December 27, 2008

Favorite books of 2008

These may not (most likely haven't) come out in 2008. I'm usually at least 2 years behind in anything. But I read these in 2008, and I really liked them. Not to mention I love making lists and this time of the year is just another excuse.

My favorite reads of 2008 (in no particular order):

1. The Host
I will be the first to admit that it wasn't the best book ever, but the story stuck with me. I still think about about it often. It was such an interesting idea. And it had aliens. I do love aliens.

2. Stargirl
I love, love, love this book. It reminds me of the beauty in being who you truly are.

3. Into the Wild
A haunting story of adventure and passion. Chris' story of finding himself and shunning others is heartbreaking and amazing at the same time.

4. Peter and the Starcatchers
Finding out where my favorite storybook characters came from was fun to read. The fact that this story of fantasy is woven with actual facts makes it magical. If you love Peter Pan, you have to read this series.

5. The Hunger Games
Yes, it's a young adult novel, but what a story packed inside those simple words. Katniss' pain is almost palpable in the darkest, darkest moments. I couldn't put this one down. And I can't wait for the next one.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Even though it was my second reading (and it was actually a book on CD), I still couldn't "put it down." I think I've read the epilogue (or listened to it) about 20 times since the first read 2 summers ago.

7. Irresitible Revolution
Life changing. This little book sparked a new way of thinking for my whole life.

8. Through the Shadowlands
One of the best biographies I've ever read. Love, pain, God and honesty.


Anonymous said...

April! I hope it's okay that I added your blog to follow amongst my many others. ( :
I think that I shall,yea verily, be stealing some books from this list to read. I have read The Host and The Hunger Games, but the others I haven't experienced yet. I agree with you on The Hunger Games. It was so great. I wish I could think up a plot as intricate and exciting as that.
How is camp, and how are you?

cottage girl said...

Lindsey....I'm honored to be added.
I think you would love Stargirl. I'm reading the sequel right now and it's delightful, too.
Camp is good. We are crazy busy getting ready for summer 09. I'm already counting down the months. It's almost summertime, right?!

The Never Fairy said...

Actually, I would say that if you love Peter Pan you wouldn't like the Barry/Pearson books. They have MANY mistakes from J.M. Barrie's original stories. It's as if they never even read them! Peter Pan HAD a backstory already and this is NOT it... to say nothing of even changing WHY he doesn't grow up...

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