Books in 2008

My goal for 2008 is to read 35 books. Achieved in April.

My goal for 2008 is to read 50 books. Achieved in May.

My goal for 2008 is to read 100 books. Achieved November 1.

My goal for 2008 is to read 120 books. Achieved December 5.

My goal for 2008 was to read 130 books. I read two books twice, but only counted them once. However, if I take ‘books read’ to be how many books I picked up and read, as opposed to how many different books I read, then I would have achieved 130. As it was …

2008 (128)

December (10)

  • An Antic Disposition by Alan Gordon
  • Absolution by Caro Ramsey
  • The Private Patient by PD James
  • The Lark’s Lament by Alan Gordon
  • The Widow of Jerusalem by Alan Gordon
  • Dragonfly in Amber* by Diana Gabaldon
  • Death of an Addict by M.C. Beaton
  • Outlander* by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Outlandish Companion** by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie

November (19)

  • Hallowe’en Party* by Agatha Christie
  • Three Act Tragedy* by Agatha Christie
  • Third Girl* by Agatha Christie
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows* by JK Rowling
  • Othwise Engaged by Suzanne Finnamore
  • Jester Leaps In by Alan Gordon
  • Thirteenth Night* by Alan Gordon
  • Silver Wedding by Maeve Binchy
  • Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy
  • Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Gatecrasher by Madeleine Wickham
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Dublin 4 by Maeve Binchy
  • The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchy
  • The Wrong Reflection by Gillian Bradshaw
  • Death and the Joyful Woman by Ellis Peters
  • Alchemy of Fire by Gillian Bradshaw
  • Saturnalia by Lindsey Davis
  • Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine

October (7)

  • Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
  • Fallen Into the Pit by Ellis Peters
  • Eat, Pray, Love** by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn
  • Flight of a Witch by Ellis Peters
  • A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
  • Unnatural Causes by PD James

September (7)

  • The Skull Beneath the Skin by PD James
  • A Taste for Death* by PD James
  • A Nice Derangement of Epitaphs by Ellis Peters
  • Shroud for a Nightingale* by PD James
  • Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris
  • A Mind to Murder* by PD James
  • The Vanished Child by Sarah Smith

August (5)

  • Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffen
  • The Forgery of Venus by Michael Gruber
  • (The Other Side of the Story* by Marian Keyes)
  • (Watermelon* by Marian Keyes)
  • Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
  • And Then There Were None* by Agatha Christie
  • Penmarric* by Susan Howatch

July (10)

  • James and the Giant Peach* by Roald Dahl
  • Tara Road* by Maeve Binchy
  • (Sushi for Beginners* by Marian Keyes)
  • The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
  • The Dark Shore by Susan Howatch
  • This Charming Man by Marian Keyes
  • Postern of Fate* by Agatha Christie
  • By the Pricking of my Thumbs* by Agatha Christie
  • Ordeal by Innocence* by Agatha Christie
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  • The Seven Dials Mystery* by Agatha Christie

June (18)

  • Appointment with Death* by Agatha Christie
  • Three Act Tragedy* by Agatha Christie
  • The Moving Finger* by Agatha Christie
  • A Wind in the Door* by Madeleine L’Engle
  • A Wrinkle in Time* Madeleine L’Engle
  • An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Clocks* by Agatha Christie
  • Many Waters* by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case* by Agatha Christie
  • Peril at End House* by Agatha Christie
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
  • PS. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
  • Power Play* by Penny Jordan
  • Storm Breaking* by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Seduction of the Crimson Rose by Lauren Willig
  • If I Pay Thee Not In Gold* by Mercedes Lackey and Piers Anthony
  • Storm Rising* by Mercedes Lackey
  • Storm Warning* by Mercedes Lackey

May (15)

  • Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married by Marian Keyes
  • Too Damn Rich* by Judith Gould
  • Beauty* by Robin McKinley
  • Deerskin* by Robin McKinley
  • Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes
  • The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
  • The Daughter of Time* by Josephine Tey
  • City of Gold and Shadows by Ellis Peters
  • Winds of Fury* by Mercedes Lackey
  • Winds of Change* by Mercedes Lackey
  • Winds of Fate* by Mercedes Lackey
  • Arrow’s Fall* by Mercedes Lackey
  • Arrow’s Flight* by Mercedes Lackey
  • Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes
  • Walking in Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe
  • Original Sin* by PD James

April (6)

  • Arrows of the Queen* by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Ivy Tree* by Mary Stewart
  • Towards Zero* by Agatha Christie
  • The Golden Key* by Melanie Rawn
  • Skybowl* by Melanie Rawn
  • The Dragon Token* by Melanie Rawn

March (5)

  • Stronghold* by Melanie Rawn
  • Sunrunners’ Fire* by Melanie Rawn
  • Sushi for Beginners by Marian Keyes
  • Circle of Friends* by Maeve Binchy
  • The Star Scroll* by Melanie Rawn

February (7)

  • Dragon Prince* by Melanie Rawn
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows* by JK Rowling
  • When Christ and His Saints Slept* by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham
  • Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
  • Shopaholic Takes Manhatten by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Wheel of Fortune* by Susan Howatch

January (20)

  • Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy
  • Lord of Emperors* by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Sailing to Sarantium* by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Murder on the Orient Express* by Agatha Christie
  • Sleeping Murder* by Agatha Christie
  • Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes
  • Further Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes
  • Angels by Marian Keyes
  • Watermelon by Marian Keyes
  • Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
  • Shopaholic and Sister* by Sophie Kinsella
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Murder at the Vicarage* by Agatha Christie
  • The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  • Something Blue by Emily Giffen
  • The Mother Tongue** by Bill Bryson
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd* by Agatha Christie
  • The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
  • Needled to Death by Maggie Sefton


  • The Copper Beech* by Maeve Binchy
  • Evening Class* by Maeve Binchy
  • A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
  • Evil Under the Sun* by Agatha Christie
  • The Three Coffins by John Dickson Carr
  • They Do It With Mirrors* by Agatha Christie
  • Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes* by Diana Gabaldon
  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffen

* denotes a book I have previously read

** denotes a non-fiction book

(x) denotes a book I have already read this year but have read again, and it is not counted toward my total

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6 Responses to Books in 2008

  1. Rachel says:

    That is some insane reading action!! How do you DO that? I thought I was a fast reader, but nothing like this!

    I just got into P.D. James. I think I might hate Emily Giffen, though.

  2. erin says:

    I love PD James. I’ve read all her books multiple times. Emily Giffen I can only read in a very particular mood.

    It’s so funny – I don’t feel like I read fast. I just … read. But then something will happen like when I was on vacation last week. Mike wanted to play cards and I had a chapter break in three pages so I said I would just finish up and then stop reading. He couldn’t believe how quickly I read through those pages, but it was just … normal pace to me.

    It helps that I hardly ever turn on my tv. Oh, and that quite a few of the books were short little Agatha Christies that I can get through in one sitting. (Although I guess that comment in and of itself just shows how quickly I read. *lol*)

  3. Rachel says:

    That makes sense… I think I might be pretty fast (still not as fast as you!) but I just don’t always put too much time into it. I mean, always a bit before bed, and a bit more on the weekend, but not always too much more than that.

    Have you ever read any Jasper Fforde books?

  4. erin says:

    No – what kind of genre does he write?

  5. Rachel says:

    I’m not sure how to describe it… it’s sort of sci-fi(ish) humour, if that could be described as a genre? I’ve only just started the first one, which is about a “literary detective” named Thursday Next. It’s called “The Eyre Affair.” Someone steals Jane Eyre. Not the book- the character. It’s weird. But funny. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done with it!

    P.S. Can you recommend a good P.D. James? I’ve only read Original Sin so far.

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