Friday, July 03, 2009

Book Reviews in 2009

The blog world is a copy-cat place and I've seen lots of folks doing lists like this now that it is a new month, or halfway through the year, so I thought I'd play along. Since I review almost everything I read, and generally write the review before starting the next book, this is pretty much a list of what I've read this year. (click on title to read review)
  1. Off Season Mass market fiction
  2. A Hint of Wicked Mass market historical romance
  3. Knight of Desire Mass Market historical romance
  4. Womenomics Non-fiction. Business, economics, motherhood
  5. No, Never! Children's
  6. Mom Needs Chocolate Christian devotional
  7. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Catholic Faith Catholic inspirational
  8. St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love Catholic biography
  9. My Forbidden Desire Mass market paranormal romance
  10. The I Believe Bunny Children's
  11. Worth a Thousand Words Christian fiction
  12. The Book of Life Catholic Biblical non-fiction
  13. Maggie Rose Christian fiction romance
  14. Love Equals Sacrifice Catholic memoir
  15. What the Bayou Saw Christian fiction
  16. Devil in Winter Mass market historical romance
  17. Talking to the Dead Christian fiction
  18. Veiled Freedom Christian fiction
  19. Following Mary to Jesus Catholic devotional
  20. Off the Beaten Path Non-fiction travel
  21. Morningsong Christian fiction
  22. The Wackiest Weirdest Wildest Animals Children's
  23. Seduce Me at Sunrise Mass market historical romance
  24. Enemies and Allies Fiction
  25. Chicken Soup: Power Moms Inspirational
  26. Old World Daughter, New World Mother Memoir
  27. Magnificat Catholic prayer
  28. If I Had You Christian fiction
  29. 100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs Children's
  30. The Middle Fork Mass market fiction
  31. Parenting is a Contact Sport Non-fiction, parenting
  32. Secrets of a Summer Night Mass market historical romance
  33. She's Out There Non-fiction, politics, women's studies
  34. Four Wives Mass Market fiction
  35. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing Christian Fiction
  36. The Playboy and the Widow Mass Market modern romance--clean
  37. Dance Me Daddy Children's
  38. Annie's Ghosts Memoir
  39. Daisy Chain Christian Fiction
  40. City of the Dead Christian fiction, historical
  41. Critical Care Christian fiction, romance
  42. A Lover's Quarrel with the Evangelical Church non-fiction, religion
  43. It Happened in Italy non-fiction, history
  44. A Passion Denied Christian Fiction, 1920's romance
  45. Mohamed's Moon Christian Fiction
  46. All of Me Mass Market romance, modern day
  47. The Sneakiest Pirate Children's
  48. The Heroes of Googley Woogley Children's
  49. Entertaining Angels Inspirational fiction
  50. Don't Bargain with the Devil Mass Market Romance, historical
  51. The Moment Between Christian Fiction
  52. Silver Birtches Christian Fiction
  53. The Noticer Inspirational
  54. A Gift of Grace Christian fiction (Amish)
  55. The Someday List Christian Fiction
  56. Great Adventures Kidpack Catholic childrens
  57. Along Came You Children's
  58. The Smartest Way to Save Non-fiction, Financial planning
  59. The Reluctant Cowgirl Christian Romance
  60. New York Debut Christian YA
  61. So Not Happening Christian YA
  62. Nell's Cowboy Harlequin Romance
  63. Jantsen's Gift Memoir
  64. The Note II Christian fiction
  65. The Note Christian fiction
  66. Mine Til Midnight Mass market historical fiction
  67. The Lake that Stole Children Children's
  68. Stop the Traffik Non-fiction
  69. Go Back and Be Happy Memoir
  70. Girls in Trucks Mass Market fiction
  71. His Name is Jesus Biblical non-fiction
  72. Flickering Pixels non-fiction, religion, media
  73. Sugar Daddy Mass market modern romance
  74. Lucky Child Memoir
  75. East Garrison Mass Market fiction
  76. The Manning Brides Mass Market modern romance. Pretty clean
  77. Fifty Is Not a Four-Letter Word Mass Market fiction
  78. New Hampshire Weddings Christian Romance
  79. Stranger in My Arms Mass Market Historical romance
  80. Suddenly You Mass Market Historical Romance
  81. Whittaker Family Reunion Historical fiction
  82. In the Footsteps of Paul Inspirational
  83. Yesterday's Embers Christian fiction
  84. Katt's in the Cradle Christian fiction
  85. You Turn--Changing Directions in Mid-life Non-fiction, self-determination
  86. Side-Yard Superhero Memoir
  87. So Long Status Quo Biography
  88. If Tomorrow Never Comes Christian fiction
  89. Bark Up the Right Tree Memoir of a dog
  90. It's A Green Thing YA Christian
  91. Potluck Club: Trouble Brewing Christian fiction
  92. Blue-Eyed Devil Mass Market Romance, Modern
  93. Only Uni Christian fiction
  94. The Measure of a Lady Christian fiction
  95. A Child's Promise Christian fiction, romance
  96. Family Matters Christian fiction, romance
  97. Last Mango in Texas Christian fiction, romance
  98. Animals In Translation Non-fiction, autism, animals
  99. Confessions of a Former Child Memoir
  100. The Lamb's Supper Catholic Biblical
  101. Daniel's Den Christian fiction
  102. The God I Don't Understand Christian Biblical
  103. The Broken Parachute Man Mass Market fiction
  104. Sunday Brunch Christian fiction
  105. Red White and Blue Christian Fiction
  106. Age Before Beauty Christian fiction
  107. The Husband Project Christian, non-fiction, marriage
  108. The Gift of Psalms Christian, Biblical, Prayer
  109. The Puzzle Bark Tree fiction
  110. Scrapping Plans Christian fiction
  111. Gingham Mountain Christian romance
  112. Lost in Las Vegas YA Christian fiction
  113. The Spring of Candy Apples YA Christian fiction
  114. This Side of Heaven Christian fiction
  115. The Flavor Bible Cookbook
  116. Surviving Financial Meltdown Non-Fiction, financial planning
  117. Milk Money Christian short romance
  118. John's Quest Christian short romance
  119. Emily's Hope Catholic fiction
  120. Blood Lines Christian Fiction, thriller
  121. Rex Memoir, Special needs kids
  122. The Red Siren Christian fiction, romance
  123. Blood of the Lambs Christian non-fiction, Islam
Wow, that's more than I thought when I started this exercise! Let's see what I read:
Christian fiction: These are Christian novels that had more to the plot than boy meets girl, even if boy does meet girl. 28
Catholic Fiction: 1
Christian Romance: Christian fiction where the plot was almost entirely boy meets girl, conflict, resolution: 12
Mass Market romance: Usually have explict sex scenes, often have sex outside of marriage but in any case, religion is not a part of the story, even if the books are clean. 15
Mass Market fiction: Novels not written for a religious audience. 11
Memoir: 9
Non-fiction not fitting in other categories: 20
Devotional/prayer: 2
Catholic: 8
Christian YA: written for and about teens: 5
Children's books: 10


  1. Wow, that's a lot of books in six months.

  2. I'm looking at all of your Historical Fiction and can say that I have read only about 1/2 of them. I'll add to your list of my favorite Hist/Fiction which is "Shooting an Albatross," by Steven R. Lundin. I can clearly see Steven's passion in his writing.


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