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The Ten Best ARCs Books of 2009: 12/26/09

I received about 100 ARCs and books for review from publicists and authors in 2009. For my list of ten best ARCs, I'm picking only from the 75 books I have actually reviewed on my blog to date.

  1. Across the Pond by Storyheart (Barry Eva): fiction
  2. Tsunami by Gordon Gumpertz: fiction
  3. Outside the Lavender Closet by Martha A. Taylor: lgbt fiction
  4. Mysterious Magical Circus Family Kids: The Chocolate Cake Turkey Lip Crumb Trail Mystery Adventure by R Hawk Starkey: children's chapter book
  5. Legs Talk: Let Your Legs do the Talking by D.E. Boone: graphic novel / photo humor
  6. Voices Under Berlin: The Tale of a Monterey Mary by T. H. E. Hill: fiction
  7. Fiction: A Novel by Ara 13: meta fiction
  8. Diary of a Dead Man by Walter Krumm: mystery
  9. Written on the Knee: A Diary from the Greek-Italian Front of WWII by Helen Electrie Lindsay
  10. Kosher by Design Lightens Up by Susie Fishbein: cook book

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Comment #1: Saturday, December, 26, 2009 at 22:51:20

D.E. Boone

Thanks for including my book: Legs Talk. I am delighted and humbled.

Comment #2: Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 21:29:25


It made me laugh. I showed it to my friends and they all laughed too. It's been popular with everyone I've shown it to. Happy New Years!

Comment #3: Monday, December, 28, 2009 at 12:14:53

T.H.E. Hill

What a marvelous Christmas Present! I am very, very pleased to see "Voices Under Berlin" in your Top Ten List for 2009.

Comment #4: Friday, January 1, 2009 at 20:50:11


Happy New Year! I've been sharing your book around with my book club friends and it's been well received.

Comment #5: Monday, December, 28, 2009 at 16:19:46


I haven't added up my review books for the year. If I had read every one I received it would be huge I'm sure.

I've read two of that list. Outside the Lavender Closet and Kosher By Design Lightens Up. I liked both of them, not sure if they'd be on top 10 or not. Perhaps I'll consider doing a top 10 review books, although my top 10 reads of 2009 will probably be all review books anyways.

Comment #6: Friday, January 1, 2009 at 20:53:25


I keep a copy of my reviews on GoodReads by year. I sorted my 2009 reviews by rating and these were the ten ARCs that had the highest rating.

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