Melody

Musing Mondays

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about 2009 favourites…

Coming towards the end of April, we’re a third of the way through the way through the year. What’s the favourite book you’ve read so far in 2009? What about your least favourite? (question courtesy of MizB)

Wow, how time flies! I can't believe one third of the year is already gone, just like that! So how many books have I read? I checked my reading list for this year and noticed I have only read 24 books so far. Compared to some of my bookblogger friends, I may seem to be very far behind but based on my own reading schedule and pace, I think I could read about 6 books in a month doesn't seem that bad too.

Anyway, what's my favourite book and my least favourite book so far? I went through my list once again, and I have to say Ritual by Mo Hayder, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Lost Hours by Karen White are my favourites so far. These books have hooked me and leave me oh so enthralled!

As for my least favourites, The Love Letter by Cathleen Schine and Her Real-Life Hero by Trish Wylie comes to mind but that does not mean I dislike the stories altogether. It is either that some part of the story is just too slow and dragging, or some in which I do not understand entirely.

So what's your favourite and least favourite books so far?



I Feel So Loved!

Jen, Jo and Sandy have awarded me the "You Don't Say" Super Comments Award respectively and seriously, I feel so loved and touched! Thank you so much, ladies, you all are the best!

Here is the definition of the award:

"We give and get awards for having a great blog and being a good friend. What I want to award is those people whose comments have meant THE WORLD to me. It takes time to visit a blog and leave a comment ... I wanted to recognize some special bloggers whose comments have made such an impact on me. The “You Don’t Say?” Award is awarded to these special bloggers in hopes that they will pass the award along to 5-10 of their best commenters!"

I know I may sound like a broken record, but still I want to reiterate that I am touched and really appreciate your reading and commenting on my blog. I will pass on this award to the following friends who never fail to drop by and leave me comments. They are (not in any order):

Julia @ Julia's Books Corner
Alice @ Hello, My Name Is Alice
Nymeth @ Things Mean A Lot
Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Iliana @ Bookgirl's Nightstand
Naida @ The Bookworm
Trish @ Trish's Reading Nook
Debi @ Nothing of Importance
Beth @ Beth Fish Reads
Violet @ Violet Crush
Dar @ Peeking Between the Pages
Jessica @ Paperback Passion

25 Responses
  1. Bluestocking Says:

    Hello! It's so interesting to see what everyone has been reading. I can't believe is 1/3 the year through.

    musing


  2. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    I probably wouldn't be able to pick just one, but so far, I have loved The School of Essential Ingredients and The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society. I am also in the middle of reading The Thirteenth Tale, which is turning out fabulous!


  3. Violet Says:

    I'll have to check out The Hunger Games sometime.

    Congrats on your award and thanks for passing it on to me :)

    It's always fun reading your posts and so commenting comes naturally :)


  4. Beth F Says:

    Thanks so much for this award. You know it's easy to comment because your blog is so great! Thanks again.


  5. Yvonne Says:

    The year is going by so quickly... I think 24 books is great!


  6. caite Says:

    I don't want to add up the number of books I read so far...because I am afraid I might even be behind you! lol


  7. bkclubcare Says:

    That's an impressive list of wonderful book bloggers! I am behind on my goal of 100 and reading a book of 950+ pages isn't going to help but I'm almost 1/2 thru. Thanks so much for cheering me on for the Read-A-Thon!


  8. Jenny Girl Says:

    Hunger Games...I've heard about that one.
    I have several favorites but I guess overall would be Poisoned Season.


  9. Debi Says:

    Oh, I am sooooo with you on The Hunger Games!

    And thank you, my dear sweet friend, for the award! But you know what, how could I not come here and comment? You're just such a lovely person, and you always make me smile the most sincerest of smiles! I couldn't stay away if I tried!

    But I can't wait to show that award to my son...he's a panda nut!


  10. Bobbi Says:

    I also loved the Hunger Games - read it last year.


  11. Dar Says:

    Awwww thanks Melody. You're a great commenter too. I'm just off to read your review of The Lost Hours. It was one of my favorites too.


  12. I love seeing what everyone's favorites have been so far. I haven't read any of the ones on your list yet.


  13. Nymeth Says:

    Eek, one third of the year. I seriously can't believe that.

    And thank you so much, Mel! You're an excellent commenter yourself. I always appreciate what you have to say :)


  14. Nise' Says:

    Guess I have to read The Hunger Games!


  15. Julia Says:

    Melody - reading 24 books so far isn't bad! Comparing that to *pointing* me, I read less books and so slow pacing LOL! But good luck on your reading!

    I've not read any of your favorite books this year. But so nice to hear you love them enough to counted it as your favorite :)

    Thanks so much for passing the award to me. You and I have been friend for far too long, to not comments each other blog. I always find something interesting to read and listen to from your blog, Melody. Always interesting what you have to say :) Thanks!

