Top Reads of 2008

All in all, 2008 wasn’t the most inspiring book-reading year I’ve ever had, busy though it was. These were (in no particular order) my favorite non-rereads, though, and I can’t recommend them highly enough:

Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull

Best book in the Fablehaven series yet, with the worst title, and worst cover. But this series continues to completely satisfy every Children’s fantasy leanings I could have, without it reading too young, which is a huge bonus.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Okay, the woman is insane and I freely grant that. And the first ten chapters of this are still crap. But the rest of it was weirdly addictive, and not in the why-did-I-just-read-that way that Twilight is. If there was a sequel, I’d read it. (Oh let’s be honest here, if there was another Twilight book, I’d probably read that too.)

The Life Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty.

Fun, with a completely wonderfully neurotic main character, and a storyline that kept me guessing right up to the explanation, which is really how it always is. Moriarty is fantastic with handling different POV’s and manipulating the narrative by how accurate or trustworthy their accounts are, which I love.

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Possibly my favorite because I wasn’t expecting it to like it at all, and it turned out to be utterly fantastic. A fantastic homage entirely flipped on its head. I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Somehow I’d only read halfway through this book before, so this read through was very nice in that I was able to pick up on some things that I’d assumed from the films and gotten wrong. I will ever be a fan of Colonel Brandon, even if his and Marianne’s love is a little brushed together at the end.

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    missjulie said,

    I felt the same way about The Host… and I will probably read anything Meyer’s puts out in the future. 🙂

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    Fablehaven said,

    The Fablehaven series is amazing!!! Have you seen the trailer for book 4 yet? It’s pretty cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud6weTNXYuI

    Also, they posted the first chapter of the new book on the Fablehaven forum: http://www.fablehaven.com/forum

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    tiemeinwords said,

    Definitely, Julie! Everything she writes is worth reading at least twice.

    And I didn’t know there were trailers for Fablehaven! Wow! That’s exciting! I probably won’t read the first chapter until I get the book (c’mon, March!) but I can’t wait!


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