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:
- The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson
- Ptolemy’s Gate, Jonathan Stroud
- Kushiel’s Mercy, Jacqueline Carey
- The Hours, Michael Cunningham
- Nefertiti and The Heretic Queen, both by Michelle Moran
- When We Were Romans, Matthew Kneale
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- The Hero and the Crown, Robin McKinley
- Bel Canto, Ann Patchett (to be reviewed in January)
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?