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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Favorite Books of 2008

Everyone else is doing it, so here is my list of my favorite books of 2008. They aren't in any particular order, but #1-3 are the best of the best.

- Gone by Michael Grant - This is pure awesomeness! It has earned a place in my list of favorite books, which is very small compared to the hundreds (even thousands) of books I've read.

- Unwind by Neal Schusterman - This was sci-fi that was chilling, well written, and made me think at the same time.

- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow - This also goes on my favorites list! Geeky, but in a cool way!

- The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson - Ditto what I said for Unwind, but it wasn't quite as horrific (as in good horror).

- Kaimira: The Sky Village by Monk Ashland and Nigel Ashland - This is Middle Grade, but I still loved it!

- Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs - I loved this book! It reminded me of the Percy Jackson series (<3)>

- Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper by Michael Reisman - Another Middle Grade book. This one had a really unique premise.

- Ever by Gail Carson Levine - This one is usually categorized as Middle Grade, and got some not-so-great reviews, but I loved it.

- Wake by Lisa McMann - It was hard to get used to the way the book was written, but once I was used to it I was hooked.

- The Devouring by Simon Holt - I read this on Sorry Night... and it freaked me out so much that I nearly fell over when a small noise startled me.

- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - One of the few realistic fiction books on my list. That means it's very, very good!

And some that weren't published in 2008, but I read in 2008:

- The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray - This took me forever to finish (800 pages), but it was a great conclusion to the Gemma Doyle Trilogy! ... *cry*

- Specials and Extras by Scott Westerfeld - Yes! I finished the incredible Uglies series!

- Hero by Perry Moore - It's about superheroes!

- Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves - It has parallel worlds (!!!) and multiple versions of the main character... who have the power to travel between worlds! And it's a mixture of sf and fantasy. This one would only be better if the book was longer, and a series.

- Mortal Engines and Predator's Gold (The Hungry City Chronicles) by Philip Reeve - Incredible! Especially Mortal Engines.

- Larklight by Philip Reeve - This was set in an alternate 1800's where the British Empire extends into outer space. I loved it!

- Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier - This one was near perfect. Need I say more?

- The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci - One of my favorite graphic novels. Ever.

- The entire Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan - Middle Grade, but some of the best MG books out there!

- The Hollow People (Promises of Doctor Sigmundus) by Brian Keaney - It was short and ended on a cliffhanger, but it was good!

I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but this is all I can think of now.

There are some books I'm sure would be on here (The Hunger Games, Sleepless, Undone, The Otherworldlies, Skinned, Graceling, The Summoning, and others), but I haven't had a chance to read them yet.



Em said...

I just posted the winner of my chicken soup contest. You didn't win but keep checking my blog because I'll be posting a bigger contest later this month. :)

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sharonanne said...

What is it with you and winning stuff? jeez. lol

Lenore said...

We read a lot of the same books. All in all, a great reading year :)

Oh and thanks for always entering my contests. I have another HUGE one coming up mid-month.

Shalonda said...

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cindy said...

good luck with your new review site! and thanks for entering my ARC contest!

Chelsea said...

Totally unrelated, but it really is sick how many contests you win. Karma Queen.

Great list, btw.

LisaMay said...

I haven't read many of these, I'll take it as a list of recommendations :)

Claire said...

Oh. My. Gods was amazing! I can't wait to read THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY....

Josette said...

Haha! I thought it'd take me forever to finish The Sweet Far Thing too but I enjoyed reading it, so not complaining much. I'm also sad that the story has come to an end. Here's my review of it.

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