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Books of 2008

January

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter            [mediocre]
Martyr's Song by Ted Dekker                            [love it]
Echo in the Darkness by Francine  Rivers   [a fave]
The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray               [love it]
Sex God by Rob Bell                                        [not so much]
Typee by Herman Melville                              [eh]

February

The Gates of Zion by Bodie Thoene               [I like it, but not as much as Zion Covenant]
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince         [a fave]
Night by Elie Wiesel                                         [love it; will buy it ASAP] 
Redburn by Herman Melville                         [an improvement on Typee, certainly]
Ghetto Diary by Janusz Korczak                   [liked it]
1984 by George Orwell                                 [love it]
Shantung Compound by Langdon Gilkey   [I liked it...ish]

March

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale   [okay]
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu   [liked it]
A Season of Grace by Bette N...                [so blasted disappointing]
On the Move by Bono                                 [Ethiopian visuals!]
Resident Aliens by Haeurwas                  [me gusta]

April

April in Paris by Michael Wallner           [it's okay]
Vital Signs edited by Dale Peck         [meh, mixed bag of goodies]
This Wild Darkness: the story of my death by Harold Brodkey [I liked it]

May [wow, I didn't read many books last month...most were articles for my Pothen paper]

Animal Farm by George Orwell         [me gusta]
The Man With Night Sweats by Thom Gunn   [meh]
The Beautiful Mrs. Seidenman by Andrzej Szczypiorski  [good parts, slow parts; shouldn't have read it broken up]
Nicolae by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins       [so, I don't understand why everyone likes this series so much]
Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw      [liked most of it]
Boys Like Us by Peter McGehee                  [liked it]
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers      [still love it; wrote Francine a letter]
Last Light by Terri Blackstock      [I'm thinking about buying the series...so I'm glad it is a series]
Voices in the Night by Dietrich Bonhoeffer   [the translation]
Night Light by Terri Blackstock  [um...yes...a stay up all night so you can read it in one sitting series]
True Light by Terri Blackstock    [ditto]

June
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum         [meh]
Stargirl by Jerri Spinelli                              [for a ya novel, I liked it a lot]
Passion and Purity   by Elisabeth Eliott                  [I've always loved this book]
The Giver by Lois Lowry                     [um...love it.]
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss      [parts were absolutely beautiful, parts were yawnish]
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath                        [liked it]
Stardust by Neil Gaimon                              [also liked it]
The Way We Live Now American Plays & the AIDS Crisis      [mixed bag]
Without You by Anthony Rapp                     [pretty good; I loved the added info of the RENT stuff]
Dawn's Light by Terri Blackstock               [the end of a good series, le sigh]
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer                        [definitely YA; definitely buying the series]

July
The Virtuous Consumer by Leslie Garrett      [definitely a beginners guide--though I learned a bit]
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer                  [parts were superfluous, but in general I liked.  I liked the J/B/E dynamic]
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer                        [seriously, book!crack; I want a Jasper/Alice story]
Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller      [love it; want to hike Grand Canyon now; thoughts require post]
Atonement by Ian McEwan                         [a beautiful book and a brilliant story--bought it]
Accidentally on Purpose by Mary Pols     [liked it--personality-wise I saw myself]
Cool Names for Babies by Satran & Rosenkrantz    [people name their kids some weird stuff]
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou     [I loved her story; it was beautiful & heartbreaking...]
Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster      [all right in an Austen lover way]
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier      [rather brilliant, really]

August
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer       [most strongly written of series; though parts contrived; liked it a lot]
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler   [While good, it's one I actually preferred the movie]
The Better World Handbook by Jones, Haenfler, & Johnson   [some pretty interesting stuff; some to skim]
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy by Geralyn Lucas         [pretty good but repetitive]
The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket by John Weir            [okay premise, mediocre deliver, better once Eulene entered]
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx                          [I really liked it, and I rarely like short stories]
The Half-Skinned Steer also by Annie Proulx            [this one I didn't like; no character connect at all]

September

Job History by Annie Proulx
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne                 [I liked it much better this time around]
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris                   [loved it--shall read more from Sedaris]
The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess                       [a bit slow going storyline-wise]

October

A Clear and Present Word by Mark D. Thompson     [the first chapter was spectacularly slow; pretty good otherwise]
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote                     [Holly Golightly is an amazing character; and bird imagery! yes]
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew by Sherrie Eldridge      [pretty eye opening]
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyers (what's out there of it)   [I much prefer Edward's eyes to Bella's]

November

Penelope by Marilyn McKay                                          [one of those rare moments when the movie is better]
Lord, Save Us from Your Followers by Dan Merchant    [me gusta; though not growth inspiring as I agreed with him]
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne     [very good, especially for being written in a child's voice]
Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli                             [hard to believe Harry is really over]

December

The Family by the Balswicks                                     [a textbook, but pretty good]
Providence and Prayer by Terrance Tiessen         [a lot was over my head; I preferred the examples at the end]
Let Them Eat Fruitcake by Melody Carlson             [meh]
Wisdom by Andrew Zuckerman                                [brilliant]
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray              [always love it]
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray                                       [still a fave]

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