Lizzy's Literary Life

Celebrating the pleasures of a 21st century bookworm

Books Read 2008

Here’s the full list of books read in 2008.  You can find details of the Best of 2008 here.

102 Sorbonne Confidential – Lauren Zuckermann ***
101 Castle In The Clouds – Monica Janssens ***
100 One Step Behind – Henning Mankell ***
99 I’m Not Scared – Niccolo Amanniti ****
98 The Sinister Side – James Hall ****
97 The Grasshopper – Anton Chekhov ****
96 One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey (Unabridged Audio) *****
95 The Behaviour of Moths – Poppy Adams ***
94 Beware of Pity – Stefan Zweig **
93 Exit Music – Ian Rankin (Unabridged Audio) ***
92 The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde ***1/2
91 The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry ****1/2
90 The Raven – Edgar Allen Poe *****
89 The Turn of the Screw – Henry James ***
88 Binu and The Great Wall – Su Tong ***1/2
87 North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell ***
86 The Woods – Harlan Coben (Unabridged Audio) **
85 Typhoon – Charles Cumming ** 1/2
84 Glenfarron Jonathan Falla ****
83 Catholics – Brian Moore *** 1/2
82 The Bachelors – Adalbert Stifter **1/2
81 The White TigerAravind Adiga ***
80 Burning Secret – Stefan Zweig ****
79 Amok and Other Stories – Stefan Zweig ***
78 Mothers and Sons – Colm Toibin ****
77 The Lesson of the Master – Henry James ***
76 The World According to Bertie – Alexander McCall Smith ***

75 Short Story September
– The £1,000,000 Banknote – Mark Twain ***
The Other Two – Edith Wharton ****
The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman *****
A Pair of Silk Stockings – Kate Chopin ***
The Overcoat – Nikolai Gogol *****

74 This is Not About Me – Janice Galloway *****
73 Helpless – Barbara Gowdy ****
72 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro *****
71 Doctor Glas – Hjalmar Soderberg ****
70 Author, Author! – David Lodge (Unabridged Audio) ***1/2
69 Late Nights on Air – Elizabeth Hay ***
68 The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier *****
67 The Book of Chameleons – Jose Agualusa ***
66 The Road of Bones – Anne Fine ****
65 A Case of Exploding Mangoes – Mohammed Hanif ****
64 Romanno Bridge – Andrew Greig ***1/2
63 Cleave – Edited by Sharon Blackie ****
62 The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth ***
61 Lorraine ConnectionDominque Manotti ***1/2
60 Country of the GrandGerard Donovan ***
59 GlisterJohn Burnside ***
58 The Good Life – Jay McInerny **
57 The Ice Princess – Camilla Läckberg *** 1/2
56 Being Emily – Anne Donovan ***
55 The Death of Dalziel – Reginald Hill (Unabridged Audio) *** 1/2
54 Where Three Roads MeetSalley Vickers *** 1/2
53 The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham ****
52 The Story of A MarriageAndrew Sean Greer *****
51 Engleby – Sebastian Faulks *** 1/2
50 The Lost Art of Keeping SecretsEva Rice ***
49 The Colour of Blood – Brian Moore ***
48 The Fifth Woman – Henning Mankell ****
47 The Naming of the Dead – Ian Rankin ***
46 Michael KohlhaasHeinrich von Kleist ***
45 The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Boell *****
44 First Among Sequels Jasper Fforde
43 The Artificial Silk-GirlIrmgard Keun **
42 The Falconer – Alice Thompson ****
41 Planet Germany – Cathy Dobson ****
40 A Small Weeping – Alex Gray (Unabridged Audio) ***
39 The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald ***
38 The Oxford Murders – Guillermo Martinez **
37 The Man In the Window – K O Dahl ***
36 Trauma – Patrick McGrath *****
35 The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman ***** (Review pending)
34 Pandora In The Congo – Albert Sánchez Piñol ****
33 Pack of Lies – Geraldine McCaughrean ***
32 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy **1/2
31 Fault Lines – Nancy Huston *** 1/2
30 I, Robot – Isaac Asimov ***
29 Death In Rome – Wolfgang Koeppen *** 1/2
28 Ghost Town – Patrick McGrath *** 1/2 (Review pending)
27 The One from The Other – Phillip Kerr *** 1/2
26 Peripheral Vision – Patricia Ferguson *** 1/2
25 Innocent Traitor – Alison Weir (Unabridged Audio) ****
24 Bartleby The ScrivenerHerman Melville ***
23 A Partisan’s Daughter – Louis De Bernieres **
22 The Great Victorian Collection – Brian Moore ***
21 The Secret River – Kate Grenville ***
20 The Road – Cormac McCarthy (Unabridged Audio) ****
19 Fall on Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald *****
18 The Cry of the Owl – Patricia Highsmith ****
17 Down to a Sunless SeaMatthias B Freese ** – ***** (Review Pending)
16 Never Somewhere Else – Alex Gray (Unabridged Audio) ***
15 Certainty – Madeleine Thien **1/2
14 The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields ****
13 The Book of Words – Jenny Erpenbeck ***
12 The Touchstone / Souls Belated – Edith Wharton ****
11 The Invisible Man – H G Wells (Unabridged Audio) ***
10 I Am Mary Dunne – Brian Moore *** 1/2
09 Fasting, Feasting – Anita Desai *** 1/2
08 The Long Delirious Burning Blue – Sharon Blackie ***
07 A Vengeful Longing – R N Morris ***
06 The Grey Woman – Elizabeth Gaskell ****
05 Cousin Phyllis – Elizabeth Gaskell (Unabridged Audio) ***
04 A Gentle Axe – R N Morris ***
03 The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene ****
02 The Bower BirdAnn Kelley ****
01 Lies of Silence – Brian Moore ****

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One thought on “Books Read 2008

  1. Lizzy,
    You are a ferocious reader. I read around 50 books per year, however, that’s going to change because I’ve just retired, which means I’m reading between 2 and 3 each week depending on the length of the book of course. I like how you put stars at the side of each book which is a good guide.

    Love your blog which is one of the ones I look at each day for inspirtation.

    Many Thanks,

    Jennifer Dee.

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