Per tradition, it's time for my annual wrap-up of all the books I read in 2008. Though I didn't beat my personal high from 2005 (162), I came pretty close. The stats...

Number of books read in 2008: 159
Number of books read in 2007 (for comparison): 158
Average of books read per month: 13.25
Average of books read per week: 3
Daily average:
1 book read every 2.3 days
Percent of fiction read: 90%
Percent of nonfiction read: 10%
Number of audiobooks "read": 21

And now, for the best books of the year (in my humble opinion, of course!), in author alphabetical order...

Allen, Sarah Addison. Garden Spells.

de los Santos, Marisa. Belong to Me.

French, Tana. In The Woods.

Goldberg, Myla. Bee Season.

Green, John. Paper Towns.

Gregory, Philippa. The Other Queen.

Harris, Joanne. Gentleman and Players.

Johnson, Rebecca. And Sometimes Why.

Kimmel, Haven. She Got Up Off the Couch.

Murdock, Catherine. Dairy Queen.

Picoult, Jodi. Change of Heart.

Shaffer, Mary Ann. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

Silva, Daniel. Moscow Rules.

Smolinski, Jill. The Next Thing On My List.

Walker, Wendy. Four Wives.

Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle.

Weiner, Jennifer. Certain Girls.

It goes without saying that anything written by a Brockmann, Cabot, or Evanovich is automatically on the list. :-)

To check back on the reviews of some of these past titles, or to see what reviews you might have missed, click on "book review index" over in the navigation to the right.

Can't wait to see how I do in 2009! Happy New Year!

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