The Silver Lining | Books Read in 2008

(I originally typed 2009 in the title. I’m impatient, what can I say.)

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I like to read. I didn’t beat my 2007 record (70 books), but I think I did pretty well with 66. Below is my list of the top 10 books I read in 2008 (not necessarily published in 2008, though most of them are). These are in no particular order (more like the order I remembered them in). This was a hard list to choose from, there were several books I kept switching in and out of the top 10, but I could fiddle with this forever and never be satisfied, so I am going to hit send before I change my mind again! If you have a book I read that didn’t make the top 10 list, it’s not because I didn’t love it too.

1. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
2. Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead (they both deserve to make the top 10 if I am going by individual books)
3. Audrey Wait! – Robin Benway
4. Wake – Lisa McMann
5. Sweethearts – Sara Zarr
6. The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson
7. Good Girls – Laura Ruby
8. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart
9. Rebel Angels – Libba Bray (this is my fave of the trilogy)
10. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

And in the order I read them, these are the rest of the 66 books I read in 2008. The ones listed above are repeated below so I can keep an accurate count:

1. The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie – Jacklyn Moriarty
2. Secret Society Girl – Diana Peterfreund
3. What Happened to Cass McBride? – Gail Giles
4. Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature – Robin Brande
5. Girl Overboard – Justina Chen Headley
6. Kiki Strike: The Emperor’s Tomb – Kirsten Miller
7. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Anne Brashares
8. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood – Anne Brashares
9. Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood – Anne Brashares
10. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood – Anne Brashares
11. Sweethearts – Sara Zarr
12. I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak
13. The Spell Book of Listen Taylor – Jacklyn Moriarty
14. Wake – Lisa McMann
15. Let’s Get Lost – Sarra Manning
16. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
17. Catalyst – Laurie Halse Anderson
18. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
19. I Heart You, You Haunt Me – Lisa Scroeder
20. Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen
21. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray
22. The Host – Stephenie Meyer
23. Rebel Angels – Libba Bray
24. The Sweet Far Thing – Libba Bray
25. Suite Scarlett – Maureen Johnson
26. Good Girls – Laura Ruby
27. Feeling Sorry for Celia – Jacklyn Moriarty
28. Audrey Wait! – Robin Benway
29. Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart
30. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
31. The White Darkness – Geraldine McCaughrean
32. Evernight – Claudia Gray
33. The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson
34. Oh. My. Gods. – Tera Lynn Childs
35. Kitty Kitty – Michelle Jaffe
36. If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where’s my Prince? – Melissa Kantor
37. Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
38. Jinx – Meg Cabot
39. How to be Bad – E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mylnowski
40. A Mango-Shaped Space – Wendy Mass
41. Ink Exchange – Melissa Marr
42. Devilish – Maureen Johnson
43. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
44. Frostbite: Vampire Academy book 2 – Richelle Mead
45. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
46. Tantalize – Cynthia Leitich Smith
47. Marked (House of Night book 1) – P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
48. The Luxe – Anna Godbersen
49. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman – Adrienne Kress
50. Rumors (A Luxe Novel) – Anna Godbersen
51. Gossip Girl #1 – Cecily Von Ziegesar
52. The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold – Francesca Lia Block
53. Paper Towns – John Green
54. The Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson Book 1) – Rick Riordan
55. Morrigan’s Cross (The Circle Trilogy Book 1) – Nora Roberts
56. The Poison Apples – Lily Archer
57. A Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life – Dana Reinhardt
58. You Know You Love Me: A Gossip Girl Novel – Cecily Von Zeigesar
59. Shadow Kiss – Richelle Mead
60. Cut – Patricia McCormick
61. The Summoning (Darkest Powers book 1) – Kelley Armstrong
62. Crimes of the Sarahs – Kristen Tracy
63. A Curse as Dark as Gold – Elizabeth Bunce
64. The Rules of Survival – Nancy Werlin
65. Golden – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
66. Saving Zoe – Alyson Noel

There’s still time to maybe finish one or two more before the year is up!

