Friday, March 13, 2009

Books I Read in 2008

At the beginning of 2008 one of my resolutions was to read 50 books in 2008; that's about a book a week. I figured it was a realistic goal being that school didn't start until August and a small group of bloggers had started a bloggers' book club. So I looked forward to finishing up books so that we can discuss them. In order of how they're listed on my visual bookshelf, I read the following books that year:

  • Atonement
    by Ian McEwan

  • The Pillars of the Earth (Deluxe Edition) (Oprah's Book Club)
    by Ken Follett

  • Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time
    by Valerie Bertinelli

  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil
    by Deborah Rodriguez

  • The Time Traveler's Wife
    by Audrey Niffenegger

  • 1984 (Signet Classics)
    by George Orwell

  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
    by Diane Setterfield

  • The Alchemist
    by Paulo Coelho

  • The Shadow of the Wind
    by Carlos Zafon

  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
    by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International)
    by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story
    by Ghada Karmi

  • Don't Sweat the Small Stuff--and it's all small stuff (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Series)
    by Richard Carlson

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money--That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
    by Robert Kiyosaki

  • The Secret Life of Bees
    by Sue Monk Kidd

  • The Secret
    by Rhonda Byrne

  • Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir
    by Jennette Fulda

  • Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)
    by Stephenie Meyer

  • New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
    by Stephenie Meyer

    That's 19 books! It's less than half my goal but more books than I've read in any other year. The two I loved the most were The Time Traveler's Wife and The Shadow of the Wind, both were bloggers' book club books! I haven't been able to read as much this year so my personal goal is a book a month. The books I've completed thus far this year are:
  • I get the most pleasure out of reading a variety of genres. Right now I'm reading two books at the same time. I'm reading the relationship self-help book Men are from women are from Venus with a special friend, and I'm reading the short fiction The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. I picked up The Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake and I've also received Revolutionary Road as a birthday gift, but at the slow rate that I'm reading I don't know if I'll be finishing any time soon. I'm hoping to get into some Chuck Palahniuk sometime this year.

    Have you read an awesome book lately? Tell me about it!


    7aki Fadi said...

    What do you think of the namesake? I thought it wasn't bad but at the same time it wasn't amazing.

    I just borrowed world without end, I hope I like it.

    Hamza said...

    I am like you. I have read many books last year because of the commitment I had in the Blogger's Book Club.

    I am now reading 2 books in parallel and can't seem to finish them. "History of God" and "Pillars of Earth"

    Goofy Girl said...

    That's awesome :D You go!

    I'm reading Outliers right now by Gladwell and I find it very interesting, but it's non-fic.

    eshda3wa said...

    the time travelers wife has been on my shelf for so long!
    i should read it soon

    asoom said...

    7aki, nice to see you here! I actually haven't gotten to the namesake it's just sitting around. How's world without end?

    Hamza, wow you're reading 2 heavy books simultaneously. I don't think I can do that. When I read 2 books at the same time at least one of them has to be a light book. You'll totally love pillars of earth, how's history of god?

    Goofy, I've been interested in picking up that book, how is it?

    eshda3wa, I highly recommend it it's really good!