I love looking back through my book journals to see what I read in years past. This look back at January 2009 showcases some fantastic reads. In most cases, it doesn't seem like ten years ago already that I read them, and I can remember quite a bit about them.
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld - this is quite possibly my favorite of Sittenfeld's books. I love that this is a fictionalized version of George and Laura Bush's life. I still think about this book from time to time and how much fun I had reading it.
The Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick - this is the first in a series that I'm always meaning to get around to reading more of. I love that this is a group of girls and moms who get together to read and discuss books. The first book in this series centers around Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This is fantastic realistic fiction for middle grade readers - and my own girls devoured the entire series.
In His Sights by Kate Brennan - this is a non-fiction book about a woman who has been stalked by her ex-boyfriend for years. It's a little creepy and totally eye-opening. Brennan (which I'm sure is not her real name) is always looking around to make sure she's safe - and I am wondering now a decade later if she is still OK.
Artichoke's Heart by Suzanne Supplee - I love any good YA book about body image, and Artichoke's Heart is one that I loved. Rosemary has so many great qualities, but she is overweight -and this is a problem for most people in her life- and for her. Her journey through weight loss teaches her a lot more than any number on a scale, and I still think about this book, and how wonderful Rosemary was as a character.
Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher - I don't read a lot of celebrity memoirs, but the cover on this one grabbed me, and now after Fisher's death I seem to hear more about it than I did when it was first published. I didn't love this book, but felt like it was one I had to read, and since I'm hearing about it now a decade after it was published, can at least nod in understanding when I hear about it.
How about you? What were you reading back in 2009? Last year at this time?