Friday, March 13, 2009

Books Read in 2008

My goal this past year was to read 100 books (or more!) and... drumroll please! I managed to read only 98.

Rats.

I was close. So close!
*shakes fist at sky*

I did include on the list a few books (a very few) that I only skimmed and a few very easy chapter books written for kids.

I did not include picture books. I'm sure if I included those, I'd have over a thousand, as I sometimes read well over a hundred picture books in a month for my job.

I read several series last year that I really enjoyed, mostly about vampires. Twilight, Vampire Academy, Sookie Stackhouse, House of Night, War of the Spider Queen (technically, this last isn't about vampires, but drow, still, they are evil creatures of the night).

Will I ever read over a hundred novels in a year? I just don't know. Maybe not? I really pushed myself this past year and I think I would have had more fun if I'd paced myself a little more. Maybe one of these years I'll be totting things up and pleasantly surprise myself at the end of the year, but I don't imagine I'll make as much of a conscious effort again anytime soon.

And, with no further ado, here is the complete list.


January
1 Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
2 Privilege - Ross Douglas Douthat
3 Turnabout - Margaret Haddix
4 The Shephard, The Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog - Dave Barry
5 Women Who Love Too Much - Robin Norwood
6 Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean - Justin Somper
7 Feathers - Jacqueline Woodson
8 The Secret of the Crocodiles - Karen Wallace
9 Escape - Carolyn Jessop and Laura Palmer
10 Beyond the Highland Mist - Karen Marie Moning
11 Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and their employees) - Patrick M. Lencioni
12 Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish - Joe Mackall
13 A Drowned Maiden's Hair - Laura Amy Schlitz
14 I Heart My In-Laws: Falling in Love With His Family... Dina Koutas Poch
15 Extras - Scott Westerfeld

February
16 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village - Laura Amy Schlitz

March
17 The Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Schmidt
18 Emma-Jean Lazurus Fell Out of a Tree - Lauren Tarshis

April
19 The City of Dreaming Books - Walter Moers
20 The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets: An Enola Holmes Mystery - Nancy Springer
21 Silent Partner: A Memoir of my Marriage - Dina Matos McGreevey
22 So Yesterday - Scott Westerfeld
23 DramaCon 1 - Svetlana Chmakova
24 DramaCon 2 - Svetlana Chmakova
25 DramaCon 3 - Svetlana Chmakova
26 The Trap: Selling Out to Stay Afloat in Winner-Take-All America - Daniel Brook
27 Helping the Difficult Library Patron: New Approaches to Examining and Resolving a Long-Standing and Ongoing Problem - Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah

May
28 Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys - ed. Melissa de la Cruz
29 Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Joan Aiken (re-read)
30 The Host - Stephenie Meyer
31 Living Among Meat Eaters - Carol J. Adams Mongolian
32 Cloud Houses: How to Make a Yurt and Live Comfortably - Dan Frank Kuehn
33 Yurts: Living in the Round - Becky Kemery
34 Big Ideas for Small Spaces - Christine Brun Abdelnour
35 How to Live in Small Spaces - Terence Conran
36 Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs - Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer
37 The Showrunners: A Season Inside the Billion-Dollar Death-Defying, Madcap World of Television's Real Stars - David Wild

June
38 Devil May Cry - Sherrilyn Kenyon
39 Dead Man in Indian Creek - Mary Downing Hahn
40 Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Along with Difficult People - Brandon Toropov
41 The Declaration - Gemma Malley
42 Men Who Can't Love: How to Recognize a Commitment Phobic Man Before He Breaks Your Heart - Steven Carter and Julia Sokol
43 The Quality of Life Report - Meghan Daum
44 True Talents - David Lubar
45 Doing It For Money: The Agony and Ecstasy of Writing and Surviving in Hollywood - Darl G. Nickens

July
46 The Big Book of Candles: Over 40 Step-by-Step Candlemaking Projects - Heaser
47 Adding Character With Architectural Details - Paula Marshall
48 Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride - Helen Halstead
49 Sterkarm Kiss - Susan Price
50 Celebrity Detox - Rosie O'Donnell
51 Marked - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
52 The Sea Trolls - Nancy Farmer
53 Betrayed - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
54 Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
55 Little Brother - Cory Doctorow

August
56 My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru - Tim Guest
57 It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff - Peter Walsh
58 My Misspent Youth - Meghan Daum
59 Stori Telling - Tori Spelling
60 The Boyfriend Test - Wendy L. Walsh
61 Losing It - Valerie Bertinelli
62 Saffron Days in L.A.: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America - Bhante Wolpola Piyananda
63 Defusing the Angry Patron - Rhea Joyce Rubin

September
64 Unwind - Neal Schusterman
65 Gifts - Ursula K. LeGuin
66 Confessions of a Backup Dancer - Tucker Shaw
67 Audrey Wait! - Robin Benway
68 Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks and Gangstas in the Public Library - Don Borchert
69 How to Organize Just About Everything - Peter Walsh
70 Alice's Birthday Pig - Tim Kennemore
71 Chosen - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
72 Keeping the Night Watch - Hope Anita Smith
73 Does My Head Look Big in This? - Randa Abdel-Fattah
74 How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds 75 Lighter, 10 Times Better - Charla Krupp
75 Dissolution - Richard Lee Byers

October
76 Chasing Vermeer - Blue Balliett
77 Quiet Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian - Scott Douglas
78 Love Hina vol. 1 - Ken Akamatsu
79 The Audacity of Hope - Barack Obama
80 Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
81 Insurrection - Thomas M. Reid
82 Untamed - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
83 A Year in Van Nuys - Sandra Tsing Loh

November
84 Sarah Simpson's Rules for Living - Rebecca Rupp
85 Stopping a Stalker: A Cop's Guide to Making the System Work for You - Robert L. Snow
86 The Mouse Family Robinson - Dick King-Smith
87 Blubberland: The Dangers of Happiness - Elizabeth Farrelly
88 Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
89 When a Lady Misbehaves - Michelle Marcos
90 Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris

December
91 Love Hina vol. 2 - Ken Akamatsu
92 Airhead - Meg Cabot
93 Mother on Fire - Sandra Tsing Loh
94 Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris
95 StarCross - Philip Reeve
96 Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris
97 All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris
98 House Lust - Daniel McGinn

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