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Year in Review: 2008

I read about 10 or so more books than last year with very few re-reads. 38 books and 7 short stories. There were also about 6 full textbooks. The best books all year were definitely Restoration by Rose Tremain, Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, Fay by Larry Brown, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind.

The worst? The Religion by Nicholas Conde. Everything else was pretty good. Not A+ all the way, but I was better for having read them.

I failed the Alphabet Challenge but only by a few letters. I lost motivation into the new school semester and just couldn't get through the books on my "letter list." It was, however, fun to do so I plan on trying it again in 2009.


The Science of Dune by Kevin L. Grazier PhD
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (the original Penny Dreadful)
Beowulf (Graphic novel) Neil Gaiman/Roger Avery
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
Fay by Larry Brown
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye
Restoration by Rose Tremain
Theogony and The Works and the Days by Hesiod
Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs (this rocked!)
Confessions of a Pagan Nun by Kate Horsley
Prince Caspien by C.S. Lewis
The Cotton Club by Jim Haskins
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis
Jansen's History of Art
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
Ink by Terisa Green PhD
The Religion by Nicholas Conde
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Zen and the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigal
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones
Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
Agnes of God by John Pielmeir
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (obviously a re-read)
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCoulogh (re-read)
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Sundays with Vlad by Paul Bibeau
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Short Stories/Essays

The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
Media Control by Noam Chompsky
Frank Sinatra Has a Cold by Gay Talese
Metzengerstein by E.A. Poe
A Tale of Jerusalem by E.A. Poe
MS Found in a Bottle by E.A. Poe
The Letter "A" by Christy Brown


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Dec. 30th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
LOL! I was just about to post my list! :P

Yours is quite impressive! :D Quite a year of reading for you!
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