Books Read in 2008

For a long time I resisted posting book reviews here because I was afraid of being pigeonholed.  Nearly all of my publications are reviews but that is just one venue I use for my writing.  It appears my reviews bring readers to my site but hopefully they find more when they start looking around.

Here is my list of books read in 2008.  I only began keeping track in July so I read more than 34 books but I couldn’t remember all of them.  If there is a book review published here or elsewhere, I’ve included the link for it.  The bolded ones are my favorites. 

  1. Woman’s Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives – Pam Houston and Megan McMorris
  2. The Unseen – T.C. McMullen
  3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Robert Mack
  4. ErRatic – N.D. Hansen-Hill
  5. About Alice – Calvin Trillin
  6. The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli – Ginetta Correli
  7. Gimp: When Life Deals You a Crappy Hand You Can Fold – Or You Can Play – Mark Zupan with Tim Swanson
  8. The Hunters – Claire Messud
  9. Red Ant House – Ann Cummins
  10. No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas For Your Blog – Margaret Mason
  11. The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelancing – Diana Burrell and Linda Formichelli
  12. Heat – Bill Buford
  13. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
  14. The Rule of Four – Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
  15. Born Standing Up: A Comics Life – Steve Martin
  16. The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock: The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Selling More Work Faster – Diana Burrell and Linda Formichelli
  17. Faceless Killers – Henning Mankell
  18. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name – Vendela Vida
  19. Greywalker – Kat Richardson
  20. New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
  21. Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer
  22. Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
  23. Poltergeist – Kat Richardson
  24. The Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy Fowler
  25. In The Night Kitchen – Maurice Sendak
  26. The Headless Cupid – Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  27. The Good German – Joseph Kanon
  28. Dirt: An American Campaign – Mark LaFlamme
  29. Any Given Doomsday – Lori Handeland
  30. Ever – Gail Carson Levine
  31. Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
  32. The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection – Michael Ruhlman
  33. Things the Grandchildren Should Know – Michael Oliver Everett
  34. Sweetsmoke – David Fuller


  1. I had intended to do a similar post, but I couldn’t find time for it last month. Maybe I’ll still do it when I get a chance.

    I started keeping track of the books I read in 2008 too. I read 55 books last year. 24 of those books were sent to me for review. I never made it all the way through my review pile for 2008, but I think I wrote reviews for all the ARCs I specifically agreed to review. (I don’t feel as obligated to review them if they were sent to me unsolicited, although I often dig into that pile as well when they capture my interest.)

    So far this year, I am on book #10. Only two of those were for review.

  2. Way to go on the book front. You’re doing better than me this year.

    I think for 2009 I will have to start a post and then update it every month so it can be published on January 1st. 🙂

  3. I really enjoyed the world building and the backstories. But not so much the main romance. The movie did a better job than the book in getting that across.

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