Sunday, January 4, 2009

Read in 2008

I read 71 books in 2008, which is better than the 56 I read in 2007. Some of these were children's books reviewed with The Girl, which helped boost my total. Still, I'm happy with the books I chose, and I hope to crack 100 in 2009.

Here's the list of books I read in 2008. Those that I reviewed will have a link to the review. You'll notice I read more books than I reviewed, and one of my goals for 2009 is to review every book I finish. (I guess I'll have to jot down my thoughts right away, rather than give myself time to think about what I read. Otherwise, my stack of books to review will rival my TBR pile, and I'll start ignoring it.)

As per Serena's request, I've resurrected the rating system I devised for my 2007 recap/mini-reviews (you can find links to those in the sidebar under Book Reviews), but I tweaked it a bit.

5 stars: Wish I'd written it myself
4 stars: Made the commute/time fly by
3 stars: Worth considering
2 stars: Wasn't the worst I've ever read
1 star: I can't recommend it

1. Mark's Story: The Gospel According to Peter by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins [my review] (3 stars)

2. Eli by Bill Myers [my review] (5 stars)

3. Superior Women by Alice Adams [my review] (4 stars)

4. These Boots Weren't Made for Walking by Melody Carlson (3 stars)

5. Before by Irini Spanidou [my review] (2 stars)

6. The Last Summer (of You & Me) by Ann Brashares (4 stars)

7. Me & Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter (3 stars)

8. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (2 stars)

9. Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange (3 stars)

10. 7th Heaven by James Patterson (2 stars)

11. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (4 stars)

12. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (2 stars)

13. The Man Who Loved Jane Austen by Sally Smith O'Rourke (3 stars)

14. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult (3 stars)

15. The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates (2 stars)

16. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (3 stars)

17. Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet (1 star)

18. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (3 stars)

19. Losing Kei by Suzanne Kamata [my review] (4 stars)

20. The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff (5 stars)

21. Obasan by Joy Kogawa (3 stars)

22. The Inheritance of Exile: Stories from South Philly by Susan Muaddi Darraj [my review] (5 stars)

23. The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo (4 stars)

24. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (4 stars)

25. Sail by James Patterson (3 stars)

26. Black Flies by Shannon Burke [my review] (4 stars)

27. The Gathering by Anne Enright [my review] (1 star)

28. Mrs. Lieutenant: A Sharon Gold Novel by Phyllis Zimbler Miller [my review] (5 stars)

29. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (4 stars)

30. The Reincarnationist by M.J. Rose [my review] (4 stars)

31. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (5 stars)

32. Without a Backward Glance by Kate Veitch [my review] (4 stars)

33. The Painter From Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein [my review] (5 stars)

34. Home Another Way by Christa Parrish [my review] (3 stars)

35. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer [my review] (3 stars)

36. Going Down South by Bonnie Glover [my review] (4 stars)

37. The Best Place to Be by Lesley Dormen [my review] (3 stars)

38. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran [my review] (5 stars)

39. The Islands of Divine Music by John Addiego [my review] (4 stars)

40. Run by Ann Patchett [my review] (4 stars)

41. Marsface by R.M. Pala [my review] (2 stars)

42. Falling Under by Danielle Younge-Ullman [my review] (5 stars)

43. Capote in Kansas by Kim Powers [my review] (4 stars)

44. Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir with Damien Lewis [my review] (4 stars)

45. Humpty Dumpty Jr.: Hardboiled Detective: The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop by Nate Evans, Paul Hindman andVince Evans [my review with The Girl] (4 stars)

46. Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland [my review] (2 stars)

47. Black Box by Julie Schumacher [my review] (3 stars)

48. The Dragonfly Secret by Clea and John Adams [my review with The Girl] (3 stars)

49. Lydia Bennet's Story by Jane Odiwe [my review] (4 stars)

50. Pemberley by the Sea by Abigail Reynolds [my review] (3 stars)

51. Arsenic Soup for Lovers by Georgia Z. Post [my review] (1 star)

52. The Safety of Secrets by Delaune Michel (3 stars)

53. Life After Genius by M. Ann Jacoby [my review] (3 stars)

54. Cold Rock River by J.L. Miles [my review] (5 stars)

55. Humpty Dumpty Jr.: Hardboiled Detective:  The Mystery of Merlin & The Gruesome Ghost by Nate Evans, Paul Hindman and Vince Evans [my review with The Girl] (4 stars)

56. Sam's Quest for the Crimson Crystal by Ben Furman [my review] (3 stars)

57. Sam's Quest: The Royal Trident by Ben Furman [my review] (3 stars)

58. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff [my review] (5 stars)

59. Open Slowly by Dayle Furlong [my review] (4 stars)

60. The Memorist by M.J. Rose [my review] (4 stars)

61. The Sighing of the Winter Trees by Laura Grossman [my review] (1 star)

62. Who By Fire by Diana Spechler (4 stars)

63. Mrs. Claus Explains It All by Elsbeth Claus [my review with The Girl] (4 stars)

64. Owen Fiddler by Marvin D. Wilson [my review] (3 stars)

65. Off the Menu by Christine Son [my review] (4 stars)

66. The House on Tradd Street by Karen White [my review] (3 stars)

67. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (4 stars)

68. What Happy Parents Do by Carol J. Bruess & Anna D.H. Kudak [my review] (3 stars)

69. The Rest of Her Life by Laura Moriarty (4 stars)

70. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips [my review] (5 stars)

71. Hitler and Mars Bars by Dianne Ascroft [my review] (3 stars)

There also were a couple of books I reviewed without reading cover to cover. Because I didn't finish them, I didn't include them in my totals.

Bible Illuminated by Illuminated World [preview and my review] (3 stars)

Jesus Take the Wheel by Stuart Migdon [my review] (3 stars)

Now I'm off to start reading and reviewing books for 2009. Happy reading!


Alea said...

I'm hoping to hit 100 this year too!

Iliana said...

Ooh I think you can reach your goal - just look at how many more books you read this year!

It's funny but I also don't write up reviews for all the books I read. I want to but sometimes by the time I get to writing things down I'm already well into several other books and can't come up with anything!

Anna said...

Alea: I'm sure you can do it! Good luck!

Iliana: I'm keeping my fingers crossed. If I don't hit 100, I'd at least like to review all the books I read. I hear you, though, once you get a couple of books past the one you set aside, it's hard to write a review.

Serena said...

good luck on hitting 100 this year!

So did the girl get a say in the star ratings?

Darlene said...

You did great this year Anna-some really great books too. I'm sure you can reach your goal this year-we all will!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

Congrats on a great year!! I love looking at people's 5 rated or favorite books for the year. The Poisonwood Bible is on my alltime top list--one I would love to re-read someday. Hope 2009 is just as great! And good luck with the 100 book goal!

Anna said...

Serena: Not this year. It was long past her bedtime when I looked over my list and assigned the ratings.

Dar: Thanks for the encouragement! I've already finished a book this week, and I'm halfway through another, so I'm doing good.

Trish: Wasn't that a great book? I don't know why I didn't read it sooner. If it hadn't been for that 25 cent book sale at Serena's library, I probably wouldn't have read it.

tanabata said...

Looks like you had a great year! I already have several of these on my wishlist thanks to your reviews. Good luck reaching 100 this year, I hope it's a fabulous year for you! :)

Anna said...

Tanabata: Thanks! I'm making good progress toward that goal already. I hope you get a chance to read some of these. I'd love to know what you think.