01 January 2009

Book list - 2008

Here's the complete list of books I read in 2008. My goal for the year was 208 books; I actually read 225 (plus one novella), so I exceeded the goal (which I met around 22 November) nicely.

An asterisk indicates a reread. Numbers refer to the order in which the books were read.

"Adult" Fiction (76 books)
4. Miss Clare Remembers - fiction, by Miss Read
5. His Majesty's Dragon - historical/fantasy, by Naomi Novik
9. Throne of Jade - historical/fantasy, by Naomi Novik
11. Wasteland of Flint - SF, by Thomas Harlan
13. Ice, Iron and Gold - SF, fantasy and AH (short stories), by S M Stirling
15. Wondrous Beginnings - SF (short stories), edited by Steven H Silver and Martin H Greenberg *
16. Night Train from Memphis - mystery, by Elizabeth Peters
17. The Wailing Wind - mystery, by Tony Hillerman *
18. Village Christmas - fiction, by Miss Read
19. Killoe - western, by Louis L'Amour *
20. Dance Hall of the Dead - mystery, by Tony Hillerman
21. The Fallen Man - mystery, by Tony Hillerman
22. Hunting Badger - mystery, by Tony Hillerman
23. The Gemini Contenders - thriller, by Robert Ludlum
24. The Harem of Aman Akbar - fantasy, by Elizabeth Scarborough
29. Voyage from Yesteryear - SF, by James P Hogan
32. Mairelon the Magician - historical/fantasy, by Patricia C Wrede *
34. The Dark Heart of Time - adventure, by Philip José Farmer
43. Betty Zane - historical fiction, by Zane Grey
44. The Perennial Boarder - mystery, by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
46. Diplomatic Corpse - mystery, by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
49. Callahan's Crosstime Saloon - SF, by Spider Robinson
50. The Alpine Advocate - mystery, by Mary Daheim
51. Spaceship Medic - SF, by Harry Harrison
54. Up the Line - time travel, by Robert Silverberg
55. Blandings Castle - humour, by P G Wodehouse
56. Edge of Time - SF, by David Grinnell (Donald A Wollheim) *
58. Uller Uprising - SF, by H Beam Piper *
59. Paths to Otherwhere - SF, by James P Hogan *
62. The Alpine Betrayal - mystery, by Mary Daheim
63. Silver Pigs - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
64. Shadows in Bronze - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
65. Venus in Copper - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
68. The Alpine Escape - mystery, by Mary Daheim
71. A Voice for Princess - fantasy, by John Morressy
73. Another Round at the Spaceport Bar - SF (short stories), edited by George H Scithers and Darrell Schweitzer
74. The Alpine Gamble - mystery, by Mary Daheim
76. "Winterfair Gifts" - SF, by Lois McMaster Bujold
77. The Iron Hand of Mars - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
80. Poseidon's Gold - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
84. Last Act in Palmyra - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
85. Eifelheim - SF, by Michael Flynn
86. Over the Gate - fiction, by Miss Read
90. Small Favor - urban fantasy, by Jim Butcher
91. In the Courts of the Crimson Kings - AH/SF, by S M Stirling
92. Illegal Aliens - SF, by Nick Pollotta and Phil Foglio
102. Quest Crosstime - SF, by Andre Norton *
114. The Mouse That Roared - fiction, by Leonard Wibberley *
126. Time to Depart - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
127. A Dying Light in Corduba - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
130. Three Hands in the Fountain - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
134. Two for the Lions - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
135. One Virgin Too Many - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
136. Hit Parade - thriller, by Lawrence Block
144. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - SF, by Kate Wilhelm
145. Ode to a Banker - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
147. A Body in the Bath House - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
148. The Fairacre Festival - fiction, by Miss Read
149. Crazy Time - SF, by Kate Wilhelm
150. Tyler's Row - fiction, by Miss Read
152. The Jupiter Myth - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
156. The Accusers - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
158. Scandal Takes a Holiday - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
160. See Delphi and Die - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
166. Saturnalia - mystery, by Lindsey Davis
170. Heavy Weather - humour, by P G Wodehouse
177. A Few Quick Ones - humour (short stories), by P G Wodehouse
179. The Blessing Way - mystery, by Tony Hillerman
184. The Code of the Woosters - humour, by P G Wodehouse
185. To Visit the Queen - fantasy, by Diane Duane
189. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit - humour, by P G Wodehouse
200. Lucifer's Hammer - SF, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle *
205. Foundation - SF, by Isaac Asimov *
206. Master & Commander - historical fiction, by Patrick O'Brian
208. Torpedo Run - WWII fiction, by Douglas Reeman
214. Fire on the Waters - historical fiction, by David Poyer