    Please give me some time to post the award on my blog. I have other awards I need to post, which I delay *sigh*


  16. JessicaLeigh Says:

    I totally agree with you on The Hunger Games. It was a fabulous book! I also really want to pick up The Lost Hours sometime soon. We'll see! As for your reading speed... Don't worry about it! I started to a while ago and then I decided that I wasn't having as much fun, and I recently slowed my pace. It's a much more enjoyable hobby now!

    And thank you so much, Melody! That means a lot! I love your blog, and I'll support it until the end! :) I'll be posting the award tomorrow with my Teaser Tuesday post. :)


  17. Kim L Says:

    6 books a month is pretty darn good. With everything else going on, I probably average about six as well. I would love to read more, but then I'd never have time for everything else... blogging and such!


  18. Melody Says:

    Bluestocking - I enjoyed reading everyone's post and I think it's great that some of the choices will be adding onto my wishlist too. ;)

    Sandy - The School of Essential Ingredients and The Thirteen Tale are great choices! I can't wait to find out more favourite reads by you in the near future.

    Violet - Thank you so much for your kind words! Oh, you must read The Hunger Games! It's so intense!! ;)

    Beth - Thanks for your comments, as always. And you're always welcome! :)

    Yvonne - Time really flies, isn't it?

    Caite - Listing the books I read has been my habit ever since I started this blog. Moreover, I don't keep a journal so I definitely find it very useful. :D

    Care - That's a chunkster! I'm always intimidate by the thought of reading one, e.g. Gone With the Wind, haha.

    Jenny - I've not heard of Poisoned Season so I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the mention, Jenny! :)

    Debi - Awww... now you're making me blush! LOL. But thank you so much for the kind words! :)

    I'm soooo glad you enjoyed The Hunger Games!!! I know I can't wait to read the sequel!

    Bobbi - Glad to hear you enjoyed The Hunger Games too! :)

    Dar - Thanks for your comments, as always! I too think you're a great commenter! :)

    Carol - I love seeing what everyone's favorites have been so far too. I'm sure some of them will be my potential reads in the near future! ;)

    Nymeth - By the time we know, the year has passed by, LOL!

    As always, thanks for your comments. I really appreciate them all and I love reading your views, no matter if they're book reviews or any other stuff. :D

    Nise' - I hope you'll The Hunger Games if you get the chance because it's really great!

    Julia - I'm just glad you're out of your reading slump. They can be so bad to our reading!

    Thank you so much for being a great friend and also for your comments! You know I appreciate them all! {Hugs} And no worries about posting it though, just take your time. :)

    Jessica - I try to take my time when reading my books. And it's definitely challenging for me to read at home with my young children around, haha. That's why I treasure my reading moments, they're so precious to me! Reading in the commute is a bliss to me... :D I don't think I'll ditch this hobby, ever!!

    And you're most welcome about the award! As always, thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on my blog! :)


  19. Melody Says:

    Kim - We must have posted our comments at the same time! ;)

    We definitely need more time for our reading (and yeah, writing on blog and bloghopping)!!


  20. Trish Says:

    It's official--I'm gonna have to break down and get Hunger Games. Everyone is talking about it!! :)

    And thank you thank you Melody for the generous award. I try to do my best and sometimes I feel like it isn't enough (especially when I have read-a-thon burnout), but know that *I* really appreciate YOU and your blog and your comments. You are one special lady. :)


  21. Alice Teh Says:

    Thank you so much for the award, Melody! That's a cute panda! LOL

    An average of 6 books a month is very good!


  22. Iliana Says:

    Thank you so much for passing the award Melody. After the rough week I had this certainly brightens my day :)

    Hugs!


  23. mattviews Says:

    Hmm...a few other book bloggers also endorse The Last Hours, which I'll have to pick up. I love question like this so I can generate yet another ever growing reading list!


  24. naida Says:

    sounds like you've found some great reads this year so far.

    congrats on the award, and thanks for passing it on :O)
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  25. Melody Says:

    Trish - Yes, you should get The Hunger Games! I can't wait to hear your thoughts once you get to it! ;)

    You're welcome, Trish! You know I love reading your blog, as always! :D

    Alice - You're welcome, Alice! That's indeed a cute panda, isn't it? :)

    Iliana - You're welcome, Iliana! I like it that my post brightened up your day! :)

    Matt - I hope you'll enjoy reading The Lost Hours if you get to it. It's one of my favourite reads this year.

    Naida - I'm hoping to read more good books in the near future! Recommendations from you and other bloggy friends' definitely help a lot! :D

    And you're welcome about the award, Naida! :)