Friday, December 26, 2008

2008 Reading in Review

I noticed two funny things while going back through the books that I've read this year. The first was that of all the books I've read, only one was a Contemporary Romance. Next year I'm going to fix that with a Contemporary Romance Challenge. More on that later. The second is that majority of the books read in 2008 were not published in 2008. Is it a requirement that my most memorable reads of the year have been released this year? If so I'm going against the rules. Here are the books that I enjoyed most this year.

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne - Historical Romance
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs - Urban Fantasy
The Sharing Knife (Beguilement & Legacy) by Lois McMaster Bujold - Fantasy Romance
The Rules of Seduction by Madeline Hunter - Historical Romance
The Bright of the Sky by Kay Kenyon - Science Fiction
Silent in the Grave & Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn - Mystery
Eyes of Crow by Jeri Smith-Ready - Fantasy Romance
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery - Romance

Oh, and anything by Laura Kinsale!

What were your favorite reads from this year?


  1. Hey Brie,

    I've got to put up a post like this soon. :-)

    I was thinking about the romance blogging community, the people I've "met", the people who've become friends ... and I remembered that you used to be a HUGE paranormal reader. :-D And look at you now ... eclectic. :-D

    Something strange happened to me this year. I bought many 2008-published books due to all hype, but had read only a few. Somehow the interest dimmed as soon as the books came home with me! I really must either stop buying or start working on that TBR hill.

  2. Hi Jace, You're so right, my reading has turned eclectic. I attribute that to the large reading community. Many books that I would have never read have come to my attention through reader blogs.

    When I was putting this list together I thought about how my reading has changed so much within a years time. When I started blogging I was reading mostly Paranormal Romance. Now PNR has lost its luster with me because one hardly differentiates from the other. I guess I'm trying to say that the books are becoming interchangeable and only a few stand out from the bunch.

    I did something similar to what you did this year. I bought a lot of 08 published books, but read none of them. They are all sitting on my shelves. I'll have to try and tackle them next year.

    I'm looking forward to seeing your list!

  3. Hi Brie! Hope your Holidays were great!
    My reading this year, like yours, pretty eclectic. I read more contemporaries, and this year, when I looked at my list I found that I didn't read as many as I usually do. I find that I read more Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Historical Romance than I have in the past. I also added erotica, which is not something I usually read either. I did read quite a bit of the 2008 releases, but I found myself reading lots of old releases, especially in the Historical/Romance and Sci-Fi genres. It's been an interesting reading year for me.

  4. Hi Hils! It has been interesting for me too. I stepped out of my usual zone and went for books that I wouldn't normally read. I've really been opened up to a whole new world of reading through doing that. With a more open mind now I can only imagine what next year has in store for me reading-wise.

  5. My reading got more eclectic in 2008 as well, but like you, I didn't read a ton of contemporaries. If you do decide to organize a Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, I'm interested in giving it a go! Let me know!

  6. That's a good question, Brie.

    Change, discovery, and expansion seems to be the trend of 2008 and you're not alone. Your post has reminded me that I need to my list this year and get it all cleaned up, but my reading has certainly shifted to include a number of genres and books I would have otherwise dismissed out of hand had it not been for the book blogosphere.

    You have no idea how many books I want to read now based solely on your reviews (especially Eyes of Crow). LOL :D

  7. Christine, I noticed that you were a little more eclectic this year. I am aching to read The Hunger Games after your review.

    Ann, I can't want to read your list. I'm sure there will be some really good ones there. And Eyes of Crow is so good. You must get on that!