Thursday, April 10, 2008

Books Read in 2008

This is my catch up list of books that I have read so far...Now, hopefully, I can keep up with my thoughts on the books I read from here on out!

I have also decided to update this list with the rest of the books read this year so that I can easily link to this from my side bar. *** indicates a new to me author.

1. The Door to December by Dean Koontz
2. Devil in the Details: Scenes From an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig ***
3. Edward's Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
4. Shiver by Lisa Jackson ***
5. A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder & Its Aftermath by Jeanine Cummins ***
6. The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle ***
7. You've Been Warned by James Patterson
8. Bound by Sally Gunning ***
9. The Butterfly House by Marcia Preston ***
10. Flying Changes by Sara Gruen
11. The Kid: What Happened After my Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant by Dan Savage ***
12. The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne ***
13. The Quickie by James Patterson
14. Lost and Found by Jacqueline Sheehan ***
15. Bright Angel Time by Martha McPhee ***
16. Step on a Crack by James Patterson
17. Forever Lily by Beth Nonte Russell ***
18. The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett ***
19. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin ***
20. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire ***
21. More Than You Know by Beth Gutcheon ***
22. The Missing by Chris Mooney ***
23. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie ***
24. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride ***
25. The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks ***
26. Away by Amy Bloom ***
27. The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond ***
28. The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski ***
29. The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde ***
30. Bunny Tales: Behind Closed Doors at the Playboy Mansion by Izabella St James ***
31. Alibi Man by Tami Hoag
32. Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman
33. While I Was Gone by Sue Miller ***
34. Better Read Than Dead by Victoria Laurie
35. Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody *** 36. Bride Island by Alexandra Enders ***
37. Accidental Happiness by Jean Reynolds Page ***
38. The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky ***
39. Rescuing Sprite by Mark Levin ***
40. Last Breath by George Shuman
41. A Vision of Murder by Victoria Laurie
42. Killer Insight by Victoria Laurie
43. The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay ***
44. Takeover by Lisa Black ***
45. Playing With the Grown-Ups by Sophie Dahl ***
46. Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen
47. Beverly Hills Dead by Stuart Woods
48. Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark
49. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen ***
50. Hand of Evil by JA Jance
51. No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay ***
52. The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle ***
53. The 5th Horseman by James Patterson
54. 4th of July by James Patterson
55. The 6th Target by James Patterson
56. 7th Heaven by James Patterson
57. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan ***
58. Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman ***
59. Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood by Julie Gregory ***
60. Manic by Terri Cheney ***
61. Arthurian Omen by G. G. Vandagriff ***
62. The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver
63. Home Girl: Building a Dream House on a Lawless Block by Judith Matloff ***
64. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron ***
65. The Map Thief: A Novel by Heather Terrell
66. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch ***
67. Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
68. Dry Ice by Stephen White
69. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson (audio) ***
70. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson ***
71. The Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell
72. The Third Angel: A Novel by Alice Hoffman
73. The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
74. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich ***
75. The Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story by Marian Henley ***
76. Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir by Franz Wisner ***
77. Play Dirty: A Novel by Sandra Brown
78. Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson (audio)
79. Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen
80. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah *** (audio)
81. Her Last Death: A Memoir by Susanna Sonnenberg ***
82. No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
83. Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir and Damien Lewis *** 84. The Space Between Before and After by Jean Reynolds Page

85. As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway and Scott Brick *** (audio)

86. After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher ***

87. Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway ***

88. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron ***
89. Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson ***
90. Fractured by Karin Slaughter (audio)
91. Shoot Him If He Runs (Stone Barrington Novels) by Stuart Woods
92. Losing Everything by David Lozell Martin ***
93. Resistance by Agnes Humbert ***
94. Love Junkie: A Memoir by Rachel Resnick ***
95. Island of Lost Girls: A Novel by Jennifer Mcmahon
96. Sail by James Patterson

97. The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis ***
98. Hot Mahogany by Stuart Woods
99. Santa Fe Dead by Stuart Woods
100. The Monsters of Templeton CD by Lauren Groff and Nicole Roberts *** (audio)
101. Julie and Julia : 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
102. Written In Blood: A Forensic Handwriting Mystery (Forensic Handwriting Mysteries) by Sheila Lowe ***
103. Beat the Reaper: A Novel by Josh Bazell ***
104. One More Year: Stories by Sana Krasikov ***
105. Driving with Dead People: A Memoir by Monica Holloway ***
106. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
107. The Gifted Gabaldon Sisters by Lorraine López ***
108. Animal Farm by George Orwell ***
109. Lethal Legacy: A Novel (Alexandra Cooper) by Linda Fairstein ***
110. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (audio) ***

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman

Arlyn Singer believes in destiny and love. On the night her father dies, Arlyn is certain that the man she is meant to be with will walk into her life. But fate seems to be playing a trick when John Moody knocks on her door to ask for directions. Cool, practical, and deliverate, John is dreamy Arlyn's polar opposite. Yet the two are drawn powerfully together even when it is clear they are bound to bring each other grief.

This is a dark book, with depressed and unhappy characters and even a ghost. I enjoyed it an awful lot though. 4 stars

The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond

Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason - photographer, finacee, soon-to-be-stepmother - looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, here is the riveting tale of a family torn apart, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love.

This was the first book I have read by this author, and I loved it! I will definitely look for more by her. 4 stars