Friday, January 2, 2009

Books Read in 2008

This is the list of books I read in 2008, in the order that I read them. For an explanation of my rating system, see here.

The Green Man by Kingsley Amis (out of print; 3/5)

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (4/5)

The 39 Steps by John Buchan (3/5)

Anne Frank’s Diary by Anne Frank (3/5)

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (3.5/5)

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (4/5)

Dreamers of the Day by Mary Russell (reviewed
here; 2/5)

The First Salute by Barbara Tuckman (3/5)

The Human Factor by Graham Greene (3.5/5)

Scavenger Reef by Lawrence Shames (reviewed
here; 3.5/5)

Silas Marner by George Elliott (3/5)

Ex Libris by Ross King (3/5)

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (reviewed
here; 4.5/5)

Foreigners by Caryl Phillips (reviewed
here; 2.5/5)

A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming (3.5/5)

Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes by Howard Lenhoff (reviewed
here; 3/5)

Fascination by William Boyd (3/5)

The Shack by William Young (notes
here; 4/5)

Best Interests by George Mead (unpublished manuscript)

The World to Come by Dara Horn (3.5/5)

Naked by David Sedaris (3/5)

Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl (3.5/5)

Power to the People by Laura Ingraham (3/5)

Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl (3/5)

Jeeves in the Morning by P.G. Wodehouse (a.k.a. Joy in the Morning; 3.5/5)

The Bone People by Keri Hume (reviewed
here; winner of the Booker Prize; 3.5/5)

A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch (notes
here; 4/5)

The Motive by
John Lescroart (3.5/5)

Worst Case Scenario by Joshua Piven (2/5)

Returning to Earth by
Jim Harrison (3.5/5)

The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever (reviewed
here; winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; 3.5/5)

How to Find Morels by Milan Pelouch (reviewed
here; 4/5)

Cocktail Time by P.G. Wodehouse (3/5)

The Confession by Olen Steinhauer (3.5/5)

Look Great, Feel Great by Joyce Meyer (reviewed
here; 3/5)

The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (3.5/5)

Hard Times by Charles Dickens (reviewed
here; 3.5/5)

Bad Luck and Trouble by
Lee Child (3/5)

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe (reviewed
here; on the Modern Library Top 100 list for nonfiction; 3/5)

Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy (reviewed
here; 3/5)

Crescent City by Belva Plain (reviewed
here; 2.5/5)

The Big Oyster by Mark Kudansky (3/5)

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (4/5)

The History of Love by Nicoli Krauss (4/5)

How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge (reviewed
here; on the Anthony Burgess list; 4/5)

Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black by Nadine Gordimer (reviewed
here; 3/5)

Jeeves and the Old School Chum by P.G. Wodehouse (3/5)

The Suspect by
John Lescroart (3.5/5)

Thank You Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (3.5/5)

Franklin and Lucy by Joseph Pescipo (reviewed
here and here; 3.5/5)

Dear Zoe by Philip Beard (3/5)

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (reviewed
here; 4/5)

The Size of the World by Joyce Silber (reviewed
here; 2.5/5)

Boomsday by Christopher Buckley (3/5)

Off to the Side by
Jim Harrison (4/5)

Sick as a Parrot by Liz Evans (3/5)

Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler (4.5/5)

The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse (3.5/5)

The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg (3/5)

Hallam’s War by Elizabeth Payne Rosen (reviewed
here; 2/5)

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (4/5)

The Trial by Franz Kafka (2/5)

O, How the Wheel Becomes It by Anthony Powell (3.5/5)

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (reviewed
here; 3/5)

Bridge of Sighs by Olen Steinhauer (3.5/5)

The Cossacks by Leo Tolstoy (3/5)

Resistance Fighter by Jorgen Keiler (reviewed
here; 3.5/5)

Errors and Omissions by Paul Goldstein (3/5)

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (3/5)

The Fracture Zone by Simon Winchester (3/5)