Children's/YA Fiction (109)
3. Jacob Have I Loved - children's, by Katherine Paterson (Newbery Medal, 1981)
6. Among the Hidden - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
7. Among the Impostors - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
8. Among the Betrayed - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
10. Among the Barons - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
14. Pee-Wee Harris - children's, by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
25. Flight 29 Down: Static - YA adventure, by Walter Sorrells
26. Betsy-Tacy - children's, by Maud Hart Lovelace
27. Call It Courage - children's, by Armstrong Sperry (Newbery Medal, 1941)
28. The Royal Switch - children's, by The Duchess of York
33. Among the Brave - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
35. Dealing with Dragons - YA fantasy, by Patricia C Wrede
37. Searching for Dragons - YA fantasy, by Patricia C Wrede
38. The House with a Clock in Its Walls - YA gothic, by John Bellairs *
39. Calling on Dragons - YA fantasy, by Patricia C Wrede
40. Hatchet - YA, by Gary Paulsen
41. For Biddle's Sake - children's fantasy, by Gail Carson Levine
42. Rusty's Space Ship - children's SF, by Evelyn Sibley Lampman *
45. Star Ka'at - children's SF, by Andre Norton and Dorothy Madlee *
47. Archer's Goon - YA modern fantasy, by Diana Wynne Jones
52. The Witches of Karres - SF, by James H Schmitz *
57. The Figure in the Shadows - YA gothic, by John Bellairs
60. Star Ka'at World - children's SF, by Andre Norton and Dorothy Madlee *
61. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen - children's modern fantasy, by Alan Garner *
66. The Giver - YA SF, by Lois Lowry (Newbery Medal, 1994)
67. The Chimneys of Green Knowe (aka The Treasure of Green Knowe) - children's, by Lucy M Boston *
69. The Letter, the Witch and the Ring - children's gothic, by John Bellairs
70. The Ghost in the Mirror - children's gothic, by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland
72. The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder - children's gothic, by John Bellairs and Brad Strickland
75. The Summer of the Swans - children's, by Betsy Byars (Newbery Medal, 1971)
79. A Single Shard - children's historical fiction, by Linda Sue Park (Newbery Medal, 2002)
81. Gentle's Holler - children's, by Kerry Madden
83. Escape From Memory - children's, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
87. Penny from Heaven - YA, by Jennifer Holm
89. The Higher Power of Lucky - YA, by Susan Patron (Newbery Medal, 2007)
94. Homecoming - children's, by Cynthia Voigt
96. Dicey's Song - children's, by Cynthia Voigt (Newbery Medal, 1983)
97. Nim's Island - children's, by Wendy Orr
99. Come a Stranger - children's, by Cynthia Voigt
100. Rascal - children's, by Sterling North *
103. The Fledgling - children's, by Jane Langton
107. Seventeen Against the Dealer - YA, by Cynthia Voigt
109. Among the Enemy - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
110. Louisiana's Song - children's, by Kerry Madden
111. Among the Free - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
112. Jessie's Mountain - children's, by Kerry Madden
115. The Curse Of Ravenscourt - children's mystery, by Sarah Masters Buckey
117. A Solitary Blue - YA, by Cynthia Voigt
119. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy - children's, by Jeanne Birdsall
120. Crispin: The Cross of Lead - children's historical fiction, by Avi (Newbery Medal, 2003)
122. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street - children's, by Jeanne Birdsall
123. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village - children's historical plays, by Laura Amy Schlitz (Newbery Medal, 2008)
125. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years - children's, by Rachel Field (Newbery Medal, 1930)
128. Bud, Not Buddy - children's, by Christopher Paul Curtis (Newbery Medal, 2000)
131. Criss Cross - YA, by Lynne Rae Perkins (Newbery Medal, 2006)
137. Rifles for Watie - children's historical fiction, by Harold Keith (Newbery Medal, 1958)
