Adventures in Reading

Year In Review 2008

(u) unfinished (*) 2008 Read Your Own Books Challenge (r) reread (N) Newberry Project

DECEMBER (2 books)
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Payback by Margaret Atwood

NOVEMBER (12 books, 1 novella)
Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu (*)
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (*)(r)
Assassin’s Accomplice by Kate Clifford Larson
Writing Women in Central America by Laura Barbas-Rhoden (*)
Branchwater by Steven Maus (*)(u)
Things That Make Us [sic] by Martha Brockenbrough (*)
Writing Women in Central America by Laura Barbas-Rhoden (*)
Days of Awe by Achy Obejas
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Giants by J.M.G. Le Clezio
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (*)
J.M.G. Le Clezio by J.R. Waelti-Walters

OCTOBER (7 books)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (*)(r)
The Best American Short Stories 2008 edited by Salman Rushdie
In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed, M.D. (*)
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (*)
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates

SEPTEMBER (12 books, 4 novellas)
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (*)(r)
A Mercy by Toni Morrison (*)
Juniper by Monica Furlong
The Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway (*)
Colman by Monica Furlong
Cunt by Inga Muscio (*)
Shimmering Images by Lisa Dale Norton (*)
The Practical Heart by Allan Gurganus
Dracula by Bram Stoker (*)
English Grammar For Students of Spanish by Emily Spinelli (*)
Mastering Spanish Grammar by Pilar Munoz and Mike Thacker (*)
A Map of Home by Randa Jarrar (*)

AUGUST (12 books, 1 story)
Months and Seasons by Christopher Meeks
Visitors by Anita Brookner (*)
The Turtle Moves! by Lawrence Watt-Evans (u)
“Wish I Was Here” by Jackie Kay
Ask A Mexican! by Gustavo Arellano
The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
A Confederacy of Dunces by Kennedy Toole (*)
Political Thinking by Glenn Tindner (*)
How I Learned English edited by Tom Miller
The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
Demian by Herman Hesse (*)
Resistance, Rebellion, and Death by Albert Camus (*)

JULY (12 books, 1 story)
The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende
“Mama Loves Patsy Cline” by Laura Bork
Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (r) (N)
We Are DNA by Brian Lucas (*)
Grammar Girl’s Guide by Fiona Mignon
Something to Tell You by Hanif Kureishi (*)
Children’s Literature by Seth Lerer (*)
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Story of Mankind by Hendrik Villem van Loon (N)
When We Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris
Foundation by Mercedes Lackey (*)

JUNE (12 books, 1 story)
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende (*)
Never Come Morning by Nelson Algren (*)(r)
Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey
Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
The Baby Thief by Barbara Bisantz Raymond
Brick Lane by Monica Ali (*)
First Step in the New World by David Lida
“Cathedral” by Raymond Carver (*)(r)
A Handbook to Luck by Cristina Garcia
A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott (*)
Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
Revolution! by Nikolas Kozloff
Kilter: 55 Fictions by John Gould

MAY (16 books)
Severance by Robert Olen Butler
Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Fail-Safe by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler (*)
The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
Frankenstein: A Cultural History by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
One Good Knight by Mercedes Lackey
Cavedweller by Dorothy Allison (*)
Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey
Spiderwick: The Field Guide by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Spiderwick: The Seeing Stone by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
Down to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese(*)
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (*)(r)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Schooled by Anisha Lakhani (*)
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood (*)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (*)
Final Solution by Michael Chabon (*)

APRIL (10 books, 9 stories)
Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock by “Carolyn Keene”
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase by “Carolyn Keene”
Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott
Spunk and Bite by Arthur Plotnik
What is the Short Story? by Eugene Current-Garcìa
“The Bad News” from Moral Disorder and Other Stories by Margaret Atwood (*)
“The Voyage” from The Sketch Book by Washington Irving (*)
“Story of a Typhoon Off the Coast of Japan” from Short Stories of Jack London (*)
“Jumper Down” from Flash Fiction Forward by Don Shea (*)
“The Poet’s Husband” by Molly Giles, “The Cough” by Harry Humes, and “Daydream” by Robert Allen from Micro Fiction (*)
Vurt by Jeff Noon
“A Perfect Day for Banafish” from Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger (*)
“Center of Gravity” from The Best American Short Stories 1965 by L.J. Amster (*)
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted and Other Small Acts of Liberation by Elizabeth Berg
The Girl on the Fridge by Etgar Keret
“Up to Heaven” by Roald Dahl
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (*)
Pollen by Jeff Noon
“Center of Gravity” by L. J. Amster

MARCH (16 books)
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe
Ring by Koji Suzuki
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers (*)
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett (*) (r)
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (*) (r)
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (*)
I Am A Cat by Soseki Natsume (u)
Words in Context by Takao Suzuki
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (*)
Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (*) (r)
The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
The Playboy of the Western World and Other Plays by J. M. Synge
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (u)
Mortal Syntax by June Casagrande

FEBRUARY (15 books)
Wise Child by Monica Furlong
What Is This Thing Called Love by Kim Addonizio
The Serpent by Jane Gaskell
Magic For Beginners by Kelly Link (*)
The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber (u)
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike (u)
The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes
Color of the Sea by John Hamamura (*)
1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes by Spitler and Yoakam (*)
You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail (*)
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
Dark Water by Koji Suzuki
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
Piercing by Ryu Murakami

JANUARY (15 books)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke (*)
City of Widows by Haifa Zangana
Lion’s Honey by David Grossman
The Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen Edited by Penelope Hughes-Hallett
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
Persuasion by Jane Austen (*) (r)
The Helmet of Horror by Victor Pelevin
The Koran: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Cook (*)
The Deportees by Roddy Doyle
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (*)
Jane Austen, Obstinate Heart by Valerie Grosvenor Myer
A Haiku Menagerie edited by Stephen Addiss
My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead edited by Jeffrey Eugenides (*)
Abarat by Clive Barker


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I’ve reviewed one of the same: Little Women
Do you want to trade review links?

Comment by jeane

jeane: And linked! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Comment by bookchronicle

This is a lot! I’m kinda jealous… I’ve just subscribed to your blog, so I can find good reads. Godspeed :)

Comment by ria

Ria: I’ve definitely been plowing through the books this year, but I usually hit a wall and go a few months without reading.

Comment by bookchronicle

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