Saturday, January 03, 2009

2008 Reading

I read a lot this year. A lot. 217 books. But I read a lot of middle grade and YA books, not to mention the cozy mysteries. The breakdown:

132 tagged as Mystery
42 tagged as Juvenile

Here are some standouts for 2008:

When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson
Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
The Empress of Weehawken by Irene Dische (an Early Reviewer book from LibraryThing)
Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Master Bedroom by Tessa Hadley (an Early Reviewer book from LibraryThing)
The Matchmaker of Perigord by Julia Stuart

Juvenile Fantasy:
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley
The Ulysses Moore series
Fiendish Deeds by P.J. Bracegirdle (won in a contest from Presenting Lenore

Other Juvenile:
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
The Mysterious Benedict Society books by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Penderwicks books by Jeanne Birdsall

Cozy Mystery (new to me in 2008):
Death of a Cozy Writer by G.M. Mailliet
The Abby & Ophelia mysteries by Shirley Damsgaard
Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum (a review copy from the author)
Kate London series by Susan Goodwill
Kilt Dead by Kaitlyn Dunnett

Cozy Mystery (not new to me in 2008):
Joan Hess's Claire Malloy series
Goodbye, Ms. Chips by Dorothy Cannell
Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series
Jill Churchill's Jane Jeffry series

Not Really Cozy Mystery:
What Looks Like Crazy by Charlotte Hughes
The Bobbie Faye books by Toni McGee Causey
The Spellman Files and Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Jane Austen knock-offs
Captain Wentworth's Diary and Edmund Bertram's Diary by Amanda Grange

I counted up about 10 books I'd classify as Literature. I'd like to read at least one "serious" book a month for 2009, and really, I should be able to do more than that, but with a toddler, I *need* my escapist kids' books and mysteries!


Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

217 books! That is amazing! Congratulations on such a great accomplishment!

Lenore said...

That is a lot of books. I started 2008 slow so I'm aspiring to your heights this year.