Friday, January 02, 2009

2008: The 50 book challenge complete list

Well, I did it. I managed to read 50+ books in the year, and am honestly a little shocked that I read that many. I have always loved to read - I find it to be a passion of mine. I read at night when Keifer goes to bed, I read in the car when CJ is driving (he's usually listening to his sports talk radio, we do actually have conversations occasionally :) ) and I read at the gym on the treadmill. Anywhere I can, I squeeze it in. I've also, at times, actually brushed my teeth while finishing a paragraph or two.

Here is the complete list: whenever I discover a new author, and really enjoy them, I tend to go through all their books. That was the case this year with Lisa Scottoline and Karin Slaughter for me. I really enjoyed both of their writings, and highly recommend them. Karin Slaughter has a series of sorts, starting with Blindsighted, and if you are interested in her, check that series out. Her two "separate" books from that series was Fractured (which I devoured, my first read of hers) and Triptych.

Here's to a new year of good reads!

Here is the complete list for the year:
50 Book Challenge 2008

1. Devil’s Corner – Lisa Scottoline
2. You Can Be Happy No Matter What: Five Principles for Keeping Life in Perspective – Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
3. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold *
4. The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls *
5. What Wendell Wants: Or, How To Tell If You’re Obsessed With Your Dog – Jenny Lee
6. Mistaken Identity – Lisa Scottoline
7. How To Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
8. Waiting for Daisy – Peggy Orenstein
9. A Yellow Raft in Blue Water –Michael Dorris
10. Swim to Me – Betsy Carter
11. The Last Summer (of you and me) – Ann Brashares
12. The Double Bind -- Chris Bohjalian
13. Dead Ringer – Lisa Scottoline
14. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother – James McBride
15. Dark of the Moon – John Sanford
16. Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel – Heather McElhatton
17. The Abs Diet for Women: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Belly and Firm up Your Body for Life – David Zinczenko
18. Shutter Island—Dennis Lehane
19. Back on Blossom Street – Debbie Macomber
20. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver
21. The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A novel of war and survival – Louise Murphy
22. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell
23. Through Ebony Eyes: What Teachers Need to Know But Are Afraid to Ask About African American Students – Gail L. Thompson
24. The Almost Moon – Alice Sebold
25. Change of Heart—Jodi Picoult
26. The Future of Love – Shirley Abbott
27. Lady Killer – Lisa Scottoline
28. The Everything Toddler Book: From Controlling Tantrums to Potty Training, Practical Advice to Get You and Your Toddler Through the Formative Years – Linda Sonna
29. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child—Marc Weissbluth, M.D.
30. Bright Shiny Morning – James Frey
31. The Blue Zone – Dan Buettner
32. Everyone Worth Knowing – Lauren Weisberger
32. Island of Lost Girls – Jennifer McMahon
33. Quicksand – Iris Johansen
34. Making the Terrible Twos Terrific – John Rosemond
35. Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay
36. Dearly Devoted Dexter—Jeff Lindsay
37. The Happiest Toddler on the Block –Harvey Karp, M.D.
38. Twilight –Stephenie Meyer
39. When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris
40. Married Lovers – Jackie Collins
41. Dexter in the Dark – Jeff Lindsay
42. Gossip of the Starlings – Nina de Gramont
43. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
44. New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
45. Dirty Girls on Top—Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
46. Certain Girls – Jennifer Weiner
47. Chasing Harry Winston – Lauren Weisberger
48. The Film Club – David Gilmour
49. Love the One You’re With – Emily Giffin
50. Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer

*read for the second time

51. Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities – Alexandra Robbins
52. This Charming Man – Marian Keyes
53. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski
54. The Garden of Last Days – Andre Dubus III
55. Phantom Prey – John Sandford
56. Stalking Susan – Julie Kramer
57. Sleeping Through the Night:Revised Edition—Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D
58. So Long at the Fair – Christina Schwarz
59. Picture Perfect – Jodi Picoult *
60. A Summer Affair – Erin Hilderbrand
61. Breaking Dawn—Stephenie Meyer
62. The 19th Wife—David Ebershoff
63. The Art of Racing in the Rain—Garth Stein
64. Belong to Me – Marisa de los Santos
65. Don’t you Forget About Me – Jancee Dunn
66. Fractured – Karin Slaughter
67. Triptych—Karin Slaughter
68. Blindsighted – Karin Slaughter
69. Kisscut – Karin Slaughter
70. Indignation – Philip Roth
71. A Faint Cold Fear—Karin Slaughter
72. Indelible – Karin Slaughter
73. The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British – Sarah Lyall
74. Time of my Life – Allison Winn Scotch
75. Faithless – Karin Slaughter
76. Beyond Reach – Karin Slaughter
77. Half of “The Sweet In-Between” –Sheri Reynolds (could not get into it to finish)


Wendy and Karen said...

Congratulations on achieving your reading goal! I look forward to looking at the books on your list and seeing which ones I want to read. So thank you for providing the entire list.

Happy New Year!

kristine said...

Good for you for not only meeting the 50 book challenge but exceeding it!!
I am in on it this year!!

Pasifik said...

Wow....50+ books in a year! Can't do it...

Happy blogging,

Toddler Books


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