December 30th, 2008

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2008 Book List

Here is my 2008 book list. A bit smaller than I would like due to school and studying for boards. My goal for next year is to go a minimum of ten above. *indicates I books I rather liked. My favorite was Water for Elephants. Least favorite was The Historian.

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This Year In Books

This year, I've read quite a lot more than in years past. For the most part, I chose a good lot. There weren't any utterly horrible books, though some were definitely disappointing (e.g. Lost Women of the Bible, Rules of Survival, Atonement). But I read some that definitely exceeded my expectations as well (e.g. Midnight Never Come, The Scarlet Letter, Storm Catchers).

As for my favorites, I'd have to say This Is All, Zora and Nicky, and the collection of poems by Sylvia Plath are definitely at the top. Tori Amos's autobiography is up there as well along with The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World, among others.

For least favorite, I'd have to say The Purpose Driven Life and Atonement.

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This year I did not read as many books as in previous years, but I've done more writing, so I'd say it, balanced.
I would have to say the best book I read this year was either Ada or Ardor or Of Love and Other Demons. And the worst, Anansi Boys. [I would like to say the worst was Twilight, but it honestly wasn't]
But anyway, here's my list. Please comment, and give me your feedback. =]

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+ Denotes I really liked it.
# Denotes I did not like it.
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2008's books

Everyone is posting their list of books read and it's making me want to post mine!

The only thing is, I stopped keeping a written list about half way through the year...and then I threw the list I did have away about a week ago.

So this is going to be from memory. And It won't really be in order. The books that were re-reads for me are in bold:

Franny and Zooey - JD Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (Is there anyone left in the world who hasn't read this?)

Nine Stories - JD Salinger (If you only read one short story in your life, make it "A Perfect Day for Bananafish")

Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction - JD Salinger

White Teeth - Zadie Smith

Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre (bit of a spoiler: pretty good if you're like me and like a happy ending every once in a while!)

The Road - Cormac McCarthy (looooooved it. Would recommend to everyone. Haven't met anyone who has read it and didn't fall in love with it.)

The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison (surprised by how much I liked it!)

Possessing the Secret of Joy - Alice Walker (very surprised by how much I liked it! Beautifully, beautifully written.)

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Bastard out of Carolina - Dorothy Allison (warning: extremely depressing book. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.)

Bee Season - Myla Goldberg

Music for Torching - AM Homes (I've decided AM Homes is the female version of  Chuck Palahniuk. But I actually like her stuff. Here is a short story of hers if you'd like to get a taste of what she's about : )

The Book of Bright Ideas - Sandra Kring (very corny, but good if you're looking for a quick, light read.)

The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton

1/2 of Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (I like the way she writes, but I couldn't finish Pride and Prejudice either. I think I'm giving up on her for a while.)

2/3 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (I was reading this when my women in literature class started and I had to put it aside. I still haven't gone back to it.)

The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (Hated it! I remembered liking it in HS)

This is all I can remember! I'm working on The Grapes of Wrath. So far, so good.

Edit: I can't believe I forgot How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents! It was so, so good.
And I also originally forgot Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris which was also enjoyable.

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2008 books

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Total:  105
Re-reads: 35
Audio books:  45

Titles in bold are ones I particularly enjoyed.  If it's a re-read you may safely assume it's one I enjoy :)
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Book Marks

Books this year

So I didn't keep a written list of books that I read this year but I'll put down everything that I can remember.  * indicates the ones I like, % indicates the ones I don't and @ means I recommend you go out and read it right now.  I mean it.  Go.  Why are you still here go read that book!

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen *
Sense and Sensibility- Austen *
Mansfield Park- Austen %
Persuasion- Austen
Emma- Austen
Northanger Abbey- Austen*
Confessions of and Ugly Stepsister- Gregory Maguire @ *
Tangerine- Danny De Vito *
Meet Samantha- American Girl %
Loser- Jerry Spinelli
Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney %
The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis
His Dark Materials- Phillip Pullman *
Coraline- Neil Gaiman
Birchbark House- Louise Erdrich *
Pippi Longstockings- Astrid Lindgren %
Because of Win Dixie- Kate Dicamillo
Ivy and Bean- Anna Barrows
Mr. Chickee's Funny Money- Christopher Paul Curtis
Amber Beach- Elizabeth Lowell
Jade Island- Lowell
Pearl Cove- Lowell *
Midnight at Ruby Bayou- Lowell
Twilight- Stephanie Meyer
New Moon- Meyer
Eclipse- Meyer
Breaking Dawn- Meyer
Loving Will Shakespeare- Carolyn Meyer
A Great and Terrible Beauty- Libba Bray
Uglies- Scott Westerfeld *
Pretties- Westerfeld *
Specials- Westerfeld
Peeps- Westerfeld * @
The Last Days- Westerfeld %
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar- Robert Alexander * @
Rasputin's Daughter- Alexander *
The Rossetti Letter- Christi Phillips
Flipped- Wendelin Van Draanen
The Other Queen- Phillipa Gregory
Girl in the Red Coat-
Roma Ligocka * @
Looking for Alaska- John Green *** @ (Seriously.  Go out and read this.)

Some others I remembered!

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict-
Laurie Viera Rigler
Walk Two Moons- Sharon Creech
A Series of Unfortunate Events- Lemony Snicket
Love in the Time of Cholera-
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

That's all I can remember though I'm sure there were more.  I feel that I got most of them though.

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Since everyone else is doing it...

This is what I read in 2008. The books that I listened to on CD are marked (CD). My favorite reads are marked with a "++", and my least favorite reads are marked with an "xx". (R) means that it's a reread.

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I realize, in looking at this list, that I am reading entirely too much urban fantasy and not nearly enough literature. I need to work on that in 2009.
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2008 Book List!

Here's another book list for the year! Not as many as I would have liked..but considering this year consisted of my Senior Year and first semester of college I don't think it's too bad! +'s for my faves and -'s for the worst. My favorite book of the year was Flowers for Algernon!
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2008 Reading Levels

What sits below the cut isn't actually a list of the books I read in 2008 -- I'll post that in my own journal tomorrow, and it isn't that interesting to begin with -- but is instead a line graph showing the number of books I read per month.

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So, have any of you noticed this sort of variation in your reading rates? What slows you down or speeds you up?

(By the way, if you want to make your own graph, I made mine here.)

2009 Reading Challenge

I hope I'm allowed to do this here...

If you love the classics and/or want to push yourself to explore good literature in 2009, join the 100 Best Books of Classic Literature challenge at reading_the_100. The challenge will be based on this list from the Norwegian Book Club's survey of authors worldwide, and while it is admittedly not perfect, it is the most balanced list in terms of ethnicity and gender that I could find. So, join in the challenge and make a resolution to read the classics!
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