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The Best of 2008

I’ve been seeing these posts everywhere, so it’s my turn!  My list was extremely difficult to compose.  I thought to do a best of each genre for a while, but in short, it was too hard!  Instead I have multiple genres included here.  So, the 10 new to me books I loved most in 2008, in no particular order:

And only one non-fiction book got the 5-star rating.  That was John Adams by David McCullough. This was definitely the best pop history work I read all year and I think it deserves a read for anyone who is interested in American history.

This list has informed me that my best reading months were the summer ones and that despite my flow of ARCs, I really enjoy the books I choose for myself the most.  It was hard to narrow down these 11 out of 184, but I think that shows I’ve had a great reading year.  See my post on the sidebar for everything I’ve read in 2008.

Finally, Happy New Year!  I can’t wait to start keeping track of books for 2009.  Starting a new list is exciting and intimidating at the same time.  Who knows what the new year will bring?


9 comments to The Best of 2008

  • It sounds like you had a great reading year, Meghan. Nefertiti made my top ten list too. There are a few others on your list I’m looking forward to reading at some point in the future.

    Have a Happy New Year!

  • This looks like a really good list. I know that I will be bookmarking lots of best of lists for future reference. Happy New Year and happy reading in 2009.

  • I have only read one of your favorite books from last year – Bel Canto – and I agree that it was really good. Have a Happy New Year! I’m hoping to get a chance to look back at 2008 on Friday – when I’m home and my kids are at day care (how luxurious is that???)

  • Great reading list. I too like picking my own books, which is why I don’t do ARCs.

    Happy New Year, happy studies, happy reading!

  • I have both Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen sitting in my TBR pile. I’ve got to make time to read them. Happy New Year!

  • Looks like a great list. Happy New Year and I hope 2009 gives you as much (if not more!) great reads!

  • I read a few of the books on your top list too – and I agree with your choices. Happy New Year!

  • I’m not doing a “year in review”, but I’m enjoying reading everyone else’s lists!

    I have a few of your favorites in my wish list, *Guernsey* and *When We Were Romans*.

    I’m right with you on *Bel Canto* and *John Adams*, wonderful books, both of them.

  • Wanted to drop in and wish you a Happy New Year! I meant to this on the first, but the book challenges have me stretched too thin. I was thinking it would ease up over the next few days, but now I don’t know. I signed up for a mess load of them!

    Anyway, wanted to wish you the best in 2009!