Melody
Wow, is 2008 coming to an end already? Looking back, I think I did quite well with my reading for this year, considering I read only 56 books last year! It definitely seems there is a vast improvement to me, and of course I need to mention that having some time off from work definitely helps with my reading too.

Below is a list of the books I read this year. I am currently reading Lion's Bride by Iris Johansen, and although I started reading it last Friday, I am not sure if I am able to finish it before the year ends... so we shall see.

The asterisk noted are books that are shortlisted for my 'Book of the Year', which I will be posting in a few days' time. I am not even sure if I could name just one favourite book for this year, since all of them are my favourites anyway. Who knows? I might list a favourite book for each genre instead...

January Reads
1. Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts
2. The Treatment by Mo Hayder *
3. The Italian Billionaire's Christmas Miracle by Catherine Spencer
4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
5. Little Face by Sophie Hannah
6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini *
7. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
8. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
9. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

February Reads
10. Next to Die by Marliss Melton
11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
12. First Drop by Zoe Sharp
13. My Lover's Lover by Maggie O'Farrell
14. The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi *
15. Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald *

March Reads
16. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
17. Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson *
18. Thigh High by Christina Dodd
19. Just For You! by Christine Leeson
20. The Strawberry Picker by Monika Feth
21. The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
22. Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg *

April Reads
23. The Mercenary by Cherry Adair
24. The Millionaire's Convenient Bride by Catherine George
25. Talking In Your Sleep by Samantha Hunter
26. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly *
27. Away by Amy Bloom
28. Loved Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos *
29. The Ghost Library by David Melling
30. Dingo by Charles de Lint
31. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale *
32. Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
33. Hell Island by Matthew Reilly
34. Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman *
35. Death's Door by Quintin Jardin

May Reads
36. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
37. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale *
38. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
39. One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
40. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
41. Fire and Ice by Anne Stuart
42. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield *

June Reads
43. Down to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese
44. The Summer Jenny Fell In Love by Barbara Conklin
45. Dagger-Star by Elizabeth Vaughan
46. No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay *
47. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
48. Massie by Lissi Harrison
49. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen *
50. The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani *

July Reads
51. The Greek Tycoon's Defiant Bride by Lynne Graham
52. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
53. InterWorld by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
54. The Ring by Jorge Molist
55. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
56. Body Language by Suzanne Brockmann
57. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

August Reads
58. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
59. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
60. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
61. Meet Delaney by Jackie Mahaney
62. In the Woods by Tana French *
63. Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger

September Reads
64. The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
65. Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason
66. The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason
67. Sky Burial by Xinran
68. When Twilight Burns by Colleen Gleason
69. Flashpoint by Jill Shalvis

October Reads
70. The Likeness by Tana French *
71. Out by Natsuo Kirino *
72. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman *
73. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
74. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
75. What the Lady Wants by Jennifer Crusie
76. Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Potter

November Reads
77. The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein
78. Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka
79. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
80. Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
81. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
82. Fangland by John Marks

December Reads
83. Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
84. Wild for Him by Janelle Denison
85. Dewey:The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron
86. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
87. Christmas Getaway by Anne Stuart, Tina Leonard & Marion Lennox
88. Lion's Bride by Iris Johansen
16 Responses
  1. Alice Teh Says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful year of reading, Melody!

    I shall be posting mine soon in the next few days (most likely on Dec 31). :D


  2. Melody Says:

    I did, Alice! I hope next year will be even better! :D

    And I can't wait to see your reading list!


  3. Stephanie Says:

    That's a lot of books! Looks like a superb year of reading!! Good luck in 2009!


  4. Nymeth Says:

    I'm tempted to "cheat" and so several lists instead of a single one too :P Here's to another great reading year!


  5. violetcrush Says:

    hmmm...lets see.

    I have read only Kite Runner and P.S I Love you from your list. How sad is that?

    But i have these books in my TBR: Fragile things, The thirteenth tale, Northanger Abbey

    I have Briar Rose, The Handmaid's Tale and sky burial on my wishlist. Actually all these books in my wishlist are not available in any of the bookstores here. I am trying my best, I'll get them someday :)

    Those are some great books in your list, me thinks :)


  6. Cmate Says:

    That's a lot of books!


  7. It is hard to believe it's the end of the year already. You read an amazing amount of books, Melody. I think my reading this year actually fell off a bit. I look forward to finding out what your Book of the Year will be!


  8. naida Says:

    wow, great books!
    some of those are in my TBR.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/


  9. Melody Says:

    Stephanie - This year is a good reading year for me! I'm hoping I'll read as many or better next year! ;)

    Nymeth - I love your lists! And here's to another great reading year! :D

    Violet - Thanks! :) I understand it's very frustrating not to get the books we want. I'm hoping you'll find them easily soon!

    Cmate - I'm hoping to read more next year! There're a lot of bookblogger friends who read more than me!

    Wendy - Sadly my reading challenges falls behind, haha. But overall I'm happy that I've a great reading year this year. :)

    Naida - I'm hoping to read your reviews on them soon! :)


  10. Ladytink_534 Says:

    I'm not really looking forward to doing this lol...


  11. Melody Says:

    Jen - Oh, you should do it!! I can't wait to see yours, hehe.


  12. Iliana Says:

    Looks like a great reading year! I know some of these I've read and some, thanks to you I'm sure, are now on my wish list :)


  13. Melody Says:

    Iliana - It's a great reading year for me, but I'm hoping to do better in 2009! ;) And I'm glad to hear that some of my books are on your wishlist! :)


  14. Trish Says:

    Happy New Year Melody! First I want to thank you for the very sweet awards you passed on a few weeks ago. I'm just getting on to my reader for the first time in 2 weeks, so I'm really back logged. Anyway, it really means a lot. :)

    Second, what a fantastic year for you!! Some of the ones you starred are on my short list for favorite books or on my TBR.


  15. mariel Says:

    Wow that's a great year of reading Melody! Some really good books in there. Happy new year and another year of great books!


  16. Melody Says:

    Trish - Happy New Year to you too! And you're most welcome regarding the awards. :)

    Mariel - I'm hoping 2009 will be better! ;P Happy New Year to you and here's to another great year of reading for all of us!