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Thursday, July 03, 2008

2008 Wrap Up

What? The year's not over yet? As fast as time flies lately I am surprised to hear that. A few days ago the lovely Janssen posted her half-year mini review wrap up, and since it was such a great idea, I'm stealing it.

As of the end of June I have read 24 books. Here they are with links to my reviews, and with a very brief comment as to what I remember about them.

Books read in 2008:

  1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer- Good, but not worth all the hype. But don't say that on your blog our you'll get some nasty comments.
  2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger- How on earth does a person write this without being incredibly confused all the time. Excellent book.
  3. 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time edited by someone whose name I never went back for. Duh. Forgettable for a book I wanted forever.
  4. Austenland by Shannon Hale. Sweet little tribute to Pride and Prejudice.
  5. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. Vote Obama in 2008!
  6. Everything I Needed to Know About Being a Girl I Learned from Judy Blume, Jennifer O’Connell, editor. Reminded me that I didn't really read that much Judy Blume.
  7. Sex and Sensibility, Genevieve Fields, editor. Reminded me that I didn't have much of a single life.
  8. Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Book 1 of Harry Dresden. I wasn't quite sold on it yet, he's kinda annoying.
  9. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs. AWESOME. Best new series I'm reading.
  10. In the Midnight Rain by Ruth Wind. Revisiting an old favorite- romance and blues, what more could a girl want?
  11. Moneyball by Michael Lewis. A really interesting book about baseball. I am tempted to read his book Liar's Poker about Wall Street.
  12. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. Dresden book 2, I'm starting to like this wizard.
  13. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Two friends grow up to swap places in the world.
  14. Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. Dresden book 3.
  15. The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke. My first Burke and a eye opening fictional account of New Orleans during and after Katrina.
  16. Dedication by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. High school boyfriend grows up to be a big rock star and write songs about you. Great until the end. I had such hopes.
  17. Candy Girl by Diablo Cody. Average girl becomes a stripper for a year.
  18. Bonk by Mary Roach. What WON'T they study about sex?
  19. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris. Book 2 in a series, girl sees dead people. Wonder if Harris watched The Sixth Sense when she made this one up?
  20. Toddler edited by Jennifer Margulis. My life in book form.
  21. 1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose. Non-fiction account of life after Katrina. Horrifying and depressing and something everyone should read a little bit of.
  22. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher. Book 4 of Dresden and I jumped right into book 5.
  23. Helping Me Help Myself by Beth Lisick. Do self-help books really work? It would appear not.
  24. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Best book I've read yet in 2008, I think. The writing is spectacular. Review to come!
So there you have it, a half year in review. What have you read so far? Have we read any of the same books so that I need to go read your review?


  1. I've read a few of those this year as well - Twilight, Austenland, and the Dresden ones. I wasn't that impressed with Twilight either, but loved the others. Sounds like I need to check out the Patricia Briggs series. =)

  2. Jennifer, it really is a great series. The first one is Moon Called.

  3. I like this half a year wrap up thing. Maybe I'll steal the idea from YOU! :)

    The only one that we've both read that I reviewed was Snow Flower. I also read the first three you listed, but that was before bloggin' times. I'll hold off on a nasty comment to you about Twilight! :) (Actually, I love to hear what people have say about it when they didn't like it all that much.)

  4. Looks like you have had a good year. I have read a few of these two and have been wondering about Twilight.

  5. Thanks. It'll go on the list!

  6. I'll have to add Austenland and Iron Kissed and Speak to my TBR list. I really enjoyed Twilight (don't worry, I won't leave a nasty comment!) and The Time Traveler's Wife.

  7. I love the Time Traveler's Wife! One of my favorite books of all time. It's just a really smart book. 'Wow' was exactly my reaction. I don't know how she did it =P. I was blown away. I thought of the characters long after I finished the book. Like they're really alive and their pains were real.

  8. Great list! :) Fun to see what you've been reading - I'll definitely be adding a few of those to my list.

  9. I've got a signed copy of 1 Dead in the Attic. I'm lucky enough to get to read Chris Rose's column here in NOLA :D

  10. mee, I thought about TTW long after finishing it. Occasionally little snippets of the plot come back to me now. It was really great.

    NOLAdawn, 1 Dead in Attic made a real impression on me, particularly at the end when he is talking about his depression. Do you have any other New Orleans recs?


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