Monday, June 29, 2009

Musing Mondays - The Year-to-Date in Books

Musing Mondays (BIG)

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about mid-year reading…

Now that we’ve come to the middle of the year, what do you think of your 2009 reading so far? Read anything interesting that you’d like to share? Any outstanding favorites?

So far 2009 has been a great year in books. Where to begin?

The first book I read and really loved was Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson; originally published in the 1930s and recently made into a film, it was delightful.

The first recent book to really grab me was Abraham Verghese's wonderful Cutting for Stone, which I hope everyone will read.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Doghead, The Tricking of Freya and Wild Strawberries also stand out. My favorite graphic novels of the year so far are Siberia and The Photographer.

2009 promises to continue to be a great year for literary fiction. Of course, A.S. Byatt's magnificent new novel, The Children's Book, will doubtless be in my top five favorites for the year. I'm also really looking forward to Kazuo Ishiguro's new collection of short stories, Noctures, and Margaret Atwood's new one as well.

You can read more Musing Mondays responses at Just One More Page.