And that’s a wrap.

December 28, 2008 at 7:15 pm 3 comments

To the absolute best of my ability, here is a list of all the books I read in 2008:

  1. The Truth About Forever
  2. Jane Eyre
  3. Dragon Slippers*
  4. Dragon Flight
  5. Princess Ben
  6. The Great Gatsby
  7. 1984
  8. Lord of the Flies
  9. A girl like Moi*
  10. Project Paris*
  11. Accidentally Fabulous
  12. Let it Snow
  13. Robot Dreams
  14. Lock and Key
  15. Life as we Knew It
  16. Violet on the Runway
  17. Violet by Design
  18. Violet in Private
  19. Carney’s House Party
  20. Betsy’s Wedding
  21. The Faerie Door
  22. Secrets of My Hollywood Life
  23. Secrets of My Hollywood Life: On Location
  24. Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Family Affairs
  25. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  26. Tomorrow the River*
  27. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
  28. Heidi
  29. Boston Jane: An Adventure*
  30. Boston Jane: Wilderness Days*
  31. Boston Jane: The Claim*
  32. Tuck Everlasting
  33. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapes of the Somerset Sisters
  34. The Fellowship of the Ring
  35. Trickster’s Choice
  36. Trickster’s Queen
  37. The Minister’s Daughter
  38. I am Rembrandts Daughter
  39. Wildwood Dancing*
  40. Cybele’s Secret
  41. Sovay
  42. Nobody’s Prize*
  43. Nobody’s Princess
  44. Ingo*
  45. The Tide Knot
  46. Rapunzel’s Revenge*
  47. The Fairy Tales of the Brother’s Grimm*
  48. The Tales of Beadle the Bard
  49. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone*
  50. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets*
  51. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban*
  52. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire*
  53. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix*
  54. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince*
  55. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows*
  56. Impossible
  57. The Dragon Princess
  58. The Naming*
  59. The Singing
  60. The Thief
  61. The King of Attolia*
  62. East*
  63. Book of a Thousand Days*
  64. The Goose Girl*
  65. Enna Burning*
  66. River Secrets*
  67. Princess Academy*
  68. Graceling
  69. A Curse Dark as Gold
  70. Aurelia
  71. Brisingr
  72. Ever
  73. The Hollow Kingdom*
  74. Close Kin*
  75. In the Coils of the Snake*
  76. Speak
  77. The Waterstone*
  78. The Morning Gift
  79. Beauty*
  80. That Summer
  81. Keeping the Moon
  82. The Luxe
  83. The Smile
  84. Hush
  85. Carpe Diem*
  86. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow*
  87. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City
  88. Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tomb
  89. Persuasion
  90. Sense and Sensibility
  91. Pride and Prejudice
  92. Christy Miller volume 1
  93. Christy Miller volume 2
  94. Christy Miller volume 3
  95. Christy Miller volume 4
  96. Christ and Todd: The College Years Book 1
  97. The College Years Book 2
  98. The College Years Book 3
  99. Peeled
  100. The Fieldguide
  101. The Seeing Stone
  102. Lucinda’s Secret
  103. The Ironwood Tree
  104. The Wrath of Mulgrath
  105. The Nixie’s Song
  106. A Giant Problem
  107. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
  108. When the Black Girl Sings
  109. Golden*
  110. Beauty Sleep*
  111. The Crimson Thread
  112. Suite Scarlett
  113. Chalice
  114. Seven Tears into the Sea
  115. Summer at Tiffany
  116. The Patron Saint of Butterflies
  117. The Year my Sister Got Lucky
  118. Ophelia*
  119. Reaching for the Sun
  120. These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking
  121. A Mile in my Flip-flops
  122. The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose
  123. Life on the Refrigerator Door
  124. La Petite Four
  125. The Candy Shop War
  126. Make Lemonade
  127. Sword
  128. The Lucky Ones
  129. Primavera
  130. The Valley of Secrets
  131. The 13th Reality
  132. Diary ofย  Wimpy Kid
  133. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  134. Becoming Me*
  135. It’s My Life*
  136. Who I am*
  137. On my Own*
  138. I Do!*
  139. My Name is Chloe *
  140. Sold Out*
  141. Road Trip*
  142. Face the Music*
  143. Just Ask*
  144. Meant to Be*
  145. Falling Up*
  146. That was Then*
  147. A Not so Simple Life*
  148. Harsh Pink*
  149. Notes from a Spinning Planet: Ireland*
  150. Notes from a Spinning Planet: Papua New Guinea*
  151. Notes from a Spinning Planet: Mexico*
  152. Playing with Fire
  153. The Screwtape Letters
  154. Welcome to the Grandview Hannah*
  155. The Chronicles of Narnia*
  156. This Lullaby
  157. The Night Dance*
  158. The Bible*
  159. Romeo and Juliet
  160. West with the Night
  161. The Twelfth Night
  162. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye

