read in 2008

1. The Blue Bottle Club by Penelope J. Stokes (Better than I expected–it made me think about life and dreams and I really, really liked it. A book worth owning.)

2. Grammar Snobs are Great Big Meanies by June Casagrande (Funny, irreverent, enjoyable. This is the grammar book that I would recommend to people.)

3. The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley (It felt like a Robin McKinley book and I hadn’t read one in a while, so it was amazing, of course. Ended up putting off my homework for it.)

4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Good. Thoughtful. I liked it.)

5. Gulliver’s Travels by Johnathon Swift (Didn’t read the whole thing, but most of it. I was bored, honestly, except for noticing how much of the stuff in the book is in social consciousness.)

6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Wonderful, fun, pure pleasure.)

7. Rasselas, by Samuel Johnson (required for class–a fable that is really good in the beginning, gets boring in some parts, but I did enjoy it.)

8. The Equation That Couldn’t Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry by Mario Livio (a nonfiction book, interesting and great, perhaps rambled too much)

9. East by Edith Pattou (read it very quickly and loved it)

10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney (these books are so great . . .)

11. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (delightful)

12. Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan(Percy and the Olympians book 2, the series continues and is still very wonderful. read it in two days)

13. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman by Adrienne Kress (I LOVED this book)

14. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan (I keep reading, keep enjoying it very much. Not my favorite, by the way, but very good, and I read this book in a single evening)

15. In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall (very good)

16. Ion, Republic by Plato (I still laugh when I read Plato. And this isn’t really a book, it’s a few pages long.)

17. The Hobbit by Tolkien (Wonderful book. It was better the second time and I was thoroughly delighted)

18. Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande (I read it in a day, I needed to, really good)

19. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford (what a delightful book! Short and wonderful)

20. A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (really good book, worth loving and reading again and again)

21. The Thief by Meghan Whalen Turner (LOVED IT!)

22. Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (I loved the ending, and the beginning, and the middle. Delightful)

23. Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball (wonderful, wonderful book of truth. It taught me so much)

24. Three Against Hitler by Rudi Wobbe, Jerry Borrowman (repeat) (very good book)

25. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (different than I’d thought it would be, but more enjoyable too)

26. Hubener vs. Hitler: A Biography of Helmuth Hubener, Mormon Teenage Resistance Leader by Richard Lloyd Dewey (Pretty good read, though I would use another book, 3 Against Hitler, for example, for introduction into the Hubener resistance group, and then I would read this one if you want more information)

27. The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by by Candice Millard (LOVED it. Incredibly good book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. One of the best nonfiction books I have ever read)

28. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (very, very good. There is something deep and real to this book. I recommend you read it if you haven’t)

29. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (enjoyable, better than I expected, and I’m glad I own it)

30. Lady Friday by Garth Nix (different from the rest of the series, but different in a good way. Enjoyed it)

31. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (C.S. Lewis is amazing, I’ll just say that)

32. The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean (I enjoyed it)

33. The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo (I’ve wanted to read a book by this author, and this book was very delightful, real, sad, and easy to read)

34. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (repeat) (AAH! Different the second time than the first, but almost sweeter. Love, love, LOVE this book.)

35. Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers (great book. Short, well written, liked the poetic references and the thoughtfulness it brings)

36. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (violent, but wonderful. I really want to see the original play someday)

37. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Books Four: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan(great book, this is one of my favorites in the series. wonderful)

38. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (Wonderful. Likable male characters, a little predictable, but a good ride)

39. Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher (I read this book before, but I forgot the plot entirely, so it was nice rediscovering it)

40. Walking Taylor Home by Brian Schrauger (Sad book, but very good)

41. Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (It took me a while to read, but it was very enjoyable and fun. The ending was the best part.)

42. Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark (So I went out of my genre into Mary Higgins Clark territory, and it was a fun ride.)

43. Queen of Attolia by Meghan Whalen Turner (LOVE it. Favorite. Wow.)

44. Robot Dreams by Sara Varon (no words, just pictures. Beautiful story)

45. The 13th Reality: Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner (It dropped off for a bit in the middle for me, but the beginning and ending were great. Good characters, good plot ideas, and a really great setup for sequels.)

46. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (I was curious. So I read it. I enjoyed it while I was reading it.)

47. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Favorite in the series by far. There is a lot of depth to this, a lot of fun and creative plot lines (though most people think they are weird, I think that it made the book unique and good), it is much more grown up, and there are moments that I just want to read again and again.)

48. Rapunzel’s Revenger by Shannon Hale (Wonderful! Delightful! Happy!)

49. Superior Saturday by Garth Nix (I really, really want to read Sunday now. I liked it better than Friday, and there were really cool parts of this book)

50. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones herself (I love Diana Wynne Jones! This book was an absolute delight!)

51. House of Many Ways also by Diana Wynne Jones (Very good. Honestly, I liked the other two of the series a little bit better, but this was still really good)

52. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (People will tell you this is a book you need to read. I don’t think you need to read it. It’s really good, I’ll admit it, but it swears too much for my liking. Go read the Outsiders, I am the Cheese, and Flowers for Algernon and you’ll get the same messages/feel from reading this book)

53. Speak (Repeat). (Okay, this book is over at #28, so I’ve read it twice this year. I probably shouldn’t count it twice, but I did read it once on my own, and once for my adolescent lit class. So I’m counting it)

54. Beowulf (Does this count as a book? It’s really just a long poem. I’ll count it. Best when read while thinking about Lord of the Rings . . . )

55. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (repeat) (What a beautiful, beautiful book. Cried. Loved it.)

56. Hard Times by Charles Dickens (Not my favorite, but I enjoy reading Dickens still)

57. King of Attolia by Meghan Whalen Turner (repeat) (Wow. Needed to read this. I think I could read the Attolia books hundreds of times and still miss things)

58. Push by Sapphire (I could never really recommend this book to anyone–the language is absolutely horrible, and the themes are really hard to read. And in the end, it wasn’t at all worth it. Required for a class)

59. Parts of Bless Me Ultima (by Rudolfo Anaya), and parts of My Name is Asher Lev (by Chaim Potock). (I didn’t finish either of these books. But I read the first hundred pages, so I’ll stick them up here)

60. The Autobiography of John Stuart Mill (I’m taking a class on him, and he is fascinating. His philosophy is awesome. Though I wouldn’t probably recommend this for an entertaining book . . . )

61. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (Enjoyable)

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