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The Best Books of 2008 – According to You

During a fairly recent Booking Through Thursday, we were asked to list our favorite books of 2008. I mentioned that if people left their favorite books of 2008 in the comments, I would compile a list and post it for you (if you don’t see a book here that you loved but you left a comment saying, “Come check out my post!”, well then it’s because I did go check out your post but it was too difficult to copy and paste your list intoΒ this postΒ for whatever reason. So next time? Just leave me a list in the comments, otherwise I start banging my head on the keyboard and it’s just not pretty. I only have so much time to do the compiling. Don’t make me work for it. Thanks! πŸ™‚ ).

ANYWAY, I had every intention of doing really cool things with this list. Like putting authors with all the books. And linking all the books to Amazon (easier than trying to find the review in the various bloggers’ blogs). And noting what genre the book was. But this kind of thing takes hours, hours which I don’t have anymore. So I’m giving up and just presenting you with what I’ve accumulated. It’s not beautiful, but it is what it is.

Beware…you probably won’t be able to look at this list without having to add books to your TBR list. Mwahahaha!!

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
  • Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  • Battle Cry of Freedom – James McPherson
  • Mayflower – Nathaniel Philbrick
  • No Time for Goodbye – Linwood Barclay
  • Shape of Mercy – Susan Meissner
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • The Vintner’s Luck – Elizabeth Knox
  • American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  • Un Lun Dun – China Mieville
  • A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  • Duma Key – Stephen King
  • Up Till Now – William Shatner
  • The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • The Swallows of Kabul – Yasmina Khadra
  • Village of Stone – Xiaolu Guo
  • Disobedience – Naomi Alderman
  • Memory – Philippe Grimbert
  • Through Black Spruce – Joseph Boyden
  • The Lizard Cage – Karen Connelly
  • Me and Emma – Elizabeth Flock
  • The Boys in the Trees – Mary Swan
  • Night Train to Lisbon – Pascal Mercier
  • Breath – Tim Winton
  • The Whalestoe Letters – Mark Z. Danielewski
  • Ten Thousand Lovers – Edeet Ravel
  • City of Thieves – David Benioff
  • The Door – Magda Szabo
  • Detective Story – Imre Kertesz
  • A Pigeon and a Boy – Meir Shalev
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
  • The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga
  • Home – Marilynne Robinson
  • The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry
  • Guernica – David Boling
  • What Was Lost – Catherine O’Flynn
  • Sorry – Gail Jones
  • Offshore – Penelope Fitzgerald
  • The Dawning of the Day – Haim Sabato
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Sea of Poppies
  • The Road
  • Outliers
  • Freakonomics
  • there is no me without you
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Absalom, Absalom
  • Disgrace
  • The Book Thief
  • In Defense of Food
  • Man of the House
  • Love Walked In
  • The Big Four
  • Brisingr
  • Endless Night
  • Farworld: Water Keep
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • This Present Darkness
  • Here, There Be Dragons
  • Lady Susan
  • That Hideous Strength
  • Codex 632
  • The Praise of Folly
  • A Pocket Full of Rye
  • Eragon
  • A Flaw in the Blood
  • The Gone-Away World – Nick Harkaway
  • Little Brother – Cory Doctorow
  • How To Ditch Your Fairy – Justine Larbalestier
  • The Likeness – Tana French
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
  • and Annie Barrows
  • Parnassus on Wheels – Christopher Morley
  • Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
  • AΒ Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson
  • Tomato Girl – Jayne Pupek
  • Mudbound – Hillary Jordan
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
  • The Wreckage – Michael Crummy
  • Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  • You Went Away – Timothy Findley
  • Mostly Happy – Pam Bustin
  • The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  • The Road
  • Interpreter of Maladies
  • The Senator’s Wife
  • Annie Dunne
  • Last Night at the Lobster
  • The Future of Love – Shirley Abbott
  • Letter from Point Clear – Dennis McFarland
  • Finding Nouf – ZoΓ« Ferraris
  • The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
  • The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian – Marina Lewycka
  • The Dreyfus Affair – Peter Lefcourt
  • Kansas in August – Patrick Gale
  • The Year of Fog – Michelle Richmond
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson (Young Adult)
  • A Bride Most Begrudging – Deeanne Gist (Inspirational Romance)
  • Austenland – Shannon Hale (Chick Lit)
  • Cook’s Treasure – Jennifer Cooper (Romance)
  • Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon (Historical Fiction)
  • Finding Hope – Brenda Coulter (Romance)
  • Mansfield Park – Jane Austen (Classic, Romance)
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (Classic, Romance)
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (Classic, Romance)
  • Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen (Classic, Romance)
  • Spiderweb for Two – Elizabeth Enright (Childrens)
  • The Broken Window – Jeffery Deaver (Suspense)
  • The Sleeping Doll – Jeffery Deaver (Suspense)
  • I Am the Messenger – Markus Zusak
  • The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs
  • Lamb – Christopher Moore
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollen
  • East of Eden – John Steinbeck

But to make things even more interesting, do you have any books that you’ve read since January 1st that you’re sure will be a favorite of the year? I have a few already, like The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver. So what’s captured your attention so far this year?


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