Since it's now officially 2009, I'd like to re-cap my oh-so-important 2008 reading. I know you're all waiting anxiously for my thoughts since there aren't enough top 10 book lists. Drum roll please ...last year, I read a whopping 113 books. Before you get too impressed, I read TONS of really short young adult books that only take a few hours to get through. Plus, I spent a lot of time on planes, in airports and in hotels, traveling for work (and some fun)!
I know what you're thinking, but I swear I have a fabulous life! I spend time with people I care about. I volunteer. I work full-time. I work out. I belly dance. I even have a very nice young gentleman caller. (Sorry - I've been reading a lot of historical romances.) I just have always made time to read because it's something I find relaxing and enjoyable. I read when I'm drying my hair and before I go to sleep at night. Plus, I always carry a book with me in case I'm stuck in a waiting room somewhere.
All that explanation aside, here are the top 10 books I read in 2008. (They weren't necessarily written in 2008!) If you want to share some of your faves, leave a comment!
Top 10 Books I Read in 2008
Reviews were mixed on this one, but I really liked it. (Of course, I'm a bit fascinated with the whole 'Salem witch trial' thing, so the setting especially appealed to me.) The heroine was spunky (yet crazy). Also, I didn't figure out the uber-important plot twist until the very last chapter. That automatically earns a great review from me!
I swear I didn't pick this one because the author's name is Laura. (Although I'm all about spreading the Laura love around the globe - need a girl name for a baby? Try Laura - it's enjoyable and fun for all.) All joking aside, this book was a creepy thriller that left my mouth hanging open at the end. I couldn't put it down!
This one reminded me just how much I love young adult fiction (Sweet Valley High aside.) I zipped through this book (the first in the series) and immediately devoured the remaining three. Plus, it introduced me to some cool new futuristic teen lingo like pretty-making, bubbly, icy, crumbly, and more.
Not to be one of those weird Twilight obsessed gals, but I really enjoyed this year's addition to the pentalogy (I remembered the word, Ben!) I was disappointed that Facebook spoiled the ending for me -- stupid user-generated flair -- however, I felt like this book got somewhere and provided closure. Good stuff!
This was one of those rare non-fiction books I actually enjoyed. It made me laugh, think AND learn something - a terrific combination! There were a couple of scenes that almost had me in tears - in a good way!
I finally got around to reading the grand-daddy of all vampire books. It's the big kahuna for a reason...pure awesomeness! It took me awhile to get through because I wanted to savor every word. Plus, it was a fun kind of scary - I had to sleep with my lights on for a day but I still enjoyed it.
I've always had a soft spot for William Blake, so of course I loved this story about how Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience really came about. Plus, I've loved every single Tracy Chevalier book I've ever read. She has a great imagination and writes extraordinary characters.
I absolutely hated this book when I first started reading it. For the first 100 pages, I bitched and complained and whined about how terrible it was. However, when it picked up, it really picked up. Yes, it's technically "science fiction," but it's really just an absolutely beautiful love story about loving people for who they are and not who you think they are.
There's been a great deal of debate on the message boards about how unoriginal this book's plot is. I say, who cares? The book's great! I couldn't put it down. I kept apologizing to my family because I was completely immersed in it instead of wrapping presents/baking Christmas cookies like I should have been. Beware - since this is the first in the series, it has a very abrupt ending!
OK- this was the last book I read in 2008 so I might still be basking in the afterglow. However, I thought it was phenomenal. A fast paced combination of mystery/thriller/history - I couldn't put it down. (Notice a theme?) Just ignore all the Swedeisms - I'm still not exactly sure what a kronor is - and the very last page (it was awful). The rest of the book, however, is divine!