Thursday, January 1, 2009

Books read in 2008

I did quite a lot of reading in 2008 considering that I only read 15 to 30 minutes a day at bed time and at least two of these books were 1000 pages long!

Loving Frank - Nancy Horan
Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
World without End - Ken Follett
Call of the Wild - Jack London
Change of Heart - Jodi Picoult
The Art of Mending - Elizabeth Berg
The Lake House - James Patterson
Animal Dreams - Barbara Kingsolver
If Today be Sweet - Thrity Umrigar
Sea Glass - Anita Shreve
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalian
Mercy - Jodi Picoult
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen

My favorites were:
The Kite Runner, Water for Elephants, The Pillars of the Earth, and World without End.


  1. we have amazingly similar reading tastes! you might also like sue miller novels or ann padget novels....

  2. i'm glad that you added which ones were your favorites...because i was going to ask. :)

  3. Oh I HIGHLY suggest that you read Khaled Hosseini's second book A Thousand Splendid Suns. It's also an accounting of life in Afghanistan but way more Girl Power than Kite Runner. My husband was working in Kabul for about 8 months this year and lived in Wazir Akbar Khan (the neighborhood where Kite Runner was set) so those books were sort of prerequisite reading for all of the ex-pats living there :) Kite Runner was great but I liked "Suns" better :) Check it out :)

    Happy New Year!

  4. You've got many of my favorites on there! I've been told by many to read Water for Elephants. I guess I'll have to get right on that. I also have David Sedaris waiting for a read.

  5. I loved Pillars Of The Earth. I can't wait to read World Without End. I forgot that I wanted one of my boys to get it for me for Christmas so I guess I'll have to buy it myself. Tomorrow.

  6. I have read quite a few books too. Maybe I will make a list... I have started Water for Elephants, haven't finished it yet.

  7. that's a great list.
    go you!!!

    the kite runner has been a favorite for lots o' people.
    i'm convinced i need to read it.

  8. I read Water for Elephants on a very long lay over in Newark. I loved how the story developed its characters. I am going to check out a few other books on your list.

  9. I enjoyed your list. I've read some of these books. I've also started and not finished a few. I loved The Time Travellers Wife, and would have had to put that at the top of my list! LOL Right now I'm trying to get through Wicked. It's a good book, I'm just not reading very fast these days.

    I loved your list of things that you did. How hard were the Fetching? They are only my list of to dos.

  10. i got loving frank for christmas...i'm looking forward to a quiet weekend....sometime.

  11. Loved seeing your list, I may add a couple of those to my to-read list. I'm going to post a list of my own tomorrow

  12. You and I have read so many of the same books. Have you read Anita Shreve's Fortunes Rocks? That one is really good too.

  13. I loved eat, pray, love! I'll have to use your list when coming up with book club ideas...

  14. Wow -- that's impressive indeed! I loved Pillars of the Earth and have had Worlds Without End on my list since it came out -- just can't get to it -- maybe this year!

  15. I loved Pillars of the Earth. I started it just before getting married and, while I tried not to, have fond memories of reading on sunny lakesides during my honeymoon.

  16. Pillars of the Earth was fantastic!! I was assigned to read it for my Medieval World history course at my college and I have never enjoyed an assigned reading so much!! There is a sequel - World Without End. I am picking that up as soon as I have some extra time to read!

  17. I'm currently reading "Water for Elephants" was a mothers day gift from my darling daughter. I also, just finished "The Secret Life of Bee's"...I LOVED this story, something about the south, the bit of historical truths involved and just imagining along with the main character and her wild imagination! I enjoyed it...even more so knowing my daughter had just finished reading it and I would be able to share it with her!

    I'm going to have to pick up some Jodi Picoult books...from what I hear they are all very good and now that I've seen 3 of them on your blog...well, I'm going to head over to the library or half-price books this week. We're having a bit of an ice storm today and tomorrow will be great days to curl up with some great books.

    Thanks for sharing!


  18. Two books that you should add to this years list are:
    The Memory Keepers Daughter
    The Glass Castle
    Both amazing! Congrats on your accomplishment, that's an impressive list!