Thursday, January 1, 2009

Books Read 2008--Complete List

Here is my books read list for 2008.  Last year I posted my books read lists back to 1997 & figure I will just keep updating it here once a year as well.  I have my paper records but if they should become lost or destroyed, etc, my blog will hopefully be around to review.

Books Read 2008

1. Cell--Stephen King, 350
2. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich--Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 203
3. Wuthering Heights--Emily Bronte, 406
4. The Rule of Four--Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason
5. God Clobbers Us All--Poe Ballantine, 191
6. The Phantom of the Opera--Gaston Leroux, 270
7. The Hobbit--JRR Tolkien, 287
8. The Planet Wizard--John Jakes, 246
9. The Drifters--James Michener, 768
10. All Moms Go To Heaven--Dean Hughes, 95
11. The Partner--John Grisham, 468
12. Ten Thousand Lovers--Edeet Ravel, 284
13. The Lord of the Rings--JRR Tolkien, 1008
14. The Witches of Eastwick--John Updike, 343
15. My 15 Minutes--Sara Faith Alterman, 261
16. The True Story of Fatima--John DeMarchi, IMC, 376
17. Bowerman and the Men of Oregon--Kenny Moore, 417
18. The Death of Ivan Ilyich--Leo Tolstoy, 134
19. See You Later Alligator--William F Buckley Jr, 351
20. The Teeth of the Tiger--Tom Clancy, 480
21. Uncle Tom's Cabin--Harriet Beecher Stowe, 629
22. Desert Light--Chilton Williamson Jr, 230
23. Bicycling Beyond the Divide, Daryl Farmer, 311
24. Faith of My Fathers--John McCain with Mark Salter, 349
25. Alexander's Bridge--Willa Cather, 80
26. White River Massacre--Karl Lassiter, 351
27. Survival in Auschwitz--Primo Levi, 157
28. Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth, Martin Dugard, 202
29. The Rail--Howard Owens, 239
30. The Queen of Spades and Other Stories--Alexander Puskin 85.

The 30 books read shattered my previous high in number read for a year(at least for the years I have been tracking)which was 18 in 1999 and 2001.  Again credit has to go to switching from only read one book at a time to now reading at least 2 and maybe 3 or 4 books all at once.  Setting a book aside for a few days no longer means not reading anything but instead staying with reading but just taking a break from a particular book.  This seems really logical and makes me wonder why it took till I was almost 38 before I started doing this(this was started in Spring of 2007).

Currently still working on War and Peace--long way to go.  The Plague Dogs which I am now under 100 pages to go.  I also added a 3rd book, The Testament by John Grisham.  Grisham books really seem to work as a good extra book, they don't take too much thought and are a quick and easy read as well as generally being kind of fun.

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