Favorite Books of 2008

THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne CollinsScrew You, Calicanis!

Abbreviations:

(ah) = alternate history
(b) = of interest to boys
(c) = contemporary fiction
(f) = fantasy
(gn) = graphic novel
(hi) = historical
(hr) = horror
(nf) = nonfiction
(sf) = science fiction
(th) = thriller

 

CURSE AS DARK AS GOLD by Elizabeth C. BunceYA/Teen (12+) and some middle reader (8 - 12) books:

  • Alexander, Alma -- SPELLSPAM (f)
  • Bodeen, S. A. -- THE COMPOUND (c)
  • Bunce, Elizabeth C. -- A CURSE DARK AS GOLD (f)
  • Cashore, Kristin -- GRACELING (f)
  • Castellucci, Cecil -- THE QUEEN OF COOL (c)
  • Chima, Cinda Williams -- WIZARD HEIR, THE (f)(b)
  • Clare, Cassandra -- CITY OF ASHES, CITY OF BONES (f)
  • Clement-Davies, David -- THE TELLING POOL (f)(b)
  • Collins, Suzanne -- HUNGER GAMES, THE (sf)(b)
  • Connor, Leslie -- WAITING FOR NORMAL (c)
  • Cornish, D. M. -- LAMPLIGHTER (f)(b)
  • Coville, Bruce -- DARK WHISPERS (f)
  • Davidson, Jenny -- EXPLOSIONIST, THE (f)
  • THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil GaimanDelaney, Joseph -- REVENGE OF THE WITCH (f)(b)
  • Doctorow, Corey -- LITTLE BROTHER (sf)(b)
  • Durst, Sarah Beth -- OUT OF THE WILD (f)
  • Ferraiolo, Jack D. -- THE BIG SPLASH (c)(b)
  • Flanagan, John -- BATTLE FOR SKANDIA, THE; BURNING BRIDGE, THE; ICEBOUND LAND, THE; RUINS OF GORLAN, THE; SORCERER OF THE NORTH, THE (f)(b)
  • Fletcher, Charlie -- IRONHAND, STONEHEART (f)(b)
  • Flinn, Alex -- BEASTLY (f)
  • Friesner, Esther -- NOBODY’S PRIZE (f)
  • Gaiman, Neil -- GRAVEYARD BOOK, THE (f)(b)
  • Galante, Cecilia -- HERSHEY HERSELF, THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES (c)
  • Goodman, Alison -- EON: DRAGONEYE REBORN (f)(b)
  • A COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS by Eva IbbotsonGrimly, Gris -- BORIS AND BELLA (f)(picture book); WHERE MADNESS REIGNS: the art of Gris Grimley (nf)
  • Haddix, Margaret P -- UPRISING (hi)
  • Harris, Joanne -- RUNEMARKS (f)
  • Harrison, Mette Ivie -- PRINCESS & THE HOUND, THE (f)
  • Ibbotson, Eva -- COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS, A; SONG FOR SUMMER, A (hi)
  • Jones. Diana Wynne -- CHARMED LIFE (f) (xth reading)
  • Link. Kelly -- PRETTY MONSTERS (f) (short storiesl)
  • Malley, Gemma -- DECLARATION, THE (sf)
  • Marr, Melissa (f) (Mature readers) -- INK EXCHANGE
  • McNish, Cliff -- ANGEL (f); BREATHE (hr); THE SILVER CHILD; THE SILVER CITY; THE SILVER WORLD (sf)
  • Murdock, Catherine Gilbert -- PRINCESS BEN (f)
  • Ness, Patrick -- KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, THE (f)(b)
  • THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX by Mary E. PearsonNimmo, Jenny -- GRIFFIN’S CASTLE (f)
  • Pearson, Mary E. -- ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, THE (sf)
  • Pfeffer, Susan Beth -- DEAD AND THE GONE, THE (sf)
  • Pixley, Marcella -- FREAK (c)
  • Plummer, Louise -- FINDING DADDY (c)
  • Plum-Ucci, Carol -- STREAMS OF BABEL (sf)(b)
  • Pullman, Philip -- ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH (f)(b)
  • Roberts, Judson -- DRAGONS FROM THE SEA (hi)
  • Schlitz, Laura Amy -- DROWNED MAIDEN’S HAIR, A (hi); GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! (medieval monologues)
  • Scott, Michael -- THE ALCHEMYST (f)(b)
  • Sedgwick, Marcus -- MY SWORD HAND IS SINGING (hr)(b)
  • Service, Pamela -- YESTERDAY’S MAGIC (f)(b)
  • Shaw, Susan -- BOY IN THE BASEMENT, THE (2nd reading) (c)
  • Shusterman, Neal -- UNWIND (sf)(b)
  • ARMAGEDDON SUMMER by Jane & BruceSingleton, Linda Joy -- DEAD GIRL WALKING (f)
  • Trueman, Terry -- CRUISE CONTROL (c)
  • Ursu, Anne -- THE SHADOW THIEVES (mr)(f)(b)
  • Vaught, Susan -- STORMWITCH (f)
  • Wasserman, Robin -- SKINNED (sf)
  • Werlin, Nancy -- IMPOSSIBLE (f)
  • Weyn, Suzanne -- BAR CODE TATTOO, THE (sf)
  • Wiess, Laura -- SUCH A PRETTY GIRL (c)
  • Wittlinger, Ellen -- PARROTFISH (c)
  • Yeomans, Ellen -- RUBBER HOUSES (c, verse)
  • Yolen, Jane & Coville, Bruce -- ARMAGEDDON SUMMER (2nd reading) (c)
  • Yolen, Jane & Stemple, Adam -- PAY THE PIPER (f)

