* HSFALAP made the National Post's Best Books of '09 list , the longlist for the #CanadaAlsoReads list, and Xtra's Best Queer Books of 2009.
This morning I woke up at an ungodly hour w/ my girlfriend - she had a 7am shift, and the kitten required pre-dawn play time. The plan was to write for two hours before 9am. Ah, those vacation goals! Instead I spent the last half hour creating a list of my favourite books of the decade.
The list is based entirely on my post-read reaction: 1) the overwhelming desire to buy copies for everyone I knew 2)the urge to display prominently on favourite volumes shelf 3)desire to online-stalk author 4)the urge to utter the phrase Why Didn't I Think To Write Like This?
Lullabies for Little Criminals – Heather O’Neill
When I Was Young and In My Prime – Alayna Munce
Liar – Lynn Crosbie
Stunt – Claudia Dey
Cumberland – Michael V Smith
Orphan Love – Nadia Bozak
Some of the Parts – T Cooper
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer
Mean Boy by Lynn Coady
Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl
The Lichtenberg Figures by Ben Lerner