139. Sounder - children's, by William H Armstrong (Newbery Medal, 1970)
140. Beyond the Deepwoods - children's fantasy, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
141. The Door in the Wall - children's historical fiction, by Marguerite de Angeli (Newbery Medal, 1950)
142. Knights' Ransom - children's historical fiction, by S F Welty *
143. Julie of the Wolves - YA, by Jean Craighead George (Newbery Medal, 1973)
146. Maniac Magee - YA, by Jerry Spinelli (Newbery Medal, 1991)
153. Brian's Winter - YA, by Gary Paulsen
154. Missing May - YA, by Cynthia Rylant (Newbery Medal, 1993)
155. Walk Two Moons - YA, by Sharon Creech (Newbery Medal, 1995)
163. Shadow of a Bull - children's, by Maia Wojciechowska (Newbery Medal, 1965)
164. The House on the Gulf - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
165. Ruby Holler - YA, by Sharon Creech (Carnegie Medal, 2002)
168. Fog Magic - children's time travel, by Julia L Sauer
171. A Wizard Abroad - YA fantasy, by Diane Duane
173. The Wizard's Dilemma - YA fantasy, by Diane Duane
174. I, Juan de Pareja - children's historical fiction, by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño (Newbery Medal, 1966)
176. A Wizard Alone - YA fantasy, by Diane Duane
178. Wizard's Holiday - YA fantasy, by Diane Duane
180. Wizards at War - YA fantasy, by Diane Duane
181. The Day the Sea Rolled Back - children's adventure, by Mickey Spillane
182. Second Form at Malory Towers - children's, by Enid Blyton *
183. Third Year at Malory Towers - children's, by Enid Blyton *
186. Carry On, Mr Bowditch - children's historical fiction, by Jean Lee Latham (Newbery Medal, 1956)
187. Onion John - children's, by Joseph Krumgold (Newbery Medal, 1960)
188. Stormchaser - children's fantasy, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
190. Tamar - YA, by Mal Peet (Carnegie Medal, 2005)
191. Millions - children's, by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Carnegie Medal, 2004)
192. Smoky, the Cow Horse - children's, by Will James (Newbery Medal, 1927)
193. Miss Hickory - children's, by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (Newbery Medal, 1947)
194. Midnight Over Sanctaphrax - children's fantasy, by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
195. Up a Road Slowly - children's, by Irene Hunt (Newbery Medal, 1967)
196. Postcards From No Man's Land - YA, by Aidan Chambers (Carnegie Medal, 1999)
197. Monsoon Summer - YA, by Mitali Perkins
198. The Little Bookroom - children's (short stories), by Eleanor Farjeon (Carnegie Medal, 1955)
199. The Invisible Island - children's, by Dean Marshall *
201. Dig for a Treasure - children's, by Dean Marshall *
202. Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains - children's, by Laurel Snyder
204. Frindle - children's, by Andrew Clements
207. The Owl Service - YA modern fantasy, by Alan Garner (Carnegie Medal, 1967)
209. The Wizard's Apprentice - YA fantasy, by S P Somtow
210. Letters from Rapunzel - children's, by Sara Lewis Holmes
211. The Crossroads - children's ghost story, by Chris Grabenstein
212. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices - children's poetry, by Paul Fleischman (Newbery Medal, 1989)
213. The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen - YA, by Mitali Perkins
215. A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 - children's historical fiction, by Joan W Blos (Newbery Medal, 1980)
216. The Eyes of a King - YA fantasy, by Catherine Banner
217. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos - children's, by R L LaFevers
219. Crossing to Paradise - children's historical fiction, by Kevin Crossley-Holland
220. The Little White Horse - children's fantasy, by Elizabeth Goudge (Carnegie Medal, 1946)
221. The Great American Elephant Chase - children's historical fiction, by Gillian Cross
223. Just Ella - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
224. Palace of Mirrors - YA, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
226. Hole in the Sky - YA SF, by Pete Hautman

