Weekly Geeks #19 – Best of 2008

Week of September 27, 2008

Dewey has challenged the Weekly Geeks to name their top picks for books published in 2008. I have read some fantastic books this year…and whittling them down to “the best” was not easy. Here are my picks so far this year (click on the titles to read my reviews):

Best Chick Lit

Best Non Fiction

Best Literary Fiction

Best Gothic Fiction

Best Short Story Collection

Best Historical Fiction

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  1. Some of the books you mention are on my list as well–The House at Riverton and Guernsey (sorry, but I’m a little too lazy right now to type out the whole title :)). I imagine that Guernsey will end up being a top favorite book for 2008–I’ve seen it one four or five lists already.

    • lenore on September 29, 2008 at 10:53

    Story of Forgetting – was that this year? It was great!

    • Kerrie on September 29, 2008 at 13:36

    I’m intersted to see that you listed THE HOUSE AT RIVERTON as a “gothic” novel.
    That is my thinking about it’s style too. She reminds me of Victoria Holt, Susan Howatch and writers of about 40 years ago.
    You would probably enjoy her next: THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN

    • Jill on September 29, 2008 at 15:57

    TAG – you’re it – http://mrstreme.livejournal.com/62368.html

  2. I loved The Translator and The Cellist of Sarajevo. Great choices!

  3. What a great listing of books for this year. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do to have read them all. I was lucky enough to listen to Marisa de los Santos at the National Book Festival on Saturday and she was wonderful. That really made me regret not having read her novels. If I hadn’t been carrying 30 pounds of books, I would have bought them then and there to get her signature. Thanks again for the great leads.

    • Wendy on September 30, 2008 at 07:47

    Katherine: I agree that Guernsey will make the top five for 2008…I would not be surprised at all!

    Lenore: Yup – I believe so! I read an Advance Readers Edition … at least I hope it was a 2008 *laughs*

    Kerrie: Thanks for stopping by – I would definitely put the Morton book in the Gothic genre… and I’d like to read more of her work.

    Jill: *laughing* I may not get to this one until the end of the week – but thanks, Jill 🙂

    Natasha: Thanks…both those books were amazing.

    Literate Housewife: I’m planning on going to the Book Expo in San Jose at the end of October where de los Santos will be speaking (alone with a bunch of other wonderful writers). I hope I’ll be able to get her to sign my book 🙂

  4. Except for The Wednesday Sisters, I haven’t read any of the books you mention, although a bunch of them are already on my wish list. Thanks for sharing this list!

  5. I loved The Translator and The Wednesday Sisters. I have yet to get to my copy of The Sister. I got it as an arc and still haven’t read it, I need to move it up my list!

    • Wendy on October 3, 2008 at 09:16

    Avisannschild: Glad to help increase your TBR lists 🙂

    Icedream: I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on The Sister – some readers (like me) loved it, while others gave it a lukewarm review.

    • Anna on October 7, 2008 at 17:04

    You’ve got a lot of great books on your list!! There’s a bunch on there I want to read, especially that “Guernsey” mouthful of a title! LOL

    • Wendy on October 9, 2008 at 08:48

    Anna: The Guernsey book will undoubtedly stay in my top ten for the year…great book.

  6. I have a feeling Guernsey will end up on my list, even though I haven’t read it yet! But I’m really looking forward to it.

    The House at Riverton and Belong To Me are also on my TBR list, glad to hear they’re so good.

    • Wendy on October 13, 2008 at 16:24

    Tiny: You have some good books in front of you…so far I haven’t read anything really negative about Guernsey…and mostly people are raving about it.

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