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Best Books of 2008 January 2, 2009

Filed under: Books and Movies,Just For Fun — Amy @ 05:57

Did you read much in 2008?  Are you hoping to read more in 2009?  Isn’t it hard to find a good book?  I am always on the lookout for one.  If I’m reading a good book, I’m concerned about my next book.  My reader friends and I regularly ask each other, “So…what are you reading?”

This is a link to the NY Times List of top selling books in 2008.  Have you read any of these?  I’ve only read 3 on these lists, but I have a few of them by my bed ready to read.  Sometimes I agree with these lists and sometimes I don’t.  I think friends are the best way to find a good book.

What do you think are the best books you’ve read in 2008?  Stephanie has a list of books on her blog Pointed Meanderings.  I am going to use her list to help me choose books this year.

Here are  some  I enjoyed in 2008:

  • The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. I loved reading about the culture of Botswana.  I have never been  that interested in going to Africa until I read about the gentle, refined people in this book.  I have read several in13720279 this series and have downloaded some from iTunes so I can listen when I travel to meetings.
  • A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein. I came to appreciate Hillary Clinton. I didn’t really like her until I read this book. I thought she might be the next president and wanted to know what we were in for.  I was drawn to it because of the author (Watergate) and because I had read that she was not happy with it. She thought it portrayed her in a negative light. I was impressed with her story.
  • The New Testament in the Easy Reader Version. It seemed fresh in a version other than the NIV.
  • A Year of Wonders was about the plague in England. It was a heavy, serious but beautiful book about strength and weakness of character.
  • Sophie Kinsella – anything she writes….She is so fun. It’s junk food!
  • Three Cups of Tea chronicled the adventures of an American man in the mountains of Pakistan.  He was so moved by the needs of the people that he built several schools for their children.  True story.   I don’t know if I really enjoyed this book as much as I was glad I had read it.  Not a great sales pitch, huh?
  • I’m currently reading The Friday Night Knitting Club and have Scarpetta on my nightstand. (Thanks, Stephanie and Sam’s Club)

What did you read last year? Share it with the rest of us.  We all need help finding something good to read.


6 Responses to “Best Books of 2008”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    I absolutely have to read the Alexander McCall Smith books. So many people have recommended them to me.

    I think your Easy Reader Version of the NT is a good idea. In last week’s Religion section of the AR Democrat Gazette, one man suggested that, if you plan to do the read-the-bible-through-in-one-year thing, you might get much more out of it by trying to read a different version each year, and maybe not the whole thing. He reminded us that the worth of the action doesn’t come from making a check mark on the calender each day, but in encountering the text in a meaningful way. I like that idea very much.

  2. amyadair Says:

    I had tried and failed soooo many times to read the Bible through in one year. Last year, I decided to read Matthew in January and see how it went. I accomplished that so I read Mark in February and so on. I like the ERV because I wasn’t completing the verse in my head before I finished reading it on the page.

    I started Scarpetta last night. I love having a good, long book waiting for me whenever I have a moment.

  3. dana Says:

    Okay, I have to admit it, I read the Twilight series last year. I’m I proud of it, not particularly. But once I got started, I had to read ALL of them. Will I see the movie? Never! And no, I’M NOT an Edward fan. Right now I am reading Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. Finding intimacy with God in the busyness of Life. I also would love to try again to read my Bible thru this year. Why do we find this so hard? Please pray for me.

  4. amyadair Says:

    I love getting hooked on a series. I just bought the last #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency book. I haven’t started the Twilight series, yet, but would probably get hooked just like everybody else I know! I hope you read the Bible through this year. I have not accomplished that yet.

  5. dana Says:

    Amy, I just reread your list of books read. Do you loan your books? I would love to read The No1 Ladies Det. Agency, A Year of Wonders, & Three Cups of Tea. I think you & I enjoy the same books.

  6. amyadair Says:

    I love to loan my books, so all of those are loaned out. I know the Searcy library has the No. 1 Ladies’ Det. Agency Series. In fact, I have some of those not loaned out, but not all of them. If you want to read them out of order, I can get you started. I borrowed A Year of Wonders & 3 Cups of Tea is loaned out right now. If I love a book, I want everyone to read it! I would love to share with you. Let me know if you want the Det. series out of order. It is not necessary to the plot for the books to be in order, but you get to know the characters in a sensible manner.

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