2008 was the year in which Lizzy became a reading challenge junkie.  If you’ve been following the wallpaper on the right —-> you’ll see that I completed 17.  That’s very satisfying not just in terms of numbers, but in the variety of reading material; a heady mixture of the old and the new, novels, short-stories and non-fiction that the challenges pushed to the top of the TBR – over 80 titles in all.  At some stage the Challenges 2008 widget will disappear from this page.  So I’ve created a permanent record of my Challenge 2008 diary here.

A review of the full year’s reading – 105 titles –  yields the following LizzyBook(er)Dozen – in alphabetical order of category.  Rereads excluded.

Comic Read of the YearPlanet Germany – Cathy Dobson

Controversial Novel of the YearThe Story of A Marriage – Andrew Sean Greer.  Bloggers starting fighting discussing this on publication in June …. and the discussion continues.

German Novel of the Year: Death in Rome – Wolfgang Koeppen

Gothic Read of the YearFall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald

Historical Crime Fiction of the Year:  A Vengeful Longing – R N Morris

Non-Fiction Title of the YearThe Sinister Side – James Hall

Psychological Novel of the YearTrauma – Patrick McGrath – the book that has spawned an obsession with mental illness.  You have been warned …..

Scottish Book of the Year – This is Not About Me – Janice Galloway

Short Story Collection of the YearMothers and Sons – Colm Toibin

Short Story of the YearThe Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  So good that I read it twice.

Suspense Novel of The Year – The Cry of the Owl – Patricia Highsmith

The One that Should Have Won The BookerThe Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry.  Here’s to the Costa as a consolation.

Young Adult Novel of the YearThe Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

Time now to award  ****** to Lizzy’s  Read  of the Year

Apologies to Andrew Sean Greer, whose book I predicted would take this year’s top spot.  The Story of A Marriage has been pipped at the post by the book that  forced me to review it three months after reading.  I was too busy at the Edinburgh Book Festival to review it at the time.  However, this is a book that, I suspect,  will simply never go away. See that punch on the cover?  It’s delivered straight to the gut.

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier