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It’s a week or two later than you’d expect, and it may be almost a trite question, but … what were your favorite books from 2008?

(It’s an oldie but a goodie question for a reason, after all … because, who can’t use good book suggestions from time to time?)

Here are some of my favourite reads from 2008:

My 'Book(s) of the Year'

Fiction & Literature

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Mango Season by Amulya Malladi
Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald
Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg (Click here for more details.)
Loved Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

Mystery & Crime/Thrillers

The Treatment by Mo Hayder
Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
In the Woods by Tana French
The Likeness by Tana French (Click here for more details.)
Out by Natsuo Kirino
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Feast of Souls by C.S. Friedman (Click here for more details.)
Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

So what are your favourite reads in 2008?

25 Responses
  1. Sandra Says:

    I loved The Kite Runner too. The Mango Season sounds good,I enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale, and I intend to read the two Tana French books this year. I'm enjoying the responses to this question. Happy reading in 2009.

  2. Dot Says:

    I loved the Kite Runner and No Time for Goodbye too! I have not heard of the Neil Gaiman book but it is on quite a few people's lists so I shall have to investigate! Happy New Year!

  3. Beth F Says:

    Thirteenth Tale is on my list today too!

    I know I have to get to Shannon Hale. I'm determined to read one of her books in 2009.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I loved Kite Runner too, it's one of my all time fav's, but I read it in 2007 if in case you noticed it's not in my list.

    'Out' sounds good. I can't help but notice that you have reviewed all the books. I am going to try and do that this year too.

  5. Kathy W Says:

    I really want to read Neil Gaimans newest book. I've heard its really good. Great list. Hope you have a great day.

  6. Amat Libris Says:

    I loved The Thirteenth Tale - it just missed out being on my top ten fiction list. And I must get hold of something by Shannon Hale soon.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I've not read any of these. It's interesting to see the variety on everyone's lists!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    The Likeness is on its way to me!

    2008 Top reads

    2008 review post

  9. Alice Says:

    I wanted to list The Kite Runner but I read it in 2007 so it's not 'fair' to list it in 2008. LOL.

    Great list, Melody!

  10. Anonymous Says:

    I wanted to read the Kite Runner but I am not sure I'd be able to get into it. Great list of books :)

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Great list. Happy BTT.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    I have posted my selections for 2008 on New Year's Eve. Love Walks In and The Mango Season both sound good!

    Best New Fiction 2008

    The Future of Love, Shirley Abbott
    Letter from Point Clear, Dennis McFarland
    Finding Nouf, Zoë Ferraris
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
    The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

    Best Backlist Fiction

    The Birds Fall Down, Rebecca West
    The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett
    A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka
    The Dreyfus Affair, Peter Lefcourt
    Kansas in August, Patrick Gale

  13. Robin M Says:

    I surprisingly enjoyed Thirteenth Tale. Couldn't get through Sacred Cows. Look forward to reading The Graveyard book.

    Have fun reading.


  14. Loved the Kite Runner and his new book "A Thousand Splendid Suns" although I found the second story unrelentingly sad.

    Thirteenth Tale is also fantastic.

    Other books I enjoyed this year:
    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
    This House of Sky
    The Egg and I
    The Highest Tide

  15. Debi Says:

    Man, I've only read three of those...but have quite a few on my wish list (because of you!).

    I actually haven't looked over the list of what I've read, but off the top of my head, I'd probably have to say my favorites were:
    Looking for Alaska
    Ender's Game
    The Graveyard Book
    The Goose Girl
    Life Artist

  16. The Bookworm Says:

    great list Melody :) I have some of these in my TBR. And I'll be reading Blind Submission since you raved about it ;)

  17. Julia Says:

    Great list, Melody! And again, look like am the odd one out, again.

    Good luck on reading this year :)

  18. Melody Says:

    Sandra - I loved this week's question, even though I've done this end of last year. I hope you'll enjoy Tana French's books. :)

    Dot - Oh, you've to try reading Neil Gaiman's books! He's one of the best! Happy New Year to you too! :)

    Beth - I love Shannon Hale's books! She's one of my favourite authors.

    Violet - It seems like The Kite Runner is popular among the lists here! ;) I'm glad to hear that you'll try to review all the books you read this year!

    Kathy - I hope you'd read Neil Gaiman's book soon! It's really good. :)

    Coversgirl - The Thirteenth Tale is great! I had almost wanted to list it as my 'Book of the Year'... I'd to admit I read a few good mystery last year!

    Barbara - I enjoyed reading everyone's answers too! :)

  19. Melody Says:

    Gautami - I hope you'll enjoy reading The Likeness!

    Alice - Thanks! I can't wait to see your reading list this year! :)

    Social Frog - It's a good read to me. I'm also looking forward to watching the movie adaptation.

    Charli - Thank you! :)

    Matt - You've a great list there! I'm looking forward to reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,
    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    and A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in the near future.

    Robin - Happy reading to you too! :)

    Jenifer - I want to read A Thousand Splendid Suns! I've heard a lot of raves about it.

    Debi - I'll have to check out those on your lists except The Graveyard Book and The Goose Girl since I'd already read them.

    Naida - I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Blind Submission! ;)

    Julia - You're not! Let's hope this year will be another great reading year for us! :)

  20. Anonymous Says:

    "Tractors" will make you laugh and sob at the same time. It captures the psyche of a family tries to stick together in bizarre circumstances.

  21. Iliana Says:

    We shared some of the same favorites for mysteries! Always love seeing everyone's favorites and of course adding more books to my TBR list - Mo Hayder is one author I'll be looking for!

  22. I didn't read Kite Runner or Thirteenth Tale last year, but they were the top of my list in the years I did read them. Glad to see Book of Lost Things on your top for fantasy! I just picked that one up at the store and am really looking forward to getting to it.

  23. Melody Says:

    Matt - That sounds great! I can't wait to read it! ;)

    Iliana - I'm sure you'll enjoy reading Mo Hayder's books! :P

    Trish - Oh, you must read these three books! They're really good!

  24. Such a wonderful list of books! I really want to read The Blood of Flowers and Love Walked In someday. I plan to get to In the Woods and Likeness this year--I can't wait!

  25. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I can't wait to hear your thoughts on these books! :)

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