Books read 2008

Those that especially rocked my world, one way or another, are in bold. (Interesting to realize I can’t actually tell if the rereads rocked my world or not, because most of them have been part of my world so long I can’t see them clearly anymore.)

Favorites of the year: Dreamhunter, Dreamquake, Dark Whispers, and The Hunger Games–all stories my mind keeps going back to in stray moments.

1. Siren Song, Anne Ursu
2. That Horse Whiskey!, C.S. Adler
3. Magic’s Child, Justine Larbalestier
4. Tomorrow When the War Began, John Marsden (reread)
5. Rules of the Road, Joan Bauer
6. Holes, Louis Sachar (reread)
7. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!, Laura Amy Schlitz
8. Each Little Bird that Sings, Deborah Wiles
9. Out of the Dark, Welwyn Wilton Katz
10. The White Darkness, Geraldine McCaughrean
11. Owflight, Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
12. Forecast from Stonehenge, R.A. Montgomery
13. Storm Warning, Mercedes Lackey
14. Brightly Burning, Mercedes Lackey
15. Exile’s Honor, Mercedes Lackey (reread; still my favorite of the Valdemar books.)
16. Prom, Laurie Halse Anderson
17. Callie Cat, Ice Skater, Eileen Spinelli
18. Dreamhunter, Elizabeth Knox
19. First Light, Rebecca Stead
20. Ironside, Holly Black
21. Dreamquake, Elizabeth Knox
22. Red: The Next Generation of American Writers–Teenage Girls–On What Fires Up Their Lives Today, Amy Goldwasser (editor)
23. The True Meaning of Smekday, Adam Rex
24. Grow, Juanita Havill
25. Sunshine, Robin McKinley
26. Dragon’s Keep, Janet Lee Carey
27. Voices of a Distant Star, Mizu Sahara (adaptor) and Makoto Shinkai (creator)
28. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
29. Fairest, Gail Carson Levine
30. The Titan’s Curse, Rick Riordan (mostly, it was the daughters of Artemis who rocked my world here …)
31. Whales on Stilts, M.T. Anderson
32. The Key to the Golden Firebird, Maureen Johnson
33. Parrotfish, Ellen Wittlinger
34. Out of the Wild, Sarah Beth Durst
35. Tvær Galdraskræður/Two Icelandic Books of Magic, Galadrasýning á Ströndum/The Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft
36. The Saga of the Volsungs, Jesse L. Byock (translator)
37. The Tempest, William Shakespeare (reread)
38. Dr. Franklin’s Island, Ann Halam
39. The Music of the Dolphins, Karen Hesse
40. Maddigan’s Fantasia, Margaret Mahy
41. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer
42. The Wednesday Wars, Gary D. Schmidt
43. My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
44. The Magic Thief, Sarah Prineas
45. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
46. Into the Land of the Unicorns, Bruce Coville (reread)
47. Song of the Wanderer, Bruce Coville (reread)
48. Dark Whispers, Bruce Coville
49. The Rewriting of Njál’s Saga: Translation, Ideology, and Icelandic Sagas, Jon Karl Helgason
50. Enna Burning, Shannon Hale
51. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
52. The Diamond of Darkhold, Jeanne DuPrau
53. Secret Vampire, L.J. Smith (reread; these books are sort of what Twilight wants to be, for me.)
54. Daughters of Darkness, L.J. Smith (reread)
55. Changeling, Delia Sherman
56. The Mabinogion, Jeffrey Gantz (translator) (loved the Four Branches; the Arthurian stuff, not so much.)
57. Spellbinder, L.J. Smith (reread)
58. Hitch, Jeanette Ingold
59. Breathe My Name, R.A. Nelson
60. The Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan
61. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
63. Dark Angel, L.J. Smith (reread)
64. The Chosen, L.J. Smith (reread)
65. Legends of the Icelandic Magicians, Jacqueline Simpson
66. Dragonsong, Anne McCaffrey (reread)
67. Dragonsinger, Anne McCaffrey (reread)
68. Stolen Voices: Young People’s War Diaries from World War I to Iraq, Zlata Filipovic and Melanie Challenger (editors)
69. Antsy Does Time, Neil Shusterman
70. Impossible, Nancy Werlin
In Progress: Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson (because one should always have a book in progress, heading into a new year)

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