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The Best Books of 2008?

January 8, 2009

It was bound to happen. Booking Through Thursday asks for the Best Books of 2008.

I never know how to answer questions looking for the absolute best.  I can say with certainty that I read a wider array of books than I might have if I weren’t working as a book reviewer.  And, although I didn’t always enjoy the specific books, I loved the challenge of thinking through the reviews, and articulating what I did and didn’t like.

So, becoming a book reviewer and book blogger, I think, was the best change for 2008 for me.

That said, some of the books I really loved in 2008.

Listening Is An Act of Love- edited by Dave Isay
Comfort Food- Kate Jacobs
My Most Excellent Year- Steve Kluger
The Handmaid and the Carpenter- Elizabeth Berg
Skulduggery Pleasant- Derek Landry
Bones to Ashes- Kathy Reichs

I know this should be a much longer list because I remember more moments of closing a book I loved. Some were re-reads. And there are dozens of books that almost make this list, because they swept me along. But really, these are the ones that I forced myself to savor, to read slowly. I wanted to keep reading but didn’t want to turn the last page! And in at least one case, I read it twice in a row.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2009 10:50 am

    I enjoyed Bones to Ashes this year too ;0)

  2. January 8, 2009 6:28 pm

    You must read “Serena” by Ron Rash. Best book of the year I believe.

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