2008 in review

deweys-weekly-geeks27I know I’m a little slow getting this posted, but I’ve been traveling, and I’m just now finally home. Still working on getting back into normal. Plus! I now have an excuse. I’m doing this for Weekly Geeks, the first installment of the new year. Ta da!

The year 2008 was the first year I successfully kept track of all the books I read. So, the total: I read 75 books in 2008. I’m still lacking four reviews for this space, which will hopefully get posted soon; another six books I read for work and won’t review here. Some people read so many more than this, it’s not funny. But overall, I’m happy with my count.

To break that down, 12 of the 75 were nonfiction reads.

Books I read in 2008 from the Image Journal 100 list (a personal, long-term reading project of mine):
••• Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen
Three Cheers for the Paraclete by Thomas Keneally
•• Ironweed by William Kennedy
Black Robe by Brian Moore
••• The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan
•••• The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
•••• Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy: The Bridal Wreath
•••• The Mistress of Husaby
•••• The Cross
Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
Chronicles of Wasted Time by Malcolm Muggeridge
••••• Dakota by Kathleen Norris
••• Mr Ives’ Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos (review pending)
That means I’ve crossed 11 lines off that long list, which is a larger dent than I made the previous year. Hopefully, though, 2009’s impression will be greater. The count is 11 because the list combines some series into one item on the list. I’ve indicated my favorites from among this list by the increased number of bullets aside the titles.

Books I loved (in no particular order):
• The Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy by Sigrid Undset
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Dakota by Kathleen Norris
Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Series started:
• The Mitford Years by Jan Karon
• Harry Potter by JK Rowling (finished)
• Smart Chick Mystery series by Mindy Starns Clark (finished)
• The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
• The Sunday Philosophy Club/Isabel Dalhousie Mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith
• Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
• Boo series by Rene Gutteridge
• Occupational Hazards series by Rene Gutteridge
OK, actually, there are more than this, but I’m tired of thinking of them all. I’m just going to leave this here.

I started 2008 determined to review each book I read. This was done at least in part as a way to be able to keep track of all I’ve read (something I’ve attempted to do many, many years but never succeeded.) I discovered YA lit for the first time as an adult this year. I’ve decided I do like some nonfiction. I’ve been motivated to read more new books, as well as focusing on a few specific areas of literature.

My reviews have become more intentional (and hopefully better!) over the course of 2008, as well.

Looking forward, I talked about where I am goal-wise in this post.

(Thanks to BookBabie for compiling a long list of best of 2008 lists.)


8 responses to “2008 in review

  1. Happy Weekly Geeks! I’ll be back to explore more indepth this great list. I love (and hate?) seeing so many titles I’ve never heard of. Well, except for Potato Peel Pie book. And I read the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and that’s it.

  2. Great wrapup and some great reads in ’08! I’m hoping to read the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy this year. And I also loved the potato peel book.

    Happy Weekly Geeks Return day!

  3. Some great series you’ve started. Have fun with them!

  4. Great list of books. I will have to check them out.


  5. The Potato Peel book was a favorite of mine, too.

    And apologies for overlooking you in the Geek Community list…I’m fixing it right now!

  6. I’m interested to see some Australian authors in there.
    I’m looking forward to reading the POTATO PEEL book, although I really am a crime fiction addict

  7. You’re welcome Word Lily:)

  8. A lot of your favourites of the year are on my TBR list. 😀

    I want to talk about every book I read this year-I’m impressed you did so last year!

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