheaply in a random record store, and even though it was talking about TV that was on back in 2006, it was still hilarious. Charlie Brooker would be my ideal dinner party guest. For those who don't know, he's an acerbic TV critic. Who is also on TV now, too. He's hateful. I adore him.19 - Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
I know, I know. But I had to follow it through! I can't legitimately mock something without experiencing it firsthand! Anyway, it was long, and ridiculous, and I do not approve of 'fade to black' when you've been waiting for Stuff to happen. Also, Renesmee? Pchah. But, strangely, I sort of liked it too. Or maybe it was just the completist in me wanting to find out how it ended.20 - A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Happily, the other books in this series are now sitting by my bed, waiting patiently to be read (seriously, I need to finish that bloody Terry Pratchett so I can find out what happens to Gemma!). Yes, so I really enjoyed this. It's set in a boarding school in the 1800s, and it all mysterious and fantastical and scary and a little bit sad, and I really really recommend it.
What are you reading lately?