Non-Fiction (41)
1. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World - mediaeval history, by Jack Weatherford
2. The Expansion of Everyday Life, 1860-1876 - US history, by Daniel E Sutherland
12. The Scientists - history of science, by John Gribbin
30. The Peking Battles Cape Horn - memoirs, by Irving Johnson
31. The Bridge at Dong Ha - Vietnam War, by John Grider Miller
36. The Last Battle Station: The Story of the USS Houston - WW II, by Duane Schultz
48. War Pilot - aviation history, by Richard C Kirkland
53. Day of Infamy - WW II, by Walter Lord *
78. Stolen Years - WWII memoirs, by Maita Floyd
82. Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters - WWII memoirs, by Dick Winters with Cole C Kingseed
88. When the Dancing Stopped - nautical history, by Brian Hicks
93. Ghost Ship - nautical history, by Brian Hicks
95. Halsey's Typhoon - WW II, by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
98. Mysteries of the Middle Ages - mediaeval history, by Thomas Cahill
101. The Gifts of the Jews - ancient history, by Thomas Cahill
104. The Few - WW II, by Alex Kershaw
105. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea - ancient history, by Thomas Cahill
106. A Guinea Pig's History of Biology - science, by Jim Endersby
108. The Sinking of the Lancastria - WW II, by Jonathan Fenby
113. Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters - science, by Donald R Prothero
116. Eight Little Piggies: Reflections in Natural History - science essays, by Stephen Jay Gould
118. Easy Company Soldier - memoirs, by Don Malarkey
121. We Took to the Woods - family life, by Louise Dickinson Rich *
124. She Took to the Woods - biography, by Alice Arlen
129. Roman Architecture - ancient history, by Frank Sear *
132. Your Inner Fish - anatomy and evolution, by Neil Shubin
133. Locomotive: Building an Eight-Wheeler - children's non-fiction, by David Weitzman
138. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World - American history, by Tony Horwitz
151. King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led the World to War - European history, by Catrine Clay
157. The Long Summer: How Climate Changed Civilization - ancient history, by Brian Fagan *
159. Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages - science, by Doug Macdougall
161. The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850 - European history, by Brian Fagan *
162. Snowball Earth: The Story of the Great Global Catastrophe That Spawned Life As We Know It - science, by Gabrielle Walker
167. From Hardtack to Home Fries: An Uncommon History of American Cooks and Meals - cookery, by Barbara Haber
169. A Movable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food Globalization - world history, by Kenneth F Kiple
172. The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice - European history, by Michael Krondl
175. The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations - world history, by Brian Fagan
203. Women Sailors and Sailors' Women: An Untold Maritime History - nautical history, by David Cordingly
218. Q-Ships Versus U-Boats: America's Secret Project - WW II, by Kenneth M Beyer
222. The Terror Before Trafalgar: Nelson, Napoleon and the Secret War - European history, by Tom Pocock
225. Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes - natural history, by Lynn Sherr

The biggest categories were historical fiction (35, including historical mysteries and plays), fantasy (32, including gothic and ghost stories), mysteries (31), Newbery Medal winners (28, bringing my total thus far up to 70 of the 87), history (26) and SF (24). And 29 of the books were rereads.

My favourites? Tamar, by Mal Peet, was the best book I read all year, followed closely by Eifelheim, by Michael Flynn, and The Crossroads, by Chris Grabenstein. These fourteen (listed in the order in which I read them) were also very good:
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, by Jack Weatherford
Archer's Goon, by Diana Wynne Jones
In the Courts of the Crimson Kings, by S M Stirling
A Guinea Pig's History of Biology, by Jim Endersby
Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters, by Donald R Prothero
Easy Company Soldier, by Don Malarkey
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, by Jeanne Birdsall
Three Hands in the Fountain, by Lindsey Davis
Your Inner Fish, by Neil Shubin
Heavy Weather, by P G Wodehouse
Wizards at War, by Diane Duane
Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains, by Laurel Snyder
Letters from Rapunzel, by Sara Lewis Holmes
The Eyes of a King, by Catherine Banner

My goal for this year is to read 209 books.

Edit 1443 9 Jan 09: It seems this was my 1000th post....

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