“Books May Well Be The Only True Magic” – Alice Hoffman

2008 Year End Review
Number of Books Read: 100
First Book Read:
Confessor by Terry Goodkind
Last Book Read: The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett

Top 10 Books Read
• The Book of Lost Things – John Connolly
• The Sugar Queen – Sarah Addison Allen
• The Secret History of the Pink Carnation – Lauren Willig
• I, Coriander – Sally Gardner
• The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff
• The Confession of Max Tivoli – Andrew Sean Greer
• The Magicians and Mrs.Quent – Galen Beckett
• The Sweet Far Thing – Libba Bray
• Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer
• Swallowing Darkness – Laurell K. Hamilton

Top 10 Worst Books Read
• Cruel Summer – Allison Noel
• Queen of Dragons – Shana Abe
• Star-Crossed – Linda Collison
• Looking Glass Wars – Frank Beddor
• Orphans of Chaos – John C. Wright
• In the Forest of the Night – Amelia Atwater Rhodes
• Any Given Doomsday – Lori Handeland
• Rumor of Gems – Ellen Steiber
• Saving Juliet – Suzanne Selfors
• Accordion Crimes – E. Annie Proulx

I read 1 less book this year than last year. That is pretty good considering I promised myself in 2008 that if I did not like a book by page 100, I would stop reading it and not include it on my list of books read. So there are quite a few of those in additon to the 100 I actually completed. I definitely found some new favorite authors this year like Lauren Willig, Sarah Gardner, Lauren Groff and Andrew Sean Greer. I also read quite a few stinkers which is why I added the Top 10 Worst Books Read list.

Must Reads of 2009

I keep adding more and more books but here are the 20 books that I absolutely will be reading this year. I also plan to read more books that I actually own and stop borrowing from Kenci and the library so much. Even though I got my beautiful new bookcases, they are all full so I have to thin the herd especially since the library book sale is coming up at the end of February.

• The Girl Who Chased the Moon – Sarah Addison Allen
• The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
• New Amsterdam – Elizabeth Bear
• The Temptation of the Night Jasmine – Lauren Willig (Pink Carnation Book 5)
• The Court of the Air – Stephen Hunt
• Ladies of Grace Adieu – Susanna Clarke
• The Story Sisters – Alice Hoffman
• Delicate Edible Birds – Lauren Groff
• Nocturnes – John Connolly
• Revelations – Melissa de la Cruz (Blue Bloods Book 3)
• The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles Book 1)
The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski
• The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
• Porcelain Dove – Delia Sherman
• The House at Riverton – Kate Morton
• The Meaning of Night – Michael Cox
The Glass of Time – Michael Cox
• Midnight Never Come – Marie Brennan
• The Big Fish – Daniel Wallace
• The Little Giant of Aberdeen County – Tiffany Baker

*  a small caveat to this list is that I also endeavor to read and critique anything that Dani places before me via email, blog, text or tiny USB drive in a TIMELY manner this year. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that her stuff is very, very good.

Well, I guess that about sums it all up. I pretty much pilfered Kenci’s format for this blog but they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Actually, I’m just a lazy bookwhore. 😉

Now I am off to read!


5 thoughts on ““Books May Well Be The Only True Magic” – Alice Hoffman

  1. Lol. Yay for the update! And I am very flattered. ;o)

    I love your new layout. It looks much more like you. The white reminds me of your white bookshelves… which we definitely need to get arranged this year after the library sale. It’s time you are able to find the books you know you have!

    On a side note – next to your link for Mini Book Expo I think you should put (miniature books for miniature painters). ;o)

    I love how you added your 10 Worst Reads of last year. I think I will do that as well.

    I love book lists! I’ll come up with some more. Book lists and book quotes.

  2. Yeay for reading my work! You guys have pushed me to get some writing done and hopefully with enough pushing, I’ll have something to publish soon. And then my book can actually go on your shelf instead of inside a USB drive! hehe!

    And I’m blushing from the praise for my stuff. I *heart* you. 🙂

  3. Any Given Doomsday would be on my worst list if I had one. But I kept wanting to read more for some reason. It’s like buffalo wings. They are so bad for me but I can’t seem to give them up.

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