Friday, 2 January 2009

For richer and/or poorer : My top reads of 2008

I am adding this for Richer and Poorer. What better ways of getting richer than by reading?! Can anyone be poorer by the experience? Hope some of you check out a few books out of this list. Happy reading!

I was behind my target of 150 books to be read in 2008. I read 127, out of which I reviewed 96. I read maximum number of books in June, 26, reviewed 19 and least number of books in August, that is only 1.

I have done a post of putting up the 96 book reviews on my Reading Room. Here I am linking the top reads. Thought why not get my reading here too, once in while.

If interested, do click on the titles to reach my review posts! Enjoy!

These are my 10 best reads of 2008

The Road by Cormac McCarthy**
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami**
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman**
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher**
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie**
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie**
Yellowknife by Steve Zipp**
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak**
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier**
The Outcast by Sadie Jones**

Graphic Novel

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi*

Poetry books

Ariel by Sylvia Plath**
The Sounds of Poetry--A Brief Guide by Robert Pinsky*
Tangled in Wisteria by J. Andrew Lockhart*

5 Short stories:

Shorty's Paradise by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Natasha by Vladimir Nabokov
Awake by Tobias Wolffe
A Man Like Him by Yiyun Li
A Perfect Day for Bananafish by JD Salinger


  1. Enjoyed your list. I find myself reading less and less for pleasure as years go by. A lot of what I read now is research, but I suppose no less a pleasure, still... The only one on your list I've read is Cold Moutnain - one of the few book/movie combos that I felt equally good about.

  2. That is an epic reading commitment. I love reading books, too, but didn't make anything like that total.

  3. Yes, yes, yes! Books and reading make us RICH!

  4. haha fun! I do this too. I register all the books I read and then look back at those that were best. But I don't read nearly as much as you do! How do you manage it?

  5. Wow, you read about twice the number that I read! I've only read one of your top ten (Cold Mountain) but have had two on the list (Half a Yellow Sun and The Road).

  6. Amazing amount of book reviews, I'll have to check them out, when I get a minute.

  7. Hi Tami,
    I need to bookmark this post so I can chose my 2009 reading list.

    Happy New Year my friend! XXOO

  8. i so envy your ability to read so muhc... my attention spam is that of a moth and it takes me literally months to finish a book anymore...

  9. I read, but not that much...

  10. I admire your effort to set and reach your goal of 150 books (and to review them too!)! Reading is definitly an enriching activity. Thanks for the list and thoughts!

  11. i admire your zeal... i didn't read nearly as much as i would have liked last year.

  12. I wish I had your dedication and commitment to reading. I'm bookmarking your review site for some book ideas on my daily commute to work by bus.

  13. There was a time when I read, read and read - book after book after book - but not so much now. I want to get back to it. I'll start with your recommendations...Thanks!

  14. i read quite a lot, and was pleased to see 'the road' in your top spot as it is one of my top three books of all time.

  15. it was fun to read your list from this year; to remember what a few of them were about.