Monday, December 29, 2008

My 2008 Reading List

At the beginning of the year I purposed to read 52 books. Well, I fell a little short, what with planning a wedding, getting married, moving, and all. :) However, I did complete 42 books.

So here's my list:

Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf by Sonya Hartnett
All Rivers Flow to the Sea by Alison McGhee
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
I Am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak
Atonement by Ian McEwen
When Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper
Rereadings edited by Anne Fadiman
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Robbing the Bees by Holly Bishop
The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
Writers on Writing Vol. 1
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
The Prophets Speak of Him by Anthony Selvaggio
For Women Only by Shanti Feldham
Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me by Andree Seu
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
Rumpole and the Primrose Path by John Mortimer
Underfoot in Show Business by Helene Hanff
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl
P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
At Large and At Small by Anne Fadiman
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Sheet Music by Kevin Leman
The Lost Cosmonaut by Daniel Kalder
Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. McKinnon
Looking for Anne of Green Gables by Irene Gammel
Shark Fins and Sichuan Peppers by Fuschia Dunlop
The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris
The September Society by Charles Finch
Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Fuzz and Pluck: Splitsville by Ted Stearn
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I realize that there still remains two days in 2008, but I won't be finishing any more books. I love reading a variety of books, so this list is a mixture of young adult, fiction, and non-fiction books. As well as old and new books. Peruse the list and enjoy, maybe something will pique your interest! If you're interesting in me writing up a brief synopsis/review of a particular book, leave me a comment and I'll try to do that in a post soon. Happy Reading!


Hannah Furst said...

I recently saw your post about reading Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française. I wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about Nemirovsky's life, work, and legacy that opened on September 24, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site

The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. To book a group tour, please contact Tracy Bradshaw at 646.437.4304 or Please visit our website at for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

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jeremy said...

Hanna Furst, quit copying a pasting your form letter on everyones blog.Googling pulls up your same copy and paste shtick everywhere. Keep your advertising to yourself.

jeremy said...

I would be interested in a book review for the SJCPL page. You are a great writer.

Heather L. said...

Thanks for the list -- have printed it for future reference. :) I've just made my goal for the year -- we'll see if it happens again next year. :) Fortunately, I don't have as much time for reading as I used to.

Beth Fehlbaum, Author said...

I invite you to consider reading my debut novel, Courage in Patience, in 2009! Thanks!
Beth Fehlbaum, author
Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse
Ch. 1 is online!

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I'm going to go get John Piper's book from your list soon! Thanks for the excellent reading list.

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