Notable Reads of 2008

Like every year, 2008 was a year of books that made be laugh and made me cry.  Those that left me awed by the author’s talent, and thirsty for more.

The Best:

  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  • Marley & Me by John Grogan
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and In Defense of Food:  An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
  • Alice at Heart by Deborah Smith
  • The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
  • The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

Honorable Mention

  • World Without End by Ken Follet
  • Peony in Love by Lisa See
  • The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani
  • Unaccustomed Earth and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Weirdest:

  • Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore

The Most Fun:

  • Julia’s Chocolates by Cathy Lamb

. . . and those that I just wanted throw at the wall.  Or even in the trash, though I could never actually do that to book!  But, geez, Iron Cowboy was such a waste of paper.

The Worst:

  • Iron Cowboy by Diana Palmer
  • Fearless by Diana Palmer
  • In the Wake of the Plague:  The Black Death and the World it Made by Norman F. Cantor
  • A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber (also Most Disappointing)

One thought on “Notable Reads of 2008

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is one of the best books I have read in my life. It is one of the most memorable stories I have read and one of the stories that has really stayed with me. I honestly recommend this book to as many people as I can and have made the habit of giving it to graduates as a gift. It is a truly amazing story that just touched me and has stayed with me for so many years now…absolutely amazing!


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