Monday, December 29, 2008

Best of 2008

Below is my list of Books Read in 2008. It was a very unusual year for me. Usually a strict fiction lover, this year I read 23 non-fiction books and 37 fiction books for a total of 60 books. So why are there still 108 books on my To Be Read pile??? Most of my non-fictions were spiritual/yoga related. I opened a yoga studio this year and am running the book club, which requires that I read the books to screen them beforehand. A good job, if you ask me. Here are some of my dubious "awards" for 2008

Best Fiction Read: Tie between "Zoli" and "The Commoner"
Best Non-Fiction Read: "The Zen of Eating"
Weirdest Book, not just of 2008, but of ALL TIME: "The Raw Shark Texts"
Best Book I got for free through Library Thing: "The Foreigner"
Book highly reviewed that I read and now can't remember one single detail of: "Case Histories"
Best Guilty Pleasure: "The Twilight Series"

  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
  • Run by Ann Patchett
  • The Zen of Eating by Ronna Kabatznick
  • Dharma Punx by Noah Levine
  • Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
  • The Shack by William Young
  • Rocket Man by William Hazelgrove
  • Grace Unfolding by Johanson & Kurtz
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  • Trespass by Valerie Martin
  • Trauma by Patrick McGrath
  • The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford
  • Eaves of Heaven by Andrew X. Pham
  • Yoga and the Quest of the Urban Mystic by Darren Main
  • What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
  • These is My Words by Nancy Turner
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • On Call in Hell by Richard Jadick
  • Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  • Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • JULY
  • Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward
  • The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz
  • The Foreigner by Francie Lin
  • The People's Act of Love by James Meek
  • Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan
  • Loose Girl by Kerry Cohen
  • JUNE
  • A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine
  • The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
  • The Forgotten Body by Elissa Cobb
  • Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life? ed. by Stephen Cope
  • The Interloper by Antoine Wilson
  • MAY
  • House of Meetings by Martin Amis
  • Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston
  • End of Story by Peter Abrahams
  • Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg
  • The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
  • The Murder Notebook by Jonathan Santlofer
  • Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
  • Mindful Therapy by Dr. Thomas Bien
  • Loving What Is by Byron Katie
  • Abide with Me by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
  • The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Zoli by Colum McCann
  • A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by Mark Bittner
  • Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo
  • Western Limit of the World by David Masiel
  • No Visible Horizon by Joshua Cooper Ramo
  • Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson
  • Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Noble
  • Grief by Andrew Holleran
  • Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  • In The Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  • Be Near Me by Andrew O'Hagan
  • The Last Disciple by Hank Hanegraaff
  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  • Deadly Advice by Roberta Isleib
Books I Gave Up On in 2008
  • The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett
  • How to Practice by The Dalai Lama
  • Autograph Man by Zadie Smith
  • Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson


Literary Feline said...

It looks like you read a good balance of nonficton and fiction this year. That's wonderful!

I'm with you on The Raw Shark Texts being the weirdest book I've ever read. LOL

I hope you have a Happy New Year!

LK said...

That is some list. What was your favorite?