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Top 10 Book Lists from 2008: 12/30/08

I actually have one review left for the year (Raindrop, Plop!) which I'll post tomorrow. I've been reading through many year in review lists from my favorite book blogs and thought I'd post a few too. With 474 reviews, it's hard to whittle things down to just ten books. With that in mind, I've made a number of top ten lists. Click on the title of any book to read the review.

Top 10 books I was asked to review (in no particular order):

  1. Blood Matters by Masha Gessen (2008)
  2. Four Wives by Wendy Walker (2008)
  3. Game Widow by Wendy Kays (2008)
  4. The Blunder by Joe Kilgore (2008)
  5. The Twenty Dollar Bill by Elmore Hammes (2007)
  6. Immortal by Traci L. Slatton (2008)
  7. A Jolly Good Fellow by Stephen V Masse (2008)
  8. LoveHampton by Sherri Rifkin (2008)
  9. The Once and Future Celt by Bill Watkins (2008)
  10. Peace: 50 Years of Protest by Barry Miles (2008)

Top 10 Children's Books for children ages 0-10

  1. A Day With My Dad by Lance Waite (2008)
  2. by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond (2008)
  3. Bye Bye Big Bad Bully-Bug by Ed Emberley (2007)
  4. Lost and Found by Mark Teague (1998)
  5. What Makes a Rainbow by Betty Ann Schwartz (2003)
  6. Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin (2000)
  7. Operation Ghost by Jacques Duquennoy (1999)
  8. Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace (1998)
  9. Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson (1996)
  10. Picture Purrfect Kittens by Erika Tatihara and Masaru Mizobuti (1991)

Top 10 Books for tweens and teens

  1. Click edited by Arthur Levine (2007)
  2. Flush by Carl Hiaasen (2005)
  3. Past Perfect Present Tense by Richard Peck (2004)
  4. Sea Shack by Mark McNulty (2004)
  5. Sea Gift by John Ashby (2003)
  6. The Crew by Bali Rai (2003)
  7. Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti (2005)
  8. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986)
  9. Child of the Owl by Lawrence Yep (1977)
  10. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)

Top 10 F&SF Stories

  1. The Alarming Letters from Scottsdale by Warner Law (1973)
  2. Balancing Accounts by James L. Cambias (2008)
  3. Mars: A Traveler's Guide by Ruth Nestvold (2008)
  4. Exit Strategy by K. D. Wentworth (2008)
  5. Firooz and His Brother by Alex Jeffers (2008)
  6. The First Editions by James Stoddard (2008)
  7. Five Thrillers by Robert Reed (2008)
  8. Inside Story by Albert E. Cowdrey (2008)
  9. Monkey See... by P. E. Cunningham (2008)
  10. The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates by Stephen King (2008)

Top 10 Short Stories / Story Collections (from other sources)

  1. Leaving a Light On by Claire LaZebnik (2004)
  2. The Best Christmas Ever by James Patrick Kelly (2004)
  3. Andromeda on the Street of Ducklings by Judi Hendricks (2004)
  4. The Two Month Itch by Sarah Mlynowski (2004)
  5. The Uncertainty Principle by Lynda Curnyn (2004)
  6. Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett (1996)
  7. Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold (1989)
  8. Cuba Revisted by Martha Gellhorn (1988)
  9. Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (1970)
  10. Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger

Top Science Fiction / Fantasy (novel length)

  1. The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson (2008)
  2. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950)
  3. A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley (1934)
  4. Margarettown by Garbrielle Zevin (2005)
  5. Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (1958)
  6. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (1991)
  7. Persistence of Memory by J. M. Snyder (2007)
  8. Mort by Terry Pratchett (1987)
  9. Gateway by Frederik Pohl (1977)
  10. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)

Top Mysteries

  1. The Penthouse Mystery by Ellery Queen (1941)
  2. Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman (1973)
  3. Ghost Cat by Beverly Butler (1984)
  4. Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman (1992)
  5. A Superior Death by Nevada Barr (1994)
  6. Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters (1994)
  7. City of Light by Lauren Belfer (1999)
  8. Blind Side by Penny Warner (2001)
  9. The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (2004)
  10. The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl (2006)

Top Memoirs

  1. A Little Twist of Texas by Linda Raven Moore (2006)
  2. Love and Sand by Howard M. Layton (2009)
  3. Sunsets and Shooting Stars by Rick Seidel (2007)
  4. Never Have Your Dog Stuffed by Alan Alda (2006)
  5. My Pet Virus by Shawn Decker (2006)
  6. Four Seasons in Five Senses by David Mas Masuto (2003)
  7. Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen (1995)
  8. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (1964)
  9. A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains by Isabella L. Bird (1873)
  10. A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis (1961)

Top Nonfiction

  1. Imaginative Still Life by Moira Huntly (1983)
  2. Memphis: Objects, Furniture & Patterns by Richard Horn (1986)
  3. The Dame in the Kimono by Leonard J. Leff and Jerold L. Simmons (1989)
  4. Idaho Snapshots by Rick Just (1990)
  5. The City by Allen J, Scott and Edward W. Soja (1995)
  6. by Ruth Berman (1996)
  7. Salt by Mark Kurlansky (2003)
  8. Death's Acre by William Bass and Jon Jefferson (2004)
  9. Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson (2007)
  10. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner (2008)

Top Fiction

  1. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1852)
  2. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (1900)
  3. Where Angels Fear to Tread by E. M. Forster (1905)
  4. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (1945)
  5. The Image of Josephine by Booth Tarkington (1945)
  6. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene (1948)
  7. Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee (1980)
  8. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann (2005)
  9. Flight of the Goose by Lesley Thomas (2005)
  10. She Who Hears the Sun by Pamela Jekel (1999)


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Comment #1: Thursday, January, 1, 2009 at 02:07:25


Congrats on your accomplishment and Happy New Year.

Comment #2: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 18:03:52


It was fun. I'm looking forward to building a new list.

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