books of 2008

A while back I promised a friend that my book list would come back, but would take a new form. As promised, this post includes the unabridged list of books that I read in 2008. The problem with the book list as it stands is that you know nothing about these books except that I read them. For instance you do not know: That Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters is an impressive play on words and worth every minute it takes to read. Or that I listened to The Audacity of Hope, and hearing Barack Obama read his own writing was simply fantastic. Or that another audiobook, Married to a Stranger, was listened to while on a road trip (was out of alternatives), and I highly suggest you avoid the book like it was the flu. Or that Diplomatic Baggage is downright hilarious, though I wonder if it someone who did not live abroad would laugh out loud at this woman’s adventures. Or that A Fine Balance  is outstanding, though definitely does not end on a high note. Do you get my point?

In the future, each book will be its own post, the title of the post being the book’s title. I will not write a lot, but this will form an annotated bibliography of sorts. At bare minimum, you will know if I listened to or read the book, its genre, and whether or not I would recommend the book. These posts will all be filed under the new “books” category. I will continue to read everything from biographies to beach trash, and I hope you enjoy the new format!

the unabridged 2008 book list

Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller

Stone Cold by David Baldacci

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

The Watchman by Robert Crais

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

Brionne by Louis L’Amour

The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman

The Shack by William P. Young

Married to a Stranger by Patricia MacDonald

Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License by Maria Amparo Escandon

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

Wish You Well  by David Baldacci

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

One For the Money by Janet Evanovich

Sunny Chandler’s Return by Sandra Brown

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The Friendship of Women by Joan D. Chittister

Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungle of World War II by Darlene Deibler Rose

The Kite Runner by Khaleed Hosseini

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcom Gladwell

Empire Settings by David Schmahmann

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters  by Mark Dunn

Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse by Brigid Keenan

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLauglin & Nicola Kraus

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason