I have a habit of re-reading the books I like best. A good example is Dune, for which the same paperback edition I read in (gulp) 1976 is still on my shelf and barely hanging together. Sadly the same can't be said for my copy of the first three Earthsea books, which fell apart from severe overuse long ago. Fortunately I married someone with her own copy so all is not lost.
Which books of 2009 will join this august company? I read piles of books I liked, but which will I be coming back to?
For me there are two absolute standouts...
A Trace Of Smoke, Rebecca Cantrell
The Ghosts Of Belfast, Stuart Neville
...and there are these great books, all of which can expect to see worn covers and tattered pages:
A Bad Day For Sorry, Sophie Littlefield
The Naked Olympics, Tony Perrottet
The Janissary Tree, Jason Goodwin
Secondhand Spirits, Juliet Blackwell
Nox Dormienda, Kelli Stanley
And there are these two ongoing series which I love:
The Aimée Léduc stories of Cara Black
The SPQR series of John Maddox Roberts
Wishing you all a fantastic 2010!