* equals reread

So… you ask then, out of my nice well rounded list of books what are the favorites? Happy to oblige ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m going to steal a bit from Jess’s ideas here and arrange them into categories.

Top Ten Favorite Books Read for the First Time this Year (in no particular order):

  1. The Screwtape Letters
  2. The Truth About Forever
  3. Tuck Everlasting
  4. A Curse Dark as Gold
  5. This Lullaby
  6. The Smile
  7. Persuasion
  8. Life as We Knew It
  9. Chalice
  10. Secrets of my Hollywood Life: Family 1-3 (Yeah, I’m gonna count them as one. My list, my rules ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Top Ten Favorite Rereads (in no particular order):

  1. The Goose Girl
  2. Wildwood Dancing
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia
  4. Diary of a Teenage Girl Chloe Books (I’m counting them as one).
  5. Beauty
  6. The Books of Attolia
  7. East
  8. The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy
  9. The Books of Pellinor
  10. The Harry Potter Series

Danielle’s Top Ten Best Overall [selected from the above two categories (in not particular order)]:

  1. The Goose Girl
  2. Wildwood Dancing
  3. The Screwtape Letters
  4. The Truth About Forever
  5. The Books of Attolia
  6. Persuasion
  7. The Harry Potter Series
  8. The Chronicles of Narnia
  9. Chalice
  10. Tuck Everlasting

Whew! The Top Ten is a really hard list to make. Truly, I love many of the books that I read this year, and obviously I love all the ones that made it specifically onto a list; but this is my humble attempt at compiling a list of books that I would recommend above all others for 2008. I hope you enjoy and happy reading to you all!

Next I would like to offer a little something I call “More Torture for Danielle in the form of Top Eight (2008!) Lists for Movies, Albums/Artists/Songs for 2008.” And to make my life a bit easier I’m going to limit all included media to only the items I was introduced to in 2008. That should help to make life easier ๐Ÿ˜‰ [edit after list was made: it’s still hard]

Top Eight Movies of 2008:

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia: Princes Caspian
  2. Horton Hears a Who
  3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  4. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  5. The City of Ember
  6. The Spiderwick Chronicles
  7. The Illusionist
  8. Indiana Jones

Top Eight Music of 2008:

  1. Taylor Swift
  2. This is Home by Switchfoot
  3. One Sweet Love by Sara Bareilles
  4. Josh Groban, particularly Awake and O Holy Night
  5. Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks
  6. Superchick, Rock What You Got album
  7. Hawk Nelson is my Friend album
  8. Relient K for their amazing lyrics that hit me every time

And there you have it folks. My list. My summary. All the media of 2008. It was an AWESOME year ๐Ÿ˜€


Entry filed under: Book Reviews, Culture, Dreams, High School, Lists, Movie Reviews, Movies, Music, Personal, Special Events, Thoughts.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Q  |  December 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I adore Chalice, and Attolia is just fabulous.

  • 2. Maya  |  December 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Oh my goodness this is a long list. I’ve recently started warming up to Taylor Swift…I’m only a sort-of fan right now.

    And isn’t “Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters” wonderful? I fell in love the first time I read it.

  • 3. Maribeth  |  December 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Did you just make your list, now? from memory?

    Anyway, I really loved The Illusionist and HSM3 and Prince Caspian and of course a lot of those books. ๐Ÿ˜€

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