Here are only a few of the books listed that caught my eye that were picked are:
Best Fiction: Drood
Dan Simmons (Little, Brown) Narrated by Wilkie Collins, this unsettling and complex thriller imagines a frightening sequence of events that prompts Collins's friend and fellow author, Charles Dickens, to write The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dickens's last, uncompleted novel.
Science Fiction: Boneshaker
Cherie Priest (Tor) The dramatic first novel in Priest's Clockwork Century universe sends a determined 35-year-old single mom into a ruined city full of zombies and poison gas, where she must save her son from a mad inventor.
Mass Market (my personal favorite list because I am a Mass Market junkie):
Captive of Sin
Gail Carriger (Orbit) Carriger combines Victorian romance, supernatural creatures, steampunk sensibilities and a healthy dose of the bizarre in her hilarious debut.
A Dark Love
Margaret Carroll (
Publisher’s Weekly also announced their Best Children and Teen Books for 2009:
Some on the list that caught my eye were:
Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking) A powerful exploration of anorexia, dysfunction and death,
Libba Bray (Delacorte) An angel, a dwarf, cults, wormholes and mad cow disease all factor into the surreal cross-country road trip that teenage Cameron takes, in a satirical story that's as memorable as it is funny.
Kristin Cashore (Dial) Introducing Fire, a human “monster” with psychic abilities, this companion novel to Graceling expands the scope of Cashore's fantasy world and offers twists, intrigue and romance aplenty.
Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press) This much-awaited sequel to Collins's dystopian bestseller, The Hunger Games, doesn't disappoint; it's immersive, voracious reading as the ramifications of Katniss's actions in that book spread.
Gayle Forman (Dutton) Masterful characterizations make the tragedy at the core of this novel all the more devastating, as narrator Mia weighs the decision to live or die.
Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press) Lyrical and thoughtful, this paranormal romance between a girl and a werewolf offers wit, an intriguing mythology, and dual (but equally honest and compelling) narratives
Amazon's editors have also announced their top ten books for 2009:
Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann (Random House)
Strength in What Remains - Tracy Kidder (Random House)
Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel (Henry Holt)
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown)
Crazy for the Storm - Norman Ollestad (Ecco)
The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson (Knopf)
The City & the City -
Stitches - David Small (Norton)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (William Morrow)
And I cannot fail to list Amazon's top ten romances for 2009:
Angels’ Blood- Nalini Singh
Smooth Talking Stranger- Lisa Kleypas
Kiss of a Demon King- Kresley Cole
The Perfect Poison- Amanda Quick
Bending the Rule- Susan Andersen
What Happens in London- Julia Quinn
Fireside- Susan Wiggs
A Duke of Her Own- Elosia James
Immortal Outlaw- Lisa Hendrix
Angel Lane- Sheila Roberts
For all the other winners in the various categories, click on the links.