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2008 Year In Review

“What I loved most about books was their promise, the anticipation of what lay between the covers, waiting to be found.”
Blind Submission – Debra Ginsberg

Number of Books Read: 60
Novels: 23
Novellas: 2
YA and Children’s: 33
Short Story collections/anthologies: 2   (I need to work on this)
Rereads: 11   (9 novels, 2 short stories)
Favorite novella: The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
Favorite short story: The Faery Handbag – Kelly Link

First Book Read: A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin
Last Book Read: Marley & Me – John Grogan

Top 10 Books Read

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The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
The Sugar Queen – Sarah Addison Allen
The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch (Gentleman Bastards Book 1)
The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles Book 1)
The Meaning of Night – Michael Cox
The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch (Gentleman Bastards Book 2)
A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)
The Red Necklace – Sally Gardner

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Favorite authors discovered in 2008

John Connolly
Scott Lynch
Patrick Rothfuss
Andrzej Sapkowski
Sally Gardner
Delia Sherman

2008 was a great reading year compared to 2007 (60 books read vs. 23 books read). And for the most part I adhered to my “creed” of quality over quantity. I read some amazing novels and discovered some new favorite authors.

Must Reads of 2009

There are too many books on my list of books to read next year to list them all, but I have managed to “narrow” the list down to 25 that I definitely want to read before the year is out. Click here to view my list.

What say ye, BW’s?

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