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My Books Read in 2008

Okay. It’s 10:24. I have twenty minutes to post this sucker. Why the rush? After some comment exchanges with the talented Coe Booth regarding time spent writing blog entries, one of my resolutions this year is to spend twenty minutes per entry, thirty max and NO ANAL EDITING ALLOWED!

(I don’t have time to dwell, but let me just say for someone like me, this will be a very difficult, difficult challenge.)

Another one of my goals, (yes–I finally wrote out my goals last night after an highly motivating Oprah episode that–again–I don’t have time to elaborate on,) is to read 60 books this year. In 2008, my goal was fifty, that YAY! I did accomplish. So here’s my . . .

BOOKS READ IN 2008

(10:31–tick, tick, tick, oh the pressure!!!)

One Last Dance, Eileen Goudge

Goals: How to get what you want…, Brian Tracy

Reaching for Sun, Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult

Heartland I, Lauren Brooke

Barnstormers, Loren Long and Phil Bildner

Beanball, Gene Fehler

Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, Meg Cabot

Story of a Girl, Sara Zarr

Lessons from a Dead Girl, Jo Knowles

Two Way Street, Lauren Barnholdt

Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin

Here Lies the Librarian, Richard Peck

The Notebook, Nicolas Sparks

13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson

For One More Day, Mitch Albom

The End of the Beginning, Avi

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks, Robin Brande

Teen Idol, Meg Cabot

Harmless, Dana Reinhardt

How to take the Ex out of Ex-Boyfriend, Janette Rallison

Twenty Wishes, Debbie Macomber

How to be bad, E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle

Sweethearts, Sara Zarr

Second Summer of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares

Third Summer of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares

Remember me?, Sophie Kinsella

The Last Summer, Ann Brashares

Dead is the New Black, Marlene Perez

A Room on Lorelei Street, Mary E. Pearson

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey

Local Girls, Alice Hoffman

The Coffin Quilt, Ann Rinaldi

Middle School is worse than meatloaf, Jennifer, L. Holms

Bloom, Elizabeth Scott

The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World, E.L. Konigsburg

Outside Beauty, Cynthia Kadohata

Are you afraid of the Dark, Sidney Sheldon

Red Kajak, Priscilla Cummings

Number One Ladies Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith

Inexcusable, Chris Lynch

The Absence of Nectar, Kathy Hepinstall

A Brief Chapter in my impossible life, Dana Reinhardt

Living Dead Girl, Elizabeth Scott

A Long Way from Chicago, Richard Peck

Hope was Here, Joan Bauer

Rules of the Road, Joan Bauer

Total Constant Order, Crissa-Jean Chappell

Whew!!

And now my favorites, excluding anything by Richard Peck and Joan Bauer because they were rereads. Otherwise, Hope was Here and A Long Way to Chicago will ALWAYS top my list!!!

My favorite midgrade novel? Red Kajak by Priscilla Cummings

My favorite young adult novel? Oh my gosh. This one is way too difficult because I’ve read some AMAZING books. (I mean, come on, doesn’t ya rock?) But if someone forced me to make a decision, I’d say A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson. And Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth. And any book with Sara Zarr or Jo Knowles on the cover. And Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. I mean, hello? That book was fantastic. Beanball was wonderful and deserves some major kudos. Harmless rocked and so did Evolution, Me and Other Freaks of Nature and How to be Bad.

I’m sorry. I’ll stop. See? The young adult genre is the bomb, y’all.

My favorite adult book? The Absence of Nectar, Kathy Hepinstall

My favorite overall book? Again, The Absence of Nectar. I absolutely love, love, LOVE this novel!

~~Time check: 10:50, twenty-six minutes exactly. Not too bad, eh? Well . . . okay, I must confess to pre-typing out the list of books last night. But, hey, it’s a major improvement!~~~

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