I failed at one of my resolutions last year: read more classics I never had to read in high school. Only Pride and Prejudice made it past my TBR shelf and into my hands.

And I re-read the Twilight trilogy at least once before Breaking Dawn came out, but I didn’t think it would be fair to include it in the list. I also re-read the entire Vampire Academy series a second time immediately after I finished Shadow Kiss the first time.

What books did you read in 2008? Which ones were your favorites?

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  1. How can you possibly read that many books in a year? I bet I read… twelve… or thirteen. I’m afraid to count. I’m a SLOW reader.

    We share a few. Ink Exchange, Water for Elephants (awesome), I Heart You, You Haunt Me and, I can’t believe this one, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman.

    I’ve also read a few unpublished works for a few writer friends, too. Those are usually my favorites.

    • I average about 50-100 pages a day. I read on my commute, which is only 12 minutes, and I read at night before I go to bed. I often read more than one book at once so I don’t forget it on my nightstand in the morning when I leave for work. I have a photographic memory, so this rarely confuses me unless there are characters in both stories with the same name. Then I tend to mix them up.

      A few of the books on the list were audiobooks, which I just recently discovered. Since then I’ve been listening to audiobooks whenever I walk somewhere (like in the grocery store) and also at work if I am just painting graphics or saving/uploading files. I am the queen of multi-tasking!

      I don’t have kids though, and my bf has his own hobbies, so the only thing to distract me from reading is my own writing, critiquing, and the plethora of television shows I watch. I am often either reading or writing during commercials. Since I create commercials for a living, this is probably bad of me, but whatever!

      I think reading 12 or so books in a year is a great accomplishment! Most adults, I read in a study last year, read 4 or less. Some probably don’t read any.

  2. Awesome!! Love seeing another avid reader. I’m in the middle of book number 70 for this year: Paper Towns by John Green. This week is going to be busy, so it may end up being the last of the year but we’ll see. I might manage to squeeze another one in. 🙂

    Congrats on such a great list!! 🙂

  3. Wow, Shana! That’s a great list.

    I’ve read a handful of the same ones, not many, but Let’s Get Lost by Sarra Manning would definitely make my top ten this year.

    I have no idea how many I read this year and one of my goals for 2009 is to keep track!!!

    • I keep track on Facebook using the Visual Bookshelf application. It saves everything in the order I read it in. The only thing I had to do was figure out which book was first in 2008 because my 2007 list is on there too. To do that, I went through my emails to you and found one from January 6 where I told you about some of the books I read in Florida that week. So you helped me compile this, indirectly! (And of course, you have to manually update on Facebook or else there’s no point, but I got in the habit of logging my reads as soon as I finish a book.) I am going to look into another tracking site like Good Reads or Shelfari. Something that will give me a widget to display what I’m currently reading on the side of the blog!

      Let’s Get Lost was one of the ones I kept putting in the top 10 and taking out. Ultimately, I took it out because I couldn’t really remember much of the plot, and to me that’s not the marking of a favorite book. I usually remember every detail about a book I love. I remember much more about Guitar Girl and I read that an entire year before Let’s Get Lost.

      • I’m on Good Reads, but I keep forgetting to go back and update. I’m not sure if there is a widget for it. If there is, that could help remind me. Maybe I’ll look into that!

        • That’s what I like about facebook, it displays the info on your wall and sends out a news feed so you have to keep it updated. Also, facebook emails you if you’ve been reading a book for too long and reminds you to update.

          I have all my books logged at either Shelfari or Library Thing, i can’t remember, but I kept forgetting to update the last few there (plus I really can’t remember WHICh site I put the list on). I didn’t like their widget though. It didn’t give me the controls I wanted.

  4. Hey, that’s a great idea – sharing book lists. 🙂 I’ll bump tomorrow’s usual book discussion for the list of books I’ve read this year. Stop by tomorrow if you’d like to see my list! 🙂

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