Decorating Journal by Nina Campbell (3/5)

The House of Mondavi by Julia Flynn Siler (reviewed
here; 3.5/5)

The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie (3/5)

America, America by Ethan Cannin (reviewed
here; 3.5/5)

John Paul the Great by Peggy Noonan (4/5)

Night by Elie Wiesel (4/5)

Neon Rain by James Lee Burke (3.5/5)

Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn (2.5/5)

Siddartha by Herman Hesse (reviewed
here; 2/5)

Terrorist by John Updike (3.5/5)

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (4/5)

The Wonder Spot by Melissa Banks (3/5)

7 Wheelchairs by Gary Presley (reviewed
here and here; 3/5)

Candide by Voltaire (2.5/5)

Country Living 500 Quick & Easy Decorating Projects & Ideas by Dominique DeVito (3/5)

House Beautiful 500 Sensational Ways to Create Your Ideal Home by Kate Sloan (3/5)

John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand by Richard Reeves (reviewed
here and
here; 3/5)

The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (3.5/5)

Cut to the Chase by Stuart Levine (3/5)

The Spirit of the Place by Samuel Shem (reviewed
here; 2.5/5)

Everyman by Philip Roth (3/5)

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver (3.5/5)

Moby Dick by Herman Melville (reviewed
here; 4/5)

The English Major by
Jim Harrison (reviewed here and here; 3.5/5)

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (2.5/5)

Kane and Able by Jeffery Archer (3/5)

The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy (3/5)

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane (3/5)

Absolute Zero
by Chuck Logan (3/5)

To the Hilt by Dick Francis (3/5)

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler (3/5)

Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome Jerome (3/5)

Heaven’s Prisoners by James Lee Burke (3.5/5)

Abbeville by John Fowler (reviewed
here; 3/5)

Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson (winner of the
National Book Award; 4/5)

Station Wagon in Spain by Frances Parkington Keyes (3/5)

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (3/5)

The Islands of Divine Music by John Addiego (reviewed
here and here; 3.5/5)

West with the Night by Beryl Markham (on the Modern Library Top 100 nonfiction list; 3.5/5)

Creating a Class by Mitchell Stevens (4/5)

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (3/5)

Living in the Arts and Crafts Style by Charlotte Kelley (3/5)

In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld (reviewed
here; 2.5/5)

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (5/5)

Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens (2.5/5)

Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard (reviewed
here and here; 3.5/5)

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud (notes here; 3/5)

Murder Alfresco by Nadine Gordon (3/5)

So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson (reviewed
here; 3.5/5)

The Lambs of London by Dan Ackroyd (3/5)

Justice Denied by Marci Hamilton (reviewed here; 3.5/5))

The Facts by Philip Roth (3.5/5)

Villages by John Updike (3/5)

The Amish Cook at Home by Lovina Eicher (3/5)

Nothing to Lose by
Lee Child (3/5)

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (winner of the
Booker Prize; 4.5/5)

Tomorrow by Graham Swift (3/5)


  1. A nice variety of books here. I've read:
    Anne Frank’s Diary
    The Human Factor
    On Chesil Beach
    The Bone People
    The History of Love
    Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black
    The Trial
    The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
    In Hovering Flight
    A Drink Before the War
    The Lambs of London
    The Remains of the Day

    And I have Water for Elephants and Bridge of Sighs in my stacks tbr.
    I read your rating system. I used to have an explanation of ratings on my blog but removed it, I'm not sure why. For me, if a book doesn't merit 4 or 5 stars out of five, I probably won't read it as I know there are better stories out there. I posted a Read in 2008 list too. I'm glad I kept track. Happy reading in 2009.

  2. You read so many books and follow so many blogs! Thank you for commenting.

    Interestingly, we overlapped on some of my favorites (Chesil Beach, Yiddish Policemen's Union) and least favorites (The Trial, Siddartha). I looks forward to spending time on your blog, reading about the others.

    Happy reading in 2009!


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