Books Read in 2008

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  1. Clicking on book titles that appear underlined when you scroll over them will take you to book reviews on my personal blog.

  2. The Siren Years - Charles Ritchie
  3. The interesting life of a Canadian diplomat living in London during the bombings.
  4. Rating:3.5/5

  5. The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
  6. First Can-Con (Canadian content) book I've read in a long while. It's a quiet read with backwards denouement so not necessarily for everyone.
  7. Rating: 4.5/5

  8. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
  9. Beautiful book that catches you up in the story.
  10. Rating: 5/5

  11. Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
  12. Finally read this classic and find it just as delightful as the movie adaptations.
  13. Rating: 5/5

  14. Essential Militaria - Nicolas Hobbes
  15. I love any kind of trivia but this was especially interesting as it took information from almost every period in history.
  16. Rating:3/5

  17. The A.B.C. Murders - Agatha Christie
  18. Your typical Agatha Christie with Poirot at the wheel. Nothing special.
  19. Rating: 3/5

  20. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  21. Can-Con read. Loved this book! The ending has a 6th Sense twist.
  22. Rating: 5/5

  23. Atonement - Ian McEwan
  24. So sad but the ending almost made me want to pull my hair out and read the beginning again
  25. Rating: 4/5

  26. The Arthurian Omen - GG Vandagriff
  27. LT read. I was looking forward to a story set in Wales but the plot felt scattered and left me disappointed.
  28. Rating: 1/5

  29. Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  30. My very first graphic novel and I'm not sure anything else will ever live up to the story.
  31. Rating: 5/5

  32. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
  33. I was apprehensive about reading a story with 6 interwoven seemingly unrelated stories but man was I wrong. This book was amazing!
  34. Rating: 5/5

  35. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
  36. Do not read if you're vegetarian or easily grossed out. This book was both depressing and gross. It was less of a story and more of a psa for food standards in America.
  37. Rating: 2/5

  38. The Seven Dials - Agatha Christie
  39. Not memorable. Weird protagonists with names like "Bundle"
  40. Rating: 3/5

  41. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
  42. Brilliant but frustrating because Christie is so good. One of her best books.
  43. Rating: 5/5

  44. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  45. It was written in the 19th century but felt prescient in terms of London being ravaged. At times I forgot it wasn't depicting WWII.
  46. Rating: 3/5

  47. A Game of Thrones - George RR Martin
  48. A must-read for fantasy lovers. One of my favourite authors and a start to a great series with more sword than sorcery - just the way I like it.
  49. Rating: 5/5

  50. Nana - Emile Zola
  51. In the movie "The Life of Emile Zola" this book is mentioned as making him famous. The only parts worth reading are the first and last 50 pages. Everything else inbetween is dreck, utter dreck.
  52. Rating: 2/5

  53. Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie
  54. An okay read. Introduces Miss Marple to the masses.
  55. Rating: 3/5

  56. Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brian
  57. Naval fiction with a little too much detail that got in the way of the story. Less description more plot next time O'Brian.
  58. Rating:3/5

  59. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
  60. Disappointing. I was initially interested in his transformation but it trickled off from there.
  61. Rating: 2/5

  62. Khubilai Khan's Lost Fleet - James Delgado
  63. A Mini-Book Blogger read. Interesting book about Khan's fleet lost off Japan but focused less on the archaeology and more on reconstructing the story of the fleet.
  64. Rating: 2/5

  65. An Infamous Army - Georgette Heyer
  66. Early Reviewer read. Romance set just before the Battle of Waterloo. Unfortunately I found the battle scenes more interesting than the romance.
  67. Rating: 3/5

  68. Spain - Jan Morris
  69. Travel book from one of the world's best. Left me wanting in some spots though.
  70. Rating: 3/5

  71. Dune - Frank Herbert
  72. An amazing book! One of my favourite sci-fi novels. I find something new every time I read it.
  73. Rating: 5/5

  74. The Nun - Denis Diderot
  75. Boring boring boring. At less than 200 pages it felt like 600+. Suzanne never stands up for herself and is constantly picked on seemingly for no reason at all sometimes.
  76. Rating: 1/5

  77. Suspicions of Mr. Whicher - Kate Summerscale
  78. Interesting look at how the idea of detectives first developed in England.
  79. Rating: 3/5

  80. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
  81. An amazing book by one of the greats. du Maurier creates a creepy atmosphere with lyrical description.
  82. Rating: 4.5/5

  83. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
  84. A long read but I was almost halfway through the book before I got invested in the characters. This would have been better served by editing.
  85. Rating: 2.5/5

  86. Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift
  87. This books would have been better left as a group of essays. I was so bored and uninterested in the stories. Not worth the read.
  88. Rating: 2.5/5

  89. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
  90. A good story with some amazing description of Victorian life.
  91. Rating:3/5