Wednesday, January 28, 2009

2008 Book List

I've been reading all my life - well, since I was 5 or so - but last year was the first time I thought to keep a list of all the books I read. I used the weRead app on Facebook to keep track of them, adding them when I started reading and then marking them as read when I finished. So, this list is sort of in order. It's in the order I added the books and started reading them, but I didn't necessarily finish them in that order. I tend to have at least a couple books going at once, and some of them were audio books I listened to when I walked.

The 2008 list:
  1. Queste (Septimus Heap, Book 4) by Angie Sage
  2. Eye of the Beholder by David Ellis
  3. Paper Towns by John Green
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
  6. The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Book One: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  7. Creaton in Death by J.D. Robb
  8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  9. Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner
  10. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  11. Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
  12. Strangers in Death by J.D. Robb
  13. The Arrival by Shaun Tan
  14. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  15. Split Second by David Baldacci
  16. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  17. Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum Novels) by Janet Evanovich
  18. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  19. Fame: 1 (Firstborn) by Karen Kingsbury
  20. Lilies That Fester (Bretta Solomon Gardening Mysteries) by Janis Harrison
  21. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  22. Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
  23. Redemption by Lee Jackson
  24. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  25. Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson
  26. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  27. Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream by Adam W. Shepard
I thought about linking all of them to Amazon books so you could easily click and find out more about any books that interest you, but that was going to take more time than I wanted to spend. It's pretty easy to search Amazon, anyway.

Looking at the list, I feel like I should have read more. That might be because I have friends whose book lists are a lot longer. However, when I read that 1 in 4 U.S. adults read no books last year and 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year, I don't feel so bad. I feel bad for them - how in the world can anyone can survive without reading?

I'm already working on the 2009 book list, again keeping track of it on Facebook. They've added a new feature that lets me add tags to my books, so I'm tagging books with the month when I finish them. That will help me keep track of them even better. If you have any book suggestions for my list, you can leave me a comment or 'chuck' them at me on Facebook.


  1. Glad you enjoyed Spanking Shakespeare!

  2. Kira - Yes, I really enjoyed it. I laughed out loud so many times throughout the book.

  3. I love to read the titles of the books you read in 2008. I am an avid reader and Spanking Shakespeare sounds good. I have started keepng a list of the books I read in 2009. I love all of Jan Karon's books.I also enjoy her website at Her website tells about her life, her books and gives updates on her next books that she is writing. I think you will enjoy the site!

  4. I also love reading but for some reason (probably blogging) don't get time to recently.

    That's an impressive list you read there, I read The Lovely Bones, it made me cry..

  5. I really need to check out this Facebook app! Maybe it would help motivate me to read again. I LOVE to read and have an over-full bookshelf, but I spend all my waking time on the computer and don't read for enjoyment anymore.


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