Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: 2008 Top Reads

This week's BTT Question:
It’s a week or two later than you’d expect, and it may be almost a trite question, but … what were your favorite books from 2008?

Copied and pasted from my earlier post. :)

Silence by Shusaku Endo
This is a classic, certainly not a book published in 2008, that explores the presence of intense suffering and persecution in the life of a Christian especially as it relates to their relationship with God--as well as what Christianity looks like in Japan. Having lived in Japan for a short time it's possible I enjoyed this book more than others would, but I wholeheartedly recommend this one if you haven't read it yet.

The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen
A fascinating look at the conflict in a woman's life between following the love of her life and following her dreams. It was riveting and I didn't want to put it down.

A Friend Like Henry by Nuala Gardner
This is both a beautiful dog story as well as a beautiful story of the power of a family's love. I loved and enjoyed this book so much. It's the story of how a dog helped unlock the world of an autistic child, and it really gave me a lot of insight into what life is like for families who have autistic children.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (no review)
I was late to this party but I devoured this book. It rekindled my interest in historical fiction as well as gave me a new interest in reading about monarchs and court life which I previously would have thought to be terribly boring and not as delightfully scandalous as it is.

The House on Tradd Street by Karen White (no review behind!)
Sometimes we read books at just the right time. Karen White is a fantastic writer and this book struck the perfect balance of heart and humor. It had a little bit of everything. It was pure enjoyment.

In Hovering Flight by Joyce Hinnefeld
A novel that was a perfect work of art--beautiful and moving.

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson (no review--was a group discussion)
Jackson has a gorgeous writing style and this book was also thought provoking for me. It really stayed with me for a long time.

A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
I laughed and cried through this book. I love this huge epic family drama and romance story that Julie is building. Huge bonus is that Julie is a lovely person herself.

The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne
Short but sweet, this little novella will be a Christmas classic for me.

Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
An examination of the lives left behind after a teen girl goes missing. The characterization was outstanding, I didn't want to put this one down.

(some honorable mentions include The Shape of Mercy, Somebody Else's Daughter, and Wicked Lovely)

I'm interested in knowing if any our lists overlap. What were your favorite reads? Did you dislike any of the books on my list? Are any of these on your TBR for next year?



Beth F said...

I loved The Other Boleyn Girl too. I was totally caught up in it (but I'm a Tudor freak).

I like Joshilyn Jackson too, but I haven't yet this one. Actually, the audio is on my MP3 player, I just haven't hit the play button yet.

The Julie Lessman books good -- I like family epics, too.

Paula said...

I have been wanting to read the moon and the mango tree for sometime! I will have to pick that up soon.
Reading your list of favorites made me add to my 2009 reading list! Hahaha!

Anonymous said...

I've only read 2 of your books. I think I need to go through everyone's BTT and take notes.

Anonymous said...

I've not read any of these, but several sound interesting!!

Anonymous said...

I have been unable to get a copy of Karen White book. Better luck this month!

2008 Top reads

2008 review post

Sandra said...

Interesting choices. I love Endo but haven't read Silence yet. I agree about In Hovering Flight. The Moon in the Mango tree and A Friend Like Henry sound interesting to me. My BTT is posted.

Carrie said...

I keep meaning to pick up The Other Boleyn Girl and keep forgetting. So you are earlier on the bandwagon than myself! As for me -- another reminder!

Eidin said...

We don't have any book overlap but we do share an author: Stewart O' Nan. The book you've listed is near the top of my TBR stack.

Anonymous said...

A book on my list to read this year that you have up is "The Other Boleyn Girl". I wanted to read it last year and never got to it!

Anonymous said...

I've picked up The Girl Who Stopped Swimming several times, but have yet to purchase it. I'm adding it to my wish list now! :)

Robin M said...

I haven't read any of the ones on your list. I really don't like books that make me cry so tend to avoid them. Shape of Mercy is on my TBR pile though.

My list is up now.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I haven't read any of those. These "best of" lists are dangerous!

Staci said...

well I wish I could say that our books overlapped but I can't!! I am going to read the Girl Who Stopped Swimming, the way you described how it stayed with you intrigued me. I loved your list and what you had to say about each book.

Toni said...

ooooh thank you for the Reminder of The House on Tradd Street. I also want to read The Other Boleyn Girl. Great Picks.

Anonymous said...

I didn't write a BTT post this week, but it's been great to read all these other posts.

I only read two of the books on your list, and they were favorites of mine as well. *The Other Boleyn Girl* (which I read a few years ago), and *In Hovering Flight*.

I'll check out the other books on your list.

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