Adult books:

  • SCALPED! INDIAN COUNTRY by Aaron & GueraAaron, Jason (writer), Guera, R.M. (ill.) (gn) (Mature readers) -- SCALPED 1: Indian Country; SCALPED 2: Casino Boogie
  • Aaron, Jason (writer), Stewart, Cameron (ill.) (gn) (Mature readers) -- OTHERSIDE
  • Anderson, Barth -- THE MAGICIAN AND THE FOOL (f)
  • Azzarello, Brian (writer), Risso, Eduardo (ill.) (gn) (Mature readers) -- 100 BULLETS: 1st Shot, Last Call
  • Beagle, Peter S. -- LINE BETWEEN, THE (f) (collection)
  • Bear, Greg -- QUANTICO (sf)
  • Box, C.J. -- BLUE HEAVEN (th)
  • Cagin, Seth & Dray, Philip -- WE ARE NOT AFRAID (nf)
  • Chabon, Michael -- GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD (hi)(b)
  • Connolly, John -- THE REAPERS (th)
  • THE FEMALE EUNUCH by Germaine GreerEckerly, Pete -- THE APOCALYPSE STONE (th)
  • Evans, Bill & Jameson, Marianna -- CATEGORY 7 (th)
  • Faust, Cynthia -- MONEY SHOT (th)
  • Fielding, Joy -- HEARTSTOPPER (th)
  • Franklin, Ariana -- MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH; THE SERPENT’S TALE (th)
  • Goodman, Alison -- KILLING THE RABBIT (th)
  • Greer, Germaine -- THE FEMALE EUNUCH (nf) (3rd reading)
  • Gregory, Philippa -- THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE (hi)
  • Grisham, John -- LAST JUROR, THE; PAINTED HOUSE, A; RUNAWAY JURY, THE; TIME TO KILL, A (th)
  • Harris, Charlaine -- DEAD UNTIL DARK (f) (2nd reading)
  • Hayes, Jonathan -- PRECIOUS BLOOD (th)
  • THE SUMMER TREE by Guy Gavriel KayHecht, Daniel -- PUPPETS (th)
  • Heyer, Georgette (xth time readings) (hi) -- DEVIL’S CUB, THE; SPRIG MUSLIN; VENETIA
  • Kay, Guy Gavriel (f) (4th reading of series) -- LONGEST ROAD, THE; SUMMER TREE, THE; WANDERING FIRE, THE
  • Kellerman, Jonathan -- OBSESSION (th)
  • Ketchum, Jack (Mature readers) -- THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (th)
  • King, Laurie -- A DARKER PLACE; TOUCHSTONE (th)
  • Komunyakaa, Yusef -- DIEN CAI DAU (poetry) (nobody faint)
  • Krakauer, Jon -- UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN (nf)
  • Lippman, Laura -- WHAT THE DEAD KNOW (th)
  • Logan, Chuck (th) -- HOME FRONT (3rd reading); THE BIG LAW; THE PRICE OF BLOOD; VAPOR TRAIL (2nd reading); AFTER THE RAIN (2nd reading)
  • GEN 13: Best of a Bad Lot by Gail SimoneMonette, Sarah & Bear, Elizabeth (f) (Mature readers) -- A COMPANION TO WOLVES
  • Moore-Emmett, Andrea -- GOD’S BROTHEL (nf)
  • Munroe, Jim (writer), Salgood, Sam (ill.) (gn) -- THEREFORE, REPENT!
  • Olsen, Gregg -- CRUEL DECEPTIONS (nf); A COLD, DARK PLACE (th); A WICKED SNOW (th) (2nd reading)
  • Parker, Robert (th) -- CEREMONY (xth reading); GOD SAVE THE CHILD (xth reading)
  • Parker, T. Jefferson -- STORM RUNNERS (th)
  • Picoult, Jodi -- CHANGE OF HEART (c)
  • Shinn, Sharon -- FORTUNE AND FATE (f)
  • Simone, Gail (writer), Caldwell, Talent (ill.) (gn) -- GEN 13: Best of a Bad Lot
  • Slaughter, Karin -- BEYOND REACH (th)
  • Staub, Wendi Corsi -- IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE (th) (2nd reading)
  • THE FOOLS IN TOWN ARE ON OUR SIDE by Ross ThomasThomas, Ross -- THE FOOLS IN TOWN ARE ON OUR SIDE (th) (xth reading)
  • Walton, Jo -- HALF A CROWN; HA’PENNY (ah)
  • Weir, Alison -- INNOCENT TRAITOR (hi)
  • Whedon, Joss (writer), Jeanty, Georges (ill.) (gn) -- BUFFY: the Long Way Home
  • Willingham, Bill (writer) & var. illus. (gn) -- FABLES 9: Sons of Empire; FABLES 10: The Good Prince
  • Wilson, G. Willow (writer) & Perker M.K. (artist) (gn) -- CAIRO

 

 

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