Friday, January 01, 2010

2009 Unfinished Business

I'm coming into 2010 a little bit further behind than I like to start a new reading year because I finished several books in the last 10 days of December 2009, three of which I have yet to review: Summer by Edith Wharton, The Third Option by Vince Flynn and My Prison, My Home by Haleh Esfandiari.

And, because I was able to sneak in a few extra reading hours today, I was able to finish my first book of 2010 and I have another review to add to my to-do list: The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. Speaking of Ferris, in a strange bit of sheer chance, this makes two years in-a-row that I have started off with a Joshua Ferris novel (and he has only written two of them, I think). What are the odds of that happening?

Here's hoping that you all have enjoyed the holidays and are ready to move into the new year. I am hopeful that 2010 will be a better year for this country, and the rest of the world, than the year through which we all just suffered. Surely, that will be the case. Right?


  1. Well now you are going to have to make it an annual tradition to begin the year with a Joshua Ferris book :) Happy New Year! 2010 has to be better than 2009, I don't want to think about what worse would mean.

  2. I really hope you're right about 2010 because I just see the world getting worse.

    But, since this is your book blog and not your political blog, I'm looking forward to the Flynn and Ferris reviews. :)

    Have a great 2010, Sam!

  3. Stefanie, Mr. Ferris is going to have to keep up the pace...pressure is on him now. :-)

  4. Annie, I'm trying to be more optimistic this year...only way to do that is to follow politics less closely than I used to, though. :-(

    I've done two of the reviews on my list - still have to do the Ferris book and I'll finish "The Calligrapher's Daughter" today, so I'm not gaining much ground so far.

    Happy New Year in VA.