Because I loved too many 2009 books to have a Top Ten…

Here is a big, whomping list of 2009 titles that I read and loved. They’re linked to my reviews, author interviews, or IndieBound, and sorted in ways that I hope will help you buy them for holiday gifts. Everyone needs books. Especially these…

For your dystopian fiction fan…
CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins (but you already knew about that one, huh?)
CANDOR by Pam Bachorz
GENESIS by Bernard Beckett
GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines

For your supernatural romance fan…
NEED by Carrie Jones
HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick
PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS by Michelle Zink
SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater
THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan
WINGS by Aprilynne Pike

For your middle grade fantasy & fairy tale lover…
THE AMARANTH ENCHANTMENT by Julie Berry
FORTUNE’S FOLLY by Deva Fagan
ASH by Malinda Lo
THE DRAGON OF TRELIAN by Michelle Knudsen

For fans of historical fiction…
ALL THE BROKEN PIECES by Ann Burg
THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE by Jacqueline Kelley
RIOT by Walter Dean Myers
WINNIE’S WAR by Jenny Moss
DAY OF THE PELICAN by Katherine Paterson
THE STORM IN THE BARN by Matt Phelan (magical, historical graphic novel!)
(and these last two are for older HF fans…)
FLYGIRL by Sherri L. Smith
BUG BOY by Eric Luper

For YA readers who enjoy a good cry…
20 BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler
JUMPING OFF SWINGS by Jo Knowles
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman

For coffee-shop romance lovers… (How’s that for a distinctive category?)
COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL by Suzanne Selfors
THE ESPRESSOLOGIST by Kristina Springer

For fans of realistic YA fiction…
ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr
WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson
FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. Madigan
HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown
MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork
PURGE by Sarah Darer Littman
KING OF THE SCREWUPS by K.L. Going
HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford
THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY by Jenny Han
ABSOLUTELY MAYBE by Lisa Yee

For tween readers…
SCAT by Carl Hiaassen
OPERATION YES by Sara Lewis Holmes
WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead
MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES by Erin Dionne
ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL by Nora Raleigh Baskin
11 BIRTHDAYS by Wendy Mass
ESCAPE UNDER THE FOREVER SKY by Eve Yohalem

For fans of nonfiction…
MOONSHOT: THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11 by Brian Floca
ALMOST ASTRONAUTS by Tanya Lee Stone
MARCHING FOR FREEDOM by Elizabeth Partridge

For your older teen reader ready for adult books…
THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford

For the teacher in your life…
THE BOOK WHISPERER by Donalyn Miller

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Go on… Get book-shopping!

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